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Afghanistan’s deadly fight for democracy

International | The United States says Afghan troops can handle the intensified violence
by Onize Ohikere
Posted 10/23/18, 03:34 pm

As Afghanistan wraps up a parliamentary vote marred by nearly 200 violent attacks and 50 deaths, U.S. officials insist the country can manage the violence and protect the democratic process.

Last weekend’s vote was the first to take place in war-torn Afghanistan since 2010. Afghan officials deployed about 70,000 police and soldiers to guard polling stations after the Taliban and Islamic State (ISIS) vowed to target voters.

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North and South Korea to reconnect transport

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 10/15/18, 10:47 am

North and South Korean officials on Monday agreed to kickstart work on reconnecting the two nations’ roads and railways, along with other steps toward reunification. South Korean unification minister Cho Myoung-gyon and his northern counterpart Ri Son Gwon led the meeting at the North Korean border village of Panmunjom, where the countries planned to hold a groundbreaking ceremony to reconnect their transportation lines in late November or early December.

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South Korea retracts plan to ease sanctions

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 10/11/18, 01:23 pm

South Korean officials on Thursday backpedaled on their foreign minister’s proposal to lift unilateral sanctions from North Korea after backlash within the country and from U.S. President Donald Trump. On Wednesday, Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha told South Korean lawmakers the government was reviewing sanctions the South imposed on the North in 2010 following a deadly attack on a warship that killed 45 South Korean sailors. North Korea has long denied responsibility for the attack.

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