SEOUL: U.S. President Donald Trump said on Sunday (Jun 30) he and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un both want to meet at the Demilitarised Zone (DMZ) dividing the two Koreas later in the day, raising hopes for an encounter that could jump-start stalled nuclear talks.Trump arrived in Seoul late on Saturday for talks with South Korean President Moon Jae-in after attending the Group of 20 summit in Osaka, Japan, during which he made a surprise, spur-of-the-moment offer to meet Kim.The Demilitarized Zone dividing the two Koreas was closed to tourists on the North's side, a tour company said, amid the speculation of a meeting between the leaders."The DMZ is closed to tourists visiting from the North Korean side today," tweeted Koryo Tours, the market leader in western tourism to North Korea.If Trump and Kim meet, it would be for the third time in just over a year, and four months since their second summit in Hanoi, Vietnam broke down."Well we’ll see. He very much wants to," Trump said … [Read more...] about Trump says both he and North Korea’s Kim want to meet at DMZ
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LONDON: Iran will not surrender to US pressure and will not abandon its goals even if it is bombed, President Hassan Rouhani said on Thursday (May 23), stepping up the war of words between the Islamic Republic and the United States.Earlier in the day, Iran's top military chief said the standoff between Tehran and Washington was a "clash of wills", warning that any enemy "adventurism" would meet a crushing response, the semi-official Fars news agency reported.Tensions are festering between the two countries after Washington sent more military forces to the Middle East in a show of force against what US officials say are Iranian threats to its troops and interests in the region.After pulling out of Iran's 2015 nuclear deal with world powers, US President Donald Trump restored US sanctions on Iran last year and tightened them this month, ordering all countries to halt imports of Iranian oil or face sanctions of their own.“More than one year after the imposition … [Read more...] about Iran says it will not surrender even if it is bombed
By Rob Ferguson Queen's Park Bureau Thu., May 9, 2019 Premier Doug Ford scrambled to quell controversy over his government’s position on abortion after one of his MPPs told hundreds of protesters on the front lawn of the legislature Thursday that it’s time to make the termination of pregnancies “unthinkable.” The premier, who had ducked opposition questions on whether the views of Niagara West MPP Sam Oosterhoff reflect the position of the Progressive Conservative government, released a statement later in the day clarifying his administration’s stance. “The Ontario PC Party is a big tent. We welcome members from a wide variety of backgrounds and beliefs,” wrote the premier, who courted social conservatives to win the party leadership last year when he questioned why teens need parental consent notes to go on school trips but not to get abortions. “The government will not re-open the abortion debate,” he … [Read more...] about Ford says his government ‘will not re-open the abortion debate’
By Sarah Laing The Kit Tues., April 30, 2019 Far be it from us to rejoice in any kind of interpersonal discord but we must say: How refreshing to be talking about a feud between two men! In fact, today’s column marks a rare-in-pop-culture sighting of a catfightus masculinus, which we don’t actually have a translation from the Latin for because it’s just that rare. The closest we can come is: The Opposite of a Bromance. The bros in question are actual brothers Princes William and Harry, who until late last year spent their three decades of siblinghood in near perfect harmony (or so we thought). Let’s take a deep dive into the (alleged) growing rift between these two sons of the House of Windsor. I’m going to stop you right there. Isn’t the feud between William and Harry over now? You’re referring, we assume, to the reports of an Easter Sunday truce at Frogmore Cottage? It is thought that William and Kate’s visit to … [Read more...] about Are Prince William and Prince Harry in a feud?
Business U.S. sanctions against Iran's oil industry will damage the stability of global oil markets, a senior Iranian official was quoted as saying on Monday. 29 Apr 2019 07:50PM Bookmark GENEVA: U.S. sanctions against Iran's oil industry will damage the stability of global oil markets, a senior Iranian official was quoted as saying on Monday."These sanctions are an example of America's bullying reaction in trying to change the balance of power in the world," Amir Hossein Zamaninia, a deputy oil minister, said in a report carried by the oil ministry's news website SHANA.Oil prices hit their highest level since November last week after Washington announced all waivers on imports of sanctions-hit Iranian oil would end this week, pressuring importers to stop buying from Tehran and further tightening global supply.The United States demanded last Monday that buyers of Iranian oil stop purchases by May 1 or face sanctions, ending six months of waivers which allowed Iran’s … [Read more...] about Iran says US sanctions on its oil industry will damage market stability