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Rotterdam seizes 90,000 bottles of Russian vodka believed to be intended for Kim Jong-un

Rotterdam seizes 90,000 bottles of Russian vodka believed to be intended for Kim Jong-unThe Dutch port of Rotterdam has seized 90,000 bottles of Russian vodka allegedly destined for North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and his top generals. Customs officers nabbed the 3,000 cases of vodka on Friday in a vessel belonging to the Chinese company Cosco Shipping on a tip from the Russian foreign ministry. They believe the intended recipient was Kim and military commanders.  The confiscation was followed by findings that a Russian tanker secretly transferred fuel to a North Korean ship at sea at least four times in 2017 and 2018, which would violate international sanctions over Pyongyang's nuclear missile programme. Two crew members told Reuters that the ship left Vladivostok ostensibly for China, but instead met up with the North Korean tanker Chon Moyng-1 at night while it was not transmitting its position.  The meeting between Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un in Singapore in June, which has produced few concrete results Credit: Evan Vucci/AP News of these attempts to skirt the sanctions came ahead of a summit in Vietnam's capital Hanoi on Wednesday between Kim and Donald Trump, the US president. The Russian foreign minister said during his own visit to Hanoi on Monday that the US had asked Russia's advice on how to approach the summit. Moscow has recommended Washington offer security guarantees to Pyongyang in exchange for disarmament steps.  The United Nations has capped petroleum exports to North Korea and banned luxury good exports entirely, but Kim  frequently tries to circumvent these measures.  Last year, the UN listed the Chon Moyng-1 as having disobeyed sanctions with ship-to-ship fuel transfers. Previous seizures have included champagne, cheese and televisions bound for North Korea. The vodka cases found on Friday were hidden under an aircraft fuselage. Kim Jong-un visits the North Korean embassy in Vietnam before his expected meeting with Donald Trump this week Credit: The Asahi Shimbun via Getty The UN estimates that 11 million North Koreans, nearly half the country's population, are affected by chronic food insecurity and access to basic life-saving services such as health care, water and sanitation. Around a fifth of all children in North Korea are malnourished, according to the UN. The meeting with Kim in Hanoi is intended to discuss US-Korean relations but is not expected to produce any breakthroughs in convincing Pyongyang to end its nuclear weapons programme. There are hopes that North Korea will renew its pledge to suspend nuclear tests and missile firings. The summit follows a historic meeting between Mr Trump and the North Korean leader in Singapore in June last year. While the event was hailed as a triumph for Mr Trump's foreign policy it produced few meaningful concessions from Kim while allowing the dictator to burnish his international standing. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will join the summit.



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7-Year-Old Boy Found Dead in Denver Storage Unit Believed to Have Been Killed in May

7-Year-Old Boy Found Dead in Denver Storage Unit Believed to Have Been Killed in MayA 7-year-old boy who was found dead inside a Denver storage unit just before Christmas is believed to have been killed in May, according to Denver police.



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NASA probe believed to have passed distant space rock on landmark mission  

NASA probe believed to have passed distant space rock on landmark mission  The body is farther from Earth than any other that has had such a close encounter with a NASA probe, scientists believe. The New Horizons probe was slated to reach the “third zone” in the uncharted heart of the Kuiper Belt at 12:33 a.m. Eastern. Scientists will not have confirmation of its successful arrival until the probe communicates its whereabouts through NASA’s Deep Space Network at 10:28 a.m. Eastern, about 10 hours later.  Once it enters the peripheral layer of the belt, containing icy bodies and leftover fragments from the solar system’s creation, the probe will get its first close-up glance of Ultima Thule, a cool mass shaped like a giant peanut, using seven on-board instruments.



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FAA says 3 believed aboard when jet crashed in Indiana woods

FAA says 3 believed aboard when jet crashed in Indiana woodsMEMPHIS, Ind. (AP) — A Chicago-bound jet crashed in southern Indiana shortly after taking off from a local airport Friday, and investigators believe everyone on board the small twin-engine plane was killed, according to police.



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New Jersey mansion murders: Motive is believed to be financial, prosecutor says

New Jersey mansion murders: Motive is believed to be financial, prosecutor saysPaul Caneiro charged with four counts of murder in connection to fires



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American killed by remote tribe believed god was helping him reach island

