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North Korea profile - Media

Flattering reports about the leader are a staple of the press<p><b>Radio and TV sets in North Korea are pre-tuned to government stations that pump out a steady stream of propaganda.</b><p>The press and broadcasters - all of them under direct state control - serve up a menu of flattering reports about North …

Florida school shooting: One mother, two gun attacks

<b>It's a story that sounds impossible. Lightning never strikes twice, so they say. Except when it does."I want our story to remain shocking forever - but I'm worried that already we're not alone," Celia Randolph says.</b><p>On the surface they are a normal family - mum, dad, four kids. They've lived in …

Florida school shooting: A killer comes to 'paradise'

<b>Students re-live Wednesday's shooting in Florida - and demand tougher gun laws from their government.</b><p>Where would you expect a school shooting to happen?<p>Where would you expect 17 people to be shot in the head, in the heart, in the arms and legs, while waiting for home-time?<p>Not here, surely.<p>Not among …

White House refuses to release photo of Trump gun law repeal

<b>The White House has refused to release a photo of President Donald Trump signing a law making it easier for some people with mental illness to buy guns.</b><p>Despite repeated requests from CBS News, the White House press office has issued only a one-line response.<p>Mr Trump last year repealed an Obama-era …

Trump Russia affair: Key questions answered

<b>For more than a year the Trump-Russia affair has dominated front pages and mired the president's administration in conflict and controversy. But what is it exactly? How did it begin? And where is it going?</b><p>The inquiry is being led by Robert Mueller, a widely respected former director of the FBI. …

Seven key takeaways from the Russian indictments

<b>Special Counsel Robert Mueller has dropped another Friday blockbuster with his sweeping indictment of three organisations and 13 Russian nationals for meddling in the 2016 US presidential election.</b><p>For the first time the special counsel's team has taken dead aim at its central mandate in the …

Russia-Trump inquiry: Russians charged over US 2016 election tampering

<b>Thirteen Russians have been charged with interfering in the US 2016 election, in a major development in the FBI investigation.</b><p>Three of those named have also been accused of conspiracy to commit wire fraud and five have been accused of aggravated identity theft.<p>The charges were made by Special …

Florida shooting: Two Americas speak in aftermath

<b>Another day, another school shooting - several since the start of 2018. With the Parkland, Florida, death toll ranking it as one of the deadliest in US history, however, politicians and policymakers across the ideological spectrum are united in calling for action.</b><p>This kind of thing can't happen …

Kim Yo-jong and North Korea's secret weapon

<b>It turns out North Korea's leader Kim Jong-un doesn't need to fire off a missile to get the world's attention. He has a number of far more powerful weapons in his arsenal: his female envoys.</b><p>And on this latest so-called charm offensive, he saved the best for last. His sister.<p>Kim Yo-jong mesmerised …

Trump's infrastructure blueprint 'a scam'

<b>US President Donald Trump has unveiled his long-touted plan to revamp US infrastructure, but critics labelled it a "scam".</b><p>Mr Trump wants Congress to authorise $200bn (£144bn) over a decade to spend on roads, highways, ports and airports.<p>The president hopes the US states and private sector will …

10 Conflicts to Watch in 2018

After nearly seven years of war, President Bashar al-Assad’s regime has the upper hand, thanks largely to Iranian and Russian backing. But the …

Middle East

Guide: Why are Israel and the Palestinians fighting over Gaza?

<b>Israelis and Arabs have been fighting over Gaza on and off, for decades. It's part of the wider Arab Israeli conflict.</b><p>After World War II and the Holocaust in which six million Jewish people were killed, more Jewish people wanted their own country.<p>They were given a large part of Palestine, which …

Shutdown averted as Trump signs budget bill

<b>President Donald Trump has signed a sweeping budget bill approved by Congress to re-open the government after it was briefly closed overnight.</b><p>Federal funding for government services expired at midnight (05:00 GMT), after the Senate missed a voting deadline.<p>The 650-page plan proposes an increase in …

Why is there a war in Syria?

