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North Korea's nuclear pause: grist for both doves and hawks | Robert E Kelly

A win for security, but real acid test of Pyongyang’s intentions is whether it will give up the weapons it has already built

North Korea has announced it will cease testing nuclear devices and missiles, and promised to shut down its primary nuclear test site at Punggye-ri. If this is genuine, it is a serious step forward, but we should greet it with cautious optimism.

What happened to winter? Vanishing ice convulses Alaskans' way of life

Arctic Dispatches, part 1: The past winter was the warmest on record in the Arctic, putting a lifestyle that has endured for millennia at risk: ‘The magnitude of change is utterly unprecedented’

A few days before Christmas last year, Harry Brower, mayor of Alaska’s North Slope Borough, was at home when he heard a stunning noise – the sound of waves lapping at the shore.

South Africa riots force president to leave Commonwealth summit

Cyril Ramaphosa travels to North West province where police have fired rubber bullets during protests over alleged corruption and failing services

South African police have fired rubber bullets at protesters as violent riots forced President Cyril Ramaphosa to cut short his attendance at the Commonwealth leaders’ summit in London.

Memories still painful 25 years after Stephen Lawrence murder

The south-east London suburb of Eltham has struggled to shake off a reputation for racism

Life continues near the unobtrusive granite plaque which marks the spot where Stephen Lawrence died, 25 years ago on Sunday. A woman pushes a pram, cars and buses rumble along, people wait at a bus stop perhaps unaware that this is the place where the aspiring architect was set upon by a gang of racists and stabbed to death.

Stuck in Jamaica: 'My pension, my house and my kids are in the UK'

Windrush immigrants unable to re-enter Britain after a visit, or deportation, feel ignored

Everyone in Jamaica knows someone who “lives in foreign” – the Jamaican expression for abroad. There have been generations of children who have been left at home with family members as their parents went to work in the UK, the US or Canada just to be able to provide for them.

Why road to Syria peace could begin in a sleepy Swedish farmhouse

Divided UN heads for a retreat to remote corner of Sweden with the hope of thawing tensions

The incessant trilling of the larks was still the dominant sound at Backåkra, a traditional ‘fyrlängad’ – a four-sided, half-timber farmhouse, overlooking a sun-bathed coastal heath sprinkled with purple flowers.

Concerns grow over fate of Sydney's last government-owned sandstone building

NSW opposition fears the ornate chief secretary’s building will be sold off as key tenant vacates

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The New South Wales opposition fears that the chief secretary’s office, one of Sydney’s finest sandstone buildings and home to the office of the “father of federation”, Sir Henry Parkes, could be sold – now that its key tenant is moving out.