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Talks between North Korea and the US have ground to a halt of late.

It is a seeming stalemate nearly two months since Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un failed to reach a deal in Singapore at their second summit.

Mr Trump pulled back from agreeing to Mr Kim’s proposal – a lifting of the harshest sanctions on the North in return for suspending operations at North Korea’s largest nuclear facility.

Since then, there has been little to no communication, with even less room for negotiation.

Recently, there has been concern that Pyongyang might restart weapons testing – North Korea hadn’t launched a missile since November 2017.

The US Strategic Command and US Northern Command say they haven’t detected any missile.

North Korean intercontinental ballistic missiles
North Korea has faced sanctions over its weapons programme

Experts claim it was more likely that the test was a demonstration of a conventional weapons system, perhaps artillery or an anti-aircraft system.

What North Korea’s latest move does certainly look like is a warning – that unless negotiations with Washington restart, the two countries could once again be on a collision course.

It is also an attempt to refocus perhaps distracted minds – to grab America’s attention and get nuclear talks back in the centre of conversation with a good dose of provocative language.

In recent days, Kim Jong Un said he would give the US until the end of the year to produce some firm proposals to lift sanctions.

US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un have met in Vietnam for their second summit.

With this latest threat, it seems he was willing to raise the stakes sooner.

At home, he wants to be able to tell his people he’s secured some much needed economic relief with a deal with the US.

Mr Trump wants to tell America he’s secured something historic against all the odds.

He said he fell “in love” with Pyongyang’s leader and they could well share a table again.

But after all the talk, neither side has anything palatable enough for the other to eat.

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Austrian vice chancellor Heinz-Christian Strache quits over ‘corruption’ video | World News



Austria’s vice chancellor has resigned after footage of him seeming to offer lucrative German contracts to a potential Russian benefactor were published in newspapers this week.

At a news conference, Heinz-Christian Strache told reporters he was set up illegally, and claimed the publication was a “political assassination”.

But he did admit his behaviour in the video was “stupid, irresponsible and a mistake”.

The scandal has increased speculation around the future of Austria’s governing coalition between Mr Strache’s anti-immigration Freedom Party and Chancellor Sebastian Kurz’s centre-right People’s Party.

Mr Strache told a press conference he had been set up
Mr Strache told a press conference he had been set up

Chancellor Kurz has not yet spoken publicly about the scandal but scenarios could involve replacing Mr Strache in the cabinet with another party member, or there could be a call to end the coalition completely and hold new elections.

Mr Strache did say in his resignation statement that he was standing down so that the coalition could continue.

German newspapers Sueddeutsche Zeitung and Der Spiegel published parts of a covert video that allegedly showed Mr Strache offering government contracts to a woman from Russia, who was supposedly interested in investing large amounts of money in Austria.

In the clip, Mr Strache and party colleague Johann Gudenus can be heard telling the woman she would get big construction contracts, in return for buying an Austrian newspaper and supporting the Freedom Party.

Sueddeutsche Zeitung and Der Spiegel said the footage was authenticated by a forensic video expert.

Mr Strache was caught bribing a Russian businesswoman
Mr Strache allegedly offered bribes to a Russian businesswoman

According to the newspapers, the video was recorded during a six-hour long drink-fuelled conversation at a villa in Ibiza.

The woman claimed to be the niece of a prominent Russian businessman.

As well as discussing investments, which included the sale of Austrian newspaper Kronen Zeitung, Mr Strache also suggested ways of funnelling money to his party through an unconnected foundation that would get around Austria’s political donation rules.

Mr Strache said there was no more contact with the woman and there were on financial contributions.

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Arnold Schwarzenegger kicked to the floor at event in South Africa | World News



Bodybuilder and actor Arnold Schwarzenegger has been attacked whilst out at an event in South Africa, footage shows.

In a clip that emerged on Saturday, Schwarzenegger can be seen at the Arnold Classic Africa event in Johannesburg when someone runs up behind him and kicks him in the back.

The two-footed blow caused the Austrian to fall forward into a crowd of people and hit the ground.

