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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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Greece: Stalled Talks Could Lead To Referendum, Deputy Prime Minister Says

Athens aims for a deal with its creditors over a reforms package but would not rule out a referendum or early polls if talks reach an impasse, Greece's deputy prime minister said, Reuters reported. Read more…

Germany: Thousands Protest Planned Europe-U.S. Trade Deal

Thousands marched in Berlin, Munich and other German cities on April 18 to protest the planned Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership between Europe and the United States, police said, Reuters reported. Read more…

Australia: Foreign Minister Visits Iran

Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop visited Iran and met with Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif on April 18, Bishop said, IRNA news agency reported. Read more…

Somalia: Al Shabaab Militants Kill Lawmaker In Mogadishu

Gunmen from Somali Islamist group al Shabaab killed a regional lawmaker in Mogadishu on April 18, the group and officials said, Reuters reported. Read more…

Turkey: Gunman Fires At Peoples' Democratic Party Headquarters In Ankara

A gunman fired shots at the headquarters of Turkey's main pro-Kurdish Peoples' Democratic Party April 18, but there were no casualties, the party said, the New York Times reported. Read more…

Afghanistan: Suicide Bomb In Jalalabad Kills 33

A suicide bomb exploded April 18 outside a bank in Afghanistan's eastern city of Jalalabad, the city's police chief said, Reuters reported. Read more…

Iran: Navy Deploys More Ships To Yemen

Iran is sending seven to nine ships toward Yemen in an attempt to resupply Houthi rebels, two U.S. defense officials said, the Hill reported April 18. Read more…

Australia: Police Arrest 5 Teenagers Allegedly Planning Terrorist Attack

Australian police arrested five teenagers in raids across Melbourne on April 18 for conspiring to plan a terrorist attack, police said, the Sydney Morning Herald reported. Read more…

India: Troops Fire On Protesters In Kashmir, Kill Student

Government forces fired on anti-India protesters April 18, killing a teenage student on the second day of violent clashes in Kashmir, police said, the New York Times reported. Read more…

Iraq: Troops Enter Beiji Oil Refinery

Iraqi ground forces entered the Beiji oil refinery in Salahuddin province on April 18 amid heavy fighting with Islamic State militants, a senior Iraqi military official said, AP reported. Read more…

Iraq: Islamic State Claims Responsibility For Arbil Bombing

The Islamic State claimed responsibility for the April 17 suicide car bomb attack near the U.S. Consulate in the city of Arbil, Iraqi Kurdistan, the militant group said on Twitter, CNN reported April 18. Read more…

Mali: Al Qaeda Responsible For U.N. Attack

Al Qaeda-affiliated jihadist group Al-Mourabitoun claimed responsibility for a suicide attack on the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali, AFP reported April 17. Read more…

Lebanon: French Weaponry To Aid In Fighting Militants

Lebanon will receive military equipment from France within days as part of a Saudi-funded arms deal, The Daily Star reported April 17. Read more…

Burundi: Police Forcefully Disperse Protesters

Police officers fired teargas and water cannons at hundreds of protesters demonstrating against Burundian President Pierre Nkurunziza's intent to run for a third consecutive term, Reuters reported April 17. Read more…

Cameroon: Boko Haram Kills At Least 10

Boko Haram militants killed at least 10 people in an attack on two villages in Kolofata district, News 24 reported April 17. Read more…

Iraq: Details of Arbil Explosion Emerge

A vehicle-borne improvised explosive device detonated and gunfire broke out near the gates of the U.S. consulate in Ankawa, a suburb of the Iraqi city of Arbil, according to an unnamed source, Shafaq News reported. Read more…

Afghanistan: Rival Leaders Disagree On Defense Appointments

Afghanistan's rival leaders, President Ashraf Ghani and Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah, remain in disagreement on the appointment of a permanent defense minister and army chief as Afghan forces face a mounting Taliban militant threat, Reuters reported April 17. Read more…

Iraq: World Bank Group To Invest In Infrastructure

World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim said April 17 that the bank would invest in Iraqi infrastructure, All Iraq News reported. Read more…