North Korea’s new nuclear promises fall short — Kim Jong Un, North Korea’s leader, told South Korea’s president Wednesday that he would commit to some concrete steps toward denuclearization — including an offer to “permanently dismantle” facilities central to fuel production for nuclear warheads. But he made no promises to relinquish his nuclear weapons or missiles. Kim’s commitments fell far short of what American officials have demanded — a complete abandonment of the North’s nuclear and missile programs. Nonetheless, President Donald Trump welcomed the agreements, reached during Kim’s summit meeting in North Korea with President Moon Jae-in of South Korea, as “very exciting.”
Iran oil sanctions working so far — When President Donald Trump announced in May that he was going to withdraw the U.S. from the nuclear agreement that the Obama administration and five other countries negotiated with Iran in 2015 and reimpose sanctions on the country, the decision was fraught with potential disaster. If Trump’s approach worked too well, oil prices would spike and hurt the U.S. economy. If it failed, international companies would continue trading with Iran. But the policy has been effective. Iran’s crude exports are plummeting and remarkably, the price of oil in the U.S. has risen only modestly while gasoline prices have essentially remained flat.
Poland offers to call base Fort Trump — As brand names for high-rise towers, hotels or golf courses go, it is hard to trump Trump. But what about Fort Trump — the supposedly tongue-in-cheek name President Andrzej Duda of Poland has proposed for a U.S. military base in his country? The Polish leader discussed that proposal with President Donald Trump at the White House on Tuesday, trying to get traction for an idea his government has been pushing for months to deter any possible Russian aggression. A Polish senator later tweeted that “President Duda decided to take advantage of Trump’s vanity … and he humiliated himself, us and Trump.”
Japan’s prime minister re-elected — Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has been re-elected as head of his ruling Liberal Democratic Party in a landslide, paving the way for up to three more years as the nation’s leader. Abe handily defeated his sole challenger, Shigeru Ishiba, a former defense minister. Thursday’s decisive victory may embolden him to pursue his long-sought revision to Japan’s U.S.-drafted pacifist constitution, although the hurdles remain high and doing so would carry political risks. The 63-year-old Abe has been prime minister since December 2012. He has cemented control of his party and received support from conservatives for bringing stability and continuity to economic and diplomatic policies. With a third term as party leader, Abe is poised to become Japan’s longest-serving leader in August 2021.
Man opens fire at his Wisconsin office — A heavily armed man opened fire on his co-workers at a Wisconsin software company Wednesday, seriously wounding three people before being fatally shot by police as employees ran from the building or hid inside, according to investigators. Middleton Police Chief Chuck Foulke said officers shot the man within eight minutes of receiving calls about an active shooter at WTS Paradigm. Foulke said the man was armed with a semi-automatic pistol and extra ammunition, and fired at officers before he was shot. Foulke said three people were seriously injured during the attack, while a fourth person was grazed by a bullet. “I think a lot less people were injured or killed because police officers went in and neutralized the shooter,” Foulke said. The police chief said the motivation behind the attack was unclear and investigators didn’t yet know whether the gunman targeted his victims. He didn’t release the suspect’s name but said he was an employee of WTS Paradigm and lived in nearby Madison.
Carolina residents wait to go home — Exhaustion and frustration are building in the Carolinas as thousands of people wait to go home days after Hurricane Florence unleashed epic floods blamed for at least 37 deaths, including those of two women who drowned when a sheriff’s van taking them to a mental health facility was swept off a road. With the remnants of Florence finally out to sea and skies bright over rivers still swelling with muddy water, President Donald Trump visited the disaster zone, riding through soggy neighborhoods and helping pass out warm meals at a church in the hard-hit coastal town of New Bern.
Brexit talks turn toward minimal deal — With about six months to go until Britain quits the European Union, time is short and much is unresolved. But a common goal now binds British Prime Minister Theresa May and her Continental counterparts: getting a deal — perhaps any deal — to push withdrawal over the line. European leaders are weary of the endless wrangling within May’s fractious Conservative Party over Britain’s departure, known as Brexit, and fear that a political crisis could propel the country into a chaotic and economically damaging split. That has prompted a new mood of compromise that could help May and the European Union come to a compromise.
Walmart pulls Soviet-themed shirts in Lithuania — Lithuanians have little fondness for Russia. Memories of decades of brutality linger, even more than a quarter century after the fall of the Soviet Union. So a Walmart T-shirt with a hammer and sickle emblem was never likely to be a best seller there. Now, it’s not being sold at all. Lithuanian officials say Walmart, responding to their protests, has pulled the shirts from its online shelves — a move that chilled already icy relations between the countries. When Lithuania’s foreign minister, Linas Linkevicius, applauded Walmart’s decision, the Russian Foreign Ministry congratulated him sarcastically on the victory “in the important matter of T-shirts.”