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North Korean missile tests signal return to brinkmanship

Grappling with pandemic difficulties and U.S.-led sanctions over his nuclear ambitions, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un could be reviving his 2017 playbook of nuclear and missile brinkmanship to wrest concessions from Washington and his neighbours.

This photo provided by the North Korean government, shows what it says a test-fire of tactical guided missile in North Korea Monday, Jan. 17, 2022. The content of this image is as provided and cannot be independently verified. (Korean Central News Agency/Korea News Service via AP)

Blinken to visit Ukraine as U.S.-Russia tensions escalate

Secretary of State Antony Blinken will visit Ukraine this week and meet with President Volodymyr Zelenskyy as tensions between the U.S. and Russia escalate over a possible Russian invasion of its neighbour, the State Department said Tuesday.

A serviceman takes his position in a trench at the line of separation near Yasne village, south-west of Donetsk, controlled by Russia-backed separatists, eastern Ukraine, on Jan. 14, 2022. (Alexei Alexandrov / AP)

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This undated electron microscope image made available by the U.S. National Institutes of Health in February 2020 shows the Novel Coronavirus SARS-CoV-2, orange, emerging from the surface of cells, green, cultured in the lab. (NIAID-RML via AP)