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Israel sceptical about easing of pressure on Iran to halt nuclear programme

Faced with a stream of conciliatory rhetoric from Iran‘s president, Hassan Rouhani, and a diplomatic overture to Tehran by Washington, Israeli officials are voicing scepticism and concern about a possible easing of western pressure on Iran to halt its nuclear programme.

Barack Obama urges resistance to ‘creeping resignation’ on gun laws

President Barack Obama has called for a transformation in US gun laws at a memorial service for the Washington navy yard shooting victims, saying, “There’s nothing inevitable about it.”

Angela Merkel triumphs in German election to secure historic third term

Angela Merkel is basking in a historic third-term victory in the German elections, having led her conservatives to their best result in more than 20 years.

Hillary Clinton admits to ‘wrestling’ with run for president in 2016

Hillary Clinton has acknowledged that she is “wrestling” with the idea of running for president again, but said that she remains “pragmatic and realistic” as she considers her prospects for 2016.

Landslides kill 20 in Philippine provinces weakened by typhoon Usagi

Torrential monsoon rains have hit the north-west Philippines, triggering landslides and killing 20 people in areas already weakened by a powerful typhoon, and raising the death toll to 47 from storms across Asia.

North Korea criticises ‘reptile media’ for saying Kim Jong-un ordered executions

North Korea has attacked the South’s “reptile media” for running salacious reports alleging Kim Jong-un ordered nine performers to be executed to protect his wife’s reputation.

Private International Space Station mission delayed by computer trouble

A brand new private cargo ship which is making its orbital debut experienced trouble with a computer data link on Sunday, delaying its arrival at the International Space Station by at least two days.

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