Trump says Korea talks ‘going very well’ as leaders have summit
SEOUL, South Korea
President Donald Trump says negotiations over a potential summit with the leader of North Korea are “going along very well.”
Trump told reporters Saturday that: “We’re doing very well in terms of the summit with North Korea,” adding that “there are meetings going on as we speak.”
Trump said they are still considering June 12 in Singapore for the summit with Kim Jong Un.
Meanwhile, South Korea’s president says North Korean leader Kim remains committed to having a summit with Trump and to the “complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.”
South Korean President Moon Jae-in met Kim at the border Saturday for the second time in a month to discuss how to keep Kim’s summit with Trump on a track.
Kim, in a telling line from a dispatch issued by the North’s state-run news service today, “expressed his fixed will on the historic [North Korea]-U.S. summit talks.” The two Korean leaders agreed to “positively cooperate with each other as ever to improve [North Korea]-U.S. relations and establish [a)]mechanism for permanent and durable peace.”
They agreed to have their top officials meet again Friday.
US states prepare as Alberto heads north
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla.
Florida, Alabama and Mississippi launched emergency preparations Saturday ahead of the arrival of Subtropical Storm Alberto, a slow-moving system expected to cause wet misery across the eastern U.S. Gulf Coast over the holiday weekend.
Cuba was being pounded by rain along its western coast, raising the threat of flash floods and mudslides. The National Hurricane Center in Miami said the island’s rain totals could reach 10 to 15 inches– and even 25 inches in isolated areas.
Heavy downpours were expected to begin lashing parts of Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama today. Tropical-storm warnings have been issued for parts of Florida and Alabama, saying tropical-storm conditions are possible there by early Monday.
American jailed in Venezuela is back in US
Joshua Holt, who traveled to Venezuela from Utah in 2016 to marry a Spanish-speaking Mormon woman but soon found himself jailed and later branded the CIA’s top spy in Latin America, was set free by the anti-American Maduro government Saturday in what his family called “this miracle.”
Holt and his wife, Thamara Caleno, arrived Saturday evening at Washington Dulles International Airport. Their release came one day after an influential U.S. senator held a surprise meeting in Caracas with Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro.
Months of secret, backchannel talks between an aide to Sen. Bob Corker, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and close allies of Maduro preceded their return.
Trump praises teacher
An Indiana science teacher was released from a hospital a day after he was shot while tackling an armed student inside his classroom, a congresswoman said Saturday. Republican U.S. Rep. Susan Brooks posted a video on Twitter saying she met Jason Seaman during a visit to Noblesville West Middle School.
The only other person shot, student Ella Whistler, was in critical but stable condition, according to her family.
President Donald Trump sent a tweet Saturday thanking Seaman “for his heroic act in saving so many precious young lives. His quick and automatic action is being talked about all over the world!”
‘Quiet revolution’ leads to abortion-rights win
Irish voters endorsed expunging an abortion ban from their largely Catholic country’s constitution by a 2-1 margin, referendum results compiled Saturday showed.
The decisive outcome of the landmark referendum Friday exceeded expectations and was cast as a historic victory for women’s rights. Polls had given the pro-repeal “yes” side a small lead, but suggested the contest would be close. The final tally showed that more than 66 percent of voters supported lifting the ban.
Since 1983, the now-repealed Eighth Amendment had forced women seeking to terminate pregnancies to go abroad for abortions, bear children conceived through rape or incest or take illegal measures at home.
5 dead after cyclone
A cyclone more powerful than any previously recorded in southern Oman slammed into the Gulf country and neighboring Yemen on Saturday, deluging a major city with nearly three years’ worth of rainfall in single day. The storm killed at least five people while more than 30 remain missing, officials said.
Three people, including a 12-year-old girl, died in Oman, and another two bodies were recovered from the Yemeni island of Socotra. More than 30 people were still missing in Socotra, including Yemeni, Indian and Sudanese nationals.
Statue honors famous WWI war dog Stubby
A new monument in Connecticut honors service animals with a statue of one of the nation’s most famous war dogs.
The sculpture, “Stubby Salutes,” was unveiled Saturday in Veterans Memorial Park in Middletown.
Stubby was a Boston-terrier mix that traveled to Europe with a Connecticut unit during World War I. He became famous for warning soldiers of incoming gas attacks and locating wounded soldiers on the battlefield, staying with them until help arrived.
His story was the subject of a major animated movie last month, “Sgt. Stubby: An American Hero.”
The bronze sculpture, created by artist Susan Barary, is the culmination of a three-decade effort to create a memorial, spearheaded by the family of Robert Conroy, the army corporal who adopted Stubby during training.