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North Korea Claims Trump ‘Noisily Crying Out’ for War Following Tillerson Talks Offer

Donald Trump, Rex Tillerson
North Korea's state newpaper, Rodong Sinmun, published a piece accusing U.S. President Donald Trump of "noisily crying out for military counteraction" against Pyongyang a day after Secretary of State Rex Tillerson invited North Korean diplomats to a talk without preconditions.

‘I’m Very Dizzy, I Can’t Think’: Venezuela’s U.S. Hostage Josh Holt Suffers Severe Health Decline

Mothers Denounce Venezuela for Arresting U.S. Citizens on Faked ‘Espionage’ Charges
Joshua Holt, an American citizen detained in Venezuela on charges his family and witnesses insist are false, has reportedly endured a long-term infection and received little medical care in the mall-turned-prison the socialist nation uses to torture political dissidents.

Report: Tillerson to Meet Canadian PM Justin Trudeau for North Korea Talks

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will meet Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau next week to discuss an upcoming multilateral meeting on the North Korean nuclear threat, according to Reuters.

Turkey’s Erdogan Invites Venezuela’s Maduro to Anti-Israel ‘Islamic Community’ Meeting

ISTANBUL, TURKEY - OCTOBER 10: Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan attend a working breakfast at Mabeyn Mansion in Istanbul, Turkey on October 10, 2016.
Venezuelan dictator Nicolás Maduro will attend an emergency meeting of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) in Turkey Wednesday on the Muslim world's response to President Donald Trump's declaration that the U.S. would acknowledge Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

Turkey’s Erdogan: Israel a ‘Child-Killer’ and U.S. a ‘Partner in Bloodshed’

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan speaks during the Justice and Development (AK) Party's provincial heads meeting in Ankara, on November 17, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / ADEM ALTAN (Photo credit should read ADEM ALTAN/AFP/Getty Images)
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan delivered a dramatic speech decrying Israel as a "terror state" and "child-killer state" on Sunday and accusing American President Donald Trump of using an "Evangelist understanding" of Israel to accept Jerusalem as the capital of the state.

Venezuela, Cuba Lead Regional Leftists Against Trump Jerusalem Declaration

Cuban President Raul Castro (L) stands with Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro (R) during a massive rally on November 29, 2016 on Revolution Square in Havana in honor of the late Cuban leader Fidel Castro.
The leftist governments of Latin America -- including Venezuela, Cuba, Ecuador, and Bolivia -- have all issued statements condemning American President Donald Trump for officially recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

Ex-Georgian President Saakashvili Arrested in Ukraine Again After Dramatic Escape

Former Georgian president Mikheil Saakashvili was briefly detained Dec. 5 in the Ukrainian capital, Kiev, before his supporters freed him. (Vladislav Kutsenko)
Mikheil Saakashvili, the pro-West, stridently anti-Putin former president of Georgia, was reportedly arrested in Kiev, Ukraine late Friday, days after a crowd of supporters freed him from police custody by force.

Report: Venezuelans Opening ‘Medical Flea Markets’ to Trade Elusive Health Drugs

A medical professional wears his scrubs during an anti-government protest demanding Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro open a so-called humanitarian corridor for the delivery of medicine and food aid, in Caracas, Venezuela, Monday, May 22, 2017. At least 46 people have died during the two-month anti-government protest movement. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano)
Struggling to survive a socialist economy lacking everything from basic maternity goods to cancer drugs, Venezuelans have begun trading at "medical flea markets" outside of the control of the government, where they receive no guarantee the drugs will actually work.

Report: Venezuelans Opening ‘Medical Flea Markets’ to Trade Elusive Health Drugs

A medical professional wears his scrubs during an anti-government protest demanding Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro open a so-called humanitarian corridor for the delivery of medicine and food aid, in Caracas, Venezuela, Monday, May 22, 2017. At least 46 people have died during the two-month anti-government protest movement. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano)
Struggling to survive a socialist economy lacking everything from basic maternity goods to cancer drugs, Venezuelans have begun trading at "medical flea markets" outside of the control of the government, where they receive no guarantee the drugs will actually work.

