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Footage shows Bangkok bombing in mall minutes from ASEAN summit

Footage shows Bangkok bombing in mall minutes from ASEAN summitFootage emerged Saturday of the moment a bomb exploded in a Bangkok mall as the city hosted a major summit, the device apparently hidden inside a cuddly toy animal. There were nine successful or attempted bomb blasts on Friday throughout Bangkok which left four wounded as the city hosted a regional summit attended by top diplomats, including US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi. Footage showed an explosion in a shopping mall minutes from the summit venue in the early hours of Friday morning, after it was apparently planted by a man dressed in a student’s uniform about 12 hours earlier.



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South Korea's Moon calls Trump-Kim summit end of hostility

South Korea's Moon calls Trump-Kim summit end of hostilitySouth Korea's president on Tuesday called a recent U.S.-North Korean summit at the Korean border an end of mutual hostility between the countries, despite skepticism by many experts that it's was a just made-for-TV moment that lacked any substance. During their impromptu third summit at the Korean Demilitarized Zone on Sunday, Trump and Kim reaffirmed their friendships and agreed to resume nuclear talks. Trump's brief stepping across the borderline into North Korea also made him the first sitting U.S. president to set foot in the North's soil.



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South Korea's President Calls the Trump-Kim Border Summit the 'Start of an Era of Peace'

South Korea's President Calls the Trump-Kim Border Summit the 'Start of an Era of Peace'South Korea’s president on Tuesday called a recent U.S.-North Korean summit at the Korean border an end of mutual hostility between the countries, despite skepticism by many experts that it’s was a just made-for-TV moment that lacked any substance.



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Trump nepotism attacked after 'out-of-her-depth' Ivanka given key summit role

