Monday, May 1, 2017

World News Briefs -- May 1, 2017

Reuters: Defiant North Korea hints at nuclear tests to boost force 'to the maximum'

North Korea suggested on Monday it will continue its nuclear weapons tests, saying it will bolster its nuclear force "to the maximum" in a "consecutive and successive way at any moment" in the face of what it calls U.S. aggression and hysteria.

U.S. President Donald Trump has said a "major, major conflict" with North Korea is possible over its nuclear and ballistic missile programs, while China said last week the situation on the Korean peninsula could escalate or slip out of control.

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Syrian war: At least 11 killed in barrel bomb attack following weekend of rebel infighting.

Iraqi Popular Mobilization Forces launch operation southwest of Mosul.

Amid the rubble, Aleppo tries to return to normal life.

Turkey threatens further strikes on US-allied Syrian Kurds.

Turkey's Erdogan says 'seriously saddened' by US flags with Syrian YPG.

Turkey arrests Iranian, seizes anti-tank missile parts.

Owner of Farsi Language Satellite Network Killed in Turkey.

Iran's Supreme leader dismisses Rohani rapprochement policy toward West.


U.S. looks at sanctions, military action to counter North Korea. 'We'll see': Trump addresses possible military retaliation to North Korean nuclear and missile tests.

Trump: China 'putting pressure' on North Korea.

Trump discusses North Korea options with Asian leaders.

North Korea warns of 'catastrophic consequences'.

N. Korea warns of nuclear test 'at any time'.

China, Russia agree to cooperate on North Korea denuclearization.

China ‘might agree’ to UN oil embargo of North Korea.

India says two soldiers killed, mutilated in Pakistani attack.

2 Taliban commanders reportedly killed in US strike in Pakistan.


French forces kill or capture 20 militant fighters near Mali-Burkina Faso border.

Congo's ethnic violence displaces more than 1M people.

UN airlifts aid into Angola for DRC asylum seekers.

South Sudan: UN urges all sides to cease hostilities; regional force starts to arrive.

Central Africa fears return of LRA after hunt for Joseph Kony ends.

Libya seizes oil tankers after shootout at sea.

EU to cooperate with Libya on rebuilding state institutions, report says.


After Saudi stop, Germany’ Merkel heads to neighboring UAE.

Merkel to pay first visit to Russia in two years for talks with Putin.

France election: Le Pen attacks Macron as 'candidate of continuity'. Macron PLUMMETS in the polls as Marine Le Pen enjoys boost a WEEK AWAY from election vote.

May Day rallies provide latest battleground in French presidential campaign. France on extra high alert for May Day as protesters march against Le Pen.

May Day protests kick off in Berlin.

Italy's Renzi regains party leadership with big primary win.

Spain rescues 10 migrants crossing Strait of Gibraltar.


Deal on US government funding reached, averting shutdown. US budget: Funding deal reached to avert shutdown.

Trump says new GOP health care plan will have lower premiums.

Thousands expected to hit the streets for May Day protests.

Puerto Rico braces for May Day strike as debt deadline nears.

White House defends Trump invitation to Duterte despite human rights criticism.

Venezuela President Maduro hikes wages, distributes social housing. Venezuela protests: Maduro hikes minimum wage by 60%.

Venezuela's Maduro sees local elections later in 2017.

Argentina Plaza de Mayo: Rights group turns 40.

Storms in US South and Midwest kill at least 14.


Six years since bin Laden's death, al Qaeda weakened - but not finished.

US airstrike killed 8 Al-Qaida operatives in Yemen.

Al Qaeda affiliated Uzbek leader assassinated in Syria.

Saudi Arabia arrests 46 militant suspects involved in Medina attack.


Fate of the Furious tops box office AGAIN grossing over $1 billion worldwide as newcomer How To Be A Latin Lover is surprise hit.

Elon Musk teases future plans at TED talk.

Eminem sues New Zealand governing party over Lose Yourself.

SpaceX launches US spy satellite on secret mission, nails rocket landing.


James said...

Well I was wrong, though he is working diligently to make my prediction come true.

fazman said...

What was your prediction? Was it that fatboy will do something stupid.?

James said...

"Was it that fatboy will do something stupid.?"
Heh no, even I can get that one. I was thinking he might not survive last weekend.