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‘North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has supervised the test of a new anti-aircraft weapon system and ordered its mass production and deployment throughout the country, the state news agency reported on Sunday, after weeks of defiant ballistic missile tests.

The North’s KCNA news agency did not report the exact nature of the weapon or the time of the test but said it was organised by the Academy of National Defence Science, a blacklisted agency that is believed to be developing missiles and nuclear weapons.

The North has been pushing to develop a wide range of weapon systems since early last year at an unprecedented pace including a long-range missile capable of striking the mainland United States and has in recent weeks tested its intermediate-range ballistic missile, making some technical advances.’

Read more: North Korea leader Kim guides test of new anti-aircraft weapon

‘British Airways has cancelled all flights from Heathrow and Gatwick following a massive global IT failure.

Every departure scheduled on Saturday was cancelled and the airline asked passengers not to come to the airports.

On Saturday night the operator said it intended to run a “near normal schedule” at Gatwick on Sunday and the “majority of services” from Heathrow.

It comes as hotels surrounding the airports charged extortionate prices to stranded holiday makers with some charging between £1,000 to £2,5000 a room for the night.

The chaos happened just after 11am on Saturday when the company’s unreliable new IT system crashed worldwide for the sixth time in a year.’

Read more: British Airways chaos: All flights cancelled at Heathrow and Gatwick after global computer failure

‘In this video, Vin Armani discusses a clever new strategy with Dan Johnson to put the government in direct competition with private non-profits to deliver social services. Dan Johnson is the Executive Director of the Tax Revolution Institute. Prior to joining the Tax Revolution Institute, he was the Founder of People Against the NDAA (PANDA), which he grew into one of the largest civil liberties movements in America, and served as President of the Solutions Institute, an activist training center.’

‘On Saturday, in often sweltering heat, more than 44,000 people in Ecuador reportedly sowed their way into the Guinness Book of World Records by planting 647,250 trees of over 200 species in one day. The effort was organized by the Ecuadoran government under an initiative called “Siembratón.”

Ecuador’s record was set based on the number of species of trees planted. “There is no record in history of similar events involving over 150 species,” a Guinness Records adjudicator told AFP.

Volunteers reportedly sowed an estimated 216 species of trees across some 2,000 hectares of land in 150 locations ranging from the Pacific coastal region to the Amazonian basin to the high Andean mountains. The diverse climatic terrain likely helped in the small country plant so many different species. Trees included alder, wild cherry, willow, cedar, rosemary, lignum vitae, myrtle, podocarpus, carob, cholan, laurel silk guarando, eugenia, mahogany, paper tree, walnut, fig tree and arabisco.’

Read more: What Every Country Can Learn From Ecuador

‘The Nicaraguan Investment Conditionality Act, which is currently under consideration in the US Congress and aims to sanction Daniel Ortega’s government into holding new elections, could serve a devastating blow to the country’s economy, Nicaraguan journalist Ismael Lopez told Sputnik Mundo.

Last month, the Nicaraguan Investment Conditionality Act (NICA) was reintroduced to the US House of Representatives by Republican Congressman Albio Sires and Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, the first Cuban-American elected to Congress.

The legislation proposes that the US government oppose loans for the Nicaraguan government from international financial institutions, “unless the Government of Nicaragua is taking effective steps to hold free, fair, and transparent elections, and for other purposes.”‘

Read more: US Attempts ‘Intervention’ in Nicaragua With Proposed Anti-Ortega Sanctions

‘Deadly brain tumour rates on the increase in the UK, US, Denmark, Netherlands and Sweden, is it attributable to mobile phones?

A simple question posed by the telecommunications industries and its regulators is oft quoted “if exposure to mobile phone frequencies causes cancer, why are cancer rates falling?” Within the past year or so, this question is slowly being answered and its implications are deeply worrying. Whilst the total number of cancers are falling in some countries, certain ‘rare’ types of brain tumours are rising and these tumours are associated with studies looking at the usage of mobile phones.’

Read more: Deadly Brain Tumor Rates Rise In U.S. And Europe – Cell Phones To Blame?

‘Philippine military forces have again bombarded the southern city of Marawi, where they have engaged in a battle with suspected Daesh-affiliated militants for five days.

“We have identified where they are consolidating so we are doing surgical air strikes to destroy the local terrorist group,” said Philippine military spokesman Lieutenant Colonel Jo-ar Herrera on Saturday, AFP reported.

The development came as truckloads of soldiers were also seen driving into Marawi. The city is one of the largest Muslim-populated cities in the country with a population of nearly 200,000 residents, most of whom have been evacuated due to the ongoing fighting.

This is while the military has vowed no let-up in its battle against the militants, which coincides with the beginning of the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan.’

Read more: Philippine military bombard Marawi city in battle on ISIS militants

‘Violent protests have erupted in Indian-controlled Kashmir after Indian troops allegedly killed a top leader of the pro-independence Hizb-ul-Mujahideen group.

According to police chief Shesh Pal Vaid, Sabzar Ahmad Bhat was killed in a gun battle with Indian troops in Saimoh village in Tral area, some 40 kilometers south of Kashmir’s capital, Srinagar, in the early hours of Saturday.

The operation was carried out, following an intelligence tip-off, on Bhat’s hideout in the village, the police official said, adding that one of Bhat’s fighters had also been killed in the overnight gun battle, which ended later in the day.

Police cordoned off the fighting site but faced hundreds of stone-throwing protesters who chanted anti-India slogans, trying to allegedly help possible trapped fighters escape from the area.

Witnesses said a young man lost his life and several other people sustained injuries after government troops opened fire on demonstrators near the gun battle site. Vaid claimed that the young man had been killed by crossfire.’

Read more: Violent anti-India protests erupt in Kashmir after rebel leader killed

‘Zbigniew Brzezinski, the hawkish strategic theorist who was national security adviser to President Jimmy Carter in the tumultuous years of the Iran hostage crisis and the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan in the late 1970s, died on Friday at a hospital in Virginia. He was 89.

His death, at Inova Fairfax Hospital in Falls Church, was announced on Friday by his daughter, Mika Brzezinski, a co-host of the MSNBC program “Morning Joe.”

Like his predecessor Henry A. Kissinger, Mr. Brzezinski was a foreign-born scholar (he in Poland, Mr. Kissinger in Germany) with considerable influence in global affairs, both before and long after his official tour of duty in the White House. In essays, interviews and television appearances over the decades, he cast a sharp eye on six successive administrations, including that of Donald J. Trump, whose election he did not support and whose foreign policy, he found, lacked coherence.’

Read more: Former US national security adviser Brzezinski dies at 89

‘Tony Blair acted as go-between between a controversial Chinese businessmen now being sought by Interpol and the Abu Dhabi royal family, helping the entrepreneur raise billions of dollars, a report in China has alleged.

The former prime minister was alleged to have travelled with Guo Wengui on a private jet on a trip paid for by the businessman for a meeting between the two parties in 2013, respected business magazine Caixin reported on Thursday.

Mr Guo, who is also known as Miles Kwok, was introduced by Mr Blair to “key Abu Dhabi figures” including the Crown Prince, Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the report said.

Mr Guo later received $3 billion (£2.3 billion) from his new contacts to help with future business deals, Caixin claimed.’

Read more: Tony Blair was ‘go-between’ for Chinese tycoon sought by Interpol as bribe suspect