In this file photo taken on November 19, 2013, US President Barack Obama awards the Presidential Medal of Freedom to former Senator Richard Lugar. Photo: AFP

‘A man of great decency’: Former US senator Richard Lugar, nuclear non-proliferation champion, dies at 87

  • Lugar died peacefully at the Inova Fairfax Heart and Vascular Institute in Virginia due to complications from CIDP, a chronic neurological disorder
Topic |   Obituaries

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In this file photo taken on November 19, 2013, US President Barack Obama awards the Presidential Medal of Freedom to former Senator Richard Lugar. Photo: AFP
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Kim Yong-chol was dismissed as the chief of the United Front Department. Photo: Reuters

Replacement of North Korea’s top envoy for nuclear talks with US a ‘positive signal’, analysts say

  • Kim Yong-chol, a senior trusted official, has been sacked as the negotiator for nuclear talks with the US
  • But he is likely to retain his high standing in the Workers’ Party, analysts say, as the dismissal indicates diplomacy will be returned to the foreign ministry
Topic |   North Korea

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Kim Yong-chol was dismissed as the chief of the United Front Department. Photo: Reuters
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