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North Korea says it will reconsider its moratorium on nuclear and long-range missile tests

The announcement is a possible reference to its self-imposed moratorium on testing nuclear weapons, which has been in place since 2017.Though Pyongyang is barred from testing ballistic missiles and nuclear weapons under international law, it has continued developing the weapons in violation of the ban.In a report about a Politburo meeting held on Wednesday, KCNA reported the "hostile policy and military threat by the US have reached a danger line that can not be overlooked any more," and acknowledged the need to prepare…

Three children killed as temperatures plummet in Syria, Lebanon and Jordan

CARE warned in a Tuesday report that the onslaught of heavy winter storms is exacerbating the living situation of internally displaced Syrians, as well as Syrians living in Lebanon and Jordan, where "temperatures are expected to drop lower than they have in 40 years, reaching -14 degrees Celsius (6.8 Fahrenheit) and lower."Winter storms have damaged 362 tents and affected 2,124 displaced Syrians who live in camps in Syria, according to the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) in…

Palestinian family home demolished in sensitive East Jerusalem neighborhood

The Jerusalem municipality said the eviction had been carried out following district court approval and would mean a school for local children with special needs could be built on the site.The large operation began on Monday when Israeli police and municipality workers, backed up by dozens of heavily armed Israeli special forces, moved in with a bulldozer and other heavy machinery.A metal and glass structure housing a nursery selling plants was demolished while the family, along with supporters, stood on the roof their…

What is the ‘pork pie plot’ and what does it mean for Boris Johnson?

Two polls in the last week suggest as many as two-thirds of voters want Johnson to resign.It's too soon to tell.One factor that may work in his favor is that the process of getting rid of a sitting Conservative British prime minister is fairly complicated.Prime ministers are not elected directly by the public, of course -- Brits vote for their local member of Parliament, and the leader of the largest party in Parliament becomes prime minister. The United Kingdom doesn't have to hold another parliamentary election before…

French education minister criticized for announcing Covid-19 measures from Ibiza

"I regret the symbolism" of Ibiza, Jean-Michel Blanquer told lawmakers on Tuesday. However he did caveat his regret. "In winter it's not at all like in summer," he told French TV channel TF1 Tuesday, "I was just outside, in contact with the government."Blanquer announced the measures in a telephone interview with French newspaper Le Parisien, published on January 2, the magazine's editor said on Twitter, although reporters did not know he was in Spain at the time. The measures included increased testing for school-age…

Brazil’s parents want their kids vaccinated against Covid. Bolsonaro has tried to stop it

Manuela had a fever that reached 40 Celsius (104 Fahrenheit), spots all over her skin and a lump growing out of her neck. Her kidneys didn't function for nearly two days. "Her heart almost stopped," Basto said. Manuela recovered from Covid, but its side effects have left a lasting impression on her heart: She now has arrhythmia, an irregular heartbeat."It is so horrible. She was a healthy child, with no underlying conditions," Basto said.Manuela survived Covid. But hundreds of other children in Brazil haven't.Between…

UK inflation surges to highest level in 30 years

Inflation increased to 5.4% in December, the Office for National Statistics said on Wednesday, the highest rate since 1992. The biggest price rises were for transportation, food and beverages, furniture, housing and household goods. Prices are now rising much faster than pay, making it more difficult for households to make ends meet. Wages increased at an annual rate of just 3.8% in December. Much more pain is on the way. British consumers face a sharp rise in costs in April, when a cap on energy prices will be raised and…

Is Electronic Arts the next to get bought in the gaming deal frenzy?

Gamers (and investors) are now betting on which company might be the next to get scooped up. Wall Street seems to thinks that Electronic Arts, which makes the super popular Madden NFL franchise of football video games, could be the most likely target. Shares of Electronic Arts (EA) rose 3% Tuesday. The company had no comment for CNN Business when asked about whether it could be considering a sale or looking to make a purchase of its own.Electronic Arts has made several acquisitions in the past year, including a $1.4…

FBI & European police take down computer servers used in major cyberattacks worldwide

The FBI and police from multiple European countries and Canada have taken down 15 computer servers that were used in "major international cyberattacks," law enforcement agencies said this week. Europol, the European Union's law enforcement agency, said that after seizing the servers, investigators have identified "more than 100 businesses" that were at risk of being hacked by cybercriminals, including ransomware groups. The crackdown targeted a popular virtual private networking (VPN) service that police say…

The European Parliament’s new President immediately faced questions on her views on abortion

