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North Korea’s lead negotiator in nuclear diplomacy with the US is expected to hold talks with the secretary of state, Mike Pompeo, and could also meet President Donald Trump on Friday during a visit aimed at clearing the way for a second US-North Korea summit. Kim Yong-chol arrived in Washington on Thursday evening. It is his first visit since last June when he arrived before a landmark meeting between Trump and the North Korean leader, Kim Jong-un, in Singapore. Efforts made since then to get Pyongyang to denuclearise appear to have stalled.
A car bomb exploded at a police academy in Colombia’s capital Bogota on Thursday, killing at least 10 people and wounding over 50 in an attack that prompted fears of a return to the country’s violent past. Nine of the deceased were cadets at the academy, police said. It was the deadliest attack in Bogota since the government struck a 2016 peace deal with the Marxist FARC rebel group.
The US must research new technologies, such as a layer of sensors in space, to find and destroy incoming missiles, a Pentagon report says. The Missile Defence Review says the US should revamp its missile defense programme to combat foreign threats. The review comes months after an expert commission published a sober report on President Trump’s defense strategy which argued the US “margin of superiority” is now “profoundly diminished”.
President Donald Trump said Thursday he was denying House Speaker Nancy Pelosi a military plane for a trip to Afghanistan that was set to begin in the afternoon, a tit-for-tat retaliation that deepened the divide between the leaders and brought the government no closer to reopening. The move, apparently in response to Pelosi’s letter a day earlier suggesting the President reschedule his State of the Union address, made for high drama but little substance in the ongoing standoff over border security.
A surgeon in China has performed the world’s first remote operation using 5G technology, according to local reports. The doctor in the southeastern province of Fujian used the next-generation network to control robotic arms in a remote location 30 miles away. First reported by the South China Morning Post, the surgery was made possible by the extremely low latency of 5G. During the 8 January operation, the surgeon removed the liver of a laboratory test animal over the 5G connection thanks to a lag of just 0.1 seconds.