The Secret North Korea Stopover: Following the world's migratory shorebirds

The world's migratory shore birds are getting unique support from a New Zealand group working in an unlikely place - North Korea.

A small group of New Zealanders has been slipping in and out of North Korea for almost a decade, as part of an unlikely collaboration that could end up saving the world’s migratory shore birds. Source: Sunday

The secretive state is considered by many to be the world's most repressive regime due to its nuclear weapons programme, famines and human rights abuses under the cult-like leadership of the Kim family.

But for almost a decade the small group of New Zealanders has been quietly slipping in and out of the country, building ties that are the envy of diplomats.

Their work has gone largely unnoticed until now.

This year TVNZ's Sunday programme was granted extraordinary access to North Korea, to parts of the country no foreigner has ever been, and to witness an unlikely collaboration that could end up saving the worlds migratory shore birds. Watch the full story above.

* Sunday travelled to North Korea with the assistance of the Asia NZ Foundation.



Pakistan: Gunmen kill 2 policemen in southwestern Quetta

Police in Pakistan say gunmen on a motorcycle have opened fire on police sergeants in the southwestern city of Quetta killing two of them on the spot.

Officer Jamal Khan says Sunday that a patrol from the industrial area police station caught up with the fleeing gunmen and killed them both.

Khan said the dead gunmen remain unidentified and it is not clear if they belonged to any militant group.

No group immediately claimed responsibility for the attack.

Quetta is the capital of Baluchistan province, the scene of a low-level insurgency by Baloch separatists. Islamic militants also operate in the region and have previously claimed attacks on security forces.

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Pakistan map (file picture). Source: istock.com


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Thousands across France protest Macron's 'brutal' policies

Thousands of protesters marched under tight security in eastern Paris on Saturday after French labor unions, left-wing political parties and civil rights groups called for "floods of people" to oppose the economic policies of President Emmanuel Macron.

Marches and rallies also were being held in dozens of other French cities as part of the joint action against Macron's policies that organizers consider pro-business and "brutal."

At the Paris event, Philippe Martinez, head of leading French union CGT, advised the president to "look out the window of his palace to see real life."

More than 1,500 police officers were mobilized in the French capital to prevent activists not associated with the official protest from disrupting the march and causing damage, which has happened during previous recent demonstrations.


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