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N. Korea reopens border hotline

SEOUL: North Korea reopened a long-closed border hotline with South Korea hours after US President Donald Trump appeared to mock the North’s leader by saying he has a “bigger and more powerful” nuclear button than Kim Jong-un does.


Erdogan says Turkey values Iranian stability, praises Rouhani

ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkey said on Wednesday President Hassan Rouhani's response to days of protests across Iran was appropriate and that Ankara valued Iranian stability, in one of the first regional expressions of support for Tehran.


Israel offers to pay African migrants to leave, threatens jail

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israel said on Wednesday it would pay thousands of African migrants living illegally in the country to leave, threatening them with jail if they are caught after the end of March.


Suicide bomber kills 11 people in mosque attack in northeast Nigeria

ABUJA (Reuters) - A suicide bomber killed 11 people on Wednesday in an attack on a mosque in northeast Nigeria, the epicentre of the conflict with Islamist insurgency Boko Haram, military officials and an aid worker said.


Americans should worry about Kim's mental fitness, not Trump's - White House

WASHINGTON/SEOUL (Reuters) - The White House on Wednesday defended Donald Trump's tweet about the size of his nuclear button, saying Americans should be concerned about the North Korean leader's mental fitness, not their president's.


Al Shabaab kills five Kenyan policemen who were out on patrol

NAIROBI (Reuters) - Five Kenyan policemen were killed in an attack on their vehicle in the northeast county of Mandera near the border with Somalia late on Tuesday, a government official in the area said.


Syrian army preparing assault to end rebel siege of base east of capital

AMMAN (Reuters) - The Syrian army backed by Russian jets escalated bombing of the last rebel bastion on the eastern outskirts of Damascus as they prepared to break a siege of an army base encircled by opposition forces, residents and witnesses said on Wednesday.


U.S. service member killed, four wounded in Afghanistan

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - One U.S. service member was killed and four others wounded during a "combat engagement" in the eastern Afghan province of Nangarhar, the U.S military said in a statement on Tuesday.

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South Korea proposes talks with North

Seoul: South Korea proposed high-level talks with Pyongyang on Jan 9, after the North’s leader Kim Jong-un called for a breakthrough in relations and said his country might attend the Winter Olympics in the South next month.