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Truckers' strike leads to fuel shortages in Brazil

Truckers' strike leads to fuel shortages in Brazil

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A strike by Brazilian truckers backed up exports and caused fuel shortages Thursday as the government tried to end the work stoppage before it caused more damage to Latin America's largest economy. Brazil's economy runs largely on road transport and the four-day-old strike to protest rising diesel prices was beginning to have serious consequences, with highway police reporting blocked roads in nearly all of Brazil's states. The airport in the capital of Brasilia was only allowing planes to land that were carrying enough fuel to take off again. The stop-gap measure hadn't resulted in any flight cancelations, but it was unclear how long it could continue before companies would have to ground planes. The civil aviation authority and airport authorities said they were monitoring fuel supplie...
Analysts: Site demolition no guarantee of North Korea denuclearization

Analysts: Site demolition no guarantee of North Korea denuclearization

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NEW YORK, May 23 (UPI) -- North Korea's dismantlement of its nuclear site in Punggye-ri is symbolic, but ultimately does not guarantee the regime will end nuclear testing or comply with U.S. calls for denuclearization, U.S. and South Korean analysts say. Frank Aum, a senior North Korea expert at the United States Institute of Peace in Washington, told UPI in a recent phone interview North Korea's demolition event, scheduled for Thursday, leaves options open for Pyongyang. "By closing down that test site, it doesn't prevent North Korea from conducting additional tests because there are other tunnels and pristine rock within that mountain complex that are still usable for tests," Aum said. But Aum, a former senior advisor on North Korea at the Pentagon, said the offer to dismantle the site...
Daughter of poisoned Russian spy speaks out after horrific attack

Daughter of poisoned Russian spy speaks out after horrific attack

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The daughter of a former Russian double agent who was poisoned in the UK this year said in her first interview since the attack that her "life has been turned upside down." "After 20 days in a coma, I woke to the news that we may have been poisoned," Yulia Skripal told Reuters in an interview published today, more than two months since she and her father were attacked with a nerve agent in Salisbury, England. "I still find it difficult to come to terms with the fact that both of us were attacked in a such a way. The fact that a nerve agent was used to do this is shocking." British authorities have said Russia was responsible for the poisoning that left Skripal, 33, and her father Sergei, 66, in critical condition. "We are so lucky to have both survived this attempted assassination,"...
'The goddess of volcanoes is showing herself'

'The goddess of volcanoes is showing herself'

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Some of the best pictures of the Mount Kīlauea eruptions and lava flows have come from the air, so we decided to take a helicopter to the southern coast of Hawaii's Big Island. Our pilot Casey Allen flew us close to the lava pouring into the sea.He was careful to stay upwind of a huge plume of toxic steam, or lava haze. 2:25 Video: 'Terrifying' Kilauea isn't finished yet The haze is produced when molten lava reacts with sea wat...
Trump says summit with North Korea's Kim Jong-un may be delayed

Trump says summit with North Korea's Kim Jong-un may be delayed

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Media playback is unsupported on your device 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.He said the North must meet conditions for the summit to go ahead though if it did not, it might happen "later".He was speaking as he received South Korea's President Moon Jae-in at the White House.The North has said it may cancel the summit if the US insists on it giving up nuclear weapons unilaterally.Mr Trump did not say what conditions the US had set for the summit but, asked by a reporter about the North's arsenal, he said "denuclearisation must take place".The 12 June summit is due to take place in Singapore. It follows a summit between the two Kore...