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KOREA A South Korean lawmaker says North Korean hackers stole highly classified military documents that include U.S.-South Korean wartime “decapitation strike” plans against the North Korean leadership. If confirmed, the reported hacking attack by the North would be a major blow for South Korea at a time when its relations with rival North Korea are at a low point. 

MYANMAR A report by the U.N. human rights office says attacks against Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar point to a strategy to instill “widespread fear and trauma” and prevent them from ever returning to their homes. More on p12

VANUATU The 11,000 residents of a Vanuatu island who were evacuated from an erupting volcano will likely need to wait at least two more weeks before they can return home, officials said yesterday.

SRI LANKA Police arrested three prominent opposition lawmakers, including the son of a former president, for leading a protest against government plans to privatize an airport that is named after the ex-strongman.


RUSSIA’s domestic security agency said yesterday it detained six people in Crimea accused of involvement in an extremist organization, a move described by one of the suspects’ lawyer as part of Moscow’s crackdown on the Crimean Tatars.

ISRAEL-LEBANNON Israel’s defense minister says the Hezbollah militant group controls Lebanon’s army. Hezbollah is a member of Lebanon’s coalition government, and its armed wing has long been seen as more powerful than the country’s security forces.

DENMARK Danish submarine inventor Peter Madsen, suspected in the death of a Swedish journalist whose torso, decapitated head, legs and clothes were found in the sea off Copenhagen, won’t talk with investigators anymore, police said yesterday.

BRAZIL A Brazilian lawmaker recommended that his colleagues vote against putting President Michel Temer on trial on charges of leading a criminal organization and obstructing justice. Temer’s Brazilian Democratic Movement Party is accused of receiving nearly USD190 million in bribes in exchange for political favors and influence.

MEXICO At least 13 inmates died in a prison riot in northern Mexico that authorities ended with lethal force, a state security official said. Spokesman Aldo Fasci said the riot occurred at the state prison in Cadereyta and the death toll could climb because eight people were in critical condition.

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