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  • North Korea Linked to Digital Attacks on Global Banks

    05/28/2016 4:16:09 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 5 replies
    NYT ^ | MAY 26, 2016 | NICOLE PERLROTH and MICHAEL CORKERY
    North Korea Linked to Digital Attacks on Global Banks By NICOLE PERLROTH and MICHAEL CORKERY MAY 26, 2016 Security researchers have tied the recent spate of digital breaches on Asian banks to North Korea, in what they say appears to be the first known case of a nation using digital attacks for financial gain. In three recent attacks on banks, researchers working for the digital security firm Symantec said, the thieves deployed a rare piece of code that had been seen in only two previous cases: the hacking attack at Sony Pictures in December 2014 and attacks on banks and...
  • This is an American tragedy: Republicans must step up and defeat Donald Trump (Barf + LOL)

    05/28/2016 6:42:58 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 72 replies
    Salon ^ | May 28, 2016 | Seán Patrick Donlan
    Saturday, May 28, 2016 09:00 PM +0900 This is an American tragedy: Republicans must step up and defeat Donald Trump It's time for honest Republicans to speak out against this dangerous, unprincipled vulgarian. Who has the courage? Seán Patrick Donlan As a Democrat, part of me delights in the opportunities provided by the coming elections. With Trump at the top of the Republican ticket, Democrats might – just might – find themselves not only with the presidency, but in control of the Senate. But the state of our politics is so grave that it’s difficult to derive much joy out...
  • The secret life of Kim Jong Un’s aunt, who has lived in the U.S. since 1998

    05/28/2016 3:16:42 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 13 replies
    WaPo ^ | May 27, 2016 | Anna Fifield
    The secret life of Kim Jong Un’s aunt, who has lived in the U.S. since 1998 By Anna Fifield May 27 at 6:00 AM  NEW YORK — Wandering through Times Square, past the Naked Cowboy and the Elmos and the ticket touts, she could be any immigrant trying to live the American Dream. A 60-year-old Korean woman with a soft perm and conservative clothes, she’s taking a weekend off from pressing shirts and hemming pants at the dry-cleaning business she runs with her husband. But she’s not just any immigrant. She’s an aunt to Kim Jong Un, the young...
  • Chinese banks sitting on $1.7 trillion debt time bomb

    05/24/2016 6:07:35 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 17 replies
    ABC(Australia) ^ | May 24, 2016 | Stephen Letts
    Chinese banks sitting on $1.7 trillion debt time bomb by business reporter Stephen Letts Chinese banks are looking down the barrel of a staggering RMB 8 trillion - or $1.7 trillion - worth of losses according to the French investment bank Societe Generale. Put another way, 60 per cent of capital in China's banks is at risk as authorities start the delicate and dangerous process of reining in the debt-bloated and unprofitable state-owned enterprise (SOE) sector. Disturbingly though, debt is not only not shrinking, it is accelerating, making the eventual reckoning far worse. China's overall non-financial debt grew by 15.2...
  • North Korean envoy rejects Trump overture to meet leader

    05/24/2016 6:02:38 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 20 replies
    Reuters ^ | May 23, 2016 | Stephanie Nebehay
    North Korean envoy rejects Trump overture to meet leader GENEVA | By Stephanie Nebehay U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump's proposal to meet North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is a "kind of propaganda or advertisement" in his election race, a senior North Korean official said on Monday. Trump, in a wide-ranging interview with Reuters in New York last week, said he is willing to talk to the North Korean leader to try to stop Pyongyang's nuclear program, proposing a major shift in U.S. policy toward the isolated nation. "It is up to the decision of my Supreme Leader whether...
  • N.Koreans Toil for Global Clothing Labels in China(Ralph Lauren & Burberry)

    05/21/2016 11:44:49 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 8 replies
    Chosun Ilbo ^ | May 19, 2016
    N.Koreans Toil for Global Clothing Labels in China North Korean workers are toiling for Chinese factories that make clothes for global labels like Ralph Lauren and Burberry, Radio Free Asia reported Wednesday. One of their employers is Mei Dao Garment in Hebei Province, a source told the radio station. Mei Dao first employed 54 North Korean workers via a North Korean trading company from January to July 2012. In April last year it also established another firm in Dandong, Miryong Garment, as a joint venture with another North Korean company. Mei Dao now employs hundreds of North Koreans, according to...
  • The coming debt bust [China’s financial system]

