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North Korea: Russia accuses US of goading Kim Jong-un


Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has accused the US of seeking to provoke North Korea into stepping up its nuclear missile programme. He rejected a call by the American envoy to the UN Security Council to sever ties with the North after its latest ballistic missile test. Russia argues sanctions do not work and advocates negotiations instead. The US has warned that North Korea's government will be "utterly destroyed" if war breaks out.

Victoria becomes the first Australian State to legalize Euthanasia

Victoria became the first Australian State to legalize “Assisted Dying”, popularly known as "Euthanasia". Lawmakers voted to allow terminally ill patients the right request a lethal drug to end their lives. The legislation which takes effect from June 2019, was passed in Victoria after 100 hours of fiery debate.

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North Korea says new missile can re-enter atmosphere

North Korea has said the missile it tested overnight held a warhead capable of re-entering the earth's atmosphere. The claim was not proven and experts have cast doubt on the country's ability to master such technology. Kim Jong-un called the launch "impeccable" and a "breakthrough". It was the first test from Pyongyang in more than two months, after a flurry earlier this year.It has been condemned by the international community.US President Donald Trump spoke to China's President Xi Jinping by telephone, the White House said, urging him to "use all available levers to convince North Korea to end its provocations and return to the path of de-nuclearization".

The US says North Korea latest missile launch a global threat

North Korea has fired its highest-ever intercontinental ballistic missile and poses a worldwide threat, US Secretary of Defence James Mattis has said. Earlier the Pentagon said the missile had flown for about 1,000 kilometers before falling into the Sea of Japan. The launch, early on Wednesday,

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Skeletons found on 'ghost ship' washed ashore in Japan

Japanese authorities are trying to identify eight people whose partially skeletonised remains were found on a wooden boat that washed up on a beach. The Japanese Coast Guard suspects that the boat and its occupants had come from North Korea. The discovery took place in the northern Akita prefecture. It comes days after a group of men claiming to be North Korean fishermen were washed onshore in the same area. Japan regularly sees North Korean fishing boats straying into its territory and its coastguard has occasionally had to rescue fishermen. Boats without crew or vessels with dead bodies on board, known as "ghost ships" are regularly washed ashore on Japan's western coast, which faces North Korea.

Einstein’s letter on relativity may fetch 30 000 US dollars at auction

A signed letter written by German scientist Albert Einstein to his closest friend Michele Besso, expressing joy at the success of his theory of relativity, may fetch up to 30,000 dollars at an auction. The letter is postmarked Berlin and dates December 10th, 1915. Rejoicing in the success of his theory Einstein wrote in the letter, “the boldest dreams have now been fulfilled.” Einstein had set out the key elements of the General Theory of Relativity in four magisterial papers submitted to the Prussian Academy of Sciences in November 1915.  Einstein’s General Theory of Relativity is one of most important developments of 20th-century physics.

Pope Francis sets off for tricky trip in Myanmar

Pope Francis has arrived in Myanmar on his first papal visit to the country that has been widely accused of ethnic cleansing. He is scheduled to meet Myanmar's de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi and the head of the country's military. The Pontiff will then visit Bangladesh and meet a small group of Rohingya refugees in a symbolic gesture. The 80-year-old pontiff is widely known for his moderate views and willingness to denounce global injustice.

Egypt mosque attackers kill 235

 

Militants have launched a bomb and gun attack on a mosque in Egypt's North Sinai province, killing 235 people.

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'Explosion' dashes San Juan submarine crew survival hopes.

Hopes that the 44 crew of a missing Argentine submarine might still be alive have been dashed after the navy said an event consistent with an explosion had been detected. The "abnormal, singular, short, violent, non-nuclear event" was recorded in the south Atlantic by a nuclear test watchdog last week. Relatives of the missing crew reacted with grief and anger at the news. It follows a US report of a loud noise in the same area.

Deal signed between Bangladesh and Myanmar for the repatriation of Rohingya

Bangladesh has signed a deal with Myanmar to return thousands of Rohingya Muslims who fled a recent army crackdown. Myanmar said it was ready to receive the Rohingyas "as soon as possible". However, aid agencies have raised concerns about a forcible return of the Rohingyas, unless their safety can be guaranteed. The Rohingya are a stateless minority who have long experienced persecution in Myanmar. More than 600,000 have fled to neighbouring Bangladesh since violence erupted in the Rakhine state late in August.

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