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North Korea accuses US of declaring war

Thousands of North Koreans attended an anti-US rally in Pyongyang on Saturday

North Korea’s foreign minister has accused US President Donald Trump of declaring war on his country. Ri Yong-ho told reporters in New York that North Korea reserved the right to shoot down US bombers. This applied even when they were not in North Korean airspace, the minister added. The world “should clearly remember” it was the US that first declared ...

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UN accuses Russia of violating human rights in Crimea

Russia annexed Crimea from Ukraine in 2014

Russia is committing “grave human rights violations” in Crimea, according to a report by the United Nations. The UN human rights agency says it has documented arbitrary arrests, torture and at least one extra-judicial execution in the region. “There is an urgent need for accountability,” UN human rights chief Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein said. Russia annexed the peninsula from Ukraine ...

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Merkel wins fourth term, nationalists rise

Chancellor Merkel has won a fourth term, but will need new coalition partners

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has been re-elected for a fourth term while nationalists have made a historic surge in federal elections. Her conservative CDU/CSU bloc has seen its worst result in almost 70 years but will remain the largest in parliament. Its current coalition partner, the social democratic SPD, says it will go into opposition after historic losses. The nationalist ...

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Six injured in east London ‘acid attack’

One man said a victim ran into a Burger King to "wash acid off his face"

Six people have been injured in Stratford, east London, in a reported acid attack. Police were called to Stratford Centre, opposite Westfield, just before 20:00 BST, following an “altercation” between two groups of males where a noxious substance was thrown. Ambulance crews treated six males at the scene for their injuries, and three of them were taken to hospital. A ...

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China limits oil trade to North Korea and bans textile trade

Petrol prices are on the rise in Pyongyang

China has moved to limit North Korea’s oil supply and will stop buying textiles from the politically isolated nation, it said on Saturday. China is North Korea’s most important trading partner, and one of its only sources of hard currency. The ban on textiles trade will hurt Pyongyang’s income, while China’s oil exports are the country’s main source of petroleum ...

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North Korea: Trump and Kim call each other mad

Kim Jong-un and Donald Trump are trading insults after the US president's UN speech

Kim Jong-un has said remarks by “deranged” US President Donald Trump have convinced him he is right to develop weapons for North Korea. In an unprecedented personal statement, Mr Kim said Mr Trump would “pay dearly” for a UN speech where he threatened to “totally destroy” the North if the US was forced to defend itself. Mr Trump responded that ...

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Sri Lankan baby farms: Minister admits illegal adoption trade

The Sri Lankan health minister said foreign adoptions were temporarily banned in the 1980s because of "baby farms"

Sri Lankan authorities have admitted in a Dutch documentary that thousands of babies born there were fraudulently sold for adoption abroad in the 1980s. Up to 11,000 children could have been sold to Europe, with both parties being given fake documents. Some were reportedly born into “baby farms” that sold children to the west. Sri Lanka’s health minister told the ...

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Mexico earthquake: Race to find survivors under collapsed school

Workers dug through toppled buildings in Mexico City for a second night

Rescuers are racing against the clock to reach survivors trapped under the rubble of a school in Mexico City which collapsed during Tuesday’s earthquake. One of them, a 13-year-old girl, is believed to be sheltering under a table, officials told the BBC. At least 21 children and five adults died when the primary school collapsed and many others are missing. ...

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Legendary boxer Jake LaMotta dies

Jake LaMotta

Former world middleweight champion boxer Jake LaMotta has died due to complications from pneumonia, aged 95. Real name Giacobbe LaMotta, the American’s death was announced by a relatives on social media, with his eldest daughter Christi LaMotta paying tribute on Facebook. Her post, accompanied with a picture of him and the world middleweight championship, read: “Jake LaMotta July 10, 1922 ...

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Mexico earthquake: Many children killed at primary school

A soldier with a sniffer dog at the collapsed primary school

At least 30 people, mostly children, died at a primary school which collapsed in Mexico City during Tuesday’s earthquake, local media say. The shallow, 7.1 magnitude quake killed at least 225 people in total and caused major damage across states in the centre of the country. Desperate searches for survivors under the rubble are continuing. Dozens of buildings were toppled, ...

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