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North Korean diplomat: Talks with U.S. are “possible”

North Korean diplomat: Talks with U.S. are “possible”

World
SEOUL, South Korea, Dec. 12 (UPI) -- A top North Korean diplomat has reportedly said a dialogue between Pyongyang and Washington "is possible," given the right conditions.Japanese broadcaster NHK reported that the North's ambassador to the United Nations Ja Song Nam arrived in Beijing on Tuesday, where he told reporters that talks with the United States could be on the cards.When asked what kind of conditions would check the boxes, Ja said they would have to be "conditions the North requires."Experts say the reclusive regime is seeking Washington's acceptance of North Korea as a nuclear state which could be a precondition for talks."The North wishes to hold a one-on-one negotiation with Washington. President Trump is all about doing business so the regime appears to be aiming to maximize i...
U.S. experts concerned about efficacy of flu vaccine this year

U.S. experts concerned about efficacy of flu vaccine this year

Health
Dec. 1 (UPI) -- Health officials are looking to the Southern Hemisphere for clues as to what this year's flu season might look like -- hint: it's not good.Researchers from the National Institutes of Health and World Health Organization met in Australia this week to discuss the challenges of producing an effective flu vaccine.As summer approaches, the flu season is winding down in Australia and the rest of the Southern Hemisphere. But in the United States, flu season is beginning to kick into gear.A new study shows Australia experienced an increase in influenza-related hospitalizations and deaths over the winter compared to last year. The research, published in the New England Journal of Medicine, suggests the vaccine in Australia had a success rate of just 10 percent.Officials in the Unite...
Turkey freezes assets of gold trader testifying in U.S. sanctions case

Turkey freezes assets of gold trader testifying in U.S. sanctions case

World
Dec. 1 (UPI) -- Turkish prosecutors ordered the assets of gold trader Reza Zarrab to be seized Friday as he testified in Manhattan on his role in a scheme to evade U.S. sanctions against Iran.The Istanbul prosecutor's office froze Zarrab's assets as well as those of his close relatives and acquaintances, Turkey's state-run Anadolu Agency reported.The Turkish-Iranian testified in U.S. court earlier this week that he bribed Turkey's former economic minister, Mehmet Zafer Caglayan, as part of a scheme to smuggle gold for oil in violation of U.S. sanctions against Iran.Zarrab, 34, became the star witness when he agreed to cooperate with U.S. authorities to describe the details of the complex sanctions-busting operation to the court.He used markers and poster-board to draw diagrams explaining h...
Thailand arrests U.S. tourists for taking nude photos at Buddhist temple

Thailand arrests U.S. tourists for taking nude photos at Buddhist temple

World
Nov. 30 (UPI) -- Two American tourists in Thailand are facing charges for exposing their buttocks in front of religious temples.Joseph and Travis Dasilva, both 38, were arrested Tuesday after they took photos of themselves with their pants down while standing in front of the Wat Arun, one of Thailand's most famous Buddhist temples. But Thai authorities found the married couple's photos on Instagram and put them on a watchlist. And when they tried to catch their flight at the Bangkok airport to return home, they ended up in a Bangkok jail instead."Once they are through with the charges, the Thai immigration police will revoke their visas and push for deportation," Pol Col Choengron Rimpadee, deputy spokesman of immigration police, told the BBC. "They will also be blacklisted from coming bac...
Former U.S. Marine admits attack, says he didn't mean to kill Japanese woman

Former U.S. Marine admits attack, says he didn't mean to kill Japanese woman

World
Nov. 16 (UPI) -- Former U.S. Marine Kenneth Franklin Shinzato on Thursday said he attacked and tried to rape a 20-year-old Japanese woman in Okinawa prefecture but did not intend to kill her.He made the admission on the first day of his murder and rape trial in Naha District Court.Shinzato said he planned to knock out Rina Shimabukuro, 20, on April 28, 2016, with a stick and then rape her after he saw her walking in Uruma. He said he panicked when she didn't completely lose consciousness so he took her to a nearby grass field. She was found strangled and stabbed several times, prosecutors said.Prosecutors said Shimabukuro's death was premeditated, though, because Shinzato took with him a large suitcase to dispose of her body. After her death, he allegedly put her in the suitcase, took it t...