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War-divided Korean families to meet

North and South Korea on Friday agreed to hold temporary reunions of families divided by the 1950-1953 Korean War as they boost reconciliation efforts amid a diplomatic push to resolve the North Korean nuclear crisis. The reunions are scheduled to take place at North Korea’sFULL STORY

Surrogacy raid uncovers 33 pregnant Cambodians

Thirty-three pregnant Cambodian women who were carrying babies on behalf of Chinese clients have been discovered during a raid on an illegal commercial surrogacy operation, police said yesterday. Five people, including a Chinese manager, were arrested following raids at two apartments in Phnom Penh, police said. CambodiaFULL STORY

Car dealers gear up for female Saudi drivers

Cradling her four-month-old daughter, Nour Obeid scans the car showroom and heads to the mid-sized SUVs. In the past, a woman looking to buy a car in Saudi Arabia would focus on the features in the back, but Obeid is checking out the driver’s seat, picturingFULL STORY

Refugee children in Bangkok, Jakarta vulnerable to trafficking, report says

A lack of legal protection is putting refugee children in Bangkok and Jakarta at heightened risk of trafficking and forced labor, campaigners said. More than 20,000 refugees live in the Thai and Indonesian capitals, many of them children, and neither country is a signatory to theFULL STORY

Migration meeting a ‘first exchange’: German chancellor

German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Friday said an upcoming meeting of European leaders in Brussels would be a “first exchange” toward finding solutions and agreements to problems connected with migration. Speaking at a news conference in the Lebanese capital Beirut, she said the emergency gathering wouldFULL STORY

Trump calls border separations ‘phony’

US President Donald Trump on Friday tried to cast doubt on wrenching tales of migrant children separated from their families at the border, dismissing “phony stories of sadness and grief,” while asserting that the real victims of the US’ immigration crisis are Americans killed byFULL STORY

Italy raps Malta for not taking in migrant ship

Italy on Friday said that Malta had refused to take in a Dutch-flagged ship carrying more than 200 rescued migrants and said the decision was “inhumane,” 10 days after shutting its own ports to a migrant vessel. The new stand-off between the neighboring Mediterranean countries aroseFULL STORY

Kentucky governor shrugs off EU tariffs on bourbon

In comments at odds with his home state’s whiskey distillers, Kentucky’s Republican governor has downplayed fears that the EU’s retaliatory tariffs could disrupt the booming market for the Bluegrass state’s iconic bourbon industry. “There’s always the potential for some type of impact, but I don’t thinkFULL STORY

Netflix exec fired over the N-word

Netflix sacked its chief spokesman, Jonathan Friedland, after he used the N-word twice in the space of a few days during meetings with staff, Friedland revealed on Friday. The head of communications announced his departure after being upbraided for a second time for using theFULL STORY

Brexit leaves ferry to Ireland in uncertain waters

The Carlingford ferry, which connects Northern Ireland to the Republic of Ireland, was launched one year ago, but is already facing an uncertain future with a solution to the post-Brexit border problem still to be found. The service has proved popular with commuters looking for aFULL STORY

Crude oil leaks into floodwaters after train derails in US

A freight train derailed in northwest Iowa on Friday, leaking crude oil into flooded fields flanking the tracks and raising concerns about the possible contamination of residential water supplies downstream, officials said. No one was injured when 33 oil tanker cars from Alberta, Canada, derailed atFULL STORY

World News Quick Take

SPAIN Catalans shun King Felipe VI Catalonia’s pro-independence political leaders are snubbing the king in their latest public challenge to rule from Madrid. Catalan President Quim Torra said his regional government would not invite the monarchy to any official event, nor would it send representatives to anyFULL STORY

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