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North Korea has held a large military parade inPyongyang on the eve of the Winter Olympics inSouth Korea. The senior North Korea delegation isdue to attend the Olympic Opening Ceremony. AsLaura Baker reports.
Kim Jong-un is sending his influential sister to thegames in Pyeongchang, a move that's taken everyone by surprise. The speculation Kim YoJong is bringing a message from her brother. The South Korea government will have adiplomatic seating nightmare if she attends the opening ceremony, the US Vice PresidentMike Pence also be there with the father of Otto Warmbier, who died after being imprisoned inNorth Korea.
The US official says America-led coalition air and artillery strike in Syria have killed about 100pro-government troops in Deir al-Zor province. The coalition said the attack was launchedresponded to what it called an unprovoked and coordinated swat on the US-backed SyrianDemocratic Forces. The pro-government fighters were reportedly supported by artillery, rocketlaunchers and tanks. The spy says Russia was kept informed about the coalition response.
The Venezuela Electoral Authorities have set the presidential election for the 22nd of April aftertalks between the government and opposition collapsed. The move says the state for the likelyreelection of President Nicolas Maduro. Katy Watson reports.
It has been a great deal of uncertainty of these elections including doubt of whether they'dhappen at all. The opposition has hoped the vote will be held in the second half of this year,giving parties more time to decide on the candidate. With talks between the sides now stalledbecause of the disagreement over electoral conditions, the political battle continues, as doesthe uncertainty as to how the opposition will participate in the upcoming vote.
A court in the Bangladeshi capital, Dhaka is giving its verdict in the corruption case againstthe main opposition leader Khaleda Zia. She faces charges involving funds donated to acharitable Children's Trust. If she's found guilty and sentenced to more than 2 years, she willnot be able to contest parliamentary polls scheduled for the end of this year.
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