Trump 'absolutely' willing to talk to Kim Jong-un

US president describes inter-Korean talks as a ‘big start’, says they would not be happening without his ‘tough stance’. US President Donald Trump said he would be willing to talk to North Korean leader Kim Jong-un on the phone, but not without conditions. “I always believe in talking,” Trump briefly told reporters on Saturday.  “Absolutely, I would do that,” he said […]

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Christian churches in sharp decline in South Korea

More than half the population of South Korea describe themselves as non-religious, an interesting statistic for a country that is among the world’s biggest exporters of missionaries. Christian churches in South Korea are embracing new techniques and technologies to try to attract more adherents. The reforms are coming into force at a time when South Koreans are moving away from […]

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South Korea bans anonymous cryptocurrency trading

Trading and speculation in cryptocurrencies, such as bitcoin and ethereum, are extremely popular in South Korea. Starting on Tuesday, South Korea’s government is banning anonymous trading. This means traders can only make cryptocurrency deposits from bank accounts set up under their real names. But not everyone is happy with people moving towards an unregulated and decentralised financial system. Al Jazeera’s […]

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Facebook removes hundreds of pages linked to Myanmar's army

Social media giant has faced intense criticism for ineffective response to malicious posts against Rohingya minority. Facebook says is has removed hundreds of pages and accounts in Myanmar with hidden links to the country’s military, as the social media giant scrambles to respond to criticism over failures to control hate speech and misinformation. The online platform, Myanmar’s most popular and influential […]

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1MDB scandal: Malaysia files charges against Goldman Sachs

Malaysia has filed criminal charges against Goldman Sachs and two of its former employees over the alleged theft of billions of dollars, heaping fresh pressure on the Wall Street titan over the 1MDB scandal. Goldman subsidiaries and ex-bankers Tim Leissner and Ng Chong Hwa are accused of misappropriating $2.7bn (£2.14bn), bribing officials and giving false statements when helping to arrange […]

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Tanzania's teenage mums: Government bans mothers from school

Banned from school, Tanzania forces pregnant girls to choose between an education and their unborn child. Pregnant girls in Tanzania are being forced to abandon their education. President John Magufuli says a law banning teenage mothers from returning to public schools must be strictly enforced. Al Jazeera’s Catherine Soi reports from the northern region of Shinyanga, which has the country’s […]

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Health crisis: Papua New Guinea fights tuberculosis menace

In the grip of a health crisis, Papua New Guinea could have spent money in a better way, say some. Earlier this month, world leaders assembled in Papua New Guinea for the annual Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit – the biggest event in the country’s history. However, government critics say hosting the APEC summit was a costly affair, especially when […]

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China welcomes defeat of Taiwan's ruling DPP in local elections

Loss leads to resignation of President Tsai Ing-wen as Democratic Progressive Party leader. China has welcomed the defeat of Taiwan’s ruling, pro-independence Democratic Progressive Party in Saturday’s local elections. The loss led to the resignation of President Tsai Ing-wen as the leader of the party. Beijing says the results show that people want peaceful relations with China.   Al Jazeera’s […]

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