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Vietnamese President Tran Dai Quang dead at 61: state media

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Vietnamese President Tran Dai Quang dead at 61: state media

Vietnam’s President Tran Dai Quang died Friday at age 61 after a prolonged and serious illness, state media reported. In office as president since April 2016 after more than four decades at the powerful Ministry of Public Security, Quang had a reputation as a tough leader with little tolerance for dissent. Quang had appeared thin and pale in public, and was unstable on his feet last week when he hosted a welcoming ceremony for Indonesian President Joko Widodo in Hanoi last week.

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Kim agrees to dismantle main nuke site if US takes steps too

Kim agrees to dismantle main nuke site if US takes steps too

PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) — South Korean President Moon Jae-in and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un announced a sweeping set of agreements after their second day of talks in Pyongyang on Wednesday that included a promise by Kim to permanently dismantle the North’s main nuclear complex if the United States takes corresponding measures, the acceptance of international inspectors to monitor the closing of a key missile test site and launch pad and a vow to work together to host the Summer Olympics in 2032.

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Kim agrees to dismantle main nuke site if US takes steps too

Kim agrees to dismantle main nuke site if US takes steps too

PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) — South Korean President Moon Jae-in and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un announced a sweeping set of agreements after their second day of talks in Pyongyang on Wednesday that included a promise by Kim to permanently dismantle the North’s main nuclear complex if the United States takes corresponding measures, the acceptance of international inspectors to monitor the closing of a key missile test site and launch pad and a vow to work together to host the Summer Olympics in 2032.

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Israel air force chief to give Moscow findings on plane downing

Israel air force chief to give Moscow findings on plane downing

Israel’s air force commander was set to lead a delegation to Moscow on Thursday to share the military’s findings on the Syrian downing of a Russian warplane following Israeli air strikes. Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has blamed Israel for the incident, which was the worst case of friendly fire between Moscow and his regime since Russian forces intervened in the war-torn country in late 2015. The Russia-bound delegation, led by Major General Amikam Norkin, will “present the situation report… regarding all aspects” of the incident, the Israeli army said in a statement on Wednesday.

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