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North Korea’s Kim pushes economic plan with fisheries visit as officials berate United States

SEOUL (Reuters) – North Korean state media published detailed reports on Tuesday of a visit by leader Kim Jong Un to two fisheries, underscoring his drive to build economic independence as negotiations with the United States to lift punishing sanctions soured. Kim has been increasingly driving “self-reliant” development as the centerpiece of a five-year economic …


Asian shares soft as trade doubts creep back in

SINGAPORE (Reuters) – Asian shares started Tuesday softer as another day awaiting clearer news on the progress of U.S.-China trade negotiations weighed on jaded investors’ sentiment. MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan (MIAPJ0000PUS) fell 0.1%. Japan’s Nikkei (N225) was 0.2% lower in early trade. Australia’s S&P/ASX 200 index (AXJO) was flat and trading …


Hazardous bushfire smoke blankets Sydney, residents warned to stay inside

SYDNEY (Reuters) – Heavy winds stirred dozens of fires across Australia’s east coast on Tuesday, blanketing Sydney in hazardous smoke and prompting health warnings for the country’s most populous city. Wildfires have destroyed about 2.5 million acres (1 million hectares) of farmland and bush over the past couple of weeks, fueled by tinder-dry conditions after …