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Bekir_Bozdağ Turkey warns US to cut support to Kurdish YPG; N Korea calls for unification
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   <li><strong>Turkey warns U.S. to cut support for YPG –</strong> <a href="https://uk.reuters.com/article/uk-mideast-crisis-syria-turkey/turkey-to-u-s-end-support-for-syrian-kurdish-ypg-or-risk-confrontation-idUKKBN1FE26T">Turkey said</a> the United States should cut its support for Kurdish YPG fighters or risk facing off against Turkish troops fighting in Syria's northwestern Afrin region. The comments from Turkey's deputy prime minister and government spokesman, Bekir Bozdağ, represent some of the forceful yet between the two NATO allies. The White House said on January 24 that U.S. President Donald Trump had urged his Turkish counterpart, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, to curtail Operation "Olive Branch" to prevent a clash between both countries. Turkey disputes the White House's characterization of the conversation.
   <li>Turkey launched a ground and air operation into northwestern Syria – codename "Olive Branch" – just under a week ago to neutralize what they perceive as the YPG threat. Ankara views them an extension of the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), which has fought a three-decade guerrilla insurgency in Turkey's predominantly Kurdish southeast. However, Washington backs the YPG in its fight against the so-called Islamic State and has troops deployed only 100 kilometers east of Afrin.</li>
   <li><strong>U.S. diplomat quits Myanmar panel on Rohingya –</strong> Veteran U.S. diplomat Bill Richardson <a href="https://www.reuters.com/article/us-myanmar-rohingya-richardson-exclusive/exclusive-richardson-quits-myanmars-whitewash-rohingya-crisis-panel-idUSKBN1FD2OJ">resigned from a panel</a> set up by Myanmar to advise on the Rohingya crisis, calling it a government “whitewash”. He also accused the country’s leader <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aung_San_Suu_Kyi">Aung San Suu Kyi</a> of lacking “moral leadership”. Witnesses and human rights groups have accused the country's armed forces carrying out killings, rapes and arson. Richardson resigned as the 10-member advisory board was making its first visit to western Rakhine State, from where nearly 700,000 Rohingya Muslims have fled in recent months.</li>
   <li><strong>North Korea calls for unification –</strong> In a rare announcement, North Korea said that "all Koreans at home and abroad" should make a "breakthrough" for unification, <a href="https://www.reuters.com/article/us-northkorea-southkorea-kcna/north-korea-sends-rare-announcement-to-all-koreans-calls-for-unification-idUSKBN1FD33I">Reuters reported</a>. Pyongyang also called for a reduction of military tensions on the Korean peninsula, but added that it will "smash" any challenges to reunification. In a symbolic show of unity, North Korea will attend the Winter Olympics in South Korea next month.</li>
   <li><strong>Trump wants funds for border wall –</strong> President Donald J. Trump wants $25 billion <a href="https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-immigration-whitehouse/trump-seeks-25-billion-for-border-wall-offers-dreamer-citizenship-idUSKBN1FD2UU">to build a border wall</a> and is open to granting citizenship to illegal immigrants who were brought to the United States as children. Trump told reporters that those immigrants known as "Dreamers" should not be concerned. "Tell them not to worry. We’re going to solve the problem. It’s up to the Democrats." As a candidate, Trump promised tougher immigration laws throughout his 2016 campaign.</li>
  <h2 class="p3">What we’re reading</h2>
   <li>In a detailed investigation, the <em>New York Times</em> <a href="https://www.nytimes.com/2018/01/23/magazine/how-arafat-eluded-israels-assassination-machine.html">reveals</a> how Israeli security forces spent decades trying to kill Yasir Arafat, the leader of the Palestinian Liberation Organisation. From attempting to bring down a transport plane in which he was thought to be travelling, to setting up a task force code-named Salt Fish, Ronen Bergman tells the story of how democratic forces can be corrupted by national security apparatus. – <em>Burhan Wazir</em></li>
  <h2 class="p3"><b>What the WikiTribune community is up to</b></h2>
   <li>President Donald J. Trump is living up to his campaign promise to crackdown on what are known as “sanctuary cities.” The U.S. Justice Department <a href="https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-immigration-sanctuary/trump-administration-demands-documents-from-sanctuary-cities-idUSKBN1FD2GG" rel="external">requested immigration records</a> from 23 police departments of major metropolitan areas. Attorney General Jeff Sessions <a href="http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2018/01/24/doj-threatens-to-subpoena-23-jurisdictions-over-sanctuary-city-policies.html" rel="external">threatened to issue subpoenas</a> if city governments fail to comply with the order. Work with <em>WikiTribune</em> reporter Charles Turner on this emerging story.</li>
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