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Iran deal: Donald Trump withdraws US from nuclear agreement

Iran deal dumped by Donald

The White House has released its justification for violating the Iran nuclear deal and re-imposing sanctions lifted under the deal.

“The re-imposed sanctions will target critical sectors of Iran’s economy, such as its energy, petrochemical, and financial sectors,” according to the White House brief. “Those doing business in Iran will be provided a period of time to allow them to wind down operations in or business involving Iran.

Senator Bob Menendez, the top Democrat on the Senate foreign relations committee, condemned Trump’s decision to withdraw from the accord as “a grave mistake”.

“With this decision President Trump is risking US national security, recklessly upending foundational partnerships with key US allies in Europe and gambling with Israel’s security,” Menendez said in a statement.


North Korean foreign ministry blasts U.S. pressure claims

N Korean foreign minister blasts tough guy pressure by USNorth Korea's foreign ministry has warned Washington not to "mistake its peace-loving intentions for a sign of weakness," blasting claims that the U.S-led campaign of pressure and sanctions on the NOrth paved the way for the upcoming summit between Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un.

In an interview with (North) Korean Central News Agency on Sunday, a foreign ministry spokesman said the United States has "misled public opinion by making it appear its sanctions and pressure had led to the recently adopted Panmunjom Declaration between the two Koreas revealing their intention to denuclearize the Peninsula.


Nobel Prize for literature postponed in wake of sex scandal

Nobel Prize for literature postponed

The Swedish Academy has announced that no Nobel Prize for literature will be awarded this year, in the wake of a financial and sexual scandal that has engulfed the body responsible for selecting the winner.

The Academy said on Friday that it aimed to award two prizes, including for this year, in 2019.  The controversy comes from Jean-Claude Arnault, a prominent figure in Swedish cultural institutions.


Seven schoolchildren stabbed to death in northern China

Seven children stabbed to death in China

Seven children have been stabbed to death and 12 others injured on their way home from school in northern China, in one of the deadliest such attacks in the country in recent years.

The 28-year-old suspect, named only as Zhao from Zhaojiashan village, was arrested and the injured children were taken to hospital, Mizhi County’s public security bureau in Shaanxi province said.


North and South Korean leaders promise 'lasting peace' for peninsula

Leaders of N and S. Koera promise lasting peace

The leaders of North and South Korea have promised after a landmark summit to bring “lasting peace” to the peninsula with a commitment to denuclearisation and to ending decades of hostilities.

Speaking at the end of an extraordinary day that began with a lingering handshake across the demarcation line separating their countries, the North Korean leader, Kim Jong-un, and the South Korean president, Moon Jae-in, issued a joint statement that was short on detail but offered cause for optimism as the world looks ahead to a summit between Kim and Donald Trump.

The US president, in his first comments on the declaration, tweeted: “Good things are happening, but only time will tell!” He later added: “KOREAN WAR TO END!”


Searchers Find Body Of Tenth Teen Killed In Flash Flood In Southern Israel

Flash floods kill children in IsraelThe body of a missing Israeli teen was found overnight Thursday, bringing to 10 the number of teenage hikers killed by a flash flood during a hike in southern Israel.

Two Palestinian children also died from flooding in the West Bank, Haaretz reported, as the region has been lashed by intense spring rains.

The nine girls and one boy killed at Nahal Tsafit, south of the Dead Sea, were taking part in the Bnei Zion pre-army program. Three staff members, including the director of the trip, have been arrested for possible negligence, Haaretz reported.

Weather agencies had issued flood warnings for the region after unusually heavy rainfall on Wednesday.


North Korean leader Kim Jong-un meets South Korea's Moon Jae-in in DMZ for historic peace talks

Kim Jong Un meets S. Korean PresidentKim Jong-un has become the first North Korean leader to cross into the South since the end of the Korean War in 1953 for a historic summit with his southern counterpart.

South Korean President Moon Jae-in personally greeted Mr Kim with a hand shake at the border truce village of Panmunjom in the demilitarised zone (DMZ) between the countries.


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