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U.N. political chief meets North Korean vice foreign minister

U.N. political chief meets North Korean vice foreign minister

World
SEOULl, South Korea, Dec. 6 (UPI) -- The United Nations political chief met with North Korean Vice Foreign Minister Pak Myong Guk during a rare four-day trip to Pyongyang.U.N. Undersecretary General for Political Affairs Jeffrey Feltman arrived in the North Korean capital Tuesday, a week after Pyongyang conducted its new intercontinental ballistic missile test.The North's Korean Central News Agency said Wednesday the two officials had "exchanged views on areas of common interest regarding U.N. agencies in cooperating with North Korea."Before the meeting took place, the North Korean official expressed his hope that the discussion would be "full of sincerity," Kyodo News reported.During his stay, Feltman is also expected to meet Foreign Minister Ri Yong-ho, who extended the invitation to Pyo...
Iceland's new Prime Minister Katrin Jakobsdottir takes office

Iceland's new Prime Minister Katrin Jakobsdottir takes office

World
Nov. 30 (UPI) -- Katrin Jakobsdottir, leader of Iceland's Left-Green movement, has taken the office of prime minister.On Wednesday, Jakobsdottir, 41, took office as the second woman to head Iceland's three-party coalition government consisting of the Left Green Movement, the Independence Party and the Progressive Party.She previously served as chairperson of the Left Green Movement in 2003 and simultaneously served as Iceland's minister of Education, Science and Culture and minister of Nordic Cooperation from 2009 to 2013.Jakobsdottir said her administration will focus on investing more in healthcare, education and transport infrastructure, continuing to help Iceland recover from the 2008 financial crash, and improving gender equality and LGBT rights.She has been voted Iceland's most trust...
'Reality sinking in' for Catalonia, says minister

'Reality sinking in' for Catalonia, says minister

World
Spain's foreign minister has said "reality is already sinking in" for Catalonia after Madrid dismissed the parliament.Alfonso Dastis told Sky News that authorities intend to restore law and order in the autonomous region after the regional parliament declared itself independent of Spain.He said: "It was difficult indeed but let me tell you that those who disregarded autonomy were the former Catalan government and those who supported them because they simply stopped convening the parliament, they simply stopped going.Video:Govt 'won't use force' to rule in Catalonia"What we intend to do is to restore the Catalan law, first and foremost, in Catalonia and to give a say to the Catalan people in order to make sure both the Catalan law and the Spanish constitution are respected."We are not takin...
NHS Airbnb-style scheme 'not ruled out' by minister

NHS Airbnb-style scheme 'not ruled out' by minister

Health
The idea of NHS hospital patients recuperating in Airbnb-style accommodation has not been ruled out, health minister Philip Dunne has said.Southend Hospital had been linked to a trial where hospital patients could be discharged to people's spare rooms.The hospital distanced itself from the idea following criticism by politicians and health groups.But Mr Dunne told BBC Radio 5 live he "wouldn't immediately reject it" as "one's got to trial different things".The pilot scheme, proposed in Essex, would have seen some 30 hospital patients staying in local residents' spare rooms instead of in hospital while they waited to be discharged.The idea followed warnings about delays in discharges from UK hospitals.Hospital backs off 'Airbnb beds' planAs part of the trial, healthcare start-up CareRooms s...
Energy prices could be capped this winter, suggests minister

Energy prices could be capped this winter, suggests minister

Business
A cap on gas and electricity prices could be introduced as early as this winter, Energy Minister Greg Clark has suggested.He told the BBC that the energy regulator Ofgem would receive legal backing from parliament for action on prices.Asked if this could mean action this winter, he replied: "Precisely."But the boss of British Gas-owner Centrica, Iain Conn, warned that price caps could mean the end of cheap deals.On Wednesday, Prime Minister Theresa May revived plans to cap prices, something that was promised in the Conservative's election manifesto but was absent from June's Queen's Speech.Her statement was followed by sharp falls in energy company share prices. But Thursday trading saw a partial recovery, with most up by 1% or more.Mr Clark told the BBC's Today programme: "If they [Ofgem]...