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North Korea destroyed the liaison office with the South; Beijing imposed coronavirus restrictions; France backs away from chokehold ban

In a dramatic escalation of tensions, North Korea blew up the liaison office used to improve relations with South Korea on Tuesday. And, in a move to stop a flare-up of new coronavirus cases, Beijing has imposed restrictions on public transport and banned high-risk people, such as those in close contact with others who have tested positive for COVID-19, from leaving the city. Also, three Indian soldiers were killed today in a confrontation with Chinese troops in the disputed border region of Kashmir.

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North Korea stops answering daily calls with South; Past epidemics underscore importance of mental health

North Korean officials did not answer a routine daily call to the liaison office with South Korea or calls on military hotlines Tuesday. The move is seen as a first step toward shutting down contact with Seoul. And, Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said he and US President Donald Trump agreed on "some issues" on the conflict in Libya during a phone call Monday. Also, a new study of satellite images shows a surge in traffic to hospitals in Wuhan, China, in August.

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South Korea's unification politics

The World's Matthew Bell reports that South Korea's president-elect has stirred up controversy by proposing changes in the way Seoul deals with North Korea, and among the changes is the possible dismantling of South Korea's Unification Ministry.

Geo answer

For our Geo Quiz -- we wanted you to tell us where the Pueblo is anchored. It's been 40 years since the spy ship was boarded and its crew captured. Today's answer is Taedong River where the USS Pueblo is now anchored.

North Korea signs mobile phone deal

An Egyptian telecommunications company, Orascom Telecom, says it's secured a license to bring mobile phone service to North Korea, as Cyrus Farivar reports.

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New York Philharmonic in North Korea

Anchor Lisa Mullins speaks with the BBC's John Sudworth, who witnessed today's historic performance by the New York Philharmonic Orchestra in Pyongyang, North Korea; Lisa also speaks with British soprano Suzannah Clark

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Condoleezza Rice in China

The World's Mary Kay Magistad has details on Condoleeza Rice's visit to China, as today the Secretary of State urged China to use its influence to get North Korea to dismantle its nuclear weapons program.