    05/21/2016 6:38:20 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 21 replies
    Economist ^ | May 7th 2016
    China’s financial system The coming debt bust It is a question of when, not if, real trouble will hit in China May 7th 2016 | From the print edition Timekeeper CHINA was right to turn on the credit taps to prop up growth after the global financial crisis. It was wrong not to turn them off again. The country’s debt has increased just as quickly over the past two years as in the two years after the 2008 crunch. Its debt-to-GDP ratio has soared from 150% to nearly 260% over a decade, the kind of surge that is usually followed...
  • N. Korea: Kim Jong-un at a nearly-completed Natural History Museum

    05/21/2016 5:59:15 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 22 replies
    Chosun Ilbo ^ | May 21, 2016
  • Baghdad Wakes to Sounds of Helicopters, Talk of a People’s 'Revolt'

    05/21/2016 5:34:29 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 23 replies
    VOA News ^ | May 21, 2016 | Sharon Behn
    Baghdad Wakes to Sounds of Helicopters, Talk of a People’s 'Revolt' Sharon Behn May 21, 2016 4:58 AM BAGHDAD— Baghdad woke Saturday to the early morning sounds of helicopters flying overhead, most of them heading in and out of the fortified International Zone after protesters defied bullets and tear gas to storm the area. As they fled the gunfire and tear gas Friday afternoon, some carrying their injured friends across the bridge away from the IZ, the anti-government protesters vowed they would return – but with weapons. Many are followers of Shi’ite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr who, like many of the...
  • Exclusive: Trump would talk to North Korea's Kim, wants to renegotiate climate accord

    05/17/2016 8:35:33 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 58 replies
    Reuters ^ | May 17, 2016 | Steve Holland and Emily Flitter
    Exclusive: Trump would talk to North Korea's Kim, wants to renegotiate climate accord NEW YORK | By Steve Holland and Emily Flitter Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump said on Tuesday he is willing to talk to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un to try to stop Pyongyang's nuclear program, proposing a major shift in U.S. policy toward the isolated nation. In a wide-ranging interview with Reuters, Trump also called for a renegotiation of the Paris climate accord, said he disapproved of Russian President Vladimir Putin's actions in eastern Ukraine, and said he would seek to dismantle most of the U.S....
  • The Daily 202: The presidency is Hillary Clinton’s to lose. Here are 12 ways she could lose it.

    05/17/2016 5:34:36 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 40 replies
    WaPo ^ | May 16, 2016 | James Hohmann
    The Daily 202: The presidency is Hillary Clinton’s to lose. Here are 12 ways she could lose it. By James Hohmann May 16 THE BIG IDEA: The elites in Washington almost uniformly believe Hillary Clinton will be elected president in November. The conventional wisdom underlying coverage of 2016 is that Donald Trump will go down in flames and probably take the Republican Senate with him. The presumptive GOP nominee has a well-documented history of misogyny, xenophobia and demagoguery. He has alienated women, Hispanics, Muslims, African Americans, Asian Americans and Native Americans. He has mocked the disabled, prisoners of war and...
  • ISIS Has Declared a State of Emergency Amid Suspicions of an Imminent Attack

    05/14/2016 6:08:44 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 21 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | May 15, 2016 | Brianna Provenzano
    ISIS Has Declared a State of Emergency Amid Suspicions of an Imminent Attack [Brianna Provenzano] May 15, 2016 United States officials monitoring social media accounts and news reports say that the Islamic State appears to be scrambling to prepare itself against an impending attack in Raqqa, Syria. Col. Steve Warren, the spokesman for an anti-ISIS coalition led by the U.S., told CNN reporters Friday that the terrorist group appeared to be anticipating a conflict in their self-declared capital. "We have seen this declaration of emergency in Raqqa, whatever that means," he said. "We know this enemy feels threatened, as they...
  • North Korea seizes Russian yacht with crew in neutral waters

    05/14/2016 5:55:06 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 57 replies
    RT ^ | May 14, 2016
    North Korea seizes Russian yacht with crew in neutral waters Published time: 14 May, 2016 11:03 Edited time: 14 May, 2016 12:00 North Korean coast guards intercepted a Russian yacht in neutral waters and escorted it to a N. Korean port without giving an explanation on Friday. The Russian embassy in Pyongyang has demanded the immediate release of the Russian vessel and its crew. Sportsmen aboard the Elfin yacht were returning to Vladivostok from an international regatta in the South Korean port of Busan, when it was waylaid by what had appeared to be a fishing boat sailing under the...
  • North Korean Marathon Runners Accused Of Cheating During Race To Qualify For Olympics

