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South Korea proposes rare military talks with North Korea

South Korea proposes rare military talks with North Korea

2017-07-17 08:02:38

South Korea has proposed holding military talks with the North, after weeks of heightened tension following Pyongyang's long-range missile test. If they were to go ahead, they would be the first high-level talks since 2015. A senior official said talks should aim to stop "all hostile activities that raise military tension" at the fortified border between the Koreas. South Korea's President Moon Jae-in has long signalled he wants closer engagement with the North. North Korea has not responded to the South's proposal yet. In a recent speech in Berlin, Mr Moon said dialogue with the North was more pressing than… continue reading


Trump heads to Paris but Russia scandal travels with him

Trump heads to Paris but Russia scandal travels with him

2017-07-13 08:19:29

US President Donald Trump was Thursday headed to Paris, hoping to find respite from the deepening scandal over alleged Russian efforts to secure his White House victory that has ensnared his eldest son. During a lightning visit full of pomp and ceremony, Trump will be the guest of honour at France’s Bastille Day festivities after a trip to Napoleon’s tomb and a Michelin-starred dinner at the Eiffel Tower. Trump and his host, recently-elected French President Emmanuel Macron, will watch troops parade down the Champs-Elysees and mark 100 years since America entered World War I on France’s side. Back home, Trump… continue reading


Kenyan MPs to get 15% pay cut

Kenyan MPs to get 15% pay cut

2017-07-11 08:15:39

Kenyan MPs, who are some of the best paid lawmakers in the world, are to get a pay cut intended to reduce the public wage bill. The MPs' $7,200 (£5,500) monthly pay will be cut by 15% and they will lose some generous allowances. The Salaries and Remuneration Commission (SRC) said that the salary review was part of a plan to reduce Kenya's public sector wages by 35%. The average income in Kenya is $150 a month. The new salaries will be effective after the 8 August election. Africa Live: More on this and other stories The review will affect… continue reading


Angry Trump decries being target of Russia probe

Angry Trump decries being target of Russia probe

2017-06-16 08:23:22

President Donald Trump responded angrily to reports he is under criminal investigation Thursday, deriding a “witch hunt” against him led by some “very bad” people. Trump responded to reports he is personally being investigated for obstruction of justice with a characteristic scorched earth defense: claiming mistreatment of historic proportions and calling into question the probity of his accusers. “You are witnessing the single greatest WITCH HUNT in American political history – led by some very bad and conflicted people!” Trump said in an early morning tweet. Trump did not directly address the allegations that he is being probed for possibly… continue reading


British PM loses majority, faces pressure to resign

British PM loses majority, faces pressure to resign

2017-06-09 08:32:12

British Prime Minister Theresa May faced pressure to resign on Friday after losing her parliamentary majority, plunging the country into uncertainty as Brexit talks loom. The pound fell sharply amid fears the Conservative leader will be unable to form a government and could even be forced out of office after a troubled campaign overshadowed by two terror attacks. After being re-elected with an increased majority in the London commuter seat of Maidenhead, May said Britain "needs a period of stability" as it prepares for the complicated process of withdrawing from the European Union. She said that while the full results… continue reading


Myanmar plane: Debris and bodies found after search

Myanmar plane: Debris and bodies found after search

2017-06-08 08:28:54

The Burmese army says debris and bodies have been found after a military plane went missing with 122 people on board. Dispersed wreckage was found in the Andaman Sea, the military said in a statement on its Facebook page. The aircraft, a Y-8 transporter made in China, was carrying 14 crew. Most of the passengers were military personnel and family members, including children. The plane was flying from Myeik to Yangon and the debris was found in the sea off the coastal town of Dawei. Communication with the flight was lost on Wednesday half an hour into the short routine… continue reading


Paris climate deal: Dismay as Trump signals exit from accord

Paris climate deal: Dismay as Trump signals exit from accord

2017-06-02 08:16:43

There has been widespread international condemnation of President Trump's announcement that the US is withdrawing from the 2015 Paris climate agreement. UN chief Antonio Guterres's spokesman called it "a major disappointment" while the European Union said it was "a sad day for the world". However, senior Republicans and the US coal industry backed the move. Mr Trump said the accord "punished" the US and would cost millions of American jobs. In an address at the White House, he said he was prepared to negotiate a new agreement or re-enter the accord on improved terms. "I was elected to represent the… continue reading


Paris climate deal: EU and China rebuff Trump

Paris climate deal: EU and China rebuff Trump

2017-06-01 10:15:51

Chinese and EU leaders are to agree a joint statement on the Paris climate agreement saying it is "an imperative more important than ever". A draft of the document, seen by the BBC, stresses the "highest political commitment" to implement the deal. It will be widely seen as a rebuff to the US, as President Trump prepares to announce on Thursday if the US is withdrawing from the accord. The joint statement will be published on Friday after a summit in Brussels. For more than a year, Chinese and EU officials have been working behind the scenes to agree a… continue reading


Kabul bomb: Diplomatic zone attack kills dozens

Kabul bomb: Diplomatic zone attack kills dozens

2017-05-31 09:48:16

A powerful vehicle bomb has hit the diplomatic area of the Afghan capital, Kabul, killing at least 80 people and injuring 350. It struck close to the German embassy in Zanbaq Square, with civilians said to be the main casualties. The morning rush-hour blast was so strong it blew out windows and doors hundreds of metres away. No group has yet said it carried out the bombing, but the Taliban and IS have both been behind recent attacks. The bomb went off at about 08:25 local time (03:55 GMT) during rush hour in the diplomatic quarter. Makeshift ambulances carried wounded… continue reading


Manchester attacks: MI5 probes bomber 'warnings'

Manchester attacks: MI5 probes bomber 'warnings'

2017-05-29 08:32:10

MI5 is to hold an inquiry into the way it dealt with warnings from the public that the Manchester suicide bomber, Salman Abedi, was a potential threat. Whitehall officials have acknowledged the security service will examine what assumptions had been made about the 22-year-old before last Monday's attack. It has emerged it was alerted to his extremist views at least three times. Early on Monday a man, 23, was arrested in Shoreham-by-Sea, West Sussex, on suspicion of terrorism offences. Greater Manchester Police said they had also executed search warrants at addresses in the Whalley Range area of Manchester and in… continue reading


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