White House Expects ‘Very Positive’ Abe Talks
U.S. President Donald Trump hosts Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe beginning Tuesday for two days of talks the White House says it expects to "be very positive."
Speaking to reporters on Air Force One on Monday’s flight to Florida, White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said the discussions between the two leaders are “going to be centered primarily on preparation for talks with North Korea, as well as a lot of trade discussion.”
Trump and Abe are no strangers. The Japanese prime minister is the foreign leader the U.S. president has met with and spoken to most often during his presidency.
Trump and Abe share a pressing concern — North Korea, which has ballistic missile and nuclear weapons programs in defiance of international sanctions.
With an unprecedented summit being planned between Trump and Kim Jong Un, the Japanese leader wants face time with the U.S. president before that critical meeting.
Abe said before taking his flight to the United States he wants to confirm the U.S. stance on applying pressure on North Korea to get it to irreversibly give up its missiles and nuclear weapons.
Russian Investigative Journalist Dies After Fall from Balcony
A Russian investigative journalist, who recently wrote about the deaths of Russian mercenaries in Syria, has died after falling from his fifth-floor balcony in the city of Yekaterinburg.
Maxim Borodin, 32, was found badly injured on the pavement under his balcony and taken to a hospital, where he died Sunday, according to his employer, the news website Novy Den (New Day).
Local police said they did not see any foul play, but his death prompted intense speculation among friends and colleagues.
Borodin's friend, Vyacheslav Bashkov, wrote on Facebook that Borodin contacted him early in the morning on Wednesday, the day before the fall, and told him that there was a man with a gun on his balcony, and that several others in masks and camouflage clothing were lurking in the stairwell leading to his apartment building.
Bashkov said that Borodin had called back an hour later and said he had been mistaken and that he thought the armed men were probably taking part in a training exercise.
Borodin regularly covered high-profile corruption cases and crime in Russia. In February, he broke a story about Russian mercenaries who died in an armed confrontation with U.S. forces near Deir-Ezzor, Syria.
Last year, he gave an interview to a Russian independent channel TV Rain and talked about the controversial film Matilda, then was subsequently hit on the head by an unknown assailant with a metal pipe.
Russia ranks first on the European Federation of Journalists list of countries with the highest number of journalists murdered in Europe.
Since 1992, 38 journalists have been murdered in Russia, according to the U.S.-based Committee to Protect Journalists. Most of those cases remain unsolved.