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In Trump pitch at black college, its students were largely absent

In Trump pitch at black college, its students were largely absentWhat if Donald Trump was set to make a grand speech to black students, but no one was allowed to come?



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U.S. Supreme Court opens new term, with an ill Justice Thomas absent

U.S. Supreme Court opens new term, with an ill Justice Thomas absentThe U.S. Supreme Court on Monday debated the insanity defense in criminal prosecutions and delivered a potential setback to gun control advocates as it opened its new term on Monday with a flurry of activity on a day when its longest-serving justice, Clarence Thomas, was absent due to illness. The conservative-majority court returned after a three-month break to launch its new nine-month term with arguments in a trio of cases. The court hears the term’s first major case on Tuesday on whether a landmark federal anti-discrimination law that bars sex discrimination in the workplace protects gay and transgender employees.



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Kim Jong-un absent from North Korea election announcement

Kim Jong-un absent from North Korea election announcementKim Jong-un was not on the list of 687 candidates elected to the North Korean parliament in Sunday’s election, state media announced on Tuesday, although his sister was voted into the rubber-stamp parliament. No reason has been given for Mr Kim’s absence from the ballot, five years after he was elected in the previous vote as head of the Workers’ Party of Korea. Every candidate who did run in the election was returned with 100 percent of the vote in their constituencies, including Kim Yo-jung, Mr Kim’s younger sister, who previously worked in the government’s propaganda division but has more recently taken on the management of his day-to-day schedule. “North Korean elections have no meaning anyway, but this is designed to show that Kim feels himself to be above those who were elected”, said Toshimitsu Shigemura, a professor who specialises in North Korea’s leadership at Tokyo’s Waseda University. “He is telling the nation that he is not on the same level as the rest of the party and it is effectively beneath him to go through the election process”, he added. “This will not affect his control on the party or the nation, but it is meant to show that he’s a better leader than his own father and Kim Il-sung, his grandfather and the founder of North Korea”. Rah Jong-yil, a former head of South Korean intelligence charged with monitoring the North, echoed that assessment. “Kim apparently does not consider it necessary for himself to be elected, but he is the head of state so he will still be in parliament and make all the decisions, which means the entire election is a joke. “It’s all for the facade of legitimacy and this will change nothing in the way the country is run or the leadership’s policies”. Fully 99.99 percent of all eligible voters had exercised their democratic right to select their leaders, KCNA reported, with citizens serving at sea excused the obligation to vote. The results of the election were never in any doubt – each ballot paper only has one name and anyone who wants to vote against the approved candidate has to enter a special booth and put a cross through the name. But defectors say that Mr Kim’s standing has been damaged by his failure to win concessions on sanctions on the regime at the recent Hanoi summit with President Donald Trump.  “Mr Kim expected a lot from this summit”, said  Lee Ae-ran, who fled North Korea with her family in 1997 but retains contacts there as president of The Centre for Liberty and Reunification.  “It was more than simply relief from the sanctions; he believed a victory in Hanoi would earn him more support from the people, enabling him to tighten his control over the nation even more”.  And while discontent was never going to be reflected in Sunday’s election, Mrs Lee says it is not far beneath the surface.  “The sanctions are causing the economic devastation to spread in the North and people are struggling to overcome the terrible shortage of food”, she told The Telegraph. “I believe the grudges they hold towards Kim could worsen and possibly even explode.  “Any rupture could be lethal to Kim Jong-un and his regime”, she added.  Voters queue to cast their ballots at the '3.26 Pyongyang Cable Factory' during voting for the Supreme People's Assembly elections, in Pyongyang Credit:  ED JONES/AFP Mrs Lee said the North Korean dictator will use the election to “replace the ‘older generation’, who were loyal to his father, with his own group of flatterers”, but she believes the resentment will inevitably deepen.  “If the people in the North can continue to build stronger connections with the outside world and complaints against the party and the leadership continue to grow, then the people will realise that they can escape from the abuse that they are presently suffering at the hands of their own leaders”, she said. Jiro Ishimaru, chief editor of AsiaPress, said his network of “citizen reporters” in North Korea is saying that there is “extreme disappointment” at the failure of the Hanoi summit, which the regime had indicated would be a victory for Mr Kim that would see sanctions quickly lifted.  There is a growing sense that Mr Kim “is an incompetent person”, he added.



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Trump, Putin absent for leaders' symbolic walk in Paris rain

Trump, Putin absent for leaders' symbolic walk in Paris rainUnited in the rain, world leaders walked slowly up the Champs-Elysees in Paris to mark a century since the end of World War I — but there were two notable absences, Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin. The line of black-clad leaders was reminiscent of another moment of unity: after the 2015 Charlie Hebdo jihadist attack, when senior officials from more than 40 countries marched through Paris to denounce terrorism. White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said Trump, who wore a cornflower — France’s war remembrance flower — in his lapel, had arrived separately “due to security protocols”.



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Trump, Putin absent for leaders' symbolic walk in Paris rain

Trump, Putin absent for leaders' symbolic walk in Paris rainUnited in the rain, world leaders walked slowly up the Champs-Elysees in Paris to mark a century since the end of World War I — but there were two notable absences, Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin. The line of black-clad leaders was reminiscent of another moment of unity: after the 2015 Charlie Hebdo jihadist attack, when senior officials from more than 40 countries marched through Paris to denounce terrorism. White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said Trump, who wore a cornflower — France’s war remembrance flower — in his lapel, had arrived separately “due to security protocols”.



