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EU reaches out to the Balkans

Sofia - European Union leaders anxious to counter Russian influence sought Thursday to reassure Balkan states about their long-promised membership prospects, but warned they would not be joining any time soon.

Kosovo main 'hurdle' on Serbia's path to EU: President Vucic

Belgrade - Kosovo remains the major "hurdle" blocking Serbia's path to European Union membership, Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic said Monday, urging concessions from Pristina.

EU meets Balkan leaders under shadow of Trump

Apo - EU leaders will seek to boost ties with the Balkans at a summit next week, but it looks set to be overshadowed by the rift with US President Donald Trump over the Iran nuclear deal.

Trudeau aims for G7 to pick up fight against extreme nationalism

Ottawa - Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau hopes the G7 will step up to fight extreme nationalism, and adopt concrete measures on the environment and women's education in crisis zones when it meets in Canada next month, he told AFP in an exclusive intervie...

Neutral and stable, Singapore is natural choice for Trump-Kim

Fpo - With one foot in the East and one in the West, ultra-modern and secure -- to the point of sometimes being mocked as dull -- Singapore was a natural choice for the historic first meeting between the unpredictable leaders of the US and North Korea.

Why Singapore for the Trump-Kim summit?

Fpo - It has one foot in the East and one in the West, is ultra-modern, secure and sometimes mocked as being a little dull -- Singapore was the safe pick for a historic first meeting between the unpredictable leaders of the US and North Korea.

Kim says Trump summit 'historic' chance to build 'good future': KCNA

Seoul - North Korean leader Kim Jong Un hailed a planned meeting with US President Donald Trump as a "historic" opportunity during talks with America's top diplomat Mike Pompeo in Pyongyang, according to state media Thursday.

Singapore likely to host Trump-Kim summit in June: report

Seoul - US President Donald Trump and North Korea's Kim Jong Un are likely to meet in Singapore next month, reports said Monday, as anticipation builds for unprecedented talks between the mercurial leaders.

Trump says Kim summit details to be unveiled within days

Washington - US President Donald Trump seemed pleased Tuesday by a suggestion he should get the Nobel Peace Prize for his upcoming summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, promising that a time and place for the historic meeting will soon be announced.

Trump pushes Korean truce village for Kim summit

Washington - US President Donald Trump said Monday he was confident his landmark summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un will go ahead, as he talked up the idea of holding it in the Demilitarized Zone between the two Koreas.

Things 'going very well,' Trump says after talk with S.Korea's Moon

Washington - US President Donald Trump said Saturday that "things are going very well" after talking with South Korea's President Moon Jae-in about an upcoming summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

No formal request about Trump-Kim summit: Singapore PM

Fpo - Singapore has not received any "formal" request to host an eagerly awaited meeting between US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, the city-state's prime minister said Saturday.

One word, many meanings: Korean ‘denuclearisation’ in the headlines

Seoul - The leaders of North and South Korea declared at a summit Friday they had a "common goal of realising, through complete denuclearisation, a nuclear-free Korean Peninsula".

Iran says US 'unqualified' to play role in Korean detente

Tehran - Iran on Saturday welcomed steps towards detente between North and South Korea but warned that the United States was unqualified to play a role since it did not "respect its commitments".

'No longer a hermit': South Koreans fascinated by Kim

Seoul - South Koreans on Saturday pored over every detail of a historic summit in the Demilitarized Zone, transfixed by an extraordinary charm offensive by the North's leader Kim Jong Un.

N. Korea offers to shut nuclear test site in May, invite US experts

Seoul - North Korea has promised to shut its atomic test site within weeks and invite American weapons experts to verify its closure, Seoul reported Sunday, as new US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Washington had an "obligation" to pursue peace.

History and handshakes: Five key takeaways from Korea summit

Seoul - It was more than a decade since the last inter-Korean summit and Friday's meeting in the Demilitarized Zone that has divided the two nations since the end of the Korean War in 1953 did not disappoint.

What the world is saying about historic Korea summit

Paris - World leaders and governments hailed the historic summit Friday between the leaders of North and South Korea as a step towards peace, but also sounded a note of caution about the challenges ahead.

Japan's Abe hails Korea summit, seeks 'concrete action'

Apo - Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe welcomed a historic summit between the two Koreas on Friday, urging Pyongyang to take "concrete action" on the peninsula's denuclearisation and other issues.

The pine and the poplar: a tale of two trees in the DMZ

Seoul - The last time South Korea's President Moon Jae-in was on duty for a tree-related event in the Demilitarized Zone, it involved 813 troops, 27 helicopters, B-52 bombers with fighter escorts -- and an aircraft carrier prowling offshore.

Kim's security: 'not even an ant can pass through'

Seoul - When Pyongyang's leader Kim Jong Un came down the steps towards the inter-Korean border Friday he was escorted by a phalanx of bodyguards carefully chosen for their fitness, marksmanship, martial arts skills and even looks.

North and South Korea hold historic summit

Koyang - The leaders of the two Koreas held a landmark summit Friday after a highly symbolic handshake over the Military Demarcation Line that divides their countries, with the North's Kim Jong Un declaring they were at the "threshold of a new history".

N. Korea's Kim heads for historic summit with Moon

Seoul - North Korean leader Kim Jong Un headed for the Demilitarized Zone Friday, Pyongyang's state media reported, for a historic summit with the South's President Moon Jae-in in the strip of land that divides their countries.

Kim and Moon to meet at military demarcation line before summit

Seoul - North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un and the South's president Moon Jae-in will meet at the Military Demarcation Line that divides the peninsula before their summit Friday, Seoul said, in an occasion laden with symbolism.

Moon and Kim to meet at military demarcation line Friday: Seoul

Seoul - South Korean President Moon Jae-in and the North's leader Kim Jong Un will meet at the Military Demarcation Line that divides the peninsula for their summit Friday, Seoul said, in an occasion laden with symbolism.

Inter-Korean summit chairs to feature disputed islands

Seoul - South Korea has custom-made furniture for Friday's summit between President Moon Jae-in and the North's leader Kim Jong Un -- with chairs featuring disputed islands controlled by Seoul but claimed by Tokyo.

Symbolism on menu at Koreas summit dinner

Seoul - Symbolism will be the main course of a banquet at Friday's inter-Korean summit, Seoul revealed Tuesday, with a menu featuring Pyongyang's signature dish and food from the home towns of the South's leaders at previous meetings.

Commonwealth backs Prince Charles as next head: reports

London - Commonwealth leaders agreed Friday that Prince Charles should follow his mother Queen Elizabeth II as the next head of the group, the BBC and other media reported.

Queen champions Charles as next Commonwealth chief

London - Queen Elizabeth II on Thursday openly voiced her wish for her son Prince Charles to succeed her as head of the Commonwealth as she opened the group's summit for potentially the final time.

Gates warns new fight needed against resurgent malaria

London - Bill Gates warned Wednesday that malaria was back on the rise again and would continue to claim more lives worldwide unless governments reinvigorated their push to eradicate the disease.
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Toronto's Harbour Police patrolling waterfront before the G20 summit begins.
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