North Korean state television released this footage of the festival, which was held as part of new year festivities. It comes as leader Kim Jong-un warned that a nuclear launch button “was always at my desk” in a new year speech.
In mid-2017, a few months after I had moved to Delhi to work for a national newspaper, I began to browse job websites. Every other day, an Indian news report underlines the gap between jobs and jobseekers.
A seaplane that crashed and killed six people – including five Britons – is expected to be raised from an Australian river this week so it can be forensically examined, authorities say.The cause of the New Year’s Eve crash north of Sydney is not yet known.
For his New Year’s speech, Mr. Kim, the leader of North Korea, traded his usual atonal, Mao-collared outfits for what looked like the sort of silver-gray suit and matching tie that come straight from the elder statesmen costume department.
South Korean President Moon Jae-in has called for swift action to help North Korean athletes take part in the 2018 Winter Olympic Games. In New Year’s Day speech, the North’s leader Kim Jong-un had said he might send a team to Pyeongchang in South Korea for the Games in February.
Two people have died in Japan and several are in a critical condition after choking on traditional rice cakes as part of the new year celebrations. They may seem harmless, but each year the hard-to-eat snack claims several lives, prompting annual warnings from officials.
Convicted drug smuggler Schapelle Corby has created something of a stir in Australia by releasing a music track on social media. The track, called Palm Trees, features Corby on vocals singing: “I’m in Queensland and it is sunny. I have the palm trees behind me.”