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North Korea: US is making 'gangster-like' demands on denuclearisation

North Korea: US is making 'gangster-like' demands on denuclearisation

World
North Korea has accused the US of using "gangster-like" tactics to push it towards nuclear disarmament after a fresh round of high-level talks. It branded the US attitude at the meeting as "extremely troubling".The statement, by an unnamed foreign ministry official, gave a starkly different account from one provided by US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo just hours before.He had said progress was made during his two-day visit to Pyongyang.It is the first time he has visited North Korea since a summit between Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un in Singapore.The leader's meeting ended with a promise from Mr Kim to work towards denuclearisation, but details on how this will be achieved remain thin.A key aim of Mr Pompeo during his visit was ...
Could your medications be making you depressed?

Could your medications be making you depressed?

Health
When you hear of a drug having side-effects you might think of a physical reaction like a rash or a headache.But according to a new US study, many commonly-prescribed drugs may increase the risk of depression.The list includes heart medications, birth control pills and some painkillers - things lots of people in the UK are also prescribed. More than a third of the drugs the 26,000 participants took had depression as a possible side-effect.What's going on?The study, in the Journal of the American Medical Association, looked only at people in the US who were 18 or older and taking at least one type of prescription medication between 2005 to 2014.It found that 37% of these prescription drugs, which also included some painkillers and antacids, had depression ...

American tech giants are making life tough for startups

Finance
IT IS a classic startup story, but with a twist. Three 20-somethings launched a firm out of a dorm room at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2016, with the goal of using algorithms to predict the reply to an e-mail. In May they were fundraising for their startup, EasyEmail, when Google held its annual conference for software developers and announced a tool similar to EasyEmail’s. Filip Twarowski, its boss, sees Google’s incursion as “incredible confirmation” they are working on something worthwhile. But he also admits that it came as “a little bit of a shock”. The giant has scared off at least one prospective backer of EasyEmail, because venture capitalists try to dodge spaces where the tech giants might step.The behemoths’ annual confer...
Channel that anxiety to avoid making bad investment decisions

Channel that anxiety to avoid making bad investment decisions

Finance
It's repeatedly been said that to succeed in the stock market, you must be cool, calm and collected. That's good advice. Unless you happen to be a human with emotions.And if you're one of those (and an investor), this year is likely to have unnerved you, financial experts say.Take this month, for example: On April 4, the Dow Jones Industrial Average rallied 700 points. Two days later it plunged more than 500 points. Trying to remain unfazed by your dropping profits is unlikely to work, said Sarah Asebedo, president of the Financial Therapy Association and a certified financial planner."Instead of 'Don't let emotions get in the way,' I'd say, 'The emotions are there. Recognize what they are and then take actions to combat them,'" she said.Here's how to emotionally tolerate the stock market'...