Big letter means US-Korea summit is back on

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Donald Trump's summit with Kim Jong-un in Singapore on 12 June is back on, the US president says, after receiving an unusually large letter.The North Korean envoy, General Kim Yong-chol, hand-delivered a letter from the North Korean leader to President Trump.

South China Sea dispute: Mattis says China ‘intimidating neighbours’

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Image copyright Reuters Image caption Beijing has been turning islands into military bases China is deploying missiles in the disputed South China Sea to intimidate and coerce its neighbours, US Defence Secretary James Mattis has said.Speaking in Singapore, General Mattis said Beijing's actions called into question its broader goals.He also...

A Crackdown on Film Props Angers Hong Kong’s Cinephiles

The film industry is perhaps best known for 1970s-era kung fu movies starring Bruce Lee and acclaimed ’90s-era dramas by the director Wong Kar-wai. But after reaching box-office highs in 1992, revenue plummeted about 80 percent over the next 15 years, to around $28 million in 2007, according to government...

Plastic pollution: ‘Scourge’ of debris on beaches tackled

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Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionA dedicated team has been formed, based in the south west but covering the entire coast of EnglandMore than 500 beaches will be checked weekly in a bid to tackle the "scourge" of discarded plastic, the Environment Agency (EA) has said.Working along...

Review: ‘Tchaikovsky: None but the Lonely Heart’ Has Music and Passion. But Not Romance.

Anyone who has enjoyed an online flirtation followed by a disappointing face-to-face knows that sometimes real life just can’t match the intensity of a good correspondence. Perhaps this is why Nadezhda von Meck steadfastly refused to meet the composer Pyotr Tchaikovsky, despite exchanging intellectually stimulating, openhearted letters with him for...

But Is It Good for Dance? ‘So You Think You Can Dance’ at 15

“It made contemporary dance a commercial art form,” Ms. Michaels said of the show. And that stormy, sensual style has come to dominate dance in film, TV and in music videos, as well as on the sizable competition dance circuit, where many “So You Think” alumni teach. It hasn’t, however,...

Nonfiction: Royal Ladies, Royal Intrigue

Goldstone’s forthright and often witty asides keep this complicated story bowling along at a terrific pace. Commenting on young James VI of Scotland’s penchant for toadying to his aunt, England’s aging Queen Elizabeth, Goldstone notes that “this expedient was somewhat put to the test in the aftermath of his mother’s...

Fiction: Imagining the Unhappy Life of Stan Laurel

HEBy John Connolly456 pp. Quercus. $26.99. There is nothing surprising anymore about a sad clown. So many melancholy tales have been told about the tortured lives of comedians that the pertinent question about a new story is not whether the entertainer is miserable but why. In his deeply researched historical...

Nonfiction: Berenice Abbott: She Was a Camera

It’s funny that such a strong personality devoted her career to creating what she saw as an egoless, anonymous art. Her ideas derived in part from the only photographer about whom she spoke glowingly, Eugène Atget. In the 1920s, during her days as a young expatriate in Paris, she saw...

Drake’s Alleged Baby Mama Was Featured on ‘Real Mistresses of Atlanta’

Drake's Alleged Baby Mama Took Shot at Reality TV Fame ... 'Real Mistresses of Atlanta' EXCLUSIVE Drake knows how to pick 'em -- the mother of his alleged son starred on a reality show ... about professional side chicks. We dug up an old trailer for a 2012 show called "Real...