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North Korea has fired two short-range ballistic missiles toward its eastern waters. It's the fourth round of weapons launches this week that are seen as a response to military drills among its rivals. South Korea’s military said in a statement that it detected the two North Korean missile launches Saturday morning from its capital region. It said South Korea has bolstered its surveillance posture and maintains a military readiness in close coordination with the United States. Japan’s Defense Ministry said it has also spotted the ballistic missile launches by North Korea.

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North Korea has fired two short-range ballistic missiles toward its eastern waters. It's the fourth round of weapons launches this week that are seen as a response to military drills among its rivals. South Korea’s military said in a statement that it detected the two North Korean missile launches Saturday morning from its capital region. It said South Korea has bolstered its surveillance posture and maintains a military readiness in close coordination with the United States. Japan’s Defense Ministry said it has also spotted the ballistic missile launches by North Korea.

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More than a dozen soldiers have appeared on Burkina Faso's state broadcaster to declare they have overthrown the country's coup leader. In a statement carried Friday night, their spokesman declared that Lt. Col. Paul Henri Sandaogo Damiba was no longer in charge. They say Capt. Ibrahim Traore is Burkina Faso's new leader. Damiba and his allies had overthrown the democratically elected president only nine months ago, coming to power with promises of make the country more secure. However, violence has continued unabated and frustration with his leadership has grown in recent months. Damiba had just returned home after addressing the U.N. General Assembly in New York.

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U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin is visiting Hawaii this week amid lingering community frustration and distrust after jet fuel from a military storage facility last year spilled into Pearl Harbor’s drinking water. The spill poisoned thousands of military families and threatened the purity of Honolulu’s water supply. Austin is meeting with his counterparts from several Indo-Pacific region allies. He’s also scheduled to meet with the commander of a joint task force in charge of draining fuel from the Red Hill Bulk Fuel Storage Facility so it can be shut down.

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The United States and its allies are hitting back at Russia’s annexation of four more Ukrainian regions, slapping sanctions on more than 1,000 Russian individuals and companies. And President Joe Biden warned Moscow that it won't "get away” with seizing Ukrainian land. Biden also said Friday that the U.S. would support any effort by Ukraine to retake the annexed territories by force, setting the stage for possible further hostilities. The U.S. had previewed the likelihood of more sanctions. But the developments still dramatically increased tensions to a point not seen since the Cuban Missile Crisis during the Cold War.

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The United States and its allies are hitting back at Russia’s annexation of four more Ukrainian regions, slapping sanctions on more than 1,000 Russian individuals and companies. And President Joe Biden warned Moscow that it won't "get away” with seizing Ukrainian land. Biden also said Friday that the U.S. would support any effort by Ukraine to retake the annexed territories by force, setting the stage for possible further hostilities. The U.S. had previewed the likelihood of more sanctions. But the developments still dramatically increased tensions to a point not seen since the Cuban Missile Crisis during the Cold War.

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Iranian state-linked media say up to 19 people, including a commander in the paramilitary Revolutionary Guard, were killed in an attack by armed separatists on a police base in the eastern city of Zahedan. It was not immediately clear if the attack was related to the nationwide antigovernment protests gripping Iran. The reports did not identify the separatist group. In a separate development, Iran says it has arrested nine foreigners linked to the protests, which authorities have blamed on hostile foreign entities, without providing evidence. Thousands of Iranians have taken to the streets over the last two weeks in an outpouring of anger over the death of a 22-year-old woman.

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A Navy judge has ruled a sailor is not guilty of setting a fire that destroyed the USS Bonhomme Richard in San Diego in 2020. Friday's ruling is a blow to the Navy as it faces allegations of improper training and maintenance of the $1.2 billion amphibious assault ship. The 21-year-old sobbed after the verdict and read a brief statement to reporters that he was eager to start his life over. Prosecutors showed no physical evidence at the nine-day trial at Naval Base San Diego, while the defense chipped away at the credibility of a key witness.

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Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed treaties to illegally annex parts of Ukraine, while Kyiv has submitted an “accelerated” application to join NATO. At the Kremlin, Putin and the pro-Moscow heads of the four Ukrainian regions inked the treaties in a sharp escalation of the war. The signing came three days after the end of Kremlin-orchestrated “referendums” on joining Russia that Kyiv and the West dismissed as a bare-faced land grab, held at gunpoint and based on lies. NATO's chief said the war is at “a pivotal moment,” and that Putin’s decision was “the most serious escalation" since the war began. Russia pounded Ukrainian cities, with one strike in the Zaporizhzhia region’s capital killing 30 people and wounding 88.