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North Korea has held a large military parade in Pyongyang on the eve of the Winter Olympics in South Korea. The senior North Korea delegation is due to attend the Olympic Opening Ceremony. As Laura Baker reports.
Kim Jong-un is sending his influential sister to the games in Pyeongchang, a move that's taken everyone by surprise. The speculation Kim Yo Jong is bringing a message from her brother. The South Korea government will have a diplomatic seating nightmare if she attends the opening ceremony, the US Vice President Mike Pence also be there with the father of Otto Warmbier, who died after being imprisoned in North Korea.
The US official says America-led coalition air and artillery strike in Syria have killed about 100 pro-government troops in Deir al-Zor province. The coalition said the attack was launched responded to what it called an unprovoked and coordinated swat on the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces. The pro-government fighters were reportedly supported by artillery, rocket launchers 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 after talks between the government and opposition collapsed. The move says the state for the likely reelection of President Nicolas Maduro. Katy Watson reports.
It has been a great deal of uncertainty of these elections including doubt of whether they'd happen 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 stalled because of the disagreement over electoral conditions, the political battle continues, as does the 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 against the main opposition leader Khaleda Zia. She faces charges involving funds donated to a charitable Children's Trust. If she's found guilty and sentenced to more than 2 years, she will not be able to contest parliamentary polls scheduled for the end of this year.
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