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The summit's back on: Trump meets N. Korean at White House

Trump's meeting with Kim Jong Un would be the first between a USA president and a North Korean leader since the division of the Korean Peninsula after an armistice was signed in July, 1953, following a civil war. Yet he also said a news conference that hard work remains including hurdles that may appear to be insurmountable as negotiations progress on the USA demand for North Korea's complete, verifiable and irreversible denuclearization.

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Malaysia to scrap Kuala Lumpur - Singapore high-speed project

Asked if Singapore had been informed of his decision, he said: "I don't know". The cancellation came as an investigation into corruption tightened around former prime minister Najib Razak , who lost the 9 May general election to 92-year-old Mahathir, himself a previously serving prime minister from 1981 to 2003.

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Trump wants to ban German cars from America

The Trump administration last week opened a trade investigation into vehicle imports, which could result in a 25 percent tariff on cars on the same " national security " grounds Washington used to impose metals duties in March. There's also the fact that a number of German automakers already have huge manufacturing presences in the US. The threats made to the vehicle sector are part of a bigger trade dispute with the United States.

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Russia, Israel agree to drive off Iranian military from Syrian border

The Russian policy change cited by the Observatory follows a 90 minute plus meeting in Moscow on Thursday between Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman and his Russian counterpart Sergei Shoigu. Despite multiple reports of Iranian military presence in Syria, as well as notable Iranian casualties during the seven-year war, Assad said: " We don't have Iranian troops ", Assad said.

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U.S. allies vow to retaliate over Trump's metal tariffs

Canada has today announced retaliatory surcharges responding to us tariffs imposed today on Canadian steel and aluminum. The US said the tariffs on imports from the EU, Mexico and Canada will start at midnight. Now, both of those men have left the White House, and Trump has gravitated instead toward seeking the counsel of trade hard-liners such as Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross , senior adviser Peter Navarro, and U.S.

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Israel agrees to deployment of Syrian forces near border: border

Those strikes followed a barrage of rockets that Israel said was sacked toward its forces in the occupied Golan Heights by Iran from Syria . But according to Assad, Iran's presence in his country is limited to an advisory capacity.

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Trump to impose steel and aluminum tariffs on Canada as of midnight

Hitting Canada and Mexico with the tariffs could be a huge blow to Nafta talks. The tariffs directed at some of the U.S.'s most ardent allies represented the latest move in Trump's "America First" agenda that has roiled financial markets and raised the specter of a trade war involving the U.S., China and some of the globe's most dominant economies.

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Malian 'hero' given French citizenship for saving a child

The father of a young child dramatically rescued from a Paris balcony Saturday was out playing Pokemon Go when the incident happened. Amateur video footage shows 22-year-old Mamadou Gassama being cheered on by spectators as he, in a stunning display of heroism, pulled himself up from balcony-to-balcony to the building's fourth floor, where the child was dangerously hanging.

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China protests renewed US tariff threat

China on Wednesday lambasted "sudden flip-flops" in U.S. policy after President Donald Trump said he was moving to finalise trade sanctions against it - even as a USA delegation arrived in Beijing for talks. Trump's Treasury Secretary Stephen Mnuchin had said the trade war was "on hold" . "We urge the United States to keep its promise, and meet China halfway in the spirit of the joint statement ", Chunying said, according to Reuters , adding that China would be "resolute and forceful" ...

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Josh Holt released from Venezuelan jail

US President Donald Trump speaks to the family (L) of Joshua Holt (C), who had been detained in Venezuela for two years, in the Oval Office at the White House in Washington, DC, on May 26, 2018 . In a statement Saturday night, the White House says the Holts were unjustly held. They had been held in a notorious Caracas prison run by the secret police that's also home to dozens of Maduro's top opponents who have been jailed during the past few years of political unrest in the country.

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Hawaii volcano 'not safe' to roast marshmallows over, USGS says

Rivers of lava flowed toward the ocean on Hawaii's Big Island over the weekend, forcing officials to knock on doors and urge residents holding out in two evacuated neighbourhoods to flee right away. The lava flow originated from Fissure 8, and began advancing rapidly to the northeast from near Kahukai road before 4 a.m. HST, the USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory reported.

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Devastating flooding in Ellicott City, Maryland

A woman wanted to leave the restaurant to find her cat, and Lopez said Hermond lost his balance as he attempted to help the woman out. "Rescue personnel have been searching buildings and waterways in the area since the flood". "We'll see. It takes a lot of money and a lot of time", he said. "I feel like it's our duty to make sure that we rebuild and open back up", said Cortes, whose restaurant is right by the spot where a 39-year-old man was swept away by Sunday's raging floodwaters .