    05/13/2016 7:50:37 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 12 replies
    CBS Local ^ | May 11, 2016
    North Korean Marathon Runners Accused Of Cheating During Race To Qualify For Olympics May 11, 2016 8:35 PM PYONGYANG, North Korea (CBSNewYork) — Two North Korean marathon runners are accused of cheating during a race to qualify for the Olympics. South African athletes manager Dewald Steyn told Race Results Weekly that Ra Hyon-ho and Ri Kwang-bom cut the course during the Mangyongdae Prize Pyongyang Marathon North Korea to hit the Olympic qualifying time of 2:19:00 set by the International Association of Athletics Federations. Ra finished fourth at 2:15:45, while Ri came in fifth at 2:16:25 during the April 10 marathon....
  • BBC correspondent in North Korea detained over reporting

    05/08/2016 11:21:53 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 7 replies
    Channel News Asia ^ | May 09, 2016
    BBC correspondent in North Korea detained over reporting North Korea detained a BBC journalist and ordered his expulsion over his reporting, the broadcaster said on Monday, as a large group of foreign reporters cover a rare congress of the country's ruling Workers' Party. Posted 09 May 2016 12:55 Updated 09 May 2016 13:40 PYONGYANG: North Korea detained a BBC journalist and ordered his expulsion over his reporting, the broadcaster said on Monday, as a large group of foreign reporters cover a rare congress of the country's ruling Workers' Party. Rupert Wingfield-Hayes was detained on Friday as he was about to...
  • Why a conservative economist says Trump could make America ‘the North Korea of economics’

    Why a conservative economist says Trump could make America ‘the North Korea of economics’ By Jim Tankersley May 6 In his run for the White House, Donald Trump has threatened to slap tariffs on imports from China, in almost-certain violation of international rules. He has threatened to confiscate money that immigrants from Mexico wire home to their families, in order to force the Mexican government to pay for a border wall. This week, he suggested that, in an economic crisis, the government might repay only some of the money it owes to certain holders of its debt. Those threats reflect...
  • No Weddings, Funerals in North Korea So Kim Jong Un Can ‘Party’

    05/07/2016 6:36:19 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 24 replies
    Daily Beast ^ | 05.06.16 | Gordon Chang
    05.06.16 2:06 AM ET No Weddings, Funerals in North Korea So Kim Jong Un Can ‘Party’ No work breaks, no travel, and no food (again). The Dear Leader launched an unprecedented crackdown on his beleaguered masses to ‘celebrate’ a rare Congress for his elite this weekend. Kim Jong Un has imposed extraordinary social controls across North Korea—and especially in the capital of Pyongyang—in the run-up to the Workers’ Party 7th Congress, which starts Friday. The once-in-a-generation event—the last was held in 1980—is supposed to celebrate Kim’s rule, but in recent months observers have been seeing signs of a breakdown of...
  • N. Korea: Daily NK obtains snacks to be distributed at Party Congress

    05/07/2016 7:59:00 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 15 replies
    Daily NK ^ | 2016-05-06 | Seol Song Ah
    Daily NK obtains snacks to be distributed at Party Congress Seol Song Ah | 2016-05-06 17:57 Snacks for 7th Party Congress participants. Daily NK has exclusively obtained a bundle of snacks that will be part of a larger gift set handed out to participants of the 7th Party Congress, which began today in Pyongyang. The goods were produced on April 25 at the Gold Cup Athletes Comprehensive Food Factory located in Pyongyang’s Mangyongdae district. The gift package contains some 30 types of snacks including fried glutinous rice crackers, jam-filled pastries, strawberry lily biscuits [named for an famous North Korean song],...
  • The 'New York Times' Is Getting Into the Meal Kit Delivery Business

    05/06/2016 8:59:16 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 9 replies
    Eater.com ^ | May 5, 2016 | Dana Hatic
    The 'New York Times' Is Getting Into the Meal Kit Delivery Business by Dana Hatic May 5, 2016, 1:21p @DanaHatic | 1 Comment It's teaming up with Chef'd
  • Fake North Korea bills found, Seoul police say (massive pile weighing 330 pounds)

