North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un hailed a submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM) test as an "eye-opening success", state media said Sunday, declaring Pyongyang has the ability to strike Seoul and the US whenever it pleases. Saturday's launch came amid growing concern that Pyongyang is preparing a fifth nuclear test.
Prince's film career blazed brightly but briefly compared to his 40-year reign in music, even if he left his mark on Hollywood with countless movie and television soundtracks. Like many other music stars from Madonna to David Bowie and Michael Jackson, Prince's time in front of and behind the camera left a very faint trace compared to his huge impact in the music studio and on stage. From the success of "Purple Rain" in 1984 to the failures of "Under the Cherry Moon" (1986) and "Graffiti Bridge" (1990), Prince's film career lasted a mere six years.
A loose coalition of trade unions, environmentalists and consumer protection groups in the northern city of Hanover said they drew a crowd of 90,000 to a march and rally outside the city's opera house. Obama's trip -- to open an industrial technology fair and hold talks with Chancellor Angela Merkel and other European leaders -- was intended to lend momentum to flagging efforts to see the world's biggest trade pact finalised this year.
Pope Francis on Saturday heard confessions from 16 teenagers after a surprise appearance in St Peter's square to greet thousands of young people attending his holy year youth day. The 16 boys and girls were among tens of thousands of 13 to 16-year-olds visiting the Vatican this weekend as part of Francis's Jubilee year dedicated to the theme of mercy. Thousands of them confessed to a total of 150 priests on duty at St Peter's before passing through a door of the basilica that is only open for the duration of the Jubilee, which started in December and runs to November.
Barack Obama on Saturday strutted the stage of William Shakespeare's Globe Theatre in London, joining in festivities to mark 400 years since The Bard's death. Actors from a company that embarked on a two-year Hamlet world tour in 2014, playing to more than 100,000 people in 197 countries, put on a special performance for the president. The performers returned to London on Friday from their world tour, and will perform their four final shows at the Globe this weekend.
US President Barack Obama on Friday called for the repeal of laws in North Carolina and Mississippi which discriminate on the basis of sexual and gender orientation. In Mississippi, Republican Governor Phil Bryant has signed a law allowing officials and businesses to deny marriage-related services to gay people or refuse to employ them if they feel it would violate their religious beliefs. North Carolina last week moved to curtail a law targeting gay and transgender people, following a growing backlash from companies and celebrities, but stopped short of ending limits to public bathroom access.
The United States said Friday it would buy heavy water from Iran despite angry claims at home that it has already gone too far in granting Tehran nuclear sanctions relief. Officials said the purchase would cost $8.6 million, even as Republican lawmakers pressed for Iran to be excluded from any use of the US dollar or financial system. The deal was announced as Secretary of State John Kerry was to meet his Iranian counterpart to discuss ways of ensuring Tehran benefits from the nuclear deal it signed last year.
By Roberta Rampton and Kylie MacLellan LONDON (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama warned Britain on Friday that it would find itself "at the back of the queue" for a trade deal with the United States if it voted to leave the European Union in a referendum in June. Obama told British voters that their country's influence on the world stage was "magnified" by its membership of the 28-member bloc and that, as a close friend and ally, the United States felt a deep interest in the issue. Speaking at a joint news conference with British Prime Minister David Cameron during a visit to Britain, Obama said Britain's EU membership enhanced the "special relationship" between Washington and London.
China and the United States, the world's top greenhouse gas emitters, on Friday signed the Paris climate deal at a UN ceremony attended by a record 171 countries, boosting hopes of quick action on combatting global warming. French President Francois Hollande was the first leader to put his signature to the accord, and was quickly followed by leaders from island-states hardest hit by climate change. US Secretary of State John Kerry came to the podium cradling one of his granddaughters in his arms and triggered warm applause from delegates as he signed the historic deal.