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

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

Image captionResidents of South Korea watched the speech from the North’s leader(GETTY IMAGES) North Korea’s leader Kim Jong-un has said a nuclear launch button is “always on my table” and warned the US it will never be able to start a war. In a televised new year speech, he said the entire US was within […]

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In pictures: World welcomes 2018 with fantastic fireworks

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In pictures: World welcomes 2018 with fantastic fireworks

Millions gathered on Brazil’s Copacabana beach late Sunday to welcome 2018 in humid conditions – while a freezing North America prepared to close out the world’s New Year celebrations. © Guillaume Souvant, AFP | New Year revellers gather on the Champs-Élysées avenue in Paris on December 31, 2017.  A chilly Europe had already said goodbye to 2017, […]

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Iranian protester death toll rises to 12 as hundreds arrested

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Iranian protester death toll rises to 12 as hundreds arrested

Iranian state TV has reported that 12 people have been killed amid nationwide protests, without elaborating. Opponents of Iranian President Hassan Rouhani hold a protest outside the Iranian embassy in west London. (Reuters) Among the 10 were two protesters who were shot dead overnight in the small town of Izeh in southwestern Iran, a member […]

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Colorado deputy killed, 4 others shot in ‘ambush-style’ attack outside Denver

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Colorado deputy killed, 4 others shot in ‘ambush-style’ attack outside Denver

Colorado deputy Zackari Parrish, 29, was killed during an ‘ambush-style’ attack in Denver. A New Year’s Eve domestic disturbance call sparked an “ambush-style” attack that left one deputy dead, four others injured and two civilians wounded at an apartment complex just south of Denver. The suspect fired off around 100 rounds with a rifle at […]

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New Year’s Eve: ‘Most technologically advanced’ Sydney fireworks show wows 1 billion people worldwide

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New Year’s Eve: ‘Most technologically advanced’ Sydney fireworks show wows 1 billion people worldwide

VIDEO: Timelapse: Brisbane’s New Year fireworks (ABC News) With an estimated worldwide audience of 1 billion people the Sydney fireworks spectacular wowed the crowds around the harbour which was jammed to capacity by midnight on Sunday. View image on Twitter About 1.6 million people attended the fireworks around the edge of Sydney Harbour where a rainbow waterfall off the […]

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Deadly bombing targets Afghan official’s funeral

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Deadly bombing targets Afghan official’s funeral

At least 18 people have been killed in a bombing at a funeral ceremony in eastern Afghanistan, according to local media. The attack was condemned as “an evil act” [Zabihullah Ghazi/Anadolu] The blast on Sunday took place as people gathered to pay respects to a former district chief in Jalalabad, the capital of Nangarhar province, Pajhwok […]

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Eyes on Kim Jong-un’s New Year message by Jun Ji-hye

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Eyes on Kim Jong-un’s New Year message by Jun Ji-hye

Government officials and experts here are paying keen attention to what message North Korean leader Kim Jong-un will deliver during his New Year address. Kim Jong-Un How the situation will develop around the Korean Peninsula in 2018 could depend on the contents of his address, because a year’s tasks announced in the leader’s New Year […]

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Merkel declares Europe top priority for new government

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Merkel declares Europe top priority for new government

Chancellor Angela Merkel will tell Germans that European co-operation is “the decisive question of the coming years” in a New Year’s Eve broadcast Sunday, as her conservatives eye tricky coalition talks. Photo: DPA Merkel will say that “27 states in Europe must be persuaded more strongly than ever to hold together as a community,” according […]

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Abadi rejects Turkey’s meditation on border crossings issue with Erbil: MP

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Abadi rejects Turkey’s meditation on border crossings issue with Erbil: MP

Baghdad (IraqiNews.com) Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi has rejected a request by Turkish President over the border exits, a parliamentarian source said on Sunday. Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi (left) shakes hands with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan during a visit to Tukey. Speaking to Baghdad Today on Sunday, the source said “Kurdistan Region’s premier, […]

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Two mass graves found in Raqqa — Syrian state media

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Two mass graves found in Raqqa — Syrian state media

DAMASCUS — Two mass graves containing dozens of bodies of civilians and Syrian troops killed by the Daesh terror group extremists have been found in the west of Raqqa province, state news agency SANA reported Friday. Syrian forces excavate a site, said to be a mass grave by state news agency SANA, west of Raqqa […]

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