Reuters World News Summary

Alyce McClemens
Published 15/03/2023 - 2 weeks ago

North Korea test-fired two new short-range ballistic missiles on Thursday, South Korean officials said, its first missile test since its leader, Kim Jong Un, and U.S.

President Donald Trump agreed to revive denuclearisation talks last month. South Korea, which supports efforts by North Korea and the United States to end years of hostility, urged the North to stop acts that are unhelpful to easing tension, saying the tests posed a military threat on the Korean peninsula.

LAKE ELSINORE, Calif. (AP) – Firefighters fought to spare homes Friday from a growing Southern California forest fire, a day after flames came perilously close to neighborhoods and destroyed one house.

Philip Kosnett, the US charge d’affaires in Ankara, who attended all three hearings, said last week he did not believe “there is any indication that pastor Brunson is guilty of any sort of criminal or terrorist activity”.

Kurdish forces announced camps packed with 20,000 displaced people, including the wives and children of ISIS fighters, were to be evacuated south after they were hit by Turkish shelling.

The bitter dispute between Warsaw and Minsk dramatically escalated last night when Belarusian troops ripped up the border fence and prevented Polish soldiers from rebuilding it.

Pictured: Migrants and Belarusian servicemen at a camp on the Belarusian-Polish border

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Ukrainian Ambassador to Ankara Vasyl Bodnar said Russia was shipping and selling grains it stole from Ukraine, including to Turkey.

Kyiv had sought help from Turkish authorities in identifying and capturing those responsible for the sale and those who buy the goods, he said.

In apparent reference to France, Erdogan also said Greece was being pushed into taking “wrong steps” in the region by “a country that doesn’t even have a coast in the eastern Mediterranean”.

(Reporting by Tuvan Gumrukcu, Ali Kucukgocmen and Daren Butler in Turkey and Angeliki Koutantou in Greece; Writing by Dominic Evans; Editing by Giles Elgood and Grant McCool)

On Friday morning, Turkish jets and artillery struck around Syria’s Ras al Ain. Gunfire could also be heard inside the town, a Reuters journalist in Ceylanpinar said.   

“These are steps that may damage the positive atmosphere that could be found before tomorrow´s meeting,” said the official though hoping for “positive results”.

(Additional reporting by Rinat Sagdiev in Moscow and Orhan Coskun in ankara escort, Editing by Andrew Osborn and Timothy Heritage)

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The Russian leader (right), pictured with Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa in Sochi yesterday, has won praise from the Kurds for his intervention in Syria