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  • ABC News(WASHINGTON) -- Republican Sen. Marco Rubio, a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said he is convinced that North Korea will not give up its nuclear program and that its release of U.S. prisoners and other gestures are "a show."Rubio told ABC News Chief Global Affairs Correspondent and This Week Co-Anchor Martha Raddatz on Sunday that the U.S. will have to make a decision about whether it can live with North Korea's having nuclear weapons that could put America at risk.Rubio said he remains "convinced" that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un "will not denuclearize, but he wants to give off this perception that he's this open leader, that he's peaceful, that he's reasonable."“It’s all a show," Rubio said, adding that Kim "released three Americans that were innocently there, blew up a facility that was probably already damaged."Raddatz asked the Florida senator about a recent tweet about the North Korean leader in which he said the U.S.'s “options to deal with him are narrowing.”Rubio responded, “If you don't think you're ever going to be able to reach a deal where he gives up his missiles and gives up his nukes, then you're going to have to make a decision, which is where we've been the whole time, and that is, 'Are you prepared to live in a world where someone like him possesses not just nuclear weapons, but the ability to hit the mainland of the United States?' And, if you're not, then you're going to have to do something to go after them at some point."On President Trump’s strategy for summit talks, Rubio gave the president credit for keeping North Korea “off-balance.”“I give the president credit for that, but ultimately, there’s got to be a deal,” Rubio said. “That is a very difficult thing to accomplish with a country in North Korea that has no history of diplomacy, no history of negotiations, and no one around that’s ever done this before.”Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
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  • Charles McQuillan/Getty Images(DUBLIN) -- Voters in deeply Roman Catholic Ireland support by a 2-to-1 margin repeal of a 1983 constitutional ban on abortions, the official vote tally shows.Official results of Friday's referendum showed that of about 2.1 million votes cast, 1.4 million were in favor of repealing the Eighth Amendment to Ireland’s Constitution that says a mother and unborn child have an “equal right to life.” About 723,000 voters wanted to retain the ban.Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar, a medical doctor who campaigned for ending the decades-old ban, hailed the result as a "quiet revolution.""The people have spoken," Varadkar said. "The people have said that we want a modern constitution for a modern country, that we trust women and we respect them to make the right decision and the right choices about their health care.""A quiet revolution has taken place," he tweeted, "A great act of democracy."One person involved in the campaign to overturn the ban called the results "momentous.""The polls suggest all generations voted with us," Catherine Conlon, a Trinity College professor told ABC News, after exit polls showed overwhelming support for repeal of the amendment. "I'm so heartened to know so many of my fellow citizens reflected on this debate and came to trust women."Seeking or providing an abortion in Ireland is currently a criminal offense that carries up to 14 years behind bars. As a result, thousands of Irish women make the trip abroad, often to England, to have an abortion.Repealing the amendment means that abortion could be regulated as it is in both the United States and the United Kingdom, clearing the way for Ireland's government to implement more liberal abortion laws. Lawmakers are now expected to debate proposed legislation allowing abortions within the first 12 weeks of pregnancy, and after that in cases of fetal abnormalities or serious risks to the mother’s health.The vote pitted conservative backers of strict abortion laws against those supporting a woman's right to choose. After the vote Friday and exit polls showing overwhelming support for overturning the abortion ban, anti-abortion advocates showed their concern on social media.Although the "yes" campaign was supported by the country's prime minister, neither of the major political parties took a side in the debate, allowing individual politicians to make up their own minds. The "no" campaign was largely backed by so-called pro-life groups -- the most prominent being the Iona Institute, a socially conservative Roman Catholic advocacy group.As the date of Friday's referendum approached, the debate between the two sides had grown deeply contentious, with both being accused of illegally removing each other's street posters. The hot-button issue also motivated a number of Irish ex-patriots to fly home from around the globe to cast their ballots, with many posting their positions on social media beside the hashtag #HomeToVote.The heated, emotional campaign saw limits placed on social media advertisements nationwide, with Facebook and Google banning campaign ads after concerns from experts that some campaign ads were funded by U.S.-based anti-abortion groups.Following a 2015 vote, Ireland legalized same-sex marriage. Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
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  • iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- Joshua Holt, an American who has been jailed in Venezuela without a trial for two years, has been released, officials said on Saturday.Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, who has advocated for Holt's release, said he's "honored" to be able to finally reunite the Utah native with his family."Over the past two years, I've worked with two presidential administrations, countless diplomatic contacts, ambassadors from all over the world, a network of contacts in Venezuela and President Maduro himself, and I could not be more honored to be able to reunite Josh with his sweet, long-suffering family in Riverton," Hatch said in a statement Saturday morning.President Donald Trump said via Twitter that Holt will arrive Saturday night in Washington, D.C., where he will be reunited with his family at the White House."The great people of Utah will be very happy!" the president tweeted.Holt will be returning to the United States with his wife, Thamara Caleño.The Mormon missionary traveled to Venezuela in June 2016 to marry Caleño, whom he met on an online Mormon dating site. Holt planned to return to the United States with his new wife and two stepchildren, but they never made it back.The newlyweds were awaiting visas when Venezuelan police raided their apartment and arrested them on charges of terrorism, espionage and illegal possession of weapons. They were imprisoned in Caracas awaiting trial ever since. Holt and his family maintain they were wrongly accused.Holt's parents have said their son was kept in appalling conditions -- with meager food and limited access to health services -- at El Helicoide, the infamous political prison in central Caracas. He had lost a considerable amount of weight and was suffering from kidney stones and painful tooth decay, they said.They called the release of their son and his wife a "miracle."The news of their release comes just days after Venezuela's presidential election. Nicolas Maduro was re-elected last Sunday for a second six-year term in a vote the United States denounced and said it won't recognize.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
