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North Korea Sentences US National to 6 Years Hard Labor

North Korea has sentenced a US national to six years of hard labor for "hostile acts", the state-run KCNA news agency has reported, Sunday.

Matthew Miller was arrested in April for violating his tourist status in the country. The authorities have not specified the exact charges, but said he tore up his visa and demanded political asylum, the BBC informed.

Israel issues tenders for 283 homes in West Bank settlement

Israel said Sept. 5 it published tenders for 283 new homes in a West Bank settlement, just days after announcing its biggest land grab on occupied Palestinian territory for three decades.
The expansion of the Elkana settlement, in the northwest of the West Bank, was approved in January and the tenders published Thursday, Israel's Land Authority said on its website.

US cyber-warriors battling Islamic State on Twitter

The United States has launched a social media offensive against the Islamic State and Al-Qaeda, setting out to win the war of ideas by ridiculing the militants with a mixture of blunt language and sarcasm.

Diplomats and experts are the first to admit that the digital blitz being waged on Twitter, Facebook and Youtube will never be a panacea to combat the jihadists.

US clears air missiles sales to Turkish army

The US State Department has cleared the way to sell $320-million air-to-air missiles to Turkey, as part of latter’s efforts to boost its security amid rising regional threats The United States has cleared a potential $320 million advanced medium-range air-to-air missiles (AMRAAM) missiles sale to Turkey after the country demanded arms from its NATO ally amid increasing security risks i

Mircea Geoana pays working visit to Washington, has meeting with Victoria Nuland on agenda

Social Democratic Party (PSD) Senator Mircea Geoana will be paying Saturday through Thursday a working visit to Washington, where he will talk with US officials about the introduction of the 'Romania Gateway' project in the strategy of the US State Department concerning the New Silk Road, according to a release remitted to AGERPRES.

US, Turkey Embroiled in Scandal over CNN 'Spy'

A dispute broke between Washington and Ankara after it was revealed that CNN correspondent Ivan Watson had been harassed by Turkish police on the anniversary of Gezi protests.

US State Department officials dismissed Turkish Prime Minister Recep Erdogan's comments that Watson was "an agent" and wanted to "stir up trouble in Turkey".