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‘North Korea test-fired a ballistic missile in the early hours of Saturday morning, reports in South Korea said, amid rising military tensions with the US.

The missile, launched from a region north of the capital, Pyongyang, appeared to have blown up a few seconds into flight, South Korea’s Yonhap news agency said.

US officials said the missile did not leave North Korean territory and was probably a medium-range missile known as a KN-17.

It was the second failed test of a ballistic missile this month and came amid a flurry of rhetoric from North Korea warning of “imminent” war against the US.’

Read more: North Korea ‘tests ballistic missile’ amid reports Pyongyang stating war ‘imminent’

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‘Russia has urged Washington and Seoul to reconsider their decision to station THAAD anti-missile system on the Korean Peninsula, warning that it will serve a “destabilizing factor” that could tip the existing military balance in the tense region.

Speaking in front of the UN Security Council just hours before North Korea reportedly conducted its second failed ballistic missile test this month, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Gennady Gatilov noted that placing THAAD anti-missiles on North Korean borders will serve as “additional destabilizing factor in the region.”

Gatilov said that the deployment of Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) was made “in line with the vicious logic of creating a global missile shield.” But the missile defense system deployment, he warned, is also undermining security and deterrent powers of adjacent states, such as China, thus threatening “the existing military balance in the region.”’

Read more: ‘Destabilizing factor’: Russia urges US and South Korea to reconsider THAAD anti-missiles deployment

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‘The United States will seek talks with North Korea over the reclusive state’s nuclear weapons programme, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has said.

He is meeting with key allies Japan and South Korea before chairing a ministerial meeting of the UN Security Council.

It comes after President Donald Trump warned a “major, major conflict” between the two countries was “absolutely” possible.

Mr Trump has ramped up international tensions in recent weeks after declaring he would solve the North Korea problem with or without China’s help.

During a visit to Seoul last week, Vice-President Mike Pence declared that the “era of strategic patience” was over and “all options” were being considered.’

Read more: US wants North Korea nuclear talks, says Rex Tillerson

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‘As reported Monday, April 25 on almost all mainstream and alternate news sites, Britain’s Defense Minister Michael Fallon has openly declared that his country will carry out a preemptive nuclear strike even if not attacked, as such:

“In the most extreme circumstances we have made it very clear that you can’t rule out the use of nuclear weapons as a first strike.”

Michael Fallon, BBC Today, 4-25-17

This is very serious and no longer simply rhetorical, as the Russians responded to the effect that the UK could be wiped off the face of the globe if they were to provoke the wrong party. The U.S. now has a submarine in position in South Korea that is carrying Tomahawks armed with nuclear warheads and the American Naval armada continues to sail toward the region. The North Koreans have been conducting artillery drills, as South Korea and Japan are preparing their citizens for war to break out. The United States just test-launched an ICBM from California that splashed into the South Pacific.’

Read more: At The Threshold Of War: ‘The Choice Is Not Up To Us Anymore… It Is Being Decided Upon At This Very Moment’

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‘As the sabre rattling against Syria gets ever louder, the allegations ever wilder and double standards, stirring, plotting and terrorist financing (sorry: “aiding the legitimate opposition”) neon lit, it is instructive to look at the justifications presented by US Administrations for a few other murderous incursions in recent history.

This month is the twenty third anniversary of the US invasion of Panama on 20th December 1989, as Panamanians prepared their Christmas celebrations. A quick check reminds the late Philip Agee recalling President George H.W. Bush telling the American people that the threat from Panama (pop: 3,571,185 – 2011) was such that: “our way of life is at stake.” Agee referred to this in his aptly named talk “Producing the Proper Crisis.”(i) Apt then as now. Nothing changes.

The aim of the invasion was to capture the country’s leader General Manuel Noriega and, of course, to: “establish a democratic government.” Regime change.’

Read more: America’s Hype over WMD: Five Invasion Plots, Three Continents, Identical Lies

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‘Israeli authorities are planning to build some 15,000 new settlements in East Jerusalem, Reuters and local media reported, citing the Housing Ministry. Palestinian authorities condemned the decision, calling it the “deliberate sabotage” of peace talks.

The Housing Ministry and the Jerusalem Municipality are working on the plan, with proposals for 25,000 homes in Jerusalem, 15,000 of which would be in East Jerusalem, Housing Minister Yoav Galant told Israeli Radio, Reuters reports. The authorities plan to implement the project within two years, he added.

“We will build 10,000 units in Jerusalem and some 15,000 within the [extended] municipal boundaries of Jerusalem. It will happen,” he said.’

Read more: Israel plans construction of 15,000 new settlements in East Jerusalem

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‘German Chancellor Angela Merkel said France’s Emmanuel Macron will make a “strong president” if he wins the May 7 runoff election against Marine Le Pen, a prospect that she explicitly backed.

Asked whether a victorious Macron would have to prove that he’s not a “poodle” to Germany, Merkel called the expression “simply absurd” in an interview with German media group Redaktionsnetzwerk Deutschland.

