June 11, 2018

Trump Kim summit: US and North Korean leaders to hold historic talks

Trump Kim summit: US and North Korean leaders to hold historic talks Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Mr Trump and Mr Kim have had an extraordinary up-and-down relationship over the past year US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un will meet for an unprecedented summit on Tuesday aimed at defusing tensions on the Korean peninsula. No sitting US president has ever met a North Korean leader. Mr Trump has said the highly anticipated talks represent a "one-time shot" at peace. The meeting marks a dramatic shift in relations between the pair, who last year traded insults and threats of war. Washington hopes the summit will kick-start a process that eventually leads to denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula. North Korea has said it is willing to commit to denuclearisation, but it is unclear how this will be achieved or what might be requested in return. The summit will be held at a hotel on Sentosa, a popular tourist island a few hundred metres off the S..
June 11, 2018

North Korea state TV reports on Trump Kim summit

June 11, 2018

North Korea: US will offer ‘unique’ security guarantees, says Pompeo

North Korea: US will offer 'unique' security guarantees, says Pompeo Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionBig planes and jogging guards: Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un have arrived in Singapore The US will offer North Korea "unique" security assurances in return for denuclearisation, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has said. Speaking ahead of Tuesday's US-North Korea summit in Singapore, Mr Pompeo said preliminary talks between senior officials were continuing and moving quite rapidly. He insisted the US would accept nothing less than complete denuclearisation. North Korea's state media has talked of a "new relationship" with the US. What did the secretary of state say?Mr Pompeo, Donald Trump's top diplomat, said that the president was fully prepared for his meeting with Kim Jong-un. He said the US would be satisfied with nothing less than the complete, verifiable and irreversible denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula - with verification t..
June 11, 2018

Vietnam detains 100 after anti-China economic zone protests turn violent

Vietnam detains 100 after anti-China economic zone protests turn violent Image copyright AFP Image caption Protests turned violent in Binh Thuan province - where more than 100 people were detained Scores of people have been detained by Vietnamese police amid protests against plans for special economic zones (SEZs) that many fear will be dominated by Chinese investors. Molotov cocktails and rocks were lobbed at the People's Committee Headquarters in south-eastern Binh Thuan province, where police said 102 people were held. The proposed law would give foreign investors 99-year leases on SEZ land. MPs had been set to vote on it this week but this has been delayed. The decision to postpone the vote in an attempt to defuse the protests was seen as a major concession by the ruling communist party in response to large-scale street demonstrations. The chairwoman of parliament, Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan, said that people's opinions "will always be heard". China's embassy in Hanoi has..
June 11, 2018

Kabul blast: At least 12 killed in Afghan ministry attack

Kabul blast: At least 12 killed in Afghan ministry attack At least 12 people have been killed and 31 wounded in a suicide bombing at a government ministry in the west of the Afghan capital Kabul. Women and children were among the casualties, according to an official. The attack happened as employees at the Department of Rural Rehabilitation and Development left early for Ramadan. The Islamic State group (IS) has claimed responsibility for the blast, which came just two days after the Taliban agreed to its first-ever truce. Its ceasefire with the Afghan government is due to run for three days during the Muslim festival of Eid al-Fitr later this month. Life under the militants Taliban 'threaten 70% of Afghanistan' Who are the Taliban? The government will continue its operations against other groups, such as IS, during the ceasefire. Separately on Monday, at least 10 people were injured in an armed attack on a provincial education department building in the eastern city of Jal..
June 11, 2018

The North Korean spy who wants to go home

June 11, 2018

Indian jeweller accused of fraud ‘fled to London’

Indian jeweller accused of fraud 'fled to London' Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Nirav Modi (right) is a jeweller to the stars including Naomi Watts (left) Nirav Modi, whose jewellery has been worn by Hollywood and Bollywood stars, is seeking political asylum in London following fraud allegations, the Financial Times has reported. The Indian jeweller went missing in February after allegations emerged of a $2bn fraud at the Punjab National Bank. Indian police issued a warrant for his arrest. The firm's Indian stores were closed, and assets were seized including bank accounts and luxury cars. Over the past eight years Mr Modi has established an international jewellery brand with stores in London, New York and Hong Kong, selling diamond encrusted necklaces and earrings. Stars such as Kate Winslet, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley and Naomi Watts, have been seen wearing his products. Bollywood star Priyanka Chopra advertises the brand. The success made him one of India..
June 11, 2018

Two more die as India WhatsApp ‘child kidnap’ rumours spread

Two more die as India WhatsApp 'child kidnap' rumours spread Image copyright Facebook Image caption Abijeet Nath (L) and Nilotpal Das (R) stopped to ask for directions when a mob attacked them India police have arrested 16 people after two men became the latest victims of hysteria over WhatsApp rumours of child kidnappers. The men were visiting a village in north-eastern Assam state when they were beaten to death by a large mob. Rumours of child kidnappings are spreading across India over WhatsApp, and have already led to the deaths of six other people in the last month. Police say it is proving hard to debunk the messages on social media. "When rumours start circulating on social media, it takes some time to stop them completely," senior police official Mukesh Agarwal told BBC Hindi's Dilip Kumar Sharma. He added that police are keeping a watch over various social media sites in an attempt to stop the spread of the messages. The two victims have been identified as Nil..
June 10, 2018

The nuclear word they can’t agree on

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