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Antarctica loses three trillion tonnes of ice in 25 years

Antarctica is shedding ice at an accelerating rate. Satellites monitoring the state of the White Continent indicate some 200 billion tonnes a year are now being lost to the ocean as a result of melting. This is pushing up global sea levels by 0.6mm annually - a three-fold increase since 2012 when the last such assessment was undertaken. Scientists report the new numbers in the journal Nature. Governments will need to take account of the information and its accelerating trend as they plan future defences to protect low-lying coastal communities.

Kim invites Trump to visit Pyongyang as North Korea hails 'radical switchover'

Kim Jong Un invited Donald Trump to visit North Korea during their historic summit and the US President accepted, Pyongyang State media reported on Wednesday, calling it the start of a “radical switchover” in the nuclear-armed Cold War foes' fraught relations. The unprecedented encounter in Singapore on Tuesday saw the leader of the world's most powerful democracy shake hands with the third generation scion of a dynastic dictatorship, standing as equals in front of their nations' flags. Mr. Kim agreed to the “complete denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula”, a stock phrase favoured by Pyongyang that stopped short of long-standing US demands for North Korea to give up its atomic arsenal in a “verifiable” and “irreversible” way.

Trump Kim summit: US and North Korean leaders to hold historic talks

US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un are poised to meet for an unprecedented summit on Tuesday aimed at defusing tensions on the Korean peninsula.No sitting US president has ever met a North Korean leader.Mr Trump has said the highly anticipated talks represent a "one-time shot" at peace.The meeting marks a dramatic shift in relations between the pair, who last year traded insults and threats of war.

Pakistan urges the establishment of a development fund to eliminate terrorism and extremism

Pakistani President Mamnoon Hussain has urged member states of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization to consider the establishment of a development fund to eliminate terrorism and extremism. His call came at the 18th meeting of the Council of Heads of States of the Organization in Qindgao, China today. This is the first summit being held after the inclusion of Pakistan as a member state. President Hussain also said that Pakistan has rendered unprecedented sacrifices in the war against terror to bring peace to the region.

Trump isolated on trade and Russia as leaders meet at G7 summit

Divisions between Donald Trump and the other leaders of the G7 nations have been laid bare at a summit in Canada.The US leader made a surprise call for Russia to be readmitted to the group of top industrialised nations after its expulsion for annexing Crimea. But German Chancellor Angela Merkel said the EU members attending the summit all agreed it should not happen. Frictions over trade tariffs recently imposed by the Trump administration are overshadowing the summit.

North Korea leader may get US invite for talks.

US President Donald Trump said he would consider inviting North Korea's Kim Jong-un to the White House if their summit in Singapore goes well. Mr Trump made the comment after meeting Japan's PM Shinzo Abe to discuss the 12 June summit. He said it was possible an agreement to end the Korean War could be reached, though he called that "the easy part" of the negotiations.

New explosion at Guatemalan volcano

Emergency services in Guatemala are evacuating areas around the Fuego Volcano, after a new eruption sent lava spewing down its south side. At least 72 deaths have been reported since the volcano first erupted on Sunday. More than 3,000 people have been evacuated. Villages on the slopes of the volcano have been buried in volcanic ash and mud.

Iran to give notice of uranium work

Iran is to inform the United Nations' Nuclear Agency that it is beginning the process of increasing its capacity to enrich Uranium. Iran says, it would increase its capacity to produce Uranium Hexa-Fluoride, a key ingredient for enrichment.
Iran's Supreme Leader: Ayatollah Khamenei said, he had ordered preparations for enrichment, should the 2015 Nuclear Deal fail completely. US President Donald Trump pulled America out of the deal last month. It is not yet known whether European countries will keep afloat the deal, which strictly limits Iran's uranium enrichment, and is aimed at denying it a 'nuclear weapons capability'.

Guatemala Fuego: Search after deadly volcano eruption

Soldiers are helping firefighters search for missing people after Sunday's horrific volcanic eruption in Guatemala, when torrents of superheated rock, ash and mud destroyed villages.
The official death toll from the destruction at the Fuego volcano has risen to 62, the authorities say.Thousands of people are being housed in temporary shelters.Volcanologists report the eruption, which sent ash up to 10km into the sky, is now over.

China warns the US against setting up trade sanctions

China has warned that all trade talks between Beijing and Washington will be void if the US sets up trade sanctions. After talks between Vice Premier Liu He and US Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, China said it was ready to boost imports from many countries. Mr Ross's China visit comes days after Washington threatened to impose extra tariffs on 50 billion dollars of Chinese goods

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