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  • Prosecutors add lewd conduct charges to tortured kids case

    Prosecutors add lewd conduct charges to tortured kids caseFAIRFIELD, Calif. (AP) — Prosecutors on Thursday added four charges of lewd conduct against a father accused of torturing his children in a Northern California home where prosecutors say 10 children lived in filth and neglect.




  • United reaches settlement with family over dog's death in overhead bin

    United reaches settlement with family over dog's death in overhead binUnited Airlines has reached a settlement with a family whose puppy died after a flight attendant insisted it be placed in an overhead bin.




  • 9 Safest Luxury SUVs for 2018

    9 Safest Luxury SUVs for 2018




  • Harvey Weinstein Expected To Turn Himself In To The NYPD For Sex Crimes

    Harvey Weinstein Expected To Turn Himself In To The NYPD For Sex CrimesHarvey Weinstein plans to turn himself in to New York City law enforcement on




  • London couple convicted of murdering nanny, burning her body

    London couple convicted of murdering nanny, burning her bodyLONDON (AP) — A London couple delusionally obsessed with a former boy-band star were found guilty Thursday of murdering their French nanny and burning her body on a bonfire in their backyard.




  • Police release bodycam footage from Sterling Brown arrest

    Police release bodycam footage from Sterling Brown arrestMilwaukee police released bodycam footage from the Jan. 26 arrest of Milwaukee Bucks player Sterling Brown.




  • Immigrant Children Accuse Border Patrol Of Abuse And Neglect, Report Shows

    Immigrant Children Accuse Border Patrol Of Abuse And Neglect, Report ShowsU.S. Border Patrol agents have resorted to troubling tactics toward




  • 'Infinity War' Writers Try To Clear Up Marvel's Problematic Timeline

    'Infinity War' Writers Try To Clear Up Marvel's Problematic Timeline"Infinity War" screenwriters Stephen McFeely and Christopher Markus helped to




  • Sandy Hook families sue US conspiracy theorist

    Sandy Hook families sue US conspiracy theoristSix families of victims killed in one of America's worst mass shootings have filed a lawsuit against conspiracy theorist Alex Jones, who has claimed the massacre days shortly before Christmas 2012 never happened. Twenty small children and six adults were killed in less than five minutes on December 14, 2012 at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut, by 20-year-old killer Adam Lanza who then turned the gun on himself. A Connecticut law firm filed the defamation lawsuit in Bridgeport on Wednesday accusing Jones, his far-right website Infowars, other financial backers, one of his guests and another associate of greed in peddling their campaign.




  • Spy, Spying, #SPYGATE: Trump spies opportunity to 'brand' FBI informant

    Spy, Spying, #SPYGATE: Trump spies opportunity to 'brand' FBI informantPresident Trump reportedly told a friend this week that he wanted to “brand” the FBI informant who met with members of his 2016 campaign a “spy” because he believed the term would stick. On Thursday morning, Trump used the term three times in a single tweet.




  • 2019 Ford F-150 Raptor - Pictures

    2019 Ford F-150 Raptor - Pictures




  • Rescue Cat Has Hilarious Wide-Eyed Expression After Scan Confirms She Is Pregnant

    Rescue Cat Has Hilarious Wide-Eyed Expression After Scan Confirms She Is PregnantAn adorable rescue cat called Ulla made the most endearing face after a




  • 13 Wedding Cake Alternatives For Couples Who Prefer Savory Over Sweet

    13 Wedding Cake Alternatives For Couples Who Prefer Savory Over SweetSweets and cakes may reign supreme at most weddings, but there's no rule




  • Moses Farrow Defends Woody Allen And Accuses Mia Farrow Of Abuse

    Moses Farrow Defends Woody Allen And Accuses Mia Farrow Of AbuseWoody Allen's son Moses Farrow came to the filmmaker's defense on Wednesday in




  • Hawaii volcano latest: Footage shows blue flames bursting through cracks in road after eruption

    Hawaii volcano latest: Footage shows blue flames bursting through cracks in road after eruptionFootage has captured rare blue flames bursting through cracks in a road in Hawaii following the Kilauea volcano eruption. The volcano produces methane when hot lava buries and burns plants and trees. When this gas flows up through cracks in the road it ignites and produces a blue flame.




