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A Unification Ministry official in Seoul said the two sides would meet at the deputy minister level on December 11 in the Kaesong joint industrial zone, just inside North Korea. Unification Ministry Spokesman Jeong Joon-Hee told reporters that the North Koreans had initially demanded a set agenda for the Kaesong meeting, but later agreed to Seoul's proposal for a "comprehensive discussion of pending issues related to improving ties". A similar effort back in June 2013 saw both sides agree to hold what would have been the first high-level dialogue for six years -- only for Pyongyang to cancel a day before the talks were scheduled to begin.
Pope Francis held his first open-air mass in Africa on Thursday with huge crowds hailing heavy rains as "God's blessing" as they sung and danced in the Kenyan capital. Thousands of people queued through the night braving torrential downpours to take part in the historic mass, the first celebrated by Francis on African soil. At least 200,000 people crammed into the park at the University of Nairobi, Kenyan media said, in the pope's first major public appearance on a six-day trip which will also take him to Uganda and Central African Republic (CAR).