BBC News with Neil Nunes
South Korea’s Unification Ministry says North Korea has accepted its offer to attend high level talks next week. Their acceptance came through a cross-border hotline that was reactivated two days ago. The two sides are expected to discuss key issues, including North Korea’s possible participation in the Pyeongchang Winter Olympic Games.
The US says it’s suspending almost all security assistance to Pakistan because it isn’t doing enough to combat Islamic militant groups. The State Department said the freeze would remain in place until Islamabad took action against the Haqqani network and the Afghan Taliban.
President Trump has dismissed a forthcoming book on his administration as full of lies after unsuccessfully attempting to block its release. Fire and fury inside the Trump White House by Michael Wollfs is to be released on Friday four days ahead of schedule after White House lawyers tried to stop its publication. It contains damaging allegations about the Trump Presidency.
US states that have legalized cannabis have condemned a move by the Attorney General Jeff Sessions to give prosecutors great latitude to enforce the federal ban on the drug. The Obama administration had refrained from rigorously enforcing the measure.
In a major step ahead of floating shares in its national oil firm, Saudi Arabia says it has changed the status of Amoco to a joint stock company. An official bulletin said Amoco had fully paid capital of 16 billon dollars. The sale of around 5% of Amoco is expected to go ahead this year.
China has announced plans to plant almost 7 million hectares of new forests this year in a bid to improve its environment and help tackle climate change. Zhang Jianlong, the director of State Forestry Administration says the government wants to increase China’s forest coverage to 23% of its total land mass.