Jun 28, 2019

Report: Australian student unreachable in North Korea

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Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison expressed concern on Friday (local time) about an Australian student in North Korea who has been unreachable since Tuesday, the AP reports.

Driving the news: Alek Sigley, a 29-year-old Pyongyang University student and tour guide, has been out of contact with his wife, friends and family since earlier this week. Some reports have suggested that he was arrested and detained by local authorities, Vice reports, however such claims have been unconfirmed.

  • Morrison said questions surrounding Sigley's disappearance have been raised with world leaders at the G-20 summit in Osaka, Japan, according to AP.
  • "We're talking to our partners in that part of the world to get to the bottom of what had occurred here" Morrison told Nine Network television, per AP.

The backdrop: Warnings have been issued for travelers to North Korea as the nation has a record of discretionary arrests and detaining Westerners for trivial infractions to use as leverage.

  • Sigley, who started traveling back and forth to North Korea in 2012, has recorded his travels Twitter and a personal blog. His last reported tweet was Tuesday.

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Obama on George Floyd's death: "This shouldn't be 'normal'"

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Former President Obama said in a statement Friday that the death of George Floyd, an unarmed black man who was killed by a white Minneapolis police officer, "shouldn't be 'normal' in 2020 America."

What he's saying: "[W]e have to remember that for millions of Americans being treated differently on account of race is tragically, painfully, maddeningly 'normal' — whether it’s while dealing with the health care system, or interacting with the criminal justice system, or jogging down the street, or watching birds in a park."

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Coronavirus dashboard

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Trump's big, empty beef with Twitter

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President Trump finally acted on his now year-old threat to take action against social media platforms for alleged bias against conservatives. But so far, according to experts in both government and the industry, the threat looks mostly empty.

Driving the news: Trump escalated his war on Twitter Friday morning, tweeting repeatedly that the company needs to be regulated after it overnight added a warning label to a tweet of his calling for the military to start shooting looters, which violated Twitter’s rules against glorifying violence.