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Kim Jong-un and Moon Jae-in embrace. Photo: Korea Summit Press Pool/Getty Images

In a matter of months, Kim Jong-un and President Trump went from threatening nuclear destruction to planning a face-to-face meeting.

November 2016: Obama warns Trump about North Korea
November, 2016: When Trump visited the White House after his election, Obama told him North Korea was the biggest threat he'd face. Photo: Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post via Getty Images
February 2017: The first test of Trump's presidency
North Korea launched an intercontinental ballistic missile while Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe visited Trump at Mar-A-Lago. Photo: Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images
Kim Jong-un inspecting the test-launch. Photo: STR/AFP/Getty Images
April 2017: Trump pressures China to step up on North Korea
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...and North Korea displays its might
North Korea hosts a military parade and displays iapparent ballistic missiles in Pyongyang. Photo: STR/AFP/Getty Images
June 2017: Otto Warmbier dies
American student Otto Warmbier died in Cincinnati following 17 months of detention in North Korea. Photo: Xinhua/Lu Rui via Getty Images
July 2017: Tests ramp up
North Korea's first-ever intercontinental ballistic missile test in July, 2017. Photo: STR/AFP/Getty Images
August: Trump threatens "fire and fury"
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September 2017: Kim Jong-un launches most powerful nuclear test yet

The details.

...calls Trump a "dotard"
“I will surely and definitely tame the mentally deranged US dotard with fire."
— Kim Jong-un on Trump
...and Trump calls Kim "little Rocket Man"
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January 2018: Kim tests diplomatic waters
Kim threatens the U.S. in a New Year's Day speech by noting he has a so-called "nuclear button" on his desk and then flips the script and says he is “open to dialogue” with Seoul. Photo: Jung Yeon-je/AFP/Getty Images
...And Trump keeps the pressure on
Otto Warmbier's parents, Cindy and Fred, are honored at Trump's first State of the Union Address. Trump also honored a man who escaped North Korea. Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images
February 2018: North Korea launches charm offensive with sports diplomacy
North and South Koreans walk together with the Unity Flag at the Opening Ceremony of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympics. Photo: Quinn Rooney/Getty Images
Mike and Karen Pence attend the Olympics. Kim Jong-un's sister, Kim Yo-jung sat behind them. Photo: Matthias Hangst/Getty Images.
March 2018: Trump accepts Kim's invitation to meet
South Korea's national security advisor, Chung Eui-Yong, announces at the White House that Kim wants to meet with Trump, and Trump has accepted the invitation. Photo: Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post via Getty Images
March 2018: Kim Jong-un makes secret trip to China
Kim Jong-un and Xi Jinping shake hands. Photo: Xinhua/Ju Peng via Getty Images
April 2017: Trump sends CIA Director to Pyongyang
Then-CIA Director Mike Pompeo met with Kim Jong-un during a secret visit to Pyongyang, allegedly over Easter weekend. Photo: The White House via Getty Images
...and Kim meets with Moon Jae-in in South Korea
Kim Jong-un and Moon Jae-in hug each other after saying they want to work towards peace and denuclearization on the peninsula. Photo: Korea Summit Press Pool/Getty Images

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Updated 2 hours ago - Health

First North American Omicron cases identified in Canada

COVID-19 testing personnel at Toronto Pearson International Airport in September. Photo: Steve Russell/Toronto Star via Getty Images

The first two cases of the new Omicron variant have been detected in North America, the Canadian government announced Sunday evening.

Driving the news: The World Health Organization has named Omicron a "variant of concern," but cautioned earlier on Sunday that it is not yet clear whether it's more transmissible than other strains of COVID-19.

6 hours ago - Health

WHO: Not yet known whether Omicron leads to more severe disease

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The World Health Organization on Sunday said that it is not yet clear whether the newly discovered Omicron variant is more transmissible than other strains of the COVID-19 virus.

Why it matters: The agency's statement comes as the variant, discovered in South Africa, has already been detected in European and Asian countries.

11 hours ago - Health

Fauci: Omicron variant will "inevitably" be found in U.S.

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Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, cautioned on Sunday that the COVID-19 Omicron variant will "inevitably" be found in the United States.

Driving the news: Fauci, Biden's chief medical adviser, told ABC's George Stephanopoulos on "This Week" that U.S. officials will meet with colleagues from South Africa later on Sunday to try to determine the severity of the cases, as countries scramble to learn more about the variant.