  • Malaysia court sentences Australian woman to death for drug-trafficking

    Malaysia court sentences Australian woman to death for drug-traffickingA Malaysian court on Thursday sentenced to death by hanging an Australian mother of three, for trafficking more than a kilogram of crystal methamphetamine into the Southeast Asian nation, but her lawyer said she was appealing. Prosecutors had sought the appeals court conviction, which overturned the earlier acquittal of Maria Exposto, 54, of charges of smuggling the drugs in a backpack in Dec. 2014, after she said she was duped in an online scam. Tania Scivetti, a lawyer representing Exposto, who hails from Sydney, said her team had filed an appeal in a federal court.




  • Mercedes-AMG lineup completed with E53 sedan reveal

    Mercedes-AMG lineup completed with E53 sedan revealMercedes-AMG has now completed the final piece of its inline-six powered midsize jigsaw with the reveal of the AMG E53 sedan, which utilises the same 3.0-litre turbocharged inline-six also found in the CLS53 and E53 coupe and convertible models. The engine under the hood of the 2019 Mercedes-AMG E53 sedan also produces the same 429 horsepower and 384 lb.-ft. of torque as it does elsewhere, but perhaps the standout point of this powerplant is the 48-volt ultra-mild hybrid assist system it also shares with its siblings. There's only one gearbox available with the 2019 E53 sedan, but that's not a problem as it's the excellent nine-speed auto used extensively throughout the Mercedes family at the moment.




  • MH17: Plane shot down with Russian military missile launcher, investigators conclude

    MH17: Plane shot down with Russian military missile launcher, investigators concludeAn international investigation has said the Russian military brought the missile that downed Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 into eastern Ukraine, leading to the tragedy that killed 298 people.  The Dutch-led Joint Investigation Team said last year the Buk 9M38 surface-to-air missile in question arrived from Russia and was fired from territory held by Russia-backed separatists.  But Thursday's press conference in the Netherlands for the first time implicated the Russian military, of which president Vladimir Putin is the commander in chief, in the catastrophe that shocked the world in July 2014.  Although the JIT did not say who pulled the trigger, the conclusion that the 53rd anti-aircraft brigade from Kursk, a unit of a “few hundred people,” was operating the missile marks a step closer to naming the perpetrators.  Investigators said they were working toward a court case in the Netherlands against those who fired the Buk Telar missile system as well as higher-ups in their chain of command. They are reportedly focusing on 100 or so suspects.  Dutch police investigator Wilbert Paulissen next to the engine casing and thrust nozzile of the missile that brought down MH17 Credit: FRANCOIS LENOIR /Reuters The allegations come after Yulia Skripal said she was lucky to have survived an “attempted assassination” with a nerve agent in Salisbury, raising pressure on Russia three weeks before the start of the World Cup here.  The JIT said it had again requested information from Russia, which had failed to tell it of this missile unit's activities, and put out another open call for confidential witness testimony.  “We are looking for people that were directly or indirectly involved in the downing of MH17, but we're also thinking of individuals who were responsible for the operation that deployed the Buk Telar,” said Wilbert Paulissen, head of the Dutch national police. Russian officials began pushing back against the Dutch allegation almost immediately. Moscow has since the days after the plane went down put out a raft of unlikely theories to shift the blame to Ukraine and vetoed a proposed United Nations tribunal. Video: The Telegraph's Roland Oliphant visits site of downed jet Yury Shvytkin, a member of parliament from the ruling party, called the investigation “aggression against our country like that during the Skripal case” and claimed it would have to “at the minimum” find a soldier's fingerprints on the Buk missile to accuse Moscow. One of the two main Russian state television channels ignored the news on Thursday afternoon, while the other posted a news item on its website that avoided any mention of the Russian military involvement.  The defence ministry could not immediately be reached for comment, even as it continued to post on social media footage tanks and ships at war games. Those killed when the missile hit MH17 at 33,000 feet, raining bodies and debris onto the farm fields below, were mostly Dutch but also of 17 other nationalities including British, Australian, Malaysian and Indonesian. Mr Paulissen said a “fingerprint for the missile” had been established through seven markings and features on the sides of the launcher visible in social media images. Photographs, videos and witness testimony traced the progress of this launcher in a convoy from Kursk to the Ukrainian border in June 2014, and it was photographed again near the launch site on the day of the catastrophe.  Investigators also detonated a Buk missile to compare the debris to that found in the fields and bodies of MH17 victims, according to Australian federal police commander Jennifer Hurst. She displayed an engine casing and thrust nozzle from the Buk responsible with a serial number she said indicated it had been produced at a factory near Moscow in 1986. FAQ | Flight MH17 Asked whether there were satellite images of the launch, Dutch chief prosecutor Fred Westerbeke said the investigation had more information that it could not reveal at the risk of “showing our cards to the other side”. He added it was entering the “last phase” ahead of possible legal proceedings.  Relatives of MH17 victims said in a letter in the independent newspaper Novaya Gazeta on Wednesday that a “shadow” hangs over the World Cup, and the “Russian leaders who will profess to welcome the world with open arms, are those who are chiefly to blame for shattering our world”.




