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South Sudan declares famine in Unity State.

A famine has been declared in parts of South Sudan, the first to be announced in any part of the world in six years. The government and the United Nations report that some 100,000 people are facing starvation, with a million more on the brink of famine.


Kim Jong-nam killing: Malaysia recalls envoy from North Korea

Malaysia has stepped up diplomatic measures against North Korea in an escalating row over the killing of Kim Jong-nam, the half-brother of North Korea's leader Kim Jong-un. Kim Jong-nam died in mysterious circumstances last week at an airport in the Malaysian capital Kuala Lumpur.


Kim Jong-nam death suspect 'thought she was in TV prank'

An Indonesian woman held over the killing of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un's half-brother thought she was taking part in a TV prank, police say. Kim Jong-nam is thought to have been poisoned as he waited to board a flight in Malaysia on Monday. Two women and a man were arrested over the death.


IS attack on Sufi shrine in Pakistan kills over 72 people.

A suicide attack in a popular shrine in southern Pakistan has killed at least 72 people, police say. The bomber blew himself up among devotees in the shrine of Sufi saint Lal Shahbaz Qalandar in the town of Sehwan, in Sindh province, police said. Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has condemned the attack, which has been claimed by so-called Islamic State. A surge of attacks this week has shattered a period of improving security in Pakistan.

Trump relaxes US policy on Middle East two-state solution

US President Donald Trump has dropped decades of US policy insisting on a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. At a news conference with Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu, Mr Trump promised to deliver a "great" peace deal, but said both sides must compromise.


Sri Lanka and Australia inked two MOUs pertaining sports development and economic cooperation.

Australian Sports Minister Greg Hunt signed the document on sports with his Sri Lankan counterpart Dayasiri Jayasekera.Secretary of Finance Ministry Dr.R.H.S.Samaratunga and Australian High Commissioner for Sri Lanka Bryce Hutchesson signed on the MOU on Economic Cooperation.


The Australian Federal Opposition Leader calls for strengthening of bilateral relations with Sri Lanka.

Opposition leader in the Australian Federal Parliament Bill Shorten calls for further enhancing ties between Sri Lanka and Australia. Mr.Shorten was speaking at a function held to mark 70 years of diplomatic ties between the two countries. The event was held today at Canberra.


North Korean leader's half-brother Kim Jong-nam 'killed in Malaysia'

The half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has been killed in Malaysia, South Korean and Malaysian sources say. Kim Jong-nam, 45, is said to have been targeted at the airport in Kuala Lumpur, the capital. A source close to the Malaysian PM's office told the BBC that Mr Kim was killed in the city, saying his body was now undergoing an autopsy. Kim Jong-nam is the eldest son of former North Korean leader Kim Jong-il.

Indian Supreme Court acquittal by the Karnataka High Court in the Jayalalithaa disproportionate assets case releases a verdict on Sasikala and her co-partners Ilavarasi and Sudhakaran.

The Supreme Court today set aside AIADMK general secretary V.K. Sasikala's acquittal by the Karnataka High Court in the Jayalalithaa disproportionate assets case and "restored in full" the trial court conviction of September 2014. A Bench of Justices P.C. Ghose and Amitava Roy also set aside the acquittal of her two co-accused J. Ilavarasi and V.N. Sudhakaran and restored their conviction in the case.

The SC said the appeals filed by Karnataka government and others, including DMK leader K. Anbazhagan, against the former Chief Minister has abated after her death on December 5, 2016.The Supreme Court ordered Sasikala, Ilavarasi and Sudhakaran to surrender forthwith before the trial court concerned.

Trump 'evaluating' embattled aide Flynn.

The White House says President Donald Trump is "evaluating the situation" regarding his national security adviser's contact with a Russian envoy. Michael Flynn came under scrutiny amid reports he spoke to the Russian ambassador to the US about sanctions before Donald Trump's inauguration.


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