Shortly after the incident, the 71-year-old re-takes his seat at the side of the court, seemingly unfazed by the attack.

Schwarzenegger was attacked at an event in South Africa
Schwarzenegger was attacked at an event in South Africa

Responding to the incident, he tweeted saying: “Thanks for your concerns, but there is nothing to worry about. I thought I was just jostled by the crowd, which happens a lot.

“I only realized [sic] I was kicked when I saw the video like all of you. I’m just glad the idiot didn’t interrupt my Snapchat.”

The former California governor also posted a video of himself greeting fans outside the Sandton Convention Centre, where the event is being held.

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A statement from the event organisers said he was “sadly and unexpectedly attacked by a crazed fan” after they had “breached security”.

It added: “Sandton Convention Centre security responded swiftly by apprehending the offender and handing him over to police.”

Wayne Price, organiser of the event said: “Arnold was in great spirits and very generous with fans and athletes alike.

Arnold Schwarzenegger was at an event in Johannesburg
Arnold Schwarzenegger was at a competition in Johannesburg

“Mr Schwarzenegger is fine and still in good spirits. He still carried on with the activities as planned and is fully taking this in his stride.

“He even joked that some people got more excited than others.”

The event organisers confirmed that Schwarzenegger would not be pressing charges and sees the event as “as unfortunate incident by a mischievous fan”.

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Surprise election win for Australia’s Liberal Party-led coalition | World News



Australia’s opposition Labor Party leader Bill Shorten has conceded defeat in the country’s election.

Mr Shorten told supporters in Melbourne: “Without wanting to hold out any false hope, while there are still millions of votes to count and important seats yet to be finalised, it is obvious that Labor will not be able to form the next government.”

Exit polls had favoured the Labor Party but, despite significant gains in New South Wales and Victoria, Mr Shorten’s bid to become Australia’s sixth prime minister in six years fell short.

With more than half of the votes counted, the coalition government was heading for a surprise win, although whether it can govern with an outright majority is not yet clear.

By late Saturday, the Liberal-National coalition had won 74 seats in the 151-seat lower house, with 65 going to Labor and 12 undecided, according to the Australian Broadcasting Corp.

A total of 76 seats are needed to form a majority government.

Leader of the Opposition and Leader of the Labor Party Bill Shorten, flanked by his wife Chloe Shorten concedes defeat following the results of the Federal Election at Hyatt Place Melbourne
Labor Party leader Bill Shorten, with his wife Chloe, conceding defeat

Mr Morrison had campaigned on income tax cuts and the risk to the economy posed by Labor, and his party made important gains in the states of Queensland and Tasmania on the way to victory.

Speaking to supporters after the result, he said: “I have always believed in miracles.”

“Tonight is not about me or even the Liberal Party but it’s about every single Australian who depends on their government to put them first and so, friends, that’s exactly what we’re going to do.”

But the Liberals did lose at least one big name: former prime minister Tony Abbott, who lost his seat of Warringah after 25 years.

His opponent, independent candidate Zali Steggall, has previously said she would vote with the Liberal coalition on confidence and supply but that she wanted more ambitious action on climate change, one of the election’s big issues.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison said the attack did not compromise any data
Scott Morrison will remain Australia’s prime minister

Australia is the world’s largest exporter of coal and liquefied natural gas. It is also very dependent on coal-fired electricity.

But the country also suffers heavily from bushfires, record high temperatures, drought, and damage to its coral reefs.

Mr Morrison, a supporter of the coal industry, had vowed to uphold Australia’s commitment to the 2015 Paris Accord (which would see the country’s emissions cut by 26-28%) but said any further cuts would hurt the economy.

Mr Shorten, a former union leader, had said his government would aim to cut carbon emissions by 45% from 2005 levels by 2030, with net zero emissions by 2050.

Voting is compulsory for Australia’s 17 million eligible voters.

There were more than 7,000 polling stations across Australia and another 90 overseas. The Australian High Commission in London said there had been more than 10,000 votes cast by Australian citizens in the UK by Friday lunchtime.

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