Argentina: Judge Demands Arrest of Leftist Ex-President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner for Treason, Aiding Iranian Terrorists

President of Argentina Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner at the UN
A judge in Argentina has ordered the arrest of Cristina Fernández de Kirchner, former leftist president and current senator – contingent upon her losing her legislative immunity – on charges of "treason" for having allegedly aided Iranian terrorists.

Argentina: Judge Demands Arrest of Leftist Ex-President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner for Treason, Aiding Iranian Terrorists

President of Argentina Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner at the UN
A judge in Argentina has ordered the arrest of Cristina Fernández de Kirchner, former leftist president and current senator – contingent upon her losing her legislative immunity – on charges of "treason" for having allegedly aided Iranian terrorists.

Chinese State Media on North Korea Border Tells Citizens to Prepare for Nuclear War

This picture from North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) taken on August 29, 2017 and released on August 30, 2017 shows North Korea's intermediate-range strategic ballistic rocket Hwasong-12 lifting off from the launching pad at an undisclosed location near Pyongyang. Nuclear-armed North Korea said on August 30 that it had fired a missile over Japan the previous day, the first time it has ever acknowledged doing so. / AFP PHOTO / KCNA VIA KNS / STR / South Korea OUT / REPUBLIC OF KOREA OUT ---EDITORS NOTE--- RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT 'AFP PHOTO/KCNA VIA KNS' - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS THIS PICTURE WAS MADE AVAILABLE BY A THIRD PARTY. AFP CAN NOT INDEPENDENTLY VERIFY THE AUTHENTICITY, LOCATION, DATE AND CONTENT OF THIS IMAGE. THIS PHOTO IS DISTRIBUTED EXACTLY AS RECEIVED BY AFP. / The erroneous mention[s] appearing in the metadata of this photo by STR has been modified in AFP systems in the following manner: [at an undisclosed location near Pyongyang] instead of [in Pyongyang]. Please immediately remove the erroneous mention[s] from all your online services and delete it (them) from your servers. If you have been authorized by AFP to distribute it (them) to third parties, please ensure that the same actions are carried out by them. Failure to promptly comply with these instructions will entail liability on your part for any continued or post notification usage. Therefore we thank you very much for all your attention and prompt action. We are sorry for the inconvenience this notification may cause and remain at your disposal for any further information you may require. (Photo credit should read STR/AFP/Getty Images)
Jilin Daily, a local Chinese state newspaper from the Jilin border region with North Korea, published a guide on Wednesday on how to behave in the event of a nuclear attack.

Report: Influx of Russian Oil Rescues North Korean Economy from Sanctions

The price of diesel oil and gasoline in North Korea has dropped sharply in the last month, according to reports from within the isolated republic, with Russia apparently stepping up supplies in spite of international efforts to isolate the regime of Kim Jong Un and force Pyongyang to abandon its development of nuclear weapons and long-range ballistic missiles.
A report from Japan's Asia Press International (API) identifies "massive amounts" of Russian oil entering North Korea, providing a much-needed lifeline as the rest of the world pressure the rogue regime for its consistent nuclear threats with growing sanctions.

Ukraine Raids Protest Tent City, Again Fails to Arrest Fugitive Ex-Georgian Leader Saakashvili

Mikheil Saakashvili gestures as he speaks during his press-conference in Kiev on November 11, 2016. Georgia's pro-Western former president Mikheil Saakashvili on November 11, 2016, announced plans to create a new opposition movement in Ukraine that aims to topple the current leadership and force early elections. Saakashvili was a passionate supporter of Ukraine's 2014 pro-EU revolution that ousted the Russian-backed president and set the former Soviet republic on its westward course. / AFP / SERGEI SUPINSKY (Photo credit should read SERGEI SUPINSKY/AFP/Getty Images)
The fallout from Ukraine's dramatically failed attempt at arresting former Georgian president (and Ukrainian governor) Mikheil Saakashvili on Tuesday was a violent raid on supporters' tent city in front of the nation's parliament.

