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North Korea summit: US hopeful Trump-Kim meet will go ahead

The Trump administration is hopeful its summit with North Korea will go ahead, despite threats of cancellation. A White House spokesperson said the US president remained ready. Hours earlier, North Korea released an angry statement saying it might pull out of the meeting if the US insisted it gave up its nuclear weapons. The highly anticipated meeting between Mr Trump and North Korea's Kim Jong-un is due to take place on 12 June. (BBC)

Gaza tense after deadliest day since 2014

Funerals are to be held in Gaza for 58 people who were killed yesterday, when Israeli troops opened fire on Palestinian protesters, in the deadliest day of violence since the Gaza War in 2014.
The burials coincide with the 70th anniversary of what Palestinians call 'The Nakba', which is the mass displacement of Palestinians after the creation of Israel.
The violence came as the US shifted its embassy to Jerusalem, a controversial move that broke decades of US policy, and incensed Palestinians.
Palestinians claim East Jerusalem as the capital of a 'future Palestinian state'. They see the US move, as backing Israeli control over the whole of the city, which Israel regards as its 'indivisible' capital.

Gaza violence: Israel defends actions as 55 Palestinians killed

In the deadliest day of violence in Gaza since the 2014 war, Palestinian officials say Israeli troops have killed 55 people and wounded 2,700.Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu said his military was acting in self-defence against Gaza's Islamist rulers, Hamas, who he said wanted to destroy Israel.The Palestinian Authority's leader condemned a "massacre". The UN spoke of "outrageous human rights violations".The violence came as the US opened a controversial embassy in Jerusalem.

Clashes erupt along Gaza-Israel border, ahead of US embassy inauguration

Clashes erupted along the Gaza Strip's border today between Palestinians and Israeli forces, ahead of the controversial inauguration of the US embassy in Jerusalem. Thousands gathered near the border, while smaller numbers of stone-throwing Palestinians were approaching the fence and seeking to damage it. Larger crowds are expected to gather later in the day to protest against the shifting of the US embassy in Israel, from Tel Aviv to the disputed city of Jerusalem. The protestors are also calling for Palestinian refugees who fled or were expelled during the 1948 war surrounding Israel's creation, to be allowed to return to their homes which are now inside Israel.

Two Britons held hostage in the Democratic Republic of Congo have been released unharmed

Two Britons held hostage in the Democratic Republic of Congo have been released unharmed. Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson paid tribute to the DRC authorities and the Congolese Institute for Nature Conservation for their "tireless help". The hostages are receiving "support and medical attention".

Iran nuclear deal: Europe strives to keep agreement

A flurry of diplomatic activity is under way to rescue the Iran nuclear deal after President Donald Trump's decision to withdraw the US from it and bring back sanctions against Tehran. German Chancellor Angela Merkel spoke with President Putin of Russia, and UK PM Theresa May has talked to Mr Trump.
French ministers have been loudest in their complaints that major European businesses will be hit hard as US sanctions are re-imposed. Mr Trump says the deal is "horrible".

Trump-Kim Jong-un summit set for Singapore on 12 June.

US President Donald Trump will meet North Korean leader Kim Jong-un in Singapore on 12 June, he has said. In April, Mr Trump stunned the world by accepting an invitation to meet Mr Kim in an unprecedented sit-down. The pair had previously exchanged insults and threats. The breakthrough came after landmark talks between North and South Korea. Mr Trump's announcement came hours after he welcomed home three American detainees released by North Korea.

Malaysia's Mahathir to steer the country forward

After his stunning win over the scandal-plagued coalition that has ruled for six decades, Malaysian ex-leader: Mahathir Mohamad says, "now the hard part begins".
In a huge political upset, Mahathir's opposition alliance ended the hold of the Barisan National Coalition, which has governed Malaysia uninterrupted, since the country's birth as an 'independent nation' in 1957.
Observers say, hope for lasting change in Malaysia may hinge on whether 'triumphant 92-year-old autocrat-turned-progressive: Mahathir Mohamad' has truly changed his ways, and whether he possesses the vigour and clout to heal national divisions.

Malaysia election: Opposition scores historic victory

Former Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad has scored a historic victory in the country's general election. The election commission said Mr Mahathir's opposition alliance had won 115 seats, over the threshold of 112 seats needed to form a government.Mr Mahathir, 92, defeated the governing Barisan Nasional coalition, which has been in power for more than 60 years.He came out of retirement to take on his former protege, Najib Razak.

Trump pulls US out of Iran deal

US President Donald Trump has announced the US withdrawal from the Obama-era multinational nuclear deal with Iran.
Calling it "decaying and rotten", he said the deal was "an embarrassment" to him. Going against advice from European allies he said, he would re-impose economic sanctions that were waived when the deal was signed in 2015.


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