North Korea Fires Another Missile Across Japan

North Korea fired a missile that flew over Japan’s northern Hokkaido far out into the Pacific Ocean on Friday, South Korean and Japanese officials said, deepening tensions after Pyongyang’s recent test of its most powerful nuclear bomb.

The missile flew over Japan and landed in the Pacific about 2,000 km (1,240 miles) east of Hokkaido, Japanese Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga told reporters.

Warning announcements about the missile blared around 7 a.m. (2200 GMT Thursday) in parts of northern Japan, while many residents received alerts on their mobile phones or saw warnings on TV telling them to seek refuge.

U.S. Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis said the launch “put millions of Japanese into duck and cover”, although residents in northern Japan appeared calm and went about their business as normal after the second such launch in less than a month.

The missile reached an altitude of about 770 km (480 miles) and flew for about 19 minutes over a distance of about 3,700 km (2,300 miles), according to South Korea’s military – far enough to reach the U.S. Pacific territory of Guam.

The U.S. military said soon after the launch it had detected a single intermediate range ballistic missile but the missile did not pose a threat to North America or the U.S. Pacific territory of Guam, which lies 3,400 km (2,110 miles) from North Korea. Pyongyang had previously threatened to launch missiles towards Guam.

“The range of this test was significant since North Korea demonstrated that it could reach Guam with this missile,” the Union of Concerned Scientists said in a statement.

Reuters

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Peace Hyde Appointed Head Of Digital Media For Forbes Africa Online

The ABN Group owners of the prestigious Forbes Africa and CNBC Africa platforms have recently appointed Peace Hyde as its new Head of Digital Media and Strategic Partnerships.

Hyde will still be maintaining her current role as the West Africa Correspondent for the leading business publication but will also head up the new digital platform, www.ForbesAfrica.com and drive user and engagement as well as create ongoing partnerships with brands and affiliates to cement the dominance of the magazine which is the number 1 read business magazine amongst Africa’s affluent according to a recent Ipsos EMS Survey.

“The publishing game has changed dramatically in recent years. Forbes Africa has always had a passion for celebrating the people changing Africa and our new digital platform is in line with reaching that goal. The biggest trigger for the change we are experiencing is the imminent shift to digital. Companies like Forbes Africa who have already began investing in this direction as well as creating engaging content will have a competitive advantage and we are excited that this new medium will create a paradigm shift in the way our loyal readers consume content”, says Hyde.

Forbes Africa is the sixteenth local language edition of the highly successful Forbes magazine – renowned for exploiting various matters as well as many listed based on the level of global wealth and power, offering topics such as “The World’s Most Powerful People” Global High Performers” and “The World Billionaires”. Forbes Africa was launched in October 2011.

“The managing editor, Chris Bishop is the visionary behind the immensely successful brand that we all love today. In just 6 years, Chris has managed to create a platform that is not only aspirational but also highlights the success stories from the continent while still maintaining the glitz and glamour of the prestigious Forbes brand. Through his guidance the new digital platform will have the same strict editorial standard but now we are widening our scope across the African region to pull in more stories that impact the continent as well as exciting content”, says Hyde.

“Forbes Africa is now 6 years and with this major push towards digital media, the company is simply carving out strategies to make us ready for the future. We are proud to appoint Peace Hyde to this role to help drive engagement from our millennial audience onto the online platform”, says Frederic Van Devyver, Executive Director, CNBC Africa and Forbes Africa.

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Donald Trump Offers To Mediate In Dispute Between Qatar And Its Neighbours

US President Donald Trump has offered to mediate in the three-month diplomatic dispute between Qatar and its neighbours, saying “we will be most successful [against terrorism] with a united” Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC).

Speaking at a joint news conference with Kuwait’s emir in Washington, DC, on Thursday, Trump said he supported Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad Al Sabah’s mediation efforts but if that did not manage to resolve the Gulf crisis, he would be “willing to be a mediator”.

“I think it’s something that’s going to get solved fairly easily,” he said.

“We call on our GCC and Egyptian allies to focus on our commitmtrumpents at that Saudi Arabia summit to continue our joint efforts to drive out and defeat terrorists.

“Qatar, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt are all essential US partners in this effort. We have great relationships with all of them right now, maybe better than we’ve ever had.

“We will be most successful with a united GCC.”

Aljazeera

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Chicago’s Mayor Bans Donald Trump From Entering City

Chicago’s Mayor, Rahm Emmanuel, has declared the city a “Trump-free zone”, after the US president ended protection for the children of undocumented immigrants known as “dreamers”.

Introduced by former President Barack Obama, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) immigration policy prevented nearly 800,000 people who came to the US as children from being deported.

Earlier this week, Donald Trump rescinded the programme. Following this, no new application can be made.

But mayor Rahm Emmanuel tweeted: “To all the Dreamers that are hear in this room and the city of Chicago: you are welcome in the city of Chicago. This is your home and you have nothing to worry about.”

The DACA programme, announced by Mr Obama in 2012, offers renewable protection from deportation for two years to people who entered the United States before the age of 16.

Recipients must have lived in America continuously since 2007 and must not have a criminal record.

Mr Trump’s Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced the decision to scrap the DACA programme, calling it an “open-ended circumvention of immigration laws” and an unconstitutional use of executive authority.

“The programme known as DACA that was effectuated under the Obama administration is being rescinded,” said Mr Sessions, who has long opposed the programme.

He added that “the policy was implemented unilaterally, to great controversy and legal concern.”

The Independent

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Female Teacher Arrested For ‘Sending Naked Pictures Of Herself To Students On Snapchat’

A teacher has admitted sending naked pictures of herself to as many as five pupils on Snapchat.

