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Trump ready to meet Kim; Russia accuses UK of 'propaganda' Trump ready to meet Kim; Russia accuses UK of 'propaganda'
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<li><b>U.S. and North Korea to meet face-to-face </b>– President Donald J. Trump announced that he's <a href="https://uk.reuters.com/article/uk-northkorea-missiles-southkorea-usa/trump-says-north-koreas-kim-promises-to-give-up-nuclear-weapons-plans-first-ever-meeting-idUKKCN1GJ3A1">willing to meet North Korean leader Kim Jong-un</a> in person without preconditions. <a href="https://uk.reuters.com/article/uk-northkorea-missiles-southkorea-usa/trump-says-north-koreas-kim-promises-to-give-up-nuclear-weapons-plans-first-ever-meeting-idUKKCN1GJ3A1">South Korean President Moon Jae-in said</a> that the goal of the meeting is denuclearizing the peninsula. The proposal followed discussions between delegations from North and South Korea, in the wake of the <a href="https://www.wikitribune.com/story/2018/02/07/south_korea/korean-winter-olympics-reflects-thaw-in-bitter-relationship/47285/">successful Winter Olympics</a> at Pyeongchang. The <a href="https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/asia_pacific/north-korean-leader-kim-jong-un-has-invited-president-trump-to-a-meeting/2018/03/08/021cb070-2322-11e8-badd-7c9f29a55815_story.html?utm_term=.90b9f55db5b5" rel="external">rapprochement was announced</a> by South Korean national security adviser, Chung Eui-yung (<em>Washington Post</em>).</li>  <li><b>U.S. and North Korea to meet face-to-face </b>– President Donald J. Trump announced that he's <a href="https://uk.reuters.com/article/uk-northkorea-missiles-southkorea-usa/trump-says-north-koreas-kim-promises-to-give-up-nuclear-weapons-plans-first-ever-meeting-idUKKCN1GJ3A1">willing to meet North Korean leader Kim Jong-un</a> in person without preconditions. <a href="https://uk.reuters.com/article/uk-northkorea-missiles-southkorea-usa/trump-says-north-koreas-kim-promises-to-give-up-nuclear-weapons-plans-first-ever-meeting-idUKKCN1GJ3A1">South Korean President Moon Jae-in said</a> that the goal of the meeting is denuclearizing the peninsula. The proposal followed discussions between delegations from North and South Korea, in the wake of the <a href="https://www.wikitribune.com/story/2018/02/07/south_korea/korean-winter-olympics-reflects-thaw-in-bitter-relationship/47285/">successful Winter Olympics</a> at Pyeongchang. The <a href="https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/asia_pacific/north-korean-leader-kim-jong-un-has-invited-president-trump-to-a-meeting/2018/03/08/021cb070-2322-11e8-badd-7c9f29a55815_story.html?utm_term=.90b9f55db5b5" rel="external">rapprochement was announced</a> by South Korean national security adviser, Chung Eui-yung (<em>Washington Post</em>).</li>
<li><b>Russian official says British spreading "propaganda" about poisoning incident –</b><span style="font-weight: 400;"> Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said the UK government has provided <a href="https://uk.reuters.com/article/uk-britain-russia-poison-lavrov/russia-says-london-spreading-propaganda-over-spy-poisoning-idUKKCN1GL10U">no concrete evidence</a> that the Kremlin was behind an assassination attempt of a double agent on Sunday. He also referred to threats of possible British retribution as "propaganda" and that official channels are the only way a serious conversation can happen. <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2018/mar/08/russian-spy-attack-inquiry-widens-as-rudd-condemns-brazen-act-sergei-skripal">British police announced that 21 people</a> have been treated for exposure to a chemical nerve agent aimed at killing Sergei Skripal, a former Russian military officer who also spied on behalf of the UK. <em>(The Guardian). </em></span><span style="font-weight: 400;"><em>(<a href="https://www.wikitribune.com/story/2018/03/06/united_kingdom/former-russian-double-agent-critically-ill-after-contact-with-unknown-substance/53558/">Read more</a> from WikiTribune on this story.) </em></span></li>  <li><b>Russian official says British spreading "propaganda" about poisoning incident –</b><span style="font-weight: 400;"> Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said the UK government has provided <a href="https://uk.reuters.com/article/uk-britain-russia-poison-lavrov/russia-says-london-spreading-propaganda-over-spy-poisoning-idUKKCN1GL10U">no concrete evidence</a> that the Kremlin was behind an assassination attempt of a double agent on Sunday. He also referred