“I don’t have the slightest doubt that Emmanuel Macron will be a strong president if he’s elected, which I would wish for,” Merkel told RND in an interview published Friday.’

Read more: Merkel Endorses Macron, Saying He’d Make a Strong French President

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‘On stage in a stadium in Soweto, the township at the heart of the uprising against apartheid, South Africa’s president, in a green and gold leather jacket, was dancing a Zulu war jig.

A court order against ‘hate speech’ meant Jacob Zuma, a former cattle herder, was banned from singing his favourite ‘liberation’ songs, including Bring Me My Machine Gun and Shoot The Boer.

But, after listening to speeches in which a succession of obsequious cronies described him as a ‘giant’ alongside African leaders such as Nelson Mandela, Zuma delighted supporters at his 75th birthday celebrations a few days ago with fiery rhetoric instead — and in doing so sounded the death knell for the Rainbow Nation.’

Read more: Is South Africa heading for civil war? The country is lurching ever closer to conflict as its volatile Zulu president vows to seize land from whites – while Afrikaner fighters train in the bush

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‘Top European Union leaders are expected to offer full EU membership to Northern Ireland on the condition that it abandons the UK to become part of the Republic of Ireland.

Ulster’s post-Brexit future is expected to be one of the central and most controversial issues to be discussed by top EU officials at a Brussels summit this weekend.

During the meeting EU leaders are expected to approve a list of their Brexit negotiation demands.

The Daily Mail reports that the final draft of the text is likely to include a proposition that Northern Ireland could keep its EU membership if it chooses to leave Britain and merge with Ireland.

The proposition would resemble a similar deal that was offered to East Germany (GDR) after the fall of the Berlin Wall.’

Read more: Europe could tempt Northern Ireland to leave UK in exchange for EU membership

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‘As President Obama came under fire for scheduling a $400,000 speaking gig at a Wall Street firm next fall, he pocketed the same amount for a speech Thursday night for A&E Networks.

During the speech at the Pierre Hotel in New York City, Obama delivered a sly dig at his successor’s prolific tweeting.

Obama was asked how he coped with frustrating moments as president, and responded: ‘By not having a Twitter account.’

Read more: Obama takes a shot at Trump’s tweeting as he is paid $400,000 AGAIN for another major speaking gig

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‘The ratification of Montenegro’s NATO membership by a parliamentary vote instead of a referendum is a violation of democratic norms, Russia’s Foreign Ministry said, adding that Moscow reserves the right to protect its national security after the move.

Russia’s Foreign Ministry has expressed “deep regret that the current leadership of [Montenegro] and its Western backers didn’t heed the voice of conscience and reason.”

“The adoption of fundamental acts, affecting the key issues of state security, by the vote of individual MPs on the basis of a formal majority without taking into account the opinion of the country’s people is a demonstrative act of violation of all democratic norms and principles,” the statement read.’

Read more: Montenegro defies democracy by ratifying NATO membership without referendum – Moscow

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‘A veteran Tory MP was forced to resign last night after telling a group of students that being gay is ‘dangerous to society’.

Andrew Turner, a former Conservative Party vice-chairman, dramatically quit as MP for the Isle of Wight just hours after details emerged of his conversation with politics students at Christ the King College in Newport.

Mr Turner, 63, is also said to have told the group of A-level students homosexuality is ‘wrong’.
Tory high command acted swiftly after being alerted to the row.

Conservative chief whip Gavin Williamson rang Mr Turner to establish the facts and he was told to resign hours later.’

Read more: Tory MP QUITS just hours after A level student claims he told her class that ‘homosexuality is wrong and a danger to society’

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‘The decision to undergo a double mastectomy is not one that is made lightly, but it is one that countless women have had to face over the years. The number of women undergoing the procedure has increased dramatically since 2013, when famed actress Angelina Jolie revealed that she’d had both of her breasts removed due to a mutated BRCA1 gene — which can purportedly increase the risk of breast cancer by 87 percent.

Millions of women have rushed to get testing of their own, and many have had their breasts removed as a result. But new research from Stanford University School of Medicine has shown that many of these women went under the knife for one simple reason — and it wasn’t cancer. In fact, it is supposedly because their doctors had “misunderstood” their genetic testing panels. Indeed, the scientists say that approximately half of all women who had their breasts removed didn’t need to have the surgery at all.’

Read more: Women being CONNED into unnecessary double mastectomies by doctors who misrepresent genetic testing, warns Stanford researchers

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‘There’s very little doubt among critics as to whether or not solitary confinement is torture. Nevertheless, the practice continues throughout many of the nation’s prisons. But when solitary confinement is combined with deprivation of the basic necessities of life, like water, a murder can take place. That’s what many people are calling what happened at the Milwaukee County Jail to Terrill Thomas.

Thomas was forced into solitary confinement and then his water was cut off — for over 7 days.

According to the Journal Sentinel, “Thomas started the weeklong stretch at the Milwaukee County Jail belligerent and loud, the result of an untreated mental illness, prosecutors said. But as the days wore on, he grew weak and dehydrated. He lost nearly 35 pounds and turned quiet, never asking for or receiving medical attention.”’

