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North Korea accepts talks with South; Apple admits Spectre and Meltdown vulnerability North Korea accepts talks with South; Apple admits Spectre and Meltdown vulnerability
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  The top stories WikiTribune's working on and what we recommend: Trump tell-all set for early release
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  Trump tell-all set for early release , U.S. suspends Pakistan security aid , Erdogan says banker prosecution undermines ties with U.S. , Zuckerberg promises to "fix" Facebook
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<h2 class="p3">Curated top stories</h2> <h2 class="p3">Curated top stories</h2>
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<li>For the first time in more than two years, North Korea <a href="https://www.reuters.com/article/us-northkorea-southkorea/north-and-south-korea-to-talk-january-9-japan-warns-remain-vigilant-idUSKBN1EU06O">accepted an invitation for official talks</a> with South Korea. The decision came hours after the United States and South Korea delayed a joint military exercise. The border truce village of <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Panmunjom">Panmunjom</a> will host the talks and officials from both sides are expected to discuss the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics and the improvement of inter-Korean relations.</li>  <li>For the first time in more than two years, North Korea <a href="https://www.reuters.com/article/us-northkorea-southkorea/north-and-south-korea-to-talk-january-9-japan-warns-remain-vigilant-idUSKBN1EU06O">accepted an invitation for official talks</a> with South Korea. The decision came hours after the United States and South Korea delayed a joint military exercise. The border truce village of <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Panmunjom">Panmunjom</a> will host the talks and officials from both sides are expected to discuss the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics and the improvement of inter-Korean relations.</li>
<li>Apple <a href="https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT208394">revealed that two major security flaws</a>, known as Spectre and Meltdown, affect all of its phones and computers. It emerged earlier this week that nearly all computer chips contain the flaws, which make most modern devices potentially vulnerable to hacking, though there is no evidence yet that anyone has yet been able to take advantage of the faults and tech companies have been issuing patches to combat the issues. Apple said it had already released some patches and there was no evidence the faults had been exploited. (Read more: <a href="https://www.wikitribune.com/story/2018/01/04/technology/virtually-all-computing-chips-reported-vulnerable-to-hacks/32806/">Virtually all computer chips reported vulnerable to hacks; some security patches</a>).</li>  <li>Apple <a href="https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT208394">revealed that two major security flaws</a>, known as Spectre and Meltdown, affect all of its phones and computers. It emerged earlier this week that nearly all computer chips contain the flaws, which make most modern devices potentially vulnerable to hacking, though there is no evidence yet that anyone has yet been able to take advantage of the faults and tech companies have been issuing patches to combat the issues. Apple said it had already released some patches and there was no evidence the faults had been exploited. (Read more: <a href="https://www.wikitribune.com/story/2018/01/04/technology/virtually-all-computing-chips-reported-vulnerable-to-hacks/32806/">Virtually all computer chips reported vulnerable to hacks; some security patches</a>).</li>
<li>The publisher of a new tell-all book that purports to reveal the chaotic nature of President Donald Trump's White house <a href="http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-42574419">brought forward publication</a> to January 5, despite threats of legal actions from the president's lawyers. Extracts of <em>Fire and Fury: inside the Trump White House</em> by journalist Michael Wolff were released to several news organisations on January 3, describing feuds and allegations of incompetence, with striking revelations from Trump Campaign insiders including former strategist Steve Bannon. On January 4, Trump <a href="https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/949126530839572481">tweeted</a> that the book was "phony" and "full of lies, misrepresentations and sources that don't exist." (Read more: <a href="https://www.wikitribune.com/story/2018/01/04/united_states/fire-and-fury-greets-michael-wolffs-insider-account-of-chaos-in-donald-trumps-white-house/32656/">"Fire