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The fiery £2,000 bottle of liquor that helped charm Kim Jong-un

The fiery £2,000 bottle of liquor that helped charm Kim Jong-unNorth Korean leader Kim Jong-un was treated to the most expensive tipple in Xi Jinping's drinks cabinet during their historic meeting  - a £2,200 bottle of 53 percent liquor which the Chinese president rarely opens for foreign guests. Mr Xi, whose signature domestic policy is a war on corruption and excess among free-spending officials, was pictured with a giggling Kim drinking a fiery grain alcoholic beverage known as baijiu during the pair's summit in Beijing earlier this week. An expert in the beverage – which is hugely popular in China and produced by the world's biggest distiller by market value, Kweichow Moutai – said the bottle would have cost at least 20,000 yuan (£2,260). "I have rarely seen this type of Moutai at official banquets," said Kan Yuanbin, who runs Zenpintang, a large Moutai retailer in China's south-eastern Jiangxi province. "It is a 2003 product and very special. When Xi previously welcomed foreign guests, they usually only drank Moutai bottles worth about 4,000 yuan (£450) that were produced in 2015 or 2016," he told The Telegraph. The bottle of luxury 2003 vintage Kweichow Moutai at the Kim-Xi dinner, left, and an earlier version Credit: KCNA Mr Xi treated the young North Korean leader to a welcome banquet at Beijing's Mao-era Great Hall of the People, and also a luncheon the following day at the Diaoyutai Guest House. The bottle of Moutai drank by the pair, which is known as Aizui Moutai, would not be available to ordinary Chinese consumers, Mr Kan said. Luxury Moutai bottles which are on sale on the Chinese internet for affordable prices are often fakes, he added. Baijiu is popular among affluent Chinese, and it is often offered to foreign guests at banquets. Employees arrange bottles of Moutai baijiu at the Kweichow Moutai Co. factory in the town of Maotai in Renhuai Credit: Qilai Shen/Bloomberg The clear drink has a distinctive strong taste and a pungent smell which some say is similar to paint stripper. Previous foreign guests to be offered Moutai by Chinese leaders include Richard Nixon and Henry Kissinger, who drank it during a state banquet for their landmark visit to China in 1972. Mr Xi and Mr Kim were also pictured drinking wine during a summit which observers said helped put the Chinese president back in the driving seat in dealing with Pyongyang's nuclear weapons program. Kim is set to meet South Korean leader Moon Jae-in next month before holding talks with US president Donald Trump. President Xi Jinping and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un raising their glasses at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing Credit: KCNA/AFP Experts believed the sudden elevation of Mr Kim as a 'statesman' had left Mr Xi in an awkward position, on the sidelines of crucial talks which could shape the future of north-east Asia. While the expensive drinks he offered his distinguished guest might have helped get him back in the diplomatic fray, anti-corruption agencies in China would frown upon such generosity being replicated across China. Expensive tastes have been targeted by authorities since Mr Xi launched his war on graft when he assumed power five years ago. Additional reporting by Christine Wei



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The Latest: Alabama executes man convicted of 2000 murder

The Latest: Alabama executes man convicted of 2000 murderATMORE, Ala. (AP) — The Latest on the planned execution of Michael Wayne Eggers (all times local):



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Pentagon likely to acknowledge 2,000 U.S. troops in Syria: U.S. officials

Pentagon likely to acknowledge 2,000 U.S. troops in Syria: U.S. officialsThe Pentagon is likely to announce in the coming days that there are about 2,000 U.S. troops in Syria, two U.S. officials said on Friday, as the military acknowledges that an accounting system for troops has under-reported the size of forces on the ground. The U.S. military had earlier publicly said it had around 500 troops in Syria, mostly supporting the Syrian Democratic Forces group of Kurdish and Arab militias fighting Islamic State in the north of the country. Two U.S. officials, speaking on the condition of anonymity, said the Pentagon could, as early as Monday, publicly announce that there are slightly more than 2,000 U.S. troops in Syria.



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US already has 2,000 troops in Syria, Pentagon set to reveal

US already has 2,000 troops in Syria, Pentagon set to revealThe Pentagon is likely to announce in the coming days that there are about 2,000 U troops in Syria, two US officials said on Friday, as the military acknowledges that an accounting system for troops has under-reported the size of forces on the ground. The US military had earlier publicly said it had around 500 troops in Syria, mostly supporting the Syrian Democratic Forces group of Kurdish and Arab militias fighting Islamic State in the north of the country. Two US officials, speaking on the condition of anonymity, said the Pentagon could, as early as Monday, publicly announce that there are slightly more than 2,000 U.S. troops in Syria.



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Ancient Egypt: Tombs More Than 2,000 Years Old Found

Ancient Egypt: Tombs More Than 2,000 Years Old FoundThe tombs from the 27th dynasty and the Greco-Roman era contain a number of sarcophagi and the remains of men, women and children.



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Scientists Have Figured Out How Ancient Rome's Concrete Has Survived 2,000 Years

Scientists Have Figured Out How Ancient Rome's Concrete Has Survived 2,000 YearsResearchers say it could influence modern construction practices



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2,000 trapped as fighting rages in Philippine city: govt

2,000 trapped as fighting rages in Philippine city: govtTwo thousand fearful civilians were trapped on Sunday inside a southern Philippine city where troops are battling Islamist militants, authorities said, as the death toll from almost a week of fighting neared 100. The military intensified a bombing campaign on parts of Marawi on Mindanao island, one of the biggest Muslim cities in the mainly Catholic nation, as it accused the gunmen of atrocities including murdering women and a child. The initial fighting prompted President Rodrigo Duterte to declare martial law on Tuesday across the southern third of the Philippines to quell what he said was a fast-growing threat from terrorists linked to the Islamic State (IS) group.



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Arkansas carries out first double execution in U.S. since 2000

Arkansas carries out first double execution in U.S. since 2000By Steve Barnes LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (Reuters) – Arkansas carried out back-to-back executions on Monday night, administering lethal injections to two men convicted of rape and murder to become the first U.S. state to put more than one inmate to death on the same day in 17 years. Marcel Williams, 46, was pronounced dead at 10:33 CDT, a little more than three hours after the execution of 52-year-old Jack Jones, according to officials at Cummins Unit prison, about 75 miles southeast of the state capital, Little Rock. The two men were among eight that the state had initially planned to execute over the course of 11 days this month, prompted by the impending expiration date of the state’s supplies of midazolam, a sedative used as part of the three-drug protocol.



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Arkansas prepares for 1st double execution in US since 2000

Arkansas prepares for 1st double execution in US since 2000VARNER, Ark. (AP) — Two Arkansas killers set to die Monday in the nation's first double execution in more than 16 years acknowledge they're guilty but fear the lethal injections could subject them to excruciating pain due to their various health problems.



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Wildfire threatens 2,000 homes in southwest Florida

Wildfire threatens 2,000 homes in southwest Florida(Reuters) – A wildfire in southwest Florida triggered evacuation orders for about 2,000 homes on Friday, prompting the governor to deploy National Guard troops to help residents fleeing the flames. The wildfire has charred about 4,800 acres (1,942 hectares) in Collier County and forced residents to evacuate their houses in the Golden Gate Estates area of Naples, Clark Ryals, a senior forester for the Florida Forest Service, said by telephone. “These wildfires are dangerous and if you’re within the evacuation area, do not stay in your home,” Florida Governor Rick Scott said in a statement after meeting with fire officials in the area.



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