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South Korea Rejects Trump’s $1B THAAD Demand

Published by: VOA News

The South Korean government has quickly refuted U.S. President Donald Trump’s call for Seoul to pay $1 billion for the THAAD missile defense system.

The Defense Ministry put out a statement Friday saying, “There is no change in South Korea and the United States’ position that our government provides the land and supporting facilities and the U.S. bears the cost of THAAD system’s deployment, operation and maintenance.”

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Taliban Unleashes ‘Spring Offensive’ in Afghanistan

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The Taliban has unleashed its annual so-called “spring offensive” in Afghanistan, saying it will mainly target U.S.-led foreign “occupation” troops to force them to quit the country.

In a formal announcement released Friday, the Islamist insurgency claimed “Operation Mansouri” went into action early Friday morning across all 34 Afghan provinces.

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U.S. says "major conflict" with N.Korea possible, China warns of danger of escalation

Published by: MSN News

U.S. President Donald Trump said a "major, major conflict" with North Korea was possible over its nuclear and ballistic missile programmes, while China said the situation on the Korean peninsula could escalate or slip out of control.

Trump, speaking to Reuters on Thursday, said he wanted to resolve the crisis peacefully, possibly through the use of new economic sanctions, although a military option was not off the table.

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London police shoot woman, arrest six in counter-terror raid

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London's Metropolitan Police said it carried out a counter-terrorism raid in which officers arrested at least six people and shot a woman, who is in serious but stable condition.

The Thursday night raid occurred in London's Harlesden Road at a property previously under counter-terrorism surveillance. To breach the property, armed officers shot CS tear gas into the building.

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U.S. starts ‘swiftly’ installing controversial antimissile battery in South Korea

Published by: American Security Council Foundation ASCF

The United States military started installing a controversial antimissile defense system in South Korea overnight Tuesday, triggering protests and sparking criticism that it was rushing to get the battery in place before the likely election of a president who opposes it.

The sudden and unannounced move came only six days after the U.S. military command in South Korea secured the land to deploy the system, known as the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense, or THAAD.

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