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Source: DW

Olympics chief Thomas Bach set to visit North Korea

Tuesday 10:51 GMT

International Olympic Comittee President Thomas Bach says he "welcomed" an invitation to visit North Korea after the Winter Olympics.

The International Olympics Committee (IOC) on Monday announced that IOC President Thomas Bach would visit North Korea following the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang. IOC spokesman Mark Adams said North Korea invited Bach during a meeting between the IOC and the two Koreas on January 20.

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Source: The Guradian

Kim Jong-un praises 'sincere, impressive' South Korea

Tuesday 11:49 GMT

North Korea’s leader, Kim Jong-un, has praised the “warm climate of reconciliation and dialogue” after a delegation returned from their three-day visit to the South for the Winter Olympics. Kim expressed “satisfaction” over their visit, according to state media, and gave his gratitude for “sincere” and “very impressive” efforts made by Seoul to receive them.

Seoul said on Monday that it would push ahead with its plans for reunions of family members separated by the 1950-53 Korean war in order to sustain the dialogue prompted by the North Korean delegation’s visit.

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Source: The Guradian

Bosnian Serb police's arms purchase stokes EU fears

Wednesday 07:01 GMT

The purchase of thousands of new guns by the Bosnian Serb police has raised concerns over the intentions of the separatist-led regional government and deepening Russian influence in a divided and economically depressed nation.

Serb civil society activists, the central Bosnian government in Sarajevo and western diplomats believe that a new heavily armed police unit will be used by the Bosnian Serb separatist leader, Milorad Dodik, to entrench his position and intimidate opponents ahead of elections in October.

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Source: Washington Post

Doctors find neurological damage to Americans who served in Cuba

Friday 01:33 GMT

Diplomats serving at the U.S. Embassy in Cuba “appeared to have sustained injury to widespread brain networks” there, according to physicians who evaluated them for the State Department.

“Before reaching any definitive conclusions, additional evidence must be obtained and rigorously and objectively evaluated,” the editorial concluded.

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Source: DW

Modi's diplomatic tour de force meets Iran's Rouhani

Friday 11:49 GMT

Indian PM Narendra Modi recently concluded a tour of the Middle East and is now hosting Iranian President Rouhani in New Delhi.

Reuters news agency reported the Iran is hoping to secure billions of dollars in Indian investment on petrochemical plants, railways, industrial development – along with building the Chabahar Port, located in southern Iran. There are concerns in Iran that the US will seek to resume international sanctions and scrap the 2016 nuclear deal, which puts pressure on investors and infrastructure developers who don't want their assets in Iranian interests jeopardized.

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Source: New York Times

Diplomats in Cuba Suffered Brain Injuries. Experts Still Don’t Know Why.

Saturday 08:06 GMT

A group of American diplomats stationed in Havana appear to have symptoms of concussion without ever having received blows to their heads, medical experts have found.

The experts’ report, published late Wednesday in the journal JAMA, does not solve the mystery, instead raising even more questions about what could have caused the brain injuries. The incidents occurred in 2016, when 18 of the 21 affected diplomats reported they heard strange sounds in their homes or hotel rooms.

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Source: Fox News

Top German diplomat: 'We no longer recognize our America'

Sunday 14:30 GMT

Germany's foreign minister said Saturday that his country no longer recognizes “our America” as he slammed President Trump’s "America first" foreign policy.

He said the country "eagerly learned" principles of democracy, multilateralism, international law and free trade from the relationship with the U.S.. "Maybe this can explain why we Germans in particular are so perturbed when we look across the Atlantic — because we no longer recognize our America," Gabriel said. "Is it deeds, is it words, is it tweets we should look at to measure America?"

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