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Turkey 'to expand Syria op' to other Kurdish-held towns

Turkey 'to expand Syria op' to other Kurdish-held townsPresident Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Monday vowed to expand Turkey’s Syria campaign to other Kurdish-held areas up to the Iraqi border, a day after ousting Kurdish militia from their former enclave of Afrin. Indicating there was no plan for the Turkish army to call off offensive, Erdogan described the taking of Afrin as merely a “comma” and also warned Turkey could launch a surprise attack on Kurdish rebel strongholds in Iraq.



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South Korea moves to expand remit of planned talks with North

South Korea moves to expand remit of planned talks with NorthSouth Korea wants the reunification of families divided since the end of the Korean War to be on the agenda when its diplomats meet their North Korean counterparts at Panmunjom on Tuesday morning. Cho Myoung-Gyon, South Korea's unification minister, said on Monday that Seoul also hopes to be able to explore ways of reducing tensions on the Korean Peninsula when the two sides meet to discuss arrangements for North Korean athletes to take part in the upcoming Winter Olympic Games. "We will listen to what North Korea will say", Mr Cho told reporters in Seoul. "We will make efforts to enable the North to take part in the games. "Basically, the two sides will focus on the Olympics", Yonhap news quoted Mr Cho as saying. "When discussing inter-Korean relations, the government will seek to raise the issue of war-torn families and ways to east military tensions". Mr Cho will head the five-strong South Korean delegation taking part in the talks, which are scheduled to start at 10am local time in one of the prefabricated blue huts that sit astride the North-South border at Panmunjom and have been the scene of countless – mostly fruitless – discussions since an armistice was signed to halt the three-year Korean War. North Korea Imports exports The talks will be the first direct dialogue between the two governments since December 2015. Reuniting families who have been separated for more than 60 years has been a regular request from successive governments in the South. Since August 2000,  South Koreans have been able to travel to the North to meet their relatives on more than 20 occasions, although deteriorating ties between Pyongyang and successive and more hard-line conservative governments in the South have meant that the last meeting was in February 2014. North Korea has been accused of using the families in the North as a bargaining chip to wring concessions out of the South and, given the dwindling number of relatives still alive and their desperation to see their loved-ones, may use a similar tactic again. The North Korean delegation will be headed by Ri Son-gwon, chairman of the state-run Committee for the Peaceful Reunification of Korea. Regarded as a veteran negotiator, he has overseen cross-border military talks since 2006 and is considered to be a key advisor to Kim Young-chol, vice chairman of the Central Committee of the Workers' Party and reportedly the mastermind behind the sinking in 2010 of the South Korean warship Cheonan and the deaths of 46 of her crew. South Korean army soldiers stand guard on Unification Bridge, which leads to the demilitarized zone, near the border village of Panmunjom in Paju, South Korea Credit: Ahn Young-joon/ AP North Korean state media has hinted at Pyongyang's priorities going into the talks, with the Korea Central News Agency reporting: "The entire process of North-South relations shows that efforts to improve bilateral ties can come to fruition only when the two sides work together based upon cooperation among Korean people." "The will to enhance North-South relations must be backed up not by words, but by practical actions to foster inter-Korean reconciliation and unity, and reunification", it added. While the North appears to be extending an olive branch to the South, no such niceties are on offer to Washington, despite suggestions by President Donald Trump that he would be open to a telephone conversation with Kim Jong-un, the North Korean leader. "The imperialist forces, led by the United State, are violently infringing upon other countries' sovereignty and slaughtering peaceful residents", the Rodong Sinmun newspaper said in an editorial. "The US-led unequal international order is now shaken to the roots by our republic, which has emerged as a new strategic state capable of posing an actual nuclear threat to the US mainland", it added. North Korea war puff The newspaper went on to describe Mr Trump as "a premium war dealer who destroys world peace". Polls in South Korea have suggested that three-quarters of the population are in favour of North Korean athletes taking part in the Winter Olympics, which are due to start in the city of Pyeongchang on February 9. Yet conservative politicians and large parts of the South Korean media continue to warn that the North cannot be trusted. In its editorial on Monday, the ChosunIlbo newspaper called for the South Korean government to stick to the principle of negotiations being geared to ultimately removing nuclear weapons from the peninsula. "No international principles must be compromised just to ensure a bit of glory for the Pyeongchang Olympics", the editorial declared. "Seoul would be reduced to a tool in realising Pyongyang's evil schemes", it added. "It must not allow itself to get sucked into concessions that weaken international pressure on the regime".



