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Even if sanctions bite, will North Korea give up its nukes? Even if sanctions bite, will North Korea give up its nukes?
- August 12, 2017

China's foreign minister said on Sunday it would be not be easy to restart six-party talks about North Korea's nuclear programme and missile tests, but dialogue was necessary and all sides should work towards that goal. His remarks followed a rare exchange on Sunday between the foreign ministers of the two Koreas on the sidelines of the Manila forum, during which the North's Ri Yong-Ho showed no signs his nation had been intimidated by the latest rounds of sanctions. (more...)
FTSE falls as North Korea details strike plan
- August 12, 2017

Global stock markets have sunk further into the red after Donald Trump ratcheted up his fiery rhetoric over North Korea's nuclear threats. It also outlined detailed plans for a missile strike near Guam, which is more than 3,000 km (2,000 miles) to the southeast of North Korea and home to about 163,000 people, a U.S. (more...)
Guam Governor Says Trump Told Him North Korea Threats Will Increase Tourism Guam Governor Says Trump Told Him North Korea Threats Will Increase Tourism
- August 12, 2017

Trump tweeted: "Military solutions are now fully in place, locked and loaded, should North Korea act unwisely. We've got 95 per cent occupancy and after all this stuff comes down we're going to have 110 per cent occupancy". "I think Guam is being used as a kind of pawn in this game", said Robert Underwood, president of the University of Guam. I take issue with your editorial that includes a description of "residents of Guam glancing nervously skyward" (" Alternative fact of the Week: ... (more...)
Need solar eclipse glasses? Need solar eclipse glasses?
- August 12, 2017

NASA, meantime, has issued an alert about glasses sold by third-party vendors online, where you can't guarantee they are the real thing and meet the sun blockage standards. "The concern with the eclipse is that when it is in the partial phase, the natural reflex to shy away from looking at the sun is reduced, and that is risky because of the possibility of developing solar retinopathy, which can occur without the person knowing it", he said. (more...)
Obama Boasted the US Could Destroy North Korea — FLASHBACK Obama Boasted the US Could Destroy North Korea — FLASHBACK
- August 12, 2017

Mr. Obama's comments followed North Korea's fourth nuclear bomb test on January 6, their launch of a long-range rocket on February 7, and a submarine-launched ballistic missile test on April 23. The United States' only option is to stop threatening North Korea's existence, accept it as a sovereign country, and open direct negotiations leading to trade and a true peace with its southern neighbor and us. (more...)
Deep divisions in White House over North Korea Deep divisions in White House over North Korea
- August 12, 2017

A commitment to peace by the United States and North Korea is crucial. When we ran out of urban targets, we destroyed every hydroelectric and irrigation dam, flooding farmland and ruining crops. In this context, Tillerson used the weekend gathering of the ASEAN regional forum, Asia's biggest security group that also includes "outside" nations such as the United States, North Korea and Japan, to try to isolate Pyongyang by "drastically" reducing their dealings with it. (more...)
Half of Republicans would back postponing 2020 election if Trump proposed it Half of Republicans would back postponing 2020 election if Trump proposed it
- August 12, 2017

His administration has discussed other moves like curbing outreach programs that persuade people to buy coverage and not enforcing the tax penalty the statute imposes on those who remain uninsured. If Trump and congressional Republicans proposed postponing the election to ensure only eligible citizens could vote, support from Republicans rises to 56 percent. (more...)
ECP rejects Imran Khan's petition against contempt proceedings ECP rejects Imran Khan's petition against contempt proceedings
- August 12, 2017

Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) Friday established a central monitoring cell at ECP Secretariat Islamabad to monitor the bye elections in NA-120, Lahore-III and PP-4, Gujar Khan. "This is unacceptable for someone who claims to be the advocate for the rights of the poor and the underprivileged", said Mr Babar, who was once a close confidant of the PTI chief. (more...)
US, North Korea have engaged in backchannel diplomacy US, North Korea have engaged in backchannel diplomacy
- August 12, 2017

Britain, America's top European ally, could formally refuse Donald Trump's call for help in waging war against North Korea, so long as Kim Jong-un does not strike Hawaii or the United States mainland. Consequently, if Kim's warheads strike U.S. military bases in the Pacific, the United States could ask for Britain's assistance, but cannot formally compel the UK and other NATO allies to join the military efforts against North Korea. (more...)
British RAF jets called on to help USA spy on North Korea British RAF jets called on to help USA spy on North Korea
- August 12, 2017

North Korea has responded in kind, assuring the United States of "total defeat" in the event of a war and claiming it is preparing for an attack on the American military base in Guam in mid-August. Forbidden photographs depict the true North Korean army Wed, April 12, 2017 While tourists are able to visit North Korea as part of a controlled tour group, they are asked by their handlers to never take photographs of soldiers. (more...)
Burr: Help needed with North Korea Burr: Help needed with North Korea
- August 12, 2017

And the modernization effort that started under former President Barack Obama hasn't been altered by the Trump administration. "I never confronted a situation, or could even imagine a situation, in which I would recommend the President make a first strike with nuclear weapons - understanding that such an action, whatever the provocation, would likely bring about the end of civilization", Perry said in backing their bill. (more...)
Maharashtra assembly clears bill that allows shops to run 24/7 Maharashtra assembly clears bill that allows shops to run 24/7
- August 12, 2017

Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis said that shops will still have to seek police permission to stay open and police will finalise the norms of operation, depending upon where the establishments are located. Factories Act, applies to businesses involved in banking, stocks, medical practice, architects, engineers, accountants, tax consultants and professional consultants. (more...)
Beyond the fiery words, USA quietly pursues diplomacy with North Korea Beyond the fiery words, USA quietly pursues diplomacy with North Korea
- August 12, 2017

