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Embassies staying put in North Korea despite tension

(Reuters) – Staff at embassies in North Koreaappeared to be remaining in place on Saturday despite an appeal by authorities in Pyongyang for diplomats to consider leaving because of heightened tension after weeks of bellicose exchanges.

Powers, Iran fail to end nuclear stalemate in Almaty talks

(Reuters) – World powers and Iran remained far apart after ending two days of intensive talks on Tehran’s nuclear program on Saturday, the European Union’s foreign policy chief said, prolonging a stand-off that risks spiraling into a new Middle East war.

Nelson Mandela leaves hospital after pneumonia scare

Nelson Mandela was released from hospital on Saturday after recovering from pneumonia.

Middle East will be unstable for decades if rebels take Syria, says Assad

The Syrian president, Bashar al-Assad, has warned that the Middle East faces being destabilised for decades if rebel forces battling to overthrow him succeed.

Bird flu threat leads to closure of poultry markets in Shanghai

Chinese officials have shut down all live poultry markets in Shanghai and ordered a cull of birds in a bid to halt the spread of an infection that has killed six people.

Boeing puts Dreamliner battery fix through ‘final’ test flight

Boeing put its 787 battery fix through a “final” flight test on Friday and will soon submit the data to regulators, who the aircraft maker hopes will sign off on the new battery system and allow the 787 Dreamliner back in the air.

White supremacist gang member arrested over Colorado shootingsv

Authorities have arrested a member of a white supremacist gang linked to the killing Colorado‘s prisons chief who was shot when he answered the door of his home last month.

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