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Japanese sanctions

TOKYO (Reuters) – The Japanese Government has decided to extend unilateral sanctions against North Korea by two years, Trade Minister Hiroshige Seko said on Friday. Tokyo will continue its prohibition of all trade between Japan and North Korea and ban on all North Korean ships from entering Japanese ports, Kyodo News reported earlier. North Korea conducted a ballistic missile test off its east coast on Wednesday, South Korea’s military said.

Ready to act, says Trump

ABOARD AIR FORCE ONE (Reuters) – US President Donald Trump said on Thursday he would be ready to act unilaterally to address North Korea’s nuclear program if China does not step up to help with the matter. “Certainly I would be,” Mr Trump told reporters when asked whether he would be willing act alone on North Korea. “But I think China will want to be stepping up.”

‘Anti-Romeo’ squads

NEW DELHI (Reuters ) – Indian “anti-Romeo” police squads set up to protect women from sexual harassment in public places should be disbanded because their heavy-handed tactics and moral policing were leaving people insecure and fearful, women’s rights activists said. The squads, made up of plainclothes and uniformed police officers, were introduced in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh in March after the appointment of a new state leader who had pledged to crackdown on sexual abuse.

UK could allow EU freedom of movement after Brexit, Boris Johnson says

Britain could allow free movement of people from the European Union during an implementation phase after Brexit to allow the economy to attract talented people, Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said on Thursday.

When asked by Reuters TV if Britain would accept full free movement of people during an implementation phase, Johnson said this was possible, and could be agreed before Britain left the EU in two years’ time.

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