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The Chinese are coming!

The Washington Times

Little attention has been given to one spectacular story out of China these days: the massive numbers of Chinese tourists who are spreading out around the globe. And the rest of the world finds itself overwhelmed and largely unprepared for the growing onslaught of happy Chinese masses eager to spend and explore.

In this Dec. 19, 2013, file photo, North Korean workers assemble jackets at a factory of a South Korean-owned company at the jointly run Kaesong Industrial Complex, in Kaesong, North Korea. South Korea says Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2016, it will halt operations at joint industrial park with North Korea in response to the North's recent rocket launch. (Kim Hong-Ji/Pool Photo via AP, File)

North Korea orders military takeover of inter-Korean factories

- Associated Press

North Korea on Thursday ordered a military takeover of a factory park that had been the last major symbol of cooperation with South Korea, saying Seoul’s earlier suspension of operations at the jointly run facility as punishment for the North’s recent rocket launch was a “dangerous declaration of war.”

Adm. Cecil E.D. Haney. (Associated Press) ** FILE **

China adds warheads to older DF-5s

- The Washington Times

China’s military has begun retrofitting single-warhead DF-5 intercontinental ballistic missiles with multiple, independently targetable re-entry vehicles, according to U.S. defense officials. The upgrading of the DF-5 missiles with multiple warheads, known as MIRVs, was detected by U.S. intelligence agencies within the past several months.

There is currently a shortage of eggs throughout Venezuela, with people waiting in line for at least an hour to buy them. The IMF said inflation would more than double in the economically struggling South American country in 2016. (Associated Press)

Crumbling economy in Venezuela puts Nicolas Maduro’s socialist regime in peril

The late Hugo Chavez kept his “Bolivarian Revolution” alive by picking fights — mostly with the United States and Venezuela’s traditional elites — while sailing on a sea of oil. But with energy prices plummeting and the economy cratering, Venezuelans aren’t buying the old formula anymore under Chavez’s handpicked successor.

Under army patrol, South Korean cargo trucks head to Kaesong, North Korea. South Korea said it will shut down the joint industrial park there and accused Pyongyang of using hard currency from Kaesong to develop its nuclear and missile programs. (Associated Press)

U.S. and Asian allies punishing North Korea for its aggression

- The Washington Times

Aftershocks from North Korea’s satellite launch over the weekend continued to reverberate on both sides of Pacific on Wednesday, as South Korea pulled the plug on a high-profile joint venture with Pyongyang, the U.S. and Japan moved ahead on new economic sanctions on the North and China faced increasing pressure to rein in its rogue ally.

Rep. Candice Miller, R-Mich., addresses the Republican Leadership Conference at the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island, Mich.  (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio, FILE)

House GOP says Obama ignoring law with Iranian visa waiver bid

- The Washington Times

President Obama’s attempt to grant a special visa waiver to Iranians who hold passports from other countries as well plays into the hands of Tehran, experts told Congress on Wednesday, saying the regime relies on exactly those dual-passport holders for its terrorism and weapons plans.

Choe Ryong Hae (center), director of the General Political Bureau of the Korean People's Army (KPA), and other delegates (from left) Kim Hyong Jun, deputy minister Foreign Affairs, Ri Yong Gil, colonel general of KPA, Kim Song Nam, vice department director of the Central Committee of the Workers party of Korea, and Kim Su Gil, lieutenant general of KPA, pose before leaving Pyongyang Airport for China on May 22, 2013. (Associated Press) **FILE**

North Korea’s army chief of staff executed: Report

- The Washington Times

A top North Korean military general was executed this month on corruption and other charges, according to a South Korean news report Wednesday, sparking speculation that ruler Kim Jong-un may have deemed the official as an internal threat to his grip on power in Pyongyang.

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This image released by the Washington County, Minn., Sheriff's Department, shows Zdenko Jakisa,  who came to the U.S. as a refugee from war-torn Bosnia almost two decades ago. He will be deported for concealing a long criminal past in his home country, including the killing of an elderly Serbian neighbor, a federal judge said Thursday, Feb. 11, 2016. (Washington County Sheriff's Department/Star Tribune via AP)

Deportation for man who concealed Bosnian war-era crimes

- Associated Press

A man who came to the U.S. as a refugee from war-torn Bosnia almost two decades ago will be deported for concealing a long criminal past in his home country, including the killing of an elderly Serbian neighbor, a federal judge said Thursday.

Official unsure of where Iran's enriched uranium is stored

- Associated Press

A State Department official told lawmakers Thursday he was unsure of the precise location of tons of low-enriched uranium shipped out of Iran on a Russian vessel as part of the landmark nuclear agreement.

NAACP, Common Cause sue over cuts from Georgia voter list

- Associated Press

The Georgia NAACP and Common Cause Georgia filed a lawsuit this week against Secretary of State Brian Kemp, arguing that his office has illegally eliminated people from the state's registered voter list.