    05/04/2016 3:44:26 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 11 replies
    UPI ^ | May 3, 2016 | Elizabeth Shim
    Fake North Korea bills found, Seoul police say The counterfeit money was found at a thrift store. By Elizabeth Shim Contact the Author | May 3, 2016 at 10:05 PM SEOUL, May 3 (UPI) -- South Korean police are investigating a large stack of counterfeit North Korean bills found at a Seoul thrift store. The massive pile of fake North Korean money weighed about 330 pounds, and was found in a heap of wastepaper in southwestern Seoul, Yonhap reported. The counterfeit money was printed in 5,000 North Korean won denominations. There is no official exchange rate for the currency. The...
  • Saudi IS members killing their own relatives

    05/03/2016 7:28:29 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 18 replies
    Al-Monitor ^ | May 2, 2016 | Ibrahim al-Hatlani
    http://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2016/05/saudi-arabia-isis-al-qaeda-killing-soldiers-religion-islam.html Saudi IS members killing their own relatives The Islamic State's (IS) influence has penetrated Saudi Arabia so successfully via social media that some Saudi youth are being persuaded to kill soldiers and police, even when they are family members. Summary: The control demonstrated by the Islamic State over some young Saudi minds apparently exceeds even that of prominent Muslim leaders. Author Ibrahim al-Hatlani Posted May 2, 2016 Translator Pascale el-Khoury Salafists — ultraconservative Muslims — believe in the concepts of al-wala wal-bara, which some scholars interpret as loyalty to all that is Islamic and disavowal of everything not considered...
  • Bernie Sanders says conditions in Baltimore no better than North Korea, West Bank

    05/01/2016 12:19:05 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 52 replies
    politifact ^ | April 28th, 2016 | Linda Qiu
    Bernie Sanders says conditions in Baltimore no better than North Korea, West Bank By Linda Qiu on Thursday, April 28th, 2016 at 5:06 p.m. Residents of some Baltimore neighborhoods are no better off than people living in impoverished North Korea and the violent West Bank, Bernie Sanders said during a campaign rally in Maryland ahead of that state’s primary. "Poverty in Baltimore, and around this country — poverty is a death sentence," Sanders said April 24. He then laid out some rather unflattering and harsh comparisons: "Fifteen neighborhoods in Baltimore have lower life expectancies than North Korea. Two of them...
  • Saudi Arabia’s water minister sacked after complaints over tariffs (water crisis)

    04/29/2016 9:52:23 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 7 replies
    The National (UAE) ^ | April 24, 2016
    Saudi Arabia’s water minister sacked after complaints over tariffs April 24, 2016 Updated: April 24, 2016 07:10 PM RIYADH // Saudi Arabia’s King Salman fired the water and electricity minister following public complaints over a surge in prices less than six months after the government cut generous utility subsidies. Agriculture minister Abdel Rahman Al Fadhli will take over the water and electricity post from Abdullah Al Hasin, the official Saudi Press Agency reported on Saturday, citing a royal decree. Saudis turned to social media to express their anger after the increase in prices of water and the consumer protection association...
  • Dozens of IT experts, media workers desert ISIS in Mosul(a majority are Americans)

    04/29/2016 4:15:23 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 50 replies
    ARA News ^ | April 30, 2016 | Sarbaz Yousef
    Dozens of IT experts, media workers desert ISIS in Mosul April 30, 2016 Middle East & World ARA News ERBIL – Dozens of foreign IT experts from the radical group of Islamic State (ISIS) have deserted the group’s ranks in Iraq’s northwestern city of Mosul over the past few days, leaving a remarkable vacuum in the ISIS-linked media centers in the region, local sources reported on Wednesday. Local sources confirmed that hundreds of foreign jihadis have recently left ISIS ranks and returned to their home countries, including technical support experts. This has put a pressure on the group’s media centers,...
  • North Korean food supply hit by drought, UN warns, as Kim Jong Un spends on missiles

    04/29/2016 7:45:30 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 10 replies
    CNBC ^ | Apr 28, 2016 | Huileng Tan
    North Korean food supply hit by drought, UN warns, as Kim Jong Un spends on missiles Huileng Tan | @huileng_tan Thursday, 28 Apr 2016 | 12:30 AM ET North Korea's already-low food supply is set to deteriorate this year as dry weather hits crop yields, the United Nations' Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has warned. "Given the tight food supplies in 2015/16, the country's food security situation is expected to deteriorate from the previous year when most households were already estimated to have poor or borderline food consumption levels," the agency said in a report on Wednesday. North Korea's total...
  • North Korea Accuses US Soldiers of Provoking Border Troops

