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Clashes erupt along Gaza-Israel border, ahead of US embassy inauguration

Clashes erupted along the Gaza Strip's border today between Palestinians and Israeli forces, ahead of the controversial inauguration of the US embassy in Jerusalem. Thousands gathered near the border, while smaller numbers of stone-throwing Palestinians were approaching the fence and seeking to damage it. Larger crowds are expected to gather later in the day to protest against the shifting of the US embassy in Israel, from Tel Aviv to the disputed city of Jerusalem. The protestors are also calling for Palestinian refugees who fled or were expelled during the 1948 war surrounding Israel's creation, to be allowed to return to their homes which are now inside Israel.

Two Britons held hostage in the Democratic Republic of Congo have been released unharmed

Two Britons held hostage in the Democratic Republic of Congo have been released unharmed. Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson paid tribute to the DRC authorities and the Congolese Institute for Nature Conservation for their "tireless help". The hostages are receiving "support and medical attention".

Iran nuclear deal: Europe strives to keep agreement

A flurry of diplomatic activity is under way to rescue the Iran nuclear deal after President Donald Trump's decision to withdraw the US from it and bring back sanctions against Tehran. German Chancellor Angela Merkel spoke with President Putin of Russia, and UK PM Theresa May has talked to Mr Trump.
French ministers have been loudest in their complaints that major European businesses will be hit hard as US sanctions are re-imposed. Mr Trump says the deal is "horrible".

Trump-Kim Jong-un summit set for Singapore on 12 June.

US President Donald Trump will meet North Korean leader Kim Jong-un in Singapore on 12 June, he has said. In April, Mr Trump stunned the world by accepting an invitation to meet Mr Kim in an unprecedented sit-down. The pair had previously exchanged insults and threats. The breakthrough came after landmark talks between North and South Korea. Mr Trump's announcement came hours after he welcomed home three American detainees released by North Korea.

Malaysia's Mahathir to steer the country forward

After his stunning win over the scandal-plagued coalition that has ruled for six decades, Malaysian ex-leader: Mahathir Mohamad says, "now the hard part begins".
In a huge political upset, Mahathir's opposition alliance ended the hold of the Barisan National Coalition, which has governed Malaysia uninterrupted, since the country's birth as an 'independent nation' in 1957.
Observers say, hope for lasting change in Malaysia may hinge on whether 'triumphant 92-year-old autocrat-turned-progressive: Mahathir Mohamad' has truly changed his ways, and whether he possesses the vigour and clout to heal national divisions.

Malaysia election: Opposition scores historic victory

Former Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad has scored a historic victory in the country's general election. The election commission said Mr Mahathir's opposition alliance had won 115 seats, over the threshold of 112 seats needed to form a government.Mr Mahathir, 92, defeated the governing Barisan Nasional coalition, which has been in power for more than 60 years.He came out of retirement to take on his former protege, Najib Razak.

Trump pulls US out of Iran deal

US President Donald Trump has announced the US withdrawal from the Obama-era multinational nuclear deal with Iran.
Calling it "decaying and rotten", he said the deal was "an embarrassment" to him. Going against advice from European allies he said, he would re-impose economic sanctions that were waived when the deal was signed in 2015.

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UN Food Agency aims to boost aid to North Korea

The United Nations Food Agency says, its chief would visit North Korea to look into boosting food distributions. The four-day trip comes amid a warming of relations between North and South Korea. According to the World Food Programme, about 70 percent of North Korea’s population of 25 million is “food insecure”, meaning they struggle to avoid hunger, and one in four children under the age of five is stunted from chronic mal-nutrition.
The agency aims to assist 650,000 women and children each month by providing fortified cereals and biscuits.

Italy faces fresh elections as coalition talks fail

Italy's coalition-building talks have failed, leaving the country facing fresh elections or a neutral caretaker government until the end of the year.President Sergio Mattarella said on Monday that those were the only two options left after a third round of negotiations were unsuccessful.No single party or alliance won a majority in the March general election.The most influential parties, Five Star and The League, favour a new vote in July. Mr Mattarella has the final say

World War One soldiers remembered in leaflets in Cambridgeshire

 

Eight men who lost their lives in World War One in Cambridgeshire are being remembered in their home village, on "commemoration leaflets" posted through the doors of houses.
The leaflet creator, a keen local historian who wants to remain anonymous says, he began thinking several years ago about how he might commemorate the 100th anniversary of the end of World War One.
He decided to mark the death of each soldier in the village, with a short 'tribute page', which he posts through the door of every home in the village.
The leaflets arrive the day before the 100th anniversary of each soldier's death.

World War One ended in 1918.

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