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Pence arrives in Nebraska as U.S. Midwest reels from historic floods

Pence arrives in Nebraska as U.S. Midwest reels from historic floodsThe floodwaters have inundated a large swath of farm states Iowa and Nebraska along the Missouri River, North America’s longest river, prompting half of Iowa’s 99 counties to declare states of emergency.”Touched down in Omaha, Nebraska to survey flood damage & thank volunteers & emergency personnel,” Pence said on Twitter, in a post that included photos of him meeting with the governors of both states and lawmakers. Nebraska, Iowa and Wisconsin have all declared states of emergency in the floods, which stem from a powerful winter hurricane known as a “bomb cyclone” that slammed into the U.S. Farm Belt last week, killing untold numbers of livestock, destroying grains and soybeans in storage, and cutting off access to farms because of road and rail damage. The latest confirmed death was identified by the sheriff in Fremont County, Iowa, as 55-year-old Aleido Rojas Galan, who was pulled from floodwaters along with another man on Friday and later succumbed to injuries.



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Pence arrives in Nebraska as U.S. Midwest reels from historic floods

Pence arrives in Nebraska as U.S. Midwest reels from historic floodsVice President Mike Pence in Nebraska on Tuesday took stock of the devastation unleashed across the U.S. Midwest by floods that have killed four people, left one missing and caused more than a billion dollars in damage to crops, livestock and roads. The way communities come together and people volunteer to put themselves in harm’s way to help others,” Pence said Tuesday in Omaha, according to an official statement. Pence also said that the Federal Emergency Management Agency is working to expedite a request from Nebraska’s governor for a federal emergency declaration, which will provide more aid to the state.



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Jussie Smollett arrives in court for hearing Tuesday

Jussie Smollett arrives in court for hearing TuesdayActor Jussie Smollett walked back into court in Chicago Tuesday morning, days after he was charged with 16 felony counts related to that alleged hoax.



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Indonesian woman accused of killing Kim Jong-un's half-brother arrives home after being freed in Malaysia

Indonesian woman accused of killing Kim Jong-un's half-brother arrives home after being freed in MalaysiaAn Indonesian woman accused of assassinating North Korean leader Kim Jong-un’s half-brother arrived back in Jakarta on Monday after a Malaysian court suddenly dropped the murder charges and released her.   A smiling Siti Aisyah, 26, who had been facing the possibility of a death penalty sentence in Malaysia in the morning, by the evening was welcomed by Indonesian officials and rushed through Jakarta’s main airport to her emotional parents, who wept and hugged their youngest daughter on sight.  Ms Aisyah and Doan Thi Huong, 30, from Vietnam, had been charged with killing Kim Jong Nam, the estranged relative of the North Korean leader, at Kuala Lumpur airport in February 2017. The pair were accused of smearing lethal VX nerve agent on his face, but both claimed that they were duped into believing they were taking part in a reality TV prank show and knew nothing of the audacious plot to kill him.  Four North Koreans, believed to be the masterminds of the conspiracy, fled Malaysia after the murder and remain at large.  Both women had been in custody for more than two years before Monday’s shock twist when judge Azmin Ariffin told the Shah Alam High Court that Ms Aisyah would be granted a discharge not amounting to an acquittal. No reason was given.  The young woman, who had first arrived in Kuala Lumpur as an impoverished migrant worker, told reporters that she was “overwhelmed” at the news.  "I am surprised and very happy,” she said. “I didn’t expect that today will be the day of my freedom.” She later thanked Joko Widodo, the Indonesian president, his government and her lawyers for securing her release.  It has since emerged that Indonesia lobbied the Malaysian authorities intensively on her behalf at the highest levels. The foreign ministry said in a statement that Siti Aisyah was “deceived and did not realise at all that she was being manipulated by North Korean intelligence.” Their efforts finally paid off. Tommy Thomas, the Malaysian attorney general, announced his decision to free Ms Aisyah in a letter to Indonesia’s minister of law and human rights, revealing that the judgement was made “taking into account the good relations” between the two countries.  Siti Aisyah hugs her relieved father, Asria, and mother, Binah Credit: Achmad Ibrahim/AP In her home district of Serang, Ms Aisyah’s relatives, who had been praying for her freedom, were thrilled.  Her aunt, Darsinah, the sister of her mother, Binah, told the Telegraph that the local community was preparing a religious festival to give thanks for her homecoming.  Binah had “cried every day and night” for her daughter, until the good news was broken to the family on Sunday, she revealed.  Ms Aisyah was a “simple” and “naïve” girl who had only tried to improve her family’s income by moving to Malaysia, she said. She spoke to her family but never allowed her mother to see her during the trial, fearing that she would collapse.  “I don’t really understand why the court didn’t believe that Aisyah was only a simple villager who doesn’t understand the game that is played by, whoever they were,” she said.  “My sister and I are only villagers from a remote place who don’t understand law. But we are honest and we know who Aisyah is. So those people have to believe us: Aisyah would not kill anyone, not even a cat.” Kim Jong-nam, half-brother of Kim Jong-un, in pictures Ms Aisyah’s release raises difficult questions about the fate of the remaining defendant, Doan Thi Huong, also from a modest background in rural Vietnam.  Ms Doan was due to testify on Monday after months of delay but the trial was adjourned after her lawyer said she had been “traumatised” to learn that she now faced the charges alone.  The two women hugged in the dock as Ms Aisyah left, but a distraught Ms Doan later told reporters that “I am in shock. My mind is blank.”  Mr Hisyam added: “Doan was obviously disappointed as there was no equal treatment given to her, no fairness displayed to her, and she is in no position to testify.” He said her legal team had been “upset about the decision” to release one woman and not the other, adding that they would apply to the Attorney General for a “full acquittal.”  “We hope that the AG will seriously consider our representation and come up with the right decision and that is the same decision as Siti Aisyah – withdraw the charge against her,” he said.  The trial will resume on Thursday. Mr Hisyam told the Telegraph last week that he was “very confident” his client would win as she had “no knowledge” of the elaborate conspiracy.  Kim lived in exile in Macau and it is widely believed he was targetted as a perceived threat to the isolated regime. South Korea has accused the North of ordering the hit, which Pyongyang denies.  Additional reporting by Selva Mariappen. 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Iran's Rouhani arrives in Iraq on first official visit: state TV

