Trump lauds progress on North Korea
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.