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Tears as North and South Koreans meet after decades

Tears as North and South Koreans meet after decadesWith tears and cries, dozens of elderly and frail South and North Korean family members met on Monday for the first time since the peninsula and their relationships were torn apart by war nearly 70 years ago. Many of the North Korean women were clad in traditional dresses, known as hanbok in the South and joseon-ot in the North, and all had the ubiquitous badges of the North’s founder Kim Il Sung or his son and successor Kim Jong Il, while the Southerners wore their best suits. As soon as 99-year-old South Korean Han Shin-ja approached their table, her two daughters — aged 69 and 72 — bowed their heads deeply towards her and burst into tears.



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Alligator Kills Woman Walking Dog In South Carolina: Police

Alligator Kills Woman Walking Dog In South Carolina: PoliceA woman died Monday morning in a suspected alligator attack on Hilton Head



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Frightened Students Recount Shooting That Left 2 Injured at South Florida High School Football Game

Frightened Students Recount Shooting That Left 2 Injured at South Florida High School Football GameTwo people were shot at a practice game in Palm Beach County on Friday.



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South Sudan government and rebels reach peace deal

South Sudan government and rebels reach peace dealBy Ali Abdelaty CAIRO (Reuters) – The president of South Sudan and head of the country’s main rebel group signed a final cease fire and power-sharing agreement on Sunday and hailed a new longed-for era of peace in the country. “I call on everyone as a leader of South Sudan that this agreement which we have signed today should be the end of the war and the conflict in our country,” said President Salva Kiir. South Sudan’s former vice president and rebel leader Riek Machar said after the signing, “today we celebrate, not just in South Sudan, but throughout the world.” South Sudan became independent from Sudan in 2011, but civil war broke out two years later between the government led by Kiir and a rebel movement led by Machar.



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Regime reclaims more ground in south Syria: monitor

Regime reclaims more ground in south Syria: monitorA string of rebel-held locations in southern Syria passed into regime control Sunday as the government regained more ground under Russian-brokered deals, a war monitor said. Talks involving rebels, local officials and regime ally Russia saw agreements struck for four villages and a strategic town near the border with Jordan, extending government control to some 60 percent of the southern Daraa province, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said. Since June 19, Russia-backed regime forces have ramped up bombardment against opposition fighters in southern Syria as Damascus pushes to retake the area.



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Syria regime advances in south as air strikes kill 15

Syria regime advances in south as air strikes kill 15At least eight battered rebel-held towns in southern Syria returned to regime control under Russian-brokered deals on Saturday as air strikes killed at least 15 civilians, a monitor said. Since June 19, backed by its ally Russia, the Damascus regime has carried out a deadly bombing campaign in southern Syria as it pushes to retake the strategic area bordering Jordan and the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights. As of Saturday, government forces controlled more than half of Daraa, up from just 30 percent at the start of the operation, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitor said.



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South Sudan's Kiir hopes talks will bring 'immediate end' to war

South Sudan's Kiir hopes talks will bring 'immediate end' to warSouth Sudanese President Salva Kiir said he hopes his meeting with arch-foe Riek Machar in Khartoum on Monday will bring an “immediate end” to the devastating war in their country. Machar and Kiir met at a Khartoum convention centre for a new round of peace talks after a meeting between the two heavyweights last week in Ethiopia failed to achieve a breakthrough. The latest rounds of talks between the bitter rivals come as East African leaders launched new efforts to secure peace in South Sudan, where warring factions face a looming deadline to avert UN sanctions.



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South Korea plans £26bn rail link with Russia in wake of North Korea summit

