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N. Korea says it called off meeting with Washington over U.S. ‘provocation’

PYONGYANG, NORTH KOREA (BNO NEWS) -- North Korea said Sunday it rescinded its invitation for a senior American diplomat to visit the country to negotiate the release of an American detainee because the U.S. committed a "grave provocation" by [...]

N. Korea calls off U.S. envoy’s trip aimed at securing release of jailed American

WASHINGTON, D.C. (BNO NEWS) -- North Korea has rescinded its invitation for a senior American diplomat to travel to the country to negotiate the release of a Korean American man who was sentenced to 15 years of hard labor for plotting to overthrow [...]

U.S. releases 2 Algerian detainees from Guantanamo Bay

WASHINGTON, D.C. (BNO NEWS) -- Two Algerian detainees who were being held at the Guantanamo Bay detention facility in Cuba for more than a decade have been returned to their home country, part of U.S. President Barack Obama's ongoing effort [...]

U.S. sends envoy to N. Korea to seek release of jailed American

WASHINGTON, D.C. (BNO NEWS) -- The U.S. government will send a senior official to North Korea this week to seek the release of a Korean American man who was sentenced to 15 years of hard labor after being convicted of plotting to overthrow the [...]

Husband of NSA-leak reporter detained under UK anti-terror law

LONDON, ENGLAND (BNO NEWS) -- The husband of the Guardian journalist who worked with American whistleblower Edward Snowden to expose details about the U.S. government's secret surveillance programs was detained at a London airport on Sunday [...]

Central African Republic in danger of becoming a failed state, UN warns

BANGUI, CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC (BNO NEWS) -- The United Nations (UN) Security Council warned Wednesday that turmoil in the Central African Republic (CAR) poses a "serious threat" to the region as a whole, with one UN official urging swift [...]

Death toll from Syria’s civil war surpasses 100,000

NEW YORK CITY (BNO NEWS) -- More than 100,000 people have now been killed in Syria's ongoing civil war, United Nations (UN) Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said on Thursday, more than two years after the conflict began with a government crackdown [...]

Pakistan’s new gov’t ends moratorium on executions

ISLAMABAD, PAKISTAN (BNO NEWS) -- Pakistan's five-year-old moratorium on executions expired last week and the country's new government has no plans to renew it, meaning more than 8,000 prisoners on death row could now be facing imminent execution, [...]

Homophobia reaching ‘dangerous levels’ across Africa: rights group

JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA (BNO NEWS) -- Homophobia across sub-Saharan Africa is reaching "dangerous levels," as evidenced by a rising number of homophobic attacks and the increasing number of countries which have passed laws that criminalize [...]

Afghan MP survives suicide attack, at least 3 killed

KABUL, AFGHANISTAN (BNO NEWS) -- An Afghan Member of Parliament on Tuesday morning escaped a suicide attack that killed at least three others, local media reported. Afghan lawmaker Haji Mohammad Mohaqiq was crossing the Pul-e-Surkh area in [...]