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N. Korea says it has final approval for nuclear attack on US

N. Korea says it has final approval for nuclear attack on US

North Korean army says it has final approval for nuclear attack on the US, the official KCNA news agency says. This comes shortly after the Pentagon said the US military prepares to deploy an advanced missile-defense system to Guam. “The merciless operation of (our) revolutionary armed forces in this regard has been finally examined and […]

‘More dangerous than SARS’: Scientists warn of deadly new coronavirus

‘More dangerous than SARS’: Scientists warn of deadly new coronavirus

Chinese scientists have said that a new coronavirus, which has already killed 11, appears to be deadlier than SARS. The new virus, originating in the Middle East, can affect many different organs and kill cells more rapidly than SARS. The infectious disease strongly resembles Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS), which killed 800 people in 2002 […]

Eurozone finance ministers approve bailout deal for Cyprus

Eurozone finance ministers approve bailout deal for Cyprus

The Eurogroup has approved a deal on a €10 billion bailout for Cyprus, struck early Monday in Brussels. Cyprus avoids exiting the eurozone, but will have its second largest bank closed with heavy losses expected for big depositors. “The size of financial assistance will amount to 10 billion euro,” Eurogroup president Jeroen Dijsselbloem has announced at a […]

Palestinians deserve an independent and sovereign state and an end to occupation by Israel – Obama

Palestinians deserve an independent and sovereign state and an end to occupation by Israel – Obama

American President Barack Obama confirms the US is committed to creating two independent states, Israel and Palestine, whatever time it takes to reach the goal. Obama stressed direct talks between Palestinians and Israelis is the only way to do so. Obama spoke at a news conference in the West Bank with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud […]

US B-52s imitate nuclear bombing of North Korea

US B-52s imitate nuclear bombing of North Korea

In a bid to intimidate North Korea and draw attention to the US military’s capabilities, American B-52 bombers – which are capable of carrying out nuclear strikes – are practicing over South Korea. The move is in response to rising tensions after North Korea conducted its third successful nuclear test last month. This month’s first […]

High cost of cheap energy: Fukushima tragedy 2 years on

High cost of cheap energy: Fukushima tragedy 2 years on

Two years after the Fukushima disaster, much of the clean-up effort is still ‘theoretical’, survivors go to court for compensation and thousands march against nuclear power, while the government gives up on the phase-out promise. Experts estimate closing the damaged Fukushima reactors down will cost around US$15 billion and will take about 30 to 40 […]

North Korea cuts hotline with South following threats

North Korea cuts hotline with South following threats

Pyongyang has cut a key communication hotline with South Korea, Seoul’s Unification Ministry said Monday. The tensions between the neighbors have once again flared after the UN adopted a fresh round of tough sanctions against North Korea. According to the Unification Ministry, attempts to contact the North by telephone at 9am failed. The hotline is […]

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