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Trump open to inviting Kim Jong Un to White House

US President Donald Trump on Thursday held out the prospect of inviting North Korean leader Kim Jong Un to the White House if he deemed next week’s summit in Singapore a success while also signalling he was willing to walk away if he thought talks did not go well.

At a White House news conference with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Trump repeated what he said last Friday that it was possible he and Kim could sign an agreement to end the 1950-53 Korean War, which was concluded only with a truce, not a peace treaty.

“We could sign an agreement, as you know that would be a first step... We’re looking at it, we’re talking about it with a lot of other people,” Trump told reporters on Thursday. “That’s probably the easy part. The hard part remains after that.”

Trump added that he hoped someday US relations with Kim’s secretive Pyongyang government could be normalised.


Some leaders plot fightback against Trump on trade at G-7 summit

Leaders of the Group of Seven (G-7) rich nations headed for a summit in Canada on Thursday more divided than at any time in the group’s 42-year history, as US President Donald Trump’s “America First” policies risk causing a global trade war and deep diplomatic schisms.

In a bid to rebuild America’s industry, Trump has imposed hefty tariffs on steel and aluminium imports, including those from key G-7 allies like Canada, Japan and the European Union. He has threatened to use national security laws to do the same for foreign car imports and has walked back on environmental agreements and an international deal to prevent Iran from building a nuclear bomb.

French President Emmanuel Macron, who has invested in a warm personal relationship with Trump, said that the other G-7 nations should remain “polite” and productive but warned that “no leader is forever”, a sign that Europe would not surrender meekly to the US president.


Facebook bug switched privacy settings of 14 million accounts to 'public'

Facebook had a software bug for 10 days in May that set the audience for people's posts to "public", even if they had intended to share them just with friends, or a smaller audience.

The bug affected as many as 14 million people, the company said.

Facebook will soon start individually informing the people who were affected by the bug.


Football: Amazon to livestream Premier League in online shakeup

Amazon has secured the rights to show English Premier League football matches in a pioneering move for the online sector in the bidding war for sports events.

The global online retailer will show 20 Premier League matches a season for three years in Britain, starting from the 2019/20 season, the league said on Thursday.

The US company breaks up the recent dominance of Sky and BT Sport of lucrative Premier League TV rights in a first for the online sector that is threatening to shake up the traditional sports rights market.


Tennis: Halep into third French Open final, keeps world top spot

Top seed Simona Halep reached her third French Open final on Thursday with a 6-1, 6-4 victory over former champion Garbine Muguruza.

Halep, the runner-up in 2014 and 2017, will face Sloane Stephens in Saturday’s final, after Stephens beat fellow American Madison Keys 6-4 6-4.

Her victory over third seed Muguruza also means she will retain the world number one ranking next week.