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Pence: U.S. ready for talks with North Korea

Pence: US ready for talks with Amid South Korea's efforts to promote dialogue between the United States and North Korea, U.S Vice President Mike Pence reportedly signaled that Washington is ready for talks, marking a notable change of stance.

Washington Post columnist Josh Rogin reported that Pence told him the United States could engage in dialogue after two substantive conversations with South Korean leader Moon Jae-in last week.


Oxfam Haiti sex claims: Charity 'failed in moral leadership'

Oxfam's shameful handling of sexual abuse claims in HaitiMinisters could cut off funding for Oxfam if it cannot account for the way it handled claims of sexual misconduct by aid workers, the international development secretary has warned.

Penny Mordaunt will meet the charity on Monday to hear more about claims staff used prostitutes in Haiti in 2011.

She said Oxfam had failed in its "moral leadership" over the "scandal".

Meanwhile, Oxfam has announced new measures for the prevention and handling of sexual abuse cases.

Ms Mordaunt told the BBC's Andrew Marr she had written to other organisations funded by Department for International Development (DfID) urging them to report any safeguarding issues, past or present, and pledged they would all be followed up.


Russia jet carrying 71 people crashes after Moscow take-off

Russia jet liner crashes after takeoff; 71 dead

A Russian airliner has crashed after leaving Moscow's Domodedovo airport, killing all 65 passengers and six crew on board.

The Saratov Airlines jet vanished minutes after take-off and crashed near the village of Argunovo, about 80km (50 miles) south-east of Moscow.

The cause of crash is unclear. Investigators and emergency crews are working at the snow-covered site.

The Antonov An-148 was en route to the city of Orsk in the Ural mountains.

Pieces of wreckage and bodies were found spread over a large area. One of the flight recorders has been recovered, officials say.


Kim Jong Un asks South Korean president to meet in Pyongyang

Kim Jong Un asks S.Korean leader for meeting North Korea's reclusive leader Kim Jong Un has asked South Korean President Moon Jae-in to visit Pyongyang at the "earliest date" possible for what will be a third inter-Korean summit, Kim's sister told the South Korean leader Saturday.

The invitation was delivered in a meeting between Moon and the North Korean leader's sister, Kim Yo Jong.

Kim Yo Jong was earlier considered part of a high-level North Korean delegation to the Pyeongchang Winter Olympic Games, but Cheong Wa Dae spokesman Kim Eui-kyeom said she was here as a special envoy of the North Korean leader.



Israeli F-16 jet shot down by Syria fire, says military

Israeli jet downed by Syria fire

An Israeli F-16 fighter jet has been shot down by Syrian military while targeting what it called Iranian sites responsible for launching a drone into occupied Golan Heights.

The Israeli military said on Saturday "a combat helicopter successfully intercepted an Iranian UAV that was launched from Syria and infiltrated Israel".

"IDF [Israel Defence Forces] has targeted the Iranian control systems in Syria that sent the #UAV into Israeli airspace. Massive Syrian Anti-Air fire, one F16 crashed in Israel, pilots safe," Lieutenant Colonel Jonathan Conricus, Israeli military spokesman, said on Twitter.


Israel: DNA tests may provide answers on missing babies

DNA tests may provide info on missing babies in IsraelThousands of Israeli families who have been searching in vain for answers since their babies mysteriously disappeared in the early 1950s - shortly after Israel's creation - have been thrown a lifeline.

The mystery of the missing children has plagued Israel for decades, with mounting evidence at least some of the babies were trafficked by hospitals and orphanages - possibly with the connivance of Israeli officials.

Other documents indicate some children may have died during experiments conducted by hospitals without the parents' knowledge or consent.


Vatican to interview Chile victim in person

Vatican to interview Chilean abuse victim in personThe Vatican's sex-crimes expert is changing plans and will fly to New York to take in-person testimony from a Chilean sex-abuse victim whose pleas to be heard by Pope Francis were previously ignored.

The switch from a planned Skype interview came after The Associated Press reported that Francis received a letter in 2015 from Juan Carlos Cruz, a victim of Chile's most notorious pedophile priest.


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