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North Korea threatens to resume nuclear and ICBM testing

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has said he is ending the suspension of nuclear and long-range missile tests put in place during talks with the US. Mr Kim also said his country would soon introduce “a new strategic weapon”. But he left a door open for dialogue, and said the scope of any testing would depend on the US’s “attitude”. ... Read More »

Australia fires: Seven dead and more than 200 homes destroyed

Bushfires have killed at least seven people in the Australian state of New South Wales since Monday, say police. The latest fires, which raced towards the coast this week, have also destroyed more than 200 homes. Conditions have eased slightly, and a major road that was closed in Victoria was reopened for two hours on Wednesday to allow people to ... Read More »

Bank of England set to announce new governor

The selection of Andrew Bailey is expected to be confirmed by the treasury on Friday. The 60-year-old will become the 121st governor and will take over from Mark Carney, who leaves the prestigious post on January 31. The Bank of England is set to announce the appointment of Andrew Bailey as its new governor, according to a report in the ... Read More »

Russia and Ukraine agree to gas transit deal

Russian and Ukrainian representatives have met in Berlin for “very intense negotiations” on the current 10-year gas agreement due to expire in two weeks. However, the terms of the deal are not yet clear.Russia and Ukraine struck an “agreement in principle” on Thursday to continue the transit of Russian gas through Ukrainian territory. European Commission Vice President Maros Sefcovic announced ... Read More »

Berlin remembers Christmas market attack on third anniversary

Thursday marked the third anniversary of the deadly Berlin Christmas market terrorist attack. Mourners gathered to remember those lost and injured. Mourners in Berlin gathered throughout the day on Thursday at a memorial to the victims of the Breitschiedplatz Christmas Market attack that took place in City West three years ago. People lit candles, laid down wreaths, and stood in ... Read More »

Citizenship Act protests: Chandrasekhar Azad escapes police detention

Thousands of people, protesting against a controversial citizenship law, have gathered outside one of India’s oldest mosques in Delhi. Police briefly detained Chandrashekhar Azad, a Dalit (formerly untouchables) leader who defied orders to halt a march from Jama Masjid in old Delhi. But Mr Azad managed to escape, says BBC Hindi’s Dilnawaz Pasha. Indian officials also shut down mobile internet ... Read More »

Australia fires: PM Morrison apologises for US holiday amid crisis

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison has apologised for going on holiday in Hawaii this week while the nation’s bushfire crisis worsened. Fires are raging across the nation amid a heatwave which has produced the nation’s two hottest days on record. Two volunteer firefighters died in a road accident on Thursday while deployed to a huge blaze near Sydney. Mr Morrison ... Read More »

Citizenship Amendment Act: Protests erupt across India over citizenship law

Protests over a controversial new law on migrants are raging across several Indian cities, prompting police to clash with demonstrators. The new law entitles non-Muslim migrants from three Muslim-majority countries to citizenship if they are facing religious persecution. Police used tear gas and detained protesters in the capital Delhi as buses were torched and roads blocked. Protests have raged across ... Read More »

US, Mexico, Canada sign USMCA trade deal

Canada, Mexico and the United States have reached an agreement on a revised North American free trade pact. The deal, seen as a replacement for the 25-year-old NAFTA, is the result of more than two years of wrangling. After months of negotiations, representatives from the United States, Mexico and Canada on Tuesday inked a revamped version of their regional trade ... Read More »

Myanmar Rohingya: The supporters of Aung San Suu Kyi

Myanmar’s leader Aung San Suu Kyi will defend her country against genocide accusations at an international court hearing in The Hague. The Nobel Peace Prize laureate has heard allegations Myanmar committed atrocities against Muslim Rohingya. People at a rally in Yangon have been defending the leader. But Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh hope they will soon get justice for the murders ... Read More »

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