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Facebook to launch dating service

Facebook chief: Mark Zuckerberg has announced that it will soon include a new 'dating feature'. He made this announcement while vowing to make 'privacy protection' its top priority, in the wake of the Cambridge Analytica scandal. He did not specify whether the feature would be free of charge, in line with Facebook's core offer.
Under the new feature, users will be able to create a separate "dating profile", not visible to their network of friends, with potential matches recommended based on dating preferences, points in common, and mutual acquaintances.

UN Myanmar Rights Envoy calls for halt to violence in the Kachin State

Citing reports of the army using aerial bombings, heavy weapons and artillery fire on civilian areas, the United Nations Human Rights Expert on Myanmar has voiced deep concern at a sharp escalation in hostilities in the Kachin State.Thousands of people rallied in Kachin today to demand humanitarian access for villagers trapped by fighting between government forces and ethnic minority insurgents. More than 5,000 people have been displaced. Any wilful impediment of relief supplies may amount to 'war crimes' under international law.

Israel says Iran hid nuclear arms programme

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has revealed what he says are "secret nuclear files" proving Iran once covertly pursued nuclear weapons.He said thousands of pages of material obtained by Israel showed Iran had deceived the world by denying it had ever sought nuclear weapons. Iran agreed in 2015 to curb its nuclear energy programme in return for the lifting of sanctions.It maintained that it had only been pursuing nuclear energy.

Twin Kabul suicide blasts kill at least 21, including journalists

Two explosions in the Afghan capital: Kabul, have killed at least 21 people, including a leading photographer of the AFP agency and several other journalists documenting the scene. An attacker on a motorbike carried out the first explosion. About 15 minutes later, after people and reporters had gathered at the scene, there was a second explosion. The bomber disguised himself as a journalist and detonated himself among the crowd.
AFP said, its chief photographer: Shah Marai, had been killed. Marai joined AFP as a driver in 1996, the year the Taliban seized power, and began taking pictures on the side, covering stories including the US invasion in 2001.

Koreas make nuclear pledge after historic summit

The leaders of North and South Korea have agreed to work to rid the peninsula of nuclear weapons, after holding a historic summit. The announcement was made by the North's Kim Jong-un and Moon Jae-in of South Korea after talks at the border.


Kim Jong-un to meet Moon Jae-in at Korean border for summit

Kim Jong-un is set to become the first North Korean leader to enter South Korea since the end of the Korean War in 1953, as he prepares to cross the border this morning. South Korea said President Moon Jae-in would personally meet Mr Kim at the border. Both men are on their way to the summit venue in the demilitarised zone. The historic meeting will focus on the North's recent indications it could be willing to give up its nuclear weapons.

South Korea announces Inter-Korean Summit schedule

South Korea's Presidential Office has announced the detailed schedule for tomorrow's Inter-Korean Summit. It says, at 9:30 AM local time, North Korean leader: Kim Jong Un will cross the military demarcation line on foot, where he will be greeted by South Korean President: Moon Jae-in. Kim will be the first North Korean leader to cross the demarcation line. At around 9:40 AM, a Welcome Ceremony will be held in a square between the Freedom House and the Peace House, on the South Korean side. The two leaders will then move to the Peace House, where they will hold talks from 10:30 AM onwards.
They are scheduled to sign a written agreement after their talks.

Macron attacks nationalism in speech to US Congress

French President Emmanuel Macron has used his speech to the joint houses of the US Congress to denounce nationalism and isolationism. Mr Macron said such policies were a threat to global prosperity. The speech was widely interpreted as a thinly veiled attack on President Donald Trump's America First agenda. Mr Macron also raised differences on global trade, Iran and the environment, seemingly in contrast to the warm bonhomie of his visit so far. The French president was given a three-minute standing ovation as he took his place in the chamber for his speech.

US and France hint at new Iran nuclear deal.

US President Donald Trump and his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron have suggested there could be a new agreement on Iran's nuclear programme. After talks in the US, Mr Trump, who is sceptical of an accord that was struck in 2015, spoke about "doing a much bigger, maybe, deal". Mr Macron said a new pact must cover Iran's ballistic missile programme and its role in the Middle East. Iran warned of "severe consequences" if the US withdraws from the deal.

Iran warns Trump, it might withdraw from 'Non-Proliferation Treaty'

A senior Iranian official said today, Tehran might quit a treaty designed to stop the spread of nuclear weapons, if US President Donald Trump scraps the nuclear accord Iran signed with world powers in 2015. The treaty Iran refers to is the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty. Trump has said, unless European allies 'fix by May 12th', what he has called “terrible flaws” in the 2015 accord, he will reinstate US economic sanctions on Iran, which would be a severe blow to the pact. The other powers that signed it - Russia, China, Germany, Britain and France - have all said they want to preserve the agreement. In a news conference broadcast on state television, the secretary of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council said, Iran was ready for some “surprising actions”, if the nuclear deal was scrapped.

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