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North Korean rocket puts object into space, angers neighbors, U.S. | Reuters

North Korea launched a long-range rocket on Sunday carrying what it called a satellite, but its neighbors and the United States denounced the launch as a missile test, conducted in defiance of U.N. sanctions and just weeks after a nuclear bomb test.

The U.S. Strategic Command said it had detected a missile entering space, and South Korea's military said the rocket had put an object into orbit.

North Korea said the launch of the satellite Kwangmyongsong-4, named after late leader Kim Jong Il, was a "complete success" and it was making a polar orbit of Earth every 94 minutes. The launch order was given by his son, leader Kim Jong Un, who is believed to be 33 years old.


U.S. student arrested in North Korea for 'hostile act'

North Korea said Friday that it had arrested a American student from the University of Virginia for allegedly "perpetrating a hostile act" against the regime.

North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency, in a one-sentence dispatch, said only that the 21-year-old student, identified as Otto Frederick Warmbier, had traveled to the North as a tourist but with the real aim of destroying the unity of North Korea with "the tacit connivance of the U.S. government and under its control."


Stocks, oil bashed by China worries, North Korea nuclear test | Reuters

World stocks fell for a fifth day on Wednesday as China fueled fears about its economy by allowing the yuan to weaken further and a nuclear test by North Korea added to a growing list of geopolitical worries.

European markets followed Asia into the red, with Britain's FTSE, Germany's DAX and France's CAC all 1.5 percent lower ahead of what was expected to be an equally rough start for Wall Street.

MSCI's 46-country All World index was flirting with a 3-month low and emerging market shares were at their lowest in more than six months.


Donald Trump appears in Al Shabaab's new terrorism recruiting video - Washington Times

Somalia-based terrorist group Al Shabaab, an al Qaeda offshoot, released a new recruitment film on Saturday showing what it calls racial injustice in the U.S. and featuring clips of GOP presidential front-runner Donald Trump.

The 51-minute film shows a clip of Mr. Trump at a rally in December where he called for the U.S. to ban all Muslims from entering the country as his supporters cheered, according to reports from the SITE Intelligence group.


Iranian Protesters Ransack Saudi Embassy After Execution of Shiite Cleric - The New York Times

Iranian protesters ransacked and set fire to part of the Saudi Embassy in Tehran on Saturday after Saudi Arabia executed an outspoken Shiite cleric who had criticized the kingdom’s treatment of its Shiite minority.

Protesters broke furniture and smashed windows in an annex to the embassy, said a witness who was reached by telephone from Tehran. The protesters also set fire to the room, said the witness, who would provide only his first name, Abolfazl, because he had been involved in the protest.

The police arrived and cleared the embassy grounds of protesters and extinguished the fire, he said.



Iran threatens response to new U.S. visa restrictions - Yahoo News

DUBAI (Reuters) - Iran will take reciprocal measures in response to any breach of this year's nuclear deal, the Foreign Ministry warned on Monday, after Tehran said new U.S. visa restrictions contravened the historic agreement.

Iran has started to restrict its nuclear program under the terms of the July 14 deal with six world powers, including the United States. When the restrictions are completed, international sanctions on Tehran will be lifted.


6 U.S. Troops Killed In Afghanistan In Suicide Blast : The Two-Way : NPR

A suicide bombing killed six American troops and injured two others near Bagram Air Field in Afghanistan on Monday.

A driver rammed a motorcycle packed with explosives into a joint NATO-Afghan patrol in what was the deadliest attack on international forces since August, the Associated Press reports. A third person was also wounded in the explosion.

The White House said in a statement that the Taliban was responsible:

"We express our deepest condolences to the families of the six U.S. service members killed and to all of those injured in today's Taliban attack near Bagram Airfield in Afghanistan. Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims, their families, and their loved ones. The United States condemns this cowardly attack on members of the U.S. and Afghan forces, and we remain committed to supporting the Afghan people and their government. We will continue to work together to promote peace and stability in Afghanistan, just as we will not relent in our mission to counter the threat of terrorism that plagues the region."


Nations Approve Landmark Climate Accord in Paris - The New York Times

LE BOURGET, France — With the sudden bang of a gavel Saturday night, representatives of 195 nations reached a landmark accord that will, for the first time, commit nearly every country to lowering planet-warming greenhouse gas emissions to help stave off the most drastic effects of climate change.


Yet, the earth hasn't warmed in 18 years......