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Thailand carries out first execution since 2009

Thailand has carried out its first execution since 2009, putting a 26-year-old convicted murderer to death by lethal injection.
The convict was executed yesterday, six years after his conviction for stabbing a 17-year-old student 24 times to steal his mobile phone and wallet.
The execution comes, as Thailand's Coup-Leader-turned-Premier: Prayut Chan-O-Cha prepares to travel to Britain and France on an official visit. The trip may now see the former army chief face awkward questions over the use of the death penalty.
Prayut, however, defended capital punishment, telling reporters that in order to maintain law and order, executions are "still a necessity and what people want".

Trump says US will not be a migrant camp

President Donald Trump has said he will not allow the US to become a "migrant camp", as he stood by his administration's immigration crackdown. "The United States will not be a migrant camp," he said at the White House. "And it will not be a refugee-holding facility - it won't be."Photos over the weekend showed undocumented children being held in fenced enclosures at a Texas facility. The UN human rights chief has condemned the policy as "unconscionable".

Former Cambodian Prime Minister Norodom Ranariddh has been injured and his wife killed in a car collision

Former Prime Minister of Cambodia, Prince Norodom Ranariddhhas been injured and his wife killed in a head-on car collision in the south-west of the country.A taxi hit the vehicle they were travelling in. The couple were taken to a local hospital in the Preah Sihanouk province, but his wife died a few hours later.Prince Ranariddhleads a political party that is contesting next month's controversial general elections.

India facing the 'worst water crisis in its history

India is facing its worst-ever water crisis, with some 600 million people facing acute water shortage, a government think-tank says.
The Niti Aayog report, which draws on data from 24 of India's 29 states, says the crisis is "only going to get worse" in the years ahead.
It also warns that 21 cities are likely to run out of ground water by 2020 despite increasing demand.
This would also threaten food security as 80 percent of water is used in agriculture.
Indian cities and towns regularly run out water in the summer because they lack the infrastructure to deliver piped water to every home.

Antarctica loses three trillion tonnes of ice in 25 years

Antarctica is shedding ice at an accelerating rate. Satellites monitoring the state of the White Continent indicate some 200 billion tonnes a year are now being lost to the ocean as a result of melting. This is pushing up global sea levels by 0.6mm annually - a three-fold increase since 2012 when the last such assessment was undertaken. Scientists report the new numbers in the journal Nature. Governments will need to take account of the information and its accelerating trend as they plan future defences to protect low-lying coastal communities.

Kim invites Trump to visit Pyongyang as North Korea hails 'radical switchover'

Kim Jong Un invited Donald Trump to visit North Korea during their historic summit and the US President accepted, Pyongyang State media reported on Wednesday, calling it the start of a “radical switchover” in the nuclear-armed Cold War foes' fraught relations. The unprecedented encounter in Singapore on Tuesday saw the leader of the world's most powerful democracy shake hands with the third generation scion of a dynastic dictatorship, standing as equals in front of their nations' flags. Mr. Kim agreed to the “complete denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula”, a stock phrase favoured by Pyongyang that stopped short of long-standing US demands for North Korea to give up its atomic arsenal in a “verifiable” and “irreversible” way.

Trump Kim summit: US and North Korean leaders to hold historic talks

US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un are poised to meet for an unprecedented summit on Tuesday aimed at defusing tensions on the Korean peninsula.No sitting US president has ever met a North Korean leader.Mr Trump has said the highly anticipated talks represent a "one-time shot" at peace.The meeting marks a dramatic shift in relations between the pair, who last year traded insults and threats of war.

Pakistan urges the establishment of a development fund to eliminate terrorism and extremism

Pakistani President Mamnoon Hussain has urged member states of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization to consider the establishment of a development fund to eliminate terrorism and extremism. His call came at the 18th meeting of the Council of Heads of States of the Organization in Qindgao, China today. This is the first summit being held after the inclusion of Pakistan as a member state. President Hussain also said that Pakistan has rendered unprecedented sacrifices in the war against terror to bring peace to the region.

Trump isolated on trade and Russia as leaders meet at G7 summit

Divisions between Donald Trump and the other leaders of the G7 nations have been laid bare at a summit in Canada.The US leader made a surprise call for Russia to be readmitted to the group of top industrialised nations after its expulsion for annexing Crimea. But German Chancellor Angela Merkel said the EU members attending the summit all agreed it should not happen. Frictions over trade tariffs recently imposed by the Trump administration are overshadowing the summit.

North Korea leader may get US invite for talks.

US President Donald Trump said he would consider inviting North Korea's Kim Jong-un to the White House if their summit in Singapore goes well. Mr Trump made the comment after meeting Japan's PM Shinzo Abe to discuss the 12 June summit. He said it was possible an agreement to end the Korean War could be reached, though he called that "the easy part" of the negotiations.

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