Shopping, fast food and lavish dinners: North Korean delegates sample Singaporean capitalism – and McDonald’s

Soon after a group of suited North Korean diplomats set out from their Singapore hotel on Monday for talks with US officials on the eve of a historic summit, a bigger group of North Koreans headed out in summery shirts for some shopping.
US President Donald Trump will meet North Korean leader Kim Jong-un on a small resort island off Singapore’s port on Tuesday for an unprecedented summit aimed at getting the North to give up its nuclear weapons.
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EMI state aid decision letter reveals new disclosure requirements

UK businesses will welcome the fact that Enterprise Management Incentives (EMI) take reliefs remain unchanged, but they can expect new regulations to be issued on offering EMI share options in light of the publication of a state aid decision letter by the European Commission, an expert in share plans and incentives has said.

Bitcoin suffers worst drop in three months, falling to US$6,840 after South Korea hack

Bitcoin extended losses for a third day, tumbling as much as 12 per cent Sunday as South Korean cryptocurrency exchange Coinrail said there was a “cyber intrusion” in its system.
The largest cryptocurrency declined to US$6,840 as of 4pm in New York, the biggest drop since March 14, according to data compiled from Bitstamp pricing.
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That widens Bitcoin’s losses for the year to 52 per cent. Peer…

Singapore’s security on high alert for historic Trump-Kim summit after city state spent US$15 million to host

Singaporean officials said they were taking an “all hands on deck” approach to ensure the security of the historic summit between US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un – one of the highest-profile events ever to be held in the city state. That effort includes the S$20 million (US$15 million) Singapore is paying out of its own pocket to host Tuesday’s meeting.
Interior minister K. Shanmugam told reporters about 5,000 police officers and first…

One person killed, two injured during stabbing attack on Japanese bullet train

A man was arrested in central Japan after stabbing one person to death and injuring two others aboard a bullet train on Saturday night, a rare violent assault in the Asian nation.
The suspect, identified as Ichiro Kojima, attacked the victims around 10:00pm aboard the shinkansen train which was travelling from Tokyo to a station in Osaka, Kyodo News reported. Police arrested the 22-year-old unemployed suspect on suspicion of attempted murder, the report said.
A man in his thirties was killed…

Rohingya upset UN agreement did not address citizenship

Rohingya Muslim refugees who fled attacks in Myanmar said they were disappointed that a UN agreement signed earlier this week did not address one of their key demands: Citizenship.
Most refugees say they are desperate to go home, but fear going back unless they are given protection and citizenship. On Wednesday, Myanmar and UN agencies signed an agreement that could – eventually – lead to the return of some of the 700,000 Rohingya who fled persecution in their homeland and are now…

Kim Jong-un might be invited to speak at the UN if the Singapore meeting with Donald Trump goes well, analysts say

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un could be invited to speak at the United Nations in New York in September if his June 12 meeting with US President Donald Trump in Singapore goes well, analysts say.
Michael Green, a senior analyst on Asia and Japan at the Centre for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, said that Kim was “getting not only a summit” with Trump, but also the “first summits” with other national and international leaders.
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Bollywood actress Swara Bhasker defiant about masturbation scene after online outrage over ‘India’s Sex & the City’

Bollywood actress Swara Bhasker has hit back at a torrent of online abuse over a masturbation scene in a film dubbed India’s answer to Sex and the City that is proving a hit worldwide.
Veere Di Wedding, meaning “Friend’s Wedding”, has caused a stir on social media for its portrayal of female sexuality – a taboo subject in patriarchal, socially conservative India.
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The Hindi-language film has raked…

Donald Trump says he ‘doesn’t have to prepare very much’ for Kim Jong-un meeting because ‘it’s about attitude’

US President Donald Trump said on Thursday that he is not worried about preparing for next week’s meeting with Kim Jong-un in Singapore.
“I think I’m very well prepared,” he said, “I don’t think I have to prepare very much. It’s about attitude. It’s about willingness to get things done.”
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He added: “I think I’ve been prepared for this summit for a…