China Woos ‘Snappy Dresser’ Justin Trudeau as Trade Talks Stall in Beijing Visit

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau arrives to speak to the press outside Rideau Hall after announcing changes to his cabinet in Ottawa, Ontario on August 28, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / Lars Hagberg (Photo credit should read LARS HAGBERG/AFP/Getty Images)
Chinese state media are celebrating Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau for being a "snappy dresser" and challenging U.S. President Donald Trump as Trudeau concludes a two-day trip to the country that reports back home have evaluated as lackluster given that anticipated trade talks were "delayed by further haggling."

China Woos ‘Snappy Dresser’ Justin Trudeau as Trade Talks Stall in Beijing Visit

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau arrives to speak to the press outside Rideau Hall after announcing changes to his cabinet in Ottawa, Ontario on August 28, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / Lars Hagberg (Photo credit should read LARS HAGBERG/AFP/Getty Images)
Chinese state media are celebrating Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau for being a "snappy dresser" and challenging U.S. President Donald Trump as Trudeau concludes a two-day trip to the country that reports back home have evaluated as lackluster given that anticipated trade talks were "delayed by further haggling."

China Woos ‘Snappy Dresser’ Justin Trudeau as Trade Talks Stall in Beijing Visit

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau arrives to speak to the press outside Rideau Hall after announcing changes to his cabinet in Ottawa, Ontario on August 28, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / Lars Hagberg (Photo credit should read LARS HAGBERG/AFP/Getty Images)
Chinese state media are celebrating Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau for being a "snappy dresser" and challenging U.S. President Donald Trump as Trudeau concludes a two-day trip to the country that reports back home have evaluated as lackluster given that anticipated trade talks were "delayed by further haggling."

Video: Crowd Un-Arrests Ex-Georgian President Saakashvili After Rooftop Standoff in Ukraine

Former Georgian president Mikheil Saakashvili, center, addresses protesters after he escaped with help from supporters and led them on a march toward parliament, where they planned to call for President Petro Poroshenko to resign in Kiev, Ukraine, Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2017. Hundreds of protesters chanting "Kiev, rise up!" blocked Ukrainian police as they tried to arrest former Georgian president Mikheil Saakashvili on Tuesday. Evgeniy Maloletka - AP Photo
Former Georgian president – and former governor of Odessa, Ukraine – Mikheil Saakashvili escaped police custody on Tuesday after a crowd of hundreds of supporters dragged him out of the police car into which officers placed him after a raid on his home in Kiev.

Cuban State Media Confirms: Havana Runs Out of Toilet Paper


A Cuban state media outlet confirmed last week that the nation's capital, Havana, is suffering significant shortages of toilet paper. While the absence of common goods in the communist nation is not uncommon, such acknowledgment of a problem is rare.

Xi Jinping to World Communist Summit: ‘Turn Planet Earth into a Harmonious Family’

China's President Xi Jinping, centre, arrives with leaders at the opening ceremony of the CPC in dialogue with world political parties high-level meeting, at the Great Hall of the People on Friday Dec. 1, 2017. (Fred Dufour/Pool via AP)
Chinese leader Xi Jinping welcomed representatives of hundreds of the world's political parties at a Beijing summit Friday in which he called for China's Communist Party (CPC), the world's largest political party, to lead a "community of common destiny" into the future.

Philippines’ Duterte Targets Communist Terrorism Following Islamic State Removal from Marawi

Philippine presidential candidate Rodrigo Duterte gestures as he answers questions from reporters at the University of the Philippines in suburban Quezon city, north of Manila, Philippines, Thursday, Feb. 18, 2016. Five candidates are running for President in the coming elections this May. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)
The military of the Philippines has begun to take action against the nation's Communist Party and its terrorist wing, the New People’s Army, after President Rodrigo Duterte announced he would stop seeking peace talks with the groups.

