According to a poll by Research Plus that was commissioned by the Hankyoreh newspaper, the majority of South Koreans are either opposed to the THAAD deployment itself or feel how it is being rapidly deployed is a problem. Among those who support the THAAD deployment, close to 93 percent said that the U.S. should be the one who foots the bill. Source People’s Daily
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Saudi security forces foiled an attack on the Grand Mosque in the Muslim holy city of Mecca on Friday, state television Al-Ekhbariya and Al Arabiya TV reported. Source Reuters
Turkey rejected a call from four Arab states on Friday to shut down its military base in Qatar, saying the base was a guarantor of security in the Gulf and demands for its closure represented interference in its ties with Doha. Source Reuters
The ECB has approved the yuan as a reserve currency. This is a symbolic but historic step for China, which can now establish its currency in Europe as a counterweight to the US dollar, says DW’s Frank Sieren. Source Deutsche Welle