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Responses to Kurdish Independence Referendum

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The people of Iraqi Kurdistan voted to secede from Iraq on Monday, despite opposition to the referendum from almost every government in the Middle East. Kurds throughout the region celebrated the victory, and Masoud Barzani, the president of Iraqi Kurdistan, claimed a mandate to negotiate independence with Baghdad (Guardian). The Iraqi government refuses to recognize […]

Future of US-South Korea Trade Deal Uncertain

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American President Donald Trump’s economic advisers are divided over the United States-Korea Free Trade Agreement (KORUS) in light of the growing North Korean nuclear threat. Two senior administration officials reported on Saturday that Trump may withdraw the US from the five-year-old trade agreement with South Korea (NYT). Advocates of withdrawal called KORUS unfair, while other […]

Microsoft Cuts Thousands of Jobs

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Microsoft, one of the largest companies in the world, announced on Thursday that they planned to lay off 3000-4000 employees across the globe (NYT). The job cuts will come primarily from Microsoft’s Sales and Marketing departments, amidst a mass restructuring of the business’s operations. The cuts will come from locations that are mostly outside of […]

North Korean Military Tests Far-Reaching Missile

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The North Korean military successfully launched an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) on Tuesday, marking a major advance in the North’s missile program. The missile, confirmed to be an ICBM by a U.S. Defense Department spokeswoman, hit an altitude of about 2,800 km before landing in the sea 930 km away (Yonhap 1; Reuters). Some experts […]