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North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Su Yong leaves his hotel in New York on Sept. 25, headed to a news conference in which he accused the United States of declaring war.
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Reflections

As the Word War With North Korea Escalates, So Does the Risk of Real War

Sep 25, 2017 | 19:13 GMT

North Korea's foreign minister accused Washington of declaring war and argued that any concrete action Pyongyang takes against the United States now would be defensive.

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    Campaign placards for various parties are seen during German federal elections on Sept. 24, 2017 near Bayrischzell, Germany. Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservative Christian Democratic Union (CDU) won the largest portion of the vote, while another five parties received enough support to gain seats in parliament. With so many voices earning a say, the negotiations could take weeks if not months.
    U.S. President Donald Trump took to the podium today at the U.N. General Assembly in New York to give his first speech at the body of global leaders. The speech -- somewhat reminiscent in tone to his inauguration speech in January -- was Trump's message to the world on what U.S. foreign policy should be under his doctrine of "America First."
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    The BRICS group -- made up of Brazil, Russia, India, China and later South Africa -- were envisioned as a gang of the world's up-and-comers.
    On Aug. 28, the Indian Ministry of External Affairs released a statement saying that a "disengagement" of troops has begun on the Doklam Plateau. The drawdown highlights how the costs of war outweighed the benefits of aggression for both sides.
    Twitter has become a primary theater in the war of words between Doha and Riyadh.
    French President Emmanuel Macron will soon focus on Central and Eastern Europe, meeting with the leaders of Austria, the Czech Republic and Slovakia in Salzburg on Aug. 23, and then visiting Romania on Aug. 24 and Bulgaria on Aug. 25. The official goal of these meetings is to discuss the situation of Eastern European nationals working in Western Europe. But France is also playing a more subtle political game.

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