The first week of January is almost done, and these are the stories making global headlines today.

North Korea calls hotline to South Korea in major diplomatic move

The country’s leader Kim Jong Un gave the order to open the line at 3.00 p.m local time (1:30 a.m. ET), according to an announcement on state media in the hours before the call. According to South Korea’s Unification Ministry, the North Koreans made the call at exactly the time ordered, and the sides were on the phone from 3:30 p.m.

Trump threatens aid to Palestinians

He also appeared to contradict his previous statement that the US recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital would not impact the final status of Jerusalem in peace negotiations, claiming instead that “we have taken Jerusalem, the toughest part of the negotiation, off the table.”

Rhetoric rises as US vows to withhold aid to Pakistan

“They work with us at times, and they also harbor the terrorists that attack our troops in Afghanistan,” Haley said Tuesday at a news conference. “That game is not acceptable to this administration.” Her remarks came a day after President Donald Trump accused Pakistan of lying to and deceiving the US despite receiving billions in foreign aid.

Israel accelerates plans that imperil two-state solution

In an all-night session, the Knesset, Israel’s parliament, enacted a law early Tuesday making it much more difficult to negotiate Jerusalem as part of a peace process. The holy city is the most sensitive — and perhaps most important — issue in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, with parts of the city claimed by both sides as their capital.

Romney could become Trump’s new Washington foe

Utah Sen. Orrin Hatch’s announcement Tuesday that he would not seek an eighth term cleared the way for an all-but-certain run by the former Massachusetts governor and 2012 Republican presidential nominee, who now lives in Utah and is enormously popular among voters there.

Spotify sued for $1.6 billion over Tom Petty, Doors songs

Wixen Music Publishing accused Spotify of using artists’ music “without a license and without compensation,” according to documents filed in a California court on Friday. Wixen handles copyright management and royalty compliance for artists including Tom Petty, The Doors, Neil Young and Missy Elliot.

YouTube star Logan Paul posts new apology for showing video of body

Logan Paul posted a new, more emotional apology online Tuesday after intense criticism on social media over an earlier mea culpa about a YouTube post showing what appears to be a body hanging from a tree in a Japanese forest known for suicides.

Trump to Kim: My button’s bigger than yours

US President Donald Trump has boasted that his nuclear button is “much bigger” and “more powerful” than North Korean leader Kim Jong-un’s. Mr Trump’s tweet is the latest contribution to the bickering, increasingly personalised feud between the nuclear-armed leaders. Mr Kim threatened earlier this week that his nuclear launch button was “always on my table”.

Senator’s exit opens door to Mitt Romney

Former Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney, a vocal critic of President Donald Trump, could be poised for a political comeback. Utah Senator Orrin Hatch has announced he will resign, and Mr Romney has reportedly been telling associates he hopes to run for the seat.

Footballer becomes lottery millionaire

An Irish footballer has scored his first big victory of 2018 by winning a millionaire lottery. Preston North End’s Kevin O’Connor was visiting family in Ireland when he found out he had won a million euros. His uncle Peader Murphy bought him the Irish National Lottery ticket as a present from a shop in Castlebridge, County Wexford on 14 December.

Olympian seriously injured in car crash

Two-time Olympian and world cycling champion Caroline Buchanan has suffered serious injuries in a car accident in her native Australia. Buchanan, 27, posted an image on Instagram of herself in hospital with a bloodied face and wearing a neck brace. She wrote that she had a broken nose and sternum and a collapsed lung.

Silicon Valley’s Problematic Sex Parties On Blast In Upcoming Book

It’s no secret that women looking to get ahead in the tech industry often grapple with sacrifices and risks that their male counterparts don’t, but an upcoming book offers a glimpse at a lesser known element at play: exclusive, drug-fueled sex parties where claims of carnal liberation mask a problematic power dynamic.

Donald Trump Taunts Kim Jong Un: My Nuclear Button Is ‘Bigger’

President Donald Trump again challenged North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on Tuesday, boasting that the United States’ nuclear capabilities are “more powerful” than North Korea’s. Trump tweeted the taunt Tuesday evening: North Korean Leader Kim Jong Un just stated that the “Nuclear Button is on his desk at all times.”

7 Signs You’re Too Close To Your Boss

Strong relationships with colleagues can improve your work life. But if you’re overly close with a superior ― namely, your boss― the bond could actually do more harm than good, according to psychologist and executive coach Kate Snowise.

Tweeters Ridicule Trump For Bragging About Size Of His ‘Nuclear Button’

People on Twitter mocked President Donald Trump after he boasted that his nuclear launch button was “much bigger” than North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un’s. Trump issued the taunt via Twitter on Tuesday night: North Korean Leader Kim Jong Un just stated that the “Nuclear Button is on his desk at all times.”

Logan Paul isn’t the only problem. YouTube is broken – here’s how to fix it.

It’s easy to hate on Logan Paul. A 22-year-old YouTuber with 15 million subscribers, Paul made himself the poster child for shallow and gross behavior this weekend by posting a graphic video in which he finds the body of a man who died by suicide in Aokigahara forest , a sacred site at the base of Mt.

Twitter says Trump’s nuclear button tweet doesn’t violate its rules against abusive behavior

The president of the United States possibly made another threat of nuclear war on Twitter, but the company doesn’t seem to think the post breaks any of its rules. Donald Trump boasted on Twitter about how his nuclear button was bigger than North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s, and people are calling (again) for the president to be banned from the platform.

The first scientific fake news study is here to confirm your worst fears about America

A new study confirms your worst fears about fake news in the U.S. – it’s widespread, skews pro-Trump, and is mostly consumed by your conservative uncle. Oh, and fact checking hasn’t worked at all. A group of academic researchers have published what they are calling the first scientific, data-based study of Americans’ exposure to fake news in the month surrounding the 2016 U.S.

Burger company stock soars after it mentions blockchain

As the bitcoin and blockchain craze continues to explode, nothing should really surprise us anymore. Yet there’s news that a company that owns some smaller burger chains and even a few Hooters locations made some nice cash off of said craze on Tuesday. Chanticleer Holdings, whose brands include American Burger Co.

Ripple and Ethereum keep breaking records while Bitcoin takes a back seat

Every product here is independently selected by Mashable journalists. If you buy something featured, we may earn an affiliate commission which helps support our work. It’s another green day in the world of cryptocurrencies, with all of the ten largest coins rising significantly in value in the last 24 hours.