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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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UN Food Agency aims to boost aid to North Korea

The United Nations Food Agency says, its chief would visit North Korea to look into boosting food distributions. The four-day trip comes amid a warming of relations between North and South Korea. According to the World Food Programme, about 70 percent of North Korea’s population of 25 million is “food insecure”, meaning they struggle to avoid hunger, and one in four children under the age of five is stunted from chronic mal-nutrition.
The agency aims to assist 650,000 women and children each month by providing fortified cereals and biscuits.

Italy faces fresh elections as coalition talks fail

Italy's coalition-building talks have failed, leaving the country facing fresh elections or a neutral caretaker government until the end of the year.President Sergio Mattarella said on Monday that those were the only two options left after a third round of negotiations were unsuccessful.No single party or alliance won a majority in the March general election.The most influential parties, Five Star and The League, favour a new vote in July. Mr Mattarella has the final say

World War One soldiers remembered in leaflets in Cambridgeshire

 

Eight men who lost their lives in World War One in Cambridgeshire are being remembered in their home village, on "commemoration leaflets" posted through the doors of houses.
The leaflet creator, a keen local historian who wants to remain anonymous says, he began thinking several years ago about how he might commemorate the 100th anniversary of the end of World War One.
He decided to mark the death of each soldier in the village, with a short 'tribute page', which he posts through the door of every home in the village.
The leaflets arrive the day before the 100th anniversary of each soldier's death.

World War One ended in 1918.

More than 100 killed in dust storms in Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan.

At least 109 people have been killed and scores more injured in fierce dust storms that hit the northern Indian states of Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan. The storms on Wednesday disrupted electricity, uprooted trees, destroyed houses and killed livestock. Many of the dead were sleeping when their houses collapsed after being struck by intense bursts of lightning. Dust storms are common in this part of India during summer but loss of life on this scale is unusual.

Slain Afghan journalists remembered on World Press Freedom Day

Afghanistan's slain journalists were remembered on World Press Freedom Day which is today, days after the deadliest attack on the country's media, since the fall of the Taliban in 2001. Ten journalists, including AFP Chief Photographer: Shah Marai, were killed in blasts last Monday,

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Cambridge Analytica: Facebook data-harvest firm to shut

Cambridge Analytica, the political consultancy at the center of the Facebook data-sharing scandal, is shutting down. The firm was accused of improperly obtaining personal information on behalf of political clients. According to Facebook, data about up to 87 million of its members was harvested by a quiz app and then passed on to the political consultancy. The social network said its own probe into the matter would continue.

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