Daily Archives: January 3, 2018


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North Korea calls hotline to South Korea in diplomatic breakthrough

Baku, January 3, AZERTAC

North Korea and South Korea established contact for 20 minutes on a hotline that’s been dormant for almost two years Wednesday, a major diplomatic breakthrough following a year of escalating hostility that could pave the way for future talks, according to CNN.

The country’s leader Kim Jong Un gave the order to open the line at 3.00 p.m local time (1:30 a.m. ET), according to an announcement on state media in the hours before the call.

According to South Korea’s Unification Ministry, the North Koreans made the call at exactly the time ordered, and the sides were on the phone from 3:30 p.m. local to 3:50 p.m. local time (South Korea is half an hour ahead of North Korea).

During the 20-minute conversation, the two nations “checked technical issues of the communication line,’ according to a statement from South Korea’s Unification Ministry.

The ministry said it was waiting for a possible second call from North Korea on the Panmunjom hotline, as there was a chance they could call again during working hours.

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Storm Eleanor wreaks havoc across France

Baku, January 3, AZERTAC

Storm Eleanor lashed France with winds of up to 147km/h on Wednesday morning that brought down trees, left 200,000 homes without power, caused flight delays at Charles de Gaulle airport and forced skiers to remain indoors.

According to The Local, some 51 departments across France remained on orange alert on Wednesday as Storm Eleanor battered the country with winds of up to 147km/h.

The departments that remained on alert are mostly in the north and east of the country.

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Italian Interior Ministry: Number of immigrants arriving from Libya dropped sharply in 2017

Baku, January 3, AZERTAC

The number of immigrants arriving in Italy from Libyan shores has dropped by a third in 2017 compared to 2016, Italy’s Interior Ministry said Sunday.

The Italian Ministry said that the drop of the arrivals’ number is a result of the assistance of Libyan authorities in combating illegal immigration in the second half of the year.

The Ministry also said that over 119.000 persons arrived in Italy in 2017 compared to 181.000 in 2016.

Meanwhile, Libya, Italy and the IOM are carrying out voluntary deportations of the illegal immigrants trapped in Libya to their countries of origin as per the UN Security Council resolution last month.

AZERTAG.AZ :Italian Interior Ministry: Number of immigrants arriving from Libya dropped sharply in 2017

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