  • Amnesty highlights sex-for-food claims in Boko Haram-hit Nigeria

    Amnesty highlights sex-for-food claims in Boko Haram-hit NigeriaAmnesty International on Thursday urged Nigeria to act on claims soldiers and members of the civilian militia have raped women and girls in remote camps for people displaced by Boko Haram but the government said the rights monitor was repeating false accusations. Amnesty said it had gathered multiple testimonies about alleged abuse by the security forces, including claimed that soldiers coerced vulnerable survivors into having sex in exchange for food. In November 2016, police vowed to look into allegations of sexual abuse and exploitation in the camps but several months later, the military rejected the allegations.




  • North Korea Threatens Again To Call Off Trump Summit, Warns Of ‘Nuclear Showdown’

    North Korea Threatens Again To Call Off Trump Summit, Warns Of ‘Nuclear Showdown’North Korea has escalated its war of words with the U.S., repeating a threat




  • Trump Roasted For Rushing To Defend Tomi Lahren While Ignoring Real Victims

    Trump Roasted For Rushing To Defend Tomi Lahren While Ignoring Real VictimsPresident Donald Trump on Wednesday rushed to the defense of conservative




  • US police chief apologises for arrest of NBA player Sterling Brown as tasing video released

    US police chief apologises for arrest of NBA player Sterling Brown as tasing video releasedThe police chief in the Midwestern US city of Milwaukee apologised on Wednesday for the tasing and arrest of a black professional basketball player over a parking violation, as his department released video of the incident. Chief Alfonso Morales said disciplinary action had been taken against the officers involved in the January arrest of Sterling Brown, who plays for the NBA’s Milwaukee Bucks. It is the latest case to highlight the fraught relationship between black communities and law enforcement across the US. In Milwaukee, there have been several recent protests over controversial police interactions with black people – including the deadly shooting of a 23-year-old in 2016. The newly-released body cam footage of Brown’s arrest shows him initially detained by one officer for parking in a handicapped zone at around 2:00 am on January 26. This Jan. 26, 2018 police body-camera footage released by Milwaukee Police Department shows NBA Bucks guard Sterling Brown talking to arresting police officers Credit: AP Brown, 23, engages in tense dialogue with the officer and gives him his identification. The officer tells him that he is waiting for additional backup. "We’re figuring out what we’re gonna do. Whether we’re giving you a ticket, whatever," the unidentified officer says. "You can’t do that by yourself?" Brown asks, questioning why he was being detained for such a long time over a parking violation. Soon, at least six additional officers surround Brown and one of them yells: "Take your hands out of your pockets now!" Brown responds: "No. I got stuff in my hands." NBA Bucks guard Sterling Brown talks to arresting police officers after being shot by a stun gun  Credit: AP At that point, officers tackle the six-foot, six-inch man to the ground, tase and handcuff him. The city’s Mayor Tom Barrett said the video raised "concerns." "Members (of the police department) acted inappropriately, and those members were recently disciplined," Chief Morales said at a news conference. "I am sorry this incident escalated to this level," he added, without detailing the disciplinary action taken or releasing the names of the officers involved. Milwaukee Police Department apologised over the incident involving NBA Bucks guard Sterling Brown Credit: AP Brown was issued a parking citation, but not charged with any criminal offence. In a statement, he vowed to take legal action against Milwaukee police. "What should have been a simple parking ticket turned into an attempt at police intimidation, followed by the unlawful use of physical force," Brown said. He cited a number of recent high-profile cases of black men and boys killed during interactions with police, including Laquan McDonald in Chicago and Eric Garner in New York. "Black men shouldn’t have to have their guard up and instantly be on the defensive when seeing a police officer, but it’s our reality and a real problem," Brown said. The Bucks also released a statement, calling the incident "shameful and inexcusable." "We are grateful for the service of many good police officers that courageously protect us, our fans and our city, but racial biases and abuses of power must not be ignored," the team said. Milwaukee has had several protests over police conduct, putting the city on edge ahead of the video’s release. In August 2016, Milwaukee saw two days of arson and civil unrest after police shot and killed Sylville Smith, a black suspect, after a brief foot chase. Cognizant of that history, police officials reached out to multiple community leaders and politicians prior to the video’s publication online, according to local media. On social media, the reaction to the video was fierce, with Sterling Brown’s name quickly trending on Twitter and several teammates posting a photo on various platforms that said simply: "STANDWITHSTERLING." "I think what we just saw happen to Sterling as NBA Family we should all support him," teammate Brandon Jennings tweeted. "We the NBPA stand firmly, not only with Sterling Brown but with all our players in the quest to fight injustice. We will continue to support our members and serve as a platform to help them raise awareness and bring about positive change in their communities." #standwithsterling— NBPA (@TheNBPA) May 24, 2018 Some commenters, meanwhile, took issue with the initial police officer’s interaction with Brown after he was handcuffed. The two argued, before the officer said, apparently with sarcasm: "Sorry, I don’t follow the Bucks, so I didn’t recognize you. I didn’t recognize your famous name." "It ain’t famous. It’s legit," Brown responded.    




