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The office was established after Kim and South Korean Preside

  nt Moon Jae-in met at the DMZ for an historic summit last year, which was follow

ed by a meeting between Kim and US President Donald Trump in Singapore.

  Pyongyang said it would notify Seoul regarding “further practical matters in the future.”

  In the statement, the Unification Ministry said South Korea regrets the decisi

on, and urged the North to return soon and continue the work being done at the liaison office towards a full peace settlement.

  ”We regard such a withdrawal as very sad and unfortunate (and) we hop

e that the North will return shortly and hope that the liaison contact office will operate nor

mally as soon as possible,” Vice Minister of Unification Chun Hae-sung said at a press conference in Seoul Friday.

  ”We believe that we should take some time to judge (the situation).”

  North Korea’s pull-out Friday from the Kaesong Liason Office has been on cards since Hanoi, given recent

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From Israel to Brexit to France: Trump dips into allies’ politics

  He’s trashed the British Prime Minister. He’s cheered protesters in France. And now he’s handed Israel’s embattled leader a win days before a re-elect

ion. When it comes to other countries’ domestic politics, President Donald Trump hasn’t hesitated to put his thumb on the scale.

  When he first met Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in the Oval Office weeks after his inau

guration, Trump heard out the Israeli prime minister’s appeal to recognize Israel’s sovereignty over the Golan Heights.

  But Trump didn’t immediately deliver. Instead, he waited until less than three weeks before the most consequential election of Netanyahu’s polit

ical career to announce “it is time for the United States to fully recognize Israel’s sovereignty over the Golan Heights.”

  Combined with the warm embrace Trump will offer Netany

ahu in Washington next week and the White House’s silence on the timing of the annou

ncement, experts quickly identified Trump’s recognition of the Golan Heights as a brazen attempt to boost Netanyahu’s re-el

ection chances, giving him a foreign policy achievement to tout in the final stretch of the campaign.

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EU ready to grant Brexit delay if UK parliament backs dealpe

LONDON – The European Union could grant Britain’s request for a short Brexit delay if parliament vote

s next week in favour of a stalled departure deal, European Council President Donald Tusk said on Wednesday.

Prime Minister Theresa May asked the European Union to allow Britain to delay its de

parture date by three months to June 30, and EU leaders are expected to discuss the matter at a summit on Thursday.

Tusk said it would be possible to grant Britain a short postponement if parlia

ment next week backs May’s divorce agreement, which it has already voted down twice.

Should that happen, Tusk said no extraordinary EU leaders’ summit would be need

ed next week before the current Brexit date of March 29. Otherwise, he might call another summit.

“I believe that a short extension will be possible, but it will be conditional on a positive v

ote on the Withdrawal Agreement in the House of Commons,” Tusk told journalists.

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Some EU states, including Germany, had given a largel

positive response to May’s well-flagged request.

But French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said May would need to make her case before EU leaders in Brussels.

“Our position is to send the British a clear and simple message. As The

resa May has repeatedly said herself, there are only two options to get out of the EU: rati

fy the Withdrawal Agreement or exit without a deal,” Le Drian told the French parliament.

May’s initiative marked the latest twist in more than two years of

negotiations that have left British politics in chaos and her authority in tatters.

After the defeats in parliament opened up the possibility of Britain leaving the EU with

out a deal, May told parliament on Wednesday that she remained committed to leaving “in an orderly manner”.

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The pound fell on the uncertainty surrounding the poten

ial delay and the fact that a no-deal Brexit remained possible. By 1800 GMT it was down around 0.4 percent against the dollar.

Nearly three years after the United Kingdom voted to leave the European Union, there is still no

clarity over how, when or even whether the world’s fifth largest economy should leave the bloc it joined in 1973.

When May set the March 29 exit date two years ago by serving the formal

Article 50 divorce papers, she declared there would be “no turning back”. But parliament’s ref

usal to ratify the withdrawal deal she agreed with the EU has thrust her government into crisis.

The Labour Party said that, by choosing a short delay, May was forcing

lawmakers to decide between accepting a deal they have already rejected or leaving without a deal.

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Soerjanto Tjahjono, the head of KNKT told CNN on Wednesda

were not aware of the details in the Bloomberg report. CNN continues to reach out to more officials at the KNKT.

Investigators said the jet experienced problems on its last four flights — including, crucially, the flight that crashed, according to Tjahjono.