Trump also said the nation's nuclear arsenal is in "in tip-top shape" and getting stronger. "That's the good sign". It was known the two sides had discussions to secure the June release of an American university student. "We want to talk about a country that has misbehaved for many , many years - decades actually - through numerous administrations and they didn't want to take on the issue and I had no choice but to take it on and I'm taking it on", he said. (more...)
NCP slams Devendra Fadnavis over Lokayukta probe against minister NCP slams Devendra Fadnavis over Lokayukta probe against minister
- August 12, 2017

Fadnavis, while replying to the opposition in both the houses of the legislature, said that the Lokayukta ML Tahaliyani will probe all the allegations against Mehta, including the MP Mill compound case. "As per the property card the land is owned by defence and how can the previous government permit additional FSI on the defence plot", Fadnavis said. (more...)
USA sanctions on North Korea: Dead on arrival USA sanctions on North Korea: Dead on arrival
- August 12, 2017

It said the resolution showed the United Nations had abused its authority. The response shows that tensions are showing no signs of abating after the UN Security Council on Saturday unanimously approved measures to restrict North Korea's exports of coal, iron, lead and seafood. (more...)
North Korea condemns latest United Nations nuclear sanctions, vows response North Korea condemns latest United Nations nuclear sanctions, vows response
- August 12, 2017

North Korea, KCNA said, "will make the US pay dearly for all the heinous crimes it commits against the state and people of this country". "A lot of people are making a lot out of the fact that China voted for these sanctions ...basically what it boils down to is China is not going to let North Korea be brought to its knees to force North Korea to the negotiating table", said Person. (more...)
78 percent say Trump should try to make ObamaCare work 78 percent say Trump should try to make ObamaCare work
- August 12, 2017

A majority - 57% - say they want Republicans to work across the aisle to make fixes to former President Barack Obama's signature healthcare law, also known as the Affordable Care Act. The health law is more popular than ever with 52 percent of respondents saying they hold a favorable view of it. That includes the law's marketplaces, where premiums are rising and in some areas few insurers are willing to sell policies , according to the poll released Friday. (more...)
Most say time to end effort to repeal Obama health law
- August 12, 2017

The Republican Party's struggles to make any headway on health care reform have raised concerns about the future of President Trump's agenda, including tax reform and Trump's promise to repeal and replace ObamaCare in particular. Instead of coming up with policies that could pass the House and Senate with bipartisan support, the White House and the Senate Majority Leader are pointing fingers and placing blame for their collective failure to repeal Obamacare. (more...)
Trump's war threats against North Korea 'the art of the bluff': Zakaria Trump's war threats against North Korea 'the art of the bluff': Zakaria
- August 12, 2017

You have the president of the United States essentially threatening a preemptive or a preventive nuclear war in Asia, not in response to a North Korean strike, but in response to North Korea's rhetoric, the fact that they're disrespecting the United States. (more...)
Dog walker Peter Wrighton 'seen arguing before death' Dog walker Peter Wrighton 'seen arguing before death'
- August 12, 2017

He said one of the three men, who was seen changing into a T-shirt in The Street, had been identified and would be spoken to by officers. The man, aged in his 20s, was arrested on suspicion of murder and is now being held in police custody. (more...)
BJP Chief Amit Shah on three-day visit to Karnataka BJP Chief Amit Shah on three-day visit to Karnataka
- August 12, 2017

During his visit, the BJP president is scheduled to meet party legislators from the state. "I can sense the mood of the people to give our party an opportunity again to serve them". "Total in action on part of state BJP leaders in exploiting the issue has baffled the party rank and file as the state leaders had gone hammer and tongs at Small Scale Industries minister Ramesh Jarkiholi, demanding his resignation in the aftermath of a similar raid on his premises", a former BJP Minister told ... (more...)
Many Guam Residents Aren't Worried About North Korea Many Guam Residents Aren't Worried About North Korea
- August 12, 2017

But Hartz says the latest North Korea scare feels more serious than previous ones. That same year, Congress passed the Organic Act of Guam , giving Guamanians American citizenship. "We understand the threats, but we also don't want to panic anybody, and we don't want to jump to conclusions based on rhetoric". It would also extend to installation of a Terminal High Altitude Area Defence (THAAD) system, now deployed in South Korea , or a US PAC-3 Patriot System, used in Israel. (more...)
Markets Right Now: US stocks trade lower at midday Markets Right Now: US stocks trade lower at midday
- August 12, 2017

Retailers were all under pressure after Macy's and Kohl's each reported lower second-quarter sales, reviving worries about consumer discretionary stocks. Frankfurt's DAX 30 was also down, shedding some 0.8 percent. JAPAN MACHINERY DISAPPOINTS: Orders for machinery in June, considered a leading economic indicator, were slower than analysts had forecast and at their weakest since May 2016. (more...)
TSX hits 1-month low on risk aversion, lower oil prices TSX hits 1-month low on risk aversion, lower oil prices
- August 12, 2017

The Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) is lower at midday, due to mounting tensions with North Korea and a dismal round of earnings from retailers. Many market participants have been calling for a significant decline on the S&P 500. The company booked a hefty charge and said its CFO is leaving the company. (more...)
China rages at Trump after he sends WARSHIP to disputed territory China rages at Trump after he sends WARSHIP to disputed territory
- August 12, 2017

McCain close to the contested Mischief [Panganiban] Reef in the Spratly Islands west of Palawan. Beijing says US Navy warship sailing near disputed region violated global law and threatened its sovereignty. The Chinese Foreign Ministry issued a similar statement. "They called and said 'Please turn around, you are in our waters, '" he said. Reuters reported that $5 trillion in ship-borne trade passes through the disputed trade route each year, and the Trump administration vowed to ... (more...)