North Korea Claims Kim Jong-Un ‘Personally’ Launched ICBM at Japan

This undated picture released from North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on September 16, 2017 shows North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un inspecting a launching drill of the medium-and-long range strategic ballistic rocket Hwasong-12
North Korea's state media announced that dictator Kim Jong-un "personally supervised" and "meticulously guided" its latest missile launch on Wednesday, claiming he directed the missile to fly at a high angle such that it fell into the Sea of Japan.

Chinese State Media on North Korea Missile Launch: Trump ‘Has Failed’

North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un and US President Donald Trump have ratcheted up the rhetoric in recent days
The Chinese state outlet, Global Times, which typically takes an aggressive tone in covering the United States, declared on Wednesday that President Donald Trump and the U.S. policy on North Korea had "failed," citing Pyongyang's latest missile test.

State Department Denies CBS Claim Staff Suffered ‘Sonic Attacks’ in Uzbekistan

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CBS News reported on Tuesday that evidence existed that American embassy staff in Uzbekistan may have suffered similar symptoms to those targeted by unexplained acoustic attacks in Cuba. State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert fervently denied that any incident had occurred in Tashkent, the Uzbek capital.

State Media: China May Apply South China Sea Energy Technology to ‘Military Nuclear Vessels’

This photo taken on May 5, 2016 shows crew members of China's South Sea Fleet taking part in a drill in the Xisha Islands, or the Paracel Islands in the South China Sea
China's state-run Global Times announced on Tuesday that experts see potential for the illegally-constructed floating nuclear power plants in the South China Sea to provide technology that "could be applied to military nuclear vessels."

Cuba: Raul Castro Skips Mandatory Fidel Commemoration Ceremonies

FILE - In this Nov. 29, 2016, file photo, Cuba President Raul Castro speaks during a rally in Havana, Cuba. Raul Castro appeared as alarmed as the Americans. The United States, his nation’s sworn enemy until recently, was demanding urgent answers about a spate of U.S. diplomats harmed in Havana. There was talk of futuristic “sonic attacks” and the subtle threat of repercussions. What the Cuban president did next surprised Washington. Castro sought out Jeffrey DeLaurentis, then the top American diplomat in Havana. In a rare face-to-face conversation, Castro personally denied any responsibility and told DeLaurentis he was equally befuddled, several U.S. officials familiar with the exchange told The Associated Press.(AP Photo/Ricardo Mazalan, File)
Cuban dictator Raúl Castro did not attend Cuba's major remembrance ceremonies for older brother Fidel, who died one year ago on November 25. Enthusiastic mourning of Castro is mandatory for Cuban citizens, and some remain imprisoned for refusing to participate.

On Death Anniversary, Children Forced to Praise Fidel Castro as ‘Every Girl’s Boyfriend’


The Cuban state publication Havana Tribune has published a video of young children reciting a poem in honor of dead dictator Fidel Castro, thanking him "for making us men" and calling him "every girl's boyfriend."

Argentina Confirms ‘Explosion’ Recorded in Missing Submarine Mystery

In this Sept. 27, 2011 photo, workers stand around the ARA San Juan submarine during a ceremony celebrating the first stage of major repairs at the Argentine Industrial Naval Complex (CINAR) in Buenos Aires. President Mauricio Macri said on Friday, Nov. 24, 2017 the international search for the submarine carrying 44 crew members that has been lost in the South Atlantic since Nov. 15 will continue and that the sub's disappearance will be investigated. (AP Photo/Mario Defina)
The mystery surrounding the disappeared Argentina's ARA San Juan submarine took a dark turn this week, as officials confirmed the recording of a "hydroacoustic anomaly" near where the navy had last recorded the submarine's location. Officials believe an explosion occurred, but have no answers as to why.

North Korea: U.S. Is ‘World’s Biggest Terrorist Sponsor’


North Korea's state media have turned the tables on the United States, accusing America of being the "world's biggest terrorist sponsor" after the State Department officially issued that label to the rogue communist state.

