Japan’s imperial couple greeted by thousands during Tokyo parade

(CNN)Japan’s newly crowned emperor and empress were cheered by tens of thousands of spectators during an imperial parade through the heart of Tokyo Sunday. The event nevertheless had to be postponed as Japan grappled with the aftermath of Typhoon Hagibis, which left nearly 90 people dead. The Japanese government estimated that 119,000 people attended the parade Sunday which stretched 2.6 miles, according to the public broadcaster NHK. Spectators stood rows deep and waved Japanese flags as they watched the parade progress along the streets of the capital. “To witness this historical moment with my own eyes and to see the smile of the emperor and empress. I wanted to be in the front,” Hiyori Okazaki, a spectator, told Reuters. “I …

Kim Jong Un says his relationship with Donald Trump is ‘special’

Seoul, South Korea (CNN)Kim Jong Un has praised his “special” relationship with US President Donald Trump, with one of North Korea‘s most respected diplomats telling state media the two leaders maintain “trust in each other.” North Korean diplomats said they broke off those negotiations because of what they described as US intransigence. The State Department disagreed, saying the two sides had a “good discussion.” Unlike his predecessors, Trump has embraced a top-down approach to nuclear negotiations with North Korea in the hopes of solving a problem that has eluded successive US administrations. North Korea has publicly expressed appreciation for Trump’s efforts, but has criticized those around him for appearing infexible. Kim said in an important policy speech in April that …

Duchess of Cambridge enthuses over ‘fantastic’ Pakistan in first ever TV news interview

Lahore, Pakistan (CNN)The Duchess of Cambridge has given her first ever television news interview, telling CNN exclusively that the royal tour of Pakistan with Prince William, the Duke of Cambridge, has been “really special.” The duchess spoke to CNN during an engagement in the city of Lahore Thursday where the royal couple were visiting SOS Children’s Village, a charitable organization established in the late 1970s. The project provides 150 orphaned children with a home and family structure, and, according to the organization, helps kids develop into happy, confident and resilient adults. “William and I really wanted to come and see an SOS Children’s Village like this,” Kate continued. “There’s so many vulnerable women here but they’ve really used their positivity …

MIT is reviewing its relationship with AI startup SenseTime, one of the Chinese tech firms blacklisted by the US

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology said it is reviewing the university’s relationship with SenseTime, one of eight Chinese tech companies placed on the U.S. Entity List yesterday for their alleged role in human rights abuses against Muslim minority groups in China. An MIT spokesperson told Bloomberg that “MIT has long had a robust export controls function that pays careful attention to export control regulations and compliance. MIT will review all existing relationships with organizations added to the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Entity List, and modify any interactions, as necessary.” A SenseTime representative told Bloomberg, “We are deeply disappointed with this decision by the U.S. Department of Commerce. We will work closely with all relevant authorities to fully understand and resolve …

Kashmir: New violence feared in old flashpoint, as Indian ruling party pushes long-held agenda

New Delhi (CNN)Hindu nationalists in India’s ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) have long dreamed of stripping Indian-controlled Kashmir — named Jammu and Kashmir state — of its decades-old special status. The “abrogation of Article 370” was also mentioned in the BJP election manifesto, released in April ahead of India’s general elections. It was part of a promise “to overcome all obstacles that come in the way of development and provide adequate financial resources to all regions of the state.” A long-held goal On Monday, Modi’s government finally moved to revoke Article 370, in what analysts say is part of a Hindu nationalist agenda. Pakistan, which also claims Kashmir, described the move as illegal. It is not clear what happens next, …

Diplomatic spat between UK and China after Beijing slams London’s ‘colonial’ attitude to Hong Kong

Hong Kong (CNN)A diplomatic spat between the UK and China deepened Wednesday after London summoned the Chinese ambassador over what it said were “unacceptable and inaccurate” comments made by Beijing regarding the UK’s role in ongoing Hong Kong protests. “The UK signed an internationally binding legal agreement in 1984 that enshrines the ‘one country, two systems rule,’ enshrines the basic freedoms of the people of Hong Kong and we stand four square behind that agreement, four square behind the people of Hong Kong,” added Hunt, who is campaigning to be the next British Prime Minister. His comments were greeted by outrage in Beijing, which has previously suggested the treaty — which established a guarantor and observer status for the UK …

Couple use Twitter to rescue newborn girl abandoned on Indian garbage dump

(CNN)Vinod Kapri, an Indian filmmaker based in New Delhi, checks Twitter first thing every morning — like virtually every journalist on the planet. So Joshi tweeted a request to her followers to send over any information they could find about the baby, saying she and Kapri wanted to adopt her if they could locate her. “We had no idea of the location of the video or its authenticity,” Kapri said. “We see many fake videos of babies on social media.” In a couple of hours, Joshi’s tweet — and her husband’s following post in English — went viral, with hundreds of netizens searching for clues that could allow the couple to locate the girl. “Everybody on Twitter was keen to …