Former NBA star Dennis Rodman has said his "friend", North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, wants Barack Obama to give him a call.
The basketball veteran dined with Kim during his trip with the Harlem Globetrotters to the isolated totalitarian nation last week and returned with a message for his president.
"He wants Obama to do one thing - call him," Rodman told US network ABC. "He said, 'If you can, Dennis - I don't want (to) do war. I don't want to do war.' He said that to me."
Rodman added: "(Kim) loves basketball. And I said the same thing. I said, 'Obama loves basketball.' Let's start there."
A US official dismissed Rodman's comments, saying the White House already has communication channels with North Korea.
More top news
The Plaza de Margaret Thatcher in the centre of Spain's capital has received a mixed response from politicians in the country.
An app has been launched to help potentially terrified people identify invading house spiders that scurry indoors in the autumn.
The level of abuse and even intimidation by some in the ‘Yes’ campaign is making this referendum a rather unpleasant experience.