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16 August 2019updated 07 Jun 2021 4:46pm

Five things you need to know today: North Korea rejects talks and tests more missiles

By New Statesman

North Korea rejects talks and tests more missiles

North Korea has rejected talks with South Korea as it carried out its sixth missile tests in the past month. Responding to a speech by South Korean president Moon Jae-in which promised the peninsula would be reunified by 2045, North Korea issued a statement attacking military exercises by the south and calling Moon a “shameless man”. 

Liberal Democrats urged to back Corbyn as caretaker PM

The Liberal Democrats are under pressure to agree to back Jeremy Corbyn as a caretaker prime minister to stop a no-deal Brexit. While some Liberal Democrats and Conservative rebels remain opposed to anything that would put Corbyn in power, others, such as former Conservative and ChangeUK MP Sarah Wollaston, who this week joined the Liberal Democrats, have offered more nuanced statements about the prospect.

Parts of UK expecting month’s rainfall in one night

Parts of Wales and north-east England could receive a month’s worth of rain on Friday. Yellow flood warnings are in place with up to 80mm of rainfall expected in some areas. 

Gibraltar releases Iranian oil tanker despite US request

Gibraltar has released a supertanker carrying Iranian oil, going against a request from the US department of Justice to continue holding the vessel. The Grace 1 was seized by Royal Marines from the UK on 4 July, triggering a standoff with Iran.

Top A-Level grades at lowest level since 2007

The proportion of students receiving an A or higher at A-Level has failed to 25.5 per cent, it’s lowest level since 2007. The overall pass rate remains the same as in 2018, with 97.6 per cent of students passing.

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