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US President Donald Trump and North Korea's Kim Jong Un at their Singapore summit. Photograph:( Reuters )

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Mar 22, 2019, 08.52 AM (IST)

US announces first new North Korea sanctions since failed summit

The United States imposed sanctions on Thursday on two Chinese shipping companies it says helped North Korea evade US and international sanctions over its nuclear weapons program, the first such steps since US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's summit collapsed last month.

UK PM Theresa May welcomes Brexit delay, says Parliament now has clear choice

European leaders and Prime Minister Theresa May agreed Thursday on a short delay to Britain's divorce from the European Union in the hope of ensuring an orderly Brexit. "I think what this decision tonight does is show the clear choice that is available, open to MPs," May noted. 

New Zealand police visited mosque shooter before granting gun licence

New Zealand police revealed Friday that they met with the accused Christchurch mosque shooter at his home in October 2017 before granting him the licence that let him purchase the weapons used in the rampage.

Iraq: Almost 100 dead as overloaded ferry sinks in Tigris river, PM Mahdi declares national mourning

Almost 100 people, mostly women and children, died Thursday as a ferry packed with families celebrating Kurdish New Year sank in a swollen river in the former jihadist stronghold of Mosul, in Iraq's worst accident in years.

After crashes, Boeing rolls out safety feature previously sold as an option

Boeing's 737 MAX aircraft will be outfitted with a warning light for malfunctions in the anti-stall system suspected in October's fatal crash in Indonesia, an industry source told AFP Thursday, standardizing a feature previously sold as an optional extra.