and fury" greets Michael Wolff's insider account of Donald Trump's White House</a>)</li>  <li>The publisher of a new tell-all book that purports to reveal the chaotic nature of President Donald Trump's White house <a href="http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-42574419">brought forward publication</a> to January 5, despite threats of legal actions from the president's lawyers. Extracts of <em>Fire and Fury: inside the Trump White House</em> by journalist Michael Wolff were released to several news organisations on January 3, describing feuds and allegations of incompetence, with striking revelations from Trump Campaign insiders including former strategist Steve Bannon. On January 4, Trump <a href="https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/949126530839572481">tweeted</a> that the book was "phony" and "full of lies, misrepresentations and sources that don't exist." (Read more: <a href="https://www.wikitribune.com/story/2018/01/04/united_states/fire-and-fury-greets-michael-wolffs-insider-account-of-chaos-in-donald-trumps-white-house/32656/">"Fire and fury" greets Michael Wolff's insider account of Donald Trump's White House</a>)</li>
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https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/949126530839572481 https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/949126530839572481
<h2>Earlier</h2> <h2>Earlier</h2>
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<li>The U.S. <a href="https://uk.reuters.com/article/uk-usa-pakistan-aid/u-s-suspends-at-least-900-million-in-security-aid-to-pakistan-idUKKBN1ET2DF">suspended a tranche of security aid</a>, potentially worth up to $900 million, to Pakistan, saying the country had failed to tackle the Afghan Taliban and Haqqani militant groups that operate across its border with Afghanistan. The move follows a warning earlier this week from <a href="https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/947802588174577664">Trump via Twitter</a>, where he said the U.S. "foolishly" gave aid to Pakistan, in exchange for "nothing but lies and deceit." The U.S. State Department also <a href="https://www.state.gov/r/pa/prs/ps/2018/01/276843.htm">placed Pakistan</a> on a watch list of countries it suspects of "severe violations of religious freedom."</li>  <li>The U.S. <a href="https://uk.reuters.com/article/uk-usa-pakistan-aid/u-s-suspends-at-least-900-million-in-security-aid-to-pakistan-idUKKBN1ET2DF">suspended a tranche of security aid</a>, potentially worth up to $900 million, to Pakistan, saying the country had failed to tackle the Afghan Taliban and Haqqani militant groups that operate across its border with Afghanistan. The move follows a warning earlier this week from <a href="https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/947802588174577664">Trump via Twitter</a>, where he said the U.S. "foolishly" gave aid to Pakistan, in exchange for "nothing but lies and deceit." The U.S. State Department also <a href="https://www.state.gov/r/pa/prs/ps/2018/01/276843.htm">placed Pakistan</a> on a watch list of countries it suspects of "severe violations of religious freedom."</li>
<li>Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan <a href="https://uk.reuters.com/article/uk-usa-turkey/turkeys-erdogan-says-bilateral-legal-accords-with-u-s-losing-validity-idUKKBN1EU0M2">hit out at the U.S.</a> after a federal court found an executive from Turkey's state-owned Halkbank <a href="https://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/turkish-banker-covicted-conspiring-evade-us-sanctions-against-iran-and-other-offenses">guilty of conspiring to evade sanctions</a> against Iran. Erdogan told a news conference that bilateral accords with the U.S. were losing validity, and repeated his assertions that the charges against Mehmet Hakan Atilla were politically motivated. The testimony that the conviction rested upon also implicates Erdogan and other senior Turkish officials, according to Reuters. Erdogan has repeatedly accused the U.S. government of protecting a Turkish cleric he blames for inciting an attempted coup against his government in 2016.</li>  <li>Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan <a href="https://uk.reuters.com/article/uk-usa-turkey/turkeys-erdogan-says-bilateral-legal-accords-with-u-s-losing-validity-idUKKBN1EU0M2">hit out at the U.S.</a> after a federal court found an executive from Turkey's state-owned Halkbank <a href="https://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/turkish-banker-covicted-conspiring-evade-us-sanctions-against-iran-and-other-offenses">guilty of conspiring to evade sanctions</a> against Iran. Erdogan told a news conference that bilateral accords with the U.S. were losing validity, and repeated his assertions that the charges against Mehmet Hakan Atilla were politically motivated. The testimony that the conviction rested upon also implicates Erdogan and other senior Turkish officials, according to Reuters. Erdogan has repeatedly accused the U.S. government of protecting a Turkish cleric he blames for inciting an attempted coup against his government in 2016.</li>
