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N.Korea threatens to attack US bases in Guam

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Pyongyang, Aug 9, 2017: North Korea on Wednesday threatened to attack the US’ military bases on Guam island just hours after the American President Donald Trump raised the tone of his warnings to Pyongyang and the Pentagon sent B-1B bombers to the Korean peninsula again, a media report said.

North Korea is “now carefully examining the operational plan for making an enveloping fire at the areas around Guam with the medium-to-long-range strategic ballistic rocket Hwasong-12,” a spokesperson for the Korean People’s Army (KPA) said in a statement issued by the state agency KCNA.

US Andersen Air Force Base on Guam hosts the nuclear-capable B-1B strategic bombers, which were sent back by the US to the Korean peninsula on Tuesday, according to Yonhap news agency, citing South Korean military sources.

“In the morning of August 8 the air pirates of Guam again appeared in the sky above South Korea to stage a mad-cap drill simulating an actual war,” the North Korean spokesperson added, accusing Washington of mobilizing strategic nuclear assets from Guam or California.

North Korea’s statement was released just hours after Trump warned the Kim Jong-un regime that it “will be met with fire and fury like the world has never seen” if it does not stop threatening the US, Efe news reported.

Pyongyang’s previous intimidating statements condemned the latest package of UN sanctions, implemented in the wake of the regime’s weapons programs, and threatened to carry out “physical actions” against the US territory.

These latest sanctions are the most severe package approved to date, as they seek to reduce North Korean export revenues by about $1 billion (one-third of the total) a year.

The UN sanctions came as a response to North Korea’s first intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) launch on July 4, which was a successful milestone, which was followed by a second missile launch of the same type on July 28.

Pyongyang’s continued missile tests have raised tensions on the Korean peninsula and hardened the rhetoric of Donald Trump’s administration, which has hinted at the possibility of pre-emptive strikes against North Korea.

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Philippines President Duterte calls God ‘stupid’

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Infuriating the Catholic population in the country,Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte courted controversy after he called God “stupid” for the concept of “original sin” in the Bible’s creation story.

Duterte’s provocative comments about God come in the wake of the recent killing of three Catholic clergymen in the Philippines.Duterte, in recounting the Catholic Church’s version of the Adam and Eve creation myth, stated: “Adam ate it then malice was born. Who is this stupid God?”

“You created something perfect and then you think of an event that would tempt and destroy the quality of your work,” he added.

“That was your mother and father’s deed,” Duterte extrapolated to the audience, adding, “you weren’t born yet, but now you have original sin. What kind of religion is that? I can’t accept it,Media reported quoted Duterte as saying.

Addressing a summit in Davao City on Friday, Duterete said that he had issues with the Bible and questioned God’s logic, calling him “stupid.”
The Philippine strongman continued in a similar vein, remarking: “That son of a bitch is stupid if that’s the case.”

After Duterte made those remarks, the Catholic Archbishop of Lingayen-Dagupan, Socrates Villegas, released a statement criticizing the cursing of God.

“The list of cuss words against God is endless. God is still God and those who have cursed Him are now dust,” Villegas, former president of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines, said on June 10.

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25 injured in Germany building explosion

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Berlin, June 24 (IANS) At least 25 people were injured in an explosion that ripped through a building in Germany’s Wuppertal city, police said on Sunday.

The explosion took place late Saturday night with fire fighters still trying to douse the flames in different parts of the building as of Sunday morning, reports Express News.

The cause of the explosion remains unclear.

“It can currently not be ruled out that there are still other people in the building. The rescue efforts are ongoing,” a police officer said.

Four of the injured were reported to be critical.

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Erdogan seeks second term as Turkey votes to elect President, Parliament

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Ankara, June 24 : Turkish voters are going to polls to to decide whether to grant President Recep Tayyip Erdogan a second five-year term and for a new Parliament.

This elections is considered as  the most fiercely fought elections for Erdogan and his Islamist rooted AK party that has ruled Turkey for 15 years.

Erdogan is facing major challenge from Muharrem Ince from the main opposition Republican People’s Party as country’s economic condition has worsened  and national security is also one of  the  main electoral issue.

If Erdogan is elected , democracy will be weakened as he  narrowly won a referendum last year to convert the country’s parliamentary system to a powerful executive presidency.Whoever wins will be given sweeping new powers, as the role of Prime Minister is dissolved and the President gains the authority to issue laws by decree.

He implemented policies that encouraged sustained economic growth and development, challenged Turkey’s secular foundations by bringing Islamic conservatism to public life and gutted public institutions by having tens of thousands of people arrested following a failed military coup in 2016.

 

There are a total of 56,322,632 registered voters with 180,065 ballot boxes across the country.

Voting started at 8 a.m. and will continue till 5.00 p.m and voters are casting two separate ballot papers in the same envelope — one for the presidential and one for the parliamentary elections.

After the voting ends, ballots cast for the presidential candidates will be counted first.

Some 1.49 million expats voted in a 13-day period between June 7-19 at 123 Turkish missions abroad.

Six candidates are running for president: incumbent Recep Tayyip Erdogan for the People’s Alliance formed by the Justice and Development (AK) Party and the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP), Muharrem Ince from the main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP), Selahattin Demirtas for Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP), Meral Aksener for the newly formed Good (IYI) Party, Temel Karamollaoglu for the Felicity (Saadet) Party, and Dogu Perincek for the Patriotic (Vatan) Party, Anadolu reported.

If none of the candidates gain a clear majority, Turkey will hold a run-off presidential vote on July 8

For the parliamentary polls, eight political parties are in the fray.

 

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