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UN grants sanctions exemption for UNICEF's aid projects in N Korea

SEOUL, May 21 (Bernama) -- The United Nations (UN) Security Council has granted a sanctions exemption to allow the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) to carry out aid programmes in North Korea to improve the health and nutrition of people in the impoverished country, Yonhap news agency reported, quoting the UN website.

Trump says disagrees with ruling backing subpoena seeking his financial records

WASHINGTON, May 21 (Bernama) -- US President Donald Trump said Monday that he disagrees with a court ruling that backs a congressional subpoena seeking his financial records from an accounting firm, Xinhua news agency reported.

France trims graft charges against former Malaysian PM associate

PARIS, May 21 (AFP) -- France has dropped some of the charges against an associate of former Malaysian prime minister Najib Razak over alleged kickbacks paid on a major submarine deal, judicial sources said Monday.

Unilateral coercive measures against Venezuelans violates human rights - Embassy

KUALA LUMPUR, May 18 (Bernama) -- The "unilateral coercive measures" (sanctions) against Caracas is made up of a systematic and conscious strategy of massive violation of rights of the Venezuelans, said the Venezuelan Embassy in Malaysia.

At least 4 civilians killed, 14 injured in west Afghan bomb attack

HERAT (Afghanistan), May 18 (Bernama) -- At least four Afghan civilians were killed and 14 people, including a district chief, were wounded in a bomb attack in western Herat province on Saturday, Xinhua news agency quoted a local official.

New Zealand joins Chile, Singapore in talks on digital economy partnership

WELLINGTON, May 18 (Bernama) -- New Zealand will join Chile and Singapore in talks to establish new trade rules and best practice for the digital era, Xinhua news agency reported.

N Korea sends letter to UN Chief, calls US seizure of ship 'sovereignty-infringing' act

SEOUL, May 18 (Bernama) -- North Korea's top envoy to the United Nations (UN) has sent a letter to UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres to criticise the United States' recent seizure of its cargo ship suspected of violating international sanctions, Yonhap news agency quoted the Pyongyang's state media Saturday.