Watch: Trump stuns Kim by asking photographers to make them both look 'thin'

US President Donald Trump may have offended his new-found friend Kim Jong Un by appearing to fat-shame the North Korean leader as they met for a working lunch during their historic summit in Singapore.

As the two leaders stood on opposite sides of the table for a photo opportunity, Trump prompted photographers to make them look "handsome and thin".

"Getting a good picture everybody? So we look nice and handsome and thin and perfect," he said.

A video camera then focused on Kim as Trump's comment was translated for him, and the North Korean leader looked taken aback and not amused.

Kim is reportedly tetchy about his weight gain.

Video of the dining room incident has gone viral, and it's not the first time Trump has taken aim at the North Korean leader's weight.

"Why would Kim Jong-un insult me by calling me 'old,' when I would NEVER call him 'short and fat'?" he tweeted last November as tensions between them escalated.

"Oh well, I try so hard to be his friend - and maybe someday that will happen!"

Time will tell.


'God hates the hands that shed his blood' - Queensland anti-abortion protestors accost women outside clinic days after protection legislation passes

Just a few days after New South Wales passed legislation forbidding anti-abortion protesters from accosting women using clinics, a woman has been filmed doing just that.

Buzzfeed has obtained video of an incident on Saturday where young women were accosted by an un-named protestor outside the Options Clinic in Spring Hill, Brisbane.

In the video, the protestor can be heard telling a woman, "God hates the hands that shed his blood".

"Just shut up! That is so traumatic!" the woman replies.

"We're here to help you."

"I don't want your help!"

The protestor is seen to be holding a small plastic doll of a foetus, which she uses as a prop in another confrontation.

"This is a little 12-week-old baby," she says.

"That little one that you have has a heartbeat, 10 fingers, 10 toes and God hates the hands that shed his blood."

Following the publication of the video, Queensland deputy premiere Jackie Trued said they show why establishing safe zones outside clinics for women is critical.

"I think some of the harassment that we have seen of women trying to access healthcare has been absolutely disgraceful and I think it is important that as lawmakers we make sure that women are kept safe in their time of need."


US Air Force Captain found living under fake identity 35 years after deserting

A US Air Force officer who deserted 35 years ago was apprehended in California last week, where he was living under a fake identity.

The officer, Captain William Howard Hughes Jr., 66, told investigators he had become depressed about his job and decided to flee in 1983. He could face up to five years of confinement, forfeiture of his pay and a dishonourable discharge from the Air Force.

Hughes, who is at Travis Air Force Base in Fairfield, California, awaiting pretrial confinement, was discovered during a passport fraud investigation, according to a report released by the Air Force Office of Special Investigations.

In the 1980s, he was based in Albuquerque, New Mexico, where his duties included classified planning and analysis of NATO surveillance systems. He had top-secret clearance, but investigators said there was no indication he had given away classified information.

Hughes, who was unmarried at the time he fled, had been temporarily assigned to the Netherlands on July 18, 1983, to work with NATO officers. He was slated to return to Albuquerque on August 1, but never showed. On Dec. 9, the Air Force declared him a deserter.

For years, the details of his disappearance remained a mystery. The Albuquerque Journal reported in early 1984 that Hughes had left his car at the airport. Investigators said he was last seen withdrawing $28,500 from 19 bank branches. They raided his home and found to-do lists.

Air Force investigators interviewed friends, associates and co-workers, who said they did not know his whereabouts. Family members wondered if he had been abducted. Attempts by the Air Force to track him down at home and abroad were unsuccessful.

The Cold War was years from ending and tensions with the Soviet Union were high, leaving many to wonder if there had been foul play. According to a 1986 article in The Los Angeles Times, intelligence officers believed that Hughes had either defected to the Soviet Union or been captured by Russian agents. Hughes, these officers said, had knowledge of top-secret launch procedures. "He is worth his weight in gold to the Russians," one of them was quoted as saying.

In fact, he had not defected. He told investigators last week that he had created an alias, Barry O’Beirne, and moved to California. On June 5, Air Force investigators confronted him about inconsistencies in his identity, and he acknowledged that he was Hughes.

He was detained at his house in Daly City, California, a suburb of San Francisco. Neighbours described him as quiet and a fan of the San Francisco Giants.

Captain William Howard Hughes Jr.
Captain William Howard Hughes Jr. Source: (C) 2018 THE NEW YORK TIMES