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Exclusive: U.S. presses Myanmar to cease military ties with North Korea

WASHINGTON Myanmar's military has maintained ties with North Korea, even though the civilian-led government denies any cooperation, and the Trump administration is pressing for a complete break-off of remaining links, current and former U.S. officials said.

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Saudi source gives more detail on crown prince's dismissal

JEDDAH, Saudi Arabia A source close to Saudi Arabia's rulers has given further details of how Mohammed bin Nayef, the former crown prince, was summarily removed from his post last month.

Saudi Arabia 3:04pm EDT

U.S. State Department to clamp ban on travel to North Korea

WASHINGTON/SEOUL The U.S. government on Friday said it will bar Americans from travelling to North Korea due to the risk of "long-term detention" in the country, where a U.S. student was jailed while on a tour last year and later died.

North Korea 4:43pm EDT

Many foreign fighters likely to stay in Syria, Iraq: U.S. official

ASPEN, Colo. In a new assessment, the U.S. intelligence community judges that large numbers of foreigners fighting for Islamic State in Iraq and Syria likely will stay to defend what is left of their self-declared caliphate rather than return to their homelands, a top U.S. counter-terrorism official said on Friday.

Syria, Iraq 2:29pm EDT

Venezuela opposition congress names alternative Supreme Court judges

CARACAS Venezuela's opposition-led congress on Friday appointed alternative judges to the country's Supreme Court, whose current pro-government members have been a bedrock of support for leftist President Nicolas Maduro.

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U.S. withholds Pakistan reimbursement over Haqqani network: Pentagon

WASHINGTON The United States will withhold $50 million remaining in military reimbursements to Pakistan for fiscal year 2016 because Defense Secretary Jim Mattis believes that Islamabad has not done enough to blunt the Islamist militant Haqqani network, a U.S. official said on Friday.

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