    04/29/2016 7:14:28 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 26 replies
    ABC News ^ | Apr 29, 2016 | hyung-jin kim
    North Korea Accuses US Soldiers of Provoking Border Troops By hyung-jin kim, associated press SEOUL, South Korea — Apr 29, 2016, 4:13 AM ET North Korea on Friday accused U.S. soldiers of trying to provoke its frontline troops with "disgusting" acts and encouraging South Korean soldiers to aim their guns at the North. A North Korean military statement warned U.S. soldiers to stop what it called "hooliganism" at the inter-Korean border village of Panmunjom or they'll meet a "dog's death any time and any place." "GIs hurled fully armed MPs of the South Korean puppet army into perpetrating such dangerous...
  • Religious groups ‘must adhere to the leadership of the Communist Party’ – Pres. Xi Jinping (China)

    04/24/2016 4:22:40 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 4 replies
    Hong Kong Free Press ^ | 24 April 2016
    Religious groups ‘must adhere to the leadership of the Communist Party’ – Pres. Xi Jinping 24 April 2016 13:03 • AFP Chinese religious groups must obey the staunchly atheist ruling Communist Party, President Xi Jinping has told a key meeting on religion according to state media, as Beijing tightens controls on civil society organisations and churches. “Religious groups… must adhere to the leadership of the Communist Party of China (CPC),” Xi told senior party officials at a conference ending on Saturday, the official Xinhua news agency said. But party members must be “unyielding Marxist atheists”, he said, calling on them...
  • Kim Jong Il's former Japanese chef visits N.Korea

    04/24/2016 12:49:11 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 11 replies
    NHK ^ | Apr. 24, 2016
    Kim Jong Il's former Japanese chef visits N.Korea A former Japanese chef for the late North Korean leader, Kim Jong Il, has just ended a visit to North Korea. Kenji Fujimoto served as the chef for the former leader for 13 years until 2001. He arrived at an airport in Beijing from Pyongyang on Saturday after a stay of more than 10 days. Fujimoto did not disclose details about his trip which started on April 12th. Four years ago, Fujimoto was invited by the current leader Kim Jong Un, who assumed power after his father's death, to visit the country...
  • N. Korea's SLBM Launch Pictures

    04/23/2016 10:07:21 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 9 replies
    Yonhap News ^ | 2016/04/24
  • Wanted: Ten million Chinese students to “civilize” the Internet (pro-regime Internet shills)

    04/23/2016 12:57:20 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 22 replies
    WaPo ^ | April 10, 2015 | Xu Yangjingjing and Simon Denyer
    Wanted: Ten million Chinese students to “civilize” the Internet By Xu Yangjingjing and Simon Denyer April 10, 2015 China wants to recruit 10 million young people, mostly university students belonging to the Communist Party’s youth wing, to “spread positive energy” on the Internet — in other words, to use social media to praise and defend the government. Web users recently posted a document issued by the China Communist Youth League dated Feb. 13 that asks for no less than 20 percent of its members to be recruited as “cyber civilization volunteers”, who would be expected to become “good Chinese Netizens”...
  • Wanted: A Safer Anti-Aircraft Missile for Syrian Rebels

    04/22/2016 8:24:06 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 53 replies
    Fortune ^ | April 21, 2016 | Clay Dillow
    Wanted: A Safer Anti-Aircraft Missile for Syrian Rebels by Clay Dillow April 21, 2016, 5:48 PM EDT Deadly surface-to-air weapons, now with expiration date. As the Syrian cease-fire unravels, U.S. officials have indicated that they may be willing to provide Syrian rebel groups with the kind of sophisticated, shoulder-fired anti-aircraft weaponry that just might turn the tide in the five-year-old conflict. But it will do so if, and only if, those weapons include a safety mechanism that restricts where and when they can be used, Foreign Policy reports. Syrian rebel groups have long clamored for shoulder-fired anti-aircraft weapons—known as “man-portable...
  • Kim Jong Un broadcasts 'Master Chef'-style cooking competition while North Korea starves

    04/22/2016 7:34:19 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 21 replies
    FOX News ^ | April 22, 2016
    Kim Jong Un broadcasts 'Master Chef'-style cooking competition while North Korea starves Published April 22, 2016 Cheese-chomping despot Kim Jong Un held a “Master Chef”-style competition to find North Korea’s top cooks as millions across the nation starve. The Emmental-obsessed dictator gave the show, which was broadcast on state TV, the green light despite an estimated two-thirds of the country’s 27 million people surviving on food rations. The Commie connoisseur developed a love of European cheeses and fine wines when he went to school in Switzerland. But the tubby tyrant was served decidedly different fare during the contest as competitors...
  • North Korean Missile Exploded, Damaged Launcher in Failed Test

