Here are links to some of the stories making global headlines this Monday.
President Donald Trump wants you to know one thing about former national security adviser Michael Flynn’s guilty plea for lying to the FBI about his contacts with the Russians during the 2016 campaign: He’s not worried about it. Not at all. Zero percent. Nada. Zilch.
“We deeply regret and apologize for the serious error we made yesterday. The reporting conveyed by Brian Ross during the special report had not been fully vetted through our editorial standards process,” ABC said in a statement.
The bellicose rhetoric from North Korea came in two phases: On Saturday, a statement from its Foreign Ministry said US President Donald Trump is “begging for a nuclear war” through what it called an “extremely dangerous nuclear gamble on the Korean Peninsula”; A day later, a commentary from Pyongyang’s Rodong Sinmun newspaper, carried by the official Korean Central News Agency, said US-South Korea joint air exercises scheduled for Monday to Friday are a “dangerous provocation” pushing the region “to the brink of a nuclear war.”
“I think it’s increasing every day, which means that we are in a race, really, we are in a race to be able to solve this problem,” McMaster told an audience at the Reagan National Defense Forum in Simi Valley, California when asked if North Korea’s launch of an intercontinental ballistic missile Tuesday had increased the chance of war.
Twenty passengers and two crew members were on board the Seonchang-1, a chartered fishing boat, when it crashed into the 336-tonne (370-ton) tanker before capsizing near the port city of Incheon, west of Seoul. The fishing expedition left the port of Jindu on Youngheung Island at 6 a.m. Sunday (4 p.m.
After a week of taking some heat for not calling the Rohingya refugees by name in Myanmar, Pope Francis explained his controversial decision on Saturday, saying that he did not want to risk shutting down dialogue with the country’s leaders.
Turkey cannot be tried by “virtual courts” in the United States, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said, a thinly-veiled response to the testimony of a gold trader with ties to the Turkish government who said Erdogan played a role in a scheme to help Iran avoid US and UN sanctions.
A Muslim woman has claimed she was refused service in a McDonald’s restaurant because she was wearing a hijab. The 19-year-old student said she was stopped in a McDonald’s on Seven Sister’s road in Holloway, North London. McDonalds has apologised and said the security guard responsible had been suspended.
You can improve the Wi-Fi signal in your home with foil, researchers have found. The reflective material can successfully direct wireless signals to where you need them most, and away from any areas where you don’t want a connection to be available.
The rest of the world has seen the horrors of Libya’s slave markets. But African migrants are still sleepwalking into danger
“Does anybody need a digger? This is a digger, a big strong man, he’ll dig,” the auctioneer says in grainy mobile phone footage, gesturing to one of the two tall, silent young men next to him. “What am I bid, what am I bid?” The two men were sold together for a total of $400 (£296).
Israeli police have questioned a close ally of Benjamin Netanyahu on corruption charges a day after tens of thousands of Israelis poured onto the streets of Tel Aviv for an anti-corruption rally calling on the Prime Minister to resign.
Donald Trump lashed out at the FBI on Sunday, issuing a fresh denial that he asked former director James Comey to drop an investigation into the conduct of one of his top aides, Michael Flynn. In a Twitter tirade, Mr Trump said the FBI’s reputation was “in tatters”.
The former Egyptian Prime Minister Ahmed Shafiq has given a phone interview on live TV, denying reports that he was kidnapped. Mr Shafiq’s family had voiced fears of foul play, saying they were unable to contact him after he landed in Egypt. He was deported from the UAE on Saturday after five years in exile.
White House national security adviser HR McMaster says the US is “in a race” to address the threat from North Korea. The potential for war is increasing every day but armed conflict is not the only solution, he told a defence forum.
Police investigating a bomb found at a Christmas market in Germany on Friday say it was not terrorism but an attempt to blackmail the shipping company, DHL. The nail bomb was sent in a parcel to a pharmacy near a market in Potsdam.
Skywatchers could catch a glimpse of a so-called “supermoon” – when the Moon appears larger and brighter in the sky as it moves closer to Earth – later. It will appear about 7% larger and 15% brighter, although the difference is barely noticeable to the human eye.
At Christmas time Mariah Carey, who is very festive, gains special powers, because she is the Christmas Queen. Fans shared a video of Mariah signing autographs in the middle of her show earlier this week, which is honestly a very weird thing to do, and likely messes with the entire flow of the whole thing.
“You have the right to remain silent. Anything you say can and will be used against you in a court of law.” Donald Trump really needs to give the Miranda Warning a good, long think before he tweets again, given that he’s currently under investigation for – among other things – possible obstruction of justice.
This beagle is determined to break free. The Isle Of Wight County Animal Shelter in Windsor, Virginia shared a video of a skilled pup named Buttermilk on its Facebook page on Tuesday. Somehow, the good dog with bad intentions managed to climb to the top of its enclosure with just her paws.