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North Korea calls new US economic sanctions ‘act of war’

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North Korea’s government has heavily criticised new economic sanctions by the United States, calling them an “act of war” on Sunday. “Like we have said repeatedly, we would consider any restrictions on us as an act of war, and we will not stop the US if it really has the nerves to confront us in a ‘rough’ manner,” North Korea‘s foreign ministry said according to ... Read More »

China’s ruling party proposes to abolish presidential term limits


China’s ruling party is considering scrapping term limits for the president and vice president, it announced on Sunday. The Communist party of China has proposed to change the country’s constitution so that the president and vice president can serve more than two consecutive terms. Currently, there is a limit of two five-year terms for both presidents and vice presidents. The amendment would allow current President ... Read More »

Florida school shooting: NRA ‘doesn’t back any ban’

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The US National Rifle Association (NRA) has said it does not support any gun ban following a shooting in a Florida school that left 17 people dead. The NRA’s comments appear to go against President Donald Trump’s proposals to tighten gun controls. Since the 14 February attack on the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School the NRA has become a target of a campaign for tougher ... Read More »

North Korea Willing To Hold Talks With US, Says South Korea


North Korea is willing to hold talks with the US, South Korea says. The announcement came after Gen Kim Yong-chol met South Korean President Moon Jae-in before the closing ceremony of the Winter Olympics. US President Donald Trump’s daughter Ivanka also attended the ceremony, but US officials have ruled out meeting the North Korean delegation. The US says North Koreans pulled out of a meeting ... Read More »

Syria War: Air Strikes Resume Hours After UN Approves Ceasefire

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Air strikes by the Syrian government on a rebel-held enclave have continued despite a ceasefire resolution passed by the UN Security Council on Friday. Hundreds of people have been killed in a week of bombardment of the Eastern Ghouta enclave near the capital. The Security Council unanimously called for a 30-day truce “without delay”, but some areas are not covered. On Sunday Iran, an ally ... Read More »

China Proposes To Let Xi Jinping Extend Presidency Beyond 2023


China’s governing Communist Party has proposed removing a clause in the constitution which limits presidencies to two five-year terms. The move would allow the current President Xi Jinping to remain as leader after he is due to step down. There had been widespread speculation that Mr Xi would seek to extend his presidency beyond 2023. Party congress last year saw him cement his status as ... Read More »

South Sudan officials may be guilty of war crimes: UN report

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More than 40 South Sudanese officials may have committed crimes against humanity, the United Nations has said. A report on Friday by investigators from the UN Commission on Human Rights in South Sudan said the officials – including military generals and state governors – may be responsible for the rape and murder of civilians and recruitment of child soldiers. The officials were not named in the ... Read More »

Florida high school shooting: What we know so far

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At least 17 people were killed last week in a mass shooting at a high school in southeastern Florida. Police say a gunman opened fired shortly before the school day ended. According to officials, 19-year-old Nikolas Cruz, a former student, confessed to carrying out the shooting rampage. The shooting has galvanised students and thousands of others to organise near-daily protests, demanding stricter gun control laws. Here’s what we know so ... Read More »

Trump announces ‘heaviest ever’ North Korea sanctions


The US has imposed its “heaviest ever” sanctions against North Korea, President Donald Trump says, as the US seeks to prevent North Korea from further developing its nuclear programme. The measures – aimed at disrupting North Korean shipping companies and vessels – will heighten pressure on North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, a US treasury department statement, said on Friday. “This will significantly hinder the Kim ... Read More »

Turkey: Tens of thousands of Syrians destined for Afrin


Tens of thousands of Syrians are expected to return to the Kurdish region of Afrin after Turkey finishes its military offensive against the YPG militia and secures the area, Turkish officials said on Thursday. Turkey – together with the Syrian opposition Free Syrian Army (FSA) rebel group – last month launched an air-and-ground operation into Afrin in the northwest of Syria to vanquish the US-backed Kurdish People’s Protection Units ... Read More »

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