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 The real revolution in NKorea is rise of consumer culture
The real revolution in NKorea is rise of consumer culture

Like all North Korean adults, Song Un Pyol wears the faces of leader Kim Jong Un's father and grandfather pinned neatly to her left lapel, above her heart. But on her right glitters a diamond-and-gold brooch.

Song is part of a paradigm shift within North Korea: Three generations into the Kim family's ruling dynasty, markets have blossomed and a consumer culture is taking root. From 120 varieties of "May Day Stadium" brand ice cream to ...

August 18, 2017

 The Latest: American man, 42, is among the Barcelona dead
The Latest: American man, 42, is among the Barcelona dead

The Latest on the Spain attacks (all times local):

A father says his son, a California resident, is among the 13 people killed in a van attack in Barcelona, Spain.

Daniel Tucker tells The Daily News of New York that his son Jared Tucker's body was identified by his wife at the morgue Friday. Tucker says of the attack, which was claimed by Islamic State militants, "it's just something we really just don't understand."

Jare...

August 18, 2017

 Missing woman's family in Denmark submarine case fears worst
Missing woman's family in Denmark submarine case fears worst

The family of a Swedish journalist missing since a trip off Copenhagen a week ago on a home-built submarine says "it seems the worst has happened."

The parents and brother of Kim Wall says "there is nothing we wish more" than to have her back alive, adding "chances are extremely small."

The family told The Associated Press in an email Friday that Kim had as a journalist worked in many dangerous places, but it was unimaginable th...

August 18, 2017

 How the Spain attacks unfolded
How the Spain attacks unfolded

Fourteen people are dead, including one American, and more than 100 others are injured following a series of terror attacks in Spain.

Police have linked four events in Spain to the same group of individuals: a home explosion in the town of Alcanar; a driver who mowed down pedestrians in Barcelona; an attack in the coastal town of Cambrils; and an abandoned vehicle that was recovered by police.

Five suspects are dead and four p...

August 18, 2017

 Pro-government assembly in Venezuela takes congress' powers
Pro-government assembly in Venezuela takes congress' powers

The move triggered further international condemnation from the dozens of countries that have already criticized the creation of the all-powerful assembly as an undemocratic power grab by Maduro.

Assembly delegates approved a decree giving them the authority to pass legislation to guarantee the peace, sovereignty and economic well-being of Venezuelans in the face of what they consider relentless machinations and sabotage by Maduro's opp...

August 18, 2017

 Sierra Leone death toll now up to 450 after mudslides
Sierra Leone death toll now up to 450 after mudslides

Burials and rescue efforts pressed on amid the threat of further disaster. Up to 450 bodies have been recovered in and around the capital, Freetown, after Monday's mudslides and flooding, according to Dr. Simeon Owiss Koroma, the government's chief consultant forensic pathologist. Some 600 others are missing and feared dead.

Sayo Jalloh, who lost a son, a brother and 15 other family members, has been too numb to mourn. At a camp for th...

August 18, 2017

 Navy to relieve USS Fitzgerald leadership for mistakes that led to deadly collision
Navy to relieve USS Fitzgerald leadership for mistakes that led to deadly collision

The U.S. Navy relieved the USS Fitzgerald's commanding officer, executive officer and senior enlisted sailor for mistakes that led to a deadly crash with a merchant ship on June 17.

Seven U.S. sailors lost their lives when the Navy destroyer collided with a Philippine-flagged container ship in the middle of the night off the coast of Japan. The accident was called "avoidable" and said both ships "demonstrated poor seamanship," accordi...

August 18, 2017

 Exclusive: Flight mission near North Korean border exhibits US motto: 'Fight tonight'
Exclusive: Flight mission near North Korean border exhibits US motto: 'Fight tonight'

The motto of the more than 28,000 U.S. forces stationed in South Korea -- "fight tonight" -- emphasizes their readiness to mount a defense against a North Korean threat at any time.

Raddatz participated in a training operation with the 36th Fighter Squadron, a part of the 51st Fighter Wing, which simulated a North Korean invasion into South Korea.

The F-16 crew practiced giving backup to ground troops in need of close air supp...

August 18, 2017

 US woman desperately trying to find husband who disappeared after Barcelona attack
US woman desperately trying to find husband who disappeared after Barcelona attack

The family of San Francisco Bay-area resident Jared Tucker, who was in the area of Thursday's terror attack in Barcelona, has not heard from him since the car-ramming took place and is now desperately trying to locate him.

Tucker and his wife Heidi Nunez have been vacationing in the Spanish coastal city. While Nunez has been in contact with family in the U.S., Tucker has not been heard from.

Tucker's brother-in-law, Kalani Kal...

August 18, 2017

 ISIS-linked stimulant more dangerous than previously thought, scientists say
ISIS-linked stimulant more dangerous than previously thought, scientists say

Captagon has been around for a while, Wenthur noted. It was used therapeutically before it became illegal in the United States and most countries in the 1980s. But the study's findings may explain why the illicit stimulant has gained popularity in recent years and is abused by young people in the Middle East.

Kim Janda, who co-led the Scripps Research Institute team on the study, said he first became interested in Captagon after it ha...