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Chinese state media slam U.S. trade announcement, say Beijing ready to fight

The Trump administration will announce the final list on June 15, with the tariffs taking effect "shortly thereafter", the White House said. The Trump administration has sought to reduce the USA trade deficit with China by increasing the amount of U.S.

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White House: U.S. "continues to actively prepare" for summit

State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said Tuesday that June 12 in Singapore "is what we're planning for, but we'll see what happens". President Trump confirmed Chol's destination, tweeting "We have put a great team together for our talks with North Korea".

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Lava flow stops after covering 2 wells at geothermal plant

The head of the state's emergency management agency has said the potential threat from the lava reaching the geothermal plant was untested. "The flow from fissures 21 and 7 was widening and advancing", Janet Snyder, a spokeswoman for the County of Hawaii , said on the position of lava heading northeast towards PGV.

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Theresa May Under Pressure Amid Ireland Abortion Referendum

Celebrities who had campaigned for liberalisation were victorious. Early reports showed a turnout as high as 70 percent in some areas, potentially the highest recorded ever for a referendum. The large crowd cheered Varadkar as he took to the stage to thank them for "trusting women and respecting their choices". Reform in Ireland also raised the prospect that women in Northern Ireland , where abortion is still illegal, may start travelling south of the border.

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US Diplomats Stood Up by North Korea in Singapore

Looks like it's going along very well", said the U.S. president in response to questions from reporters. Then Mr. Kim and South Korean President Moon Jae-in held a secret meeting Saturday in the demilitarized zone between the two countries.

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Israeli army kills two militants in Gaza border shelling: Medics

Israeli military tanks shelled the Gaza Strip on Sunday, killing at least two Palestinians. The deceased were identified as 25-year-old Hussein al-Amour and 28-year-old Abdul Haleem al-Naqa, the Palestinian health ministry said. The violent demonstrations were meant to end on May 15, but Hamas leaders have said they want them to continue. As a matter of policy, the Israeli army considers Hamas, which rules Gaza, to be responsible for any attack emanating from the beleaguered coastal enclave.

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Korean leaders hold second meeting amid Trump summit uncertainty

President Donald Trump on Friday re-opened the door that he had slammed shut only a day earlier. Trump replied by saying he hoped for "enduring prosperity and peace", and later added the summit may take place on its originally scheduled date after all.

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Irish abortion vote reflects a new Ireland (that isn't so new)

Her parents in India were quoted by the Irish Times newspaper as thanking their "brothers and sisters" in Ireland and requesting the new law be called "Savita's law". Katherine Zappone, the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, said she is confident new abortion legislation can be approved by parliament and put in place before the end of the year.

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Trump's Idea For 25% Tariffs On Auto Imports Met With Shock, Disbelief

The Trump administration said on Wednesday it had launched a national security investigation into vehicle and truck imports that could lead to new us tariffs similar to those imposed on imported steel and aluminum recently. If the Commerce Department concludes that Trump can use the "national security" rationale to slap tariffs on automotive imports, the definition of that phrase will have been stretched so far that it is effectively meaningless.

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Indiana middle school shooting: Student opens fire, 2 wounded

Indiana State Police Superintendent Doug Carter said he had briefed Gov. Eric Holcomb as Holcomb returned from Europe. The school was evacuated after the shooting, and students were taken to Noblesville High School. Newsweek reached out to the Noblesville Police Department but had not yet heard back. A separate male student, whose name was not given, said in an interview with the station that people in his classroom barricaded a door and huddled together in a panic while a teacher grabbed ...

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Volunteers needed to place flags on grave sites of fallen heroes

The event is presented by the city of Peachtree City, in conjunction with Marine Corps League Detachment 1325, VFW Post 9949, and American Legion Post 50. If you are interested in laying flags down on Saturday morning, you are being asked to meet at the cemetery at 7:30 a.m. Saturday morning. The cemetery is located at 32053 W.

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Journalists arrive in North Korea for dismantling of nuclear test site

What we now could be witnessing is advisors to Kim Jong Un arguing for their leader to make the case for North Korea to retain some nuclear capability, at least until the North receives security assurances, peace treaty, economic development assistance and normalization of relations with the U.S.

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Pope Francis quotes: What he's said about homosexuality, atheists and more

God made you this way and loves you this way, and it doesn't matter to me. Without this dimension, it sadly becomes a church of old bachelors, who live in this isolation, incapable of love, incapable of fecundity. "The pope is saying what every reputable biologist and psychologist will tell you, which is that people do not choose their sexual orientation", Martin said in a telephone interview .