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June 20, 2019 | Via BBC

Xi Jinping Visits N Korea to Boost China’s Ties with Kim

China’s President Xi Jinping is in North Korea for a meeting with Kim Jong-un, in the first Chinese state visit to the North since 2005. The two, who have met in China four times, are expected to discuss the stalled talks over the North’s nuclear programme as well as economic issues. Mr Xi’s visit comes a week before the G20 summit in Japan, where he is set to meet US President Donald Trump.

June 20, 2019 | Via NPR

U.N. Report Implicates Saudi Crown Prince in Killing of Jamal Khashoggi

A special U.N. investigator says Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman should be investigated in the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi because there is “credible evidence” that he and other senior officials in the kingdom were responsible. Western intelligence agencies, including in the U.S., have already assessed that the crown prince was involved in Khashoggi’s death, but this report is from an independent investigator.

June 20, 2019 | Via ABC News

NXIVM Founder Keith Raniere Convicted of All Charges in Sex Cult Case

NXIVM’s founder Keith Raniere was convicted on Wednesday on all seven counts against him, for creating what prosecutors described as a sex cult in which female members were branded with his initials and kept in line through blackmail. According to the United States Attorney for the Eastern District of New York Richard P. Donoghue, Mack recruited women into what they believed was a “female mentorship group that was, in fact, created and led by Keith Raniere.”

June 20, 2019 | Via Reuters

Kenyan Court Convicts Three for Aiding Deadly Islamist Attack on University

A Kenyan court on Wednesday convicted three people of terrorism-related offences for helping Somali Islamist militants carry out a 2015 attack on a university that killed 148 people, most of them students. Al Shabaab jihadists stormed Garissa University on April 2, 2015 and sought to kill Christian students in particular. Al Shabaab has carried out frequent attacks in Kenya to press it to pull its troops out of the African Union peacekeeping force in neighboring Somalia.

June 20, 2019 | Via The Guardian

Adidas Loses Three-Stripe Trademark Battle in European Court

Adidas has been unsuccessful in an attempt to expand its trademark three-stripe design in the EU after a court ruled it was not “distinctive” enough. The three-stripe logo was first registered by Adidas’s founder, Adi Dassler, on a football boot on 18 August 1949, but the court said it was not sufficient to identify the products as originating from the brand. The ruling is part of a long-running dispute between the German sportswear manufacturer and the Belgian company Shoe Branding Europe.

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