- North Korea’s summit delegation is taking full advantage of the trip to Singapore while their hosts pick up the tab
- Hysteria about rumours of child kidnappers has led to at least nine deaths in India
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Summit, sightseeing and shopping spreeThe stakes are high, and both sides appear prepared for failure. Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un will begin their historic summit early Tuesday morning in Singapore — tonight in North American time zones — with a face-to-face meeting and only their personal translators assisting. But little time is being left for serious negotiations afterwards, despite the Americans dangling what they call an “unprecedented security guarantee” in exchange for North Korea abandoning its nuclear ambitions.
1 year ago June 15 I gave this book “Art of the Deal” to Minister Kim Il Guk in Pyongyang, NK. Hoping everyone reads it before the historic Singapore Summit on June 12. We’ve got the greatest negotiator of all time @realDonaldTrump to show the world how it’s done#Peace #Love pic.twitter.com/ERxXNnR20k —@dennisrodman
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Viral video claims livesA national hysteria in India over rumours of child kidnappers, spread by word of mouth and social media, has claimed at least nine lives. The latest attack came this weekend in the north-eastern state of Assam, when a mob attacked two young men who had stopped to ask for directions. The men were beaten to death while others filmed the violence with their cellphones. Indian media report that Abijeet Nath, a digital artist, and his friend Nilotpal Das, an audio engineer, were set upon by a crowd of about 200 people in a remote village in the Karbi Anglong district. At least 18 people have now been arrested in connection with the murders of the young men. Locals later told police that they believed the men were the “kidnappers” portrayed in a video that has gone viral on WhatsApp and Facebook.
A few words …On Alex Ovechkin‘s epic Stanley Cup celebrations.
No one had a better weekend than Alex Ovechkin and the Stanley Cup. #TheMoment pic.twitter.com/JGIJ2Q3ERr —@CBCTheNational
Quote of the moment“It is our obligation to help avoid a humanitarian catastrophe and offer a safe port to these people.”
– Pedro Sánchez, Spain’s new prime minister, gives orders on Monday to allow the Aquarius, a rescue ship carrying some 600 migrants from North Africa, to dock and offload its human cargo. Earlier in the day, both Italy and Malta had turned the boat away.
What The National is reading
- Canadian dollar slumps after Trump’s anti-Trudeau Twitter tirade (CBC)
- Hong Kong independence activist jailed for 6 years (Deutsche Welle)
- Saskatoon Police dog attacks 6-year-old girl while tracking home invasion suspects (Star Phoenix)
- Cryptocurrency hackers steal one-third of coins on South Korean exchange (CBC)
- First monsoon rains pound Rohingya camps in Bangladesh (Al Jazeera)
- Vietnamese take to streets to protest government land deals (Asia Times)
- 13 dead, 31 wounded in Kabul attack (AFP)
- Paris mayor launches ‘rat map’ to tackle rodent menace (Guardian)
Today in historyJune 11, 1967: Saskatchewan farmer’s Centennial project — what a relief! The Saskatchewan Centennial Outhouse, at a crossroads leading to historic Fort Carlton, was the brainchild of a local farmer and some friends. They took the privy that had been serving generations out from behind the post office, gave it a new coat of paint, attached a hand-made Centennial emblem, and plopped it down on the side of the highway. Not a major tourist attraction, as reporter Mike McCourt notes, but perhaps a “major tourist necessity.”
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