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over heard 'The purpose of the meetings is to produce outcomes and progress.' – Stephen Biegun, US special representative for North Korea, in a Jan. 31 speech at Stanford University on expectations for President Trump's planned Feb. 27-28 summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un in Vietnam. It will be the second in-person meeting for Mr. Trump and Mr. Kim. Mr. Biegun touted the Trump administration's negotiation approach, which he said was respon- sible for 'some progress on addressing the central issue of our diplomatic engagement: the final, fully verified denuclearization of North Korea.' 'North Korean leaders view nuclear arms as critical to regime survival.' – The annual Worldwide Threat Assessment report from the US intelligence community, which states that while there have been no nuclear tests from Pyongyang in more than a year, North Korea 'retains its [weapons of mass destruction] capabilities' and is 'unlikely to give up all of its WMD stockpiles, delivery systems, and production capabilities.' A recent report from a United Nations panel of experts concluded that the country continues to hide nuclear weapons and launch sites from observers. 'There is no alternative: We will either build the future together or there will not be a future.' – Pope Francis in a Feb. 4 speech to a gathering of religious leaders in the United Arab Emirates. His symbolic visit there was the result of years of efforts to strengthen the flagging relationship between the Roman Catholic and Muslim worlds. But Western headlines were focused on the pope's first public acknowledgment of the endemic, worldwide sexual abuse of Catholic nuns by male clergy members, which the pope described as 'sexual slavery.' 'There is no way now to resurrect the old arms control framework.' – Sergei Karaganov, a senior Russian foreign-policy hand, in an interview with the Monitor on the collapse of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty, after both Russia and the United States accused each other of violating the agree- ment. Russian experts say they are not surprised by the end of the treaty, but are concerned about an increasingly unstable future of nuclear strategizing. Read more at CSMonitor.com/Russia-perspective-INF. 'Instead of the perfect storm, it's been, literally, the perfectly benign storms....' – Climatologist Bill Patzert in an interview with the Los Angeles Times about the unusually wet winter that California has experienced so far. While bitter cold in the US Midwest was at- tributed to climate change, California benefited from a series of colder-than-usual storms that built up mountain snowpack (a source of drinking water) and filled its reservoirs. Scientists say that's a sign that the state might escape the drought conditions it has faced in recent summers. AP/FILE AP POPE FRANCIS (TOP) SITS DURING A MASS ON FEB. 5 (TOP) SITS DURING A MASS ON FEB. 5 IN ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES. UNITED ARAB EMIRATES. PRESIDENT TRUMP (L.) MEETS NORTH KOREAN LEADER KIM JONG-UN AT THEIR JUNE 2018 SUMMIT. AP – Anna Tarnow / Staff SKIERS GO UP A LIFT AT CALIFORNIA'S MAMMOTH MOUNTAIN IN DECEMBER. 4 THE CHRISTIAN SCIENCE MONITOR WEEKLY | FEBRUARY 18, 2019

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