August 18, 2017

 In Germany, neo-Nazis get to march but threats are verboten
In Germany, neo-Nazis get to march but threats are verboten

Given Germany's grim history as the home of National Socialism and the efforts it has made since then to atone for its genocidal past, it might seem surprising that far-right extremists who glorify a dead Nazi official are allowed to march in his honor this weekend.

Police have told organizers they can march, but they're not allowed to glorify Hess, who died at Spandau prison 30 years ago. The neo-Nazis are allowed to bring banners: bu...

August 18, 2017

 2 dead, several stabbed in Finland: Police
2 dead, several stabbed in Finland: Police

Two people are dead and six others are injured after a suspect stabbed them with a weapon in the Finnish city of Turku, according to police in Finland.

Police fired a single shot that hit the suspect in the thigh, police said. The suspect is in police custody and is being treated at the hospital.

Finland's interior minister said security is being stepped up across the country.

Finnish police said it’s "now safe to be i...

August 18, 2017

WATCH: Terror after Finland stabbing attack puts Turku on lockdown
WATCH: Terror after Finland stabbing attack puts Turku on lockdown

Police can be seen talking to emergency services staff, while a body can be seen lying in the middle of the street covered with a white sheet.

A stabbing spree in Turku, south-west Finland, left the city on lockdown on Friday.

Three people can be seen in the foreground while more emergency staff can be seen in the distance.

Shocking images of a body lying in the middle of the street in central Turku covered with a white sheet...

August 18, 2017

BREAKING: Barcelona attack prime suspect Moussa Oukabir WAS shot dead
BREAKING: Barcelona attack prime suspect Moussa Oukabir WAS shot dead

Five men were shot dead in the coastal town of Cambrils eight hours after 13 people were killed on Las Ramblas, Barcelona.

The twin attacks in the Catalan capital were a reaction to air strikes in Syria, ISIS claimed, despite Spaniards refusing to take part in air bombing campaigns in 2015.

Las Ramblas after a vehicle mounted the pavement and drove towards crowds

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August 18, 2017

END OF TRUMP? President preparing to RESIGN and will be GONE by autumn, says former ally
END OF TRUMP? President preparing to RESIGN and will be GONE by autumn, says former ally

Mr Schwartz, who became close to Mr Trump while spending 18 months shadowing the business mogul during the 1980s while researching the book, said today: “The circle is closing at blinding speed. 

“Trump is going to resign and declare victory before Mueller and Congress leave him no choice.

Trump's presidency is effectively over

“Trump's presidency is effectively over. Would be amaz...

August 18, 2017

HERO OF CAMBRILS: Officer killed FOUR jihadis as they marched from Audi on killing rampage
HERO OF CAMBRILS: Officer killed FOUR jihadis as they marched from Audi on killing rampage

The officer – who local media has said is female – wiped out the jihadis seconds after they rammed their Audi A3 through crowds and into her police car.

As her partner lay wounded in the vehicle, the outnumbered officer faced a one-on-one clash with the crazed gang, who escaped their overturned car and marched towards her armed with machetes, axes and knives.

The Trooper agent, who had been on a routine patrol, acted fa...

August 18, 2017

'LAST CHANCE!' Eurosceptic leader blasts ‘outdated’ Schengen zone - will Italy QUIT EU?
'LAST CHANCE!' Eurosceptic leader blasts ‘outdated’ Schengen zone - will Italy QUIT EU?

With Italy’s national election less than a year away, Mr Salvini has revealed his plans to bring the right-wing party to power - and it involves a revision of “every European treaty”.

Speaking to Politico, the 44-year-old said: “We want to give Europe one last chance, but in return we want to see real change, especially when it comes to Schengen and the Dublin treaty."

The Dublin Treaty mandates asylum seeke...

August 18, 2017

Knife rampage in Turku, Finland - two dead, six injured and city on lockdown
Knife rampage in Turku, Finland - two dead, six injured and city on lockdown

A stabbing spree in Turku, south-west Finland, has left two people dead and six injured. 

The attack occurred in the city centre, with one person dying at the scene and another in hospital.

Police increased security across the country and warned people to stay away from the city and reinforced security nationwide, with increased patrols and more surveillance, in case more people were involved. People were allowed to retur...

August 18, 2017

'Not my chancellor' Merkel faces boos and shouts of 'TRAITOR' at rally over migrant policy
'Not my chancellor' Merkel faces boos and shouts of 'TRAITOR' at rally over migrant policy

The chancellor, who is widely expected to win a fourth term, made a stop in the small town of Annaberg-Buchholz in Saxony today as part of her election campaign ahead of the vote on September 24.

More than 150 protestors descended on the rally chanting "not my chancellor", as they waved banners reading "get out of here" and "traitor to the nation".

The group also held signs reading "regime change in Germany" and "CDU - we are destr...

August 18, 2017

Knife attack near Dusseldorf - One dead, manhunt on for killer
Knife attack near Dusseldorf - One dead, manhunt on for killer

At least one other person is believed to have been hurt.

The incident has taken place on Kipdorf in Wuppertal-Elberfeld, in the city in North Rhine-Westphalia.

Special forces have been deployed and police have descended on the scene, forming a ring of steel around the area.

A special forces commander said systematic searches were taking place in neighbouring buildings. 

Local media have reported the killer - or kil...

August 18, 2017