CIA director as Trump envoy had secret meeting with Kim Jong-un in Pyongyang
South Korean officials have discussed ways to formally end the Korean War with their counterparts in the United States and North Korea, officials in Seoul confirmed last week. The move comes amid thawing tensions on the Korean Peninsula and just days ahead of a 27 April meeting between North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and the South Korean President Moon Jae-in. Moon said, on 19 April, North Korea has expressed its commitment to “complete denuclearisation” of the Korean peninsula and is not seeking conditions. He added that big-picture agreements about denuclearisation, establishing a peace regime, and normalisation of relations between the two Koreas and the United States, should not be difficult to reach through summits between the North and South, and between the North and the United States.
President Trump seeks to replace US troops with Arab forces
A week after the Western airstrikes on Syrian government sites, а team of international chemical weapons inspectors came under fire and failed to reach the scene of the alleged poison gas attack. The US and allied nations believe Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's Russian backed forces killed at least 40 people with banned weapons in Damascus suburb of Douma.
An era ended in Communist-run Cuba last Thursday when President Raul Castro retired, handing over the reins to his right hand man Miguel Diaz-Canel, born the year after brothers Fidel and Raul led their 1959 leftist revolution. However, after nearly 60 years of Castro rule, the change is not expected to herald sweeping reforms to the island's state-run economy and one-party system, one of the last in the world. First Vice President Diaz-Canel, 57, is seen as a stalwart of the Communist Party, designated by the constitution as Cuba's guiding political force, who has worked his way up the party's ranks over three decades.
Erdogan calls snap elections leading to executive presidency
Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan (pictured) last Wednesday called snap presidential and parliamentary elections for 24 June, bringing the vote forward by more than a year.
Armenian ex-president's shift triggers protests
Thousands of people last week took the streets of Armenian capital Yerevan to protest the former president's shift into the prime minister's seat, which they see as an attempt to hold on to power.
Montenegro's veteran leader comes back
Milo Djukanovic, Montenegro's pro-European ruling party leader, won the presidential election last Sunday with 54.1% of votes, the state election commission said. Mladen Bojanic, a businessman backed by an alliance of opposition parties, some of them wanting closer ties with Russia, came second with 34.1%. None of the other five candidates, including lawmaker Draginja Vuksanovic, the first woman to run for Montenegro's presidency, reached double digit.