North Korea‘s Kim Jong-un still ‘fixed‘ on Trump summit

North Korea‘s Kim Jong-un still ‘fixed‘ on Trump summit

It is North Korean leader Kim Jong-un‘s “fixed will” that a summit with US President Donald Trump in Singapore should go ahead, state media say. South Korea‘s President Moon Jae-in (R) and North Korea‘s leader Kim Jong Un (L) walking together after the summit at the north side of the truce village of Panmunjom in the Demilitarized Zone dividing the two Koreas. Photo: AFP This followed a [https://www.radionz.co.nz/news/world/358298/korean-leaders-meet-in-surprise-summit surprise meeting] […]

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McDonald‘s rejects plastic straw campaign

McDonald‘s rejects plastic straw campaign

McDonald‘s shareholders have rejected a proposal asking the firm to report on its use of plastic straws, the latest part of a campaign pressing the firm to ban the items. Photo: AFP The idea, which was backed by activist group SumOfUs, won less than 8 percent of the vote at the company‘s annual meeting. McDonald‘s had recommended against the measure saying it was “unnecessary” and “redundant”. SumOfUs said the vote […]

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Irish abortion referendum: Exit polls suggest landslide for repeal

Irish abortion referendum: Exit polls suggest landslide for repeal

Exit polls published after Ireland‘s referendum on abortion suggest a large vote in favour of liberalising the law. A voter arrives at a polling station in Dublin. Photo: AFP or licensors Polls by The Irish Times and RTE suggest about 69 percent voted to repeal a part of the constitution that effectively bans terminations. The communications director of one of the main anti-abortion campaigns, John McGuirk, has conceded they have […]

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Korean leaders meet in surprise summit

Korean leaders meet in surprise summit

The leaders of North and South Korea have met in the demilitarised border area between the two countries. South Korea said President Moon Jae-in met with North Korea‘s leader Kim Jong Un inside the Demilitarised Zone dividing the two nations, a day after US President Donald Trump threatened to abandon a summit with Pyongyang. Photo: AFP The meeting is only the second between South Korea‘s Moon Jae-in and the North‘s […]

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Ireland overturns abortion ban

Ireland overturns abortion ban

The Republic of Ireland has voted overwhelmingly to overturn the abortion ban by 66.4 percent to 33.6 percent. Photo: AFP A referendum held on Friday resulted in a landslide win for the repeal side. Currently, abortion is only allowed when a woman‘s life is at risk, but not in cases of rape, incest or fatal foetal abnormality. The Eighth Amendment, which grants an equal right to life to the mother […]

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How birds survived asteroid strike wipe-out

How birds survived asteroid strike wipe-out

The ancestors of modern birds may have survived the asteroid strike that wiped out the rest of their kin by living on the forest floor. Photo: 123rf The new theory, based on studying fossilised plants and ornithological data, helped explain how birds came to dominate the planet. The asteroid impact 66 million years ago laid waste to the world‘s forests. Ground-dwelling bird ancestors managed to survive, eventually taking to the […]

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Scientists discover hidden grand canyons

Scientists discover hidden grand canyons

Scientists have discovered three vast canyons in one of the last places to be explored on Earth – under the ice at the South Pole. The deep troughs run for hundreds of kilometres, cutting through tall mountains – none of which are visible at the snowy surface of the continent. Dr Kate Winter from Northumbria University, UK, and colleagues found the hidden features with radar. Her team said the canyons […]

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Trump: N Korea summit ‘could still happen‘

Trump: N Korea summit ‘could still happen‘

The US president says the talks could still be held as planned – a day after cancelling them. Donald Trump, Kim Jong-un Photo: AFP / KCNA VIA KNS US President Donald Trump has said his summit with North Korea‘s leader could still happen on 12 June, despite earlier cancelling the meeting. “We‘ll see what happens. It could even be the 12th. We‘re talking to them now. They very much want […]

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Meghan Markle coat of arms revealed

Meghan Markle coat of arms revealed

A coat of arms created for the Duchess of Sussex that reflects her Californian background has been unveiled. The coat of arms created for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex. Photo: Kensington Palace It includes a shield containing the colour blue, representing the Pacific Ocean, and rays, symbolising sunshine. The duchess worked closely with the College of Arms in London to create the design, Kensington Palace said. The lion supporting […]

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Trump says ‘productive‘ talks held on reinstating N Korea summit

Trump says ‘productive‘ talks held on reinstating N Korea summit

US President Donald Trump says “very productive talks” have been held with North Korea on reinstating the summit with leader Kim Jong-un. Photo: AFP In a tweet, Mr Trump said the meeting could still take place on 12 June in Singapore “and if necessary will be extended beyond that date”. He cancelled the summit on Thursday, blaming the North‘s “open hostility”. But North Korea later appeared conciliatory, saying it was […]

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