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North Korea quits Kaesong liaison office with S Korea

[ad_1] Image copyright Reuters Image caption The office was opened with great fanfare in September 2018 North Korea has withdrawn from the inter-Korean liaison office which was opened amid a warming of ties last year to facilitate talks with the South.Seoul said it was contacted on Friday and informed that the North's staff would be leaving later in the day.It has expressed its regret at the decision and is urging
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Iraq ferry sinking: ‘More than 80 dead’ in Tigris river

[ad_1] Image copyright Reuters Image caption The ferry was reportedly en route to this tourist island upstream from the city centre More than 80 people are reported to have died after a ferry sank in the Tigris river in Iraq's city of Mosul.Most of the passengers on board could not swim, the head of Mosul's civil defence agency said. Reports suggest nearly 200 people were on board.The ferry was said
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Dutch populist vote surge costs PM Rutte senate majority

[ad_1] Image copyright EPA Image caption Thierry Baudet is a critic of the EU and of the Netherlands' immigration policies The governing centre-right coalition in the Netherlands has lost its senate majority after a populist party surged in provincial elections.The anti-immigration Forum for Democracy is set to win most votes and have as many seats in the upper house as Prime Minister Mark Rutte's party.The election came two days after
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Hungary Orban: Europe’s centre-right EPP suspends Fidesz

[ad_1] Image copyright EPA Image caption Mr Orban said he would have pulled his party out of the EPP if the wording of the suspension had been unacceptable The ruling party of Hungary's right-wing Prime Minister Viktor Orban has been suspended by the European Parliament's biggest grouping in a row over defiance of EU policies.In a unanimous vote, the European People's Party (EPP) agreed to withdraw Fidesz's voting rights.Before the
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Mayawati: India Dalit icon will not contest election

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Mayawati is one of India's most influential politicians One of India's best-known politicians, Mayawati, has shocked the country by announcing she will not run in the upcoming general election. She said she would instead "concentrate on an alliance" formed to counter the influence of the ruling BJP.Ms Mayawati is an icon for India's low-caste Dalits and a four-time chief minister of Uttar Pradesh,
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France issues arrest warrants in Russian doping probe

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Valentin Balakhnichev was also treasurer of the IAAF France has issued arrest warrants for two former Russian athletics officials as part of an investigation into a doping cover-up. Valentin Balakhnichev is a former head of Russian athletics and Alexei Melnikov an ex-Russian national team coach.Both were banned from athletics for life in 2016 after widespread, state-sponsored Russian doping was uncovered. Mr Balakhnichev said
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Christchurch shootings: Ardern vows never to say gunman’s name

[ad_1] Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionJacinda Ardern told parliament she would never use the Christchurch gunman's nameNew Zealand's Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has vowed never to say the name of the Christchurch mosque gunman."He sought many things from his act of terror, but one was notoriety - that is why you will never hear me mention his name," Ms Ardern said in an emotional address at
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Three dead in record flooding in US Midwestern states

[ad_1] Image copyright Nebraska DOT Thawing snowpack and heavy rains have brought historically high flooding to several Midwestern states and have led to thousands of evacuations.Three people have died, including a man who officials say was trying to rescue strangers from freezing flood waters. Record-breaking flooding in at least five states has led to emergency declarations. Several communities have been cut off from outside help.It follows a powerful winter storm
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Christchurch shootings: NZ cabinet backs tighter gun laws

[ad_1] Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionPM Jacinda Ardern says details of gun law reforms will come within daysNew Zealand PM Jacinda Ardern has said she will announce detailed gun law reforms within days, after an attack on two mosques left 50 people dead.Ms Ardern said her cabinet had backed gun law changes "in principle".Australian Brenton Tarrant, 28, a self-described white supremacist, has been charged with murder.Police
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US election race: Gillibrand launches presidential bid

[ad_1] Image copyright EPA Kirsten Gillibrand has become the latest US Democrat to join a crowded race to be the party's candidate for the 2020 presidential election.The 52-year-old senator for New York announced her bid in an online video released on Sunday.Fifteen other Democrats having already declared they will seek the nomination.They include Senators Elizabeth Warren, Kamala Harris and Bernie Sanders - who ran against Hillary Clinton in 2016 -