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Trump fires Tillerson

WASHINGTON—U.S. President Donald Trump fired Secretary of State Rex Tillerson today and said he would nominate CIA Director Mike Pompeo to replace him, putting an ardent foe of the Iran nuclear deal in charge of U.S. diplomacy as Trump also dives into high-stakes talks with North Korea.

“We disagreed on things,” Trump said of Tillerson just after announcing the firing on Twitter.

Trump says he’ll meet with North Korea’s Kim Jong Un

WASHINGTON — After months of trading insults and threats of nuclear annihilation, President Donald Trump agreed to meet with North Korean leader Kim Jung Un by the end of May to negotiate an end to Pyongyang’s nuclear weapons program, South Korean and U.S. officials said Thursday. No sitting American president has ever met with a North Korea leader.

China builds ambitiously in Africa as US sounds the alarm

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia — The sleek, green-and-white trains glide past the congested, ragged streets of Addis Ababa along the city’s new light rail ‚Äî built and financed by China. The towering silver African Union headquarters here was built by China, too. So was the new ring road system around the city. And the new railway connecting landlocked Ethiopia to Djibouti.

Jilted man offering ring

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va.—A Virginia man wants to parlay his heartbreak into a happy ending for another couple.

The Virginian-Pilot reported Steven Crocker is soliciting stories from couples who want to tie the knot but can't afford a ring.

To the victors go the spoils of his own romance that ended a month before his planned proposal last year: a $1,700 diamond ring.

What swamp? Lobbyists get ethics waivers to work for Trump

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump and his appointees have stocked federal agencies with ex-lobbyists and corporate lawyers who now help regulate the very industries from which they previously collected paychecks, despite promising as a candidate to drain the swamp in Washington.