U.S. President Donald Trump and South Korean President Moon Jae-in held a half-hour phone discussion on ways to maintain diplomacy with North Korea, Seoul said on Saturday, as Pyongyang warns of waning patience with stalled nuclear talks.The two leaders agreed that the situation has become “severe” and that “dialogue momentum should be maintained to achieve prompt results from denuclearisation negotiations,” South Korea's presidential Blue House said in a statement.They also agreed to consult regularly as needed, the statement said.Tensions are rising ahead of a year-end deadline set by North Korea, which has called on the United States to change its policy of demanding unilateral denuclearisation or leader Kim Jong Un may choose an unspecified “new path”.In a series of statements in recent weeks, senior North Korean officials have warned the United States not to ignore the deadline, and called Washington's offer of more talks a stalling tactic ahead … [Read more...] about Trump, S.Korea’s Moon discuss trying to maintain talks with N.Korea
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Email By Bridget Judd and Catherine Taylor Posted December 07, 2019 05:00:20 Photo: What do we do if smoke haze becomes the new norm? (AAP: Dean Lewins) Related Story: This graph shows how bad Sydney's smoke has been Related Story: Sydney smoke here to stay, authorities warn Related Story: Even if you don't live near a bushfire, your health could be at risk Map: Australia While towns along the east coast battle the blazes threatening to devour their homes, Sydney is fighting a different enemy: the pall of smoke that's choking the city.The air quality is already three times worse than at any moment in the past five years — and it's not showing signs of slowing down.Cue the familiar jibes about something not being taken seriously until it reaches Sydney. But fire ecologist Professor David Bowman says the city's woes are a sign of the state's bigger problem."The classic disaster narrative is disaster, [and then] disaster ends," he says."But this [fires] is not … [Read more...] about Smoke and bushfires are the new norm, so how do we beat the ‘airpocalypse’?
Leader of the House of Commons Andrea Leadsom said she was resigning because she did not believe May’s Brexit plan delivered on voters’ decision to leave the European Union. Ms May is battling to stay in office amid demands she resign over Britain’s stalled departure from the bloc. Ms Leadsom has been a strong pro-Brexit force in the government. She delivered a stinging resignation letter to Ms May, signed in turquoise ink — the colour of the Brexit Party. She lashed Ms May for “uncomfortable compromises” and said she was “fundamentally opposed” to the latest bill. The resignation comes just a day before the European elections, which the UK is embarrassingly taking place despite the Brexit vote — because of a six month delay to Brexit until October 31 this year. Downing Street published a statement expressing disappointment with Ms Leadsom’s decision which said she had “served with distinction”. A spokesman said … [Read more...] about British Prime Minister Theresa May faces another coup attempt
The Conservative Party leader broke down in tears as she said she would make way for a successor, who will hope they have more luck negotiating a deal for the UK to leave the European Union. “It is now clear to me that it is in the best interests of the country for a new prime minister to lead that effort,” an emotional Mrs May told the media outside 10 Downing Street. “So I am today announcing that I will resign as leader of the Conservative and Unionist Party on Friday the 7th of June so that a successor can be chosen.” Britain’s Prime Minister Theresa May broke down as she announced her resignation outside 10 Downing Street on Friday morning. Picture: Tolga Akmen / AFPSource:AFP Her voice breaking, the 62-year-old said she would be leaving a job it had been “the honour of her life to hold”. But social media users have been quick to question May’s tears, with some venting fury over her level of emotion compared the horror Grenfell … [Read more...] about UK Prime Minister Theresa May announces resignation after Brexit failure
It marks their fourth major vote in less than five years and is the first December election since 1923. It’s been billed as the most critical vote in a generation and not just because it’s designed to end the Brexit paralysis in Westminster. Classic party lines, generational splits and new voter trends are all set to emerge after a torrid two years that has been marked by its toxic political debate. Here’s what you need to know about the upcoming general election. Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson eating a sausage roll on a train platform. He wants another five years in government. Picture: Hannah Mckay/AFPSource:AFP WHY NOW? The 2019 election is an attempt to clean up the mess created by Theresa May’s snap election shortly after she became leader in 2017. Back then, her decision was designed to deliver a stonking Tory majority and help push through Brexit. In fact, the Conservatives were decimated and forced to rely on support from 10 members of the … [Read more...] about UK election: Everything you need to know about UK general election 2019