** North Korea Issues New Warnings of War**
North Korea has urged foreigners to leave South Korea to avoid a possible military conflict, issuing yet another threat of war on the Korean peninsula.
The North's official news agency issued a statement from the regime's Asia-Pacific Peace Committee Tuesday, urging foreign tourists and enterprises "to take evacuation measures out of Seoul and South Korea for their own safety.''
North Korea issued a similar warning last week to foreign embassies in the capital of Pyongyang.
Meanwhile, North Korean workers failed to show up for work Tuesday at the Kaesong joint industrial zone with South Korea, after Pyongyang suspended operations at the last direct economic link between the two nations.
South Korean President Park Geun-hye says that Pyongyang's decision Monday to withdraw more than 50,000 workers from the facility will hurt the North's credibility in the world as a place to do business.
Tensions on the Korean peninsula have worsened in recent weeks, as North Korea, angered by a new round of international sanctions, has threatened to attack the South, the United States and U.S. allies in the Asia-Pacific region.
** Syria Rejects UN Chemical Weapons Team**
The Syrian government has rejected a request by United Nations chief Ban Ki-moon to allow a team of inspectors to investigate the use of chemical weapons in the country's civil war.
Syria's foreign ministry says the government is willing to allow the inspectors into the village of Khan al-Assal, near Aleppo, where the rebels were alleged to have used chemical weapons last month.
Mr. Ban said Monday that an investigating team is ready to deploy in the country within 24 hours, suggesting that it be allowed to investigate reports of chemical attacks throughout the country.
The Syrian foreign ministry rejected that proposal saying it would be a violation of Syrian sovereignty.
Both the government and rebels opposed to President Assad have traded accusations about the use of chemical weapons.