North Korea has launched a series of threats towards the United States after Vice President Mike Pence told North Korea to stop testing nuclear weapons. Pence is spending some time in Asia and expressed that the US is open to dialogue but is also willing to use its military power. The US continues to pressure China to intervene; however, China is opting for a softer approach as a mediator.

After a tight election, Turkey has granted President Erdoğan a significant amount of power as the country's executive leader. Officials reported that the referendum was passed with 51% of the vote. Opposers have called for a recount of the votes as allegations of voter fraud erupt.