North Korea crisis: North ‘test-fires ballistic missile’

North Korea has test-fired a ballistic missile, the South Korean military quoted by Yonhap news agency says. It was not clear how far the missile travelled, but a US government source told Reuters the test failed. The missile was fired from a site in South Pyeongan province north of Pyongyang in the early hours of […]

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German airlines drop safety rule prompted by Germanwings crash

German airlines are dropping safety rules brought in after the 2015 Germanwings plane crash which require two people in the cockpit at all times. Andreas Lubitz killed 150 people by crashing the plane – apparently on purpose – after the plane’s captain left to use the toilet. Airlines now say the two-person rule has no […]

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North Korea crisis: Tillerson says US open to talks

The US is open to negotiations with North Korea aimed at removing nuclear weapons from the region, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has said. But he said the US would use military force if necessary. The foreign minister of China, North Korea’s greatest ally, said a peaceful settlement was the “only right choice”. Mr Tillerson […]

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Michelle Obama: ‘I won’t run for office’ for my children

Former First Lady Michelle Obama appeared to rule out running for elected office during her first public remarks since leaving the White House. The Q&A at an architecture convention in Orlando came days after her husband made his first public comments as ex-president at a Chicago university. Mrs Obama, who left office with a 68% […]

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Toddler born with three legs going home to Bangladesh after surgery in Australia

A Bangladeshi toddler born with a third leg attached to her pelvis is returning home after successful surgery in Australia. Choity Khatun, who is three, was born with caudal twinning, meaning that part of a twin had developed in her pelvis. Australian surgeons spent months working out how to remove the extra limb and reconstruct […]

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Trump praises China’s Xi over handling of North Korea

Donald Trump has praised China’s President Xi Jinping for his handling of North Korea, calling him “a very good man” who loves his country. The US president told Reuters he would like to solve the crisis diplomatically but that it was “difficult” and a “major, major conflict” was possible. He also said it had been […]

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Macedonia parliament stormed by protesters in Skopje

Protesters stormed into Macedonia’s parliament on Thursday after a vote to elect an ethnic Albanian as parliamentary speaker. Demonstrators from the United Macedonia initiative forced entry into the building in Skopje. Social Democrat leader Zoran Zaev was left with blood pouring down his face after fights broke out. The protesters, supporters of ex-prime minister Nikola […]

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Macedonia parliament stormed by protesters in Skopje

Protesters stormed into Macedonia’s parliament on Thursday after a vote to elect an ethnic Albanian as parliamentary speaker. Demonstrators from the United Macedonia initiative forced entry into the building in Skopje. Social Democrat leader Zoran Zaev was left with blood pouring down his face after fights broke out. The protesters, supporters of ex-prime minister Nikola […]

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Passenger dragged off United Airlines plane wins settlement

The Kentucky doctor dragged off a United Airlines flight from Chicago earlier this month has received a financial settlement from the airline. Lawyers for Dr David Dao, 69, say a condition of the payout is that the “amount remain confidential”. United boss Oscar Munoz “said he was going to do the right thing and he […]

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