Cuban president meets North Korea’s Kim Jong Un in Pyongyang

Diaz-Canel, on his first international tour since assuming office in April, arrived in Pyongyang. (REUTERS)
Updated 05 November 2018
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Cuban president meets North Korea’s Kim Jong Un in Pyongyang

  • North Korea’s media said the talks proceeded in a “comradely and friendly atmosphere”

PYONGYANG, North Korea: North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and Cuba’s President Miguel Diaz-Canel have agreed to expand and strengthen their strategic relations.
Diaz-Canel arrived in Pyongyang with his wife on Sunday and was met at the airport by Kim, who joined him on the ride into the city past flower-waving and cheering crowds. North Korea’s state media reported that the two held talks and stressed their shared socialist history and vowed continued solidarity.
North Korea’s media said the talks proceeded in a “comradely and friendly atmosphere.”
Diaz-Canel, on his first international tour since assuming office in April, arrived in Pyongyang from Russia, where he met with President Vladimir Putin.
According to Cuban media, he was to leave Pyongyang on Tuesday and visit China, Vietnam and Laos.


Dutch arrest suspected Syrian militant commander: prosecutor

Updated 21 May 2019
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Dutch arrest suspected Syrian militant commander: prosecutor

THE HAGUE: Dutch police on Tuesday arrested a Syrian asylum seeker suspected of committing war crimes as a commander of the Al-Nusra Front militant group, prosecutors said.
The 47-year-old man, identified only by his nom de guerre Abu Khuder, was detained in Kapelle in the southwestern Netherlands, the Dutch federal prosecutor said.
“The man is accused of participating in the armed struggle as a commander or a terrorist Jabhat Al-Nusra battalion,” the prosecutor said in a statement, using another name for the Al-Nusra front.
It said he was held “on suspicion of committing war crimes and terrorist crimes in Syria,” adding that he had fought in a battalion known as Ghuraba’a Mohassan (Strangers of Mohassan).
The arrested Syrian has lived in the Netherlands since 2014 and was granted a temporary asylum permit, the statement said.
Police searched the suspect’s house and recovered documents, a computer and a smartphone, it said, adding that he was due to appear in court on Friday.
He was arrested based on information provided by German police, where six homes belonging to suspected members of the same battalion were raided, it added.
German police “provided witness testimonies against the suspect,” the Dutch prosecutor said.
The Al-Nusra Front was allied to Al-Qaeda but renounced ties to the group. Under a new name, it now dominates the Hayat Tahrir Al-Sham (HTS), which holds administrative control of the Syrian city of Idlib.
The arrest of the Syrian comes as the Netherlands grapples with the problem of what to do with home-grown radicals who went to fight in Syria.
At least 315 people left the Netherlands since the start of Syria’s civil war in 2011 to join militant groups, according to Dutch media reports quoting official figures.
Around 85 have been killed in the fighting and 55 have returned.
The issue was highlighted in March when the Dutch husband of a British-born teenager who fled to join Daesh said he wanted her to live with him in the Netherlands along with their child.