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Speaking on the eve of talks between the French and Russian presidents, French Prime Minster Manuel Valls gave his clearest indication yet the punishing travel and financial restrictions placed on Russia over its role in eastern Ukraine could end. "We hope that sanctions against Russia may be lifted, but it must fulfil its part of the contract... which it signed in the context of the Minsk accords," Valls said.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Hundreds of people filled a Minneapolis church on Wednesday for the funeral of a black man whose death in a confrontation with police has sparked days of ongoing protests, while charges were pending against four men suspected in a shooting that wounded several of the protesters.
North and South Korean officials sat down Thursday for rare talks aimed at paving the way for a sustainable high-level dialogue that has constantly eluded the two rivals. The meeting at the border truce village of Panmunjom began shortly before 1:00pm (0400 GMT) and marked the first inter-governmental interaction since August when the two sides met to defuse a crisis that had pushed them to the brink of an armed conflict. A similar effort back in June 2013 saw both sides agree to hold what would have been the first high-level dialogue for six years -- only for Pyongyang to cancel a day before the scheduled meeting.