About two-thirds of French voters wish that conservative presidential candidate Francois Fillon withdraws his bid after allegations his wife was paid for a fake job, according to an Ifop poll for Journal du Dimanche newspaper. Source: Reuters
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US and South Korean troops have begun annual military drills amid heated warnings by the North that the exercises will worsen tensions in the region. China and Russia last week urged the US to suspend the drills in exchange for North Korea suspending its missile and nuclear tests. Source: Al Jazeera
Bulgarian Defense Minister Krasimir Karakachanov wants to protect the European Union’s external borders with arms, he said in an interview published Thursday. Karakachanov told German newspaper Die Welt that he wants NATO or EU forces in Greece and Italy to stop people from entering the continent in large numbers. Source: Greek Reporter
China’s Foreign Ministry on Wednesday once again asked India to withdraw all its troops and equipment from Chinese territory, as the border standoff in the Dong Lang (Doklam) area approaches its second month. Source: People’s Daily