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Ahead of Putin summit, Trump casts doubt on Russian meddling

Ahead of Putin summit, Trump casts doubt on Russian meddlingThe commander in chief reiterated via Twitter Moscow’s denial that it interfered in the 2016 presidential election — despite the conclusions of top U.S. intelligence agencies that it did.



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Italy blocks EU summit agreement until migration demands met

Italy blocks EU summit agreement until migration demands metBy Francesco Guarascio and Gabriela Baczynska BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Italy’s prime minister refused to approve an EU summit statement on Thursday, telling fellow leaders that they must first meet his demands on migration, in an unusual showdown that underscored deep divisions over the sensitive issue. The move by Giuseppe Conte, who is attending his first European Union summit, surprised other leaders and forced summit chairman Donald Tusk and European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker to cancel a news conference planned for Thursday evening. “As one member reserved their position on the entire conclusions, no conclusions have been agreed at this stage,” a spokesman for Tusk said.



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Energy Equivalent of 5.3-Magnitude Earthquake Hits Kilauea Volcano's Summit

Energy Equivalent of 5.3-Magnitude Earthquake Hits Kilauea Volcano's SummitHawaii's devastating volcano had a busy weekend of seismic activity.



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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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Ten days after Trump-Kim summit, hard work is yet to begin

Ten days after Trump-Kim summit, hard work is yet to beginThe landmark summit between President Donald Trump and Chairman Kim Jong Un ended with a North Korean pledge of “complete denuclearization,” but 10 days on no timetable for action has emerged. After flying back to Washington last week, seemingly giddy with success, the US leader tweeted, “There is no longer a Nuclear Threat from North Korea” — a bold claim with Kim’s arsenal still in place. Many observers were disappointed that the short statement of intent signed by the two leaders did not more clearly define denuclearization, fearing Kim plans to keep his hard-won deterrent.



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Italy doubles down on anti-migrant stance ahead of EU summit

Italy doubles down on anti-migrant stance ahead of EU summitItaly doubled down Friday on its new tough stance against migrants, insisting it could not take “one more” refugee and warned the migration crisis could put the bloc’s survival at stake. Just two days before a mini summit on the issue in Brussels, Italy’s three-week-old populist government dug its heels in on campaign promises to stop the influx of migrants, threatening to seize rescue ships or barring them from its ports. “We cannot take in one more person,” hardline Interior Minister Matteo Salvini told the German weekly Der Spiegel.



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Bad Lip Reading of Trump-Kim summit is more believable than what really happened

Bad Lip Reading of Trump-Kim summit is more believable than what really happenedBad Lip Readings are back and they're better than ever.  The Trump-Kim summit in Singapore had a plethora of cringey moments, from the bizarre movie trailer released by the White House to when Trump suggested that North Korea build condos instead of exploding cannons in the ocean. But there were parts of the summit that the general public didn't get a glimpse of — so Bad Lip Reading imagined what we couldn't hear during Trump's bonding session with the North Korean dictator. Gems include Kim calling Trump "buddy" and "homie," while Trump responds, "That's pretty weird."  In the spoof, Trump also admits to reading Kim's diary, putting him on the spot for "wanting to grow up and get in a rocket ship." Trump also experiences some gastrointestinal distress, burping out "hey, look at the tiny little zucchini."  "I'm the best," Kim cheers for himself.  Somehow this whole Bad Lip Reading is more believable than Trump calling Kim — a brutal dictator with a history of human rights violations — a guy who "loves his people" and has a "great personality." 



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Trump defends North Korea summit, trashes media: 'We got so much for peace in the world'

Trump defends North Korea summit, trashes media: 'We got so much for peace in the world'Sunday morning, President Trump repeatedly defended the North Korea summit and accused the press of not giving him the credit he deserves for trying to bring more stability to the Korean peninsula.



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Summit does not deal with North Korea's hacking

Summit does not deal with North Korea's hackingWASHINGTON (AP) — Among the subjects President Donald Trump apparently didn't discuss with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Singapore — the regime's human rights abuses, its exports of missile technology and its mistreatment of U.S. prisoners — there's one more: its long record of dangerous cyberattacks against sensitive targets in the U.S. and allied nations.



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N.Korea TV summit broadcast hails Kim as 'world leader'

N.Korea TV summit broadcast hails Kim as 'world leader'North Korean state television Thursday aired footage of Kim Jong Un’s historic summit with Donald Trump in Singapore, with the report describing Kim as a “prominent world leader” who is universally revered. The 40-minute broadcast by Korean Central Television seized the chance to heap praise on Kim, showing footage of his night time stroll on the Singapore waterfront and saying he was welcomed with “deep respect and boundless enthusiasm” in the city-state. “Singapore, a beautiful and developed city, has become all the more famous because of the meeting of the century”, the female voiceover reported.



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