Hello! Here’s what’s happening on Monday.
1. The US Ambassador to the UN said President Donald Trump’s tweets keep Kim Jong Un “on his toes.” Last week, Trump responded to a threat from North Korea saying he had a “bigger & more powerful” nuclear button.
2. North Korea media urged stronger bilateral ties with the South ahead of talks tomorrow. The countries spoke for the first time in two years last week, and have agreed to meet in the peace village of Panmunjom on Tuesday.
3. The US National Security Adviser said Russia is meddling in Mexico’s 2018 elections. H.R. McMaster said in a recently unearthed speech from December the US has seen “initial signs” of Russian propaganda in Mexico.
4. JFK Airport was evacuated after massive flooding. A water main break temporarily caused a shutdown of all international flights, which have since resumed.
5. German leaders began talks for a grand coalition government. Talks to create a coalition government collapsed in November, and present talks hope to prevent the country from a snap election.
6. An Iranian oil tanker collided with a ship in the East China Sea. 32 crew members are still missing, and shipping services around Shanghai could be disrupted.
7. Saudi Arabia announced it’s giving citizens $US13 billion in handouts. The government hopes to offset its citizens’ high cost of living.
8. The party of Yemen’s former president elected a new leader. Former president Ali Abdullah Saleh was killed last month by Houthi rebels as the country’s civil war rages on.
9. NASA released photos taken by its $US1 billion Jupiter probe. The Juno spacecraft completed its 10th high-speed trip around Jupiter on December 16.
10. Iran has banned teaching English in its primary schools. The government is trying to quell Western influence which it has blamed for the country’s recent mass protests.
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