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North Korea’s Punggye-ri Nuclear Test Site

Commercial satellite imagery of the Punggye-ri Nuclear Test Site shows that substantial tunnel excavation is continuing at the “North” Portal (previously the “West” Portal), which provided support for the last four of the five declared underground nuclear tests conducted by the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea. Via: 38north.org The North Portal tunnels provide direct access under Mt. Mantap, where up to ...

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The 23 most powerful nations on earth

The US has retained its position as the world’s most powerful nation, despite declining respect for its leadership. That’s according to US News and World Report, which has released the latest edition of its annual “Best Countries” study. Via: businessinsider.com  The media organisation evaluated 80 countries across a range of criteria, including cultural history, citizenship, and quality of life. Another key measure ...

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Duterte says if Islamic State comes to Philippines, forget human rights

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte warned on Monday that Islamic State militants driven out of Syria and Iraq could set up in his country, and if that happened he would forego human rights obligations to keep his people safe. Duterte said the southern Philippine province of Mindanao was already a hotbed of rebellion and banditry and he was worried about “looming ...

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U.S. plans to deploy strategic bombers over Korean Peninsula

It has been said that the U.S. will deploy strategic bombers to Andersen Air Force Base in Guam as a counteraction on the North Korea’s 5th nuclear test. It will be a solemn warning on the North’s latest nuclear provocation and a chance to reconfirm‎ that South Korea is under the protection of the U.S. nuclear umbrella and nuclear deterrence ...

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Philippine President threatens to leave UN following criticism

Filipino President Rodrigo Duterte insulted and threatened to leave the United Nations in response to criticism of his approach to drug crime since taking office. The pugnacious new leader made the comments in a speech Sunday in Davao City, the southern Filipino city where he served as mayor for over two decades. “Maybe we’ll just have to decide to separate ...

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