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South Korea 'clear-eyed' about talks with North Korea

South Korea says it will continue high-level talks with North Korea with "clear eyes", amid global warnings that Pyongyang might be playing for time to continue its nuclear-arms programme. The talks come as the US and its allies vowed to put pressure on North Korea. US Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson, has expressed confidence that ‘pressure’ would eventually force North Korea to the negotiating table over its nuclear and ballistic missile programmes. Speaking to the media, South Korean Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-Wha said, "we have to make the most of the opportunity".

The two Koreas to carry a single Olympic flag

North and South Korea have agreed to march together under a ‘single unified Korean flag’, at next month's Winter Olympics to be held in South Korea. They also agreed to field a Joint Women's Ice Hockey Team, after talks at the truce village of Panmunjom. These were the first high-level talks between the two Koreas in more than two years. The Games will take place from the 9th to the 27th of next month, at Pyeongchang, in South Korea.

White House doctor says Trump's cognitive ability is normal.

US President Donald Trump has shown no abnormal signs following a cognitive exam and is in excellent health, his White House doctor says. Ronny Jackson said yesterday that he has no concerns about his cognitive ability or neurological functions.


Deal Finalized - Rohingya repatriation to be completed within 2 years

Bangladesh and Myanmar today finalized the text of the Physical Arrangement which will facilitate the return of Rohingyas to Myanmar. The Physical Arrangement stipulates that the Repatriation Process would be completed, preferably within two years, from the commencement of repatriation. The decision was taken at the first meeting of the Joint Working Group, on the return of the displaced Rohingyas from the Rakhine State. Modalities for the repatriation of orphans and children born out of unwarranted incidence have been incorporated in the said arrangement.

Venezuela helicopter attack: Pilot Oscar Pérez in bloody siege

Officials say that two police officers and several "terrorists" have been killed in an operation to capture a helicopter pilot accused of leading an armed rebellion in Venezuela last year, . Venezuelan forces surrounded a house in the town of El Junquito, near the capital, Caracas, as they targeted the "cell" linked to pilot Oscar Pérez.


Chile churches attacked before Pope’s visit

Several churches in Chile have been attacked or vandalized, ahead of a visit by Pope Francis, due next week. Three churches in the capital Santiago were damaged by firebombs. Some flyers left behind warned that the next one was for the Pope. The attacks could not yet be linked to a particular group. Chilian President Michelle Bachelet described the incidents as "very strange". Speaking to the media she said, in a democracy, people can express themselves, as long as they do it in a peaceful way.

Trump 'in crude Oval Office outburst about migrants'.

US President Donald Trump has reportedly lashed out at immigrants in a foul-mouthed Oval Office outburst that a UN spokesman later condemned as "shocking", "shameful" and "racist". "Why are we having all these people from shithole countries come here?" Mr Trump reportedly asked lawmakers during talks on an immigration deal. He was apparently referring to Haiti, El Salvador and African countries. The White House made no attempt to deny the comment.

Second day of riots after the rape and murder of Zainab Ansari

Protesters have set a government office on fire in the Pakistani city of Kasur, in a second day of riots after the rape and murder of a six-year-old girl. The body of the girl named Zainab Ansari was found in a rubbish dump on Tuesday. She had been raped and strangled. Police in Kasur say there have been 12 similar murders in the past two years. They say five of them are linked to one suspect who is being hunted by hundreds of officers.

Bill for increasing allotment of Green Cards, introduced in US House

A legislation that seeks to push for a Merit-Based Immigration System and increase the allotment of Green Cards by 45 percent annually, has been introduced in the US House of Representatives. The legislation seeks to increase the allotment of Green Cards from the current 120,000 to 175,000, per annum.


Rescuer saves 'muddy doll' baby in California mudslides

A rescue worker has tearfully described the toddler he pulled from debris following devastating mudslides in Southern California as a "muddy doll". Berkeley Johnson said the two-year-old girl was taken to hospital and suffered an injury to her hip.Rescue efforts are under way in Santa Barbara County for residents trapped by mudslides that overwhelmed an area scorched by wildfires last month. At least 15 people have died and more than two dozen others were injured.

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