World in brief

No loudspeakers
SOUTH Korea has stopped broadcasting propaganda via loudspeakers along the border with North Korea, ahead of top-level talks later this week.
The South has dozens of loudspeakers along the border area, which blast everything from K-pop music to critical news reports of the North.

Bus accident
A major bus accident in North Korea has killed 32 Chinese tourists and four North Koreans, China’s foreign ministry said on Monday. Two Chinese nationals were seriously injured and left in critical condition. North Korea is a popular, if offbeat, tourist destination for Chinese, especially those from the country’s northeast.

$9.2m cheque
Former New York mayor and billionaire Michael Bloomberg said on Sunday he will write a US$4.5 million (F$9.2m) cheque to cover this year’s US financial commitment to the Paris Climate Agreement. US President Donald Trump last year pulled the United States out of the pact, making the country the only one opposed to it.

Turnbull regrets
Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull says in hindsight it would have been better for the government to have set up a banking royal commission two years ago. Mr Turnbull finally called a royal commission late last year and the shocking revelations have emerged as it has been taking evidence.

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