    04/22/2016 8:09:23 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 34 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | April 20, 2016 | Bill Gertz
    North Korean Missile Exploded, Damaged Launcher in Failed Test U.S. commander says threats from Pyongyang increasing BY: Bill Gertz April 20, 2016 5:00 am North Korea’s first attempt to test-launch a new intermediate-range missile last week failed after the Musudan blew up shortly after launch, causing a huge fireball that damaged the mobile launcher, according to American defense officials. “We’re still assessing the specifics of it but I can tell you that it was a fiery, catastrophic attempt at a launch,” Pentagon spokesman Navy Capt. Jeff Davis told reporters Friday. “It was not successful.” The test failure on Friday represents...
  • A fleet of self-driving trucks rumbles across Europe

    04/19/2016 5:44:06 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 20 replies
    Computer World ^ | Apr 7, 2016 | Lucas Mearian
    A fleet of self-driving trucks rumbles across Europe Trucks "platooning" across the Netherlands. Credit: Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment Platooning in the U.S. still four to five years out By Lucas Mearian Computerworld | Apr 7, 2016 2:24 PM PT A caravan of about a dozen self-driving, semi-trailer trucks for the first time finished a trip across parts of Europe this week. The autonomous truck challenge was organized by the Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment and included rigs from six manufacturers, including Volvo, Daimler and Volkswagen subsidiary Scania. The convoy journeyed from manufacturing facilities in Belgium,...
  • N. Korea: Removal of U.S. nuclear umbrella would lead Seoul to contemplate nuclear armament...

    04/19/2016 5:18:56 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 8 replies
    Yonhap News ^ | 2016/04/20 | Chang Jae-soon
    (2nd LD) Removal of U.S. nuclear umbrella would lead Seoul to contemplate nuclear armament: incoming USFK commander 2016/04/20 05:23 (ATTN: ADDS comments in paras 16-17; CHANGES headline) By Chang Jae-soon WASHINGTON, April 19 (Yonhap) -- South Korea would have to think about developing its own nuclear weapons for self-defense if the United States removes its "nuclear umbrella" protection for the Asian ally, the incoming commander of U.S. Forces Korea said Tuesday. Gen. Vincent Brooks, nominated to succeed Gen. Curtis Scaparrotti as USFK commander, made the remark during a Senate Armed Services Committee confirmation hearing, stressing that it's very important for...
  • Govt closes down city North Korean clinics (Tanzania)

    04/19/2016 6:16:26 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 12 replies
    Govt closes down city North Korean clinics Apr 17, 2016 Dr. Hamis Kigwangalla, the deputy minister of Health, Social Development, Gender, Elderly and Children, announced during an impromptu visit to the clinics on Friday, one located at Mahiwa Street and the Oriental Traditional Medicine at Magomeni Mikumi both operated by Maibong Company, a North Korean firm.The deputy minister said the two clinics were operating without legal documents including lacking a business license. While being interrogated by the minister, a healer at the clinic whose name could not easily be availed told the minister that their business is jointly operated with...
  • Three Nobel prize winners to visit North Korea in late Aril: VOA

    04/19/2016 5:40:41 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 11 replies
    Yonhap News ^ | 2016/04/18
    Three Nobel prize winners to visit North Korea in late Aril: VOA 2016/04/18 13:10 SEOUL, April 18 (Yonhap) -- Three Nobel laureates will visit North Korea late this month on a rare mission to engage the communist country through science and technology, a media report said Monday. During their April 30 to May 6 trip, the Nobel prize winners will give lectures and hold seminars at the North's three most prestigious schools -- Kim Il-sung University, Kimchaek University of Technology and Pyongyang University of Science and Technology, according to the Washington-based Voice of America (VOA). VOA made the report in...
  • Saudi Arabia turns oil weapon on Iran: Kemp

    04/18/2016 7:27:28 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 13 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | April 18, 2016 | John Kemp
    Saudi Arabia turns oil weapon on Iran: Kemp By Reuters Published: 13:22 GMT, 18 April 2016 | Updated: 13:22 GMT, 18 April 2016 By John Kemp LONDON, April 18 (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia's decision to scupper negotiations on a coordinated oil output freeze in Doha on Sunday seems to confirm a significant shift in the kingdom's oil policy. For decades, the kingdom has insisted it does not wield oil as a diplomatic weapon, but at the weekend it did just that as part of an intensifying conflict with Iran. ("Saudi-Iran tensions scupper deal to freeze oil output", Reuters, April 17)...
  • North Korea bans piercings and Western-style clothing