Trump nepotism attacked after 'out-of-her-depth' Ivanka given key summit role* Experts say first daughter’s presence reflects gravely on US * Opinion: Laugh at Ivanka – to take her seriously is frighteningIvanka Trump with national security adviser John Bolton in South Korea on Sunday. On stage later, Donald Trump introduced his daughter and said: ‘She’s going to steal the show.’ Photograph: Kevin Lamarque/ReutersDonald Trump has been accused of taking nepotism to alarming new depths after giving his daughter, Ivanka, a prominent role in meetings with the G20 and Kim Jong-un.On Saturday, the French government released a video from the G20 summit in Osaka that showed Ivanka awkwardly interjecting with the French president, Emmanuel Macron, British prime minister, Theresa May, Canadian PM, Justin Trudeau and IMF director Christine Lagarde, whose icy expression spoke volumes. During the summit, Ivanka was also included in photographs of a group of leaders.A day later, Trump’s 37-year-old daughter became one of the few Americans to set foot inside North Korea as her father held nuclear talks with Kim in the demilitarised zone. The first daughter described the event as “surreal”.Then, addressing US forces stationed in South Korea, Donald Trump invited Ivanka on stage and promised: “She’s going to steal the show.”Such brazenly dynastic displays caused concern among foreign policy experts who, noting Ivanka’s complete lack of diplomatic experience or training, warned of lasting damage to America’s credibility.Ned Price, former special assistant to Barack Obama for national security affairs, said: “It’s one thing for Trump to have his relatives around him in the White House as personal consigliere, especially if they do have the calming influence that’s been reported. But it’s quite another for his daughter to represent the United States of America in the presence of world leaders.> It reflects poorly on Ivanka Trump that she lacks the self-awareness to recognise how out of her depth she is> > Ned Price“It reflects poorly on Trump that he would place her in that context and poorly on Ivanka Trump that she lacks the self-awareness to recognise how out of her depth she is.”Price, now director of policy and communications at National Security Action, a thinktank, added: “Above all it reflects poorly on the United States that we’re too often represented by unelected officials without any relevant qualifications.”Ivanka is listed on the official White House website as “adviser to the president”, focusing on the “education and economic empowerment of women and their families”. This has included several foreign trips, often promoted on her Instagram account.Her husband, Jared Kushner, is no less influential, and recently unveiled part of a widely derided Middle East peace plan at a conference in Bahrain that was boycotted by Palestinian officials. The couple moved from New York to Washington to join the administration, with Ivanka eventually closing her clothing business.Several leaders brought their spouses to the G20, but in the absence of Melania, Donald Trump brought his daughter instead. Speaking at one session, she said the world economy would get a boost of up to $ 28tn by 2025 if women were on an equal economic footing. Ivanka even released video in which she looked self-conscious as she summarised meetings and used words such as “deliverables”.But it was the footage of her conversation with world leaders that triggered a tsunami of online parodies.May can be heard saying: “As soon as you charge them with that economic aspect of it, a lot of people start listening who otherwise wouldn’t listen.”Ivanka then chips in: “And the same with the defence side of it, in terms of the whole business that’s been, sort of, male-dominated.”Lagarde’s head jerks to the left. She looks irritated.Democrats seized on the incident. Congressman Eric Swalwell, who is running for president, said: “This is your reminder that Ivanka Trump has no foreign policy or diplomacy experience. The American people deserve to be represented by a qualified diplomat, not the president’s daughter.”Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez said: “Being someone’s daughter actually isn’t a career qualification. It hurts our diplomatic standing when the president phones it in [and] the world moves on.”Trump drew his own sharp criticism over the weekend for his ostentatiously cosy relations with Kim, Vladimir Putin and the Saudi crown prince, Mohammed bin Salman, suspected of involvement in the death and dismemberment of Jamal Khashoggi, a journalist who lived in the US and wrote for the Washington Post. Trump’s unorthodox approaches to trade, Iran, Israel and European allies have also received withering censure.Larry Jacobs, director of the Center for the Study of Politics and Governance at the University of Minnesota, said: “The fact that Trump would let his own daughter, who has no training and no basis for participating in diplomatic events, [go to the G20] epitomises the Trump administration’s amateurish approach to foreign policy.“He’s very obviously thumbing his nose at protocol and decades of norms.”The Trump family business has drawn comparisons to a constitutional monarchy. Trump told the Atlantic earlier this year: “If [Ivanka] ever wanted to run for president. I think she’d be very, very hard to beat.”Ivanka’s brothers, Donald Jr and Eric, have become outspoken defenders of their father and are set to play leading roles in the 2020 election.Jordan Libowitz, communications director of Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics (Crew) in Washington, said: “It is questionable what Ivanka Trump was doing at the G20 summit, but it is also questionable what she does in the White House.“She takes a very prominent public role without defined duties or qualifications further than being the president’s daughter.“More troubling is the fact that she continues to own significant problematic assets, from which she makes millions of dollars – including a share of the Trump hotel in Washington, which has become a haven for people looking to influence the Trump administration.”



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North Korea hails 'historic' Kim-Trump summit

North Korea hails 'historic' Kim-Trump summitNorth Korea on Monday hailed the weekend meeting between leader Kim Jong Un and US President Donald Trump in the Demilitarized Zone as “historic”, as analysts said Pyongyang was looking to shape the narrative to its own agenda. The two leaders agreed to “resume and push forward productive dialogues for making a new breakthrough in the denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula”, the official Korean Central News Agency said. Kim and Trump shook hands over the concrete slabs dividing North and South before Trump walked a few paces into Pyongyang’s territory — the first US president ever to set foot on North Korean soil.



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The Case for Optimism After the Trump-Kim Handshake Summit

The Case for Optimism After the Trump-Kim Handshake SummitPresident Donald Trump secured another historic first in U.S.-North Korea relations earlier today when he crossed into North Korean territory at Panmunjom before a brief meeting with Kim Jong-un. The impromptu meeting—planned in less than two days after Trump tweeted about wanting to meet with Kim—ended with an announcement that the two countries would restart working level talks in a bid to break the diplomatic impasse that has persisted since the failed Hanoi summit in late February.Any “summit” arranged on such short notice is bound to contain more symbolism than substance, and many U.S. experts are rightly noting that today’s meeting has done little to move the needle toward denuclearization. However, looking at the handshake summit solely from the perspective of denuclearization misses other important aspects that increase the meeting’s significance when taken into account.



