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South Korean President Moon Jae-in, second from right, and his wife Kim Jung-sook, right, stand with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, second from left, and his wife Ri Sol-ju on the Mount Paektu in North Korea, Thursday, Sept. 20, 2018. (Pyongyang Press Corps Pool via AP)

Kim Jong-un, Moon Jae-in join hands on peak of sacred North Korean volcano

- Associated Press

The leaders of the rival Koreas took to the road for the final day of their summit Thursday, standing on the peak of a beautiful volcano considered sacred in the North and a centerpiece of propaganda used to legitimize the Kim family’s rule, their hands clasped and raised in a pose of triumph. Their trip to the mountain on the North Korean-Chinese border, and the striking photo-op that will resonate in both Koreas, followed a day of wide-ranging agreements they trumpeted as a major step toward peace.

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Lauren Daigle wants to break down walls to Christian music

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Lavrov says Russia won't interfere in Bosnia Oct. 7 election

- Associated Press

Russia won't interfere in next month's elections in Bosnia, an ethnically-divided Balkan nation where Moscow maintains strong influence among the country's Serbs, Russia's foreign minister insisted Friday.

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Israel, Russia to improve Syria hotline after plane downed

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An Israeli military official says its "deconfliction line" with Russia for their air forces in Syria will be improved after a Russian plane was hit by Syrian forces responding to an Israeli raid.

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India calls of foreign ministers' meeting with Pakistan

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Showdown looms as UN rights experts in Yemen hindered

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Turkey says it will patrol north Syria town with US forces

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China 'outraged' by US sanctions over Russian weapons buy

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China said Friday it was "outraged" over U.S. economic sanctions against a Chinese military agency and its director over the purchase of Russian fighter jets and surface-to-air missile equipment, and demanded the U.S. cancel the measure.