  • Elon Musk Blasts Media 'Hypocrisy' and Proposes Rating Journalists In a Twitter Rant

    Elon Musk Blasts Media 'Hypocrisy' and Proposes Rating Journalists In a Twitter RantHe blamed oil advertising money for the recent negative coverage of electric car-maker Tesla




  • Texas governor supports 2 small gun rules after shooting

    Texas governor supports 2 small gun rules after shootingAUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas Gov. Greg Abbott said Wednesday he could support stronger regulations for gun storage and quicker reporting to law enforcement when a court has determined someone is mentally ill in order to keep them from having weapons.




  • Woman Mauled By Bear in Montana Walks Miles to Safety With Skull Fracture

    Woman Mauled By Bear in Montana Walks Miles to Safety With Skull FractureA 28-year-old woman who finally earned her “dream job” working as a grizzly bear researcher is now recovering in the hospital from serious injuries after she was attacked by one of the powerful animals




  • Multiple casualties in bomb blast in Iraqi capital Baghdad

    Multiple casualties in bomb blast in Iraqi capital BaghdadBy Raya Jalabi and Hesham Hajali BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Multiple people were killed or wounded in a suicide attack in Iraq's capital Baghdad on Thursday, Iraqi security services said. The attack took place in the predominantly Shi'ite Shula district, in northwest Baghdad. According to a statement from Iraq's National Security media center, the attacker detonated an explosive vest after he was besieged by security forces at the entrance to the Saqlawiyah park, resulting in the death and injury of "a number of civilians." No group immediately claimed responsibility for the attack, though it bore the hallmarks of Islamic State.




  • Concrete and coral: Beijing's South China Sea building boom fuels concerns

    Concrete and coral: Beijing's South China Sea building boom fuels concernsBy Greg Torode and Simon Scarr HONG KONG/SINGAPORE (Reuters) - At first glance from above it looks like any clean and neatly planned small town, complete with sports grounds, neat roads and large civic buildings.  But the town is on Subi reef in the Spratlys archipelago of the hotly contested South China Sea and, regional security experts believe, could soon be home to China's first troops based in the maritime heart of Southeast Asia. Private sector data analysis reviewed by Reuters shows Subi, some 1,200 km (750 miles) from China's coast, is now home to nearly 400 individual buildings – far more than other Chinese islands. Subi could be the future location of hundreds of People's Liberation Army marines, as well as a possible administrative hub as China cements its claim with a civilian presence, security analysts and diplomatic sources say.




