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Foreign journalists set to witness North Korea nuclear test site closing
Airbus Defense and Space/38 North (SEOUL) -- North Korea is set to dismantle its nuclear testing facility at Punggye-ri this week in front of a delegation of two dozen handpicked foreign journalists.The journalists flew on a chartered plane Tuesday from Beijing to the city of Wonsan on the east coast of North Korea and were set to be taken on a long journey to the nuclear site near the village of Punggye-ri.From Wonsan, the group is expected to travel at least 11 hours on a train up the coast and another four hours into the foothills of Mount Mantap by...
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Lawmakers concerned Trump giving up too much in negotiations with China over ZTE
iStock/Thinkstock (WASHINGTON) -- As the Trump administration tries to sell its rapidly-evolving trade deal with China to Congress, members of both parties are not convinced it’s in the best interest of the United States.Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin appeared before a Senate subcommittee Tuesday during which he pledged that any changes to penalties on the Chinese telecom ZTE, which is publicly traded but whose largest shareholder is an enterprise owned by the state, would not affect American national security.“I can assure you that whatever the Commerce Department decides, the intel community has been part of the briefings and we will ensure...
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Prince Harry, Meghan Markle make 1st appearance since wedding
Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images (LONDON) -- The Duke and Duchess of Sussex attended their first official engagement today as husband and wife, just three days after their wedding.Prince Harry, 33, and Duchess Meghan, 36, still had their newlywed glow while visiting Buckingham Palace for Prince Charles' 70th birthday patronage celebration.Meghan chose a pale-colored dress, purse and hat for the occasion.She was seen warmly laughing with her new in-laws, Prince Charles and Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall.The garden party is an early birthday celebration for Charles, who will turn 70 in November, and his patronage of hundreds of charities.Harry and Meghan's attendance...
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Ariana Grande sends love and light on the anniversary of the Manchester bombing
Getty Images/Dave Hogan for One Love Manchester (NEW YORK) -- Ariana Grande marked the one-year anniversary of the bombing at her Manchester, England concert with a touching message on Twitter."Thinking of you all today and every day," the singer wrote early Tuesday morning. "I love you with all of me and am sending you all of the light and warmth I have to offer on this challenging day.On May 22, 2017, Grande had just left the stage at the Manchester Arena when police say suicide bomber Salman Abedi detonated an explosive device, killing 22 people and injuring more than 100...
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Trump raises doubts North Korea summit will happen in June
Alex Wong/Getty Images (WASHINGTON) -- President Donald Trump appeared to raise doubts Tuesday that his upcoming historic summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un will take place as previously planned on June 12."If it doesn't happen, maybe it will happen later. Maybe it will happen at a different time," Trump said in the Oval Office as he sat alongside South Korea President Moon Jae-in. "The meeting is scheduled as you know on June 12th in Singapore. And whether or not it happens, you will be knowing pretty soon.""But it may not work out for June 12," Trump later added....
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Trump enters talks with Moon amid uncertainty over North Korea summit
Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images (NEW YORK) -- Just three weeks before a planned summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, President Donald Trump is hosting South Korea’s President Moon Jae-in on Tuesday for talks as they work to assess whether North Korea’s commitment to rid itself of its nuclear program is genuine.Moon has long been a driving force behind the diplomacy between the United States and North Korea, and personally encouraged Trump to meet with Kim. In March, Moon sent special envoys to North Korea to encourage talks between Pyongyang and Washington.Last week, North Korea scrapped a series of follow...
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Israeli-American novelist laments Gaza deaths, sees hope in resistance
iStock/Thinkstock (NEW YORK) --"Shattered in an unsurprised way.”That’s the reaction of Arabic-speaking Israeli-American author Moriel Rothman-Zecher to the paroxysm of violence along the Gaza border this past week, in which Israeli forces killed dozens of Palestinians amid a mass protest largely against the controversial U.S. Embassy move to Jerusalem.Shattered, because of the deaths -- the Palestinian Health Ministry pegs the toll at 60 at least -- but unsurprised, as this recent violence must feel to Rothman-Zecher as though it erupted right from the pages of his just-released novel, Sadness is a White Bird.Rothman-Zecher says he sees his characters in the...
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Lawmakers urge Trump administration to clarify strategy on China after trade war pause
iStock/Thinkstock (WASHINGTON) -- With Trump administration members sending mixed messages on the status of trade negotiations with China, lawmakers are urging the White House to clarify its position and to keep the pressure on the Chinese to stop them from stealing intellectual property.Early Monday the president tweeted that, in order to wind down an escalating trade feud between the two countries, China would buy more American products in order to reduce the trade deficit between the two nations.That followed Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin’s declaration over the weekend that the administration was “putting the trade war on hold,” including lifting tariffs...
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Hunter charged with federal crimes for allegedly leading illegal elephant hunts
DigitalVision/Thinkstock (DENVER) -- A South African man is facing federal charges for his role in allegedly helping a Colorado hunter illegally kill endangered elephants in Zimbabwe and offering similar services to an undercover federal agent, according to an indictment unsealed Monday in Denver.Professional hunter Hanno van Rensburg, 44, of South Africa is facing charges of conspiracy, wire fraud and violations of the Lacey Act and Endangered Species Act, which prohibit the hunting and trade of threatened animals, including the African elephant, according to the indictment filed by the U.S. Attorney in Colorado. A warrant has been issued for van Rensburg’s...
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Ebola vaccination campaigns begin in Congo as many remain unfazed
iStock/Thinkstock (KINSHASA, Democratic Republic of Congo) -- As a vaccination campaign to prevent the spread of Ebola has started today in the Democratic Republic of Congo, most of the country is continuing with its daily lives, unafraid.The latest outbreak of the deadly, extremely contagious virus was declared in the northwestern province of Equateur, more than 300 miles away from the capital."We're used to it," Raymond Wabeno, 51, a driver in the capitol city of Kinshasa told ABC News. This is the fourth outbreak in Equateur province and the ninth outbreak in the DRC, where the virus was first discovered in...
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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle smile next to beaming Prince George, Princess Charlotte in official wedding photos
Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images (WINDSOR, England) -- Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s joy on their wedding day is captured in the official wedding photographs released today by Kensington Palace.Harry and Meghan, now the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, posed in one photo next to a beaming Prince George and Princess Charlotte, along with other members of the wedding party.In another photo, the newlyweds smile brightly amid their family members, including Harry’s grandmother, Queen Elizabeth, and Meghan’s mother, Doria Ragland, a Los Angeles-based social worker and yoga instructor.Charlotte, 3, is sitting on the lap of her mom, Princess Kate, in the...
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What you need to know about North Korea dismantling its nuclear test site
Korea Summit Press Pool/Getty Images (NEW YORK) -- North Korea has vowed this week to dismantle their nuclear testing facility at Punggye-ri in front of the world’s media, the latest sign of goodwill in the rapidly developing detente on the Korean Peninsula.North Korean news agency KCNA previously announced that foreign media would be invited to cover the event to show the process in a "transparent manner."Though in the last week there have been some heated threats from North Korean officials to pull out of the upcoming June 12 summit with President Donald Trump, it appears that North Korean leader Kim...
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