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Trump says Singapore summit with Kim Jong Un a 'one time shot' for peace

US President Donald Trump predicted on Saturday that he would know within a minute of meeting Kim Jong Un whether his “one-time shot” at peace with the North Korean leader had a chance of succeeding.

Speaking just before embarking on his marathon journey to Singapore for the pair’s historic summit, Trump bristled with confidence as he boasted that contacts between their respective negotiating teams had been positive.

“It’s unknown territory in the truest sense but I really feel confident,” Trump said as he prepared to leave the ongoing Group of Seven summit in Canada early and head to Asia.

“I feel that Kim Jong Un wants to do something great for his people and he has that opportunity... It’s a one-time shot,” he said, adding that the North Koreans had been working “very well with us.”


G-7 says to fight protectionism, cut barriers after summit

G-7 leaders issued a joint pledge on Saturday to combat protectionism and cut trade barriers as they wrapped up a fractious summit in Canada soured by a row over the US imposition of tariffs on its allies.

After two days of often fierce arguments between the United States and both the summit hosts and Europe, the organisation issued a joint statement which attempted to paper over their cracks.

But the attempts to convey at least a semblance of unity were undermined when Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau confirmed he was going ahead with his tariffs against the US in response to US moves against his country's steel and aluminium industries.


Frenchman commits suicide at Mecca's Grand Mosque

A Frenchman has committed suicide by throwing himself off the roof of the Grand Mosque in Islam's holiest city of Mecca, Saudi and French officials said on Saturday.

"A foreigner threw himself from the roof of the Grand Mosque in Mecca" to the courtyard below, "resulting in his instant death", Saudi police told the official SPA news agency.

The rare act was not the first of its kind to take place in Mecca, the holiest city in Islam - which, like other monotheistic religions, prohibits suicide.


Tennis: Halep achieves ‘dream’ first Slam title after thrilling French Open fightback

Simona Halep fought back from a set and a break down to finally achieve her “dream” of winning a Grand Slam title, beating Sloane Stephens 3-6, 6-4, 6-1 in a gruelling French Open final on Saturday.

The world number one had lost all three of her previous major finals, including two at Roland Garros, and said she struggled to contain her emotions after staging a thrilling comeback.

“In the last game, I felt like I could not breathe anymore”, said Halep.


Formula One: Vettel takes Canadian GP pole with lap record

Sebastian Vettel roared to pole position with a record-breaking lap for Ferrari in Saturday’s dramatic qualifying session for this weekend’s Formula One Canadian Grand Prix.

It is the Italian team’s first time on pole in Montreal since seven-time champion Michael Schumacher managed it in 2001.

“The car was incredible in qualifying and it just kept getting quicker,” said Vettel, whose Ferrari team were using new engines.