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North Korea says Sunday missile launch was new type of rocket

North Korea’s latest missile launch was a successful test of a new type of rocket, Pyongyang’s state media reported Monday.

Sunday’s launch was of a “newly-developed mid/long-range strategic ballistic rocket, Hwasong-12”, the official KCNA news agency said, adding that leader Kim Jong-Un “personally oversaw the test-launch of the new type of rocket”.

© AFP ED JONES

© AFP ED JONES

Democrats maintain pressure on Trump over Comey firing

Democrats kept up the pressure on Donald Trump Sunday over his firing of FBI director James Comey, as members of both parties said the president must turn over any secret recordings of the two men’s conversations.

Trump tweeted Friday that “James Comey better hope that there are no ‘tapes’ of our conversations before he starts leaking to the press!”

© AFP SAUL LOEB, Nicholas Kamm

© AFP SAUL LOEB, Nicholas Kamm

Growing global cyberattack hits 200,000 victims so far

The unprecedented global cyberattack has hit more than 200,000 victims in scores of countries, Europol said Sunday, warning that the situation could escalate when people return to work.

An international manhunt was well under way for the plotters behind what was being described as the world’s biggest-ever computer ransom assault.

© AFP Damien MEYER

© AFP Damien MEYER

France’s Macron to name PM on first full day in office

New French President Emmanuel Macron is set to name a prime minister and visit German Chancellor Angela Merkel on his first full day in office on Monday.

The 39-year-old centrist leader laid out his ambitious plans for France as he took power on Sunday, promising to restore France’s shattered self-confidence and help rebuild the flagging European Union.

© POOL Charles Platiau

© POOL Charles Platiau

US-China trade pact: a Trump triumph or rehashed news?

The new trade agreement unveiled Friday between China and the United States is yet another olive branch from the Trump White House to Beijing, but some skeptics wonder how long the cooperative tone will last.

One thing is sure: the initial measures of the 100-day action plan launched in mid-April by China and the United States stand in stark contrast with the anti-Chinese rhetoric Donald Trump used on the campaign trail.

© AFP JIM WATSON

© AFP JIM WATSON

Merkel’s party seeks decisive victory in bellwether state vote

One in five German voters goes to the polls in a state election Sunday, with Chancellor Angela Merkel’s party hoping to deal a crushing blow to her main rival four months before national elections.

About 13.1 million eligible voters in North Rhine-Westphalia will cast ballots to elect a new regional parliament for the sprawling industrial region, which has a large migrant population and has been a Social Democratic Party (SPD) stronghold for decades.

© AFP Steffi LOOS, Tobias SCHWARZ

© AFP Steffi LOOS, Tobias SCHWARZ