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North Korea reopens hotline to South to discuss Olympics

Image copyright EPA Image caption The hotline in the village of Panmunjom North Korea has reopened a hotline to South Korea, almost two years after it was disabled on the orders of leader Kim Jong-un, South Korea confirmed it had received a call from the North at 15:30 local time (06:30 GMT) on Wednesday. The […]

North Korea’s Kim Jong-un issues threats and olive branch

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Residents of South Korea watched the speech from the North’s leader North Korea’s leader Kim Jong-un has said a nuclear launch button is “always on my table”, warning the US it will never be able to start a war. In a televised new year speech, he said the entire […]

China’s ban on ivory trade comes into force

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption An estimated 30,000 African elephants are killed by poachers every year China has long been one of the world’s biggest markets for ivory, but as of 2018 all trade in ivory and ivory products in the country is illegal. The move is being hailed as a major development in […]

Costa Rica: 10 US tourists killed in plane crash

Image copyright Public Security Ministry Image caption The crash happened in a mountainous area Twelve people have been killed in a plane crash in western Costa Rica, officials say. Ten of the victims were US citizens, along with the Costa Rican pilot and co-pilot. Local media said five victims came from a single family. The […]

Iran protests: ‘Iron fist’ threatened if unrest continues

Media captionVideo from the town of Dorud shows a crowd carrying what appears to be a wounded man Iran’s Revolutionary Guards have warned anti-government protesters they will face the nation’s “iron fist” if political unrest continues. Three days of demonstrations erupted over falling living standards. But a Revolutionary Guards commander said the protests had degenerated […]

Trump’s Russia inquiry ‘started by Australian tip-off’

Image copyright Twitter Image caption George Papadopoulos allegedly shared his knowledge with a diplomat at an upscale London bar The investigation into possible connections between Russia and Donald Trump’s presidential campaign began after a tip-off from Australia, the New York Times reports. Trump adviser George Papadopoulos allegedly told Australia’s top UK diplomat that Moscow had […]

Police shoot man dead after alleged Call of Duty ‘swatting’ hoax

Media captionAndrew Finch was shot at his front door on 28 December in Wichita, Kansas A man has been arrested after an alleged “swatting” prank call led to police shooting dead a 28-year-old man. Andrew Finch was shot at his front door on 28 December in Wichita, Kansas. Police surrounded the home after receiving a […]

Greece seeks to cancel Turkish pilot’s asylum

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The soldiers say they would not receive a fair trial in Turkey The Greek government says it has asked the country’s judicial authorities to cancel a legal decision granting asylum to a Turkish helicopter pilot. He was one of eight servicemen who fled to Greece last year after a […]

Nepal bans solo climbers from Mount Everest under new rules

Image copyright AFP Image caption A view from the summit of Everest, where more than 200 people have died since 1920 Nepal has banned solo climbers from scaling its mountains, including Mount Everest, in a bid to reduce accidents. The new safety regulations also prohibit double amputee and blind climbers from attempting to reach the […]

Fujimori: New clashes after Peru ex-president is pardoned

Media caption‘No to the pardon!’ shouted protesters in the capital Lima Police in Peru have fired tear gas and clashed with thousands of protesters angry at the authorities’ decision to pardon ex-President Alberto Fujimori. “No to the pardon!” chanted crowds in the capital Lima, during a second day of unrest that began on Christmas Eve. […]