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N. Korean Indignation, Possible MH370 Clue, Dylan's Trove

N. Korean Indignation, Possible MH370 Clue, Dylan's Trove


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North Korea has fired six short-range projectiles into the sea, an angry reaction to new UN sanctions adopted yesterday against Pyongyang, news agency Yonhap reports. The sanctions, motivated by North Korea testing nuclear weapons in early January, are the harshest to date against Kim Jong-un's regime. They ban the country from exporting coal, iron and other mineral resources, depriving it of crucial revenue sources, Reuters reports. The resolution was drafted by both the United States and China, the latter North Korea's closest ally.


" France must become a more secular state," Pope Francis told left-wing Catholic militants in an exchange published in Christian magazine La Vie. "One criticism I have against France is that its secularity sometimes stems too much from the Enlightenment philosophy, which regarded religions as being a subculture," Pope Francis said. The pontiff also described the flow of migrants to Europe as an "Arab invasion," before characterizing it as an opportunity for Europe to grow and become culturally richer.


We've gathered a quick collection of how the global press has reacted to the rise of The Donald.


European Council President Donald Tusk urged potential economic migrants to avoid coming to Europe. "Do not come to Europe," Tusk said after meeting with Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras to find a solution to the refugee crisis. "Do not believe the smugglers. Do not risk your lives and your money. It is all for nothing." Thousands of refugees have been stranded in Greece since neighboring Macedonia, a non-EU country, and other Balkan countries closed their borders.

  • "Greece or any other European country will no longer be a transit country. The Schengen rules will enter into force again," Tusk said, suggesting that migrants soon would have to apply for asylum in the first Schengen country they reach.
  • The EU unveiled plans yesterday to give cash-strapped Greece and other countries 700 million euros ($760 million) in emergency funds to manage the influx.
  • In a Financial Timesinterview, French Economy Minister Emmanuel Macron warned Britain that France could end border checks in Calais in the event of a Brexit, effectively allowing migrants to cross the Channel unchecked.


Two women opened fire this morning on a riot police station in Istanbul, Turkey, before fleeing the scene after exchanging fire with the police, Today's Zaman reports. The two attackers reportedly took shelter in a neighboring building but were later killed by police, Hürriyetreports.

  • In Russia, meanwhile, a nanny who is suspected of beheading a child and brandishing the severed head outside a Moscow Metro station said she did it for "revenge against those who spilled blood," namely President Vladimir Putin and Russian warplanes in Syria.

8,832 MILES

An Emirates Airbus A380 touched down in Dubai early this morning to inaugurate a new 8,832-mile non-stop route from Auckland, New Zealand, making it the longest in the world by distance, The New Zealand Herald reports. It took passengers 16 hours and 24 minutes to reach Dubai, about 50 minutes less than expected, which meant the flight failed to beat the record for the longest duration.


Spain's Parliament rejected Socialist leader Pedro Sánchez's government plans yesterday, as the 44-year-old and his party came under a torrent of criticism, especially from former Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy and Podemos leader Pablo Iglesias, El Mundo reports. The December general elections resulted in a Parliament divided into four parties, none with a majority to govern alone. Sánchez faces another confidence vote tomorrow, but the newspaper predicts the outcome is likely to be the same, paving the way for new elections in June.


Hands on the buzzer: George Bizet's famous opera premiered on this day 141 years ago. What's it called? Check the answer in today's 57-second shot of history.


An American tourist in Mozambique has found an object that investigators say could be debris belonging to a Boeing 777 jet, raising hopes that the mystery surrounding the fate of Malaysia Airlines flights MH370, which went missing almost two years ago, might finally be uncovered.


Despite regular health warnings, margarine is experiencing a new lease on life and giving the product it tries to imitate, butter, a run for its money, Le Monde reports. "It's nothing but oil and additives, without a single fresh ingredient whatsoever. But it's affordable, and well packaged, and so it sells. It's a perfect example of how the food industry multinationals, with their slick marketing, big advertising budgets and unfailing support from large retailers, can push just about anything on the public and earn huge returns in the process."

Read the full article, Margarine, From Poor French Man's Butter To Vegan Staple.


Anders Behring Breivik, the Norwegian murderer who killed 77 people in 2011, is suing his country, saying that his treatment in a high-security prison where he apparently has access to three cells is "inhumane" and "degrading."



Bob Dylan, who's been called the Shakespeare of our times, has sold a trove of written and recorded archives to a foundation in Tulsa, Oklahoma, for $15 million. The New York Times got a sneak peek at the extensive collection of handwritten notes, crossed-out song lyrics and the like. "It's going to start anew the way people study Dylan," said Sean Wilentz, a Princeton historian and author of Bob Dylan in America.

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FOCUS: Russia-Ukraine War

A Profound And Simple Reason That Negotiations Are Not An Option For Ukraine

The escalation of war in the Middle East and the stagnation of the Ukrainian counteroffensive have left many leaders in the West, who once supported Ukraine unequivocally, to look toward ceasefire talks with Russia. For Polish daily Gazeta Wyborcza, Piotr Andrusieczko argues that Ukraine simply cannot afford this.

Photo of Ukrainian soldiers in winter gear, marching behind a tank in a snowy landscape

Ukrainian soldiers ploughing through the snow on the frontlines

Volodymyr Zelensky's official Facebook account
Piotr Andrusieczko


KYIVUkraine is fighting for its very existence, and the war will not end soon. What should be done in the face of this reality? How can Kyiv regain its advantage on the front lines?

It's hard to deny that pessimism has been spreading among supporters of the Ukrainian cause, with some even predicting ultimate defeat for Kyiv. It's difficult to agree with this, considering how this war began and what was at stake. Yes, Ukraine has not won yet, but Ukrainians have no choice for now but to continue fighting.

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These assessments are the result of statements by the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, General Valeriy Zaluzhnyi, and an interview with him in the British weekly The Economist, where the General analyzes the causes of failures on the front, notes the transition of the war to the positional phase, and, critically, evaluates the prospects and possibilities of breaking the deadlock.

Earlier, an article appeared in the American weekly TIME analyzing the challenges facing President Volodymyr Zelensky. His responses indicate that he is disappointed with the attitude of Western partners, and at the same time remains so determined that, somewhat lying to himself, he unequivocally believes in victory.

Combined, these two publications sparked discussions about the future course of the conflict and whether Ukraine can win at all.

Some people outright predict that what has been known from the beginning will happen: Russia will ultimately win, and Ukraine has already failed.

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