Tracy Miller was caught after a student told administrators at Logan High School, in West Virginia, that he had pictures of her saved on his phone.

The student later showed them to officers, who immediately hauled Ms Miller in for questioning.

The 27-year-old admitted that she had possibly sent images to as many as five students between March and July this year, although she could not remember how many she had sent.

She has since been suspended without pay.

The Independent

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Putin Calls For Talks On North Korea Crisis

Russian President Vladimir Putin held talks with his South Korean counterpart Moon Jae-in on Wednesday after which he condemned North Korea’s missile testing and called for talks to try to resolve the crisis.

Putin, speaking in the Russian Pacific port city of Vladivostok, said it was not possible to resolve the North Korean crisis with just sanctions and pressure alone.

Pyongyang’s nuclear and missile program was a flagrant violation of United Nations resolutions, said Putin.

“Without political and diplomatic tools, it is impossible to make headway in the current situation; to be more precise, it is impossible at all,” Putin said at a joint news conference with his South Korean counterpart.

Reuters

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Kenya Holds Fresh Presidential Poll October 17

Kenya Electoral Commission has said that it will conduct a fresh presidential election on October 17.

This is coming after the nation’s Supreme Court overturned the result of last month’s poll won by President Uhuru Kenyatta.

“A fresh presidential election will be held on the 17th of October 2017,” said a statement signed by Wafula Chebukati, chairperson of the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC). “This is in conformity with the Supreme Court decision annulling the presidential election held on 8th August 2017.”

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Trump Attacking Freedom Of The Press, Says U.N. Rights Boss

U.S. President Donald Trump’s criticism of journalists amounts to an attack on the freedom of the press and could provoke violence against reporters, the United Nations’ human rights chief said on Wednesday.

Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein said Trump had also made worrying remarks about women, Mexicans and Muslims and went on to question the president’s approach to immigration and decision to pardon former Arizona lawman Joe Arpaio.

There was no immediate response from the White House on the wide-ranging rebuke of Trump’s repeated references to the “fake media” and some of his other statements and decisions.

“It’s really quite amazing when you think that freedom of the press, not only sort of a cornerstone of the U.S. Constitution but very much something that the United States defended over the years is now itself under attack from the President,” the U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights said.

“It’s sort of a stunning turnaround. And ultimately the sequence is a dangerous one,” he told a news conference in Geneva.

 Referring to the New York Times, Washington Post and CNN, he added: “To call these news organizations ’fake’ does tremendous damage and to refer to individual journalists in this way, I have to ask the question is this not an incitement for others to attack journalists?”

Zeid voiced concern that a journalist from the Guardian had been “assaulted in the United States most recently” but gave no details.

Trump rounded on journalists last week, calling them “truly dishonest people” and criticizing their coverage of a white supremacist-organized rally in Virginia and the political fallout from his comments that violence there was caused by “many sides”.

Reuters

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China Blames US And South Korea For Provoking Pyongyang

China has warned the US and South Korea not to provoke North Korea and called for restraint from all sides after Pyongyang fired a missile that flew over Japan and landed in waters off the northern region of Hokkaido.

Foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying made the comment at a daily news briefing.

North Korea’s latest missile test came amid joint US-South Korea war games, and Seoul immediately followed it with a test bombingat a firing range near its border with the North.

China’s foreign ministry said it opposed North Korea going against UN resolutions to launch missiles, but added that sanctions and pressure could not solve the issue. It called for the United States and North Korea to open talks.

Mr Trump has tried to pressure China, Pyongyang’s sole major ally, into doing more to restrain the Kim regime.

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Group Sues Donald Trump Over Transgender Military Ban

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) is suing the Trump administration over the President’s ban on transgender people serving in the military.

The ACLU claims the ban, which Donald Trump announced via Twitter last month, is unconstitutional and based on “uninformed speculation, myths and stereotypes, and a desire to harm transgender people”.

“Men and women who are transgender with the courage and capacity to serve deserve more from their commander-in-chief,” ACLU attorney Joshua Block said in a statement.

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North Korea Reveals Nuclear Plans

North Korea appears to have revealed details of two as-yet untested missile systems in its press coverage of a factory inspection by the country’s supreme leader Kim Jong-un.

Photographs released by the state news agency to go with a report on Mr. Kim’s visit to a facility at the academy of defence sciences facility show wall charts describing the missiles, called hwasong-13 and pukguksong-3.

Hwasong-13 appears to be a three-stage intercontinental ballistic missile, while the chart showing pukguksong-3, although largely obscured by officials, is a submarine launched ballistic missile.

It’s not the first time that north Korea has “accidentally” left details of important developments in the background of photo-shoots, and this is seen by analysts as a means of showing off its military power or sending messages to its foes.

North Korea’s report of the visit appears to be deliberately timed, coming on the third day of the ulchi freedom guardian military exercises involving south Korea and the united states, to which Pyongyang is vehemently opposed.

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Court Sentence Teacher To Three-Years Imprisonment After Having Sex With Student In A Cemetery

A former teacher at a private Christian school who admitted to having sex with one of her pupils, including at least four times in a cemetery, has been jailed for three years.

Charli Jones Parker was arrested last year on multiple charges of having sex with at least two students Pickens Academy in Carrolton, Alabama.

But after pleading guilty to one charge of a school employee having sex with a student under the age of 19, the 31-year-old’s potential 12 year prison sentence was reduced to three, followed by five years of probation.

Parker, who was the head coach for the girls’ basketball team, had sex with one of the pupils 11 times between October 2014 and march 2016 in several locations, including her own home and at a local cemetery, according to court records from the previous cases.

Separately, her husband James Franklin Parker, who was the boy’s basketball coach, was also arrested and charged with having sex with a female student.

He has denied the charges and is due to stand trial in November.

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