Review: Mosher’s Bully of Asia: How China’s Totalitarian Past Feeds Its Quest for World Domination

Kyodo via AP Images
In the West, China's cries for "socialism with Chinese characteristics for a new era" have mostly been met with confusion.

Review: Mosher’s Bully of Asia: How China’s Totalitarian Past Feeds Its Quest for World Domination

Kyodo via AP Images
In the West, China's cries for "socialism with Chinese characteristics for a new era" have mostly been met with confusion.

Iranian Navy Commander Announces Plans to Send Ships to Gulf of Mexico

An Iranian soldier stands guard near Iranian Navy helicopter carrier Kharg at Port Sudan at the Red Sea State, October 31, 2012. REUTERS/ Mohamed Nureldin Abdallah
The head of Iran's Navy, Commander Rear Admiral Hossein Khanzadi, promised in his first speech since his appointment to "fly the Iranian flag in the Gulf of Mexico," encouraging Navy officers to consider an Iranian presence in the Atlantic Ocean a pivotal goal and soon-to-be routine occurrence.

Treasury Sanctions 4 Chinese Companies for Business with North Korea

China denounces new U.S. sanctions on North Korea
The U.S. Treasury Department announced new sanctions this week on 13 entities believed to do business with North Korea, including four Chinese companies and one Chinese citizen.

State Department: U.S. Has Given Zimbabwe $220 Million for Health, Food, ‘Democratic Governance’

Robert Mugabe
State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert confirmed on Tuesday that the United States provided Zimbabwe with $220 million in aid in 2016 alone, citing "democratic governance" as one of the areas the U.S. has funded.

‘Set Every Cinema on Fire’: Indian Official Demands Actress, Director Beheaded over Film

‘Set Every Cinema on Fire’: Indian Official Demands Actress, Director Beheaded over Film
A regional chief media coordinator for India's ruling party, Suraj Pal Amu, offered a 100 million rupee ($1,542,615) prize to anyone who would behead starring actress Deepika Padukone and director Sanjay Leela Bhansali for the film Padmavati, a period epic depicting the life of the Rajput queen Padmini.

Chinese State Media: Trump’s Asia Policy ‘Erratic,’ ‘Reckless,’ ‘Inconsistent’

President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping participate in a welcome ceremony at the Great Hall of the People, Thursday, Nov. 9, 2017, in Beijing, China. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
The Chinese state outlet Global Times accused American President Donald Trump of adopting an "erratic statecraft" that hastened the decline of America as a superpower on Monday, allowing China to rise at a faster rate and use his "extreme susceptibility to flattery" against him.

North Korea Demands Pyongyang Trial Against ‘Moneygrubber’ Trump for ‘Heinous Crimes’

Kim Jong-un and Donald Trump
North Korea's state newspaper Rodong Sinmun demanded a "trial" in the country against U.S. President Donald Trump for his "heinous crimes." This pronouncement came shortly after the State Department announced it had once again placed North Korea on its state sponsors of terrorism list.

China Claims ‘Dwindling’ Investment in Zimbabwe amid Mugabe Chaos


Chinese state media, which have routinely promoted its ties to Zimbabwe, published a story on Monday arguing that the Chinese government had long ago began divesting from Zimbabwe as the operation to remove 93-year-old dictator Robert Mugabe continues to generate world headlines.

China Claims ‘Dwindling’ Investment in Zimbabwe amid Mugabe Chaos


Chinese state media, which have routinely promoted its ties to Zimbabwe, published a story on Monday arguing that the Chinese government had long ago began divesting from Zimbabwe as the operation to remove 93-year-old dictator Robert Mugabe continues to generate world headlines.

Photos: Thousands Take Zimbabwe’s Capital Calling for Mugabe’s Ouster


Holding signs reading "F*** You Mugabe" and "Mugabe Must go," an estimated thousands took the streets of the capital, Harare, demanding the removal of longtime dictator Robert Mugabe.
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