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North Korea stages military parade on eve of Olympics

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North Korea has held a military parade to mark the 70th anniversary of its armed forces, just one day before South Korea hosts the opening ceremony of the 2018 Winter Olympics. Footage from North Korea showed leader Kim Jong-un and party officials watching the annual display of military strength in the capital, Pyongyang, as goose-stepping soldiers and tanks paraded past them on Thursday. Citing analysis of images ... Read More »

Egypt must end death penalty: EU politicians


The European Parliament has condemned Egypt for its use of the death penalty and called for all planned executions to be halted pending a review of the cases. Egypt is restricting “fundamental democratic rights”, members of the European Parliament (MEPs) said in a statement on Wednesday, adding Cairo should abolish capital punishment. “The European Parliament … calls for the end to all acts of violence, ... Read More »

US government shutdown after Congress fails to vote

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The US government has shut down after Congress failed to pass a key budgetary measure on time. Lawmakers had hoped to approve a new spending bill before federal funding expired at midnight (05:00 GMT). But Republican Senator Rand Paul ended hopes for a quick vote when he demanded a debate in the chamber on his amendment to maintain spending caps. In January, a similar failure ... Read More »

Germany Coalition Talks: Merkel’s Conservatives And SPD ‘Clinch Deal’


Germany’s centre-left Social Democrats (SPD) have reached an agreement on a coalition government with Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservatives (CDU/CSU), according to media reports. A deal on distributing ministries was said to be one of the last major hurdles towards forming a coalition. The agreement looks set to end more than four months of wrangling since inconclusive elections in September. Negotiators have been in non-stop talks ... Read More »

Trump Tells Pentagon ‘To Top’ France Military Parade

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US President Donald Trump has asked the Pentagon to organise a large military parade in the nation’s capital. The president made the request of top military chiefs in late January, after reportedly being impressed by a French Bastille Day parade last year. “It was one of the greatest parades I’ve ever seen,” he later said. “We’re going to have to try and top it.” Democrats ... Read More »

North Korea Leader’s Sister To Visit South For Olympics

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The influential sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un is to attend Friday’s opening ceremony of the Winter Olympic Games, which are being held in the South, ministers in Seoul say. Kim Yo-jong, a senior Workers’ Party official promoted to the politburo last year, will be the first immediate Kim family member to cross the border. Both Koreas will march under one flag at the ... Read More »

Syrian refugees ‘at risk of being pushed to return’

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Aid agencies have warned that hundreds of thousands of Syrians are at risk of being pushed to return in 2018, despite ongoing violence in the Middle Eastern country. The warning was issued by six humanitarian agencies amid what they called a “global anti-refugee backlash”, harsher conditions in regional countries who have taken in Syrians and a “misleading rhetoric” suggesting the country is safe for refugees ... Read More »

Kenyan broadcasters back on air after government block


Two Kenyan television stations have resumed broadcasting after being taken off air for plans to show a rally held by the country’s opposition leader. The NTV and KTN channels were both accessible on Monday, but two others – Citizen TV and Inooro TV – remained blocked, Kenya’s Daily Nation newspaper reported on Monday. Earlier in the day, protesters took to the streets in Kenya‘s capital ... Read More »

83 children killed in Middle East and North Africa: UN

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At least 83 children were killed in conflict zones throughout the Middle East and North Africa last month, according to the United Nations children’s agency. The victims died as a result of fighting throughout January in Iraq, Libya, Palestine, Syria and Yemen, UNICEF said in a statement released on Monday. A number of the children were killed during suicide attacks; others froze to death as they ... Read More »

US: Train crash kills 2 in South Carolina

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A passenger train collided with a freight train in the US state of South Carolina, killing at least two people. More than 70 people were injured and taken to hospitals when the Amtrak train collided with a CSX freight train near Cayce on Sunday morning. Palmetto Health Director of Emergency Preparedness Dr Steve Shelton said one patient was in critical condition and two were in ... Read More »

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