• UN partly lifts sanctions on North Korea

      UN partly lifts sanctions on North Korea

      In a major relief to North Korea, the UN Security Council has allowed humanitarian agencies to work in the country, media reports said Wednesday. The Security Council has granted exemptions from sanctions to UN Children's Fund (UNICEF), Eugene Bell Foundation, Christian Friends of Korea, and the Canadian NGO First Steps Health Society to work in the country facing sanctions for its nuclear program since 2006.

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    • Top US diplomat quits amid Europe tensions

      Top US diplomat quits amid Europe tensions

      The top US diplomat for Europe, Wess Mitchell, has resigned after only 16 months on the job and is now expected to leave his post in mid-February. In the letter to US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo dated January 4, the assistant secretary of state for Europe and Eurasian affairs said he felt he had completed his goals for the post and wanted to spend more time with his young family.

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    • Report unveils over 20 secret North Korean missile bases

      Report unveils over 20 secret North Korean missile bases

      With a second US - North Korea nuclear summit looming in late February, researchers have discovered a secret ballistic missile base in North Korea. But it is only one of as many as 20 undisclosed missile sites in the country, a new report from Beyond Parallel - a defense think tank, sponsored by the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) reveals. News comes after an announcement Friday that President Donald Trump "looks forward" to meeting with Chairman Kim Jong Un next month "at a place to be announced at a later date" to continue talks on denuclearisation.

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    • Kim, Trump meeting to be held in Vietnam

      Kim, Trump meeting to be held in Vietnam

      President Donald Trump will reportedly hold his second summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un next month in Vietnam, American media said, suggesting negotiations for the meeting were gathering pace. The  summit is highly likely to take place in the capital Hanoi, but Danang - the site of the 2017 Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation meeting - and Ho Chi Minh City in the country’s south have also been considered.

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    • Greek PM wins confidence vote

      Greek PM wins confidence vote

      Greece's left-wing Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras narrowly survived the confidence vote on Wednesday night days after his governing coalition collapsed due to the resignation of his coalition partner and Defence Minister Panos Kammenos. Tsipras won the ballot with the support of 151 lawmakers in the 300 seat parliament, backed by his own Syriza party, independent lawmakers and dissenting deputies from his former ally party - Independent Greeks.

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    • US, North Korea to hold talks this week

      US, North Korea to hold talks this week

      North Korean senior official Kim Yong Chol arrives in Washington on Thursday or Friday to hold high-level talks with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. During his visit, Kim is also expected to meet President Donald Trump. As South Korean newspaper Chosun Ilbo reports, the meetings are aimed at paving the way for a second summit between the leaders of both countries, following a prolonged stalemate in nuclear talks.

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    • Trudeau moves three ministers in cabinet shakeup

      Trudeau moves three ministers in cabinet shakeup

      Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Monday shuffled his cabinet after a senior minister quit less than a year before an election that could see the ruling Liberals lose their majority in Parliament. The most notable move saw Jane Philpott move from the indigenous services portfolio to become the new president of the Treasury Board, who has overall control of public spending.

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    • Pentagon says US has begun its withdrawal from Syria

      Pentagon says US has begun its withdrawal from Syria

      The Pentagon says US military personnel in Syria are moving ahead with President Trump's order to pull out of the war-torn country. The US force in Syria has "begun the process of our deliberate withdrawal from Syria," said Col. Sean Ryan, spokesman for the for Combined Joint Task Force - Operation Inherent Resolve. More than 2,000 US troops are currently deployed in Syria.

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