  • Trump again goes after what he calls the 'animals' of MS-13

    Trump again goes after what he calls the 'animals' of MS-13The event was billed as a roundtable “on immigration loopholes that enable MS-13 to infiltrate our communities.” But at times it almost seemed as though the purpose was to validate the president’s description of MS-13 members as “animals.”




  • How the press is getting it wrong about the Democratic primaries

    How the press is getting it wrong about the Democratic primariesThe press is framing Democratic primary contests as "establishment" versus "outsiders," but in fact, the categories blur, and both wings of the party have done well so far.




  • Atlanta lawyer gets life in shooting of business exec wife

    Atlanta lawyer gets life in shooting of business exec wifeATLANTA (AP) — A judge on Wednesday sentenced a well-connected Atlanta attorney to life in prison with the possibility of parole for fatally shooting his business executive wife.




  • Yulia Skripal says recovery from poisoning 'slow, painful'

    Yulia Skripal says recovery from poisoning 'slow, painful'LONDON (AP) — Yulia Skripal, who was poisoned with her ex-spy father in a nerve agent attack, said Wednesday her recovery has been "slow and painful," and that she hopes to return to her home in Russia someday.




  • Archaeologists Find 'Holy Grail of Shipwrecks' Carrying Stash Worth Up to $17 Billion

    Archaeologists Find 'Holy Grail of Shipwrecks' Carrying Stash Worth Up to $17 BillionIn 1708, the San José— a Spanish galleon ship carrying a stash of gold, silver and emeralds — sank during a fierce battle against the British in the Caribbean Sea. Now, after sitting at the bottom of the ocean for 310 years, the San José's shipwreck has finally been officially identified, thanks to an analysis of the distinctive bronze cannons that sank with the ship.




  • Global warming may have 'devastating' effects on rice: study

    Global warming may have 'devastating' effects on rice: studyAs carbon dioxide rises due to the burning of fossil fuels, rice will lose some of its protein and vitamin content, putting millions of people at risk of malnutrition, scientists warned on Wednesday. "We are showing that global warming, climate change and particularly greenhouse gases -- carbon dioxide -- can have an impact on the nutrient content of plants we eat," said co-author Adam Drewnowski, a professor of epidemiology at the University of Washington. Protein and vitamin deficiencies can lead to growth-stunting, birth defects, diarrhea, infections and early death.




  • Judge Orders 30-Year-Old Man To Move Out Of His Parents' House Already

    Judge Orders 30-Year-Old Man To Move Out Of His Parents' House AlreadyTwo parents in New York will finally get to know what empty nest syndrome




  • Cleveland Indians Pitcher Trevor Bauer Rejects Claims He Scrawled 9/11 Conspiracy Message on Mound

    Cleveland Indians Pitcher Trevor Bauer Rejects Claims He Scrawled 9/11 Conspiracy Message on MoundThe message, "BD911" was thought to mean "Bush did 9/11."




  • 25 Decor Scores to Snag from Nordstrom's Half-Yearly Sale

    25 Decor Scores to Snag from Nordstrom's Half-Yearly Sale




  • Pakistani teen slain at Texas school is buried in hometown

    Pakistani teen slain at Texas school is buried in hometownKARACHI, Pakistan (AP) — Thousands of people in Karachi attended the funeral Wednesday for a 17-year-old Pakistani exchange student who was killed in a mass shooting at a Texas high school.




  • In a philosophical mood, Congress debates freedom of speech on campus

    In a philosophical mood, Congress debates freedom of speech on campusA congressional hearing on free speech and political correctness on campus turns both philosophical and confrontational.




  • The F-35 Might Just Be the Ultimate Weapon (For Israel)

    The F-35 Might Just Be the Ultimate Weapon (For Israel)The chief of Israel’s air force said on Tuesday that his was the first country to ever use the F-35 fighter jet in combat. “The ‘Adir’ (F-35I) aircraft are already operational and flying combat missions. In fact, we have performed the first operational F-35 strike in the world,” Major General Amikam Norkin was quoted by Israel Defense as saying.




