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North Korea frees US prisoners before Trump-Kim summit

US secretary of state secures release of US detainees after meetings with North Korean officials in Pyongyang.

Mike Pompeo

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Trump: Three US prisoners returning home from N Korea

US secretary of state secures release of US detainees after meetings with North Korean officials in Pyongyang.

Pompeo previously met North Korean leader Kim

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North Korea: Kim Jong-un met Xi in China before nuclear talks

Kim Jong-un and Xi Jinping discuss upcoming talks between North Korea and the US on denuclearisation.

Kim Jong-un and Xi Jinping

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China: Former political star Sun Zhengcai sentenced to life

Sun Zhengcai, once seen as Xi Jinping's possible successor, pleaded guilty to accepting more than $27m in bribes.

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Cambodia's Phnom Penh Post sold to Malaysian Sivakumar G

Phnom Penh Post publisher blames falling revenues for sale but others suspect government coercion before July elections.

Phnom Penh Post

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North Korea syncs clocks with South in show of reconciliation

Decision to adjust time zone described as 'first practical step' for unity on the Korean Peninsula.

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Philippines 'confident' Chinese missiles 'not directed at us'

Manila to seek 'diplomatic means' to address issue as Beijing declares 'indisputable sovereignty' over disputed islands.

South China Sea

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Gap in air quality between rich and poorer countries increases

In total, 90 percent of people around the world are breathing polluted air, which kills about seven million annually.

Polluting industries

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China's foreign minister heads to North Korea for talks

A possible visit by China's Xi to Pyongyang and the recent Koreas summit to dominate discussion of Wang's two-day visit.

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South, North Korea remove propaganda loudspeakers as ties thaw

Dismantling of sound equipment used to broadcast competing propaganda is part of goodwill effort between rival states.

propaganda loudspeakers

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