Trump lauds progress on North Korea

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LON­DON— Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump said Thurs­day he was mak­ing “great progress” in de­nu­cle­ariza­tion talks with North Korea.

In a let­ter tweeted by Mr. Trump, North Korea leader Kim Jong Un praised his sum­mit with the pres­i­dent and sug­gested a sec­ond meet­ing. Nu­clear weapons weren’t men­tioned.

The tone of the let­ter was at odds with that of North Korean of­fi­cials last week af­ter a visit to Py­ongyang by Sec­re­tary of State Mike Pom­peo.

The North said Mr. Pom­peo en­gaged in “gang­ster-like” tac­tics and made uni­lat­eral de­nu­cle­ariza­tion de­mands.

North Korean of­fi­cials also skipped a meet­ing con­cern­ing the re­turn of re­mains of U.S. soldiers killed in the Korean War.

Mr. Pom­peo called the con­ver­sa­tion pro­duc­tive at a news con­fer­ence Thurs­day. “There re­mains a great deal of work to do.”

Croatia eyes eu­ro­zone

ZA­GREB, Croatia — Croatia is brim­ming with con­fi­dence, and its lead­ers think it’s time for the Euro­pean Union’s new­est mem­ber to step up on the global stage.

At a Cab­i­net meet­ing in Za­greb Thurs­day, every min­is­ter donned the na­tional soc­cer team’s jersey in cel­e­bra­tion of Croatia’s 2-1 World Cup vic­tory over Eng­land.

Croatia has an­other goal in its sights: the eu­ro­zone.It’s set to take an im­por­tant step to­ward the EU-Fri­day with the con­fir­ma­tion of a pro-euro cen­tral­bank gov­er­nor.

Many of the EU’s poorer coun­tries see the euro as a way to an­chor their place in a di­vided al­liance.

While some of the ex­com­mu­nist na­tions have no firm plans to switch to the euro, oth­ers are ea­ger to join. Croatia af­firmed its com­mit­ment this week with the nom­i­na­tion of Boris Vu­j­cic to stay in charge of the cen­tral bank. He faces a con­fir­ma­tion vote Fri­day.

Ja­pan deaths hit 200

TOKYO— The death toll from record rain­fall in Ja­pan has reached 200, while 21 peo­ple re­mained miss­ing, Chief Cab­i­net Sec­re­tary Yoshi­hide Suga said Thurs­day.

The heavy rain also left about 240,000 house­holds in 11 pre­fec­tures with­out run­ning wa­ter, ac­cord­ing to cal­cu­la­tions by The Yomi­uri Shim­bun. Amid ex­treme heat in the rain-struck ar­eas, the Dis­as­ter Health Emer­gency As­sis­tance Team started its op­er­a­tion in Okayama Pre­fec­ture Thurs­day.

House­holds with­out wa­ter to­taled 206,868 in Hiroshima Pre­fec­ture, 21,610 in Ehime and 9,609 in Okayama, ac­cord­ing to the Health, La­bor and Wel­fare Min­istry.

Fox’s Sky bid gets OK

LON­DON — Bri­tain’s cul­ture sec­re­tary cleared the way for 21st Cen­tury Fox’s bid for Sky fol­low­ing pledges that it will safe­guard the in­de­pen­dence of Sky News.

Bri­tain’s govern­ment looked at the is­sue amid fears the move would give Ru­pert Mur­doch un­due power in U.K. me­dia.

The de­ci­sion by Jeremy Wright clears the fi­nal hur­dle for Fox’s bid on the 61 per­cent of Sky that it does not own.

The bat­tle for the pay-TV ser­vice has es­ca­lated this week as U.S. ri­vals Com­cast and Fox have raised their of­fers for Sky as they try to ex­pand their me­dia em­pires.

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