The North Korean economy has grown at its fastest pace in 17 years, despite global sanctions over its weapons program. Analysts say the growth in state-endorsed private markets accounts for the rise.
Tensions over North Korea's nuclear ambitions and discord over the THAAD missile defense system are set to dominate the agenda when South Korean President Moon Jae-in meets his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping this week.
The US president offered his thanks to his Russian counterpart in a phone call. The two also discussed the crisis in North Korea and bilateral relations.
Tokyo and Brussels have agreed a free trade accord, opening up the EU to Japanese cars and Japan to European cheese. Japan's economy meanwhile has recorderd its longest uninterrupted growth since 1994.
A timeless ritual in Moscow that is broadcast across the nation: The annual press conference of the Russian president. The spectacle says as much about Russian journalists as it does about Putin, Miodrag Soric says.
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