International

North Korea slams South for ‘meddling’ in US talks

North Korea on Thursday warned the South to stop “meddling” in nuclear talks between Pyongyang and Washington, denying President Moon Jae-in’s assertion that dialogue was under way between the two Koreas. “The reality is the contrary,” senior foreign ministry official Kwon Jong Gun said in a statement carried by the state news agency KCNA. “The South Korean authorities would better mind their own internal business,” he added, in a stinging rebuke to the North’s neighbour days before United States President Donald Trump [...]

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German Chancellor Merkel suffers new trembling spell on eve of G20

German Chancellor Angela Merkel was seen shaking as she met President Frank-Walter Steinmeier on Thursday, her second such bout within two weeks, but her spokesman said she was fine and she continued with her duties. The shaking went on for about two minutes, according to a DPAphotographer who was present. Standing next to Steinmeier as he addressed the gathering, Merkel started shaking visibly in her upper body then crossed her arms as if to brace herself. She was offered a glass of water but [...]

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Iran should not ‘mistake US prudence for weakness’, warns US National Security Adviser John Bolton

US National Security Adviser John Bolton warned on Sunday that Iran should not “mistake US prudence and discretion for weakness”, after the US abruptly called off military strikesagainst Iran in response to the shooting down of an unmanned American surveillance drone. “No one has granted them a hunting license in the Middle East. As President Trump said on Friday, our military is rebuilt, new and ready to go,” Bolton said in Jerusalem alongside Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, himself a vocal [...]

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Qatar sends technical experts to Israel, eyes new Gaza power line

GAZA: A Qatari technical delegation held talks in Israel and the Gaza Strip this week about helping pay for a proposed new power line between them, officials on both sides said on Tuesday, marking a potential expansion of Doha’s aid efforts for Palestinians. Qatar has in recent years funnelled hundreds of millions of dollars into relief projects in Hamas-controlled Gaza, which it views as helping stave off privation and fighting with Israel. The intervention is approved by Israel but has gone [...]

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China says Trump, Xi will discuss whatever they want at G20 meeting

Chinese President Xi Jinping and US President Donald Trump will discuss whatever they want when they meet at the G20 summit in Japan, China’s foreign ministry said on Wednesday. Ministry spokesman Lu Kang also told a regular news briefing that an agreement between China and the United States on trade was not only in the interest of the two countries, but also meets the aspirations of the world. Four decades of dealings between China and the United States show that positive [...]

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New Zealand man jailed for sharing video of Christchurch mosque attacks

A Christchurch businessman who shared a video of worshippers being slaughtered at a New Zealand mosque was sentenced on Tuesday to 21 months in prison. Philip Arps had earlier pleaded guilty to two counts of distributing the video, which was livestreamed on Facebook by a gunman on March 15 as he began killing 51 people at two mosques. Christchurch District Court Judge Stephen O’Driscoll said that when questioned about the video, Arps had described it as “awesome” and had shown no [...]

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Chinese ambassador warns Britain over blocking Huawei: BBC

China’s Ambassador to London Liu Xiaoming warned the British government that if Huawei is blocked from developing 5G networks then it will hurt Chinese trade and investment relationship with the United Kingdom (UK). “It will send a very bad message not only to Huawei but also to Chinese businesses,” Ambassador Liu Xiaoming told the BBC. He added that blocking Huawei would lead to “bad effects not only on trade but also on investment.” Britain’s National Security Council, chaired by Prime Minister Theresa May, met [...]

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PM Imran to represent Pakistan at SCO meeting in Kyrgyzstan

Prime Minister Imran Khan will on Thursday represent Pakistan at the 19th Meeting of the Council of the Heads of State of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation beginning in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. According to Radio Pakistan Kyrgyz President Sooronbay Jeenbekov had extended the invitation to Prime Minister Imran to attend the two day summit. The prime minister is set to address two sessions of the meeting. Leaders of SCO Members and observer states as well as representatives of important international organisations will attend the meeting. Prime [...]

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Trump says would take foreign info on 2020 presidential opponent

President Donald Trump said on Wednesday that he would be willing to accept information from a foreign country on his opponent in the 2020 election race. “I think you might want to listen … there’s nothing wrong with listening,” Trump said when asked by ABC News what he would do if a country such as Russia or China offered him such information. He denied the suggestion that that would amount to foreign meddling in a US election. “It’s not an interference, they have information [...]

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World’s most costly painting on Saudi prince’s yacht: dealer

WASHINGTON: Since its sale for a record $450 million, the whereabouts of the “Salvator Mundi,” said to be painted by Leonardo da Vinci, has become one of the art world’s greatest mysteries. On Monday, London-based art dealer Kenny Schachter, writing for the website Artnews, offered answers: the painting now resides on the gargantuan yacht owned by powerful Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. Since its record-setting sale at Christie’s in 2017, the painting, in which Jesus Christ is depicted emerging from [...]

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