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Lee Jae-yong, vice chairman of Samsung Electronics Co., gets into a car to leave after attending a hearing at the Seoul Central District Court in Seoul, South Korea, Thursday, Feb. 16, 2017. (Choi Jae-koo/Yonhap via AP)

Samsung family succession hits snag with chief’s arrest

- Associated Press

South Korea was taken by surprise Friday with the arrest of the scion of the country’s richest family and de-facto leader at Samsung over his alleged involvement in a massive corruption scandal that engulfed the president and riveted the nation.

A Pakistani police officer stands guard during a Friday's prayers in Karachi, Pakistan, Feb. 17, 2017. Pakistani forces killed and arrested dozens of suspects in sweeping raids overnight and into Friday, a day after a massive suicide bombing by the Islamic State group killed dozens of worshippers at a famed Sufi shrine in the country's south. (AP Photo/Fareed Khan)

Pakistan reeling after ISIS bombing at Sufi shrine killed 88

- Associated Press

Pakistani forces killed and arrested dozens of suspects in sweeping raids as the death toll from a massive suicide bombing by the Islamic State group that targeted a famed Sufi shrine the day before rose to 88 on Friday.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel arrives for a questioning at an investigation committee of the German federal parliament looking into alleged U.S. surveillance in Germany and the activities of Germany's own foreign intelligence service in Berlin, Germany, Thursday, Feb. 16, 2017. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn)

Angela Merkel, German chancellor, testifies on alleged U.S. eavesdropping

- Associated Press

Chancellor Angela Merkel told lawmakers she stands by her 2013 complaint that “spying among friends” is unacceptable as she testified Thursday to a committee examining alleged U.S. surveillance in Germany, as well as questionable activities by German intelligence - which she said she heard about only much later.

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U.S. Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis speaks during a media conference at NATO headquarters in Brussels on Thursday, Feb. 16, 2017. U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis on has told NATO ministers that the alliance is "a fundamental bedrock for the United States" while at the same time demanding an increased financial commitment from the 27 other alliance members. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo)

Munich conference brings hope for clarity on US priorities

- Associated Press

Top world leaders, diplomats and defense officials are getting their first opportunity to meet with members of the Trump administration amid concerns over the new president's commitment to NATO and posture toward Russia.

Belarus's President Alexander Lukashenko speaks during a briefing in Minsk, Belarus, Friday, Feb. 3, 2017.  In a televised broadcast on Friday, Lukashenko asked the country's interior minister to press charges against Russia's top food safety official, alleging charges of "damaging the state" because Russia stopped the import of Belarusian products due to quality issues and suspicions that Belarus resells EU-made dairy products that are banned in Russia.  The Kremlin responded to the outburst, listing the loans and reduced taxes that Russia gave to Belarus.  (Maxim Guchek/BelTA Pool Photo via AP) **FILE**

Menacing Russia, cowering Belarus -- trouble in the Union State

Many in the West don't realize that after the fall of the Soviet Union, Russia and Belarus, its smaller neighbor to the west, set up their own mini-political combination, dubbed the "Union State." Belarus -- literally, "White Russia -- historically has been controlled by Moscow, with some periods ruled by Moscow's archrival throughout the ages, Poland.

Toomey wants Trump to get tough on Putin, backs Trump moves

- Associated Press

Pennsylvania's Republican Sen. Pat Toomey said Thursday that he was disappointed President Donald Trump has not been more critical of Russian President Vladimir Putin, and said America needs to get tougher on Russia.

Downtown Little Rock Partnership hires ambassadors

Associated Press

The Downtown Little Rock Partnership has hired two ambassadors to provide information and offer assistance to people in the central business district, and also report maintenance issues.

U.S. Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis, center, speaks with Canadian Defense Minister Harjit Singh Sajjan, right, during a meeting of the NATO-Georgia Council at NATO headquarters in Brussels on Thursday, Feb. 16, 2017. U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis on Wednesday told NATO ministers that the alliance is "a fundamental bedrock for the United States" while at the same time demanding an increased financial commitment from the 27 other alliance members. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo)

Top Trump envoys signal no quick changes to US-Russia ties

- Associated Press

The Trump administration signaled Thursday there will be no change soon in U.S.-Russian relations, putting the onus on Moscow to prove itself if it wants closer cooperation with Washington. Russia's support for Ukrainian separatists was underscored as a test case of its willingness to change behavior.

Miami Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria, right, watches with catcher J.T. Realmuto during a spring training baseball workout Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2017, in Jupiter, Fla. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

Kushner family puts brakes on talks to buy Miami Marlins

- Associated Press

The Kushner family, which has close ties to the White House, put the brakes on its negotiations to buy the Miami Marlins because of a report team owner Jeffrey Loria may be nominated by President Donald Trump to become ambassador to France.

President Donald Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu participate in a joint news conference in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2017. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Trump says intel officials, media unfair to Flynn

- Associated Press

President Donald Trump is blaming the media and "illegally leaked" intelligence information for bringing down his national security adviser Michael Flynn, one day after the White House said Trump had asked Flynn to resign because he misled Vice President Mike Pence about his contacts with Russia.

The resignation of National Security Adviser Michael Flynn has opened up a vicious fight over the integrity of the intelligence community. (Associated Press)

Trump's clash with U.S. spy agencies spooks intelligence allies abroad

- The Washington Times

The Trump White House and the U.S. intelligence community moved closer to open warfare in the wake of National Security Adviser Michael Flynn's spectacular downfall -- and the fallout is unnerving key American intelligence partners around the world, according to several high-level national security sources.