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This Week In World: North Korea, Cairo, and More

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North Korea Wont Change Stance

A summit Vietnam between US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un ended without agreement. In response, North Korea’s foreign minister says their position will not change even if the US seeks further talks. President Trump said the US refused demands for all sanctions to be lifted. However, North Korea wanted partial lifting of sanctions “that hamper the civilian economy and the livelihood of our people”.

Trump said that talks would continue despite North Korea’s position. In addition, Mike Pompeo said that he hopes that officials from both side would continue talks. “My sense is it’ll take a little while. We’ll each need to regroup a little bit,” he said.

Six Detained In Cairo For Train Explosion

Egypt ordered the detention of six people linked to a locomotive crash in Cairo. The locomotive in question smashed through the buffers and burst into flames at Cairo’s main train station on Wednesday. The train’s driver, his assistant, another train driver and three other rail employees will be detained for four days, the public prosecutor said in a statement.

A preliminary investigation shows that the driver stepped off the train without pulling the hand brake. This caused the unattended train to gain speed and ram into a concrete platform. Footage showed the train failing to stop as it arrived at the platform.

Justin Trudeau Denies Corruption

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has denied wrongdoing in a criminal trial. He tried to shield one of the country’s biggest firms from a corruption trial, saying that he was trying to protect jobs. He and his inner circle defended engineering giant SNC-Lavali.

Because of the lobbying, conservatives are calling for Trudeau’s resignation. In response, Trudeau said he disagreed with the “characterisation” of events and maintained his staff followed the law. He also said that no member of his staff has been contacted by the RCMP.

Russian Bid For U.N. Action Fails

Russia failed a bid for the United Nations Security Council to find a solution for support for a political solution in Venezuela. They also backed the Maduro government as the primary coordinator of international help. Russia only received four votes in favor. Four countries abstained and the rest of the council were against. A resolution needs at least nine votes and no vetoes by Russia, China, France, Britain or the United States to pass.

Turkey Conducts Large Naval Exercise

Turkey conducted its largest naval exercise in its history on Thursday. They carried out drills with frigates, corvettes and submarines in the Black Sea, Aegean and eastern Mediterranean. In the exercises, gunners fired live ammunition at mock targets floating on the waves. Nearby, helicopters lowered soldiers onto a ship’s deck. Other personnel also deployed a remotely operated underwater vehicle.