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Kim shuffles diplomats after spying allegations

SEOUL - Veteran North Korean diplomats are being sidelined from nuclear talks ahead of a second summit with the United States as recent defections and allegations of spying undermine the trust of leader Kim Jong Un, South Korean officials and experts say.

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Wall St. muted with focus on trade talks, Fed minutes

U.S. stocks were little changed on Wednesday as investors weighed the latest developments in trade talks between the United States and China, while waiting for minutes from the Federal Reserve's January policy-setting meeting.

UK's May back in Brussels, hit by defections over Brexit

British Prime Minister Theresa May headed to Brussels on Wednesday to seek more concessions from a skeptical European Union but the surprise defection of three pro-EU lawmakers from her Conservative Party undermined her Brexit strategy.

U.S. high court buttresses constitutional ban on 'excessive fines'

In a decision that may curb the rise of financial penalties and property seizures in the U.S. criminal justice system, the Supreme Court on Wednesday for the first time ruled that the U.S. Constitution's ban on "excess fines" applies to states as well as the federal government.

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