Iran's Rouhani arrives in Iraq on first official visit: state TVIran’s President Hassan Rouhani arrived in Iraq on Monday for his first official visit, state television said, as Baghdad is under pressure from Washington to limit ties with its neighbour. Before leaving Tehran Rouhani hailed the “special” relations between Iran and Iraq, saying they could not be compared to Baghdad’s ties “with an aggressor country like America”.



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Trump-Kim summit: North Korea leader arrives in Vietnam to red carpet reception ahead of talks

Trump-Kim summit: North Korea leader arrives in Vietnam to red carpet reception ahead of talksKim Jong-un has rolled into Hanoi in an armoured limousine ahead of talks with Donald Trump in the Vietnamese capital. The North Korean leader had earlier received a red-carpet reception amid tight security following a 65-hour, 2,500-mile journey from Pyongyang in a bulletproof train. After disembarking at Dong Dang rail station, close to Vietnam’s border with China, he walked past a guard of honour before climbing into his personal Mercedes limousine on Tuesday morning.



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Crowds line the streets as Kim Jong-un arrives in Vietnam for summit with Donald Trump

Crowds line the streets as Kim Jong-un arrives in Vietnam for summit with Donald TrumpThe normally chaotic streets of central Hanoi ground to a halt on Tuesday as Kim Jong-un’s convoy arrived in the Vietnamese capital ahead of landmark talks on denuclearisation with Donald Trump, the US president.  Curious onlookers gathered next to televisions crews outside the luxurious Melia hotel in Hanoi’s diplomatic district, waiting for hours under chilly, gloomy skies for a glimpse of the North Korean leader as he drove from the border city of Dong Dang after crossing China by train.  His black Mercedes Benz, in the middle of a convoy of at least a dozen cars, flanked by multiple police outriders, arrived shortly after 11am local time to crowds lining the streets, waving North Korean, US and Vietnamese flags, and holding up smartphones to record the moment. Vietnamese police ride ahead of the motorcade of North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un, enroute to his hotel ahead of the North Korea-U.S. summit in Hanoi Some 4,000 lamp posts on Hanoi’s tree-lined streets have been decked with the flags, and a handshake design symbolising peace, while thousands of flower pots have been laid out to welcome the two leaders, who will meet for second time in under a year on Wednesday evening.  Anticipation in the city has been building for days, with residents expressing their excitement at Vietnam being catapulted into the centre of such a significant international event.  “The Vietnamese are anticipating that this will have a big impact on global politics. It’s also a good way to promote tourism here,” said Nyuyen Anh Tuyet, whose small family shop in the tourist district has been designing and selling popular T-shirts decorated with portraits of the two leaders.  The Melia was ringed with tight security on Tuesday morning, with armoured vehicles parked in nearby side streets, and access to the property was severely restricted.  Kim’s bodyguards and staff were seen inside the hotel, some floors blocked off and the hotel informed guests on Monday that they would have to endure heightened security “due to the visit of a Head of State staying at our hotel,” reported Bloomberg.  Kim Jong-un's motorcade was greeted by crowds lining the streets of Hanoi Such was the cloud of secrecy surrounding Kim’s movements that the American media travelling with the US president, and who had been due to work out of the Melia, were abruptly shifted to a new location a few hours before he arrived.  The personal saunas in the best suites of the five-star hotel, which boasts of "elegant interiors" and "gorgeous views" may offer a brief moment of relaxation for the North Korean leader, who left Pyongyang in his armoured olive green train on Sunday, chugging about 2500 miles across China, before completing the final 105-mile stretch by car.  As he arrived at the station in the Vietnamese town of Dong Dang – the first North Korean leader to visit the country since 1964 – officials were on hand to receive him at the station with a red-carpet and a military guard of honour.  Kim, wearing his trademark Mao-style black suit, was spotted smiling and waving as he stepped into his Mercedes before setting off, about a dozen bodyguards briefly running alongside the vehicle for show.  