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US Ties Any North Korea Talks To Nuclear Arms

The United States says any dialogue with North Korea must have nuclear disarmament as the end goal. The North indicated on the last day of the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang it was ready for talks, according to South Korea. North Korea has previously said it will not accept any preconditions. “We will see if Pyongyang’s message… that it is willing to hold talks, represents the ... Read More »

Russian Plane Crash In Syria ‘Kills 32′

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A Russian transport plane has crashed in Syria killing all 26 passengers and six crew members believed to have been on board, the defence ministry says. The An-26 plane crashed during landing at Hmeimim air base, near the Syrian coastal city of Latakia, the ministry is quoted as saying by Russian media. The plane was not fired upon, Russia says, and preliminary data suggests a ... Read More »

Kim Jong-Un To Meet S Korea Leader In Landmark Summit

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The leaders of North and South Korea are due to meet at a summit next month, Seoul’s envoy says. It will be the first such meeting for more than a decade and the first since Kim Jong-un took power in North Korea. The envoy also said Mr Kim suggested he would be willing to discuss getting rid of nuclear weapons, but only if his country’s ... Read More »

Russia’s Putin Vows To Halve Poverty In Pre-Election Speech

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Russian President Vladimir Putin has said he intends to halve poverty in the country within the next six years, in his annual state of the nation address in Moscow. The speech is the last before an election he is expected to win in 17 days’ time. Mr Putin is laying out his key policies for his fourth presidential term. “Every person matters to us,” he ... Read More »

Africa ‘Set To Miss UN Development Goal On Malnutrition’

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Exceptionally detailed maps of child growth and education across Africa suggest that no single country is set to end childhood malnutrition by 2030. That target was set by the UN as a Sustainable Development Goal. However, the new maps, which give detail to the level of an individual village, show that almost every nation has at least one region where children’s health is improving. They are ... Read More »

Trump At Odds With Republican Lawmakers Over Gun Reforms

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US President Donald Trump has stunned lawmakers from both parties by telling them in a live broadcast not to be so “petrified” of the powerful gun lobby the National Rifle Association (NRA). In a break from his party’s stance on gun control, Mr Trump urged lawmakers to come up with a “strong” reform bill. He suggested expanding background checks for gun buyers and raising the ... Read More »

Trump Endorses Guns For Teachers To Stop Shootings

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US President Donald Trump has said arming teachers could prevent school shootings like that which left 17 people dead last week in Florida. Teachers carrying a concealed gun could end attacks “very quickly”, he said. Mr Trump floated the proposal – long-championed by the powerful NRA gun lobby – as emotional survivors of the 14 February massacre urged him to take measures to stop similar ... Read More »

Migration Figures: Highest Number Of EU Nationals Leaving UK In A Decade

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The number of EU citizens leaving the UK is at its highest level for a decade, figures from the Office for National Statistics show. It estimates that 130,000 EU nationals emigrated in the year to September, the highest number since 2008. Meanwhile, 220,000 EU nationals came to live in the UK – 47,000 fewer than the previous year. Net EU migration – the difference between ... 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 »

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