Geopolitical News, 11 Feb 2019

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LATEST NEWS Feb 11, 2019
S. Korea pays $924 mil. for defense cost sharing deal with the U.S. for year 2019

South Korea and the U.S. have finally reached an agreement on this year’s defense cost sharing deal, with Seoul’s financial contribution for the stationing of some 28-thousand American troops on the Korean Peninsula at 9-hundred-24 million U.S. dollars. …

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U.S. Special Envoy Khalilzad Conducts New Afghan Peace Trip

The U.S. special envoy for Afghanistan, Zalmay Khalilzad, who just returned to Washington after a series of stops in the Middle East and Europe, is journeying out again to several key countries as part of efforts to push a U.S. peace initiative for the war-torn country. …

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Report: Russia Has Deployed More Medium-Range Cruise Missiles Than Previously Thought

Russia has deployed its controversial 9M729 cruise missile at more locations than previously thought, a German newspaper reports.

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US-Backed Forces in Syria Push to Oust Last of IS Group

U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces say they have recaptured 41 positions held by Islamic State militants as they seek to clear the last enclave the militant group controls in eastern Syria. …

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Sri Lanka, Russia Discussing Mi-17 Helicopters Deal for UN Missions – Amb.

Sri Lanka is negotiating with Russia the purchase of a new batch of Russian Mi-17 helicopters, which the country will use in UN peacekeeping missions, Sri Lankan Ambassador to Russia Dayan Jayatilleka told Sputnik on Sunday. …

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People Flee Escalating Violence in Myanmar’s Rakhine, Southern Chin States

The U.N. refugee agency says it is worried by reports of people fleeing escalating violence in Myanmar’s southern Chin State and Rakhine State, adding to growing instability in these regions. …

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China, India clash over PM Modi’s visit to disputed state

China has condemned a visit by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to a disputed border region which triggered a war between the nuclear-armed neighbors in 1962. …

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French Airstrikes in N. Chad Affirm Support for President Déby

When French fighter jets bombarded 40 pickup trucks of suspected insurgents last week in Chad, the former colonial power signaled an unprecedented willingness to engage openly in joint military operations in Northern Africa. …

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