Vietnamese soldiers are guarding the Melia hotel where Kim Jong-un is staying Credit: Ye Aung Thu/AFP Little is known about his schedule before he meets President Trump for a brief one-on-one conversation on Wednesday evening.  Sarah Sanders, the White House spokesperson, told reports on Air Force One that their meeting will be followed by a social dinner, at which they will each be accompanied by two guests and interpreters.  She said that would be followed by more meetings between the two leaders on Thursday. Mr Trump does not arrive in Hanoi until Tuesday evening and he will meet with both Vietnamese president and prime minister before his first talks with Kim.  The summit in Hanoi falls just eight months after the first historic meeting of the two leaders in Singapore last June.  The Singapore summit produced a vaguely worded declaration to work towards the complete denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula, but talks have since stalled over disagreements on how to do so.  While there is no real expectation that a deal will be struck this week to persuade Pyongyang to finally give up its nuclear weapons, there are hopes that the leaders could declare a formal end to the 1950-53 Korean War, which concluded only with an armistice.  "I believe that the possibility is there," the South's presidential Blue House spokesman Kim Eui-kyeom told reporters on Monday.  "There is no way of knowing what kind of declaration it might be, but I believe the U.S. and North Korea may reach an agreement." Meanwhile, the US president tweeted as he left for Hanoi: Heading over to Vietnam for my meeting with Kim Jong Un. Looking forward to a very productive Summit!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 25, 2019 "With complete Denuclearization, North Korea will rapidly become an Economic Powerhouse," tweeted Trump. "Without it, just more of the same." "Chairman Kim will make a wise decision!" Sign up for your essential, twice-daily briefing from The Telegraph with our free Front Page newsletter.



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North Korea's Kim arrives in Vietnam for summit; Trump on the way

North Korea's Kim arrives in Vietnam for summit; Trump on the wayTrump is due in the Vietnamese capital, Hanoi, on Tuesday evening. There is likely to be pressure on both sides to move beyond the vaguely worded commitment they made in Singapore to work toward complete denuclearization of the Korean peninsula. Domestic critics have warned Trump against cutting a deal that would do little to curb North Korea’s nuclear ambitions, urging specific, verifiable North Korean action to abandon the nuclear weapons that threaten the United States.



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In his grandfather's footsteps, North Korea's Kim arrives in Vietnam

In his grandfather's footsteps, North Korea's Kim arrives in VietnamVietnam’s model of reform is being widely touted as the economic path for impoverished North Korea to follow as the United States leads efforts to curb Pyongyang’s nuclear weapons program and bring it back to the international fold. In imagery that could have powerful propaganda value at home, Kim Jong Un will mimic aspects of his grandfather’s trip to Vietnam by traveling to some of the same locations visited by the elder Kim, two sources with direct knowledge of security and logistics planning told Reuters. “This is legacy politics,” said Christopher Green, a North Korea expert with the International Crisis Group.



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Malnourished Venezuelans hope urgently needed aid arrives soon

Malnourished Venezuelans hope urgently needed aid arrives soonThe 38-year-old is one of many Venezuelans suffering from malnutrition as the once-prosperous, oil-rich OPEC nation has seen its economy halve in size over the last five years under President Nicolas Maduro. Venezuelans’ diets have become ever more deficient in vitamins and protein, as currency controls restrict food imports and salaries fail to keep apace with inflation that is now above 2 million percent annually. Growing malnutrition is one of the reasons Venezuela’s opposition leader Juan Guaido has moved ahead with his plans to bring supplies of food and medicine into Venezuela by land and sea on Saturday, despite resistance from Maduro.



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