EU approves visa-free travel for Ukrainians

The European Union approved visa-free travel for Ukrainians on Thursday, fulfilling a key promise to cement ties with Kiev as it remains embroiled in a deadly conflict with pro-Russian insurgents. “YES, we did it!” Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko wrote on Facebook after the Brussels decision, which the former Soviet republic has been trying to clinch for years. “It feels like […]

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Kosovo government falls after losing no-confidence vote

Kosovo’s government collapsed on Wednesday after losing a no-confidence vote, setting the scene for an early election after months of political deadlock over a border demarcation deal that critics say would mean a loss of territory for the tiny Balkan country. Prime Minister Isa Mustafa’s coalition government lost in a 78-34 vote, with three abstentions and five lawmakers not present. […]

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Syria rejects international forces in safe zones

Syria on Monday dismissed the idea of foreign forces patrolling four so-called de-escalation zones that are to be established under a deal struck by Russia, Iran and Turkey, suggesting Damascus would agree only to Russian “military police” who are already on the ground. Syria planned to abide by the agreement signed in Kazakhstan last week, Foreign Minister Walid al-Moallem told […]

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What to know about South Korea’s election

Two months after booting their sitting president over corruption allegations, South Koreans will select a new leader Tuesday after weeks of heated debate. The winner will be tasked with healing a nation that’s split deeply between left and right, and faced with a decaying job market, an uneasy alliance with the United States and a growing threat posed by North […]

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North Korean state media lashes out at China and suggests Trump is ignorant

With tensions high over North Korean’s nuclear program and the threat of conflict refusing to subside, North Korean state media lashed out Wednesday and Thursday. President Trump was one target, but China — a major ally and benefactor of North Korea — faced its own pointed critique. The comments about Trump appeared first in Minju Choson, the principal newspaper of North Korea’s cabinet, and were […]

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Embattled Venezuelan president calls for new constitution

Venezuela’s increasingly embattled president called Monday for a new constitution as an intensifying protest movement entered a second month with clashes between police and anti-government demonstrators. After hundreds of thousands took to the streets again to call for his ouster, President Nicolas Maduro announced that he was calling for a citizens assembly and a new constitution for the economically flailing […]

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