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Reports: Evacuations expand in Southern California as wildfires continue to rage

Reports: Evacuations expand in Southern California as wildfires continue to rageSeveral large wildfires have forced hundreds of thousands from their homes in Southern California and persistent Santa Ana winds will challenge firefighters looking to contain the blazes.



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Israel signals free hand in Syria as U.S., Russia expand truce

Israel signals free hand in Syria as U.S., Russia expand truceBy Dan Williams JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israel signaled on Sunday that it would keep up military strikes across its frontier with Syria to prevent any encroachment by Iranian-allied forces, even as the United States and Russia try to build up a ceasefire in the area. U.S. President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin on Saturday affirmed joint efforts to stabilize Syria as its civil war wanes, including with the expansion of a July 7 truce in the southwestern triangle bordering Israel and Jordan. A U.S. State Department official said Russia had agreed “to work with the Syrian regime to remove Iranian-backed forces a defined distance” from the Golan Heights frontier with Israel, which captured the plateau in the 1967 Middle East war.



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China to expand corruption supervision pilot scheme nationwide: Xinhua

China to expand corruption supervision pilot scheme nationwide: XinhuaChina will expand a pilot project for anti-graft supervision reforms nationwide next year that will consolidate existing corruption agencies, state-run news agency Xinhua reported, as President Xi Jinping expands his signature policy drive. Xinhua said in a report published late on Saturday China’s top legislature adopted a decision calling for new supervisory commissions to be set up by the People’s Congresses at provincial, city and county-levels to “supervise those exercising public power”. Xi’s signature anti-graft drive has jailed or otherwise punished nearly 1.4 million Communist Party members since 2012.



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Team Trump's Plan For America's National Monuments: Shrink Size And Expand Hunting

Team Trump's Plan For America's National Monuments: Shrink Size And Expand HuntingWASHINGTON —Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke signed an order Friday to greatly expand hunting, fishing and target shooting at America’s protected national monuments and on other public lands.



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Mueller would need go-ahead to expand Russia probe: Justice official

Mueller would need go-ahead to expand Russia probe: Justice officialUS special prosecutor Robert Mueller would need clearance from above to expand his Russia probe into areas outside the original scope of the investigation, a top Justice Department official said Sunday. “We don’t engage in fishing expeditions,” said Rod Rosenstein, the deputy attorney general who appointed Mueller, a former FBI director, to investigate links between US President Donald Trump’s campaign and a covert Russian effort to tip the 2016 US elections in his favor.



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U.S. Aims to Expand U.N. Sanctions on North Korea

U.S. Aims to Expand U.N. Sanctions on North KoreaA draft resolution would toughen trade restrictions and commercial ventures.



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U.S. may soon expand U.N. talks on North Korea sanctions, signaling China deal: diplomats

U.S. may soon expand U.N. talks on North Korea sanctions, signaling China deal: diplomatsBy Michelle Nichols UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – The United States could shortly broaden talks on a push for stronger U.N. sanctions on North Korea to include all 15 Security Council members, signaling a likely deal with China on new measures, diplomats said on Thursday. Since North Korea’s July 4 launch of an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM), the United States has been negotiating with Pyongyang ally China on a draft resolution to impose new sanctions on North Korea, which fired a second ICBM last Friday, in defiance of U.N. Security Council resolutions.



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U.S. may soon expand U.N. talks on North Korea sanctions, signaling China deal: diplomats

U.S. may soon expand U.N. talks on North Korea sanctions, signaling China deal: diplomatsBy Michelle Nichols UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – The United States could shortly broaden talks on a push for stronger United Nations sanctions on North Korea to include all 15 Security Council members, signaling a likely deal with China on new measures, diplomats said on Thursday. Since North Korea’s July 4 launch of an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM), the United States has been negotiating with Pyongyang ally China on a draft resolution to impose new sanctions on North Korea, which fired a second ICBM last Friday.



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