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N. Korea says door remains 'open' for US tourists

Seoul - North Korea's doors are still open to US tourists, Pyongyang said Friday, despite Washington banning its citizens from travelling there following the death of a US student who had been jailed in the country.

Bieber not welcome thanks to 'bad behaviour': Beijing authorities

Bejing - Justin Bieber is not welcome to perform in China because of his "bad behaviour", Beijing authorities have said, after the pop idol angered many Chinese in 2014 by visiting a controversial Japanese war shrineThe Beijing Municipal Bureau of Culture revea...

Bangladesh cricketer admits to second wife

Dhaka - A top Bangladeshi cricketer is embroiled in a scandal after revealing he had secretly married a woman who filed a case against him for posting intimate photos of her on social media -- even though he already had a wife.

Bahrain bans newspaper for 'sowing division'

Dibai - The government in Sunni-ruled Bahrain announced Sunday an indefinite ban on the independent Al-Wasat newspaper on accusations that it publishes "what sows division" in the Shiite-majority Gulf kingdom.

Shanghai expands public smoking ban

Shanghai widened its ban on public smoking Wednesday as China's biggest city steps up efforts to stub out the massive health threat despite conflicts of interest with the state-owned tobacco industry.

Germany bans internet-connected 'spying' doll Cayla

Berlin - German regulators have banned an internet-connected doll called "My Friend Cayla" that can chat with children, warning Friday that it was a de facto "spying device".

Passengers get airline ok after US court stays Trump travel ban

Paris - Several airlines on Saturday gave the green light to passengers wanting to fly to the United States who come from countries hit by President Donald Trump's travel ban after a US court suspended his order.

US suspends travel ban after judge stayed Trump executive order

Washington - US authorities on Saturday suspended President Donald Trump's controversial ban on travelers from seven Muslim countries, following a court ruling that blocked its enforcement.

UN chief to presidential never-was: Ban Ki-moon retires

Seoul - Nicknamed the "slippery eel" in South Korea for his ability to dodge uncomfortable questions and controversy, former UN chief Ban Ki-moon was a seasoned diplomatic player for decades, but his short-lived presidential ambitions leave a rough end to his ...

UN chief to presidential never-was: Ban Ki-moon retires

Seoul - Nicknamed the "slippery eel" in South Korea for his ability to dodge uncomfortable questions and controversy, former UN chief Ban Ki-moon was a seasoned diplomatic player for decades, but his short-lived presidential ambitions leave a rough end to his ...

UN chief to presidential never-was: Ban Ki-moon retires

Seoul - Nicknamed the "slippery eel" in South Korea for his ability to dodge uncomfortable questions and controversy, former UN chief Ban Ki-moon was a seasoned diplomatic player for decades, but his short-lived presidential ambitions leave a rough end to his ...

Ex-UN chief Ban Ki-moon abandons S. Korea presidency bid

Seoul - Former United Nations secretary-general Ban Ki-moon abruptly ended his attempt to seek South Korea's presidency Wednesday, dropping a lifetime of diplomacy to denounce his country's political establishment.

Ex-UN chief Ban Ki-moon abandons S. Korea presidency bid

Seoul - Former United Nations secretary-general Ban Ki-moon abruptly ended his attempt to seek South Korea's presidency Wednesday, dropping a lifetime of diplomacy to denounce his country's political establishment.

Ex-UN chief Ban Ki-moon abandons S. Korea presidency bid

Seoul - Former United Nations secretary-general Ban Ki-moon abruptly ended his attempt to seek South Korea's presidency Wednesday, dropping a lifetime of diplomacy to denounce his country's political establishment.

Goldman Sachs latest to condemn Trump travel ban

New York - Goldman Sachs on Monday joined the growing list of big US companies criticizing President Donald Trump's executive order suspending entry into the United States by people from seven predominantly Muslim countries.

New Zealand to ban plastic microbeads by July 2018

New Zealand plans to ban cosmetic products containing tiny plastic particles known as microbeads from July next year because of the risk they pose to aquatic and marine environments.

Ban returns to S. Korea after hinting at presidency run

Seoul - Retired UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon returned to South Korea Thursday as momentum builds around his possible run in elections to succeed impeached President Park Geun-Hye.

UN distances itself from Ban relatives corruption scandal

New York - Corruption charges against the relatives of former UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon do not concern the United Nations, the UN spokesman said Wednesday.

Ban Ki-moon bids farewell to United Nations

New York - UN Secretary Ban Ki-moon paid an emotional farewell to the United Nations on Friday, wistfully describing his two-term stint at the helm of the global body as something of a fairy tale."I feel a bit like Cinderella.

UN's departing Ban leaves door open for S. Korea president run

New York - Ban Ki-moon left the door open to possibly running for president of South Korea in his final press conference as United Nations secretary general, noting that the country is "in turmoil".

UN's Ban hails likely successor Guterres as 'superb choice'

Rome - Departing UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon on Thursday hailed his likely successor Antonio Guterres as a "superb choice", ahead of the former Portuguese prime minister's expected backing by the Security Council.

Shimon Peres worked 'tirelessly' for two-state solution: UN chief

Geneva - UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon hailed Shimon Peres's long efforts to forge a deal aimed at fostering peace in Israel and the Middle East, after the statesman's death earlier on Wednesday.

World faces 'make or break moment' in Syria: Ban

New York - The world is facing a "make or break moment" in Syria, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told a crisis meeting of the Security Council on Wednesday.

UN's Ban makes final appeal for action on Syria, climate

New York - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon used his farewell address to the General Assembly on Tuesday to urge world leaders to end the war in Syria and bring the Paris climate deal into force this year.

Russian athletes cannot compete as neutrals — IPC

Rio De Janeiro - Russian athletes seeking to take part individually in the Paralympic Games in order to sidestep a blanket ban will not be allowed to compete under a neutral banner, the International Paralympic Committee ruled.

Body-shaming ads to be banned on London transport

London - The mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, plans on banning negative body image advertisements on the London Tube, buses and trains.

US announces near-total ban on African elephant ivory trade

Washington - The US authorities announced a near-total ban on the trade of African elephant ivory on Thursday, finalizing a years-long push to protect the endangered animals.

UN chief 'baffled' by S. Korea presidency speculation

Seoul - UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon denied Monday that his current South Korea visit was testing the waters for an eventual presidential bid, saying his comments on the subject had been exaggerated.

UN chief fuels presidential speculation with S. Korea trip

Seoul - Ban Ki-moon arrived in South Korea on Wednesday for a six-day visit that has fuelled speculation the UN chief is lining up a tilt at the presidency of his home country.

Public smoking ban for Ethiopia's capital

Addis Ababa - A ban on smoking at public gatherings has been announced by the mayor of Ethiopia's capital Addis Ababa, according to local media reports on Wednesday.
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