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Good morning. Trade talks with China, a cease-fire in Kashmir and royal wedding fever. Here’s what you need to know:

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“A splash of cold water.”

North Korea’s apparent about-face on nuclear disarmament has brought a diplomatic high-wire act temporarily back to earth, and has put the chief matchmaker, the South Korean leader Moon Jae-in, in a difficult position.

The sudden turn is also a reminder that North Korea views disarmament very differently from the United States. One issue weighing heavily is the fate of Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi, the Libyan leader who voluntarily gave up his nuclear weapons program in 2003. Less than 10 years later, the U.S. and its allies bombed his government.

For now, officials in Washington say President Trump’s June 12 meeting with Kim Jong-un is still on.


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• China’s chief trade negotiator, Liu He, is in Washington, where he’ll meet with Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and President Trump in hopes of defusing a potential trade war.

He brings with him a mammoth package of promises to buy more American goods, in a bid to reduce the trade deficit that has enraged Mr. Trump.

Officials said the package, which could approach the $200 billion in trade concessions that the White House demanded this month, would allow Mr. Trump to claim a major victory in his campaign to rebalance America’s trade relationship with its biggest economic rival.

In one signal of a possible thaw, Chinese officials finally approved Toshiba’s sale of a majority stake in its lucrative microchip unit to an American-led group.


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• A snaking metal fence that divides the Gaza Strip from Israel has become the latest focal point in a generations-long conflict between Arabs and Jews in the area.

At least 60 Palestinians were killed and hundreds wounded this week during protests against what they call an arbitrarily enforced demarcation line set by an occupier.

Among the dead was a Palestinian baby, above, who became a rallying cry for critics of Israel. Then came questions. Did she die of tear gas inhalation, or was it from a congenital heart condition? Declan Walsh, our Cairo bureau chief, visited the family of 8-month-old Layla Ghandour to find out more.

He discussed the case on “The Daily” podcast.


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• A sprawling colonial-era golf club in Hong Kong has become the focal point of a raging, citywide debate about how to use Hong Kong’s scarcest and most valuable resource, land.

Property prices have soared to the highest levels in the world, pricing out blue-collar and middle-class families. Affordable housing advocates have a solution: develop new housing on golf clubs and recreation centers.

But others say the city needs its golf courses to maintain its status as a global financial hub: “Don’t turn it into a little bit of fight between the haves and don’t-haves.”


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• The Kushner real estate company, controlled by the family of President Trump’s son-in-law and adviser, Jared Kushner, is close to getting a bailout of its financially troubled flagship property by a company tied to Qatar’s government.

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• India declared a cease-fire in the disputed territory of Kashmir for Ramadan. It was the first truce in the Muslim-majority region in 18 years. [The New York Times]

• A volcano in Hawaii erupted, spewing a huge ash plume. Residents were warned to shelter in place. [The New York Times]

• The Chinese Consulate in Los Angeles issued a warning to the University of Southern California, where a staff gynecologist faced dozens of accusations of misconduct, including that he targeted Chinese students. [The New York Times]

• Malaysian policemen raided the home of the former prime minister, Najib Razak, who has been accused of corruption. [The Star]

• A British inquiry into the deadly fire at the Grenfell public housing complex recommended a radical overhaul of building rules. [The New York Times]

• An Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo has spread to a major port city, raising alarm among health officials. [The New York Times]

• The gay community in Lebanon, one of the most liberal in the Middle East, was shocked by the cancellation of Gay Pride week. [The New York Times]

Emissions of an ozone-harming gas, a banned refrigerant, are on the rise, suggesting it’s being produced again, probably in East Asia, scientists say. [The New York Times]

• “Thank the party!” Tens of thousands of Chinese Muslims are being held in internment camps where they are being forced to disavow their faith. [Associated Press]

Australian magpies can understand other birds’ calls, and eavesdrop to find out if predators are nearby. [The Guardian]

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