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North Korea warns of nuclear test at any time
Asia, ENGLISH

North Korea warns of nuclear test at any time

    North Korea warned on Monday that it will carry out a nuclear test at any time and at any location set by its leadership, in the latest rhetoric to fuel jitters in the region. Tensions on the Korean peninsula have been running high for weeks, with signs that the North might be preparing a long-range missile launch or a sixth nuclear test and with Washington refusing to rule out a military strike in response. A spokesman for the North’s foreign ministry said Pyongyang was fully ready to respond to any option taken by the US. The regime will continue bolstering its preemptive nuclear attack capabilities unless Washington scrapped its hostile policies, he said in a statement carried by the state-run KCNA news agency. The DPRK’s measures for bolstering the nuclear force to the...
Labour figures urge party to pull out of crucial general election seats to help Greens
ENGLISH, United Kingdom

Labour figures urge party to pull out of crucial general election seats to help Greens

    Labour is being urged to form a pact with the Green Party to ensure the Tories do not win in a landslide come 8 June. Senior Labour figures, including former shadow cabinet minister Clive Lewis, musician Billy Bragg and ex-policy chief Jon Cruddas asked their party to stand aside in two seats where it has no realistic hope of winning, hoping the Greens would return the favour. The news comes after the Green Party pulled out of crucial election seats in Ealing and Brighton Kemptown to help Labour MP Rupa Huq beat the Conservatives. The two Labour seats at stake are in Brighton Pavilion, held by Green Party co-leader Caroline Lucas, and the Isle of Wight, where Tory MP Andrew Turner is standing down after reportedly railing against homosexuality to a group of A-level student...
Donald Trump praises North Korean leader as a smart cookie
America, ENGLISH

Donald Trump praises North Korean leader as a smart cookie

    Donald Trump is locked in a stand-off with North Korea’s erratic leader Kim Jong-un and a regime that appears intent on developing an arsenal of nuclear missiles. But in a candid exchange, that hints of his own insecurities as US president, Mr Trump on Sunday suggested he had some empathy with a young leader who took power unexpectedly while entrenched interests manoeuvred around him. People are saying is he sane? I have no idea, said Mr Trump in a wide-ranging interview with CBS News to mark 100 days in office. President Trump calls North Korean leader Kim Jong-un a pretty smart cookie; more on @FaceTheNation https://t.co/PxCxmqKc0z pic.twitter.com/p8zyU1tciM — CBS News (@CBSNews) April 30, 2017 I can tell you this: He was a young man of 26 or 27 when he took over from hi...
Tony Blair reveals why he’s returning to politics 20 years after 1997 victory
ENGLISH, United Kingdom

Tony Blair reveals why he’s returning to politics 20 years after 1997 victory

    Twenty years ago today Britain celebrated an election victory which brought the sparkling hope of New Labour and the youngest Prime Minister in a century. It seemed anything was possible and, as the soundtrack to the party’s election campaign promised, things really could only get better. In today’s Daily Mirror Tony Blair marks the anniversary of his epic 1997 landslide victory over John Major with the extraordinary revelation he is returning to UK politics . For a man who sparked huge anger – revulsion even – over his decision to follow America into war in Iraq, it is a bold move. This Brexit thing has given me a direct motivation to get more involved in the politics, he passionately declares. You need to get your hands dirty and I will. Yes, he’s back. He sounds genuine...
Democrats say they now know exactly why Clinton lost
America, ENGLISH

Democrats say they now know exactly why Clinton lost

    Many Democrats have a shorthand explanation for Clinton's defeat: Her base didn't turn out, Donald Trump's did and the difference was too much to overcome. But new information shows that Clinton had a much bigger problem with voters who had supported President Barack Obama in 2012 but backed Trump four years later. Those Obama-Trump voters effectively accounted for more than two-thirds of the reason Clinton lost, according to Matt Canter, a senior vice president of the Democratic political firm Global Strategy Group. In his group's analysis, about 70 percent of Clinton's failure to reach Obama's vote total in 2012 was because she lost these voters. Canter and other members of Global Strategy Group have delivered a detailed report of their findings to senators, congressmen,...