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North Korea suspends talks with South Korea

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SEOUL — North Korea has suspended high-level talks with South Korea scheduled for Wednesday after US and South Korean joint military exercises and warned that a summit next month between its leader Kim Jong-un and US President Donald Trump could be in jeopardy.

North Korea’s official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) called the US-South Korean ‘Max Thunder’ air combat drills, which it said involved US stealth fighters and B-52 bombers, a ‘provocation’ that went against the trend of warming North-South ties.

The meeting was set up to work out steps for implementing a declaration agreed to during the North-South summit between the two countries on April 27.

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Issues addressed in the declaration include formally ending the Korean War and working toward the “complete denuclearization” of the peninsula.

“This exercise, targeting us, which is being carried out across South Korea, is a flagrant challenge to the Panmunjom Declaration and an intentional military provocation running counter to the positive political development on the Korean Peninsula,” Yonhap quoted KCNA as saying.

“The US should make efforts to create an atmosphere for mutual respect and confidence before dialogue, not resorting to a foolish farce that may reverse the good trend created with much effort.”

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Former US President George HW Bush’s ex-doctor shot dead in Houston

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HOUSTON — A medical doctor who once treated former US president George HW Bush was shot dead while riding a bicycle in the city’s medical centre, authorities say.

Houston Methodist Hospital identified the doctor as Mark Hausknecht, 65, a cardiologist who was a member of the Houston Methodist staff and the DeBakey Heart and Vascular Center.

Hausknecht was shot by another man on a bike around 9 am Friday (local time) near Texas Children’s Hospital. He specialized in cardiovascular disease and had been in practice for almost four decades.

The suspect then rode off, according to police, who have yet to give a motive for the daylight shooting in the busy city area.

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“Mark was a fantastic cardiologist and a good man,” Mr Bush, 94, said in a statement, adding, “I will always be grateful for his exceptional, compassionate care. His family is in our prayers.”

Dr Hausknecht had worked in Houston for about three decades and often cycled to work, local media reported.

He once treated the former president for an irregular heartbeat.

The doctor’s widow, emergency physician Georgia Hsieh, called his killing senseless, according to a statement published by the Houston Chronicle.

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