President Donald Trump began the New Year by sending an angry, early morning tweet criticizing Pakistan. Trump tweeted: "The United States has foolishly given Pakistan more than 33 billion dollars in aid over the last 15 years, and they have given us nothing but lies & deceit, thinking of our leaders as fools. They give safe haven to the terrorists we hunt in Afghanistan, with little help. No more!" It was not immediately clear why Trump opted to tweet on Pakistan.
North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un said on Monday the United States should be aware that his country's nuclear forces are now a reality. Kim, wearing a Western-style gray suit and tie, said in his customary annual address his country had achieved the historic feat of "completing" its nuclear forces and added he has a nuclear button on his desk. "The US should know that the button for nuclear weapons is on my table," he said during the speech. read more
As China prepares to ring in the Lunar New Year, one shopping mall has declared it the year of #TrumpDog, complete with a giant statue that bears a striking resemblance to the US president. The statue sports a deep frown, an index finger pointing straight up and Trump's signature coiffure in what is believed to be his favourite colour, gold. The dog is also wearing a red kerchief, although it is significantly shorter than the power ties typically worn by the president. The People's Daily, the official mouthpiece of the Communist party, heralded the statue's arrival, declaring "Welcome the #TrumpDog". read more
Anti-government demonstrations that began in one city on Thursday have now spread to several major cities in Iran. The protests began against rising prices but have spiralled into a general outcry against clerical rule and government policies. A small number of people have been arrested in Tehran, the capital. read more
JERUSALEM: Israel wants to name a train station after Donald Trump to thank him for recognising Jerusalem as its capital, but the site of the planned building could be as divisive as the US president's declaration. Transport Minister Israel Katz said on Wednesday he had chosen a proposed subway stop near the Western Wall in Jerusalem's Old City right in the middle of the area that the Palestinians want as their own future capital. read more