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North Korea to send head of state to Seoul for first time in years

Kim Yong-nam, the head of the North’s parliament, is the highest-level North Korean official to visit South Korea since 2014<p>North Korea will send its nominal head of state and other senior officials to South Korea this week, as the neighbours push through with attempts at rapprochement ahead of …

North Korea


Changing Direct Speech to Indirect Speech - Part 2

South Korea
Xi Jinping

A look back at Donald Trump’s first year as US president

US president Donald Trump has been in office one year as of Saturday. Many said he wouldn’t last, and after a year, his unpredictable nature still …

United Kingdom

Rawalpindi serial knife attacker given life in prison after stabbing 17 women, killing 1

A serial knife attacker who claims he stabbed at least 17 women ─ killing one ─ in Rawalpindi in 2016 was handed a life sentence on Friday.<p>Muhammad …

Rhode Island
Saudi Arabia

She Left France to Fight in Syria. Now She Wants to Return. But Can She?

PARIS — Having spent the last five years living in Syria, where she joined Islamic extremists, Emilie König, 33, wants to come home to France. But does France want her back?<p>The daughter of a policeman from a small town in Brittany, she converted to Islam as a teenager. After she began covering …

Middle East
Donald Trump

In Rural Nepal, Menstruation Taboo Claims Another Victim

KATHMANDU, Nepal — The last time anyone saw Gauri Kumari Bayak alive, she was gathering grass and firewood. Considered impure because she was menstruating, she was about to sleep outside in a cold hut.<p>She never woke up.<p>According to the police, Ms. Bayak is the latest victim of a very old tradition …


Can Afghanistan join China-Pakistan Economic Corridor?

The inclusion of Afghanistan in the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor would boost the country's economy, but its implementation will be difficult for …


Iran protests end but regime now faces 'race against time,' experts say

LONDON — Iran's most significant protests in almost a decade may have calmed, but anger that fueled the nationwide demonstrations lingers and could erupt again at any time, according to experts.<p>Suzanne Maloney, deputy director of the Foreign Policy program at the Brookings Institution, called the …

South Asia
Middle East
Trump Administration

Is 'Polexit' in the cards? Tusk warns Poland may quit EU

EU President Donald Tusk has warned that Poland's PiS government could push the country out of the bloc if it stops being a net benefactor of EU …


Iran bans English in primary schools after leaders' warning

The teaching of English usually starts in middle school in Iran, around the ages of 12 to 14, but some primary schools, below that age, also have …

Middle East