Read more: Officers Deprive Man Water in Solitary for Seven Days And Dehydrate Him to Death

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‘Robots and artificial intelligence (AI) will replace humans in 50 percent of all jobs in just ten years, says Kai-Fu Lee, founder of venture capital firm Sinovation Ventures and a reputable Chinese technologist.

AI is the “singular thing that will be larger than all of human tech revolutions added together, including electricity, the industrial revolution, the internet, mobile internet – because AI is pervasive,” the technologist said at the Global Mobile Internet Conference in Beijing as quoted by CNBC.

According to Lee, AI represents the decision engine that would replace people. The tech expert stressed that its capabilities far exceed those of humanity.

The corporations, which Sinovation Ventures has invested in, can accomplish feats such as recognizing three million faces simultaneously or dispersing loans in eight seconds.’

Read more: Artificial intelligence to take over half of all jobs in next decade – China’s top techie

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‘On the sad occasion of the fiftieth year of the Israeli occupation of the West Bank, I will be writing a series of articles that will propose a number of peaceful people-to-people measures—which have been largely missing—that Israelis and Palestinians must take to bring an end to the occupation. This is the first article that addresses the critical role of Israeli and Palestinian women.

Historically, women have played a critical role in solving major violent conflicts that have lasted for years, if not decades. Although Israeli and Palestinian women have protested in the past against the occupation, it was on a small scale and their voices were drowned by the intense resistance of the powerful settlement movement. While there is a majority of Israelis and Palestinians who consistently want an end to the conflict, neither the Netanyahu government nor the Palestinian Authority have pursued policies consistent with the requirements to reach a peace agreement. It is time for Israeli and Palestinian women to raise their voices en masse and demand peace now, and be prepared to resort to any peaceful measure to that end, regardless of how taxing and long this process may be.’

Read more: Illegal Occupation: Israeli and Palestinian Women Must Raise the Banner of Revolt

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‘Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi has signed into law a bill that has recently been approved in the parliament to grant him more powers concerning appointments in the country’s judiciary.

The president endorsed amendments to Judicial Authority Law, which would now enable him to pick the most senior members of the country’s judicial system, local media reported on Friday.

The new law allows the president to appoint the heads of judicial bodies, including the Court of Cassation, the State Council, the Administrative Prosecution Authority, and the State Lawsuits Authority.

The president will be able to pick from three candidates nominated by each judicial council.’

Read more: Egypt’s president endorses new legislation granting him more powers

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‘Police have launched an investigation after baton-wielding officers were caught on camera repeatedly beating a teenager.

The footage shows a boy being forced to lie on the ground by three Metropolitan police officers, while one of them repeatedly hits him with a baton.

The officers can be heard shouting for the boy to release his hands so that they are in full sight.’

Read more: Police pin teen to ground, beat him with baton in shocking footage 

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‘Tanzanian President John Magufuli on Friday fired nearly 10,000 civil servants accused of having falsified academic qualifications to get their jobs.

The civil servants have been given 15 days to leave their jobs or risk jail terms of up to seven years.

Speaking in the capital, Dodoma, Magufuli described the 9,932 officials as “robbers and shoplifters” and ordered them to “immediately disappear from their work stations.”

“The 9,932 employees recruited on the basis of false diplomas will not receive their salary for this month of April and have to leave their positions immediately,” Magufuli said.’

Read more: Tanzania fires 10,000 civil servants over fake documents

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‘Dozens of people have sustained injuries when clashes broke out between Palestinians demonstrating in solidarity with prisoners on an open-ended hunger strike in Israeli jails and Israeli military forces across the occupied West Bank.

Local sources, speaking on condition of anonymity, said Palestinians staged rallies in front of the Israeli-run Ofer prison in the West Bank city of Betunia, Qalandiya checkpoint north of Jerusalem al-Quds, the towns of Silwad and Sinjil, as well as the small village of Nabi Salih on Friday, Arabic-language Palestine al-Yawm news agency reported.

Violent confrontations also erupted in the towns of Beita, Naqurah, Beit Furik, Beit Ummar, New Askar refugee camp on the outskirts of Nablus as well as Arrub refugee camp in the southern West Bank.

Israeli soldiers used tear gas and fired live and rubber-coated steel bullets to disperse the crowd.’

Read more: Dozens of Palestinians injured in clashes with Israeli soldiers

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‘Russia has expressed its deep concern over the violence in the Macedonian parliament, blaming the opposition’s “foreign patrons” for the Thursday attack.

“Such fast and coordinated reaction is an indisputable proof that what’s happened (in Skopje) had been planned in advance and had an unofficial blessing of foreign patrons of the Macedonian opposition,” Alexei Zaitsev from the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

Zaitsev also stressed that “a gross interference into internal affairs of this country” was once again the main reason of the current Macedonian crisis.

He also stressed the importance of an internal political dialogue, urging foreign countries not to interfere.’

Read more: Russia blames outside interference for Macedonian parliament violence

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