1. NORTH KOREAN AND U.S. NEGOTIATORS GATHER FOR NUCLEAR TALKS IN SWEDEN
STOCKHOLM: U.S. and North Korean officials arrived to begin nuclear talks today, at an isolated conference center in Stockholm, in an attempt to end months of stalemate.
The meeting will be the first formal working-level talks since U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un met in June and agreed to restart negotiations that stalled after a failed summit in Vietnam in February.
Police had closed off the approaches to the complex facing the Baltic Sea on the island of Lidingo, where the delegations led by U.S. Special Representative for North Korea Stephen Biegun and North Korea’s Kim Myong Gil were expected to meet.
A spokesman for the Swedish Foreign Ministry declined to comment as nothing is yet confirmed about the talks.
2. TRUMP SUSPENDS ENTRY OF IMMIGRANTS WHO CANNOT PAY FOR HEALTHCARE
WASHINGTON: U.S. President Donald Trump on Friday signed a proclamation suspending entry of immigrants who will not be covered by health insurance within 30 days of entering the United States or do not have the means to pay for their healthcare costs themselves.
The proclamation includes that it would not affect any individual’s eligibility for asylum or refugee status and the measure will take effect on Nov. 3.
Trump has made cutting legal and illegal immigration a centerpiece of his presidency that it planned to allow only 18,000 refugees last month, to resettle in the United States in the 2020 fiscal year.
The suspension, according to Trump applied only to people seeking to enter the United States with an immigrant visa.
3. GRENADE ATTACK IN KASHMIR INJURES 10 AMID INDIA CLAMPDOWN
SRINAGAR: Police blamed terrorists for a grenade attack on Saturday in Kashmir’s southern city of Anantnag injuring 10 people, including a traffic policeman and a journalist.
Many people in Kashmir have been seething since India stripped its portion of the Muslim-majority region of autonomy on Aug. 5, shutting off phone networks and imposing curfew-like restrictions in some areas to dampen discontent.
Some of those curbs have been slowly relaxed, but mobile and internet communications in the Kashmir valley are largely still blocked.
According to the police official, if confirmed, the blast, which took place near a government office would appear to mark the first attack near a government office since India’s crackdown on the region.