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A Small Uptick in Inter-Korean Ties Follows a Tense Year

What a difference a year makes.

North and South Korea sat down to talk Tuesday after a year of mounting tensions, with North Korea testing ever-more capable missiles and conducting its largest nuclear detonation ever, and the U.S. and its allies responding with sanctions and harsh rhetoric.

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Iran Protests Show Danger of Economic Woes

The protesters rallied for days in Iran, chanting against government corruption and demanding justice.

That was last year, when depositors who lost their savings in the collapse of major government-run credit union took to the streets, shouting "Death to (Valiullah) Seif," Iran's Central Bank governor.

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Eastern Ghouta is Assad Regime's Weak Spot

Syria's rebel-held enclave of Eastern Ghouta near the capital is the regime's Achilles heel, and because of this it faces an almost inevitable military offensive, experts say.

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Europe Casts a Wary Eye on China's Silk Road Plans

Depending on who you ask in Europe, China's colossal East-West infrastructure programme is either an opportunity or a threat -- and when French President Emmanuel Macron visits next week, Beijing will be watching to see how keen he is to jump on board.

Since China launched the New Silk Road plan in 2013, the hugely ambitious initiative to connect Asia and Europe by road, rail and sea has elicited both enormous interest and considerable anxiety.

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10 Dates since Iran's 1979 Islamic Revolution

Here are key events that have marked Iran since the 1979 Islamic revolution that overthrew the monarchy.

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The Factions that Will Decide Iran's Protest Response

Recent unrest has highlighted the deep-seated frustration felt by many Iranians over the economy and their demands for reform, and attention now turns to how the political establishment will respond.

Often seen in monolithic terms outside the country, Iran's politicians are vetted by a conservative-dominated Guardian Council to ensure they are loyal to the Islamic revolution, and ultimate power rests with supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

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What Do Iran Protests Mean for President Rouhani?

With protests appearing to die down in Iran, analysts say President Hassan Rouhani faces both challenges and opportunities for his efforts to reform the country.

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What's Happening with Iran's Ongoing Protests?

Iran has seen its largest anti-government protests since the disputed presidential election in 2009, with thousands taking to the streets in several cities in recent days.

Travel restrictions and moves by the government to shut down social media networks have limited the ability of journalists to cover the ongoing unrest, which reportedly has killed at least 13 people. Here's what we know so far:

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Russia Hit by Several Terrorist Attacks in 2017

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday called an explosion that tore through a Saint Petersburg supermarket, wounding 13 people, "an act of terror." 

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Syria's Eastern Ghouta, Under Siege since 2013

Syria's ruined rebel holdout region of Eastern Ghouta, from where urgent UN-demanded medical evacuations started on Wednesday, has been under siege for four years, suffering attacks and malnutrition.

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