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March 15, 2018

President Trump has repeatedly dismissed the Iran nuclear agreement, which seeks to curtail the nation's nuclear development, as a "disaster." But the accord may have been minimizing nuclear armament beyond Iran's borders.

In an interview with CBS's Norah O'Donnell for 60 Minutes, Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman spoke of his country's nuclear ambitions, saying that while Saudi Arabia "does not want to acquire any nuclear bomb," the country would work to develop its weapons if Iran were to nuclearize. "Without a doubt," the crown prince said, "if Iran developed a nuclear bomb, we will follow suit as soon as possible."

The interview will air in full Sunday, but you can watch Prince Mohammed discuss Saudi Arabia's testy relationship with Iran — including his explanation for why Iranian supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei is "very much like Hitler" — here. Kimberly Alters

May 8, 2016

North Korean Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un said Saturday that the nation will not use nuclear weapons unless its sovereignty is threatened, according to state news agency KCNA. He also said North Korea would abide by its nuclear nonproliferation guidelines, CNN reports.

The leader's comments came as part of the Workers' Party of Korea's Seventh Congress, its first such event since 1980. In recent months, North Korea has been publicizing a barrage of supposedly successful nuclear-related tests. Julie Kliegman

May 7, 2016

Kenya will close its two main refugee camps, including the world's largest, due to security concerns, the government said in a statement Friday. More than 600,000 people, most of them from Somalia, will be displaced without a clear place to go.

"The government of Kenya acknowledges that the decision will have adverse effects on the lives of refugees and therefore the international community must collectively take responsibility on humanitarian needs that will arise out of this action," the statement read.

No date is set for the closure, which the nation also threatened in 2015 before reversing course. Julie Kliegman

April 30, 2016

Syria called local truces Friday, but put no end to the violence in Aleppo deemed "monstrous" by the United Nations, Reuters reports.

The death toll from a Wednesday airstrike on a Doctors Without Borders hospital has risen to at least 50 people. On Friday, rebel forces reportedly fired mortar rounds into a mosque, killing at least 15 people. More than 200 people have been killed in Aleppo in the last week by pro-government and rebel forces, The Washington Post reports.

Peace talks aimed at establishing a cease-fire recently collapsed. Julie Kliegman

April 24, 2016

Israel just freed a 12-year-old girl believed to be the youngest Palestinian ever imprisoned, the nation's prison service said Sunday.

Dima al-Wawi pleaded guilty to attempted manslaughter after approaching an Israeli West Bank settlement with a knife in February, The Associated Press reports. She left her more than four-month sentence early after appealing.

The case came as part of seven months of daily violence between Israeli and Palestinian groups. Julie Kliegman

March 19, 2016

A Flydubai Boeing 737 jet crashed while attempting to land at a Russian airport Saturday, killing all 62 people on board, CNN reports. Bad weather was likely the cause of the crash, officials said.

The plane was headed from Dubai to Rostov-on-Don. The pilot had attempted to land more than two hours earlier, and, on the second attempt, clipped the jet's tail on the runway.

The 55 passengers, the airline said, included 44 Russians, eight Ukrainians, two Indians, and one Uzbekistani. Julie Kliegman

March 5, 2016

On Saturday, Pope Francis condemned an attack that killed 16 people in Yemen the day before, including four nuns, CBS News reports. He called the incident an "act of senseless and diabolical violence."

Gunmen reportedly stormed a retirement home Friday, handcuffing victims before shooting them in the head. The nuns were reportedly from India, Rwanda, and Kenya. Julie Kliegman

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