North Korea–United States relations

U.S. President Donald Trump says he received a "beautiful", "very warm and very nice" letter from North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. He added that Kim is "keeping his word" and not testing any kind of missiles. Earlier at a speaking event in Washington, National Security Adviser John Bolton said North Korea is not complying with the terms agreed upon during Trump's first summit with Kim in Singapore last year.

President Donald Trump said Tuesday that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has "kept his word" when it comes to nuclear and missile testing, contradicting his own national security adviser, John Bolton, who just hours earlier had accused Pyongyang of failing to follow through on its commitments.

Censorship in Samoa

Samoa bans the film "Rocketman" for its depictions of gay sex.

The censor says the biopic clashes with the country's "cultural and Christian beliefs".

Media freedom in Russia

Following a public outcry, authorities in Russia drop drug charges against a journalist, Ivan Golunov, who has earned a reputation for exposing the corruption of Moscow city officials.

Drug charges against investigative reporter Ivan Golunov are dropped after newspapers unite in defence.

LGBT rights in Botswana

Botswana decriminalizes homosexuality.

The High Court decision is a landmark case and contrasts with Kenya's recent ruling against gay sex.

Asbestos and the law

The Congress of Colombia unanimously approves a resolution to ban the production, commercialization, and distribution of asbestos.

Rohingya Muslims

A group of 65 Rohingya Muslims are left stranded on Rawi Island in southern Thailand after their boat shipwrecked during a journey to flee genocide in their native Rakhine State in Myanmar.

A fishing boat carrying more than 60 Rohingya Muslims was found beached on an is...

2019 North Indian Ocean cyclone season

Very Severe Cyclonic Storm Vayu is in the Arabian Sea less than 600 miles south-southeast of Karachi, Pakistan, and is strengthening as it heads north. Vayu is expected to be a Category 2 or 3 storm when it approaches the Indian state of Gujarat early Thursday (local time), then should weaken as it approaches southeastern Pakistan over the weekend.

Get the latest on this dangerous cyclone and its potential impacts.

Sinking of ''Hableány''

Four bodies are recovered by salvage crews during the raising of the wreck of the "Hableány", which sank on the Danube in Budapest last month. Four other people are still missing.

A giant floating crane raises the boat from the river in Budapest after last month's fatal collision.


A committee of the US House of Representatives announces that it will hold a hearing next Thursday (June 20) to examine fuel efficiency standards, as the Trump administration presses for a rollback of an Obama-era schedule of 5% reductions in emissions per year.

The House of Representatives Energy and Commerce Committee said on Tuesday it pl...