    04/18/2016 6:53:53 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 19 replies
    Telegraph ^ | April 17, 2016 | James Rothwell
    North Korea bans piercings and Western-style clothing By James Rothwell 17 April 2016 • 7:42pm They are already forced to wear regime-approved hairstyles, chosen from a state-sanctioned list of drab cuts. Now North Koreans have been banned from having piercings as part of a crackdown on Western culture in the secretive regime ahead of its annual workers' conference. The rule, which also forbids wearing Western clothing such as jeans, has reportedly focused on the North Hamgyong and Yanggang provinces. Both areas border with China, where citizens to have easier access to information - and cultural trends - from the outside...
  • Robot Waiters Fired for Incompetence in China

    04/17/2016 8:02:26 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 14 replies
    Inverse ^ | April 6, 2016 | Adam Toobin
    Robot Waiters Fired for Incompetence in China Customers liked them, but they couldn't carry soup. Adam Toobin April 6, 2016 The world may not be ready for restaurant robots — yet. At least two restaurants in Guangzhou, China have fired their teams of artificially intelligent robot waiters after discovering the machines were unable to keep up with their human staff. “The robots weren’t able to carry soup or other food steady and they would frequently break down. The boss has decided never to use them again,” an employee at one of the restaurants told the Worker’s Daily. The humanoid bots...
  • North Korean official on Trump comments: 'Totally absurd and illogical'

    04/17/2016 6:09:59 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 25 replies
    CNN ^ | April 17, 2016 | Will Ripley and Tim Schwarz
    North Korean official on Trump comments: 'Totally absurd and illogical' By Will Ripley and Tim Schwarz, CNN Updated 1344 GMT (2044 HKT) April 17, 2016 Pyongyang, North Korea (CNN) — A North Korean official said recent remarks by Republican frontrunner Donald Trump are "absurd and illogical," in a rare interview granted to a CNN team in Pyongyang. Trump suggested the U.S. military should withdraw from key allies South Korea and Japan, and both countries could instead arm themselves with nuclear weapons. "Donald Trump's remarks are totally absurd and illogical," says Ri Jong Ryul, deputy-director general of the Institute of International...
  • North Korea gearing up for another 'nuclear test' after failed missile launch

    04/16/2016 8:12:33 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 14 replies
    IBTimes ^ | April 16, 2016 | Jacob J
    North Korea gearing up for another 'nuclear test' after failed missile launch April 16, 2016 08:27 SGT By Jacob J North Korean leader Kim Jong-un suffered a double whammy as a medium-range rocket launch failed and ally China castigated the reclusive regime for its military misadventures. However, the setback will only spur the dictator to adopt a tougher posturing in a bid to shore up power and Pyongyang was more likely than not to carry out a fifth nuclear test, observers have said. South Korean officials and international experts said the chances of North Korea conducting another nuclear test were...
  • Robots may beat drones in race to deliver packages

    04/16/2016 9:10:46 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 18 replies
    SFGate ^ | April 6, 2016 | Carolyn Said
    Robots may beat drones in race to deliver packages By Carolyn Said Updated 7:53 pm, Wednesday, April 6, 2016 Forget flying drones. When it comes to predictions on what sci-fi method might bring you hot pizza, aspirin, groceries or new shoes, some experts bet that delivery robots rolling down sidewalks will beat out airborne couriers. Getting your purchases to your front door — the “last mile” challenge — is an obsession throughout the multibillion-dollar logistics and e-commerce industries. While Amazon, Google and Walmart pursue flying delivery drones, some much smaller companies are quietly working on simpler autonomous solutions anchored on...
  • First Turkey-backed operation against IS becomes a fiasco

    04/16/2016 7:14:48 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 11 replies
    Al-Monitor ^ | April 14, 2016 | Fehim Taştekin
    First Turkey-backed operation against IS becomes a fiasco Turkey recently proposed that the United States abandon Syrian Kurdistan's People's Protection Units (YPG) and "let us wipe out the Islamic State [IS] jointly with the moderate opposition." Turkey then made its first such move last week at al-Rai, Syria, with a composite force of Turkmens, Free Syrian Army factions and Salafists. That force took the town with Turkey’s support, winning much acclaim, but was trounced four days later when IS retook the city April 11. As the Syrian army was preparing for a major move at Aleppo with the support of...
  • 'Relax, they are our friends': One quote shows why Turkey's ISIS problem is only going to get worse

