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US seeks ‘concrete actions’ from North Korea before planned talks

US President Donald Trump will not meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un unless Pyongyang takes “concrete actions,” the White House said on Friday as it faced criticism for agreeing to talks that would give North Korea international legitimacy.

“The President will not have the meeting without seeing concrete steps and concrete actions take place by North Korea, so the President will actually be getting something,” White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders told a news briefing.

Sanders did not specify what actions North Korea needed to take, and a White House official later said she was not intending to set new conditions for talks with Kim.

But the comments were a sign that an end to a standoff between the two countries over North Korea’s nuclear weapon programme is not imminent.


Shooter takes three hostages at California veterans’ home

A shooter took three hostages at a veterans’ home in Napa Valley, northern California, the state’s veterans affairs department said on Friday.

Spokesman June Iljana confirmed the hostage situation in Yountville, but did not offer more details.

The Napa County Sheriff’s Office released an advisory on social media warning people to avoid the area.


Britain's Theresa May could seek tariff deal with Trump, risking EU backlash

Britain refused to rule out seeking its own exemption from US steel tariffs, risking a legal dispute with the European Union that could sour Brexit talks.

EU officials are pressing President Donald Trump to exclude the bloc from the border charges he slapped on foreign steel and aluminium this week.

Britain said on Friday that it's working with its EU partners on the matter. But both Prime Minister Theresa May's office and the Department for International Trade wouldn't say whether Britain could legally accept a tariff exemption that does not apply to the rest of the EU.


Goldman chief Lloyd Blankfein says report of his departure didn’t come from him

Lloyd Blankfein says a report of his exit may be premature.

The Goldman Sachs Group chief executive officer pushed back on Friday against a Wall Street Journal report that said he plans to step down as soon as the end of this year.

“I feel like Huck Finn listening to his own eulogy,” Blankfein said in a post on Twitter.


Golf: Tiger in share of clubhouse lead at Valspar

Tiger Woods, in only his fourth start since returning from injury, was in a three-way share of the clubhouse lead in the Valspar Championship second round on Friday in Palm Harbor, Florida.

Former world number one Woods, who had spinal-fusion surgery last April and only returned to the PGA Tour this year, made his only bogey of the day on his final hole for a three-under-par 68 at Innisbrook Resort's Copperhead course.

That left the 14-times major champion at four-under 138, level with fellow American Brandt Snedeker (68) and Englishman Paul Casey (68), who birdied his final hole.