  • Syria says Iranian withdrawal not up for discussion

    Syria says Iranian withdrawal not up for discussionThe withdrawal of Iranian forces from Syria, demanded by the United States, is not up for discussion, a top Syrian official was quoted as saying on Wednesday, adding that Damascus was deciding on its next campaign against rebels. "Whether Iranian forces or Hezbollah withdraw or stay in Syria is not up for discussion because it's the (business) of the Syrian government," Deputy Foreign Minister Faisal Mekdad said in an interview with Russia's Sputnik state news agency.




  • A Planner's Guide to the Mediterranean Diet

    A Planner's Guide to the Mediterranean Diet2018 might well be dubbed the year of the Mediterranean diet. Not only did it tie for the best overall diet in the U.S. News Best Diets rankings in January, but this year also marks the Mediterranean diet pyramid's 25th anniversary. Beyond being linked to a host of powerful health benefits including a reduction in heart disease risk, potential weight loss, improved brain health and longevity, much of the eating pattern's staying power can be attributed to its flexibility -- there aren't entire food groups excluded, and followers don't calorie count or track macros.




  • Military Husband Celebrates Gender Reveal With Comrades While Deployed to Japan

    Military Husband Celebrates Gender Reveal With Comrades While Deployed to JapanIn a cute video, he found out what his wife would be having while 3,000 miles away.




  • Scientists plan DNA hunt for Loch Ness monster next month

    Scientists plan DNA hunt for Loch Ness monster next monthA global team of scientists plans to scour the icy depths of Loch Ness next month using environmental DNA (eDNA) in an experiment that may discover whether Scotland's fabled monster really does, or did, exist. "This DNA can be captured, sequenced and then used to identify that creature by comparing the sequence obtained to large databases of known genetic sequences from hundreds of thousands of different organisms," said team spokesman Professor Neil Gemmell of the University of Otago in New Zealand. The most famous picture of Nessie, known as the "surgeon’s photo", was taken in 1934 and showed a head on a long neck emerging from the water.




  • Taming the ‘animals’ of MS-13: Trump takes his gang crackdown to the suburbs

    Taming the ‘animals’ of MS-13: Trump takes his gang crackdown to the suburbsFor the second time in a year, President Trump will travel to Long Island Wednesday for a forum on combatting MS-13, the small but violent street gang that has been a central focus of his crackdown on illegal immigration. Trump’s apparent obsession with the gang has been met with confusion and criticism.




  • Southern Baptist Leader Who Said Abused Women Should Just Pray Is Removed From Post

    Southern Baptist Leader Who Said Abused Women Should Just Pray Is Removed From PostA prominent Southern Baptist Church leader who is known to have made




  • US staffer suffers brain injury after 'sound' incident in China

    US staffer suffers brain injury after 'sound' incident in ChinaThe US embassy in China issued a health alert Wednesday after a US government employee experienced an "abnormal" sound and suffered a mild brain injury -- in an incident reminiscent of a mysterious illness that hit diplomats in Cuba. US and Chinese authorities are investigating the matter after the employee, who was assigned to the southern city of Guangzhou, was diagnosed with mild traumatic brain injury (MTBI), said embassy spokeswoman Jinnie Lee. In an alert emailed to US citizens in China, the embassy said it does not know what caused the symptoms or of any similar situations in the country.




  • 5 Myths About Social Security That Need To Be Busted Already

    5 Myths About Social Security That Need To Be Busted AlreadyWithout question, there is plenty to misunderstand about Social Security's




  • Pakistan buries teen killed in Texas school shooting

    Pakistan buries teen killed in Texas school shootingHundreds mourned a Pakistani exchange student killed in a mass shooting at a Texas high school last week during her burial in Karachi Wednesday. Sabika Sheikh was among the 10 people gunned down at a high school in Santa Fe last Friday when a heavily armed student opened fire on classmates. Relatives sobbed and hugged as Sheikh's remains arrived at her family home in a casket draped with a Pakistani flag.




