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China’s coming

Asia | A new ‘red scare’ finds a new generation ... not scared
by Mindy Belz
Posted 10/10/18, 10:08 am

The South China Sea is more than 7,000 miles from San Diego, yet it became the sight of a showdown between China and the United States on Sept. 30, as the USS Decatur nearly collided with a Chinese destroyer bent on blocking its path. The Chinese ship came within 45 yards of the U.S. vessel and its 356 crew members in a breathtaking—and deliberate—close call.

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Apocalypse later

Middle East | With Syria’s Idlib offensive on hold, a civil war may be ending or a new global conflict may be beginning
by Mindy Belz
Posted 10/05/18, 11:46 am

For weeks reports suggested Syria’s 7-year-old civil war could come to a conclusive—and potentially apocalyptic—closing act in the western province of Idlib. “Russia softens up west for bloodbath,” “Drones crowd Idlib skies,” and “War in Idlib,” went the headlines. Residents sought ways to sell their property and furniture to fund desperate escapes. Some prepared underground hideouts, away from the Syrian regime’s dreaded barrel bombs. 

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Associated Press/Photo by Lim Byung-shick/Yonhap (file)

Koreas begin disarming the DMZ

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 10/01/18, 10:29 am

North and South Korean troops on Monday began removing landmines from their heavily fortified border following agreements the two nations reached last month, according to South Korean officials. The South Korean defense ministry released a statement saying the countries would remove the landmines from the Demilitiarized Zone within the next 20 days. South Korea deployed army engineers to the border village of Panmunjom and Arrow Head Hill, where the two nations plan to launch their first joint searches for soldiers killed in the Korean War.

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