Water Cooler Chat: from Trump’s North Korea tour to Kylie’s Glastonbury set

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    Here are some news stories you probably should have heard about to help you survive the dreaded Monday morning ‘water cooler chat’ at the office.

    In this Monday’s Water Cooler Chat, we cover everything from Donald Trump‘s historic North Korea visit to Kylie Minogue’s emotional Glastonbury set – it’s been an eventful weekend.

    Kylie Minogue’s emotional Glastonbury set

    Kylie Minogue took to Glastonbury’s Pyramid stage on Sunday to perform in the afternoon legends slot, 14 years after she was forced to cancel a headline slot due to her cancer diagnosis.

    ‘In 2005 I was meant to be here but circumstances meant that I did not make it,’ she announced in the emotional set. ‘I wished things were different – but life is what it is. We’re all here in this moment.’

    Her historic set, including ‘I Should Be So Lucky’, ‘Especially For You’ and ‘Kids’ is rumoured to have broken viewing records.

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    President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un stand on the North Korean side in the Demilitarized Zone at Panmunjom on June 30. #Trump became the first sitting U.S. president to step foot in the North. The leaders met for nearly an hour and agreed to restart talks on #NorthKorea’s nuclear program. (Swipe for their remarks.) In a joint news conference with South Korean President Moon Jae-in, Trump claimed his predecessor, Barack Obama, had tried to meet with Kim on multiple occasions, only to be rebuffed. Two former high-level White House officials flatly disputed Trump's story, including former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper and Ben Rhodes, who served as Deputy National Security Adviser for Strategic Communications. “Trump is lying,” Rhodes tweeted. “I was there for all 8 years. Obama never sought a meeting with Kim Jong Un. Foreign policy isn’t reality television it’s reality.” Photograph by @kevin_lamarque—@reuters, video source: U.S. network pool

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    Donald Trump’s historic North Korea visit

    Donald Trump made history this weekend as he became the first sitting US president to visit North Korea, meeting leader Kim Jong-un in the demilitarised zone, separating the two Koreas. The leaders talked for just under an hour, agreeing to restart talks about North Korea’s nuclear program.

    ‘I just want to say this is my honour. I wasn’t really expecting it,’ Trump explained to broadcasters. ‘We were in Japan for the G20 and I said, “hey. I’m over here. I want to call up Chairman Kim,” and we got to meet and stepping across that line was a great honour. A lot of progress has been made. A lot of friendships have been made. And this has been, in particular, a great friendship.’

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    Tonight, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex attended the first of a two game series of the Major League Baseball #LondonSeries, in support of @WeAreInvictusGames. Tonight’s highly anticipated game between the #Yankees and #RedSox took place at London stadium, Olympic Park. The @WeAreInvictusGames, of which His Royal Highness is Founding Patron, has been selected as charity partner for the @MLB 2019 series. The Invictus Games Foundation is the international charity that oversees the development of the Invictus Games, an international adaptive multi-sport event in which wounded, injured or sick armed service personnel and veterans participate. It celebrates the power of sport in recovery and how it can help, physically or psychologically, those suffering from injuries or illness. The word ‘invictus’ means ‘unconquered’ – it embodies the fighting spirit of the competitors. As part of the partnership, the Invictus Games Foundation have a team participating in London’s #Softball60, the social softball series built for the city and targeted to introduce the sport to new audiences and demonstrate that it is an inclusive sport. On this #ArmedForcesDay, tonight’s event was also a chance for Their Royal Highnesses to shine a light on the men and women here in the UK and around the world who have sacrificed so much for their country. Discover more about the Invictus Games Foundation through the link in our bio. Photo credit: PA

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    Meghan Markle’s surprise London appearance

    Meghan Markle stepped out of maternity leave early over the weekend to attend a baseball game in London as part of the capital’s three-day American-themed festival. Joined by Prince Harry, Meghan watched the Major League Baseball match between the Boston Red Sox and the New York Yankees, with the Duchess of Sussex even meeting a distant relative, the Red Sox outfielder Mookie Betts, who she reportedly invited over for dinner.

    Before the match, the royal couple were given personalised Yankees and Red Sox babygrows for baby Archie.

    Taylor Swift’s controversial back catalogue sale

    Braun’s Ithaca Holdings announced over the weekend that it had acquired Big Machine Label Group, with the sale meaning that Taylor Swift’s music catalogue and masters (previously owned by Big Machine and not Taylor) had been sold to music manager Scooter Braun, someone she has accused of bullying and manipulating her in the past.

    ‘When I left my masters in [Big Machine Label Group’s Scott Borchetta’s] hands, I made peace with the fact that eventually he would sell them,’ Taylor wrote in an emotional Tumblr post in response to the news. ‘Never in my worst nightmares did I imagine the buyer would be Scooter.’

    ‘This is my worse case scenario…My musical legacy is about to lie in the hands of someone who tried to dismantle it.’

    #WeStandWithTaylor is now trending online.

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