International News Briefs: Raid on Turkish newspaper, North Korea readies military




Raid on Turkish newspaper linked to ‘terrorist’ group

The Turkish newspaper Zaman was raided March 4 after being placed under government control not long before, reports the BBC. Police entered the building shortly after firing tear gas at protesters who were outside the offices. Zaman is linked to the Hizmet movement run by cleric Fethullah Gulen. Turkey defines this movement as a “‘terrorist’” group that is aiming to overthrow President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. A court ruled March 4 that the paper should be run by administrators, sparking the protest. This event only attracts more international criticism of this government which has had a history of mistreating journalists.

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North Korea readies military for nuclear strikes

North Korea’s military was put on standby for nuclear strikes by leader Kim Jong Un on March 4, according to Fox News. The nuclear threats to rivals South Korea and the United States are part of a propaganda effort against the two countries, both of which North Korea see as threats that are attempting to overthrow its government. A dispatch from the official Korean Central News Agency paraphrased Kim, saying, “The only way for defending the sovereignty of our nation and its right to existence under the present extreme situation is to bolster up nuclear force both in quality and quantity.” It is unclear exactly how much nuclear strength the country has, but it is estimated that it would not be able to fulfill the threat of reaching U.S. shores with a nuclear warhead. The U.N. has also imposed sanctions regarding the country’s military.

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