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February 27, 2019

Trump calls Vietnam’s economy a model for North Korea ‘if it would denuclearize’

Carl Court/Getty Images(HANOI, Vietnam) -- The road to Hanoi, Vietnam, and the second meeting between President Donald Trump and North Korea's Kim Jong Un has been long: A 10,300-mile flight with two refueling stops for the American president and a 2,500-mile train ride through China and 100-mile drive through Vietnam for the young dictator. But it's also been a process filled with stops and starts. After tense early meetings, long periods without high-level engagement and a burst of d..
February 26, 2019

White House press corps booted from hotel media center as Kim Jong Un arrives

Linh Pham/Getty Images(HANOI, Vietnam) -- President Donald Trump had yet to touch down in Vietnam for his second meeting with North Korea's dictator, but Kim Jong Un already scored a point against the United States at the expense of the free press. The White House press corps was abruptly booted from its hotel workspace in Vietnam Tuesday as another high-profile guest checked in: Kim himself. It had been rumored in recent days that Kim, in an extraordinary coincidence, would also be staying..
February 26, 2019

India and Pakistan contest effectiveness of airstrike as tensions rise

pop_jop/iStock(NEW YORK) -- India announced Tuesday it launched airstrikes against a terrorist group in a Pakistani territory in response to a suicide bomb that killed 40 armed police in Kashmir last week, a move that marks an increase in tensions between India and Pakistan. While the Indian foreign secretary claimed in a statement on Monday that a "very large number" of terrorists had been killed, the effectiveness of the attack has been refuted by Pakistan. The spokesperson for the Pakistani m..
February 26, 2019

Top Vatican official’s sex abuse conviction latest blow to embattled Roman Catholic Church

Asanka Brendon Ratnayake / AFP(NEW YORK) -- The revelation that a Catholic cardinal in Australia was convicted of molesting boys marks the most senior member of the church to face prison time for sexual abuse. The charges against Cardinal George Pell -- who was not only a major figure in Australia's Catholic church but also a close adviser to Pope Francis -- were not publicly released until Tuesday because of a law in the country's court system. In December, he was convicted of molesti..