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Latest North Korea launch unlikely to break stalemate in US diplomatic talks
MicroStockHub/iStock (NEW YORK) -- North Korea fired two short-range projectiles into the Sea of Japan early Friday morning according to South Korea’s military, marking North Korea's sixth round of short-range missile testing in less than a month. The launch began just hours after North Korea rejected further dialogue with Seoul, citing its frustration with joint U.S.-South Korean military exercises in the region. South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff said the projectiles were launched into the Sea of Japan at around 8:01 and 8:16 a.m. local time, and both flew about 143 miles at an altitude of 18 miles. The officials...
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Greenland responds to reports Trump talked about buying the territory
fpdress/iStock (WASHINGTON) -- The Greenland Ministry of Foreign Affairs responded to reports that President Donald Trump had talked about the possibility of buying the territory."Greenland is rich in valuable resources such as minerals, the purest water and ice, fish stocks, seafood, renewable energy and is a new frontier for adventure tourism," the ministry's account tweeted Thursday morning. "We're open for business, not for sale." #Greenland is rich in valuable resources such as minerals, the purest water and ice, fish stocks, seafood, renewable energy and is a new frontier for adventure tourism. We're open for business, not for sale❄️🗻🐳🦐🇬🇱 learn more...
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'There is no turning back': Another weekend of protests kick off in Hong Kong
LewisTsePuiLung/iStock (HONG KONG) -- Thousands of people stood elbow to elbow chanting "Power to the People!" on a humid night in central Hong Kong on Friday, as anti-government protests that began here in early June and led to a shutdown of the city's busy international airport this week showed no signs of slowing down. In the first of several protests planned for this weekend, demonstrators chanted "Stand with Hong Hong," a message they said was directed at the United States and the United Kingdom, the city's former colonial power which passed control of the city to China in 1997. Police...
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Nepal proposes new Mount Everest permit rules, but efficacy is questioned
Koonyongyut/iStock (NEW YORK) -- The Nepalese government proposed new requirements for climbers and guides to get permits to climb Mount Everest, following a deadly season on the world's highest mountain.The proposed rules include requiring a climber to have reached the summit of at least one peak above 21,325 feet (6,500 meters), and requiring a guide company to have at least three years experience organizing high-altitude climbs and charging a minimum to clients to avoid low-budget operations getting to the mountain."I think they're all good proposed changes and hopefully will prevent inexperienced climbers or inexperienced guide companies from getting up onto...
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July was the hottest month ever recorded on Earth in 140 years
rommma/iStock (NEW YORK) -- Scorching temperatures this year broke records, including July becoming the hottest month ever recorded on Earth, scientists said Thursday. The average global temperature in July was 1.71 degrees above the 20th century average of 60.4 degrees, the hottest temperature that month since scientists began keeping track 140 years ago, according to meteorologists at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).The previous hottest month on record was July 2016.The period from January through July was also the second-hottest year to date on record, tying with 2017. The global temperature during that time was 1.71 degrees above the...
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US applies to seize Iranian tanker held in Gibraltar
FILE photo. wissanu01/iStock (LONDON) — The U.S. government has requested to take control of an Iranian oil tanker held in Gibraltar.The Iranian oil tanker Grace 1 has been held in Gibraltar since it was seized by British forces in the Mediterranean last month. It was accused of heading to Syria which is in direct contravention of European Union sanctions.The government of Gibraltar was scheduled to order the release of the tanker in a Supreme Court hearing Thursday, according to local media. The court will now consider the US Department of Justice's application, with a decision set to be made at...
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Knife crime chicken shop campaign branded 'unfathomably stupid,' 'offensive'
Jobrestful/iStock (LONDON) -- A new campaign to raise awareness about the perils of carrying knives in chicken shops across the United Kingdom has been accused of peddling stereotypes and “bordering on racist” by lawmakers and campaigners. The government rolled out the #knifefree chicken boxes scheme Wednesday, which would replace the standard packaging in both independent and larger chains of chicken shops across the country. Over 321,000 chicken boxes will contain real life stories of young people who have abandoned knife crime to “pursue positive activities,” the Home Office said. Some lawmakers claimed, however, that the move was “offensive.”“Instead of investing...
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Saudi female activist rejected deal to deny being tortured in exchange for freedom: Family
:kutaytanir/iStock (WASHINGTON) -- Loujain al Hathloul, who has been imprisoned in Saudi Arabia since May 2018 for her work promoting women's rights in the kingdom, including defying the previous ban on women driving, has turned down a deal to be released.According to her family, she received an offer recently to finally secure her freedom, but only if she denied being tortured while in custody.Her brother, Walid al Hathloul, tweeted Tuesday that officials visited her in prison and asked her to sign a document to deny ever being tortured. On a third visit, they added a new request -- to appear...
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23 injured when Russian jet makes emergency landing in corn field after striking birds
FILE photo. Fotokot197/iStock (MOSCOW) -- A Russian jet carrying 226 passengers and seven crew members made an emergency landing in the middle of a corn field near Moscow after colliding with birds shortly after takeoff.Ural Airlines flight 178 from Moscow to Simferopol in Crimea suffered "significant interruptions" in the jet's engines, according to Russia's Federal Air Transport Agency. The pilots were forced to land the plane in a field adjacent to Zhukovsky International Airport."On takeoff, after separation from the runway, the plane crashed into a flock of gulls, whose entry into the engines led to significant interruptions," a representative of...
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What we know -- and don't -- about the mysterious Russian nuclear-propelled missile explosion
macky_ch/iStock (MOSCOW) -- The explosion of a suspected Russian nuclear-powered cruise missile last week has caused a lot of confusion and anxiety, fueled in part by Russian authorities' continuing secrecy around the accident.Russia has provided few details known about the blast, which a U.S. official told ABC News "likely" took place during a test on the missile, named the SSX-C-9 Skyfall by NATO and as the 9M370 Burevestnik (Storm Petrel) by Russia.What we knowThere was a spike in radiation immediately after the explosion on Friday, briefly elevating levels up to 16 times higher than normal in a city 20 miles...
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Hong Kong International Airport resumes flights after two days of cancellations
josephmok/iStock (HONG KONG) -- Flights resumed at the Hong Kong International Airport on Wednesday after two days of paralyzing protests that spiraled into violence and chaos. Although the airport was open, authorities limited access to the main terminal to employees and ticketed passengers only. A few dozen demonstrators remained camped inside the arrivals terminal but the scene was quiet and calm compared to the previous night. The Hong Kong International Airport, one of the world's busiest and a major hub for the region, was forced to suspend check-in services and cancel hundreds of flights on Monday and Tuesday, as thousands...
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ASAP Rocky found guilty of assault but will not face prison time: Swedish prosecutors
DNY59/iStock (STOCKHOLM) -- Rapper A$AP Rocky was convicted of assault but will not face jail time, Swedish prosecutors announced on Wednesday. The hip-hop star was not present when the verdict was announced. He was facing up to two years in prison. A$AP Rocky and two of his companions -- performers Bladimir Corniel and David Rispers -- were accused of beating 19-year-old Mustafa Jafari on June 30 in Stockholm, where the rapper was visiting during the European leg of his tour. "All three defendants are convicted of assault and sentenced to conditional sentences," the statement said. "The court finds that the...
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