France 24: North and South Korea agreed Monday to hold a summit in Pyongyang in September, the South’s Yonhap news agency reported following high-level talks in the Demilitarized Zone that divides the peninsula.
Our morning briefing for today covers news in Malta, the Mediterranean, Syria, the US, Turkey, the Korean peninsula and the Sun.
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Both the Times and The Malta Independent refer to the S&P credit rating on the banking system. Respected credit ratings agency Standard and Poors has highlighted increased reputational and operational risks for Malta’s banking sector, moving its risk score up two notches on its 10point scale.
The Star (Malaysia): Seoul said Thursday it had deployed a warship to Libya in an apparent show of force to secure the release of a South Korean national kidnapped along with three Filipinos in the North African country.
The 4,000-tonne vessel, Munmu the Great, which takes part in anti-piracy operations in the Gulf of Aden, was now on its way to Libya, officials said.… Be Informed
Korea Republic’s historic 2-0 win over Germany in Kazan may not have been enough for the Taeguk Warriors to progress to the Round of 16 from Group F, but it will nevertheless go down as a result for the ages as the reigning champions were also eliminated from the 2018 FIFA World Cup™ at the first hurdle.… Be Informed
DW: Only around 30 percent of German workers are expected to keep their noses to the grindstone until the end of their shift to be able to watch Germany vs. South Korea, which will kick off at 4 p.m
It has been estimated that the game could cost German employers up to €200 million ($233.3 million).… Be Informed
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We start off highlighting comments given by Prime Minister Joseph Muscat that”Malta will stick to its position on migration” Prime Minister Joseph Muscat said this yesterday on the eve of a meeting in Brussels aimed at reforming the EU’s asylum rules.… Be Informed
Romelu Lukaku and Eden Hazard each scored twice and substitute Michy Batshuayi added a deserved fifth as Belgium cruised past Tunisia to edge closer to a place in the Round of 16.
Lukaku’s clinically taken brace, coming in the wake of a double against Panama in the Red Devils’ opening match, established him as Belgium’s most prolific scorer at a single FIFA World Cup™. … Be Informed
Euronews: Two hundred family members separated by the decades-long Korean War will take part in emotional reunions next month, South Korea said Friday — the latest breakthrough in North Korea’s diplomatic thaw.
The families will be briefly reunited August 20-26 at a resort in Mount Kumgang, or “Diamond Mountain,” in North Korea, the South’s Unification Ministry announced after talks.… Be Informed
The Guardian: Donald Trump has declared that North Korea still poses an “extraordinary threat” to the United States, just days after saying that the country’s nuclear program no longer constituted a danger.
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In an executive order on Friday, the president extended for one year the so-called “national emergency” with respect to the nuclear-armed nation, re-authorizing economic restrictions against it.
BBC: South Korea’s coach says he made his players wear different numbered shirts in recent friendlies to confuse opponents who he says cannot tell them apart. Only Tottenham forward Son Heung-min and captain Ki Sung-yueng wore their usual shirts against Bolivia and Senegal earlier this month, claimed Shin Tae-yong.… Be Informed
Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte has sparked criticism for kissing a woman on the lips on stage at an event in Seoul, South Korea on Sunday. The controversial leader was on a three-day visit when he addressed the Filipino community in the northern neighbour.… Be Informed
Reuters report that North Korea’s top three military officials have been removed from their posts, a senior U.S. official said.
The move, analysts said, could support efforts by the North’s young leader to jump-start economic development and engage with the world.… Be Informed
South Korean President Moon Jae-In said that the North Korean President Kim Jong Un reaffirmed his commitment to ‘complete’ the denuclearisation process in the Korean peninsula. He is also committed towards a planned meeting with US President Donald Trump.
A surprise summit between the leaders of the two Koreas took place on Saturday.… Be Informed
The Maltese newspapers lead with the story related to a bomb which exploded yesterday in Gharghur. In this explosion a man Kevin Ellul (43), who happens to be known to the police, suffered serious injuries. The Independent reports that the bomb was triggered soon after Ellul walked into the room.… Be Informed
US President Donald Trump has said there is a “very substantial chance” a historic summit with North Korea’s Kim Jong-un next month may not happen. Trump said that the North must meet conditions for the summit to go ahead though if it did not, it might happen “later”.… Be Informed
Hazy morning in Malta. The overcast seems to stay throughout the day, even though temperatures should reach 21 degrees (C).
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Today’s Malta’s newspapers present a number of similar stories reflecting a rather similar editorial choice where it comes to prominence and relevance. … Be Informed
South Korean President Moon’s meeting with US counterpart Trump at the White House on Tuesday is going to be a crucial test of whether the two presidents will make history or see their plans fizzle out.
The two are slated to hold a 30-minute one-on-one meeting with only their translators, followed by a nearly 90-minute expanded meeting with additional staffers, according to an administration official.… Be Informed
US President Donald Trump said that the US and North Korean officials are continuing to prepare for a scheduled diplomatic summit next month, even as Pyongyang threatened in recent days to pull out of what would be a historic first meeting between a North Korean leader and US president.… Be Informed