SEOUL — North Korea’s Kim Jong Un will soon make a historic visit to Seoul, he said Wednesday, and has agreed to close a missile testing site in front of international inspectors, as a rare inter-Korean summit unfolded in Pyongyang.
However, progress on the key issue of dismantling the North’s nuclear arsenal was limited, even though the South’s President Moon Jae-in had hoped to bring fresh momentum to stalled talks between his hosts and the United States.
Kim said he would travel to Seoul “in the near future,” adding the agreement he signed with Moon “carries the people’s fresh hope and the people’s strong, flaming desire for reunification”.
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TOKYO, Japan — Thursday’s election for the head of Japan’s LDP party — and by extension prime minister — pits a political blueblood aiming to become the country’s longest serving premier against a military expert with a penchant for karaoke — and UFOs.
Shigeru Ishiba: ‘military geek’
Considered a “military geek” for his expertise in security issues, Ishiba, 61, is a self-confessed karaoke lover who once got embroiled in a bizarre debate about the existence of flying saucers.
Like his rival, current premier Shinzo Abe, the former banker is known as a strong orator, and got into politics early, winning a parliamentary seat at the age of 29.
Also like Abe, Ishiba is …
Keep on reading: Japan’s battle for PM: military geek vs political blueblood
Malacaang said it respects the decision of the Malolos Regional Trial Court (RTC) to hand out a guilty verdict to former Major General Jovito Palparan for kidnapping and serious illegal detention of University of the Philippines (UP) students Sherlyn Cadapan and Karen Empeno in 2006.
“We respect the decision of the court and we would want justice to be done to the victims,” Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said in a televised press briefing in Benguet.
On Monday, Judge Alexander Tamayo handed down the guilty verdict to Palparan, 12 years after the disappearance of Cadapan and Empeno.
READ: Palparan guilty of kidnapping UP students
Aside from Palparan, Lt. Col. Felipe Ano…
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NEW BERN, North Carolina — The Marines, the Coast Guard, civilian crews and volunteers used helicopters, boats and heavy-duty vehicles Saturday to rescue hundreds of people trapped by Florence’s onslaught, even as North Carolina braced for what could be a fearsome new stage of the disaster: widespread, catastrophic inland flooding.
The death toll from the hurricane-turned-tropical storm climbed to 11.
A day after blowing ashore with 90 mph (145 kph) winds, Florence practically parked itself over land all day long and poured on the rain. With rivers swelling toward record levels, thousands of people were ordered to evacuate for fear the next few days could bring the most destr…
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The National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) on Saturday said seven provinces hardest hit by typhoon “Ompong” are experiencing “total power outage.”
Affected provinces with total power outage include Cagayan, Ilocos Norte, Ilocos Sur, Kalinga Apayao, Abra, Mountain Province and Nueva Vizcaya.
On the other hand, those with minimal power include La Union, 17 percent with power, Benguet with 10 percent, Pangasinan with 15 percent, Isabela with 11 percent and Zambales with 90 percent.
NGCP head of Operations and Maintenance Gil Listano said they are currently conducting a damage assessment.
“Alam namin kelangan mabalik kuryente. Sa nga…
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Almost 10,000 people have fled their homes as powerful typhoon “Ompong” (international name: Mangkhut) threatens to wreak havoc in Northern Luzon, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) saidFriday.
NDRRMC spokesperson Dir. Edgar Posadas said at least 5.2 million people are in the path of the strongest typhoon to hit the Philippines this year.
Of these figures, NDRRMC considers that 983,100 people are in poverty line or most vulnerable to effects of the typhoon.
A total of 2,298 families or 9,107 persons were pre-emptively evacuated in Ilocos, Cagayan and Cordillera region, official figures said.
“This is as of6 a.m.pa. So mag a-update pa ito,” Posadas sa…
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As someone who goes to concerts and gigs a lot, I want to consider these environments as safe spaces for all music lovers. Which is why it’s terrifying to hear stories of bouncers and guards being violent toward spectators who were just there to have fun. That’s sadly what happened during Dua Lipa’s concert in Shanghai last night.
This is part of her Asian tour, which includes a stop in the Philippines tomorrow. Chinese netizens who were at the show posted videos of fans being forcefully pulled fro…
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SINGAPORE — Sebastian Vettel needs a return to form at this weekend’s Singapore Grand Prix, the night race where his Formula One championship challenge started crumbling last year.
Vettel was perfectly poised to regain the overall lead from Lewis Hamilton at the Marina Bay street circuit last year, but caused a multi-car crash from pole position and spiraled out of the race. Hamilton avoided the first-lap chaos and, despite starting fifth, went on to win.
The crash affected Vettel’s momentum badly. Hamilton won two of the next three races and eventually sealed the title by a comfortable 46 points.
Unless Vettel finds a way to respond, it could be deja vu for the German d…
Keep on reading: Vettel needs to find a way to hit back at Singapore Grand Prix