News Wire | January 2023 Archive

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Russia Replaces Commander for Ukraine War, as Signs of Dissension Grow

By Anatoly Kurmanaev | The New York Times (free)

Russia has replaced the general in charge of its trouble-plagued war against Ukraine, amid signs of dissension among President Vladimir Putin’s top allies—a shake-up that critics said would not address what ails the Russian military.

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In a First, South Korea Declares Nuclear Weapons a Policy Option

By Choe Sang-Hun | The New York Times

President Yoon Suk Yeol of South Korea said for the first time Wednesday that if North Korea’s nuclear threat grows, South Korea would consider building nuclear weapons of its own or ask the United States to redeploy them on the Korean Peninsula.

More from WPR: The North Korean Nuclear Threat Is Creating a Regional Arms Race

Discontent, Death Toll Rise as Peru’s Poor Demand Change

By Simeon Tegel | The Washington Post (free)

The mourners, thousands of them, stood by the coffins of 17 people killed by security forces in the remote region of Puno, staring down riot police and chanting, “Dina, murderer.”

More from WPR: Peru’s Challenge Runs Deeper Than the Current Crisis

With FBI Search, U.S. Escalates Global Fight Over Chinese Police Outposts

By Megha Rajagopalan & William K. Rashbaum | The New York Times

Beijing says the outposts aren’t doing police work, but Chinese state media reports say they “collect intelligence” and solve crimes far outside their jurisdiction.

More from WPR: Washington’s Hawkish China Consensus Is Reaching a Point of No Return

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