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Trump, Kim begin historic US-North Korea meeting

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SINGAPORE — US President Donald Trump and North Korea’s leader Kim Jong Un marked the beginning of their first one-on-one historic meeting, with a handshake in Singapore on Tuesday, after months of negotiations over narrowing their differences on how to end a nuclear standoff.

Both the leaders have arrived at the summit venue Singapore. Trump was the first to arrive at the Capella Hotel on Sentosa, a resort island off Singapore’s port with luxury hotels, a Universal Studios theme park and man-made beaches. island, a resort.

Television images showed Kim’s motorcade arriving later. Kim arrived first at the Capella Resort, on Singapore’s Sentosa Island, shortly before 9 am local time. He ignored the cameras, walking into the hotel with eyeglasses in hand.

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The historic first meeting of the two leaders will discuss a peace treaty and denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.

The two men strode toward each other and shared a handshake beneath the white-washed walls of an upscale hotel in neutral Singapore, before sitting down for a half-day of meetings with ramifications for the world.

Although the outcome of the summit is uncertain, Trump and Kim could agree on a declaration to end the 1950-53 Korean War, the fire in which his grandfather, Kim Il Sung, forged the North Korean state.

The war was concluded with a truce, not a peace treaty, but a treaty will also have to include China, which was party to the armistice.

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Nepal removed from ICAO’s blacklist

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KATHMANDU — International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) has removed Nepal’s aviation sector from the Significant Safety Concern (SSC) list.

Speaking at the House of Representitives on Friday, Minister for Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation Rabindra Adhikari has informed that the international flight regulation body has removed from the black list.

“Nepal has been eliminated from the ICAO’s Significant Safety Concern List. The ICAO has been keeping an eye on the air space and the functionaries of its 192 member nations,” Minister Adhikari informed.

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In it’s 2013 audit report, Nepal was enlisted in SSC list and Nepal’s compliance to the ICAO’s standard at that time stood only at 55 percent out of the standard 60 percent.

“In regard to this, the attempts made by the government of Nepal and the International Aviation Organization have leaped forward to 66.08 percent which can be regarded as the most significant progress,” Adhikari apprised the parliament on Friday.

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