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North Korea faces UN sanctions threat over nuclear test

The UN Security Council agreed to roll out new measures to punish North Korea after Pyongyang announced it had carried out a successful hydrogen bomb test – a claim rejected by Washington.

With backing from China, Pyongyang’s main ally, the 15-member council strongly condemned the test and said it would begin work on a new UN draft resolution that would contain “further significant measures.”

UN diplomats confirmed that talks were under way on strengthening several sets of sanctions that have been imposed on North Korea since its first tested an atomic device in 2006.


Netflix becomes 'global TV network' in 190 countries - including Singapore

The popular American streaming service Netflix said it has significantly expanded its global footprint to 190 countries, making its Internet TV service available in 130 new markets including India and Singapore- but not China.

Local monthly pricing for the service starts from $10.98 for the Basic service, which allows streaming to one device in standard definition quality.

The $13.98 Standard package offers high definition content on two devices at the same time, while the $16.98 Premium service offers ultra high definition 4K content across four devices.


First day at nursery for Britain's Prince George

Britain's Prince George had his first day at nursery, prompting his proud mother Kate to take his photograph as she and Prince William dropped him off.

The two pictures, released by royal officials, show the two-year-old prince in a navy blue quilted coat and with a sky blue rucksack on his back arriving at Westacre Montessori School Nursery in Norfolk, eastern England.

The nursery is near the family's country home at Anmer Hall, on Queen Elizabeth II's private Sandringham estate.


World Bank lowers 2016 global economic growth forecast

The World Bank slashed its growth forecast for the global economy in 2016, citing "disappointing" growth in major emerging-market economies like China and Brazil.

The bank cut its June forecast for global economic expansion in 2016 by 0.4 percentage point to 2.9 per cent, though that is still faster than 2015's sluggish 2.4 per cent.

In the midst of a deep economic transition, China should see economic growth slow to 6.7 per cent this year from 6.9 per cent in 2015, it said.


Streaming music in United States up 93 per cent in 2015; Adele tops album sales

US music consumers almost doubled their use of streaming services in 2015, with Apple's new Apple music platform helping boost volume a record 93 per cent, Nielsen Music said.

Music consumers used on-demand streaming platforms to listen to 317 billion songs, exceeding projections.

Physical album sales declined again, with British singer Adele's 25 providing a bright spot in an otherwise dreary market.