BBC News with Sue Montgomery. The influential sister of North Korea's leader Kim Jong-un has warned the US not to cause a stink as the Biden administration prepares to set out its Korean policy. The new US government says it's been trying for weeks to make diplomatic contact with Pyongyang but has received no response. Laura Bicker reports. This appears to be aimed at the US Secretary of State and Defense Chief who are both due to make their first visit to Seoul tomorrow. North Korea has refrained from testing long range missiles and nuclear weapons since leader Kim Jong-un made an agreement with Donald Trump in Singapore in 2018. But it has continued to build its arsenal. The remarks from Miss Kim mostly focused on Seoul and the ongoing military exercises being held by US and South Korean troops. The drills have already been scaled down, but North Korea still views them as a provocation.
The UN Secretary General said he's appalled by the violence perpetrated by the Burmese military following the deadliest day of protests in Myanmar. Since February's coup. Antonio Gutierrez accused the military of killings, arbitrary arrests and the reported torture of prisoners in defiance of UN calls for a return to democracy.
The US Senate has voted to confirm Deb Haaland to head the Department of the Interior, making her the first Native American Cabinet Secretary. The congresswoman will be responsible for managing federal lands including national parks along with natural resources.Here's Peter Bulls.In her new role, Miss Haaland, who was a member of New Mexico's Laguna Pueblo tribe, will oversee the US government's relationship with some 574 federally recognized tribal nations.Some of her views on protecting the environment differ from those of President Biden. She's strongly opposed to fracking and supports the green new deal, which calls for drastic action to address climate change and economic inequality.
The Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro has decided to replace his health minister, a serving military leader with no medical training with a doctor. Brazil is the country second worst affected by the pandemic. Will Grant reports.A cardiologist Marcelo Queiroga will now become the 4th health minister in the country since the pandemic began, President Bolsonaro confirmed.He replaces the army general Eduardo Pazuello who the president appointed last May.Since general Pazuello took over, his handling of the crisis as well as President Bolsonaro has generally been seen in Brazil as woefully poor and misinformed. It appears that President Bolsonaro is increasingly aware of the demands for greater efforts to combat the pandemic, saying the removal of the health minister was to move on to a more aggressive phase in the fight against the virus. BBC news.