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US-NK Summit : Trump says he will halt Korea war games, Kim invites Trump to Pyongyang

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SINGAPORE — US President Donald Trump made a stunning concession to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on Tuesday about halting military exercises, pulling a surprise at a summit that baffled allies, military officials and lawmakers from his own Republican Party.

Both leaders seemed to be pleased with the outcome of their negotiations, which resulted in a four-point declaration aimed at achieving long-lasting peace and the denuclearization of the Korean peninsula.

In a press conference at the end of the summit, Trump seemed convinced that “it would be complete denuclearisation and would be verified as soon as possible,” and that his deal is very different to any other.

Trump announced he would halt what he called ‘very provocative’ and expensive regular military exercises that the United States holds with South Korea.

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Trump called the declaration signed at end of the summit with Kim Jong-un ‘comprehensive’ but it only contained four generalised main points and was very light on detail.

He claimed “it was a bold step to a bright new future” and “only the most courageous can make peace”.

“Got along great with Kim Jong-un who wants to see wonderful things for his country,” Trump tweeted.”As I said earlier today: Anyone can make war, but only the most courageous can make peace!”

Likewise, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has invited Trump to visit his country a convenient time, according to KCNA news agency.

“Kim Jong Un invited Trump to visit Pyongyang at a convenient time and Trump invited Kim Jong Un to visit the US,” the state KCNA news agency said. “The two top leaders gladly accepted each other’s invitation, convinced that it would serve as another important occasion for improved DPRK-US relations.”

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Koko, the gorilla who knew sign language, dies at 46

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CALIFORNIA — Koko, the beloved gorilla who was able to communicate in more than 1,000 signs, has died at 46 in California’s Santa Cruz mountains on Tuesday.

The Gorilla Foundation said the 46-year-old western lowland gorilla died in her sleep at the foundation’s preserve.

Koko was born at the San Francisco Zoo, and Dr Francine Patterson began teaching the gorilla sign language that became part of a Stanford University project in 1974.

Koko was taught sign language from an early age as a scientific test subject and eventually learned more than 1,000 words, a vocabulary similar to that of a human toddler.

She became a celebrity who played with the likes of William Shatner, Sting, Leonardo DiCaprio, Robin Williams and Mr Rogers.

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At her home preserve, where she was treated like a queen, she ran around with Williams’ eyeglasses and unzipped Roger’s famous cardigan sweater.

The foundation said Koko’s capacity for language and empathy opened the minds and hearts of millions.

“Koko touched the lives of millions as an ambassador for all gorillas and an icon for interspecies communication,” the Gorilla Foundation said in a statement.

“She was beloved and will be deeply missed.”

Koko appeared in many documentaries and twice in National Geographic.

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