South Korea turns off loudspeaker broadcasts into North

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption South Korea’s speakers were blasting pop music and propaganda over the border South Korea has stopped broadcasting propaganda via loudspeakers along the border with North Korea, ahead of top-level talks later this week. The South has dozens of loudspeakers along the border area, which blast everything from K-pop music […]

Nicaragua president scraps pension cuts after deadly riots

Image copyright AFP Image caption The first protests were held hours after the approval of the pension changes last Wednesday Nicaragua’s President Daniel Ortega has scrapped the changes to social security that have prompted violent protests across the country since Wednesday. Speaking on national television, Mr Ortega renewed calls for the private sector to engage […]

Elderly dog helps save girl lost in Australian bush

Image copyright QUEENSLAND POLICE Image caption Max, a cattle dog, stayed with the girl for 16 hours Australian police have praised a dog for remaining with a three-year-old girl as she spent a night lost in bushland. The girl, Aurora, had been the subject of a large search after she wandered away from her home […]

Armenian leaders face crunch talks after protests

Image copyright AFP Image caption Opposition leader Nikol Pashinyan has called for a “velvet revolution” The organiser of anti-government protests in Armenia says he will hold talks with Prime Minister Serzh Sargsyan early on Sunday. Nikol Pashinyan has been leading calls for Mr Sargsyan to resign over a constitutional change that opponents say is an […]

Nicaraguan authorities call for peace after deadly protests

Media captionThe protest against pension changes have escalated over the past three days Nicaragua’s President Daniel Ortega has said his government is willing to review the pension reforms that have triggered violent protests since they were were approved on Wednesday. Mr Ortega has offered talks, but business leaders have rebuffed him, saying police violence must […]

Mini-Me Austin Powers actor Verne Troyer dies aged 49

Image copyright PA Image caption The actor appeared on a number of films and reality TV shows Verne Troyer, who is best known for playing Mini-Me in the Austin Powers films, has died at the age of 49. Troyer, who was 2ft 8in (81cm) tall, also played Griphook in the first Harry Potter film. “It […]

Southwest Airlines engine explosion: US to order fan blade inspections

Image copyright EPA Image caption Signs of metal fatigue were found where the fan blade separated from the engine, experts said US aviation authorities are to order inspections of jet engines after a mid-air explosion that punctured an airliner’s window, killing a passenger. The Federal Aviation Administration said the “airworthiness directive” will require inspections of […]

Ex-FBI chief James Comey says Trump ‘morally unfit to be president’

Image copyright AFP Image caption James Comey has infuriated President Trump as he promotes a new book Former FBI director James Comey has said Donald Trump is a man “morally unfit to be president”, who treats women like “pieces of meat”. Mr Comey was giving his first major television interview since he was fired by […]

Russia warns of ‘dangerous’ escalation over Syria

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Russia is an ally of Syria and gives military backing to its government Russia has warned the US that launching air strikes in response to a suspected chemical attack in Syria could spark a war between the two countries. “The immediate priority is to avert the danger of war,” […]

India outrage spreads over rape of eight-year-old girl

Image copyright EPA Image caption People are angry over the brutal rape and murder of Asifa Bano The brutal gang rape and murder of an eight-year old girl has sparked outrage and anger across India. The body of Asifa Bano, who belonged to a Muslim nomadic tribe, was found in a forest on 17 January […]

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