South Korea plans £26bn rail link with Russia in wake of North Korea summitA $ 35 billion (£26 billion) railtrack that would link North and South Korea to Moscow is among a flurry of ambitious economic projects being discussed in the wake of the Singapore summit between Kim Jong-un and Donald Trump, the US president.  The fragile international détente has spurred a wave of excitement among global investors keen to capitalise on the opening up of the mineral-rich hermit kingdom, despite sanctions over its nuclear and weapons programmes still remaining in place.  Key to that investment would be an upgrade of North Korea’s creaking infrastructure and ageing railway system, stretches of which can only allow slowing moving trains travelling at about 30mph, reported the website, Noon in Korea.  On a rare South Korean state visit to Russia at the weekend, President Moon Jae-in suggested a “Northern Silk Road” that would enable the connection of the whole of the Korean Peninsula with the Trans-Siberian railway, the longest railway line in the world and a key transport link to Europe.  Mr Moon, accompanied by South Korean rail officials, made his proposal to President Vladimir Putin, Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, and the Russian parliament, along with plans to boost energy links across the region and to raise South Korea-Russia trade to over $ 30 billion by 2020.  Moon Jae-in held talks with Vladimir Putin, the Russian president, at the weekend Credit: Sergei Karpukhin/Reuters Draft proposals reportedly suggest a high speed line connecting the South Korean capital, Seoul, with Sinuiju, on the border with China, via Pyongyang.  “Among the trilateral cooperation on the railway, electricity, and energy, connecting railways (between Russia and the two Koreas) appears to be most likely,” Mr Moon told Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, reported the Korea Herald.  “Through permanent peace on the Korean Peninsula, I’m hoping that the Trans-Siberian Railway will extend all the way to the southern port city of Busan, where I grew up. I hope you will join our efforts to open up new possibilities and common prosperity on the Korean Peninsula,” he told the parliament.  President Moon is said to have given Kim Jong-un a thumb drive containing the railway plan during their summit at the end of April, as part of a series of economic incentives to push him along the path to peace.  The South Korean president, who has staked his reputation on building stronger ties with the North, has also repeatedly suggested an East Asian bid, including North Korea, to host the World Cup in 2030.  According to South Korean media reports, he reiterated the idea to FIFA boss, Gianni Infantino, while watching South Korea’s two-nil defeat to Mexico on Saturday.  Besides grand designs for future relations, ties between the two Koreas are warming slowly day by day.  South Korea may be planning a joint World Cup bid with North Korea  Credit: Sergei Savostyanov/TASS Senior South and North Korean army officials met on Monday to discuss moving artillery on the northern side of the border, primarily aimed at Seoul, and also the restoration of telephone and fax lines to avoid military clashes.  Pyongyang’s relations with Washington also appear to be on track since the Singapore summit, although a senior US defence official stressed over the weekend that the US would soon present North Korea with a timeline of “specific asks” on denuclearisation.  “We’ll know pretty soon if they’re going to operate in good faith or not,” the official told reporters travelling with James Mattis, the US defence secretary, on a trip to Asia.  On the surface, however, Pyongyang has made conciliatory gestures to its once sworn enemy.  On Monday it took the small but significant decision to skip one of the most symbolic and politically charged events of the year: the annual “anti-US imperialism” rally marking the start of the Korean War in 1950.  In addition to toning down its anti-US rhetoric, North Korea has also reportedly transferred the remains of soldiers who died in the 1950-53 war to the border with South Korea.  Over the weekend, US forces moved 100 coffins to receive the bones, although verification of identities will be a long process.  More than 36,500 US troops died in the war, and about 7,700 military personnel remain unaccounted for.  Despite the rapprochement, North Korea’s dire human rights situation remains a sore point that is apparently still off the agenda for talks.  On Sunday, Pyongyang made the bold demand for South Korea to scrap a state-run foundation intended to improve rights in the reclusive North.  North Korean propaganda website, Uriminzokkiri, called the foundation a “plot against our republic” that “ought to be buried away.”  



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South Carolina congressional candidate seriously injured in car crash

South Carolina congressional candidate seriously injured in car crashSouth Carolina Republican congressional candidate Katie Arrington, who ousted incumbent U.S. Representative Mark Sanford in a primary this month, was seriously injured in a car crash that killed the driver of a second vehicle, her campaign said on Saturday. Arrington, 47, was the passenger in a car driven by a friend on Friday night when a vehicle traveling in the wrong direction struck them on Highway 17 in Charleston County as they were going to Hilton Head where Arrington was to receive an award from a state medical organization, her campaign said. Tim Scott, a Republican U.S. Senator from South Carolina, told the News & Courier newspaper in Charleston that he visited Arrington on Saturday and spoke with her.



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North and South Korea Agree to Hold Family Reunification Meetings This Summer

North and South Korea Agree to Hold Family Reunification Meetings This SummerAs the rivals boost reconciliation efforts



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