<b>A peaceful uprising against the president of Syria seven years ago has turned into a full-scale civil war. The conflict has left more than 350,000 people dead, devastated cities and drawn in other countries.</b><p>How did the Syrian war start?<p>Even before the conflict began, many Syrians were complaining …

Middle East

Nunes memo: Key extracts and what they mean

<b>After days - weeks - of breathless anticipation, the secret memo is a secret no more. Was it a bomb or a dud?</b><p>Written by House Intelligence Committee chair Devin Nunes and his staff, the memo was being billed by some conservatives as revealing misdeeds "worse than Watergate" and offences "a hundred …

Trump-Russia: Republican memo accuses FBI of abusing power

<b>The US Congress has released a memo accusing the FBI of abusing its power in its investigations into Donald Trump's presidential campaign.</b><p>The memo, written by Republicans, alleges the FBI used unsubstantiated evidence to spy on a Trump aide.<p>The FBI had warned against the memo's release and said key …

FBI and White House clash over controversial Republican memo

<b>The FBI has questioned moves to release a secret memo said to accuse it of abusing surveillance powers to target Donald Trump's presidential campaign.</b><p>"We have grave concerns about the material omissions of fact that fundamentally impact the memo's accuracy," the agency said.<p>There are suggestions …

Why so many sexual harassment cases in US, not UK?

<b>There are huge differences between UK and US media law - does this explain why more Americans are being accused of sexual harassment?</b><p>On 5 October, Harvey Weinstein was accused of sexual abuse and the dam broke.<p>Since then, dozens of well-known Americans have been accused of sexual misconduct of some …

Donald Trump came to Davos with a mission to reassure

<b>Few people knew what to expect.</b><p>Would this be belligerent Trump - wagging his finger at the global elite about how divorced they were from reality, from what people really want?<p>Or would this be conciliatory Trump, setting a different tone? We heard the second.<p>The president touched many of the World …

Syria offensive: Turkey warns US over Kurdish militia group

<b>Turkey has urged the US to stop backing the Kurdish YPG in Syria, as it steps up an offensive against the militia.</b><p>A spokesman for President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said YPG fighters were using US-supplied weapons against troops trying to clear the Afrin region.<p>Turkey says the YPG is an extension of …

Government shutdown: The winners and losers

<b>The government shutdown is officially over. Everyone involved is declaring victory. And everybody's right. And wrong.</b><p>How right and how wrong they are will be revealed over time. For now, as the dust settles on the long-weekend shutdown of 2018, here's the case for - and against - each side's claims.<p>…

Syria: Turkish ground troops enter Afrin enclave

<b>Turkish ground troops have crossed into northern Syria as part of a major offensive to push out Kurdish militia, which Turkey regards as terrorists.</b><p>The Kurdish group targeted, known as the YPG, is active in the Afrin region, across from Turkey's southern border.<p>It says it has repelled Turkish …

Media: What to look out for in 2018

<b>When I composed a blog post around about this time last year, on trends to look out for in the media in 2017, I mostly eschewed concrete predictions.</b><p>And thank goodness. Who on earth could have foreseen a snap general election in which social media would drive a shock result, Rupert Murdoch selling …

US shutdown: Senators trade blame ahead of Monday vote

<b>US senators are struggling to agree on a bill to fund the government, which is in its second day of shutdown.</b><p>A Senate session session adjourned late on Sunday and a vote has been postponed to midday (17:00 GMT) on Monday.<p>Democratic and Republican senators have so far traded blame for the …

With government shutdown, Republicans reap what they sow | Richard Wolffe

It takes a special type of hypocrite to accuse your opponents of hypocrisy for following in your footsteps<p>Today’s Republican party is built on principle. As a matter of principle, the GOP believes it is the only party that can shut down government as a negotiating tactic. The Democrats’ job is to …

Donald Trump

US shutdown begins as Senate fails to pass new budget

<b>The US government has begun shutting down many of its services after the Senate failed to agree on a new budget.</b><p>A bill to fund the federal government until 16 February did not receive the required 60 votes amid a bitter dispute over immigration and border security.<p>It is the first shutdown ever to …

Trumplomacy: Has Trump made the world more dangerous?

<b>The world has become a more uncertain place since US President Donald Trump issued his "America First" decree in the dark and dystopian language that so alarmed allies and intrigued adversaries. But has it become more dangerous?</b><p>Not if you look at what's actually happened.<p>President Trump may have …

Ingredients for life found in meteorites that crashed to Earth

<b>(CNN) —</b> Although two 4.5-billion-year-old meteorites crashed to Earth in 1998, it's taken until now to uncover some of their secrets.<p>The two meteorites, called Monahans and Zag, are the first discovered to contain the ingredients for life: liquid water, amino acids, hydrocarbons and other organic …

Astronomy

Iran sanctions: Tehran vows retaliation over Trump move

<b>Iran says the US has "crossed a red line" by imposing sanctions on the head of its judiciary, Ayatollah Sadeq Amoli-Larijani.</b><p>The foreign ministry vowed to retaliate but did not say what form any action might take.<p>Iran also rejected any changes to its nuclear deal with world powers.<p>US President …