May 11, 2021

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Key facts about Guam, the center of US-North Korea tension

Key facts about Guam, the center of US-North Korea tensionHAGATNA, Guam (AP) — The North Korean army's announcement that it is examining operational plans for attacking Guam after rising tensions with President Donald Trump has brought more global attention to the tiny U.S. territory in the Pacific than it has had in decades. Here is a rundown on the island and it strategic importance.

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Nagasaki mayor pleads for end to nuclear threat on bomb anniversary

Nagasaki mayor pleads for end to nuclear threat on bomb anniversaryNagasaki must be the last place to suffer an atomic bombing, its mayor said Wednesday, marking 72 years since the devastating American nuclear attack on the Japanese city with a passionate call for denuclearisation. The anniversary comes as tensions over North Korea's rogue weapons programme and increasingly bellicose rhetoric from United States president Donald Trump rattle the region and put nuclear threats in the spotlight. "A strong sense of anxiety is spreading across the globe that in the not too distant future these weapons could actually be used again," said Mayor Tomihisa Taue at a ceremony at Nagasaki Peace Park.

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Colorectal cancer rates rising in white Americans under 55

Colorectal cancer rates rising in white Americans under 55The number of white Americans under 55 dying from colorectal cancer has been increasing since the mid-2000s after decades of downward movement, new research published Tuesday showed, though rates among other races remained static or declined. Researchers from the American Cancer Society examined mortality rates among 20-54 year olds between 1970 and 2014 using data from the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS), a period in which 242,637 people died of the disease. From 1970 to 2004, the overall mortality rate decreased from 6.3 to 3.9 per 100,000 before rising again by one percent per year and reaching 4.3 per 100,000 in 2014, according to the study which was published in Journal of the American Medical Association.

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Guam's residents 'unnerved' as island wakes up to North Korea's threats

Guam's residents 'unnerved' as island wakes up to North Korea's threatsThe inhabitants of Guam were shocked to wake up on Wednesday to the news that they are being targeted by North Korean ballistic missiles, although the local government has reassured local people that the Pacific island is "prepared for any eventuality". In a release just hours after US President Donald Trump threatened that any North Korean attack would be met with "fire and fury", Pyongyang's state media said its military was "carefully examining the operational plan for making an enveloping fire at the areas around Guam". The North's threat is to use medium-to-long-range Hwasong-12 missiles and is the latest and most specific threat directed against the US. Navy vessels are moored in port at the U.S. Naval Base Guam at Apra Harbo Credit: Reuters Jackie Hanson, a US national living on Guam, told The Telegraph that the situation is "very unnerving". "This is a small island with limited resources and we rely on imports for pretty much everything", she said. "If anything was to go wrong then it would upset the whole way of life for everyone living here for a long time". Ms Hanson said she had heard no discussions of people wanting to leave Guam in the face of North Korea's threats, although she conceded that might change if tensions continue to rise. "The sense right now is that there is concern and that we need to keep up to speed on what is happening, but right now there is no need to take a different course of action", she added. Governor of Guam reassures the island's residents after North Korea threat 00:48 Eddie Baza Calvo, the governor of Guam, sought to reassure the island's residents. "I know we woke up to media reports of North Korea's talk of revenge on the United States and this so-called new-found technology that allows them to target Guam", Mr Calvo said. "I want to reassure the people of Guam that currently there is no threat to our island or the Marianas. "My Homeland Security advisor, who is in communications with Homeland Security and [the] Department of Defence notes that there is no change in threat level resulting from North Korea events", he said, adding that "there are several levels of defence all strategically placed to protect our island and our nation. "Additionally, I have reached out to the White House this morning", Mr Calvo said. "An attack or threat to Guam is a threat or attack on the United States. They have said that America will be defended". Mr Calvo has nevertheless called an emergency meeting of military and political leaders to discuss the readiness of locally based forces and first responders and has promised to pass on information concerning new developments to island residents. After many years of failure,countries are coming together to finally address the dangers posed by North Korea. We must be tough & decisive!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 8, 2017 In a statement that appeared to lay some of the blame for the rising tensions on Mr Trump, Congresswoman Madeleine Z. Bordallo said: "While we have heard threats like this in the past, I take them very seriously and continue to engage with our DOD partners to ensure that Guam and our people remain safe. "However, these recent threats make it imperative for President Trump to work with the international community, especially with China and other stakeholders in the region, to de-escalate these tensions. "The president’s tweet earlier today is concerning and unhelpful and does not lay out a clear strategy on how he will address the growing threats from North Korea", she said.  "Kim Jong-un's reckless behaviour cannot be tolerated, and I strongly urge the president to explore every avenue to peacefully respond to it and avoid further escalating this situation." At just over 2,100 miles from North Korea, Guam is home to three key US military installations, including Andersen Air Force Base. Two US Air Force B-1B Lancer bombers took off from Andersen on Monday to carry out a 10-hour mission in collaboration with Japanese and South Korean air assets. The bombers were escorted over the Korean Peninsula in a show of force aimed at North Korea. At a glance | Guam  

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