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North Korea disputes Trump’s account of summit breakdown

Pyongyang says it seeks partial – not total – sanctions relief, laments US wasted opportunity that ‘may not come again’. North Korea disputed US President Donald Trump’s account of why the summit with Kim Jong Un collapsed, insisting Pyongyang demanded only partial sanctions relief in exchange for shutting down its main nuclear complex. The North’s…

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The India-Pakistan crisis: What we know

IN SUMMARY On February 26, Indian warplanes crossed the Kashmir ceasefire line into Pakistani airspace, dropping bombs on what New Delhi described as a large JeM camp where militants were preparing to stage more attacks in India. On February 14, 40 paramilitaries were killed in a suicide bomb attack in the Indian-administered part of Kashmir,…

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Trump and Kim in quotes: From bitter rivalry to unlikely bromance

As Trump and Kim hold their second summit in Vietnam’s Hanoi, a round-up of what they said about each other since 2017. From hostile to friendly, and at times awkwardly effusive, the relationship between former sworn foes Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un has blossomed into one of the most unlikely diplomatic bromances on the world…

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Pakistan closes airspace as India tensions rise

IN SUMMARY Indian sources confirmed Pakistani fighter jets had violated airspace over Indian Kashmir, but said they were forced back over the LoC, and there was no immediate response to the claim the planes had been shot down. Pakistan closed its airspace Wednesday, the civil aviation authority and the military said, as fears spiked of…

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Trump meets Kim in Vietnam for second nuclear summit

Hanoi, Vietnam – US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un have met for the second round of talks in Vietnam almost eight months after the landmark Singapore summit. Kim and Trump, who reached the Vietnamese capital on Tuesday, shook hands at the Metropole hotel on Wednesday, sat down for a brief…

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Who’s footing the bill for Cardinal Pell’s defence?

By AFP IN SUMMARYPell’s lead attorney, Robert Richter, is one of Australia’s most well-known defence barristers, and has represented the Cardinal since before committal hearings began in early March, 2018.Legal experts said the total bill for his defence would likely exceed Aus$3 million. Cardinal George Pell’s lawyers plan a multi-pronged appeal against his conviction for…

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