South Korea: Moon’s party dealt crushing defeats in mayoral polls

South Korean President Moon Jae-in’s Democratic Party has suffered devastating defeats in elections for the mayors of the country’s two biggest cities, results showed on Thursday, amid political scandals and policy blunders. The election on Wednesday was widely seen a key barometer for potential political shifts for Moon’s progressive party with less than one year left … Read more

Jordan gov’t accuses ex-crown prince of ‘malicious plot’

Jordan’s former crown prince, Prince Hamzah, had been liaising with foreign parties over a “malicious plot” to destabilise the country, the Jordanian deputy prime minister has said. On Saturday the military said it had issued a warning to the prince over actions targeting “security and stability” in the kingdom. Prince Hamzah, King Abdullah’s half-brother, later said … Read more

North Korea’s tactical nuclear weapons expand deterrence, risk

Seoul, South Korea – North Korea appears to be well on its way to becoming a mature nuclear state despite longstanding United Nations sanctions, after Pyongyang’s tests in late March of cruise and ballistic missiles capable of carrying tactical nuclear warheads. North Korea’s nuclear development increased dramatically under leader Kim Jong Un, who took power in … Read more

COVID surge in Americas could be ‘even larger’ than in 2020: PAHO

The head of the World Health Organization’s Americas body has warned that the region could see a worse spike in coronavirus infections than the one it experienced last year, as several countries are struggling to contain mounting infections and deaths. In a news briefing on Wednesday, Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) Director Carissa Etienne said “it is … Read more