December 19, 2018

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North Korea's Kim holds off on Guam missile plan; Seoul says will prevent war by all means

North Korea's Kim holds off on Guam missile plan; Seoul says will prevent war by all meansBy Christine Kim and Idrees Ali SEOUL/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - North Korea's leader has delayed a decision on firing missiles towards Guam while he watches U.S. actions a little longer, the North's state media said on Tuesday, as South Korea's president said Seoul would seek to prevent war by all means. Signs of easing in tension on the Korean peninsula helped stock markets rally for a second day running even as the United States and South Korea prepared for more joint military drills and experts warned North Korea could still proceed with its provocative plan.

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North Korea delays Guam missile firing, U.S. says dialogue up to Kim

North Korea delays Guam missile firing, U.S. says dialogue up to KimBy Christine Kim and Yeganeh Torbati SEOUL/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has delayed a decision on firing missiles toward Guam while he waits to see what the United States does, the North's state media reported on Tuesday as the United States said any dialogue was up to Kim. The United States and South Korea have prepared for more joint military drills, which has infuriated the North, and experts warned Pyongyang could still go ahead with a provocative plan.

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NASA: let's say something to Voyager 1 on 40th anniversary of launch

NASA: let's say something to Voyager 1 on 40th anniversary of launchNASA is seeking suggestions from the public for a message to beam far, far out into space to the probe Voyager 1 in time for the 40th anniversary of its launch. NASA said on its website that people have until August 15 to make submissions of a maximum of 60 characters. NASA, its Jet Propulsion Laboratory and the Voyager team will cull them, and the public will vote to pick the winner to send toward Voyager 1 on September 5.

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Protesters denounce Trump's first presidential NY home visit

Protesters denounce Trump's first presidential NY home visitAfter making a brief stop at the White House, the Republican commander-in-chief is spending several days in his Manhattan triplex before returning to his golf club in Bedminster, New Jersey to finish out his first summer vacation as president. "No Trump, no KKK, no Fascist USA!" the group chanted.

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North Korean leader Kim Jong-un to watch ‘reckless Yankees’ a bit longer before deciding on Guam attack

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un to watch ‘reckless Yankees’ a bit longer before deciding on Guam attackNorth Korean leader Kim Jong-un has been briefed on a plan to fire missiles towards the US territory of Guam, home to US air and naval bases, Pyongyang's state media said early on Tuesday morning. Mr Kim "examined the plan for a long time" and "discussed it" with commanding officers on Monday during his inspection of the command of the Strategic Force in charge of the North's missile units, according to the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA). The state-run news agency said Mr Kim would watch the actions of the United States for a while longer before making a decision. "The United States, which was the first to bring numerous strategic nuclear equipment near us, should first make the right decision and show through actions if they wish to ease tensions on the Korean peninsula and prevent a dangerous military clash," Mr Kim was cited as saying. "He said that if the Yankees persist in their extremely dangerous reckless actions on the Korean peninsula and in its vicinity, testing the self-restraint of the DPRK, the latter will make an important decision as it already declared," the report said. North Korean leader Kim Jong Un visits the Command of the Strategic Force of the Korean People's Army (KPA) in an unknown location in North Korea Credit: Reuters Mr Kim's remarks would appear to bring into play the large-scale military exercises held every year by South Korea and the United States that are expected to kick off later this month. The North has always denounced the drills as provocative rehearsals for invasion and has in the past offered a moratorium on further nuclear and missile testing in exchange for their cancellation - a trade-off promoted by Pyongyang's main ally China, but repeatedly rejected by Washington and Seoul. Some analysts said the North Korean leader was seeking a similar quid-pro-quo this time around, using the Guam missile threat as leverage. "This is a direct invitation to talk reciprocal constraints on exercises and missile launches," said Adam Mount, senior fellow at the Centre for American Progress. North Korea nuclear grid Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said on Tuesday he agreed with President Donald Trump during a telephone call that their top priority on North Korea was to do what they could to halt its missile launches. "Through a firm partnership between Japan and the U.S. and cooperating with China, Russia and the international community we agreed that our priority was to work to ensure that North Korea doesn't launch more missiles," Mr Abe told reporter after he spoke to Trump. Mr Abe said he also praised a commitment by Mr Trump that the United States would ensure the security of U.S. allies in the region as threats from North Korea intensify. "President Trump reaffirmed that the United States stands ready to defend and respond to any threat or actions taken by North Korea against the United States or its allies, South Korea and Japan," the White House said in a statement. The standoff has sparked global alarm, with world leaders including Chinese President Xi Jinping urging calm on both sides. North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is seen being applauded at a performance in Pyongyang, in footage released on Tuesday Credit: AP South Korean President Moon Jae-In weighed in on Tuesday, saying Seoul would avoid a second Korean War at all costs. "Military action on the Korean Peninsula can only be decided by the Republic of Korea and no one may decide to take military action without the consent of the Republic of Korea," Moon said. But he added there could be no dialogue before the North halts its "nuclear and missile provocations". On Monday, James Mattis, the US defence secretary, said if North Korean missiles were considered to be a threat to Guam "then it's game on". He added: "We will try and do our best to make sure it does not hit the United States." Pyongyang's plans for the strike near Guam prompted a surge in tensions in the region last week, with President Donald Trump warning he would unleash "fire and fury" on North Korea if it threatened the US. Map: Guam in relation to North Korea  