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Trump Holds DMZ Summit, Pauses China Trade War

Trump Holds DMZ Summit, Pauses China Trade War(Bloomberg) — Want to receive this post in your inbox every day? Sign up for the Balance of Power newsletter, and follow Bloomberg Politics on Twitter and Facebook for more.Donald Trump became the first sitting U.S. president to set foot in North Korea, a day after he and Chinese leader Xi Jinping pushed the pause button on their trade war. Joe Biden, the front-runner for the Democratic presidential nomination, got a reality check from his rivals in the party’s first debate, and the flight of millions of people from the collapsing economy in Venezuela reverberated across South America.Read about those topics and more in this edition of Weekend Reads, and click here for more of Bloomberg’s best political photos from the past week.Global Headlines Trump’s DMZ Summit Shows How Little Kim Has Conceded on NukesTrump met Kim for the third time today after a last-minute Twitter invitation that even surprised the North Korean leader. Yet as Margaret Talev and Jon Herskovitz, explain, Trump had something on his mind: critics who say his overtures to Kim haven’t led to any meaningful moves toward ending North Korea’s nuclear program.Huawei Lifeline Shows Trump Prefers Business Deals Over Cold WarIn recent weeks, Trump has drawn the ire of security hawks in Congress for suggesting he could ease his blacklisting of Huawei Technologies Co. to secure a trade deal with China. Shawn Donnan reports that on Saturday he took a big step toward doing just that, signaling that he cares more about selling U.S. products to China than embarking on a clash of civilizations. The Issues Dominating the 2020 Democratic Presidential CampaignFor most of the two dozen Democratic presidential candidates, social media has been the preferred platform for announcing policy proposals and clarifying positions. Allison McCartney reports on a Bloomberg analysis that shows since the beginning of 2019, the candidates who qualified for the first debate sent about 24,000 tweets—and about half of them mentioned at least one major campaign issue.Embattled NRA Loses Its Political Power Broker on Eve of 2020As the National Rifle Association’s chief lobbyist, Chris Cox pumped more money into Trump’s unlikely election than anyone. As Polly Mosendz, Neil Weinberg and David Voreacos explain, Cox’s resignation on Wednesday comes as the NRA is entering the 2020 race with the president lagging in polls and without the marketing or lobbying power that made it such an effective force for Trump in 2016.May Is Resigning as U.K. Premier, and She’s Not Going QuietlyTheresa May will stand down as Britain’s prime minister next month but she is not giving up. With three weeks left before she hands over to someone else, the premier is busier than ever trying to build an ambitious legacy. Tim Ross reports. Endorsed by Trump, Saudi Prince Steps Back Out on World StageSeven months ago Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman cut an isolated figure, caught in a firestorm over the murder of columnist and Saudi critic Jamal Khashoggi. But at this year’s G-20 summit he met with leaders including Putin, May, and India’s Narendra Modi, and, as Cagan Koc writes, had a chummy breakfast meeting with Trump, who called him a friend.Amsterdam’s Hire-a-Refugee Program Takes On Tight Labor MarketWhen Rasha Mostafa fled war-torn Syria with her husband and daughter 4 1/2 years ago, little did she know she was going to help Amsterdam with a key economic problem. Yet in many large European cities, migrants are quietly filling gaping holes in the labor market, doing jobs locals just don’t want to do. Ruben Munsterman reports.Add a Million Venezuelans and Your Economy Looks Very DifferentMarkets were shocked when Chile cut interest rates this month, but the central bank had a simple explanation: The economy suddenly had a lot more people in it. As Daniela Guzman and John Quigley report, that’s because of the exodus from Venezuela, where about 4 million people fleeing financial and social collapse are showing up across South America.Billionaire General Bets on Property With Fortune Forged in OilBen Stupples reports on Theophilus Danjuma, the 80-year-old former Nigerian general who’s worth $ 1.2 billion and whose investment in the Kings Arms Hotel in London is part of a network for holdings spanning at least three continents. And finally… For the government of the southern African nation of Zimbabwe, the reintroduction of the national currency a decade after its demise marks a return to “normalcy.” Yet for most of the country’s citizens, Antony Sguazzin explains, it’s a bitter reminder of the years of hyperinflation that destroyed their savings and left them bartering for basics. \–With assistance from Gordon Bell.To contact the author of this story: Karl Maier in Abuja at kmaier2@bloomberg.netTo contact the editor responsible for this story: Kathleen Hunter at khunter9@bloomberg.netFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.