American killed by remote tribe believed god was helping him reach islandThe young American, paddling his kayak toward a remote Indian island whose people have resisted the outside world for thousands of years, believed God was helping him dodge the authorities. "God sheltered me and camouflaged me against the coast guard and the navy," John Allen Chau wrote before he was killed last week on North Sentinel Island. Indian ships monitor the waters around the island, trying to ensure outsiders do not go near the Sentinelese, who have repeatedly made clear they want to be left alone. When a young boy tried to hit him with an arrow on his first day on the island, Chau swam back to the fishing boat he had arranged to wait for him offshore. The arrow, he wrote, hit a Bible he was carrying. "Why did a little kid have to shoot me today?" he wrote in his notes, which he left with the fishermen before swimming back the next morning. "His high-pitched voice still lingers in my head." Police say Chau knew that the Sentinelese resisted all contact by outsiders, firing arrows and spears at passing helicopters and killing fishermen who drift onto their shore. His notes, which were reported Thursday in Indian newspapers and confirmed by police, make clear he knew he might be killed. "I DON’T WANT TO DIE," wrote Chau, who appeared to want to bring Christianity to the islanders. "Would it be wiser to leave and let someone else to continue. No I don’t think so." Indian authorities have been trying to figure out a way to recover Chau’s body after he was killed last week by islanders who apparently shot him with arrows and then buried his body on the beach. A rare photo showing a member of the Sentinelese tribe Credit: AFP A team of police and officials from the forest department, tribal welfare department and coast guard on Friday launched a second boat expedition to the island to identify where Chau died. The officials took two of the seven people arrested for helping Chau get close to the island in an effort to determine his route and circumstances of his death, according to a statement issued by police for the Andaman and Nicobar islands, where North Sentinel is located. Chau paid fishermen last week to take him near North Sentinel, using a kayak to paddle to shore and bringing gifts including a football and fish. "Since the Sentinelese tribespeople are protected by law to preserve their way of life, due precautions were taken by the team to ensure that these particularly vulnerable tribal groups are not disturbed and distressed during this exercise," the statement said. The team returned later Friday. The police and the coast guard had carried out an aerial survey of Northern Sentinel Island earlier in the week. A team of police and forest department officials also used a coast guard boat to visit the island Wednesday. Officials typically don’t travel to the North Sentinel area, where people live as their ancestors did thousands of years ago. The only contacts, occasional "gift giving" visits in which bananas and coconuts were passed by small teams of officials and scholars who remained in the surf, were years ago. Police are consulting anthropologists, tribal welfare experts and scholars to figure out a way to recover the body, said Dependera Pathak, director-general of police on the Andaman and Nicobar islands. The North Sentinel Island, in India's southeastern Andaman and Nicobar Islands Credit:  Gautam Singh/AP Scholars know almost nothing about the island, from how many people live there to what language they speak. The Andamans once had other similar groups, long-ago migrants from Africa and Southeast Asia who settled in the island chain, but their numbers have dwindled dramatically over the past century as a result of disease, intermarriage and migration. Chau estimated the island had about 250 inhabitants, with at least 10 people living in each hut. "The tribe’s language has a lot of high pitched sounds like ba, pa la and as," he wrote. It’s not clear what happened to Chau when he swam back to the island the next morning. But on the morning of the following day, the fishermen watched from the boat as tribesmen dragged Chau’s body along the beach and buried his remains. North Sentinel Island locator Five fishermen, a friend of Chau’s and a local tourist guide have been arrested for helping Chau, police say. In an Instagram post, his family said it was mourning him as a "beloved son, brother, uncle and best friend to us." The family also said it forgave his killers. Authorities say Chau arrived in the area on Oct. 16 and stayed on another island while he prepared to travel to North Sentinel. It was not his first time in the region: he had visited the Andaman islands in 2015 and 2016. With help from the friend, Chau paid fishermen $ 325 to take him there, Pathak said. After the fishermen realized Chau had been killed, they left for Port Blair, the capital of the island chain, where they broke the news to Chau’s friend, who notified his family, Pathak said. Chau, whose friends described him as a fervent Christian, attended Oral Roberts University in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Before that he had lived in southwestern Washington state and went to Vancouver Christian High School.  



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Colts Neck mansion fire: Husband, wife, kids believed killed before fire, brother in custody

Colts Neck mansion fire: Husband, wife, kids believed killed before fire, brother in custodyThe Monmouth County prosecutor said the four victims suffered "homicidal violence" before the Colts Neck fire was set.



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Man says traffic made him miss doomed Lion Air crash, believed to have killed everyone on board

Man says traffic made him miss doomed Lion Air crash, believed to have killed everyone on boardA man who was supposed to be on the Lion Air jet that crashed on Monday



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Japan: Man believed to be missing journalist in Syria freed

Japan: Man believed to be missing journalist in Syria freedTOKYO (AP) — A man believed to be a Japanese freelance journalist who disappeared three years ago in Syria has been released and is now in Turkey, a Japanese official said.



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Body believed to be missing 6-year-old found

Body believed to be missing 6-year-old foundMaddox Ritch, who has autism and does not talk, went missing in a park Saturday.



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