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  • Carter: NATO to draw up plans to counter people smuggling

    Thu, 5:12am

    U.S. Secretary of Defense Ash Carter, rear right, greets members at the table along with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, rear left, during a meeting at NATO headquarters in Brussels on Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2016. NATO defense ministers convene a two-day meeting to discuss current defense issues and whether the Alliance should take a more direct role in dealing with its gravest migrant crisis since WWII. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo, Pool)BRUSSELS (AP) — U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter says NATO military authorities have been ordered to draw up plans for how the alliance could help shut down illegal migration and people smuggling across the Aegean Sea.

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  • North Korea expels all South Koreans from joint industrial zone

    Thu, 5:12am

    Anti-North Korean activists burn placards depicting North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un in Seoul on February 11, 2016North Korea on Thursday ordered the immediate expulsion of all South Koreans from the jointly run Kaesong industrial zone and the seizure of their factory assets in response to Seoul's decision to shut down the complex. The measures mark a significant escalation of cross-border tensions that have been elevated since North Korea carried out a nuclear test last month and a long-range rocket launch on Sunday. In a statement published by the official KCNA news agency, the Committee for the Peaceful Reunification of Korea (CPRK) said it was closing Kaesong and declaring it a military area.

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  • Suspected Islamist militants kill three at Mali customs post

    Thu, 5:11am

    Suspected Islamist militants killed two civilians and a customs officer and burned a car in an attack on a customs post in Mopti, central Mali, on Thursday, a defense ministry spokesman said. Islamist militants based in the north of the country have expanded their range in recent months with a series of raids. Militants killed 20 people in a high-profile raid on a hotel in Mali's capital in November and 30 more in an attack in the capital of Burkina Faso last month. read more


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