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Why are whelks caught in Wales popular in South Korea?

Image caption There is an “abundant stock” of whelks in the Bristol Channel, Gavin Davies says They are closely related to snails, taste like “nan’s toenails” and, in Wales, you cannot give them away. But those fishing for whelks off the coast of Wales claim they are popular in Japan and South Korea. Each year 10,000 tonnes of them are caught in the Bristol Channel but virtually all end up in Asia. Gavin Davies has spent the last 20 years catching sea snails, but in that time he has not…

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Lovers, comrades! Forbidden love in North Korea finds a way in Vietnam

HANOI (Reuters) – A young couple with matching expressions stare nervously into the camera with deep brown eyes. He, a Vietnamese student, has just met the love of his life. She, a North Korean, is forbidden to love him back. It was 31 years after Pham Ngoc Canh, 69, took that first photo of Ri Yong Hui, before the two were finally allowed to get married in 2002 when North Korea took the rare step of allowing one of its citizens to marry a foreigner. “From the moment I saw…

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Diplomatic gold? Joint North Korea-South Korea Olympic bid faces long odds

SEOUL/BERLIN (Reuters) – If North and South Korea succeed in their long-shot bid to host the 2032 Summer Olympics, any athletic feats at the Games may be overshadowed by the political achievements needed to make it happen. FILE PHOTO: Participants form a message during Mass Games in May Day stadium marking the 70th anniversary of North Korea’s foundation in Pyongyang, North Korea, September 9, 2018. Picture taken September 9, 2018. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui/File photo Buoyed by the role the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics played in easing tensions last year, South Korean…

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North Korea nuclear talks: US envoy Biegun prepares for Trump-Kim summit

Image copyright AFP Image caption Stephen Biegun briefed South Korean Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha on his visit to the North The US envoy for North Korea has returned from Pyongyang, where he held talks to prepare for a second US-North Korean leadership summit. Stephen Biegun spent three days in discussions, and US officials said he would meet his counterpart again. US President Donald Trump confirmed he would meet North Korea’s Kim Jong-un in Hanoi, Vietnam, on 27-28 February. Mr Trump said his representatives had a “productive meeting” and that he…

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State of the Union: Trump announces second North Korea summit

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media caption“You weren’t supposed to do that!” – Trump and Democrat women share an unexpected moment of unity US President Donald Trump has announced in his State of the Union speech that he will hold a second nuclear summit with North Korea’s leader this month. In an address to the nation with the theme “Choosing Greatness”, he vowed once again to build a border wall. While urging unity, the Republican president also said Democratic attempts at “ridiculous partisan investigations” could damage US prosperity.…

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US envoy Stephen Biegun reveals North Korea nuclear pledge

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption US special envoy for North Korea Stephen Biegun revealed the pledge in a Stanford University speech North Korea has pledged to destroy all its nuclear material enrichment facilities, according to the US special envoy for the country, Stephen Biegun. He said the promise had been made to US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo when he visited North Korea in October. But Mr Biegun said North Korea must provide a complete list of its nuclear assets before any deal can be reached. President Donald Trump…

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News Daily: Heavy snowfall and North Korea nuclear pledge

If you want to get this briefing by email, sign up here ‘Treacherous’ Image copyright James Frewer Heavy snow has fallen across much of the UK, making for some beautiful scenes, but also leaving people stranded and transport disrupted. A large swathe of wintry weather hit England and Wales, but the South West has faced particular problems after up to 15cm came down. More than 100 people, including an eight-month-old baby, spent the night at the Jamaica Inn pub after their cars became stuck on the A30 in Cornwall. Highways…

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North Korea nuclear: US intelligence report says regime to keep weapons

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats testified to the Senate Intelligence Committee on Tuesday North Korea is unlikely to fully give up its nuclear weapons, a US intelligence report says, despite the hopes of the Trump administration. The Worldwide Threat Assessment report also says Iran is not making nuclear weapons, but that cyber threats from China and Russia are a growing concern. Both countries may be seeking to influence the 2020 election, it says. National intelligence director Dan Coats and other intelligence chiefs presented it…

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North Korea ambassador to Italy ‘in hiding’ says South

Image copyright Google Maps Image caption Jo Song-gil was the top envoy at North Korea’s embassy in Rome South Korea’s spy agency has told officials that North Korea’s ambassador to Italy has gone into hiding. The announcement follows unconfirmed reports that Pyongyang’s top diplomat in Italy had sought asylum from an unidentified Western country. Jo Song-gil, the acting North Korean ambassador to Rome, is believed to be the son or son-in-law of one of the highest level officials in North Korea. The last senior diplomat to defect was the deputy…

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Nexon founder to sell controlling stake in gaming company’s holding firm: Korea Economic Daily

SEOUL (Reuters) – The founder of South Korean gaming company Nexon (3659.T) is set to sell a controlling stake worth around $9 billion in Nexon’s holding firm NXC Corp, the Korea Economic Daily newspaper reported on Thursday. FILE PHOTO: Logos of online gaming firm Nexon are seen at its main office building in Seoul December 14, 2011. REUTERS/Kim Hong-Ji ) The value of the stake up for sale was estimated at 10 trillion won ($8.9 billion), the paper said, citing unidentified industry sources. Nexon is listed on the Tokyo stock…

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