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‘Substantial risk’

International | The United States evacuates embassy in Baghdad over threats from Iran
by Mindy Belz
Posted 5/16/19, 12:35 pm

IRAQ: The U.S. Embassy in Baghdad is one of the most fortified, removed American compounds in the world (I wrote about my 2014 visit there), but the U.S. State Department ordered a partial evacuation of it and the U.S. Consulate in Erbil due to “Iranian activity” that put U.S. facilities at “substantial risk,” according to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.

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Kim Jong Nam murder suspect gets lighter sentence

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 4/01/19, 10:56 am

A Vietnamese woman accused of assassinating North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s half-brother in 2017 pleaded guilty to a lesser charge in a Malaysian court on Monday. Doan Thi Huong initially faced the death penalty if convicted of murder in Kim Jong Nam’s death, but a judge sentenced her Monday to three years and four months for voluntarily causing injury with a dangerous weapon. Huong’s lawyer said officials likely will release her next month after a sentence reduction for good behavior.

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Trump-Kim summit ends abruptly with no deal

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 2/28/19, 11:18 am

U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on Thursday wrapped up their second summit early after failing to reach an agreement. Kim insisted that the United States lift all the sanctions it imposed on North Korea while only promising to close some nuclear sites, Trump said in a news conference following the talks in Hanoi, Vietnam. Kim appeared willing to shut down secret facilities outside of Yongbyon and its missile and warheads program, but the country would still have other missiles, warheads, and weapons systems. “Sometimes you have to walk,” Trump said.

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