Xi, Kim hold talks in Pyongyang

General Secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China and Chinese President Xi Jinping sat down here Thursday for talks with Kim Jong Un, top leader of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK).

Xi is paying a two-day state visit to the neighboring country at the invitation of Kim, chairman of the Workers’ Party of Korea and chairman of the State Affairs Commission of the DPRK. Source, People’s Daily

Dutch PM says Dr M’s MH17 comment ‘sows confusion’

Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte today slammed his Malaysian counterpart for creating “confusion” by criticising a decision to charge four people over the downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17.

Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad had called the move by Dutch-led investigators to charge three Russians and a Ukrainian with murder for the 2014 disaster “ridiculous” and “politically motivated” against Moscow. Source Malay Mail

Blaming Russians for MH17 is ‘politically motivated’, says the Malaysian prime minister

Dr Mahathir Mohamad has slammed the findings of the team probing the Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 tragedy, saying investigators had all along wanted to accuse Russia as the culprit who shot down the plane killing all 298 on board.

“And now they said they have proof who the person is. This is ridiculous,” the prime minister told reporters at a Hari Raya open house hosted by the Prime Minister’s Department today. Source Free Malaysia Today

ECB vice president says another bond-buying program could be part of new stimulus

Speaking to CNBC Wednesday, ECB Vice President Luis de Guindos added to Draghi’s comments and outlined some possible measures the central bank could implement. The ECB foresees “lingering softness” in the short term, in particular due to geopolitical factors and trade conflicts. The European Central Bank’s (ECB) vice president said another large bond-buying program could be an option if inflation in the region doesn’t reach its intended target. Source: CNBC