to threats of possible British retribution as "propaganda" and that official channels are the only way a serious conversation can happen. <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2018/mar/08/russian-spy-attack-inquiry-widens-as-rudd-condemns-brazen-act-sergei-skripal">British police announced that 21 people</a> have been treated for exposure to a chemical nerve agent aimed at killing Sergei Skripal, a former Russian military officer who also spied on behalf of the UK. <em>(The Guardian). </em></span><span style="font-weight: 400;"><em>(<a href="https://www.wikitribune.com/story/2018/03/06/united_kingdom/former-russian-double-agent-critically-ill-after-contact-with-unknown-substance/53558/">Read more</a> from WikiTribune on this story.) </em></span></li>
<li><strong>Five Star negotiates Italian government deal –</strong> Five Star movement leader Luigi Di Maio said his party is <a href="https://uk.reuters.com/article/uk-italy-politics/italys-5-star-readies-proposals-to-other-parties-for-government-deal-idUKKCN1GL0UD?il=0">drafting an economic plan</a> with the goal of wooing other political parties who are skeptical of their anti-establishment agenda. Five Star won the most seats in parliament in Sunday's Italian election, but needs to form a coalition in order to lead a government. <em>(<a href="https://www.wikitribune.com/story/2018/03/05/italy/italy-must-work-hard-to-create-65th-government-in-72-years/53349/"><strong>Read more</strong></a> from WikiTribune.)</em></li>  <li><strong>Five Star negotiates Italian government deal –</strong> Five Star movement leader Luigi Di Maio said his party is <a href="https://uk.reuters.com/article/uk-italy-politics/italys-5-star-readies-proposals-to-other-parties-for-government-deal-idUKKCN1GL0UD?il=0">drafting an economic plan</a> with the goal of wooing other political parties who are skeptical of their anti-establishment agenda. Five Star won the most seats in parliament in Sunday's Italian election, but needs to form a coalition in order to lead a government. <em>(<a href="https://www.wikitribune.com/story/2018/03/05/italy/italy-must-work-hard-to-create-65th-government-in-72-years/53349/"><strong>Read more</strong></a> from WikiTribune.)</em></li>
<li><b>UN official suggests that Duterte is mentally unstable –</b><span style="font-weight: 400;"> The United Nations High Commissioner on Human Rights, Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein, said that Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte</span><a href="https://uk.reuters.com/article/uk-philippines-regbels-un/u-n-s-zeid-says-philippines-duterte-needs-psychiatric-evaluation-idUKKCN1GL0Z0?il=0"> <span style="font-weight: 400;">may need a "psychiatric examination."</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;"> The personal attack comes after Duterte wanted at least six of his critics, including a UN investigator, designated as terrorists. </span></li>  <li><b>UN official suggests that Duterte is mentally unstable –</b><span style="font-weight: 400;"> The United Nations High Commissioner on Human Rights, Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein, said that Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte</span><a href="https://uk.reuters.com/article/uk-philippines-regbels-un/u-n-s-zeid-says-philippines-duterte-needs-psychiatric-evaluation-idUKKCN1GL0Z0?il=0"> <span style="font-weight: 400;">may need a "psychiatric examination."</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;"> The personal attack comes after Duterte wanted at least six of his critics, including a UN investigator, designated as terrorists. </span></li>
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<li>"Overblown" is how this <a href="https://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2018/03/07/gary-cohn-doesnt-matter-217240">Politico op-ed</a> described news of Gary Cohn resigning from Trump's economic team. While an accomplished investment banker, the role of economic advisors is exaggerated, as they have no decision-making power, argues columnist Zachary Campbell. <em>- Charlie Turner</em></li>   <li>"Overblown" is how this <a href="https://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2018/03/07/gary-cohn-doesnt-matter-217240">Politico op-ed</a> described news of Gary Cohn resigning from Trump's economic team. While an accomplished investment banker, the role of economic advisors is exaggerated, as they have no decision-making power, argues columnist Zachary Karabell. <em>- Charlie Turner</em></li>
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