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<p class="story-body__introduction">Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg pledged to<a href="http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-42569105"> "fix" Facebook</a>, as part of a personal challenge for the year. <a class="story-body__link-external" href="https://www.facebook.com/zuck">In a post on his page</a>, Zuckerberg said the social networking site was making too many errors enforcing policies and preventing misuse of its tools. Zuckerberg said he would focus on "protecting our community from abuse and hate, defending against interference by nation states, or making sure that time spent on Facebook is time well spent."</p> <p class="story-body__introduction">Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg pledged to<a href="http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-42569105"> "fix" Facebook</a>, as part of a personal challenge for the year. <a class="story-body__link-external" href="https://www.facebook.com/zuck">In a post on his page</a>, Zuckerberg said the social networking site was making too many errors enforcing policies and preventing misuse of its tools. Zuckerberg said he would focus on "protecting our community from abuse and hate, defending against interference by nation states, or making sure that time spent on Facebook is time well spent."</p>
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<h2 class="p3">What we’re reading</h2> <h2 class="p3">What we’re reading</h2>
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<li>Refugee-led walking tours of Berlin aim to put a personal face to the humanitarian crisis. More than a million <a class="u-underline" href="https://www.brookings.edu/research/cities-and-refugees-the-german-experience/" data-link-name="in body link">refugees</a> have crossed Germany’s borders, changing the city’s ethnic makeup. Syrians are now the fourth-largest group of foreigners. New, refugee-owned businesses, such as walking tours have popped up. But as <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/cities/2017/dec/21/refugee-migrants-berlin-walking-tours-neukolln-sonnenallee">this piece in the <em>Guardian </em></a>reports -- is it just misery tourism? -- <em>Charles Anderson</em></li>  <li>Refugee-led walking tours of Berlin aim to put a personal face to the humanitarian crisis. More than a million <a class="u-underline" href="https://www.brookings.edu/research/cities-and-refugees-the-german-experience/" data-link-name="in body link">refugees</a> have crossed Germany’s borders, changing the city’s ethnic makeup. Syrians are now the fourth-largest group of foreigners. New, refugee-owned businesses, such as walking tours have popped up. But as <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/cities/2017/dec/21/refugee-migrants-berlin-walking-tours-neukolln-sonnenallee">this piece in the <em>Guardian </em></a>reports -- is it just misery tourism? -- <em>Charles Anderson</em></li>
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<li>The EU and countries in the Horn of Africa are combining try to combat illegal migration but there's mixed results. As <em>WikiTribune</em> member <a class="fn" href="https://www.wikitribune.com/user/mohamed-salih/" rel="author">Mohamed Salih</a> reports, there is<a href="https://www.wikitribune.com/story/2018/01/02/immigration/khartoum-process-works-to-stem-migration-from-horn-of-africa/28592/"> criticism from some who say</a> that countries which have a responsibility for people fleeing their lands should not be in charge of solving the issue. This is a developing story which Mohamed will update as he reports more.</li>  <li>The EU and countries in the Horn of Africa are combining try to combat illegal migration but there's mixed results. As <em>WikiTribune</em> member <a class="fn" href="https://www.wikitribune.com/user/mohamed-salih/" rel="author">Mohamed Salih</a> reports, there is<a href="https://www.wikitribune.com/story/2018/01/02/immigration/khartoum-process-works-to-stem-migration-from-horn-of-africa/28592/"> criticism from some who say</a> that countries which have a responsibility for people fleeing their lands should not be in charge of solving the issue. This is a developing story which Mohamed will update as he reports more.</li>
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