Chinese President Xi Jinping said he hopes North Korea and the United States can meet each other half way as they plan a second summit between leaders Kim Jong Un and Donald Trump, China’s official Xinhua news agency said on Thursday. The remark by Xi, during a meeting with Kim this week in Beijing, hinted at the depth of the differences that remain between Pyongyang and Washington after Trump and Kim pledged to work towards denuclearisation at their landmark summit in Singapore in June.
Congo’s electoral commission declared Felix Tshisekedi the winner of a contentious presidential election in the pre-dawn hours of Thursday, setting the stage for the country’s first democratic transfer of power, despite delays, irregularities and evidence of fraud. He will replace Joseph Kabila, who has been president for the past 18 years. Tshisekedi represents Congo’s oldest political party, founded by his father, which has spent decades in the opposition.
President Donald Trump has walked out of a meeting with Democratic leaders as negotiations broke down on the 19th day of a partial US government shutdown. Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer stuck by their refusal to fund his US-Mexico border wall, prompting Mr Trump to call the meeting “a total waste of time”. Democrats again accused the president of throwing a “temper tantrum”. The first payday since the shutdown began is due on Friday for 800,000 federal workers, who will go unpaid.
Iran has confirmed media reports that U.S. Navy veteran Michael R. White is being held in an Iranian prison. It is unclear when the United States was informed of White’s arrest but his mother has told reporters that he went missing in July. “An American Citizen, named Michael White was arrested a while ago in the city of Mashhad,” the spokesperson for Iran’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs said, according to the Islamic Republic News Agency.
Jeff Bezos and his wife, MacKenzie, are getting a divorce after 25 years of marriage, according to a joint statement put out Wednesday on the Amazon CEO’s Twitter account. “After a long period of loving exploration and trial separation, we have decided to divorce and continue our shared lives as friends,” the couple said in the statement. Bezos, 54, and MacKenzie, 48, met and got married while working at D.E. Shaw, a New York-based hedge fund, in the early 90s. Shortly after, they packed up and moved across the country to Seattle, where Bezos launched Amazon.
A California judge on Wednesday dismissed a sexual harassment lawsuit filed by Ashley Judd against movie mogul Harvey Weinstein. The actress was suing Weinstein after “Lord of the Rings” director Peter Jackson said he didn’t cast her in his films when Weinstein called her a “nightmare” to work with after she turned him down when he propositioned her. Judge Philip Gutierrez wrote in his ruling Judd’s relationship as an actress with the film producer was not covered under the California statute Judd had sued under.