Asia, Middle East, U. S News Briefs to be read in two minutes or less.
- Russia claims U. S. is provoking North Korea into war.
- U. S. attack on North Korea would be big mistake. (Putin)
- Germany closes diplomatic offices in North Korea.
- South Korea says North Korean missile can reach Washington DC.
- North Korea missile did not contain adequate guidance system.
- Pope mentions Rohingya for second time in Bangladesh speech.
- Nine dead, 36 wounded in Pakistani university bombing.
- U. N. demands Saudi coalition to fully lift Yemen food blockade.
- U. S. Pentagon indefinitely delays decision on cluster bomb use.
- Turkey seeks arrest of U. S. CIA agent in connect with coup attempt.
- Egypt asks help to track Sinai and international insurgents.
- A 6.00 earthquake rattles southeast Iran.
- U. N. asks for 22 billion dollars for humanitarian aid in 2018.
- U. S. lawmakers to pay for federal sex harassment claims.
- Peking to ban fireworks during lunar New Years celebration.
- U. S. approves use of Bit Coins in transactions.
- White House wants to replace Tillerson with CIA director.
- Tillerson denies Trump wants him out of Secretary State position.
- Trump later twitters Secretary ‘Tillerson will stay on’. *
- Flynn pleads guilty of lying to FBI during Russia investigation.
- Flynn’s plea brings the investigation to Trump’s inter–circle.
- Stocks fall on news reports of Trump-Russian collusion.
- U. S. Senate passes massive 1.4 trillion dollar tax cut bill.
(News gleaned from Channelnewsasia, CNN, and BBC)
- *In a top-secret memo, Trump has stated Tillerson will not be relieved until he pays his share of the $338.54 office coffee bill.
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