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South Korea announces Inter-Korean Summit schedule

South Korea's Presidential Office has announced the detailed schedule for tomorrow's Inter-Korean Summit. It says, at 9:30 AM local time, North Korean leader: Kim Jong Un will cross the military demarcation line on foot, where he will be greeted by South Korean President: Moon Jae-in. Kim will be the first North Korean leader to cross the demarcation line. At around 9:40 AM, a Welcome Ceremony will be held in a square between the Freedom House and the Peace House, on the South Korean side. The two leaders will then move to the Peace House, where they will hold talks from 10:30 AM onwards.
They are scheduled to sign a written agreement after their talks.

Macron attacks nationalism in speech to US Congress

French President Emmanuel Macron has used his speech to the joint houses of the US Congress to denounce nationalism and isolationism. Mr Macron said such policies were a threat to global prosperity. The speech was widely interpreted as a thinly veiled attack on President Donald Trump's America First agenda. Mr Macron also raised differences on global trade, Iran and the environment, seemingly in contrast to the warm bonhomie of his visit so far. The French president was given a three-minute standing ovation as he took his place in the chamber for his speech.

US and France hint at new Iran nuclear deal.

US President Donald Trump and his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron have suggested there could be a new agreement on Iran's nuclear programme. After talks in the US, Mr Trump, who is sceptical of an accord that was struck in 2015, spoke about "doing a much bigger, maybe, deal". Mr Macron said a new pact must cover Iran's ballistic missile programme and its role in the Middle East. Iran warned of "severe consequences" if the US withdraws from the deal.

Iran warns Trump, it might withdraw from 'Non-Proliferation Treaty'

A senior Iranian official said today, Tehran might quit a treaty designed to stop the spread of nuclear weapons, if US President Donald Trump scraps the nuclear accord Iran signed with world powers in 2015. The treaty Iran refers to is the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty. Trump has said, unless European allies 'fix by May 12th', what he has called “terrible flaws” in the 2015 accord, he will reinstate US economic sanctions on Iran, which would be a severe blow to the pact. The other powers that signed it - Russia, China, Germany, Britain and France - have all said they want to preserve the agreement. In a news conference broadcast on state television, the secretary of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council said, Iran was ready for some “surprising actions”, if the nuclear deal was scrapped.

Toronto van: Ten dead and 15 injured as pedestrians are hit

Ten people have been killed and 15 injured after a man drove a van into pedestrians in Toronto, police said.The suspect has been named by police as Alek Minassian, 25.A man was arrested several streets away following a tense standoff with officers on the street.Bystander videos appeared to show the driver pointing an object at the officers, who can be heard shouting at him to get down. The man was then detained without any shots being fired.

Police in Armenia detain an opposition MP who has been leading anti-government protests

Police in Armenia have detained an opposition MP who has been leading anti-government protests. Nikol Pashinyan was picked up after Prime Minister Serzh Sargsyan cut short a televised meeting between the two. During their three-minute confrontation Mr Pashinyan insisted that the PM should resign.


South Korea's Moon Jae-in says, a peace treaty with the North 'must be pursued'

South Korean President: Moon Jae-in asserted today, a peace treaty to formally end the Korean War "must be pursued". His comments come ahead of a summit with Kim Jong Un, the leader of the nuclear-armed North.
The 1950-53 Korean War ended in a 'ceasefire' rather than a 'peace treaty', leaving the two sides 'technically at war', and the Demilitarised Zone between them - where Moon and Kim will meet next Friday - bristles with minefields and fortifications.


Cuba nominates Castro replacement Miguel Díaz-Canel

Cuba's parliament has picked Raúl Castro's right-hand man, Miguel Díaz-Canel, as the sole candidate to succeed him, ending the family's long rule.Mr Castro took over as president from his ailing brother Fidel in 2006. An improvement in relations with the US which began under Barack Obama has been partially reversed since Donald Trump entered the White House.
Mr Castro is expected to remain a powerful influence in the communist state even after he steps down.The National Assembly has voted on the nomination but the result will not be announced until Thursday, when he is expected to formally pass the presidency to Mr Díaz-Canel.

CIA chief, made secret trip to North Korea.

CIA director Mike Pompeo travelled to Pyongyang for a secret meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, US media report.
The meeting to prepare for direct talks between US President Donald Trump and Mr Kim took place over Easter weekend, unnamed officials said.
Mr Trump had earlier alluded to high-level direct talks with Pyongyang.
But this unexpected and clandestine meeting would mark the highest level US contact with North Korea since 2000.

Chemical inspectors enter Syria's Douma, amid concerns for probe

International investigators entered the Syrian town that was hit by an alleged chemical attack, after days of delay and warnings by Western powers that crucial evidence had likely been removed. The suspected April 7th gas attack on Douma, near Damascus, reportedly left more than 40 people dead, and was blamed by Western powers on the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.


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