    04/16/2016 12:16:09 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 6 replies
    Business Insider ^ | Apr. 14, 2016 | Natasha Bertrand
    'Relax, they are our friends': One quote shows why Turkey's ISIS problem is only going to get worse Natasha Bertrand Apr. 14, 2016, 4:02 PM In a recent interview with The Guardian, a former ISIS fighter described how easy it was for him to cross Turkey's notoriously porous border into Syria to join the Islamic State. Abu Ali, who said he entered ISIS territory in mid-January 2015 from the Akçakale border crossing in Turkey, told the publication's Robert Worth that for 75 Turkish lira, he was pointed in the direction of a hole in a fence separating Turkey from Syria....
  • Priebus says he'd prefer GOP nominee run against Clinton than Sanders

    04/15/2016 8:28:57 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 24 replies
    CNN ^ | Apr. 15, 2016 | Julia Manchester,
    Priebus says he'd prefer GOP nominee run against Clinton than Sanders By Julia Manchester, CNN Updated 2229 GMT (0529 HKT) April 15, 2016 Washington (CNN) — Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus said Friday he would prefer the GOP nominee run against Hillary Clinton than Bernie Sanders. "I'd rather run against Hillary Clinton because she's defined, she's not liked, and in a popular cultural vote in America, that's a really important question, and she doesn't do well with that question," Priebus told CNN's Wolf Blitzer. "I don't know what is going to happen with the FBI. So put her unpopularity...
  • US says North Korean missile launch was a 'catastrophic' failure

    04/15/2016 5:57:25 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 18 replies
    KSL ^ | Apr 15th, 2016
    US says North Korean missile launch was a 'catastrophic' failure By The Associated Press | Posted Apr 15th, 2016 @ 6:31pm WASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon is describing a North Korean missile launch today as a "catastrophic" failure. The launch was meant to celebrate the birthday of the country's founder. But a South Korean news agency says the missile exploded in the air just a few seconds after liftoff. It was reportedly a new and powerful type of mid-range missile. A Pentagon spokesman says it appears to have been fired from a mobile launcher, since the location of the launch...
  • Waking supervolcano makes North Korea and West join forces

    04/15/2016 5:48:42 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 21 replies
    New Scientist ^ | April 15, 2016 | Andy Coghlan
    Waking supervolcano makes North Korea and West join forces Rare example of collaboration with isolationist regime's researchers helps reveal secrets of one of the world’s largest volcanoes By Andy Coghlan If it blows again, it could make Vesuvius look like a tea party. Now, in a ground-breaking collaboration between the West and North Korea, vulcanologists are gaining new insights into Mount Paektu, on North Korea’s border with China, and whether it might blow its top any time soon. If it does, the outcome could be catastrophic. Paektu’s last eruption, a thousand years ago, is the second largest ever recorded, topped...
  • (3rd LD) N. Korea fails 1st mid-range ballistic missile launch: military

    04/15/2016 7:31:21 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 17 replies
    Yonhap News ^ | 2016/04/15
    (3rd LD) N. Korea fails 1st mid-range ballistic missile launch: military 2016/04/15 15:46 (ATTN: RECASTS headline, lead; UPDATES throughout) SEOUL, April 15 (Yonhap) -- North Korea conducted its first test-launch of the medium-range ballistic missile Musudan early Friday from its east coast, but the launch ended in failure, officials said. "North Korea seems to have tried a missile launch from the East Sea area in the early morning today, but it is presumed to have failed," the Joint Chiefs of Staff said. Sources said the launched missile was the Musudan intermediate-range ballistic missile (IRBM), also known as the BM-25. The...
  • The Fate of Syria Rests in Aleppo

    04/12/2016 6:18:44 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 4 replies
    StratFor ^ | April 12, 2016
    The Fate of Syria Rests in Aleppo Analysis April 12, 2016 Summary Syria's cease-fire is crumbling under the weight of current and pending military operations in the country. Focused on the province and city of Aleppo, the operations stand to play a decisive role in determining the direction of the civil war. In the coming weeks, the results of these battles could change the balance between rebels and loyalists, alter the Islamic State's position in the region, and influence the relationship between the United States and Turkey as they pursue conflicting objectives in Aleppo. Analysis With major military operations already...