US Government shuts down, White House blames ‘obstructionist losers’

A partial shutdown of the US Government begins after an eleventh-hour effort to secure a funding deal failed, in a chaotic close to Donald Trump’s first year as President.

Panguna mine licence bid rejected after landowner backlash

Bougainville Copper Limited (BCL) is told its bid to extend an exploration licence over its Panguna site has been rejected because of divisions among landowners.

Kazakhstan bus blaze kills 52 Uzbek workers

Only five people survived after the bus travelling on a busy highway frequently used by migrant workers heading to Russia burst into flames.

Koreas agree to march under one flag at Olympic Games opening ceremony

South Korea says the rival Koreas have agreed to form their first joint Olympic team and have their athletes enter next month’s Winter Olympic Games together as other countries meet to discuss further sanctions on Pyongyang.

UK appoints minister for loneliness in slain MP’s memory

The British Prime Minister says she wants to “bring an end to the acceptance of loneliness” and announces the country’s first minister for loneliness, a position created in the memory of murdered politician Jo Cox.

Colombian suspension bridge collapse kills nine workers

Steel cables that were holding up the partially completed motorway bridge near the capital Bogota “give out”, sending half of the structure into the ravine below.

‘Take shelter inside’: Japanese broadcaster issues false N Korea missile alert

Japan’s public broadcaster NHK takes five minutes to correct a false alarm about a North Korean missile launch, just days after a similar gaffe caused panic in Hawaii.

Iranian oil tanker fire burns out but pollution concerns remain

The fire from a sunken Iranian tanker ship in the East China Sea burns out, as concerns remain about possible major pollution to the sea bed and surrounding waters.

Qantas admits ‘oversight’ in listing Taiwan, Hong Kong as countries

Qantas is the latest international company to admit error in listing some Chinese territories, including Taiwan and Hong Kong, as countries on parts of its website.