Asia and Australia Edition: North Korea, South China Sea, Breast Cancer: Your Monday Briefing
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Very good morning. North Korea&rsquos sudden recognition, trade confusion around the world, excellent news on breast cancer: Right here&rsquos what you require to know.
&bull A lot more meetings for North Korea.
Days after President Trump declared that his summit meeting with Kim Jong-un was back on, President Bashar al-Assad of Syria announced his personal plans to sit down with the North Korean leader. It might be Mr. Kim&rsquos initial sit-down in Pyongyang with one more head of state.
Mr. Assad&rsquos remarks, as reported by the North&rsquos state-run news media, gave no date or further particulars.
President Trump has vowed not to repeat the errors of his predecessors with North Korea, but his apparent softening toward the country resembles approaches taken by Bill Clinton and George W. Bush. Above, Mr. Trump with the North Korean delegation last week.
Delegations from the U.S. and North Korea are in Singapore to perform out the logistics of the June 12 conference.
&bull The U.S. and China ended trade talks in Beijing, above, with no any announced bargains.
The ongoing divisions and reversals on trade beneath President Trump have flummoxed the U.S. allies also hit by tariffs. International leaders are courting whichever advisers they think will listen, and Mr. Trump will face their grievances at the G-7 summit meeting in Canada on Friday.
&bull &ldquoIntimidation and coercion.&rdquo
The U.S. defense secretary, Jim Mattis, criticized China&rsquos placement of advanced gear and missiles in the Spratly Island chain, above, as a flagrant show of military power.
Mr. Mattis had already disinvited the Chinese military from a multinational naval physical exercise this summer season.
Speaking over the weekend at the Shangri-La Dialogue, a regional safety conference in Singapore, Mr. Mattis said China&rsquos activities in the South China Sea were &ldquoin stark contrast to the openness our approach promotes&rdquo and referred to as into query &ldquoChina&rsquos broader objectives.&rdquo
China referred to as the comments &ldquoirresponsible.&rdquo
&bull Excellent news for ladies with breast cancer: Several with early-stage cancer don&rsquot truly need chemotherapy, according to a significant international study.
Gene tests on tumor samples were capable to identify girls who could safely skip chemotherapy and take only a drug that blocks the hormone estrogen or stops the physique from creating it. Above, Bari Brooks of Tennessee, one particular of the roughly 10,000 females who took portion in the study.
&ldquoWe can spare thousands and thousands of women from acquiring toxic treatment that genuinely wouldn&rsquot benefit them,&rdquo stated an author of the study, adding, &ldquoIt really alterations the common of care.&rdquo
&bull President Trump will host a dinner on Wednesday in honor of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, restoring a White Residence tradition that he had abandoned during his first year in workplace. Above, a setting for the state dinner for France&rsquos president in April.
Mr. Trump has a lengthy history of generating inflammatory statements about Muslims. Throughout his campaign, he told an interviewer, &ldquoI feel Islam hates us.&rdquo In 2015, he said he would take into account closing mosques.
The guest list was not created offered.
&bull Vancouver, a magnet for foreign purchasers, is so high-priced that politicians want to tax its genuine estate industry into submission.
&bull ANZ, Deutsche Bank and Citigroup will be prosecuted on criminal cartel charges, the Australian Competitors and Consumer Commission mentioned. The allegations concern the sale of $1.9 billion worth of ANZ shares in 2015.
&bull &ldquoSolo: A Star Wars Story,&rdquo now in its second week, has amassed $264.two million globally &mdash which amounts to slow sales for the franchise.
&bull An anonymous bidder paid $3.3 million for lunch with Warren Buffett. The cash goes to a charity in San Francisco. The winner goes to a steakhouse with Mr. Buffett in New York.
&bull Apple annual weeklong developers conference is among the headlines to watch for this week.
&bull Here&rsquos a snapshot of global markets.
In the News
&bull President Trump&rsquos lawyers, in a confidential letter to the unique counsel, Robert Mueller, made a brash assertion of executive energy in a bid to keep away from a subpoena. [The New York Times]
&bull Diapers, sanitary merchandise and surgical masks have begun washing up on beaches north of Sydney following 83 shipping containers fell from a Taiwanese-owned ship off New South Wales. [BBC]
&bull A Canberra law firm representing a quantity of Commonwealth Games athletes searching for asylum said that the government rejected requests to postpone protection visa interviews so their clients could receive psychological counseling. [The Sydney Morning Herald]
&bull In eastern Afghanistan, a leftover rocket killed 4 and maimed seven young members of an extended family members. &ldquoI wanted to cry,&rdquo stated their medical doctor. [The New York Occasions]
&bull The Australian author and academic Germaine Greer, 79, stirred a furor by dismissing rape as &ldquobad sex&rdquo and calling for easing penalties for sexual assault. [The New York Times]
&bull Tim Cahill, 38, is set to play in a fourth Globe Cup finals following being integrated in Bert van Marwijk&rsquos final 23-man Australia squad on Sunday. [ESPN]
Tips, each new and old, for a a lot more fulfilling life.
&bull Recipe of the day: Keep Monday meatless, and cook tofu saag paneer with spinach and ginger.
&bull How to deal with group texts that just by no means look to stop.
&bull Five basic ideas to sleep far better on your subsequent trip.
&bull An Australian transplant went hunting for the ideal studio apartment in Manhattan. As a newcomer, she located herself drawn to buildings with a sense of neighborhood.
&bull In Hong Kong, film industry observers have been baffled by the prosecution of two members of a film crew, who have been sentenced for possession of the counterfeit bills utilized on the set of the award-winning film &ldquoTrivisa.&rdquo
&bull A year in apologies: Crude jokes, slurs, offensive words &mdash right here are some of the higher-profile American Tv personalities who have apologized for controversial statements over the previous year.
Before railroads, the easiest way to cross the U.S. in the 1800s was by horse caravan. But the Pentagon once attempted to disrupt that four-legged status quo &mdash with humps.
On this day in 1855, a Navy ship sailed from New York on the initial of numerous missions to get camels in the Middle East. Members of the U.S. Army Camel Corps later took the animals on pilot treks through the arid American Southwest, and praised them as superior to horses and mules. Above, a mural in Texas depicting the camels&rsquo arrival.
Although camels have been utilised by militaries all through history, the Camel Corps began to fall apart in 1861, the year its lead advocate, Jefferson Davis, the former secretary of war, began leading the pro-slavery Confederacy in the course of the U.S. Civil War.
A number of prominent statues of Davis, whose side lost the war, have lately been removed across the American South as component of a backlash against racism and white supremacy.
But a monument to Hadji Ali &mdash a camel handler of Syrian and Greek descent who joined the Camel Corps expeditions soon after becoming recruited in a Turkish port &mdash still stands in Quartzsite, Ariz. Devoted with an Americanized version of his name, Hi Jolly, it was erected in 1934, the very same year that the last camel from the original corps died in a zoo.
Mike Ives wrote today&rsquos Back Story.
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Published at Sun, 03 Jun 2018 21:10:09 +0000