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United Nations further tightens North Korea sanctions

The council unanimously approved the resolution to cut North Korea's valuable coal exports to China, the only country thought to be purchasing North Korean coal, by 60 percent under a strict new sales cap. The resolution also took aim at the so-called "livelihood" exemption that allowed Chinese imports, clarifying that it's only for people living inside North Korea, not Chinese people or companies doing business with the country.


Russia warns Japan not to expect quick progress on islands

Russia warns Japan not to expect quick progress on islands

Kishida said the talks were "meaningful, important and useful" ahead of Russian President Vladimir Putin's visit to the city of Yamaguchi in western Japan on December 15. Lavrov said the diplomats "expressed mutual readiness to try to move forward in resolving practical questions". Abe hopes to advance the territorial and peace treaty issues when he meets with Putin in Japan, although Russian Federation continues to assert it seized the islands legitimately as a result of the war.



US sanctions North Korea over nuclear test

Power said that the latest resolution was groundbreaking in that it also took North Korea to task for its human rights violations. "But this resolution imposes unprecedented costs on the DPRK ( North Korea ) regime for defying this council's demands", she said.


Iraqi leader predicts Islamic State collapse in Mosul

Iraqi leader predicts Islamic State collapse in Mosul

He tells The Associated Press in an interview Monday that Mosul is completely encircled and that the speed with which the area has been secured surpassed his expectations. Iraqi and coalition forces did not confirm the report, which said two militants and the Sunni hardline group's transport minister were also killed in the strike.


After Brexit, Italy to vote on European Union membership referendum on Sunday

After Brexit, Italy to vote on European Union membership referendum on Sunday

The plan calls for the abolition of an elected upper house and its replacement with a chamber of regional representatives which will have much reduced powers. We see a strong "no" vote delaying any fixes to the country's sick banking system and emboldening populist parties. The world's oldest bank Monte dei Paschi di Siena , along with Popolare di Vicenza, Veneto Banca, Carige, Banca Etruria, CariChieti, Banca delle Marche, and CariFerrara, could all end up at risk if market turbulence ...



Iraqi special forces seize more Islamic State-held neighbourhoods in Mosul

The stakes are high for the Iraqi government and its US backers as they orchestrate a massive, multipronged attack on a large, densely populated city that has been under extremist control for 2 1/2 years. ISIS militants are also now forcing civilians to join the battle lines with guns and bombs, with the threat that they will be killed if they resist. Local sources said a suicide bomber detonated a booby-trapped tanker, blowing himself up and killing at least 24 civilians, including women ...