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Kim Jong-un gets his kicks but rockets absent at North Korea's 70th birthday bash

Kim Jong-un gets his kicks but rockets absent at North Korea's 70th birthday bashNorth Korea on Sunday marked the 70th anniversary of the country’s founding with a parade of goose-stepping soldiers, tanks and military hardware, but it held back on displaying its intercontinental ballistic missiles, believed to be capable of hitting the United States.  The parade was considerably more muted than the bombast seen in previous years and much of the mass public event was devoted to lauding civilian efforts to strengthen the local economy.  Analysts said the switch in focus and absence of the usual visual jingoism not only underscored leader Kim Jong-un’s strong emphasis on the economy but could also be interpreted as a conciliatory gesture towards Washington.  Sunday morning’s parade came amid stalled diplomatic talks with the US over the issue of denuclearisation. It had been feared that the appearance of advanced missiles would have been viewed as a provocation by the Trump administration and could have destabilised the uneasy détente that has existed since the two countries’ leaders met at a historic June summit in Singapore.   Washington and Pyongyang have reached an impasse over the starting point for disarmament. The US wants Kim to proceed with denuclearisation first, but North Korea wants its security guaranteed and a peace agreement to formally end the Korean War of 1950-53.  North Koreans wave flowers at Kim Jong-un as he surveys their procession from a balcony Credit: Ed Jones/AFP However, the stalemate has been showing signs of softening in recent days. On Friday President Trump told reporters on Air Force One that a personal letter from Kim Jong-un was going to be delivered soon. “I think it’s going to be a positive letter,” he predicted.  Earlier the president had tweeted his thanks to Kim for his “unwavering faith” in him, adding “We will get it done together!” in reference to denuclearisation.  Flare-up: aeroplanes forming the number 70 fly in formation Credit: AP Photo/Ng Han Guan “Kim and Trump are trading gestures to appease the US Congress and show to the world that the deal is on. And, indeed, the deal is on but Kim will not fully denuclearise,” North Korea analyst Loretta Napoleoni told The Telegraph.  Analysts have repeatedly warned that despite the current thaw on the Korean Peninsula, Kim has never committed to fully surrendering his nuclear weapons.  Korean People's Army soldiers march across Kim Il-sung Square Credit: ED JONES/AFP/Getty Images Jeffrey Lewis, a nonproliferation expert at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey, tweeted that the understated nature of the Pyongyang parade indicated that North Korea “wants a version of the Israel deal.” He explained: “They don’t test nuclear weapons or show them off at parades; we pretend they don’t exist.” According to reporters at the scene, the parade was split into two sections, civilian and military. The military segment featured soldiers wearing uniforms from different periods of national history, then switching to civilian groups, ranging from nurses to construction workers alongside colourful floats.  Kim Jong-un clasps the hand of Chinese envoy, Li Zhanshu during the parade Credit: Ed Jones/AFP Kim surveyed the procession from a balcony in Kim Il Sung square, at times locking hands with Li Zhanshu, a senior envoy sent by Xi Jinping, the Chinese president.  Foreign delegations from Russia, Syria, Vietnam and African nations reflected Kim’s concerted push this year in terms of promoting his own personal diplomacy and trying to cultivate a more statesman-like image. French actor Gerard Depardieu was in attendance Credit: SEBASTIEN BERGER/AFP/Getty Images In a break from recent tradition, he did not address the crowd. Instead Kim Yong-nam, the country’s ceremonial head of state told the audience that North Korea had achieved status as a military power, and would now pursue efforts to strengthen its economy. A gala was held on the eve of the 70th anniversary Credit: AP Photo/Ng Han Guan The anniversary celebrations also mark the revival of North Korea's iconic mass games after a five-year hiatus. The mass games involve tens of thousands of people performing precisely choreographed dancing in a symbol of national unity.   This year's spectacle – tickets start at just over $ 100 and go up to more than $ 800 per seat – also has a strong economic theme.



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Thomas Monson Absent From Mormon Conference Because of His Health

Thomas Monson Absent From Mormon Conference Because of His HealthAt 90 years old, Monson will be absent from the conference because of his health



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Grace Mugabe absent from S. Africa summit after assault claim

Grace Mugabe absent from S. Africa summit after assault claimZimbabwe’s first lady Grace Mugabe failed to appear Saturday at a summit in South Africa attended by her husband, an event overshadowed by her effort to obtain diplomatic immunity over assault allegations. The wife of President Robert Mugabe has not been seen since she was accused of attacking a 20-year-old model with an electrical extension cord last weekend in a Johannesburg hotel where the couple’s two sons were staying. South African police had said she was expected at the two-day Southern African Development Community (SADC) meeting that opened with a “first spouses programme”.



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Nigeria's absent Buhari says 'I'm making good progress'

Nigeria's absent Buhari says 'I'm making good progress'Nigeria’s president has said he is recovering from illness and that he expects to return from treatment in London once doctors give the go-ahead, his office said on Tuesday. Muhammadu Buhari has been on indefinite medical leave in the British capital since May 7 and until Sunday had not been seen, sparking a flurry of rumours he was dying or even dead. Now, his office said Buhari sent a letter on Monday to his counterpart in Guinea, Alpha Conde, thanking him for his call last week for national prayers for his recovery.



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Nigeria releases 1st new photo of absent leader in 2 months

Nigeria releases 1st new photo of absent leader in 2 monthsABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — Nigeria's government has released a photo of President Muhammadu Buhari more than two months after he left for London for medical treatment amid growing health concerns.



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