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Sanctions delay plans for N. Korean beach resort: analysts

Sanctions delay plans for N. Korean beach resort: analystsNorth Korea has again pushed back the construction end-date of a massive beach resort — a move analysts say shows the regime is struggling from international sanctions imposed over its nuclear weapons programmes. The eastern seaside strip, known as the Wonsan-Kalma Coastal Tourist Area, is intended as a centrepiece of the isolated country’s nascent tourism industry as Pyongyang seeks to develop its economy despite the tough economic measures. The site’s construction has been closely overseen by leader Kim Jong Un, and was initially scheduled to open this April, to mark the birthday anniversary of the country’s founder Kim Il Sung.



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Brazil's Bolsonaro taking a risk on Venezuela: analysts

Brazil's Bolsonaro taking a risk on Venezuela: analystsBy siding with the United States in recognizing Juan Guaido as Venezuela’s interim president and dismissing Nicolas Maduro as an illegitimate “dictator,” Brazilian far-right leader Jair Bolsonaro is making a risky bet, analysts and former diplomats say. Firstly, he is breaking with Brazil’s tradition of trying to maintain cordial relations with governments of all stripes. Secondly, he is thrusting Brazil into a showdown that, in the words of Rubens Ricupero, a former Brazilian ambassador to the US speaking to the newspaper O Globo, “could have unpredictable consequences for the region” if not quickly resolved.



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Global pressure vital for Yemen accord: analysts

Global pressure vital for Yemen accord: analystsA breakthrough accord between Yemen’s warring sides is the most significant step towards ending the country’s devastating conflict, but analysts warn its success depends on further international pressure. The United Nations on Thursday brokered a truce between Yemen’s government, supported by a Saudi-led military coalition, and Iran-backed Huthi rebels. While the agreement signed in Sweden was welcomed by all involved, analysts say it is fraught with risks and needs to be reinforced by the international community.



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Qatar may benefit from Khashoggi fallout: analysts

Qatar may benefit from Khashoggi fallout: analystsGlobal diplomatic fallout from the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi in Saudi Arabia’s Istanbul consulate may help Qatar in its political stand-off with the kingdom, experts said. The backlash may force Riyadh to ease sweeping sanctions imposed on Doha since the dispute erupted between the former Gulf allies in June 2017. The killing of Khashoggi — who was critical of the Saudi government and its blockade of Qatar — may convince sceptics that Doha’s claims of Saudi “aggression” were justified, according to analysts.



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Saudi-Iran dispute unlikely to take Israel to war: analysts

Saudi-Iran dispute unlikely to take Israel to war: analystsA rare interview given by a top Israeli general to a Saudi-owned news site has raised speculation of joint military action against Iran and its allies, but analysts say it appears unlikely. Tensions between the Saudis and Iran have intensified in recent weeks, with Riyadh-backed Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri stepping down over what he called Iran’s grip on his country. Iranian-backed Hezbollah, which is dominant in Lebanon, is also a great enemy of Israel — with which it fought a war in 2006.



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Attack On North Korea Could Spare Allies, Secretary Mattis Says. Analysts Aren't So Sure.

Attack On North Korea Could Spare Allies, Secretary Mattis Says. Analysts Aren't So Sure.Days after President Donald Trump referred to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un as “rocket man” and members of his administration made it clear military options against Pyongyang remained on the table, Defense Secretary James Mattis sought to calm growing fears of American intervention on the Korean Peninsula by arguing that the United States had military options at its disposal that wouldn’t necessarily spell disaster for allies in the region.



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North Korean Missile Claims a Hoax: Analysts

North Korean Missile Claims a Hoax: AnalystsIndependent analysis in a scholarly journal challenges North Korean missile claims.



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Wilders remains force to be reckoned with: analysts

Wilders remains force to be reckoned with: analystsGeert Wilders may have been beaten into second place in the Dutch elections but the far-right MP will enjoy a magnified role in parliament and remain a force to be reckoned with, analysts said. While he failed in his aim of starting a “patriotic revolution,” Wilders has already succeeded in shifting the debate and the tone in Dutch politics on immigration and integration, observers said. Campaigning on an anti-Islam ticket, the peroxide-haired politician saw his hopes wilt from an all-time high in January when opinion polls had said he could win as many as 37 seats in the 150-seat Dutch lower chamber.



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AP Exclusive: Analysts downplay threat from 7 nations in ban

AP Exclusive: Analysts downplay threat from 7 nations in banWASHINGTON (AP) — Analysts at the Homeland Security Department's intelligence arm found insufficient evidence that citizens of seven Muslim-majority countries included in President Donald Trump's travel ban pose a terror threat to the United States.



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