Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

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Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

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South Korea, U.S. display joint air might

The United States and South Korea have started their biggest-ever joint air force exercise with hundreds of aircrafts including two dozen stealth jets. South Korea's defense ministry said Monday that the five-day drill called Vigilant Ace would improve their capabilities in wartime. The U.S. 7th Air Force deployed major strategic military assets including six F-22 and 18 F-35 stealth fighter jets for the regular exercise in the Korean Peninsula. About 12,000 U.S. military personnel are participating. It takes places a week after North Korea test-launched an intercontinental ballistic missile that puts most of the U.S. within range.

Venezuela will launch new 'petro' currency * Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro said his government would launch a cryptocurrency to fight what he calls a financial "blockade" by the administration of U.S. President Donald Trump against the socialist-run country. Maduro said Sunday that the new currency would be called the "petro" and would be backed by the OPEC nation's abundant oil, gold and mineral reserves.

Honduras begins ballot recount * Honduran electoral authorities on Sunday restarted the long-delayed count of ballots from last weekend's presidential election amid protests by supporters of opposition candidate Salvador Nasralla, who is calling for a re-do of the vote. The electoral tribunal said it was reopening the tallying of votes from 1,031 ballot boxes in which inaccuracies were detected. Nasralla and supporters of his leftist Alliance of Opposition Against Dictatorship have called for a far broader recount.

Saakashvili calls for protest camp in Kiev * Mikheil Saakashvili, the former president of Georgia who has emerged as an anti-corruption campaigner, urged Ukrainians Sunday to set up a protest camp in Kiev's main square if parliament fails to adopt a law on presidential impeachment within a week. …

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