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North Korea has threatened to conduct a nuclear test in response to a United Nations move towards a probe into the country's human rights violations.

Its foreign ministry accused the united states of orchestrating a recent UN resolution calling for the investigation. North Korea previously conducted nuclear tests in 2006, 2009 and 2013. Its threat comes as new satellite images emerge indicating fresh activity at a North Korean nuclear facility. A UN human rights committee passed a resolution calling on the security council to refer North Korea to the international criminal court for alleged crimes against humanity. Pyongyang said the resolution was based on "fabricated testimonies" from North Korean defectors and "slander against Pyongyang". The resolution's approval was a "grave political provocation" by the us and such "aggression..is leaving us unable to further refrain from staging a new nuclear test."

 

North Korea's state television KRT released still photos of Russian President Vladimir Putin meeting north Korean leader Kim Jong UN's special envoy, Choe Ryong Hae, in Russia .

The special envoy visiting Russia, met Vladimir Putin, President of the Russian federation, at the grand Kremlin palace on November 18. President Putin expressed his deep appreciation for the greetings and asked to convey his warm greetings to Kim Jong Un. Cheo Ryong Hae delivered a personal letter from Kim Jong UN to President Putin.

 

Former President of Afghanistan, Hamid Karzai has called for neighborhood cooperation emphasizing that India and Pakistan must cooperate and keep rivalry at bay.

He was speaking at the neighborhood lecture series 'Afghanistan and the neighborhood' chaired by former Indian Prime Minister, Manmohan Singh in New Delhi. Karzai said we want Afghanistan to be a place where neighbours are cooperators and helpers with one another. Karzai said he developed Afghanistan in such a manner that it engages with its neighbours very closely.

 

The Colombian government and Farc rebels have struck a deal on conditions to free "as soon as possible" a general the guerrillas are holding captive.

Peace process guarantors said, "the parties have agreed the conditions needed to set free" general Ruben Alzate and four others. Colombian government is holding peace talks with Farc in a bid to end the country's five-decade war which has resulted in the killing of hundreds of people.

 

Car bomb blasts in two Northern Baghdad neighborhoods killed at least 17 people and wounded at least 57.

One explosion went off near the Tigris river in the Graiat area, killing at least seven people. The other struck near a restaurant in the Adhamiyah district, killing 10. There was no immediate claim for the attacks but the is has claimed much of the recent violence to hit the Iraqi capital and elsewhere in the country. Baghdad is hit by near-daily bombings and shootings that kill hundreds of people each month. And security forces, despite being deployed at checkpoints and other positions across the city, are consistently unable to prevent the attacks.

 
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