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North Korean leader on train to summit

North Korea leader Kim Jong Un was on a train Sunday to Vietnam for his second summit with President Donald Trump, state media confirmed. Kim was accompanied by Kim Yong Chol, who has been a key negotiator in talks with the U.S., and Kim Yo Jong, the leader's sister, the North's official Korean Central News Agency reported. TV footage and photos distributed by the North's state-run news agency showed Kim inspecting a guard of honor at the Pyongyang station before waving from the train.

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Better US-NK ties will send positive signal to pope about Pyongyang visit: archbishop

A meaningful progress in the United States and North Korea relations in the wake of their second summit set for this week will provide a positive signal to Pope Francis about paying a visit to the communist nation, a South Korean archbishop said Sunday. The remark by Archbishop Hyginus Kim Hee-joong comes as U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un are to meet in Hanoi, Vietnam, for their second summit.

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Japan's Okinawa to vote on controversial US base move

Residents of Japan's Okinawa go to the polls Sunday in a closely watched referendum on the controversial relocation of a US military base to a remote part of the island. The vote is seen as highly symbolic but is also non-binding, raising questions about what effect it will have, even if opponents of the move, including Okinawa Governor Denny Tamaki, prevail.

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Korea's mortgage loans rise $26.6 billion on-year in 2018: data

South Korea's mortgage loans rose some 30 trillion won (US$26.6 billion) in 2018 from a year earlier, mainly due to a greater number of people moving into new homes, official data showed Sunday. According to the numbers compiled by the Bank of Korea (BOK), outstanding leveraged loans stood at a little over 494.26 trillion won, up 6.5 percent from a year earlier.

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Toxic moonshine kills 98 in India, hundreds hospitalized

Ninety-eight workers have died and at least 200 others have been hospitalised in northeastern India after drinking toxic liquor, officials said Saturday, in the latest case of alcohol poisoning in the country. The deaths in Assam state came less than two weeks after tainted liquor killed about 100 people in the northern states of Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand.

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Hyundai expands partnership with BTS

Hyundai Motor Co. is expanding its partnership with BTS by providing sponsorship to the South Korean boy band's global campaign in Britain, the company said Sunday. On Friday, BTS began to air a teaser of the K-pop band's global campaign in London's Piccadilly Circus aimed at informing its fans worldwide of its plan to launch the site Hyundai Motor provided sponsorship for the campaign, Hyundai said in a statement.

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