South Korea cuts off power and water to jointly run factory park with the North

South Korea cuts off power and water to jointly run factory park with the North

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PAJU, South Korea — South Korea has cut off power and water supplies to a factory park in North Korea, officials said Friday, a day after the North deported all South Korean workers there and ordered a military takeover of the complex that had been the last major symbol of cooperation between the rivals.

It is the latest in an escalating standoff over North Korea’s recent rocket launch that Seoul, Washington and their allies view as a banned test of missile technology. The North says its actions on the Kaesong complex were a response to Seoul’s earlier decision to suspend operations as punishment for the launch. Read more…

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'Doomsday Clock' scientists will set the new time for our demise

‘Doomsday Clock’ scientists will set the new time for our demise

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Scientists behind a “Doomsday Clock” that measures the likelihood of a global cataclysm are set to announce Tuesday whether civilization is any closer or farther from disaster.

The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists is expected to unveil the minute hand on the metaphorical clock in Washington, D.C. The clock reflects how vulnerable the world is to catastrophe from nuclear weapons, climate change and new technologies, according to the bulletin.

They will reveal the new time at 1:30 p.m. ET on Tuesday. You can watch it live here.

California Gov. Jerry Brown will join former U.S. Secretary of State George Shultz and former U.S. Secretary of Defense William Perry for a discussion at Stanford University after the unveiling. Read more…

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North Korea just celebrated a nuclear test with a crazily choreographed dance party

North Korea just celebrated a nuclear test with a crazily choreographed dance party

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To celebrate their country’s purported “successful hydrogen bomb” test earlier this week, North Koreans gathered in the country’s capital for a coordinated dance party and mass rally on Friday

Thousands gathered in Kim Il Sung Square in Pyongyang for dancing and fireworks to mark the occasion and show their support for Wednesday’s test. Friday was also North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s birthday.

Footage of the celebrations show young women dressed in elaborate tulle gowns circling a stone statue while holding hands and laughing. Thousands of couples then gathered for more staged dancing in front of another statue in the city. Read more…

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North Korea's nuclear test claim provokes swift international backlash

North Korea’s nuclear test claim provokes swift international backlash

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UPDATED Jan. 6, 2016, 2:57 a.m. ET with China and Britain’s reactions.
UPDATED Jan. 6, 2016, 4:35 a.m. ET with Australia and France’s reactions.

While it remains unconfirmed whether North Korea did successfully test an H-bomb Wednesday, world leaders have been swift to strongly condemn the hermit nation’s nuclear tests.

At about 10 a.m. local time, a blast was registered near the North Korean city of Sungjibaegam. It showed up in the United States Geological Survey’s (USGS) trackers as a 5.1 magnitude earthquake.

Hours later, North Korea issued an announcement declaring it had successfully tested a hydrogen bomb, otherwise known as a thermonuclear bomb — a nuclear weapon technology that is a significant step up from the less powerful atomic bombs that it has used in three previous tests. Read more…

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North Korea claims it has successfully tested a hydrogen bomb

North Korea claims it has successfully tested a hydrogen bomb

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UPDATED Jan. 6, 2016, 12:45 a.m. ET

North Korea gave the international community a jolt on Wednesday morning local time when, it claims, it successfully tested a miniature hydrogen bomb.

If true, this would indicate that one of the world’s most dangerous and isolated nations has made significant improvements in its ambitions to weaponize.

Originally thought to have been an earthquake, the South Korean meteorological administration claimed the incident was an “artificial earthquake” near Punggye-ri — the site that North Korea had used for its previous three nuclear tests.

The United States Geological Survey (USGS) showed a 5.1 magnitude quake 21km (13 miles) away from North Korea’s city of Sungjibaegam. Read more…

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