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UN Food Agency aims to boost aid to North Korea

The United Nations Food Agency says, its chief would visit North Korea to look into boosting food distributions. The four-day trip comes amid a warming of relations between North and South Korea. According to the World Food Programme, about 70 percent of North Korea’s population of 25 million is “food insecure”, meaning they struggle to avoid hunger, and one in four children under the age of five is stunted from chronic mal-nutrition.
The agency aims to assist 650,000 women and children each month by providing fortified cereals and biscuits.

Italy faces fresh elections as coalition talks fail

Italy's coalition-building talks have failed, leaving the country facing fresh elections or a neutral caretaker government until the end of the year.President Sergio Mattarella said on Monday that those were the only two options left after a third round of negotiations were unsuccessful.No single party or alliance won a majority in the March general election.The most influential parties, Five Star and The League, favour a new vote in July. Mr Mattarella has the final say

World War One soldiers remembered in leaflets in Cambridgeshire


Eight men who lost their lives in World War One in Cambridgeshire are being remembered in their home village, on "commemoration leaflets" posted through the doors of houses.
The leaflet creator, a keen local historian who wants to remain anonymous says, he began thinking several years ago about how he might commemorate the 100th anniversary of the end of World War One.
He decided to mark the death of each soldier in the village, with a short 'tribute page', which he posts through the door of every home in the village.
The leaflets arrive the day before the 100th anniversary of each soldier's death.

World War One ended in 1918.

More than 100 killed in dust storms in Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan.

At least 109 people have been killed and scores more injured in fierce dust storms that hit the northern Indian states of Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan. The storms on Wednesday disrupted electricity, uprooted trees, destroyed houses and killed livestock. Many of the dead were sleeping when their houses collapsed after being struck by intense bursts of lightning. Dust storms are common in this part of India during summer but loss of life on this scale is unusual.

Slain Afghan journalists remembered on World Press Freedom Day

Afghanistan's slain journalists were remembered on World Press Freedom Day which is today, days after the deadliest attack on the country's media, since the fall of the Taliban in 2001. Ten journalists, including AFP Chief Photographer: Shah Marai, were killed in blasts last Monday,


Cambridge Analytica: Facebook data-harvest firm to shut

Cambridge Analytica, the political consultancy at the center of the Facebook data-sharing scandal, is shutting down. The firm was accused of improperly obtaining personal information on behalf of political clients. According to Facebook, data about up to 87 million of its members was harvested by a quiz app and then passed on to the political consultancy. The social network said its own probe into the matter would continue.

South Korea says US troops will stay despite possible peace treaty

South Korea's government has said US troops will remain in the country, even if a deal is reached to formally end the Korean War. There are about 29,000 US military personnel based in South Korea, under a post-war security agreement. North Korea has previously made giving up its nuclear weapons conditional on the troops leaving the peninsula. But a South Korean government spokesman said their presence was "nothing to do with signing peace treaties".

Facebook to launch dating service

Facebook chief: Mark Zuckerberg has announced that it will soon include a new 'dating feature'. He made this announcement while vowing to make 'privacy protection' its top priority, in the wake of the Cambridge Analytica scandal. He did not specify whether the feature would be free of charge, in line with Facebook's core offer.
Under the new feature, users will be able to create a separate "dating profile", not visible to their network of friends, with potential matches recommended based on dating preferences, points in common, and mutual acquaintances.

UN Myanmar Rights Envoy calls for halt to violence in the Kachin State

Citing reports of the army using aerial bombings, heavy weapons and artillery fire on civilian areas, the United Nations Human Rights Expert on Myanmar has voiced deep concern at a sharp escalation in hostilities in the Kachin State.Thousands of people rallied in Kachin today to demand humanitarian access for villagers trapped by fighting between government forces and ethnic minority insurgents. More than 5,000 people have been displaced. Any wilful impediment of relief supplies may amount to 'war crimes' under international law.

Israel says Iran hid nuclear arms programme

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has revealed what he says are "secret nuclear files" proving Iran once covertly pursued nuclear weapons.He said thousands of pages of material obtained by Israel showed Iran had deceived the world by denying it had ever sought nuclear weapons. Iran agreed in 2015 to curb its nuclear energy programme in return for the lifting of sanctions.It maintained that it had only been pursuing nuclear energy.

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