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Analysts: Biden administration should engage with North Korea soon

Analysts: Biden administration should engage with North Korea soon

World
SEOUL, Feb. 24 (UPI) -- Despite a host of pressing domestic issues, the administration of U.S. President Joe Biden should take the initiative in restarting diplomacy with North Korea as soon as possible, analysts said during a webinar on Wednesday. "I would contend that there's a very strong case to be made for starting a process with the North Koreans earlier rather than later," said Suzanne DiMaggio, a senior fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. "I think it's better to take the initiative before the North Koreans make a provocative move." Advertisement The webinar was co-hosted by Washington, D.C.-based think tank the Stimson Center and the Seoul-based Sejong Institute. DiMaggio pointed to the administration of U.S. President Barack Obama, which was placed on the de...
Belarus opposition leader willing to engage with political rival after disputed election

Belarus opposition leader willing to engage with political rival after disputed election

World
Belarus's main opposition challenger has revealed she will return home when the regime is ready for dialogue and is even willing to engage with President Alexander Lukashenko.Svetlana Tikhanovskaya, who fled to Lithuania after challenging the results of a disputed presidential election two weeks ago, told Sky News the momentum for change in her country is unstoppable even if protests reduce in size because of state intimidation tactics. She urged armed forces and the police not to turn on fellow Belarusians if ordered by the strongman ruler to use violence again against peaceful demonstrators. Image: The 37-year-old former teacher leaves a press conference in Vilnius, Lithuania But she said she doubted whether the regime would resort ...
Ring-tailed lemurs engage in stink-flirting to attract mates

Ring-tailed lemurs engage in stink-flirting to attract mates

Science
Nov. 17 (UPI) -- For ring-tailed lemurs, flirting is foul affair. Males perform a mating ritual involving the spraying of a stinky scent. New research suggests the performances can earn mates, but also inspire enemies.The behavior is called stink-flirting, and the latest study -- published this week in the American Journal of Primatology -- is one of the first to take a in-depth look at the unique act.Lemurs perform other types of scent marking, but the latest research suggests stink-flirting is the most offensive."These males are met with higher levels of aggression than if they were to do other types of scent-marking, so there's definitely something unique about this type of behavior," Amber Walker-Bolton, an anthropologist at the University of Toronto, Scarborough, said in a news releas...