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Trump rejects NKorea talks but key nations split on strategy

Trump rules out talks with N KoreaIn a flurry of phone calls with world leaders, President Donald Trump took a tough line against negotiating with North Korea as the communist country's latest nuclear test exposed stark differences among international leaders for containing the threat. Trump's military, diplomacy and intelligence chiefs were to brief Congress later Wednesday.

Trump stressed "now is not the time to talk to North Korea" and that "all options remain open to defend the United States and its allies," according to a White House description of his telephone call with British Prime Minister Theresa May on Tuesday.


Lego looks wobbly after building itself high

LEGO to lay of 1400 workersFor Lego, it's time to break down the blocks and start again.

After building up sales aggressively since a near bankruptcy in 2004 through new ventures like films and new toy lines, the company seems to have hit a peak. Its sales are now falling for the first time in 13 years and it says it needs to simplify its operations.

That means cutting 1,400 jobs, or eight percent of its global workforce.

The privately held Danish firm said Tuesday that it "now prepares to reset the company," with a new CEO due to take over in October.


China says Trump's trade threat over N. Korea 'unacceptable'

China says Trump trade threat over N. Korea unacceptableChina said Monday that President Donald Trump's threat to cut off trade with countries that deal with North Korea is unacceptable and unfair.

Trump had said on Twitter on Sunday the United States is considering halting trade with "any country doing business with North Korea." His remarks came after North Korea detonated a thermonuclear device in its sixth and most powerful nuclear test.


Nearly 90,000 Rohingya flee Myanmar violence in 10 days

90,000 Rohingya flee Mayanmar violenceNearly 90,000 Rohingya Muslims have fled to Bangladesh in the last 10 days, uprooted by reported rapes, murders and acts of arson by the Myanmar army.

Vivian Tan, regional spokesperson for UNHCR, told Al Jazeera on Monday that women, children and the elderly made up the bulk of the 87,000 who had crossed into Bangladesh since violence erupted on August 25.


Iran says jailed U.S. student, dual nationals lose spying appeal

Abbas jafari Dolatabadi, Irani prosecutorIran confirmed on Sunday that an appeals court had upheld 10-year jail terms against a U.S. citizen, two Iranian-Americans and a U.S. resident from Lebanon who had been convicted on spying charges.

In July, U.S. President Donald Trump warned that Iran would face “new and serious consequences” unless all “unjustly detained” American citizens were released and returned.


60,000 Germans evacuated to defuse massive WWII bomb

60,000 evacuated in German for bomb defusionGerman explosives experts have started to defuse a massive World War II bomb in the German financial centre of Frankfurt after tens of thousands of people were evacuated from their homes for security reasons.

The 1.8-tonne bomb was discovered on a building site last week and more than 60,000 people were ordered to leave their residences in what is Germany's biggest evacuation since the war.


Tropical Storm Lidia leaves seven dead in Mexico's Baja California peninsula

Tropical storm LidiaTropical Storm Lidia’s death toll rose to at least seven people, including two children, as the storm doused various states in Mexico with heavy rain on Saturday and left a severe trail of damage in the Baja California peninsula, authorities said.

The victims were either electrocuted or drowned while trying to cross streams, according to a report from the prosecutor’s office in the state of Baja California Sur, home to the tourist area Los Cabos, that was cited by local media.


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