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North Korea says new ICBM puts US mainland within nuke range

North Korea said it successfully tested a powerful new intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) on Wednesday that put the entire US mainland within range of its nuclear weapons.

North Korea’s first missile test since mid-September came a week after US President Donald Trump put North Korea back on a US list of countries it says support terrorism, allowing it to impose more sanctions.

Brexit Deal Hinges on Irish Border Riddle as Talks Go to Wire

Theresa May’s chances of getting a Brexit breakthrough in the coming days hinge on the prime minister convincing the Northern Ireland party that props up her government to accept the UK position on the Irish border.

The frontier between the north and south of Ireland has emerged as the biggest threat to getting a deal next month that would allow the UK and European Union to start discussions on future trade, three people familiar with the discussions said on condition of anonymity to discuss confidential matters.

Hyderabad spruced up to welcome Ivanka Trump

Indian authorities have cleared beggars off the streets and brought in 10,000 extra security forces for Ivanka Trump’s biggest foreign mission since her father became president.

US president Donald Trump’s eldest daughter is to be the key speaker on Tuesday at the opening of a three-day Global Entrepreneurship Summit in Hyderabad alongside India’s prime minister Narendra Modi.

The southern city is home to the India operations of Google, Facebook and Amazon.

Thanksgiving Was Grim in Trump’s Swamp

If you're associated with the administration of President Donald Trump, there's not much to be thankful for this week. With the exception of Defense Secretary James Mattis, no insider has elevated his or her standing in 10 months and no superstar has emerged as in previous administrations.

India, Finland decide to boost ties

India and Finland today resolved to boost cooperation in a range of areas, including trade and investment, energy and information technology, during talks between External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and her Finnish counterpart Timo Soini.

The two ministers reviewed the entire gamut of bilateral relations. They agreed to ramp up cooperation in trade, holding that there is huge scope for its expansion.

Myanmar, Bangladesh ink Rohingya return deal amid concern over army’s role

Myanmar and Bangladesh signed an accord on Thursday over terms for the return of hundreds of thousands of Rohingya Muslims who have fled to Bangladesh, a government official said, amid concern that Myanmar’s powerful army could prove obstructive.

Rights groups have accused the military in mostly Buddhist Myanmar of carrying out mass rape and other atrocities during a counter-insurgency operation launched in late August in retaliation for attacks by Rohingya militants in Rakhine State.

German political limbo threatens European reform push

Half a year ago, the political stars seemed perfectly aligned for a deep reform of the European Union and its euro currency.

Emmanuel Macron had won the French presidency on a promise to relaunch Europe. And Angela Merkel, on track to win a fourth term as German chancellor, looked ready to embrace his bold vision, telling an audience in Bavaria that it was time for Europe to take its fate into its own hands.

Britain hikes Brexit pot, slashes growth forecasts

Britain today substantially hiked its funds for Brexit preparations, as it slashed growth forecasts over a five-year period in a key annual budget update.

The government will put aside another 3.0 billion pounds (USD 4.0 billion, 3.4 billion euros) ahead of its exit from the European Union, finance minister Philip Hammond told parliament.

"I stand ready to allocate further sums if and when needed," the chancellor of the Exchequer said, after Britain had already put aside 700 million pounds prior to Wednesday's additional amount.

World’s oldest leader Mugabe ends 37-year rule in Zimbabwe

Robert Mugabe’s near four-decade reign as the strongman of Zimbabwe ended on Tuesday, when he submitted a letter of resignation to the parliament, House of Assembly speaker Jacob Mudenda said.

Mudenda announced Mugabe’s resignation during a joint sitting of lawmakers in Harare, the capital, called to vote on a motion of impeachment of the 93-year-old leader, who was the world’s oldest-serving leader.

US General Says President Order for Nuclear Strike Can Be Refused

The top officer at U.S. Strategic Command said on Saturday an order from President Donald Trump or any of his successors to launch nuclear weapons can be refused if that order is determined to be illegal.

Air Force Gen. John Hyten, commander of Strategic Command, told a panel at the Halifax International Security Forum that he and Trump have had conversations about such a scenario and that he would tell Trump he couldn’t carry out an illegal strike.