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  • Donald Trump says North Korea summit could be back on

    Original date a possibility as US officials talk with Pyongyang‘They very much want to do it. We’d like to do it’Donald Trump has suggested his summit with Kim Jong-un could still go on as planned, marking yet another dramatic reversal for the US president who just a day earlier canceled the meeting in a letter to the North Korean leader. “We’ll see what happens,” Trump told reporters at the White House on Friday, adding that his administration was in talks with Pyongyang and the summit was...

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  • Who knew diplomacy with North Korea was so hard?

    Trump’s cancellation of the summit meeting with North Korea reaffirms that the president and his team don’t have a strategy Just as soon as North Korea began playing hardball, Donald Trump took his toys and went home. Who knew dealing with North Korea was so hard? Well, just about everybody. Everybody except Trump, that is. Trump’s cancellation of the 12 June summit meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un reaffirms that Trump and his team don’t have a North Korea strategy. And when you’re...

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  • The North Korea farce makes it clear again: Trump is political Ebola

    How much longer can the world tolerate having this dangerous narcissist in the White House? This is where hubris and arrogance lead. By indefinitely postponing his summit with Kim Jong-un, North Korea’s leader, in a fit of petulance and political cowardice, Donald Trump has squandered a golden opportunity for peace on the Korean peninsula, plunged the Asia-Pacific region into a period of renewed uncertainty, blindsided America’s allies, and resurrected the dread prospect of nuclear war. All may...

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  • North Korea leaves door open for 'desperately necessary' Trump summit

    Regime’s vice foreign minister says meeting cancellation is ‘regrettable’ as South Korean president says he is ‘perplexed’ by US president’s decision North Korea has said it is still willing to hold direct talks between its leader Kim Jong-un and Donald Trump, calling the planned summit “desperately necessary” to resolve potential hostilities after the US cancelled the meeting. “We express our willingness to sit down face-to-face with the US and resolve issues anytime and in any format,” North...

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  • Dutton looks at taking up New Zealand offer to resettle 150 refugees

    Home affairs minister says it will happen only if asylum seekers are banned from ever coming to Australia • Sign up to receive the top stories in Australia every day at noon Peter Dutton says he is willing to consider a New Zealand offer to resettle some refugees held in offshore detention, but only if they are banned from ever coming to Australia. The home affairs minister has floated the prospect in a bid to pressure the opposition into supporting stalled legislation which would stop anybody...

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  • Kim Jong-un gains stature and gives up little as summit falls apart

    Cancellation of the historic talks by Donald Trump leaves North Korean leader unscathed Donald Trump’s decision to cancel a planned meeting with Kim Jong-un is a gift to North Korea in many ways, according to some analysts. Kim has worked for months to craft an image of a senior statesman and peacemaker, hoping to break decades of hostilities with a country North Korea has called its “sworn enemy”. Trump cancelling the summit further reinforced the narrative Kim is willing to talk while the US...

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  • Malaysia: police seize $29m in cash from property linked to Najib Razak

    Money in three currencies, bags of jewellery, watches and gold bars confiscated as part of 1MDB investigation Malaysian police seized have $29m in cash from a property linked to the ousted prime minister Najib Razak as part of their investigation into the 1MDB scandal, while 37 bags of jewellery, watches and gold bars seized are yet to be valued. Police commissioner, Amar Singh, who is overseeing the investigation said that it had taken 22 bank officers two days to count the cash, which was in...

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  • North Korea 'destroys' Punggye-ri test site – in pictures

    Three explosions at nuclear site take place hours before President Trump cancels his historic summit with Kim Jong-un Continue reading...

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  • 'They are our brothers': Rohingya refugees find rare welcome in Aceh

    Minority known as the most friendless people on earth find sanctuary in Indonesia’s conservative province The 79 Rohingya refugees who set off on a boat from Myanmar’s Rakhine state last month were terrified when they were intercepted and redirected by Thailand’s navy. Washing up on the shores of a country they were not expecting seemed, at first, like yet another blow. They had set off for Malaysia where families and jobs were waiting. Instead they arrived in Indonesia’s Aceh province, on the...

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  • ‘It’s a nightmare scenario’: how Trump’s North Korea spectacle fits his pattern

    Trump’s rushed talks – and exit – with Pyongyang has only underscored the chaos that has defined his presidency The stage was set for what some saw as Donald Trump’s greatest triumph as president: a high-profile summit with Kim Jong-un, in what would have marked the first face-to-face encounter between a sitting US president and a North Korean leader. Billed by the Trump administration as unprecedented progress in one of the world’s most troubled hotspots, political observers speculated if the...

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  • 'Deal of the day': White House online shop crashes as North Korea coin discounted

    Price of commemorative coins reduced – but customers who have already bought them have asked if they can get their money back The Donald Trump summit with Kim Jong-un may be over. But the opportunity to buy a coin commemorating the doomed meeting is not. In fact, it just got cheaper. The White House Gift Shop slashed the price of the “President Trump United States and Korea Summit Coin” on Thursday, after Trump cancelled the planned meeting with the North Korean leader. Continue reading...

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  • The failed Trump-Kim summit: the story of a trainwreck foretold

    Washington and Pyongyang were talking at cross purposes, and the debacle began and ended with gut decisions made by Trunp The short, turbulent history of the Trump-Kim summit, from its surprise announcement in March to its abrupt cancellation on Thursday, is the chronicle of a trainwreck foretold. The debacle had been predicted by just about anyone with an experience of negotiating with North Korea, and experts who repeatedly warned that Washington and Pyongyang were talking at cross purposes....

