Month: March 2019

At Hanoi summit, Donald Trump asked Kim Jong-un to hand over North Korea’s nuclear weapons

On the day their talks in Hanoi collapsed in February, US President Donald Trump handed North Korean leader Kim Jong-un a piece of paper that included a blunt call for the transfer of Pyongyang’s nuclear weapons and bomb fuel to the United States, according to a document seen by Reuters.Trump gave Kim versions in Korean…

At Hanoi summit, Donald Trump asked Kim Jong-un to hand over North Korea’s nuclear weapons

On the day their talks in Hanoi collapsed in February, US President Donald Trump handed North Korean leader Kim Jong-un a piece of paper that included a blunt call for the transfer of Pyongyang’s nuclear weapons and bomb fuel to the United States, according to a document seen by Reuters.Trump gave Kim versions in Korean…

‘It was horror’: captain who rescued migrants feared death when they hijacked his ship

African migrants who hijacked an oil tanker after it rescued them in the Mediterranean Sea seized metal objects and began smashing the ship and threatening crew members after they realised they were being returned to Libya, the ship’s captain said Friday.Nader el-Hiblu, the 42-year-old Libyan captain of the El Hiblu 1 ship, said he and…

‘It was horror’: captain who rescued migrants feared death when they hijacked his ship

African migrants who hijacked an oil tanker after it rescued them in the Mediterranean Sea seized metal objects and began smashing the ship and threatening crew members after they realised they were being returned to Libya, the ship’s captain said Friday.Nader el-Hiblu, the 42-year-old Libyan captain of the El Hiblu 1 ship, said he and…

Nicolas Cage files for annulment four days after surprise marriage to Erika Koike, without even leaving Las Vegas

Nicolas Cage was married for the fourth time last weekend – for four days anyway, before calling it off.According to court documents obtained by People Magazine and Entertainment Tonight, the actor and make-up artist Erika Koike applied for a marriage license in Las Vegas on Saturday. But by Wednesday Cage had filed for an annulment,…

Redacted Mueller report will be released by mid-April, says US Attorney General William Barr

Special counsel Robert Mueller’s report into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election is to be released by mid-April, Attorney General William Barr said Friday.Barr, in a letter to the chairmen of the House and Senate judiciary committees, said he was currently redacting sensitive material from the eagerly awaited report.He said Mueller, a former FBI…

Amid US-China tensions, Washington gallery exhibit highlighting Chinese empresses’ lives serves as cultural bridge

Chinese and American art curators have gotten involved in efforts to shore up strained US-China relations, and have enlisted some Qing dynasty empresses in the process.“Empresses of China’s Forbidden City, 1644-1912”, an exhibit organised by museums in China and the US, will be on view at the Smithsonian’s Arthur M. Sackler Gallery in Washington from…

After Robert Mueller’s report, the partisan US press must reflect on how it played into China’s hands

One could almost hear the shot glasses clinking in celebration in Beijing last weekend, the chortling, the slapping of high-fives, or whatever it is China’s leaders do when they chalk up a victory. It’s hard to imagine a better outcome for them than the conclusion of the long-awaited report from US Special Counsel Robert Mueller…

UK lawmakers reject Prime Minister Theresa May’s Brexit deal for a third time, opening door to ‘no deal’ EU divorce, or lengthy delays

British MPs on Friday rejected Prime Minister Theresa May’s EU divorce deal for a third time, opening the way for a long delay to Brexit – or a potentially catastrophic “no deal” withdrawal in two weeks.Lawmakers in parliament’s lower House of Commons defied May’s plea to end the political deadlock that has plunged Britain into…