  • International journalists depart for North Korea's nuclear test site, as experts warn demolition could destroy valuable evidence

    International journalists depart for North Korea's nuclear test site, as experts warn demolition could destroy valuable evidenceInternational journalists on Wednesday set out on an arduous journey to witness the dismantlement of North Korea’s nuclear test site, Punggye-ri – an event that experts predict will be more about PR than substance.  The departure of about 22 Chinese, American, Russian and British journalists, including a Sky News team, from the North Korean port city of Wonsan, was delayed in order to wait for the arrival of eight more South Korean journalists from Beijing.  The South Koreans had initially been dropped from the trip after a diplomatic spat between North and South over military drills, but that decision was suddenly reversed early on Wednesday. It followed a threat from President Donald Trump that a June summit with Kim Jong-un could be called off.  Journalists on the trip revealed that they face a 12 hour train ride, followed by four hours on a bus and then a two hour hike to reach the remote test site in the mountains of Kilju County, North Hamgyong province.  Tom Cheshire, Sky News Asia correspondent, described a surreal first day after the first batch of journalists were flown to Wonsan on a charter flight from Beijing on Tuesday.  Satellite images of the Punggye-ri test site on May 7 2018 Credit: DigitalGlobe/ScapeWare3d/DigitalGlobe/Getty Images  His team’s satellite phone and radiation dosimeter – a device to measure the level of nuclear radiation they would absorb – were immediately confiscated at the airport, he revealed.  “Officials assured us that the test site is completely safe so we would not need it, despite our repeated protests,” he wrote.  Even after arrival, the journalists were being kept in the dark about their schedule, he continued. “What is sure is that it will be what the North Korean regime want to show. A government minder is by our side every minute.” Mr Cheshire said their hotel in the port city, which until recently was a base for artillery drills and missile launches, was intended to be a luxury resort and had the overpowering smell of fresh paint.  #breaking Bus carrying South Korean journalists arrives at our hotel in Wonsan. We depart for the Punggye Ri nuclear site in a few minutes. See you when we come out! pic.twitter.com/9FsO3JHeZv— Will Ripley (@willripleyCNN) May 23, 2018 The visitors were offered a "bizarre banquet" in a large hall. “Music – a violin cover of Frank Sinatra’s My Way – was piped in. On the menu: everything from fondue to steak, as well as fried turtle and shark fin soup, and row after row of silver cutlery,” he said.  “In a country that has suffered so much from famine and poverty, and which continues to suffer, it was a dislocating experience.” The journalists are expected to be able to film the dismantlement of Punggye-ri, the only active nuclear weapons test site in the world, from a viewing platform at a safe distance.   The exercise is intended by Pyongyang to show good faith over a moratorium on nuclear and missiles tests that it announced in April, amid a diplomatic thaw with South Korea and ahead of a summit with President Trump in Singapore that is still planned for June 12.  Since 2006, the North Korean regime has conducted six nuclear tests in tunnels beneath Mount Mantap, close to Punggye-ri. The most recent, on September 3 last year, caused a 6.3 magnitude earthquake.  According to several reports, the blast, which was almost 17 times the size of the bomb dropped on Hiroshima at the end of World War II, may have caused the site to partially collapse, raising concerns about the stability of the mountain itself.  In October, the Japanese media reported that a tunnel under construction had collapsed, killing up to 200 workers.  North Korea’s decision to close the site has been welcomed by the US and South Korea as a positive diplomatic gesture.  But scientists and nuclear experts, who have not been invited to the closing ceremony, have warned that the demolition of Punggye-ri’s tunnels will also destroy valuable evidence and data about the North’s weapons programmes.  North Korea's nuclear history: key moments Cheryl Rofer, a chemist who has worked all over the world on the disassembling and decommissioning of nuclear and chemical weapons, said that much information about the country’s bombs could be gleaned by allowing experts access.  “I would want to bring some capability of taking samples, and I would also want to bring a geologist with me. I’d want to have a radiation counter, I would want to go into the tunnel to see if parts of it have caved in at the back,” she told CNN.  “Isotope measurements could tell you about the design of the device, it would tell you what kind of bombs they’re making, what they’re making them out of, how much uranium and plutonium is in the bombs. We might be able to infer what they’re planning and the shape of their progress,” she said. 




  • Disney Reveals Opening Seasons For 'Star Wars' Theme Park Lands

    Disney Reveals Opening Seasons For 'Star Wars' Theme Park LandsDisney's "Star Wars"-themed lands at its California and Florida resorts now