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US President Donald Trump, flanked by US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo shakes hands with North Korean Kim Yong Chol (left) at the White House on June 1, 2018.
US President Donald Trump, flanked by US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo shakes hands with North Korean Kim Yong Chol (left) at the White House on June 1, 2018.PHOTO: AFP

Trump says June 12 Singapore summit with North Korea's Kim is back on

US President Donald Trump said Friday (June 1) his summit with North Korea’s leader Kim Jong Un is back on for June 12, after extraordinary Oval Office talks with a top envoy from Pyongyang.

Trump emerged after a more than hour-long Oval Office meeting with Kim Yong Chol – a general facing US sanctions who is Kim’s right-hand man – saying that the summit will go ahead in Singapore as originally planned.

While admitting that dealing with North Korea was “going to be a process,” Trump said he believed that process would ultimately be “successful.”


Singapore, India to deepen economic, defence ties

Singapore and India will soon launch a third round of discussions to update a key bilateral economic pact and will consider expanding their air services agreement to cater to the growing demand for air connectivity.

After wide-ranging discussions at the Istana on Friday (June 1), Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and visiting Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi said the two countries had agreed to deepen economic ties and build on longstanding defence cooperation.

Both leaders agreed to update the bilateral relationship to take advantage of new trends like digitalisation and financial technology, even as they announced the successful conclusion of the second review of the 2005 Comprehensive Economic Cooperation Agreement (Ceca), which serves as a foundation for economic ties.


Giuseppe Conte sworn in as Italian prime minister

Giuseppe Conte was sworn in as prime minister of Italy's new populist government Friday (June 1) after a last-ditch coalition deal ended months of political deadlock and narrowly avoided snap elections in the eurozone's third largest economy.

Conte, an academic and political novice, will head a government of ministers from the anti-establishment Five Star Movement (M5S) and the far-right League Party. The first populist coalition in a founding EU member has raised concerns in some European quarters.

The 53-year-old was sworn in alongside his cabinet, which will see M5S leader Luigi Di Maio and League chief Matteo Salvini in key ministerial posts.


Visa says ‘service disruption’ blocking transactions in Europe

Payment systems giant Visa said it was experiencing problems processing transactions in Europe on Friday (June 1) and was trying to fix the issue.

“We are currently experiencing a service disruption which is preventing some Visa transactions in Europe from being processed,” a Visa spokesman told AFP.

“We are investigating the cause and working as quickly as possible to resolve the situation.”


Football: Mirko Grabovac backs his Warriors to beat Hougang for first Singapore Premier League win of the season

His appointment in January was hailed as the return of a legend.

But, 10 games into the Singapore Premier League (SPL) season, Mirko Grabovac is still searching for his first win as Warriors FC head coach.

The 46-year-old Croat, who plundered 135 league goals, won two league titles and one Singapore Cup with the Warriors (1999-2003), was unfazed by their poor start.