September 21, 2018

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New Pyongyang nuclear test feared as North Korea rocked by massive earthquake

New Pyongyang nuclear test feared as North Korea rocked by massive earthquakeAn earthquake has been detected in North Korea triggering fears that Pyongyang has conducted another nuclear test. According to the China's Earthquake Administration the earthquake measured 6.3 magnitude, The administration said there had been a massive explosion, suggesting that North Korea had carried out its sixth nuclear test. Another estimate said the earthquake was 5.2 magnitude. The authorities in Seoul also said they believed Kim Jong-un's regime may have performed a nuclear test. Only a few hours earlier North Korea has escalated tensions with a claim that it has developed a more advanced nuclear weapon with  "great destructive power" capable of fitting on an intercontinental ballistic missile. The official North Korean news agency, KCNA, said the hydrogen bomb was inspected by Kim Jong-un. Pictures showed Kim in black suit examining a metal casing with two bulges. It was a "thermonuclear weapon with super explosive power made by our own efforts and technology", KCNA said, with the agency adding that "all components of the H-bomb were 100 percent domestically made". Some have questioned whether Pyongyang has a working  H-bomb. North Koreas nuclear history: key moments But earlier this month, US intelligence is understood to have concluded that the rogue state has had produced a miniaturised nuclear warhead that could fit inside an ICBM. In January last year, Pyongyang boasted that  it had carried out a successful underground test of a miniaturised hydrogen bomb. However western analysts dismissed the claims saying the six-kiloton yield was too low for a thermonuclear device. If North Korea's claims are true, the ability to mount a warhead on a missile would be seen as a significant escalation, creating a risk that it was preparing for an attack. Pyongyang's latest announcement came a week after North Korea filed several short range missiles into the sea between the Korean peninsula and Japan. These missiles appeared to have either failed in flight or exploded immediately. The past few months have been punctuated by Pyongyang's missile tests. Intercontinental ballistic missile test launch map Last month North Korea launched a  Hwasong-12 intermediate-range ballistic missile which flew over Japan, triggering panic in the country and ratcheting up tension in the region. Earlier this month Pyongyang said it was "carefully examining" a plan to strike the US territory of Guam with missiles. Donald Trump warned that if the regime did so it would be met with "fire and fury like the world has never seen". At the same time the US has agreed to revise a treaty capping the development of South Korea's ballistic missiles. Agreement was reached between Donald Trump and his South Korean counterpart, President Moon Jae-in  as Washington sought to boost South Korea's ability to defend itself against its northern neighbour. Following Pyongyang's announcement, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe spoke with  Donald Trump by phone and said that in face of an "escalating" situation with North Korea that close cooperation between their countries, South Korea and China was needed.

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Trump hugs Harvey's victims in test of presidential mien

Trump hugs Harvey's victims in test of presidential mienBy Steve Holland HOUSTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump took up the mantle of "comforter-in-chief" in a visit to storm-wracked Houston as he played with children and served up food to evacuees from Hurricane Harvey, the first major natural disaster of his eight months in office. In a widely watched test of his presidential mien, Trump comforted victims and thanked volunteers and first responders after being criticized earlier in the week for not showing sufficient empathy to Texas residents during catastrophic flooding. Trump, 71, was joined by his wife, Melania, as he passed out food and hugged, kissed and played with children at the "kid zone" in Houston's NRG Center, a 700,000-square-foot (65,000 square meter) facility that was turned in to the city's largest emergency shelter.

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Upbeat Trump pitches in at shelter for Harvey victims

Upbeat Trump pitches in at shelter for Harvey victimsHOUSTON (AP) — President Donald Trump cupped a boy's face in his hands and then gave him a high-five. He snapped on latex gloves to hand out boxed lunches of hot dogs and potato chips. And he loaded relief supplies into vehicles, patted storm victims on the shoulder and declared the work "good exercise."

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North Korea says it has developed more-advanced hydrogen bomb: KCNA

North Korea says it has developed more-advanced hydrogen bomb: KCNABy Jack Kim SEOUL (Reuters) - North Korea said on Sunday it has developed a more advanced nuclear weapon that has "great destructive power" and leader Kim Jong Un inspected a hydrogen bomb that will be loaded on a new intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM). The report by North Korea's official KCNA news agency comes amid heightened regional tension following Pyongyang's test launch of two ICBM-class missiles in July that potentially had a range of about 10,000 km (6,200 miles) that could hit many parts of the mainland United States.

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Exclusive: Colombia's ELN says it killed Russian hostage; risks peace talks with government

Exclusive: Colombia's ELN says it killed Russian hostage; risks peace talks with governmentBy Helen Murphy and Luis Jaime Acosta NORTHWESTERN JUNGLES, Colombia (Reuters) - Colombia's ELN guerrilla group said a Russian-Armenian citizen it held hostage for six months was killed in April while trying to escape, a startling admission that risks throwing current peace talks with the government into jeopardy.  In a rare interview, a commander of the National Liberation Army, Colombia's last active guerrilla group, said that ransoms from kidnappings were necessary to keep its fighters in the field and that peace would be impossible without state funding to feed and clothe the rebels. The ELN seized Arsen Voskanyan in November. After his lengthy captivity, Voskanyan was shot when he grabbed a hand grenade in a bid to escape, according to the ELN commander, who would only give his nom-de-guerre Yerson.

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