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The political tensions between President Donald Trump and North Korea are accelerating. Japan’s new Prime Minister Shinzo Abe reportedly proposed that the leaders of South Korea and China should agree to hold an emergency summit to reduce tensions. U.S. officials continued to reject suggestions that Trump should continue to talk with Kim Jong Un until he has seen concrete results, such as the dismantling of North Korea’s nuclear arsenal.

Singapore and Hong Kong agreed to set up a travel bubble. The zone includes 10 airports and is a new strategy to prevent terrorism in the skies. It allows passengers greater choice in how they pay, instead of paying in cash.

Thousands took to the streets of Paris to demand better pay and working conditions. The demonstrations are the latest manifestation of anger among workers who feel their work are undervalued.

The Philippines, a potential U.S. ally, signed a $4.2 billion (in U.S. dollars) deal with the United States to extend a military base for use as a tool against terrorism. The deal could affect almost 60,000 American military personnel, hundreds of thousands of Filipinos and several billion dollars of annual economic activity.

Argentina’s former soccer star Lionel Messi, who is the leading scorer in La Liga and scored a goal in the 2018 World Cup, will face his potential in Russia after a court ruled he will not face jail time for tax evasion.

U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island signed a bill to help pharmacies increase inventory of HIV-related drugs. He said the measure could mean 10,000 HIV patients could receive more effective drugs.

North Korea killed 15 young activists who were hoping to spread information about the country, The Guardian reported. Those arrested were sentenced to six years of hard labor for their role in a traveling-matery project.

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