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US: N Korea not close to being ready for nuclear talks

North Korea conducted its first nuclear test in 2006 and is now believed to have at least 10 such weapons [Reuters]

North Korea has "not even come close" to initiating talks by taking the steps needed to rein in its nuclear weapons programme, US Secretary of State John Kerry has said.


Another forgettable summit

Obama shakes hands with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Nayef bin Abdulaziz al-Saud [EPA]

The just-concluded Camp David summit promises little more than running in place.

Hours after the conclusion of the Camp David summit the top story on the White House website was: "A Conversation with the President: Addressing Poverty in America."


Dozens killed in US-led air strikes in northern Syria

Aleppo has been badly damaged with thousands of homes completely destroyed due to the war in Syria [Reuters]

Air raids targeting ISIL positions kill at least 52 civilians in Aleppo province, UK-based monitoring groups says.

At least 52 civilians have been killed in US-led air strikes targeting Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) positions in a village in northern Syria, a monitoring group has said.


Kerry urges Sri Lanka cooperation in war-crimes probe

The visit was the first by a US secretary of state to Sri Lanka [AP]

Colombo asked to free all remaining political prisoners and help search for missing persons by visiting US top diplomat.

The US secretary of state has said he wants to renew ties with Sri Lanka and urged its new government to work with the UN to ensure an investigation into war crimes met international standards.


New generation of Saudi royals set to rule

The cabinet shuffle comes as the US-allied Gulf monarchy faces a number of economic and security challenges [AP]

Shake-up comes as the country attempts to assert regional leadership and reshape its ties with the West.

The Saudi monarchy's recent shake-up of its succession plan catapults a younger generation of royals into leadership roles at a time when the country is attempting to assert regional political and military leadership and reshape its ties with Western allies, analysts say.


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