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Iran's President Hassan Rouhani waits for Turkey's parliament speaker and former Prime Minister, Binali Yildirim, for their meeting, after a six-nation conference on fighting terrorism in Tehran, Iran, Saturday, Dec. 8, 2018. (AP Photo/Ebrahim Noroozi) ** FILE **

Iran’s ‘corruption courts’ fuel surge in executions

- The Washington Times

The embattled Iranian government is increasingly resorting to the most severe punishment — execution — as it tries to tamp down a wave of financial crimes amid an economic downturn fueled in part by tough U.S. sanctions, according to activists and human rights groups.

Fighting in Yemeni city dies down as cease-fire takes hold

- Associated Press

Yemen’s key port city of Hodeida was calm Tuesday morning, hours after a U.N.-mediated cease-fire went into effect between government-allied forces and the country’s rebels, Yemeni officials said.

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A Customs and Border Patrol agent patrols the international border Tuesday, April 10, 2018 in Nogales, Ariz. The Republican governors of Texas, Arizona and New Mexico on Monday committed 1,600 Guard members to the border, giving President Donald Trump many of the troops he requested to fight what he's called a crisis of migrant crossings and crime. (AP Photo/Matt York)

Border Patrol discovers tunnel being dug to connect U.S., Mexico

Associated Press

Authorities say an incomplete tunnel has been found under the U.S.-Mexico border in Nogales, Arizona, and Nogales, Sonora. The U.S Border Patrol said Tuesday the presence of structural shoring and digging tools in the tunnel when it was discovered Monday indicated that its excavation was still in progress.

Honduran asylum seekers are taken into custody by U.S. Border Patrol agents after the group crossed the U.S. border wall into San Diego, California, seen from Tijuana, Mexico, Sunday, Dec. 16, 2018. (AP Photo/Moises Castillo)

As a gov't shutdown looms, here's a look at the border wall

- Associated Press

President Donald Trump and Democratic lawmakers are in a standoff over funding the government, and the main sticking point is Trump's demand for $5 billion to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border.

Writer seeks records of probe into Pentagon Papers leak

- Associated Press

A Harvard University professor and writer for The New Yorker is asking a court to order the release of documents related to two grand juries that sat in Boston nearly 50 years ago to investigate the leak of the Pentagon Papers.

A protester, left, wearing a mask of U.S. President Donald Trump kicks his fellow protester wearing a mask of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un during a rally to denounce policies of South Korean President Moon Jae-in on North Korea in Seoul, South Korea, Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2018. Kim's return visit to Seoul appears unlikely to take place this month, a senior South Korean official said last week. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)

US NKorea envoy to visit SKorea amid uncertainty over talks

- Associated Press

The Trump administration's special envoy for North Korea is heading to South Korea this week amid growing uncertainty over the future of direct talks between Washington and Pyongyang, the State Department said Tuesday.