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US has plan to dismantle North Korea nuclear programme within a year: Bolton

White House national security adviser John Bolton said on Sunday (July 1) he believed the bulk of North Korea’s weapons programmes could be dismantled within a year, although some experts say the complete process could take far longer. 

Bolton told CBS’s Face the Nation that Washington has devised a programme to dismantle North Korea’s weapons of mass destruction – chemical, biological and nuclear – and ballistic missile programmes in a year, if there is full cooperation and disclosure from Pyongyang. 

“If they have the strategic decision already made to do that and they’re cooperative, we can move very quickly,” he said.“Physically we would be able to dismantle the overwhelming bulk of their programmes within a year.”


Deadly blast hits eastern Afghan city, targeting Sikh minority

An explosion hit the centre of the eastern Afghan city of Jalalabad on Sunday (July 1), killing at least 20 people, including several members of the small Sikh minority, provincial government officials said.

The blast, hours after President Ashraf Ghani had opened a hospital in Jalalabad, damaged shops and buildings around Mukhaberat square in the city, governor's spokesman Attaullah Khogyani said.

A politician representing the minority Sikh community was killed in the blast. Officials said Awtar Singh Khalsa, who had planned to stand in October's parliamentary elections, was dead.


French gangster flees prison in spectacular helicopter escape

A French gangster is on the run after being sprung from jail by heavily armed gunmen and escaping in a helicopter that landed in the prison grounds, the justice minister said on Sunday (July 1).

Redoine Faid was serving a 25-year sentence at a prison south of Paris for an armed robbery that went wrong and led to the death of a policewoman in 2010.

He is one of the country's most infamous gangsters with a long criminal career, which he has said was inspired by Hollywood blockbuster movies such as Scarface and Heat.


World Cup: Subasic the hero for Croatia in shootout win over Denmark

Goalkeeper Danijel Subasic was the hero as Croatia squeezed into the World Cup quarter-finals with a penalty shoot-out victory over Denmark here Sunday (July 1). 

On a night of late, late drama Ivan Rakitic stroked home the decisive spotkick to ensure the Croats advanced to a last eight meeting with Russia after the two sides finished locked at 1-1 following extra-time. 

The Barcelona midfielder’s winner came after Milan Badelj and Josip Pivaric saw their penalties saved by Danish goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel, who also saved an extra time penalty from Luka Modric. 


World Cup: Putin congratulates Russia for win over Spain

President Vladimir Putin congratulated Russia's World Cup team for its win over Spain in a phone call to the manager, the Kremlin said on Sunday (July 1), as the host country marked the surprise victory with raucous street celebrations.

Russia entered the soccer World Cup ranked by Fifa as the tournament's weakest side, but has defied expectations by beating Saudi Arabia and Egypt easily and now reaching the quarter-finals.

The unexpected success of the national team has been a political boon for Putin, but the Russian president has attended only Russia's opening World Cup match.