Republican presidential candidate, Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., speaks with members of at the Seacoast Republican Women during their holiday luncheon, Friday, Dec. 4, 2015, in Greenland, N.H. (AP Photo/Jim Cole)

Rubio eyes brokered convention after NH setback

- Associated Press

The best hope of the Republican establishment just a week ago, Marco Rubio suddenly faces a path to his party's presidential nomination that could require a brokered national convention.

Brazil, Texas state hospital reach deal on Zika vaccine

- Associated Press

Brazil has signed an agreement with a Texas research hospital to develop a vaccine against the Zika virus, the country's health minister said Thursday, adding the goal is for the vaccine to be ready for clinical testing within 12 months.

In this Dec. 19, 2013, file photo, North Korean workers assemble jackets at a factory of a South Korean-owned company at the jointly run Kaesong Industrial Complex, in Kaesong, North Korea. South Korea says Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2016, it will halt operations at joint industrial park with North Korea in response to the North's recent rocket launch. (Kim Hong-Ji/Pool Photo via AP, File)

Burden of Kaesong closure to mostly fall on S. Korean firms

- Associated Press

South Korea's sudden withdrawal from a factory park in North Korea is a severe blow for the South Korean businesses that populated it, but is unlikely to make much difference to the North's decrepit economy despite being a stern diplomatic measure.

FILE - In this Feb. 4, 2016 file-pool photo, Secretary of State John Kerry at a conference entitled 'Supporting Syria & The Region,'  in London. As Kerry heads to Munich, Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2016,  in search of compromises that could yield a truce and revive peace talks that were suspended before they really started, the administration is being pressed by all sides to clarify its strategy.  (Nicholas Kamm/Pool Photo via AP, File)

Russia proposes March 1 ceasefire in Syria; US wants it now

- Associated Press

Russia has proposed a March 1 ceasefire in Syria, U.S. officials say, but Washington believes Moscow is giving itself and the Syrian government three weeks to try to crush moderate rebel groups.

In this Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2016 photo, people walk by a Korean restaurant in Tokyo's Korean district. Japan has a half-million ethnic Korean residents, and the pro-North Korean community is estimated to make up 30,000 to 100,000 of them. Most of them are descendants of Koreans who came to Japan during its 1910-45 colonization of the Korean Peninsula, including those brought here for slave labor at mines and factories in final years of World War II. The Korean communities here are represented by two main groups, one linked to the North and the other to the South. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi)

A look at Japan's complex relationship with North Korea

- Associated Press

Japan has a troubled and complicated relationship with North Korea. The two countries have no diplomatic ties, but there are tens of thousands of pro-Pyongyang ethnic Koreans who live in Japan and still have relatives in the North.

FILE - In this Feb. 4, 2016 file-pool photo, Secretary of State John Kerry at a conference entitled 'Supporting Syria & The Region,'  in London. As Kerry heads to Munich, Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2016,  in search of compromises that could yield a truce and revive peace talks that were suspended before they really started, the administration is being pressed by all sides to clarify its strategy.  (Nicholas Kamm/Pool Photo via AP, File)

Russia proposes March 1 ceasefire in Syria; US wants it now

- Associated Press

Russia has proposed a March 1 ceasefire in Syria, U.S. officials said Wednesday, but Washington believes Moscow is giving itself and the Syrian government three weeks to try to crush moderate rebel groups.

These composite photos provided by the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation show Sirhan Sirhan from left, in Oct. 29, 2009, Sept. 20, 2012, and Nov. 22, 2013.  For nearly 50 years, Sirhan has been consistent: He says he doesn't remember fatally shooting Sen. Robert F. Kennedy in a crowded kitchen pantry of the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles. The Jerusalem native, now 71, has given no inkling that he will change his story at his 15th parole hearing set for Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2016, in San Diego. He is serving a life sentence that was commuted from death when the California Supreme Court briefly outlawed capital punishment in 1972. (California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation via AP)

Panel denies parole to Sirhan, assassin of Robert F. Kennedy

- Associated Press

Sirhan Sirhan was denied parole Wednesday for fatally shooting Robert F. Kennedy after a confidante of the slain senator who was shot in the head forgave him and repeatedly apologized for not doing more to win his release.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., center, walks with Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Pa., left, to the chamber for the vote to impose more stringent sanctions on North Korea for willfully violating international law by pushing ahead with its nuclear weapons program and for what they say are flagrant violations of international law, at the Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2016.  (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Senate passes bill to hit North Korea with harsher sanctions

- Associated Press

Seeking to derail North Korea's drive for nuclear weapons, Republican and Democratic senators set aside their partisan differences Wednesday to unanimously pass legislation aimed at starving Pyongyang of the money it needs to build an atomic arsenal.