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U.N. political chief meets North Korean vice foreign minister

U.N. political chief meets North Korean vice foreign minister

World
SEOULl, South Korea, Dec. 6 (UPI) -- The United Nations political chief met with North Korean Vice Foreign Minister Pak Myong Guk during a rare four-day trip to Pyongyang.U.N. Undersecretary General for Political Affairs Jeffrey Feltman arrived in the North Korean capital Tuesday, a week after Pyongyang conducted its new intercontinental ballistic missile test.The North's Korean Central News Agency said Wednesday the two officials had "exchanged views on areas of common interest regarding U.N. agencies in cooperating with North Korea."Before the meeting took place, the North Korean official expressed his hope that the discussion would be "full of sincerity," Kyodo News reported.During his stay, Feltman is also expected to meet Foreign Minister Ri Yong-ho, who extended the invitation to Pyo...
MTV VMAs: Kendrick Lamar dominates as awards show gets political

MTV VMAs: Kendrick Lamar dominates as awards show gets political

Entertainment
The MTV Video Music Awards (VMAs) are always a big night for pop music, but were also dominated by political statements at a fiery show in Los Angeles on Sunday night.Artists spoke out against white supremacy and urged suicide awareness.Transgender military personnel attended days after US President Donald Trump signed a directive to ban them.The mother of Heather Heyer, killed during a protest against a far-right march, presented an award.Susan Bro handed out the Fight Against the System Award, just 15 days after Ms Heyer's death in Charlottesville, Virginia. Paying tribute to her daughter, she said: "I miss her, but I know she's here tonight."She was introduced by the stage by Reverend Robert Wright Lee IV, a descendant of the controversial general on the Confederate side of the US Civil...
Report: Fugitive Chinese billionaire may have requested U.S. political asylum

Report: Fugitive Chinese billionaire may have requested U.S. political asylum

World
Aug. 3 (UPI) -- A fugitive Chinese billionaire who had vowed to expose corrupt Chinese officials in the upper reaches of the central leadership may have requested political asylum in the United States.China's Boxun News reported Thursday Guo Wengui, a member of U.S. President Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago resort, had stated in documents submitted to a U.S. court that he would be persecuted and severely punished if he returned to China.The documents were acquired by Boxun and were part of a file addressing a lawsuit involving a Hong Kong investment firm.The report did not specify whether the Hong Kong firm was Pacific Alliance Asia Opportunity Fund, a hedge fund affiliated with the $ 18-billion Pacific Alliance Group.The hedge fund had requested a New York state judge to block the sale of Guo's...
Pound remains under pressure amid political uncertainty

Pound remains under pressure amid political uncertainty

Business
The pound has resumed its downward slide as investors continue to react to the political uncertainty following last week's shock UK election result.Sterling had stabilised in early trade, but by late afternoon had dropped 0.66% against the dollar to $ 1.2659 and fell 0.73% against the euro to 1.1299 euros.On the stock market, the FTSE 100 index closed down 0.21% at 7511.87.On Friday, the pound suffered its biggest one-day drop in about eight months following the election.The uncertainty caused by the election result has led business confidence to sink "through the floor", according to one lobby group. A snap poll of 700 members of the Institute of Directors found a "dramatic drop" in confidence following the hung parliament.Global currency markets are trying to work out how the election wi...
Britain’s political outlook seems toxic to investors

Britain’s political outlook seems toxic to investors

Finance
SUDDENLY Britain looks a lot less attractive as a home for international investors. The Conservative party under Theresa May gambled on a snap election to deliver a "mandate for Brexit". It unveiled a muddled manifesto that alienated voters and was out-campaigned by the veteran left-winger Jeremy Corbyn. The party lost its overall majority and will now be propped up by the very odd ducks in Ulster's Democratic Unionist party.The markets reacted less severely than might have been expected. That seems to be based on the view that a "soft Brexit" looks more likely. But it is far from clear that this is the case. David Davis, Britain's Brexit minister, seems to be ploughing ahead with plans to leave the single market and the Labour leadership is unlikely to oppose this. Moody's, the credit rat