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Nuclear threat at highest level since Cold War

President Donald Trump threatened the “total destruction’” of North Korea if the nation’s “Rocket man” leader does not abandon his drive toward nuclear weapons.

Should the EU keep the door open to Balkan members?

Italy warned that the European Union must keep its doors open to eventual membership for Western Balkan countries.

Why do 71 nations don’t want to ban nuclear weapons?

To loud applause, Elayne Whyte Gomez, president of the UN conference that has been negotiating the legally binding treaty, announced the results of the “historic” vote — 122 nations in favor, the Netherlands opposed, and Singapore abstaining.

US military shoots down Iranian-made drone in Syria

It's the third time this month that that the US has downed aircraft affiliated with Syrian President Bashar Assad’s government.

Is the world really a better place these days?

Devastating conflicts, violence and persecution in places like Syria and South Sudan had left a record 65.6 million people uprooted from their homes by the end of 2016.

Will the Vatican finally excommunicate the mafia?

Pope Francis has long railed against corruption and the mafia, but now the Vatican is considering developing a whole doctrine around excommunicating corrupt and mafia-tinged Catholics.

Serbia to sue NATO for use of depleted uranium munitions in 1999 bombing

Serbia has formed an international legal team to file a lawsuit against NATO over its alleged use of depleted uranium munitions/

Will the US pull out of the UNHRC too?

US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said the US is "reviewing its participation" in the Human Rights Council over what said is the group's "chronic anti-Israel bias".
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New talks on Cyprus reunification

Rival leaders of ethnically divided Cyprus have agreed on new talks in Geneva this month.

Arab nations cut diplomatic ties with Qatar

Doha has long faced accusations that it is a state sponsor of terror.

War-torn Yemen now struck by cholera outbreak

A suspected cholera outbreak is spreading quickly in war-ravaged Yemen, with an estimated 3,000 to 5,000 new cases every day.

Taiwan becomes the first Asian country to allow same-sex marriages

Taiwan’s Constitutional Court ruled in favor of same-sex marriage, punctuating a yearslong campaign by advocates for gay rights in one of the continent’s most liberal democracies.

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