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North Korean soldiers stand guard at the Demilitarized Zone that separates the two halves of the Korean Peninsula at Panmunjom, North Korea. The building in the background stands in the South. (Associated Press)

U.S. military says tensions are up on DMZ in Koreas

- The Washington Times

U.S. Army Col. James M. Minnich stood on a wet slab of concrete near a single-story blue U.N. structure in this old village that literally straddles the official line of demarcation in the demilitarized zone between North and South Korea.

People follow the coffin of Boris Nemtsov during a farewell ceremony at the Sakharov center in Moscow, Russia, Tuesday, March 3, 2015. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)

Boris Nemtsov case: Russian mourners view body of slain opposition leader

- Associated Press

One by one, thousands of mourners and dignitaries filed past the white-lined coffin of slain Kremlin critic Boris Nemtsov on Tuesday, many offering flowers as they paid their last respects to one of the most prominent figures of Russia’s beleaguered opposition.

South Korean President Park Geun-hye, bottom center, gives three cheers with a national flag during a ceremony to celebrate the March First Independence Movement Day, the anniversary of the 1919 uprising against Japanese colonial rule, in Seoul, South Korea, Sunday, March 1, 2015. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon, Pool)

Seoul hopes to build U.N. headquarters, peace park near North Korea’s DMZ

- The Washington Times

An influential lawmaker here says President Park Geun-Hye’s government is putting its weight behind an initiative to bring a new U.N. regional headquarters to South Korea, along with an “international peace park” that could be built on land inside the highly sensitive Demilitarized Zone that has divided the nation from North Korea since 1953.

In this image made from video, smoke rises from an explosion as Iraqi forces, Shiite militiamen and Sunni tribal fighters battle Islamic State militants for control of Tikrit, Iraq, Tuesday, March 3, 2015. Backed by Shiite militias and Sunni tribal fighters as well as Iranian advisers, the government forces made little progress on the second day of a large-scale military operation to recapture Tikrit, which fell to the Islamic State group last summer, two local officials said. (AP Photo via AP video)

Fierce clashes outside Iraq’s Tikrit after new offensive

- Associated Press

Iraqi troops fought on Tuesday with Islamic State extremists south of the militant-held city of Tikrit but their offensive to retake Saddam Hussein’s hometown was slowed by roadside bombs, local officials said.

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