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United States develop direct contact with North Korea


The US is in "direct contact" with North Korea, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has said.Mr Tillerson said Washington was "probing" the possibility of talks with Pyongyang, "so stay tuned". "We have lines of communications to Pyongyang," he said during a trip to China. "We're not in a dark situation."

Hillary Clinton to be awarded an honorary doctorate at the Swansea University.

Hillary Clinton is to visit Swansea next month to be awarded an honorary doctorate at the city's university. The former US secretary of state and 2016 US presidential candidate will be presented with the award by Swansea University. Ms Clinton, whose great grandparents were from Wales, will receive the award at a ceremony on the 14th of October. It recognises her commitment to promoting the rights of families and children around the world.

The UN failed Myanmar's Rohingya Muslims`

The White House said that US President Donald Trump has lifted shipping restrictions to help fuel and supplies reach storm-ravaged Puerto Rico. Mr Trump "has authorized the Jones Act be waived for Puerto Rico", a statement said on Twitter. Puerto Rico had pressed the US to lift the act, which limits shipping between coasts to US-flagged vessels. The US territory is struggling with fuel, water and medical shortages one week after Hurricane Maria struck.

Trump outlines major tax cut plans

US President Donald Trump has called for major tax cuts as part of a longstanding Republican effort to overhaul the US tax system. A framework released by Republicans calls for lowering the tax rate for corporations from 35% to 20%, among other changes. The president said the revamp will make the US more competitive and help middle class families.


US Defence Secretary Jim Mattis visits Afghanistan as rockets hit Kabul

US Defence Secretary Jim Mattis is in Afghanistan - in his first visit since Donald Trump announced his commitment to the Afghan conflict. The US recently confirmed it would send 3,000 extra troops to the country, to help local forces struggling against a resurgent Taliban. Sixteen years after the US-led invasion, the Afghan government still only controls about 60% of the country. Several rockets were fired near Kabul airport hours after Gen Mattis arrived.

Former Thai Prime Minister sentenced to five years imprisonment

Former Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra has been found guilty of criminal negligence and sentenced in absentia to five years in prison. The Supreme Court convicted her of mishandling a rice subsidy scheme which allegedly cost Thailand at least 8 billion US dollars. Ousted in 2014, weeks before a military coup, and later impeached, Ms Yingluck denies all charges and fled before the verdict, reportedly to Dubai.

The US dismisses North Korea war allegations

The US has said a statement from North Korea accusing Washington of declaring war on it was "absurd". The White House also warned Pyongyang to stop provocations after it said it had the right to shoot down US bombers.

A UN spokesman said fiery talk could lead to fatal misunderstandings. South Korea has called for a level-headed response, warning that accidental clashes in the region could quickly spiral out of control.(BBC)

Turkey President says Iraqi Kurds must give up on independence or go hungry.

Turkey's president has said Iraqi Kurds could go hungry as a result of the punitive measures it is considering after Monday's independence referendum. Recep Tayyip Erdogan accused the head of the Kurdistan Regional Government of "treachery" for pressing ahead with the vote despite international opposition.


North Korea accuses US of declaring war.

North Korea's foreign minister has accused US President Donald Trump of declaring war on his country and said Pyongyang had the right to shoot down US bombers. Ri Yong-ho said this could apply even if the warplanes were not in North Korea's airspace. The White House dismissed the statement as "absurd". The Pentagon warned Pyongyang to stop provocations.


Japan's Abe announces snap election amid worries over North Korea.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said he would dissolve parliament's lower house on Thursday for a snap election, seeking a mandate to stick to his tough stance toward a volatile North Korea and rebalance the social security system. Abe, in power for five years, had been expected to call the election for next month to take advantage of improved support and disarray in the opposition camp. Natsuo Yamaguchi, the head of Abe's junior coalition partner the Komeito party, said he understood the election would be on October 22.

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