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Trump slams Democratic debates at G20 summit over healthcare for migrants: ‘That’s the end of that race!’

Trump slams Democratic debates at G20 summit over healthcare for migrants: ‘That’s the end of that race!’Donald Trump attacked the first two nights of the 2020 Democratic debates while attending the G20 summit in Japan on Thursday. The president said the first night of debates among leading Democrats in Miami, Florida “wasn’t very exciting” and lambasted his opponents for supporting health care for undocumented immigrants during the second night of debates. While meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, the US president said, “You know they have a debate going on. They had the first debate last night, perhaps you saw it — it wasn’t very exciting, I can tell you that.” “They have another going on today,” he continued, speaking with the German leader on Thursday night as the debates were going on. “They definitely have plenty of candidates. That’s about it.”“I look forward to spending time with you rather than watching that,” he added. Still, the president reportedly claimed to have passed by a television during Thursday night’s summit when he noticed the second round of debates at a moment when politicians were responding to a question about providing health care insurance for undocumented immigrants. Each of the 2020 hopefuls on stage at Thursday night’s contentious debate were in agreement over providing health care to migrants who arrived at the nation’s borders with documentation. > All Democrats just raised their hands for giving millions of illegal aliens unlimited healthcare. How about taking care of American Citizens first!? That’s the end of that race!> > — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) > > June 28, 2019Mr Trump tweeted seemingly in between meetings: “All Democrats just raised their hands for giving millions of illegal aliens unlimited healthcare.”“How about taking care of American Citizens first!?” he continued, adding, “That’s the end of that race!”On Wednesday night, the president tweeted the first night of debates were “BORING!” and did not live-tweet the entirety of the events as some reports suggested he was planning on doing while travelling to the G20 summit. Numerous candidates took a turn to swipe at Mr Trump during their remarks at the multi-day debates, with leading candidates like Joe Biden, Bernie Sanders, Kamala Harris and Elizabeth Warren each portraying themselves as the president’s polar opposite in terms of rhetoric, policies and proposals.



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U.S., China agree tentative trade truce ahead of G20 summit: SCMP

U.S., China agree tentative trade truce ahead of G20 summit: SCMPDetails of the agreement, which would halt the next round of U.S. tariffs on an additional $ 300 billion of Chinese goods, are being laid out in press releases and will be out as coordinated press releases and not a joint statement, the newspaper said. Chinese President Xi Jinping's meeting with U.S. President Donald Trump is conditional upon Washington agreeing to such a tentative agreement, SCMP reported, citing one source with knowledge of the plans.



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China says will not allow Hong Kong issue to be discussed at G20 summit

China says will not allow Hong Kong issue to be discussed at G20 summitChina’s Assistant Minister of Foreign Affairs Zhang Jun said on Monday that China will not allow the Group of 20 nations to discuss the Hong Kong issue at its summit this week. Millions of people demonstrated on the streets of Hong Kong this month against a bill that would allow people to be extradited to the mainland to face trial in courts controlled by the Communist Party. It triggered the most violent protests in decades when police fired rubber bullets and tear gas to disperse the crowds.



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