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US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un pose at the Capella Hotel on Sentosa island in Singapore in this picture released on June 12, 2018.
US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un pose at the Capella Hotel on Sentosa island in Singapore in this picture released on June 12, 2018.PHOTO: REUTERS

Trump tweets ‘very nice note’ he got from North Korea's Kim

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un praised Donald Trump in a letter written before US-North Korean talks hit a snag last week, saying the US president’s “energetic and extraordinary efforts” in reshaping ties between the two countries will help create a “new future.”

“The significant first meeting with Your Excellency and the joint statement that we signed together in Singapore 24 days ago was indeed the start of a meaningful journey,” Kim wrote in an English translation of a July 6 letter that President Trump posted on Twitter on Thursday.

Although the letter was written less than a week ago, it’s not clear where US-North Korean talks stand now.

The letter’s date indicates it was written before Secretary of State Michael Pompeo’s visit late last week to Pyongyang, where the US and North Korea struggled to agree over plans to denuclearise the Korean peninsula.


Parents can inherit dead daughter's Facebook account: German court

Germany's top court ruled on Thursday that Facebook should grant a grieving mother access to her dead daughter's account, in a landmark judgment for how social network data is treated after its owners die.

Judges at the Federal Constitutional Court in Karlsruhe found that the daughter's contract with Facebook was part of her legacy and should be passed on to the mother, giving her full access to the daughter's account including her posts and private messages.

"The contract covering a user account with a social network is transferred to the heirs of the original owner of the account," they said. Those heirs "have a claim on the network operator for access to the account including communications data", the ruling continued.


HBO's Game Of Thrones storms back into Emmys race with 22 nominations

Record-breaking fantasy epic Game Of Thrones made a storming comeback on Thursday to Hollywood’s awards circuit after a year off, dominating this year’s Emmy nominations with a whopping 22 nods.

The smash hit HBO show, which returns for a shortened eighth and final season next year, will vie once again for the coveted best drama series prize, several acting trophies and a slew of technical awards.

The show about noble families vying for the Iron Throne faces tough competition from perennial favourite comedy sketch show Saturday Night Live and HBO stablemate Westworld with 21 nominations each.


Tennis: Seven-time champion Williams to face Kerber in Wimbledon final

Serena Williams booked a Wimbledon final rematch against Angelique Kerber as the seven-time champion marched into her 10th All England Club title match with a 6-2, 6-4 rout of Julia Goerges on Thursday.

On 20-match winning streak at Wimbledon, Serena is the third oldest female Grand Slam finalist in the Open era at 36 years and 291 days.

She will face German world number 10 Kerber on Saturday in a repeat of the 2016 showpiece won by Williams.


Mission: Impossible - Fallout premieres in Paris

The sixth instalment of spy movie franchise Mission: Impossible, which sees actor Tom Cruise leap from a military plane over 7,000m above Paris, premiered on Thursday in the French capital.

Mission: Impossible - Fallout tells the story of a mission gone wrong. Agent Ethan Hunt, played by Cruise, is hunted by assassins and former allies as he races against time to prevent a terrorist organisation from provoking a global catastrophe.

Cruise, who is known for doing his own stunts, also races a motorbike helmet-less through oncoming traffic round Paris' Arc de Triomphe and pilots a helicopter though mountain ravines in Kashmir.