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Thursday briefing: A hot air balloon carrying at least 20 people has crashed in Egypt

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Other top stories include explosive Trump book being released early, North Korea agrees to talks with the South, and Game of Thrones fans will have to wait for last season

Anna Freeman

05 Enero 2018 12:08

Happy Friday, this is Anna getting you caught up on today's news ahead of the weekend.

Tragedy in Egypt - A hot air balloon carrying at least 20 people has crashed near the Egyptian city of Luxor, killing one person and injuring 12 more, according to local officials. The flight crash-landed west of the city on a desert road on Friday morning after strong winds blew the balloon off course above the city's temples and tombs.

Trump vs. publishing - In spite of lawyers for Donald Trump moving on Thursday to try to shut down an explosive new book which has exposed chaos behind the scenes at the White House, its release has been brought forward. The book’s US publisher brought publication forward to Friday. The author of Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House, Michael Wolff, tweeted: ‘Here we go. You can buy it (and read it) tomorrow. Thank you, Mr President.’

Step forward - North Korea has agreed to South Korea’s offer to hold talks next week, in what will be the first high-level contact between the two countries for more than two years. The talks will take place in Panmunjom, a village between the demilitarised zone (DMZ) between the two countries and come amid international concern over Pyongyang’s ballistic missile and nuclear programmes.

Data scare - Apple has said that all iPhones, iPads and Mac computers are affected by two major flaws in computer chips. It emerged this week that tech companies have been racing to fix the Meltdown and Spectre bugs, that could allow hackers to steal data.

Hardline - The US government is cutting almost all security aid to Pakistan, saying it has failed to deal with terrorist networks operating on its soil. The state department said the freeze would remain in place until Islamabad took action against the Haqqani network and the Afghan Taliban. Earlier this week, President Trump accused Pakistan of lying and deceiving the US while receiving billions in aid.

A long wait - Game of Thrones viewers are bound to be disappointed after HBO announced that they will have to wait until next year to see how the drama will come to an end. ‘Game of Thrones will return for its six-episode, eighth and final season in 2019,’ the network announced via Twitter.

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