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Washington: US President Barack Obama will host his South Korean counterpart Park Geun-hye in the White House on October 16 to discuss bilateral and global issues, the White House announced late Wednesday.

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South Korean President Park Geun-hye with U.S. President Barack Obama. Photo Credit: http://www.korea.net/

The visit “will underscore the strength and breadth of the US – Republic of Korea partnership and demonstrate the close personal ties between the American and Korean people,” the White House said in a statement.

The two leaders will exchange views on a broad range of security, economic, and global issues, including the alliance and the critical role South Korea plays in assuring regional stability and security, Xinhua reported citing the statement.

“They will chart the expansion of our cooperation into new areas that will increasingly shape the relationship in the 21st century, such as environment, energy, space, health, and cybersecurity,” it said, adding that the two leaders will also discuss the current security situation on the Korean Peninsula “in the face of the continued threat from North Korea”.

Park’s visit to the US, her second since taking office in 2013, was originally planned for June but was delayed due to the outbreak of the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS).

(IANS)

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Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau began the push to legalize marijuana across the country more than two years ago

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Different strains of marijuana are displayed for sale at the Warmland Centre, a medical marijuana dispensary in Mill Bay, British Columbia on Vancouver Island in Canada. VOA

A new era begins in Canada Wednesday when it becomes only the second country to legalize recreational marijuana.

Although medicinal pot has been legal since 2001, Canada will join Uruguay as the only nation where customers can buy it in retail shops.

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An employee inspects the leaf of a cannabis plant at a medical marijuana plantation in northern Israel. (VOA)

The first cannabis store opens at midnight Wednesday in Newfoundland, the country’s easternmost province.

Each of the 13 provinces will set its own rules for selling marijuana. Some will allow private shops while others will only sell it through government-run stores. But mail order sales will be permitted across all of Canada.

Only licensed growers can sell marijuana on the retail market.

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In this July 12, 2018 file photo, a newly-transplanted cannabis cuttings grow in pots at a medical marijuana cultivation facility in Massachusetts. (VOA)

The federal minimum age for using marijuana is 18, but most provinces have set it at 19.

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Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau began the push to legalize marijuana across the country more than two years ago, in part, to shut down the black market and prevent underage use. (VOA)

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