US after talks with Korea
The United States has renewed its calls for talks with North Korean officials. US Special representative for North Korea, Sung Kim, said Washington seeks diplomacy and has no hostile intent toward Pyongyang. The US diplomat made the comments prior to a trilateral meeting with South Korean and Japanese officials in Seoul. This comes a week after North Korean Leader, Kim Jong-Un, described the US as the root cause of instability on the Korean Peninsula. Kim also said that his country’s weapons programs are in self-defense in the face of hostile US policies and a military buildup in the South.
'US seeking civil war in Lebanon'
The leader of Lebanon’s resistance movement, Hezbollah, says the US is seeking to ignite a civil war in his country.
Nigeria market massacre
Un-identified gunmen have killed at least 43 people in Nigeria’s northwest Sokoto state. A state government spokesman said heavily armed gangs raided a weekly market in a village. He said the market was crowded with shoppers and traders when the attack took place. Earlier this month, a similar gang attack in another village market in Sabon Birni district near the border with Niger left 19 people dead. Bandits have terrorized northwest and central Nigeria for years. But attacks have become more violent in recent months, forcing thousands of locals to flee their homes. Nigerian troops have been conducting air and ground operations against bandit camps since last month.