By Frances D’Emilio The Associated Press Kim Tong-Hyung Thu., Jan. 3, 2019 ROME—North Korea’s top diplomat in Italy has gone into hiding along with his wife, according to a South Korean lawmaker, raising the possibility of a defection of a senior North Korean official. The news came from South Korea’s spy agency, which briefed lawmakers in Seoul on Thursday on the status of North Korea’s acting ambassador to Italy, Jo Song Gil. It said he went into hiding with his wife in November before his posting to Italy ended late that month. A high-profile defection by one of North Korea’s elite would be a huge embarrassment for leader Kim Jong Un as he pursues diplomacy with Seoul and Washington and seeks to portray himself as a geopolitical player. South Korean lawmaker Kim Min-ki said an official from Seoul’s National Intelligence Service shared the information during a closed-door briefing. Kim did not say whether the spy … [Read more...] about North Korean envoy to Italy vanishes — did he defect?
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OTTAWA (REUTERS) - Leaders of the Group of Seven rich nations headed for a summit in Canada on Thursday (June 7) more divided than at any time in the group's 42-year history, as US President Donald Trump's "America First" policies risk causing a global trade war and deep diplomatic schisms. In a bid to rebuild America's industry, Trump has imposed hefty tariffs on steel and aluminum imports, including those from key G-7 allies like Canada, Japan and the European Union. Trump has threatened to use national security laws to do the same for car imports and has walked back on environmental agreements and an international deal to prevent Iran from building a nuclear bomb. French President Emmanuel Macron, who has invested in a warm personal relationship with Trump, said the other G-7 nations - Britain, Canada, Germany, Italy and Japan, as well as France - should remain "polite" and productive but warned that "no leader is forever," a sign that Europe would not surrender meekly to the US … [Read more...] about Deep divisions among G-7 leaders ahead of Friday meetings in Canada
By The Canadian Press Mon., June 4, 2018 OTTAWA—Sophie Grégoire Trudeau will not get the chance to show off her home province to her American counterpart this week. Leaders’ summits like the G7 typically include a program of events for the spouses of the leaders designed to showcase the host region and sometimes even underscore the priorities of the country hosting the event. However, a spokeswoman for Melania Trump says the U.S. first lady won’t attend the G7 leaders’ summit in Charlevoix, Que., which starts Friday. U.S. President Donald Trump is still scheduled to attend, but Melania’s absence is sure to fan the flames of social media speculation, since she has not been seen in public for nearly a month. Melania spent nearly a week in hospital in May for what her office called a benign kidney problem but has not been seen publicly since May 10 and stayed home while the president travelled to Camp David over the weekend. Article … [Read more...] about Melania Trump not attending this week’s G7 summit in Quebec
By Giuseppe Valiante The Canadian Press Thu., May 24, 2018 LA MALBAIE, QUE.—The importance of next month’s G7 summit in Quebec can’t be underestimated, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Thursday as he defended the event’s hefty price tag. The event can be the perfect forum for the global leadership that is required on issues such as the environment and healthy oceans and the improvement of economic opportunities for women internationally, he told reporters. “More than that, to have the opportunity for seven allies to gather in a less formal, more relaxed setting, surrounded by beautiful landscapes and a warm welcome, to talk about real issues — it’s extremely important,” Trudeau said at the Fairmont Le Manoir Richelieu hotel, which will host the summit. Aside from Trudeau, the leaders of the United States, the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Japan and Italy will gather June 8-9 for the 44th annual conference in La … [Read more...] about Trudeau defends $600-million cost of Quebec G7 summit
By Giuseppe Valiante The Canadian Press Thu., May 10, 2018 LA MALBAIE, Que. - Locals in Quebec's Charlevoix region are quick to boast about their "paysage" — their landscape — which was formed when a meteorite smashed into Earth hundreds of millions of years ago along the St. Lawrence River. Towns such as La Malbaie and Baie-Saint-Paul are inside the impact crater and surrounded by a ring of mountains that extends to the St. Lawrence River, where fresh water meets the saline water of the Atlantic Ocean, creating a playground for beluga whales. It is in this crater where Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will welcome the leaders of some of the world's most developed democracies for their annual meeting known as the G7 summit. Read More: Quebec’s Manoir Richelieu hotel turns into fortress as G7 summit nears Article Continued Below The heads of state of Canada, the United Kingdom, Italy, France, Germany, the United States and Japan will gather … [Read more...] about How this sleepy Quebec town is preparing to welcome the world for G7 summit