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Rape trial starts of man at center of Nobel scandal Rape trial starts of man at center of Nobel scandal

Jean-Claude Arnault, a major cultural figure in the country, faces two counts of rape of a woman in 2011 before the Stockholm District Court


Pompeo to lead UN meeting on N Korea Pompeo to lead UN meeting on N Korea

Kim Jong Un reiterats in Singapore an old and vague commitment to “full denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula”


North Korea agrees to shut down missile site, says Moon

N Korea to shut down missile site

After meeting in Pyongyang, the two leaders "agreed on a way to achieve denuclearisation," says Mr Moon


Moon, Kim to visit volcano considered sacred Moon, Kim to visit volcano considered sacred

The volcano topped with a deep crater lake is at the heart of North Korea's foundation mythology used to legitimize the Kim family's dynastic rule


Pakistan's new PM, Imran Khan visits Saudi Arabia

Imran Khan visits Saudi Arabia

Khan arrived in the kingdom on Tuesday and will later travel to Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates


Philippines typhoon toll hits 81 Philippines typhoon toll hits 81

The typhoon, the most powerful to strike this year, also battered Hong Kong and killed four in China’s southern province of Guangdong


S Korea’s Moon seeks nuclear agreement with Kim at summit Moon seeks nuclear agreement with Kim at summit

Moon is on a three-day trip to the North Korean capital for his third summit with Kim this year


China's premier appeals for free trade amid tariff battle China's premier appeals for free trade amid tariff battle

Chinese tariff hikes in an escalating battle over Beijing's technology policy


Koreas agree on buffer zones to avoid clashes Koreas agree on buffer zones to avoid clashes

The statement signed by the countries' defense chiefs also says the Koreas agreed to withdraw 11 guard posts from the Demilitarized Zone by December


New Zealand to increase annual refugee quota to 1,500 New Zealand to increase annual refugee quota to 1,500

Liberal Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced on Wednesday that the new quota will take effect from 2020


North and South Korea: Kim and Moon hail new future N and S Korea hail new era after talks

They also plan to link up their railways, allow reunions for families separated by the Korean War and co-operate on health care


Brexit: EU 'ready to improve' Irish border proposal EU 'ready to improve' Brexit border offer

There is just over six months to go before the UK is due to leave the EU on 29 March 2019


ICC opens Myanmar Rohingya crimes probe ICC opens Myanmar Rohingya crimes probe

The move could pave the way to a full investigation into Myanmar's military crackdown that has seen thousands killed and over 700,000 displaced


Yemen conflict: A million more children face famine, NGO warns 'Five million' Yemeni children face famine

Rising food prices and the falling value of the Yemeni currency as a result of the conflict are putting more families at risk of food insecurity


German top spy Maassen forced out over Chemnitz unrest German top spy Maassen forced out

Maassen will leave the BfV and become a state secretary in the interior ministry. German media report that he will actually move to a higher pay grade


Russia summons Israel envoy after plane downed in Syria Russia summons Israel envoy after plane downed in Syria

Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu discusses the matter with his Israeli counterpart Avigdor Lieberman


Apple escapes China tariff hit for now, but threats loom Apple escapes China tariff hit for now, but threats loom

US officials on Monday slapped the tariffs on $200 billion of Chinese imports


Swiss NGO links pesticide to Indian farmer deaths Swiss NGO links pesticide to Indian farmer deaths

Public Eye notes that while the evidence was not conclusive, the spraying of Polo was a common link among those who died or fell sick


Poland's PM wants US to play key role in Eastern Europe Poland's PM wants US to play key role in Eastern Europe

The Thee Seas initiative is a cooperation of European Union members located between the Adriatic, Baltic and Black seas


China vows to hit back as Trump targets $200bn in goods China vows to hit back as Trump targets $200bn in goods

The latest round of imports will face 10 percent tariffs through the end of the year, and then the rate will jump to 25 percent


EU says Turkey-Russia deal on Syria's Idlib must protect civilians EU says Turkey-Russia deal on Syria's Idlib must protect civilians

A deal struck between Turkey and Russia to avoid an assault on Syria's last major rebel stronghold in Idlib province


Thai police show off seizures of meth, heroin, marijuana Thai police show off seizures of meth, heroin, marijuana

Thai authorities usually make several methamphetamine seizures a year of a million or more tablets


55 dead, 100 missing in Laos storm across three months 55 dead, 100 missing in Laos storm across 3 months

A total of 2,409 villages containing 113,507 families had been affected


Russia blames Israel after military plane shot down off Syria Russia blames Israel after plane shot down

The defence ministry says Israeli jets forced the Il-20 plane into the path of Syrian air defence systems on Monday


Pakistan bidders flock to PM Imran Khan's car auction

Pakistan bidders flock to Imran Khan's car auction

The bidders showed keen interest in four helicopters the government is putting up for sale


Afghan official: 9 local policemen die in 'insider' attack 9 Afghan policemen killed in 'insider' attack

One policeman was wounded and three others were missing after the late Monday shooting


21 killed in a bus crash on a road in central Iran 21 killed in a bus crash on a road in Iran

Twenty people were also injured in the crash and were taken to local hospitals


Chemnitz unrest: German top spy Maassen under fire Germany's top spy under fire over migrants

Ms Merkel is to meet her coalition partners to examine the spy boss's controversial response to recent far-right unrest in Chemnitz


14 people on board disappear over the Mediterranean 14 people on board disappear over the Mediterranean

The Il-20 jet went off radar 35 kilometers (22 miles) away from the coast late Monday as it was returning to the Russian base near the city of Lattaki


US slashes number of refugees to 30,000 US slashes number of refugees to 30,000

It compares with a 45,000-refugee limit set by President Donald Trump for 2018 and 50,000 the year before


Taliban attacks kill 27 members of Afghan security forces 27 killed in Afghanistan Taliban attacks

In western Farah province, attacks began on Sunday night and killed at least 17 members of the security forces


Syria war: Russia and Turkey to create buffer zone in Idlib Russia and Turkey to create Syria buffer

Russian President Vladimir Putin says it would be 15km to 25km (9-15 miles) wide and come into force by 15 October


Moon and Kim arrive at guesthouse for luncheon Moon and Kim arrive at guesthouse for luncheon

Moon and Kim embraced at the Sunan International Airport on Tuesday as thousands of North Koreans cheered and waved flowers


Korea talks: Moon goes North to push stalled nuclear talks

Moon and Kim meet for nuclear talks

South Korean President Moon Jae-in and his wife Kim Jung-sook arrived in Pyongyang on Tuesday morning for the three-day visit


Elon Musk sued for libel by British Thai cave rescuer Elon Musk sued for libel by British Thai cave rescuer

The lawsuit seeks $75,000 (£57,000) in compensation and an injunction against Musk to stop further allegations


Australia Strawberry needle scare widens Australia Strawberry needle scare widens

At least 6 brands have been caught up in the scare: Berry Obsession, Berry Licious, Love Berry, Donnybrook Berries, Delightful Strawberries and Oasis


Dozens buried by Typhoon landslide in Philippine Dozens buried by Typhoon landslide in Philippine

Families surrounded a whiteboard bearing names of the dead and missing as others inspected recovered bodies for signs these could be their loved one


Russian ‘Facebook’ bans Myanmar army chief, hardline monk Russian ‘Facebook’ bans Myanmar army chief, hardline monk

Facebook disabled his account in January after a string of vitriol targeting the stateless minority


Belgium refuses extradition of fugitive Spanish rapper Belgium refuses extradition of fugitive Spanish rapper

The warrant comes just months after Catalan separatist leaders went into exile

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