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SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korean President Moon Jae-in says he hopes to see North Korean leader Kim Jong Un fulfill a promise to visit the South this year and has called for the Koreas to end a prolonged freeze in bilateral relations. In his New Year’s speech, Moon also reaffirmed his government’s commitment to resume inter-Korean economic activities that have been held back by U.S.-led sanctions imposed on the North over its nuclear weapons and missiles program. North Korea suspended virtually all cooperation with the South during a deadlock in the larger nuclear negotiations between Washington and Pyongyang.

MEERUT, India (AP) — Sometimes Arshad Hussain finds himself staring at the concrete path where his son bled to death last month. Sixteen Muslims were killed across the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh on Dec. 20, the deadliest day in unrelenting violence that has engulfed the country for almost a month. Tens of thousands have taken to the streets to oppose a new law that grants a path to citizenship for immigrants of every religion except Islam. Police have used baton charges, tear gas and sometimes live ammunition against protesters, leaving at least 23 dead nationwide. Police deny using guns, but residents say they have and video shows at least one officer firing his weapon.

UNDATED (AP) — Rising tensions between Washington and Tehran are testing whether Joe Biden can capitalize on his decades of foreign policy experience as he seeks to challenge a president he derides as “dangerous” and “erratic.” Biden is expected to deliver lengthy remarks Tuesday about President Donald Trump’s decision to approve an airstrike that killed Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani. The remarks would follow several days of campaigning in which Biden has seemed uncertain of how much to highlight his foreign policy resume, and would represent a high-profile effort to articulate his vision of world affairs. Biden has the longest foreign policy resume of any 2020 Democratic candidate, but his record is not without complications.

TOKYO (AP) — Nissan says it will still pursue legal action against its former chairman, Carlos Ghosn, despite his escape from Japan to Lebanon. The Japanese automaker said Tuesday that Ghosn engaged in “serious misconduct” while leading the Nissan-Renault-Mitsubishi alliance. Ghosn faces charges of financial misconduct and skipped bail despite heavy surveillance while he was staying at a home in Tokyo. The statement from Nissan was the first word from the company since Ghosn's flight last week. Nissan and Japanese prosecutors allege Ghosn misstated his future compensation and diverted company assets for personal gain. He says he is innocent.

WASHINGTON (AP) — An “honest mistake” set off a chaotic day at the Pentagon, when a draft letter implied a troop withdrawal from Iraq that top leaders flatly denied. Gen. Mark Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told reporters the U.S. is “moving forces around” Iraq and neighboring Kuwait. He says a draft letter circulated internally by a U.S. Marine commander was a “poorly written” honest mistake that should never have gotten out. Defense Secretary Mark Esper says, “There's been no decision whatsover to leave Iraq.”

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