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South Korea proposes rare military talks with North Korea

South Korea has proposed holding military talks with the North, after weeks of heightened tension following Pyongyang’s long range missile test. If they were to go ahead, they would be the first high-level talks since 2015. A senior official said talks should aim to stop “all hostile activities that raise military tension” at the fortified border between the Koreas. South Korea’s President Moon Jae-in has long signalled his intention to drive closer engagement with the North. In a recent speech in Berlin, he said dialogue with the North was more…

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Brexit talks resume: Get down to business, David Davis urges

Brexit Secretary David Davis has called on both sides in the negotiations on the UK’s departure from the European Union to “get down to business”. Mr Davis is in Brussels for a second round of formal talks on Brexit. He said his priority was to “lift the uncertainty” for EU citizens living in the UK and Britons living in the EU. The EU says there must be substantial progress on this – and on a financial settlement and the issue of the Irish border – before trade talks can begin….

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Trump hints at climate deal shift in Paris talks

French President Emmanuel Macron said he “respected” Donald Trump’s decision to pull out of the Paris climate accord but that France would remain committed. “On climate we know what our differences are,” Mr Macron said in Paris on Thursday, adding that it was important to move forward. Speaking alongside Mr Macron, Mr Trump then hinted that the US could shift its position but failed to elaborate. “Something could happen with respect to the Paris accord,” he said. Mr Trump added: “We’ll see what happens.” The US president withdrew from the…

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Ai Weiwei Talks to David Remnick About Art, Censorship, and Twitter

David Remnick sits down with Ai Weiwei, China’s most famous artist and dissident, as he plans a new major public-art installation in New York. They discuss censorship, human rights, and social media, which Ai finds fantastically liberating. And, if Donald Trump’s tweets ruin an occasional state relationship, Ai thinks that “maybe that relationship should be ruined.” Let’s block ads! (Why?) Culture: TV, Movies, Music, Art, and Theatre News and Reviews

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Tottenham insist they are not in takeover talks after reports suggest Mark Zuckerberg could prepare £1billion bid

Facebook owner Mark Zuckerberg Sunday, July 9, 2017 Tottenham have insisted they are not in takeover talks amid claims that a potential buyer backed by Facebook owner Mark Zuckerberg could be preparing a £1billion bid. Reports have suggested American investment company Iconiq Capital are interested in the White Hart Lane outfit, which finished second in the Premier League last season. However, Spurs, who are currently in the process of building a new stadium next to their current home, moved to dispel speculation that the club could be for sale. A…

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G20: Trump hails talks as 'success' despite divisions

President Donald Trump has declared the G20 summit in Germany a “wonderful success”, despite the US’s isolated position on climate change. In a joint statement, the leaders of 18 nations and the EU recognised the US decision to withdraw from the Paris climate agreement. However, they also said other G20 members remained committed to the “irreversible” accord. Deadlock over the issue had held up the last day of talks in Hamburg. A final agreement was eventually reached and the joint summit statement was officially released on Saturday. The statement also…

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