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North Korea 'demanded $10 Billion In Cash And Food' For Summit With South
Associated Press
SEOUL, Jan 29: North Korea demanded $10 billion in cash and half a million tons of food in 2009 as a precondition of holding a summit with the South, former South Korean president Lee Myung-bak said, adding that he refused to pay anything for holding talks.

A predecessor, Kim Dae-jung, held the first summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Il in 2000 and was credited with bringing in a period of warming ties, an achievement that was tarnished later by a revelation that he helped channel $500 million to the North.
Islamic State Releases New Audio Message By Japanese Hostage
Associated Press
BEIRUT, Jan 29: The Islamic State group released a message late Wednesday purportedly extending the deadline for Jordan´s release of an Iraqi would-be hotel bomber linked to al-Qaida.

The audio message, purportedly read by Japanese hostage Kenji Goto, was released as Jordan had offered a precedent-setting prisoner swap to the Islamic State group in a desperate attempt to save a Jordanian air force pilot the militants purportedly threatened to kill, along with Goto.
Court: Man Admits Setting Fire On Bus In China, Injuring 33
ASSOCIATED PRESS
BEIJING, Jan 28 : A Chinese court says a man has admitted deliberately starting a bus fire that injured himself and 32 other people and says it was an expression of revenge on society.

The Hangzhou Intermediate People´s Court in east China said that Bao Laixu pleaded guilty to arson at a hearing Wednesday.
Video Boost To Tweets; DM To 20 At Once
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Twitter, has finally decided to give users the ability to film, edit and share videos instantly within the native mobile app, in an attempt to catch up with platforms like Facebook and Instagram.

Also, users can now send DMs (private messages) to up to 20 (used to be 1) of their followers at once, regardless of whether they all follow each other.
Gun Training For Pakistani Teachers After Peshawar Massacre
AGENCIES
ISLAMABAD, Jan 28: In northwest Pakistan teachers are being given firearms training and will be allowed to take guns into the classroom in a bid to strengthen security following a Taliban massacre at a school last month.

Heavily armed militants killed 150 people, 132 of them children, in a bloody December 16 attack on an army-run school in Peshawar, the main town in Pakistan´s northwest.

"Carrying firearms for every teacher is not obligatory, but all those who want to carry firearms to schools willingly will be provided with permits," told Atif Khan, provincial education minister for the northwestern province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
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