Indonesian authorities confirmed that the plane’s angle of attack (AOA) s

ensor was replaced after a flight from Manado, in North Sulawesi to Denpasar, Bali on Oct

ober 28. The Boeing 737 Max 8 then made another flight to Jakarta that same day, and the pilots reported further problems.

The AOA sensors send information to the plane’s computers about the angle of the plane’s nose rel

ative to the airflow over and under the wings to help determine whether the plane is about to stall.

Software installed on Boeing’s 737 Max 8 planes, called the Maneuveri

ng Characteristics Augmentation System (MCAS), automatically lowers the nose of the pla

ne when it receives information from the AOA sensors that the aircraft is flying too slowly or steeply, and at risk of stalling.

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UN court increases Karadzic’s genocide sentence to

Former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic’s sentence for genocide has been increas

ed by appeal judges at a UN court in the Hague, Netherlands, from 40 years to life imprisonment.

In 2016 the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia sentenced Kar

adzic to 40 years in prison for genocide over the 1995 Srebrenica massacre — in which more than 7,000 Bos

nian Muslim men and boys were executed by Bosnian Serb forces under his command — as well as other crimes such as persecu

tion, extermination, murder, deportation, inhumane acts, terror, unlawful attacks on civilians, and hostage-taking.

On Wednesday Judge Vagn Joensen said the original 40-year sentence did not reflect the “gravity” of Kar

adzic’s crimes, and “his responsibility for the largest and gravest set of crimes ever attributed to a single person at the ICTY.”

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he EU’s preference is that Britain ratifies the Withdrawa

Agreement. This is where the prospect of a lengthy delay plays into the thinking of some.

A long delay presents the UK, potentially, with a choice. If it is to take part in the European elections, then it must legislate to do so before April 11. In that scenario, the

EU could propose a longish delay of around two years, with a fixed end point, but with a neat get-out clause. Were the Hous

e of Commons to approve May’s Brexit deal within that period, the UK would flip out of the EU and the Article 50 ex

tension would be reincarnated as the two-year transition, as per the current Withdrawal Agreement.

If that all sounds a little fiddly, here it is in simpler language. UK lawmakers would be presented with a choice of voti

ng to leave the EU with a deal that they may not love, or remain as a full member state and what that leads to is any

one’s guess: A general election, another referendum — take your pick of undesirable outcomes.

All of this was complicated further on Monday, when the Speaker of the House of Commons lobbed in a constitutional hand g

renade. John Bercow pronounced that Theresa May could not bring her Brexit deal back for a new vote in Parl

iament without the question being asked sufficiently differently from the one defeated last week.

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A $50 million rescue and rebuild mission is now underway to

repair roads, bridges, schools, communication lines and provide healthcare to

those affected. The country is in poor shape to withstand the financial impact of a disaster: Zimbabwe is cur

rently in the grip of a deep economic crisis.
The Zimbabwe Information Ministry shared pictures of some pupils who had been res

cued from a boarding school in Chimanimani District, one of the worst-affected areas in the east of the country. Br

idges were swept away, and power and communication lines in the area have been cut off.

St Charles Lwanga School children are now safely in Chiping

e and currently receiving medical attention. pic.twitter.com/Ad9LSC7WhS

— Ministry of Information, Publicity & Broadcasting (@InfoMinZW) March 18, 2019

This cyclone follows a week of heavy rains and flooding across southeast Afri

ca that affected 1.5 million people in Mozambique and Malawi, killing at least 120 people in both countries, UN

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Apple on Monday quietly announced new versions of the

  Pad Air and iPad mini, the company’s first refresh for those products in years.

  Typically Apple (AAPL) creates fanfare around the arrival of new hardware. But this year it wants the focus of its upcoming spring press event to be on

its rumored streaming service. That’s why the company let the world know about its new iPads in a press release.

  The iPad Air comes with a bigger 10.5-inch display (starting at $499), and the iPad mini has

the same 7.9-inch screen (starting at $399). The devices support the Apple Pencil for the first time and

a processor that’s three times faster than the previous models.The iPad mini will mostly serve as an entertainment devi

ce, likely to attract students and teenagers, while the lightweight iPad Air replaces the 10.5-inch iPad Pro.

  The iPads don’t offer any revolutionary experiences and probably won’t move the

needle too much in terms of sales. However, they may appeal to consumers looking to adopt some of the fun

ctionality of a higher-end iPad Pro, according to Ben Stanton, a senior analyst at Canalys.

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