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‘North Korea has vowed to sink the USS Carl Vinson, which is scheduled to arrive in the waters around the Korean peninsula “within days.” Meanwhile, Japan said two of its ships have joined the aircraft carrier group for a “joint exercise.”’

Read more: N. Korea ready to sink US aircraft carrier with a ‘single strike’ – official paper


‘Suspects are said to have attacked victims with knives, clubs, metal bars and other weapons. They wanted to prevent romantic ties between their targets and Jewish women, police say.

Six Jewish residents of Be’er Sheva, including two conscripted soldiers and a minor, were charged with a series of racist attacks against Arabs in the city, police said Sunday.’

Read more: Six Israeli Jews, Including Two Soldiers, Accused in Series of anti-Arab Attacks


‘Cassini has used a gravitational slingshot around Saturn’s moon Titan to put it on a path towards destruction. Saturday’s flyby swept the probe into an orbit that takes it in between the planet’s rings and its atmosphere.

This gap-run gives the satellite the chance finally to work out the length of a day on Saturn, and to determine the age of its stunning rings. But the manoeuvre means also that it cannot escape a fiery plunge into Saturn’s clouds in September.

The US space agency (Nasa) is calling an end to 12 years of exploration and discovery at Saturn because the probe’s propellant tanks are all but empty. Controllers cannot risk an unresponsive satellite one day crashing into – and contaminating – the gas giant’s potentially life-supporting moons, and so they have opted for a strategy that guarantees safe disposal.’

Read More: Cassini probe heads towards Saturn ‘grand finale’

US ‘may launch strike’ if North Korea goes through with nuclear weapons test – reports
‘North Korea has warned Australia of a possible nuclear strike if it continues to “blindly and zealously toe the US line.” It comes after Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said Pyongyang poses a “serious threat” to peace and stability in the region.

“If Australia persists in following the US moves to isolate and stifle the DPRK and remains a shock brigade of the US master, this will be a suicidal act of coming within the range of the nuclear strike of the strategic force of the DPRK,” a spokesman for the North Korean Foreign Ministry said, as quoted by the official KCNA news agency.’

Read more: N. Korea accuses Australia of ‘blindly toeing US line,’ threatens nuclear strike


‘Aleppo – For the last five years, everyone has been talking about Aleppo. I can’t even count how many interviews we’ve conducted, or how many TV news segments I’ve watched and articles read – about the battles and sieges in this crucial theatre which has come to symbolise the long war on Syria.

With all of that in mind, nothing could really prepare you for the shear scale of the devastation visible throughout Syria’s second largest city.’

Read More: ALEPPO: After Devastation, The Rehabilitation


‘Agreement avoids explicit Israeli consent to a settlement boycott, but annex lists where Chinese laborers will be employed: None of the locations is in the West Bank.

The cabinet is expected to ratify an agreement on Sunday with China relating to the employment of Chinese workers in Israel. The agreement was made possible after Israel agreed to a condition demanded by the Chinese government that in practice provides that Chinese construction workers in Israel not be employed in settlements in the West Bank or East Jerusalem.’

Read more: Israel Accepts Chinese Demand Not to Employ Chinese Laborers in Settlements


‘An American citizen has been detained in North Korea as he tried to leave the country, South Korean media say.

The man was identified only by his surname, Kim. He becomes the third American to be detained by the North; one has been sentenced for spying, the other for trying to steal a sign from a hotel.

The latest detention comes amid high tension on the peninsula, with the US warning its “strategic patience” on the North’s nuclear programme is over.

A US naval battle group headed by an aircraft carrier, the USS Carl Vinson, and described by President Donald Trump as an “armada”, is expected to reach the Korean peninsula later in the week.’

Read More: North Korea ‘detains American citizen’


‘If you can’t seem to resist a scroll through your Facebook or Instagram feed during working hours, or if you feel anxious when you can’t check your smartphone or have no signal,  you might need a digital intervention.

In the last few years, social media users who find it impossible to stay off their devices when they would like to resist them are seeking treatment via professionals. And they’re responding. Therapists are offering counselling, mindfulness coaches are hosting detox retreats, and corporate-wellness startups are all vying to help you get through the day without constant, compulsive scrolling.’

Read More: The addiction is worse than drug or alcohol abuse


‘North Korea has put the world on alert with threats to turn tensions in the Korean peninsula into all out conflict by testing another nuclear weapon.

The Trump administration has already warned the secretive nation’s dumpy dictator any nuclear tests would have dire consequences.

And rising tensions have led China, Russia, the US and South Korea to deploy troops around the hermit kingdom.

But General James ‘Mad Dog’ Mattis has dismissed the Kim Regime’s dramatic commitment to send a “super mighty preemptive strike” against mainland US and South Korea.’

Read More: North Korea ‘preparing Nuclear Test Site’ as Trump defence chief dismisses Kim threat


‘Thousands of Venezuelans marched in silence to remember those killed in three weeks of protests against the government of President Nicolas Maduro.

In the capital, Caracas, protestors dressed in white were blocked from reaching the office of the Roman Catholic archdiocese.

Similar marches took place across the country.

Opposition leaders blamed the deaths of about 20 people on a heavy-handed police response to their protests.’

Read More: Venezuela opposition holds silent march to honour dead