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Trump cancels Kim summit amid North Korea 'hostility'.

US President Donald Trump has cancelled a summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, blaming "tremendous anger and open hostility" from the North. He said it was possible a meeting could still take place but warned North Korea against committing "foolish" acts. The summit aimed to rid the Korean peninsula of nuclear weapons and would have been the first time a sitting US president met a North Korean leader. The "unexpected" decision, Pyongyang said, was "extremely regrettable".

North Korea dismisses remarks by Mike Pence as: "stupid"

A senior North Korean official has dismissed remarks by US Vice-President Mike Pence as: "stupid", casting further uncertainty about a planned meeting between the two countries' leaders.
It comes days after Mr Pence warned that North Korea "may end like Libya" - where then-leader Muammar Gaddafi was killed by rebels in 2011, after renouncing nuclear weapons eight years earlier.
The North says, Pyongyang would not "beg" for dialogue, and warned of a "nuclear showdown" if diplomacy failed.

Iran sanctions: Zarif condemns Pompeo announcement

Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif has condemned the US for promising to impose the "strongest sanctions in history" on his country.Measures outlined by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, he said, showed the US was a prisoner of its "failed policies" and it would suffer the consequences.EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini also criticised the US.She said Mr Pompeo had failed to show how dropping the 2015 nuclear deal would make the Middle East safer.

A Bob Dylan guitar fetches 495,000 dollars, at auction


A guitar that played a key role in Bob Dylan's artistic evolution, fetched half a million at an auction yesterday.
The guitar, a 1965 Fender Telecaster that belonged to Dylan's guitarist: Robbie Robertson, was used by Dylan, Eric Clapton and George Harrison.
The guitar marked the singer's path from folk stylings like 'The Times They Are A-Changin', to electric rock, like his 1965 hit 'Like a Rolling Stone'.
George Harrison's first electric guitar, and a Fender Telecaster rosewood guitar made for Elvis Presley in 1968
also went under the hammer.
The sale also included show costumes that belonged to artists from Elton John, to Britney Spears and Michael Jackson.

More than 100 die in Cuba plane crash


More than 100 people have died after a Boeing 737 airliner crashed near Jose Marti International Airport in Havana, Cuban state media say. Three people have survived but are in a critical condition, Cuban Communist Party newspaper Granma reported. Flight tracking websites indicate the plane departed at mid-morning local time, and it reportedly crashed shortly after. The plane was carrying 104 passengers, according to local media. "There has been an unfortunate aviation accident. The news is not very promising, it seems that there is a high number of victims," Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel said after visiting the crash site.

DR Congo Ebola outbreak spreads to Mbandaka city.

The Ebola outbreak in DR Congo has spread from the countryside into a city, prompting fears that the disease will be increasingly hard to control. Health Minister Oly Ilunga Kalenga confirmed a case in Mbandaka, a city of a million about 130 kilometers from where the first cases were confirmed. The city is a major transportation hub with routes to the capital Kinshasa. At least 44 people are thought to have been infected with ebola and 23 deaths are being investigated.

Ebola outbreak spreads in the Democratic Republic of Congo

The Ebola outbreak in Congo has now spread from the countryside into a city, prompting fears that the disease will be increasingly difficult to control.
Forty-two people have now been infected, and 23 people are known to have died.
Congo's Health Minister confirmed a case in Mbandaka, a city of a million people which is about 80 miles from the area where the first cases were confirmed earlier this month. The city is a major transportation hub with routes to the capital Kinshasa.

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.

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