Maltese center-right politician Roberta Metsola has been elected as the new European Parliament President, a week after the body's previous head David Sassoli died suddenly, and she immediately faced questions around her stance on abortion rights. Metsola, who was voted into the post on her 43rd birthday, had served as the Parliament's vice-president since 2020 and was elected comfortably in Tuesday's leadership vote, winning the support of 458 of the group's 705 MEPs. She is the third woman to lead the Parliament,…

A drone attack in Abu Dhabi could mark a dangerous turning point for the Middle East

A deadly drone attack in the heart of the United Arab Emirates' capital has thrust the Middle East into uncharted waters at a time when the region's leaders have sought to heal years-long rifts. Three people were killed when the strikes hit fuel trucks near the airport in Abu Dhabi on Monday, causing multiple explosions. Yemen's Iran-backed Houthi rebels quickly claimed the attacks. In response, the UAE and Saudi Arabia responded by pummelling the Yemeni capital of Sana'a with airstrikes, killing at least 12…

Blinken to travel to Ukraine and Germany this week

In Kyiv, Blinken will meet with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky and Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba "to reinforce the United States' commitment to Ukraine's sovereignty and territorial integrity," according to State Department spokesman Ned Price. In Berlin, Blinken will "discuss recent diplomatic engagements with Russia and joint efforts to deter further Russian aggression against Ukraine, including Allies' and partners' readiness to impose massive consequences and severe economic costs on Russia."…

In a hotel room in Albania, Afghan women await new lives — and watch their homeland collapse

Throughout the day I check in on the fellow Afghan women sharing a roof with me at our hotel in the Albanian resort town of Shengjin. They joke that I am Albania's new therapist. We play card games and visit Albanian pastry shops where the deserts taste bittersweet, like our exile. We try to fill our days with activities to make the time pass more quickly. Last month, I attended a trauma care course, facilitated by the international relief organization Samaritan's Purse, where we talked -- or at least tried to talk --…

Afghanistan earthquake kills at least 22 people

The 5.6 magnitude tremor shook the western province of Badghis, bordering Turkmenistan, in the afternoon, reducing brick homes to rubble, according to photos shared by local authorities. "Unfortunately, our initial reports show that 22 people, including women and children, have been killed and four others injured," said Baz Mohammad Sarwari, the director of Information and Culture of the Badghis provincial administration. "The Mujahideen have reached to some of the affected areas, but Badghis is a mountainous…

Sudanese forces kill at least seven during anti-coup protests, medics say

More than 100 people were injured amid the gunfire, SCDC added, which broke out as thousands of protesters marched toward the presidential palace in opposition to last October's military coup. In videos shared by Sudanese activists on social media, barrages of tear gas were fired at protesters who were blocking main roads leading to the presidential compound. Sounds believed to be gunfire could also be heard in the videos. This comes as Sudan's ruling Sovereign Council -- headed by Gen. Abdel Fatah…

Saudi led-coalition launches airstrikes on Yemeni capital after deadly Houthi drone strike in Abu Dhabi

"In response to the threat and military necessity, airstrikes began on Sana'a," Saudi Arabia's state-run Al-Ekhbariya said on Twitter. "The vicious attack on the UAE is a hostile act. The Houthi targeting of civilians in the kingdom and the UAE are war crimes whose perpetrators must be held accountable," Al-Ekhbariya said in a tweet.The drone attack near Abu Dhabi's aiport killed at least three people and sparked multiple explosions in the UAE's capital. One Pakistani and two Indians were killed, the UAE's official news…

Cognac sales jump 31%, thanks to the US and China

Sales of the brandy, produced in the Cognac region of France, rose by almost 31% in value to 3.6 billion euros ($4.1 billion), industry group BNIC said Monday.Volumes were up 16% to 223.2 million bottles."This growth reflects a real recovery of cognac, as well as new consumption habits," BNIC said in a statement, noting sales had also risen compared with 2019, before the pandemic struck.The outlook should remain positive in the coming months for all destinations, BNIC added.The news comes after France's champagne industry…

Former Ukrainian president lands in Kyiv to face treason case

In a brief stand-off at border control after arriving on a flight from Warsaw, Poroshenko accused border guards of taking away his passport. He later emerged to a crowd of thousands of cheering and flag-waving supporters outside the airport.Poroshenko's return sets up a showdown with President Zelensky's government in what critics say is an ill-judged distraction as Ukraine braces for a possible Russian military offensive and seeks the support of its Western allies. Western diplomats called for political unity in Ukraine…