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North Korea agrees to talks with South at Panmunjom

North and South Koreans to meet-- North Korea accepted a South Korean offer of talks, to be held on Tuesday, a month before the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics.

The talks, to be held at the House of Peace in Panmunjom, would mark the first time senior officials of the two Koreas are to meet in 25 months, South Korean television network JTBC reported Friday.

North Korea's acceptance of the South's proposal comes four days after Seoul made the offer, and Pyongyang's reply came by fax.



Canada criticizes U.S. lumber duties put in place on Wednesday

Canadian luber tarriffThe Canadian government on Wednesday criticized the United States for a decision to impose duties on certain softwood lumber exports and underlined its determination to fight the move.

The duties, which went into effect on Wednesday, are “unfair, unwarranted and troubling,” Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland said in a statement.

Ottawa has already launched challenges against the duties - which range from about 10 percent to nearly 24 percent, below a preliminary range of about 17 percent to 31 percent - with the World Trade Organization and through NAFTA.


Norway suspends arms exports to UAE over war in Yemen

Norway halts arms to UAE

Norway has suspended exports of weapons and ammunition to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) over concerns they could be used in the war in Yemen, the country's foreign ministry has told Al Jazeera.

The Scandinavian country said while there was no evidence Norwegian-made ammunition had been used in the devastating conflict, which is nearing three years, there was a high risk related to the UAE's military involvement there.

The UAE is part of a Saudi-led coalition fighting Houthi rebels that control the capital, Sanaa, and much of the country's north.


Trump tweet sparks emergency government meeting in Pakistan

Trump tweet sparks pakistang Sec. Council meetingPresident Tump's New Year's Day tweet blasting Pakistan prompted the country's National Security Council to hold an emergency meeting on Tuesday, according to CNN.

The meeting was chaired by Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi and attended by Pakistan's Foreign, Interior, and Defense ministers, as well as the chiefs of staff of the Pakistan airforce, army, and navy.


Death toll rises to at least 12 amid ongoing turmoil in Iran

Death toll rises to at least 12 in Iran protestsAt least a dozen people have died in four days of protests in Iran -- including 10 on Sunday night, state TV reported Monday.

In Tehran, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said the protests are bringing attention to economic problems in the nation and that leaders should "should listen to this voice and turn it into an opportunity."


China ban on domestic ivory sales comes into force

Ivory sales banned by China

A ban on all sales of ivory products in China comes into force on Sunday, a move hailed by conservationists as an important step in the fight to protect endangered species such as African elephants.

China, one of the world's biggest markets for African ivory, announced last year that it would outlaw all domestic trade and processing by the end of 2017.

The move came after pressure that its vast demand for ivory - seen as a status symbol by some in the country - fuels elephant poaching in countries such as Kenya and Tanzania.


Metro New York family among victims in deadly Costa Rica plane crash

NY family dies in Costa Rica plane crash

A family of five from Scarsdale was wiped out Sunday in a fiery small plane crash in Costa Rica that killed at least 10 American tourists and two pilots, according to reports from the Central American country.

No one survived when the single-engine Cessna smashed into a mountainous region in the province of Guancaste while en route to the beachside resort town of Punta Islita on the Pacific coast, officials said.


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