Six In The Morning Sunday 30 June 2019


Donald Trump invites Kim Jong-un to visit US after stepping into North Korea

US president steps over demarcation line as two leaders chat in historic meeting

After announcing that the sides would be setting up new teams to take forward negotiations, Trump was asked during the press conference if he believed that North Korea’s previous negotiators were still alive.

“I think they are.. I know one of them is alive,” he replied.

Meanwhile, Trump talked up the fact that there has been no recent ballistic missile tests by North Korea.

Japan gives Trump colourful map to help him understand its investment in US

‘Kudos to Japan, they figured out how best to interact with a toddler. So sad’

Jane Dalton @JournoJane

The Japanese prime minister has appeared to reveal a deep insight into Donald Trump’s thinking – when he gave him a colourful chart as a simple visual representation of Japanese investment in the US.

It depicted a map of America, with arrows leading to boxes of information on where and what the investments were.

The headline “Japan has five additional investments in just one month” was in big red letters with the words “five” and “just one month” both underlined and in capital letters – possibly designed to mirror Mr Trump’s liberal use of capital letters in his tweets.

Turkey’s Democratic HopeIstanbul Mayor Poses Existential Threat to Erdogan

After opposition politician Ekrem Imamoglu won the first Istanbul mayoral election, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan had the vote repeated. The new mayor’s second victory heralds the arrival of a great democratic hope for Turkey — and perhaps even the beginning of the end of the Erdogan era.


No matter where Ekrem Imamoglu goes these days, his fans await him: Women with headscarves who want to touch him, teenagers asking for a selfie. That’s the case in Istanbul, where Imamoglu was elected mayor last Sunday by an overwhelming margin, but it’s also true of conservative strongholds like the city of Trabzon on the Black Sea.

Videos recorded in Trabzon shortly before Imamoglu’s election as mayor of Istanbul, show people celebrating him like a savior. They swing flags with this portrait, yelling: “President Ekrem!” His election song blasts from the speakers: “Her sey cok güzel olacak!” All will be good. The Imamoglu hype has swept across all of Turkey.

Sudan braces for ‘million march’ in opposition to military rule

Sudan braced Sunday for a mass protest in the capital against the country’s ruling generals, as calls mounted for restraint to prevent a new military crackdown on demonstrators.

The planned “million-man” march is seen as a test for protest organisers who have been hit by a June 3 raid on a Khartoum sit-in and a subsequent internet blackout that has curbed their ability to mobilise support.

Dozens of demonstrators were killed and hundreds wounded when armed men in military fatigues stormed the sit-in outside army headquarters, shooting and beating protesters who had camped there since April 6.

Russia plans to tow a nuclear power station to the Arctic. Critics dub it a ‘floating Chernobyl’

By Mary Ilyushina, CNN

Next month, a floating nuclear power plant called the Akademik Lomonosov will be towed via the Northern Sea Route to its final destination in the Far East, after almost two decades in construction.

It’s part of Russia’s ambition to bring electric power to a mineral-rich region. The 144-meter (472 feet) long platform painted in the colors of the Russian flag is going to float next to a small Arctic port town of Pevek, some 4,000 miles away from Moscow. It will supply electricity to settlements and companies extracting hydrocarbons and precious stones in the Chukotka region.
A larger agenda is at work too: aiding President Vladimir Putin’s ambitious Arctic expansion plans, which have raised geopolitical concerns in the United States.

‘Madrid Central’ protest: Thousands oppose suspension of anti-pollution plan

Thousands of protesters flooded the streets of Madrid on Saturday to oppose the newly elected conservative mayor’s decision to reverse car pollution restrictions.

The People’s Party-run city hall has provoked an outcry by suspending a ban on most petrol and diesel cars in Madrid’s centre.

The policy aimed to ensure the city complied with the EU’s clean air rules.

Fines were levied on drivers who broke the rules.