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Anthony Scaramucci rips Steve Bannon on 'Late Show with Stephen Colbert': 'If it was up to me, he'd be gone'

Anthony Scaramucci rips Steve Bannon on 'Late Show with Stephen Colbert': 'If it was up to me, he'd be gone'"The Mooch" just fired a shot at Steve Bannon.  Appearing on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert on Monday night, Trump's very short-lived communications director Anthony Scaramucci accused chief strategist Steve Bannon of leaking and said he'd have him booted from the White House. SEE ALSO: Anthony Scaramucci is coming back, and if his recent tweets are a hint, it's going to be intense "Well if it was up to me, he would be gone," Scaramucci said. "But it's not up to me."  TONIGHT: Anthony #TheMooch @Scaramucci is here and he's revealing who he would front-stab if he was still in the White House. #LSSC — The Late Show (@colbertlateshow) August 15, 2017 The revelation came following a discussion about Scaramucci's relationship with ex-White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus, in which Colbert asked about a less-than-flattering photo of the pair. "That's a rough photo," the former White House communications director said. Colbert then quizzed Scaramucci if his job was to "get to rid of [Priebus] and Sean Spicer." "I don't want to say it that way," Scaramucci replied. But Colbert pressed, and asked him to "say it like the Mooch" and to "give me some Mooch," which is now your new way to demand gossip. "So 'The Mooch' of Long Island would say there's no love lost there, I mean, look at the picture, right?" Scaramucci said.  "The weird thing about my relationship with Reince is that we were actually pretty good friends when I was a political donor writing checks to the RNC, but once I became part of the administration, or whatever reason, it was a little more adversarial." It's not where you've been, it's where you are going. — Anthony Scaramucci (@Scaramucci) August 14, 2017 Colbert also asked about Trump's reaction to the deadly events in Charlottesville, which has been criticized for not being damning enough against members of the alt-right, neo-Nazis, and other white supremacists. "I know him as a compassionate person … it’s a super-tough job, he made a step to give up which was a luxurious lifestyle," Scaramucci said.  "Who cares? We're supposed to feel bad for a guy because he gave up his billion-dollar lifestyle to be the most powerful man in the world?" Colbert responded. And somehow, we got to the topic of Colbert asking why "The Mooch" has never attempted to suck his own, well, you know what — in relation to that infamous quote relating to Bannon. "Eddie Murphy said if he could do that, he would never leave the house," he said. "No, I'm not capable of doing it." WATCH: Drogon could totally sniff Targaryen blood running through Jon Snow's veins

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