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  • iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- The White House is still planning to send a team to Singapore in case a summit between President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un happens after all.White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said in a statement that a "pre-advance team for Singapore will leave as scheduled in order to prepare should the summit take place."The statement comes after news of a surprise meeting Saturday morning between Kim Jong Un and South Korean President Moon Jae-in to discuss a potential summit between the North Korean leader and Trump.Trump announced earlier this week that he was canceling the planned June 12 summit with Kim. But, on Friday evening, the president tweeted that such a meeting could still happen on that date.The last time -- two weeks ago -- that a White House delegation traveled in advance of the planned summit, they were stood up by their North Korean counterparts.The surprise meeting between the North and South Korean leaders on Saturday, held in a village on the north side of their shared border, was to exchange opinions about holding a successful summit between Kim and President Trump, and on how to implement steps that Kim and Moon agreed to in their last meeting on April 27, the South Korean president's office said.It is unknown whether North Korea requested the meeting first, but sources told ABC News that it was arranged in the morning. Moon is expected to announce details of the meeting at a press conference on Sunday, according to his office.At the meeting, Kim was with his sister, Kim Yo-jong, and his top aide, Kim Yong-chol, in charge of inter-Korean affairs. Moon was accompanied by South Korea's national intelligence service chief, Suh Hoon.The White House has not yet responded to a request for comment on Saturday's meeting. Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
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  • iStock/Thinkstock(BOGOTA, Colombia) -- Colombians are heading to the polls to elect a new president on Sunday, and entrenched polarization on how to handle the country's fragile peace process and growing refugee crisis is front and center.Six candidates are jockeying to become the newest resident in the presidential palace, as current President Juan Manuel Santos is term-limited from running for office. A former defense minister who's been president since 2010, Santos shepherded a peace process that gave the Revolutionary Forces of Colombia -- better known as FARC for its initials in Spanish -- a shot at a place in mainstream politics, in theory ending a five-decade-long war between the guerrilla group and the Colombian people.But the disparate campaigns and opposite takes on issues speak to a growing division within Colombian society on how big of a role they want the FARC to have in government, and how they want the government to deal with the growing economic and social problems, including an influx of Venezuelan refugees fleeing poverty and hunger across the border.Sunday's vote will define the country's politics for years to come -- like in the United States, the presidential term in Colombia is four years, with the possibility of serving two terms. And changes could be dramatic; polarization between right- and left-wing politicians has only increased after the peace agreement was signed.If none of the candidates get 50 percent plus one vote or more, the top two vote-getters will move on to a runoff election on June 17.The stakesThe Colombian peace agreement, signed in Havana in the fall of 2016, remains very controversial, with many condemning the power it gives former FARC guerrilla members, and some others saying it is needed if the South American country is to heal after half-century of war.Among the most controversial points of the agreement: the return of FARC combatants to civil life without fear of imprisonment, and the inclusion of the FARC in national politics.The deal also calls for demilitarization and the restitution of land used by guerrillas for the production of cocaine.With several candidates campaigning on dismantling or renegotiating the deal, and others attacking the FARC and its leaders, some fear the hope for peace that the agreement seems to bring will not last.“If this peace process ends, it will be the start of huge problems," said Malia Lobete in Medellin, the second-largest city in the country. She added, "The FARC doesn’t need to be begged to go back to violence."Lobete knows what she's talking about -- the conflict between the Colombian government, the FARC, other guerrilla and paramilitary groups, and drug cartels left more than 220,000 people dead, and displaced another 5 million. More than 25,000 people vanished during the conflict, according to Colombia's National Center for Historical Memory.On top of the old fears, there are new problems because an increasingly dramatic border crisis threatens to upend Colombian prosperity. More than 30,000 Venezuelans are estimated to cross the porous Colombo-Venezuelan border every day to buy groceries, go to school, catch buses to other Latin American countries or find work in border towns.Many live in overcrowded shacks, working for pennies. Mauricio Franco Trujillo, the head of security for the border city of Cucuta, told ABC News recently that his city -- and the border -- were at the point of total collapse.The candidatesIVÁN DUQUE -- Considered the front-runner, former Sen. Duque is the leader of the right-wing Democratic Center Party and has the support of former President Alvaro Uribe. Duque has said he wants to renegotiate terms of the peace agreement, which he opposed in 2016. Duque has campaigned on banning the FARC from political engagement and has advocated for prison time for former FARC commanders.GUSTAVO PETRO -- A one-time guerrilla leader and mayor of the capital city of Bogota, Petro is the main left-wing candidate
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