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Stratfor's Rodger Baker on South Korea's Political Storm

"It's hard for this crisis not to have at least some impact [on South Korean President Park Geun-Hye]. Her administration has already faced a lot of criticism on reforms as well as international junkets," Baker said. This week's events interfere with her ability to focus on policy issues and help push them through the parliament, he added.

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The nature of ISIS's recent threats actually speaks to the group's limitations, says Scott Stewart, vice president of tactical analysis at Stratfor. He says that if a militant group has the ability to conduct a strike, it's not going to foreshadow it online, "they're just going to do it. It's when they can't do it themselves that they need to ask others for help."

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Iran: Military Leader Says No Nuclear Inspectors At Military Sites

International nuclear inspectors will not have access to Iranian Military sites, Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps deputy leader Gen. Hossein Salami said April 19, The New York Times reported. Read more…

Cyprus: Breakaway Territory's Presidential Election Heading To Runoff

The results of the self-proclaimed Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus's April 19 presidential election were too close to name a winner, so officials will hold a runoff April 26, Reuters reported. Read more…

Mexico: Authorities Capture Juarez Cartel Leader

Mexican authorities captured Juarez cartel leader Jesus Aguayo in the Chihuahua state town of Villa Ahumada on April 17, Reuters reported April 19. Read more…

Iraq: DNA Tests Confirm Baathist Leader's Death, Shiite Militia Says

Iraqi Shiite militia Kataib Hezbollah on April 19 said its DNA tests confirm the death of Izzat al-Douri, a former aide to Saddam Hussein who was rumored to have died fighting alongside the Islamic State in Tikrit, Reuters reported. Read more…

Finland: Challenger Wins General Elections, Exit Polls Predict

Exit polls predict that Finland's Centre Party will win the most seats in the country's April 19 general elections, Reuters reported. Read more…

Germany: Moroccan Man Self-Immolates Ahead Of Deportation

A Moroccan man doused himself in gasoline and set himself on fire in Lingen, Germany, on April 18, France24 reported April 19. Read more…

Egypt: 11 Sentenced To Death For Port Said Massacre

An Egyptian court sentenced 11 people to death for their involvement in the Port Said Massacre, The Cairo Post reported April 19. Read more…

Nigeria: Communal Fighting Kills 23 People

Some 23 members of central Nigeria's Ologba and Egba communities have died in clashes over fishing rights, police officials said April 19, France24 reported. Read more…

Nigeria: Communal Fighting Kills 23 People

Some 23 members of central Nigeria's Ologba and Egba communities have died in clashes over fishing rights, police officials said April 19, France24 reported. Read more…

South Africa: President Zuma Says Foreigners Welcome

South African President Jacob Zuma on April 18 told a group of foreigners at a refugee camp that they are welcome in the country, despite the wave of xenophobic violence that has killed at least six immigrants and wounded another 307, Xinhua reported April 19. Read more…

Brazil: Executive Admits To Bribing Petrobras Officials

Eduardo Leite, vice president of Brazilian construction company Camargo Correa, told investigators that he paid $36.1 million in bribes to leaders of state-owned energy firm Petroleo Brasileiro, AFP reported April 19. Read more…

Norway: Oslo Upset With Russian Deputy PM's Visit To Svalbard

Norwegian officials said Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin's decision to visit Norway's Arctic Svalbard archipelago despite the EU and Norwegian travel ban is "regrettable," Xinhua reported April 19. Read more…

Yemen: Former President Saleh's Party Welcomes Cease-Fire Proposal

The General People's Congress, the party of former Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh, welcomes the U.N. Security Council's resolution calling for a cease-fire in the country, a message on the party's website said April 19, AP reported. Read more…

India: 100,000 Farmers To Protest Land Acquisition Bill In New Delhi

Organizers expect some 100,000 farmers to travel to New Delhi to participate in April 19 protests against India's new land acquisition bill, which critics say will help corporations buy land and drive poor farmers out, Al Jazeera reported. Read more…

France: Hollande Says Discussions on Mistral-Class Warships To Continue

French President Francois Hollande said he will continue discussions on resolving the dispute with Russia over Paris' decision to suspend the delivery of two Mistral-class amphibious assault ships, The Moscow Times reported April 19. Read more…

Libya: Islamic State Releases Video Of Mass Executions

The Islamic State has released a video showing the mass executions of two different groups of what it said were Ethiopian Christians in Libya, Al Jazeera reported April 19. Read more…

Egypt: Security Forces Kill 13 Extremists in Sinai Peninsula

Egyptian security forces launched raids against extremists believed to be members of Ansar Beit al-Maqdis south of Sheikh Zuweid and El Arish cities in the Sinai Peninsula on April 18, killing 13 people, Xinhua reported April 19. Read more…

Lebanon: France Set To Deliver Weapons To Fight Jihadists

France's first shipment of weapons to help Lebanon fight the Islamic State and other jihadist groups is set to arrive in Beirut on April 20, France24 reported April 19. Read more…