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  • The Guardian view on the North Korea summit: a crisis foretold

    Donald Trump’s meeting was all about grabbing plaudits for his over-sized ego rather than a serious effort to achieve peace on the Korean peninsula The commemorative summit coin has just been minted, but the peace efforts are already spent. Donald Trump’s decision to call off a June meeting with Kim Jong-un appears as hastily made and ill-considered as his decision to hold it. Predictably, it seems to have come without warning to – never mind consultation with – US ally South Korea, which had...

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  • China accused of 'dollar diplomacy' as Taiwan loses second ally in a month

    President Tsai accuses China of ‘crude behaviours’ after African ally cuts links with Taipei The Taiwanese president, Tsai Ing-wen, has lashed out at China after Burkina Faso broke diplomatic ties with the island, the second country to do so this month. The move, which has been welcomed by China, came after the Dominican Republic switched recognition to Beijing earlier this month, leaving Taiwan with only 18 diplomatic allies around the world. Although it was not immediately clear if Burkina...

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  • Trump cancels North Korea nuclear summit

    In letter from White House, Trump says talks are ‘inappropriate … based on the open hostility displayed in your recent statement’ Donald Trump has called off his planned June 12 summit meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un in a letter released by the White House. “I was very much looking forward to being there with you,” Trump said in the letter on Thursday. “Sadly, based on the tremendous anger and open hostility displayed in your most recent statement, I feel it is inappropriate, at...

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  • North Korea demolishes nuke test site with series of blasts

    Nuke site demolished... (Second column, 2nd story, link) Related stories:NKOREA RIPS PENCE IN THREAT TO WALK FROM SUMMIT...MATTIS TELLS CADETS: YOU WILL SEE BATTLE... Advertise here

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  • North Korea 'destroys' nuclear test site as world's media watches

    Pyongyang claims to have dismantled its only known nuclear test site, with journalists witnessing the explosions North Korea claims to have dismantled its only known nuclear test site, detonating explosives and collapsing its entrances in front of international television crews in a highly symbolic move. Tom Cheshire, Asia correspondent for Sky News, who was one of the journalists invited to watch the demolition said: “We hiked up into the mountains and watched the detonation from about 500...

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  • Tall stories: the weird world of Hong Kong's rooftops – in pictures

    From badminton to bonsai pruning to a precarious nap, it’s all going on high above the packed streets of Kowloon, Hong Kong. This series by Romain Jacquet-Lagrèz is a record of life in one of the world’s densest neighbourhoods Continue reading...

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  • Australian woman sentenced to death for drug offences in Malaysia

    Judges overturn earlier acquittal of Maria Elvira Pinto Exposto, 54, from Sydney An Australian woman has been sentenced to death by hanging in Malaysia after a court overturned her earlier acquittal on drug-smuggling charges. The three judges sitting in Kuala Lumpur unanimously found Maria Elvira Pinto Exposto guilty but said she had a right of appeal on the methamphetamine charges. Continue reading...

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  • 'A ticket to the next life': the lavish Buddhist dog funerals of Bangkok

    Full funeral rites from the monks of Bangkok’s Wat Krathum Suea Pla temple used to be for humans only – until a new and lucrative market emerged Fou Fou always liked the good things in life. The pomeranian puppy had “a heart of gold” and a taste for expensive grilled pork. Varunthip Manthin loved the tiny dog as much as any of her sons. When she discovered him dead in the road having been hit by a motorbike, she was inconsolable. Despite her grief Manthin knew one thing: she would give him a...

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  • Linda Burney admits interview transcript left out call for offshore detention time limit

    Peter Dutton says Labor ‘fabricated’ transcript but MP says it was a ‘genuine mistake’ by her staffSign up to receive the top stories in Australia every day at noon The Labor frontbencher Linda Burney has admitted her office made “a mistake” incorrectly transcribing an interview, omitting her call for a “time limit” on how long people were held in offshore immigration detention. The home affairs minister, Peter Dutton, has accused Labor of deliberately fabricating the transcript, which was...

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  • North Korea casts further doubt on summit and warns US of 'nuclear showdown'

    Vice foreign minister says nation will not ‘beg the US for dialogue’ and threatens America will ‘taste an appalling tragedy’ North Korea cast further doubt on a planned summit between its leader, Kim Jong-un, and Donald Trump, warning that Pyongyang could make the US “taste an appalling tragedy”. Related: North Korea must disarm before any economic relief, says Mike Pompeo Continue reading...

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  • China has been a great driver of our economy – but we can't rely on it

    Australia is more affected by China’s economy than most countries. We must diversify – towards the service sector but also to other Asian markets The importance of China to our economy over the past 15 years can hardly be overstated, but with that importance comes risks. A new study by researchers at the IMF looks at the links between the Australian and Chinese economies and examines the risks to Australia from both positive and negative shocks to the Chinese economy – and concludes that the...

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  • US employee suffers brain injury in China after 'abnormal sounds'

    Embassy alerts staff over consulate worker’s report of sound and pressure sensations A US consulate worker in southern China has a mild traumatic brain injury, after reporting abnormal sensations of sound and pressure, the US embassy has said. The symptoms described recall those of US embassy workers in Cuba, believed to be the target of invisible attacks, though the US embassy in Beijing did not link the case to that in Havana. Continue reading...

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