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North Korea replaces soldiers, South Korea awards medals after defector's border dash

SEOUL North Korea has reportedly replaced guards and fortified a section of its border with South Korea where a North Korean soldier defected last week, while South Korean and U.S. soldiers have been decorated for their role in the defector's rescue.

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Brexit talks progressing, but issues remain, Britain' May says after meeting Tusk

BRUSSELS British Prime Minister Theresa May said negotiations on Brexit were still making progress after she met European Council President Donald Tusk in Brussels on Friday, but there were still outstanding issues.

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Saudi Crown Prince calls Iran leader 'new Hitler': NYT

DUBAI Saudi Arabia's powerful Crown Prince called the Supreme Leader of Iran "the new Hitler of the Middle East" in an interview with the New York Times published on Thursday, sharply escalating the war of words between the arch-rivals.

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France's Le Drian says China is 'well placed to push' North Korea to talks

BEIJING China has leverage to persuade North Korea to go back to talks over its nuclear ambitions, French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said on Friday, after meeting with his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi.

Irish government set to fall weeks before Brexit summit

DUBLIN Ireland's minority government looked set to collapse on Friday after the party propping it up submitted a motion of no confidence in the deputy prime minister, weeks before a summit on Britain's plans to leave the European Union. | Video

Ireland 11:23am EST

Polish MPs back judicial overhaul seen by EU as threat to rule of law

WARSAW Poland's ruling party lawmakers gave preliminary approval on Friday to two bills allowing parliament and the president to replace top judges, plans the opposition and the European Commission denounced as a threat to the rule of law.

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