North Korea

The instability in North Korea is still making headlines.  The Times reports:

North Korea warned President Trump yesterday that it would obliterate the South Korean government in Seoul “within minutes” if the US were to launch an attack.
The warning followed reports that the US was considering a pre-emptive military strike against North Korea’s nuclear weapons programme — a move that would risk retaliation against Seoul, a city of 10 million people within range of North Korean artillery.
US troops in Guam, Japan and South Korea would also be targets. Twenty years ago, before Pyongyang had nuclear weapons, the military commander of US forces in South Korea estimated that a war with the North would cost a million lives.

The Mail claims the country is ‘warmongering’.

North Korea upped its warmongering with Donald Trump today in a series of menacing boasts threatening to ‘ravage’ US troops amid fears the two countries are heading for war.
The secretive state vowed to ‘pulverize’ US bases and South Korean capital Seoul if it was threatened by the US military, which is carrying out drills on the Korean peninsula. A US aircraft carrier group is steaming towards the region.
It claimed it would ‘ruthlessly ravage’ the US if Washington attacked. China warned the region could go to war ‘at any moment’.
The rhetoric comes after North Korea warned that President Donald Trump’s  ‘troublemaking’ and ‘aggressive’ tweets have pushed the world to the brink of thermo-nuclear war.

The Sun also reports Kim’s threats.

THE North Korean army has threatened to ‘pulverise’ the US as tensions soar amid claims Kim Jong-un could hit Western targets with his missiles within four years.
The two countries have been facing off over Pyongyang’s rogue atomic ambitions in recent weeks.
Kim Jong-un looks set to carry out a sixth nuclear test after  satellites picked up increased activity at the Punggye-ri nuclear test site.
And senior US intelligence sources claim Donald Trump is prepared to launch a pre-emptive strike if the test goes ahead.

And the Telegraph reports the country has put its weaponry on display.

North Korea displayed its submarine-launched ballistic missiles (SLBM) for the first time on Saturday ahead of a massive military parade in the capital, Pyongyang.
Weapons analysts said they believed some of the other missiles on display were new types of intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBM).
North Korea warned the United States on Saturday to end its “military hysteria” or face retaliation as a U.S. aircraft carrier group steamed towards the region and the reclusive state marked the 105th birth anniversary of its founding father.

The Times brings China into the argument.

US military forces were massing around North Korea last night as China warned that war could break out “at any minute” and satellite imagery suggested that Pyongyang was preparing to test a nuclear weapon.
President Trump was said to be assessing “a full range of options” as US warships with Tomahawk cruise missiles were reported to be 300 miles from North Korea’s main nuclear testing site.
On Saturday, the 105th anniversary of the birth of Kim Il-sung, the founder of North Korea, hundreds of soldiers wheeled new long-range missiles through the centre of Pyongyang in an apparent display of the country’s military strength.

The Star claims it has received a heavenly message that war will break out on May 13.

A “MESSENGER of God” who accurately predicted the major events leading up to World War 3 has sensationally revealed the exact day war will begin.
The self-proclaimed “supernatural being” has revealed to Daily Star Online his visions and study of the Bible and prophecies has resulted in a date on which the nuclear war will fall.
Clairvoyant Horacio Villegas envisioned Donald Trump becoming US president as far back as 2015, predicting he would become the “illuminati king” who will “bring the world into WW3”.

International trade

As Brexit negotiations continue, the Express reports that trade talks have already started.

LIAM Fox has told the EU that Britain will press ahead with trade talks with other countries now that Article 50 has been triggered.
His bold statement comes in defiance of demands by vindictive EU bosses that Britain can do nothing until it has left the EU.
And the international trade secretary has also warned that any effort to exclude the UK from EU business while it is still a member will not be tolerated.
Dr Fox was responding to suggestions that Britain should be kept out of the EU’s trade talks with other countries while it is still a member.

The International Trade Secretary will not allow the EU to dictate to him, claims the Express.

LIAM FOX has defiantly declared the Government won’t allow EU chiefs to block Britain’s involvement in ongoing trade talks over the next two years.
The International Trade Secretary hit back at suggestions Brussels officials could attempt to exclude the UK from hearing updates on the bloc’s continuing trade discussions with non-EU countries such as Australia.
It was reported at a recent briefing by the EU’s chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier the European Commission had voiced concerns Britain will continue to have access to “sensitive information” on the EU’s trade dealings while it remains a member state.
Brussels is believed to fear the UK’s access to this information could boost Britain’s efforts in securing its own individual trade deals once it completes its EU departure in 2019.

Brexit

The bloc has the power to stop a UK-EU deal, claims the Independent.

It is seen in Britain as a mere talking shop. The European Parliament usually makes UK news bulletins only when Nigel Farage hurls insults, Ukip MEPs literally fight among themselves or there’s another row about the Parliament’s costly travelling circus between Brussels and Strasbourg.
Yet the 751-member Parliament will play an important role in shaping Brexit and has the power to vote down any UK-EU deal. Although little-noticed in Britain, its influence has grown and most EU policies are now the subject of “co-decision” by the Parliament and Council of Ministers from member states.
The Parliament is already flexing its muscles over Brexit and taking a harder line than the European Commission, the EU civil service, and the European Council, the 27 national leaders.

It seems an Irishman has declared that Mrs May realises Brexit is a bad idea, says the Mirror.

Theresa May has realised that Brexit is an “act of great self harm”, a senior Irish diplomat has claimed.
John Callinan, the Irish government’s top Brexit official, suggested Britain was steering away from a hard Brexit.
He said the UK’s approach was now to “minimise” the damage caused by leaving the EU.
“I see signs in the contacts that we’re having, both at EU level and with the UK, of a gradual realisation that Brexit in many ways is an act of great self-harm, and that the focus now is on minimising that self-harm,” he told a seminar organised by Irish trade unions.
Mr Callinan, who heads the Dublin team co-ordinating Ireland’s response to Brexit , said the British negotiating position was still unclear.

The story is also in the Express.

THE British government realises leaving the EU is a mistake and “act of great self-harm”, according to Ireland’s top Brexit official.
Enda Kenny’s top Brexit official John Callinan said Theresa May’s Government must now attempt to limit the damage during Brexit negotiations.
Speaking at a Brexit seminar, Mr Callinan warned the Prime Minister must navigate “a delicate home situation”.
He suggested Britain could move away from a hard Brexit as it enters the crucial negotiations.
Mr Callinan said: “I see signs in the contacts that we’re having, both at EU level and with the UK, of a gradual realisation that Brexit in many ways is an act of great self-harm, and that the focus now is on minimising that self-harm.”

EU

But it seems the EU is plotting against us, says Westmonster.

The EU are plotting a ‘Norway option’ to keep the UK inside the single market during the so-called ‘transition’ phase of Brexit, including a continuation of open borders.
This would be disastrous as it would mean the UK would have to continue to accept the so-called four founding freedoms of the EU: goods, services, capital and crucially people, meaning open borders.
Britain would also continue paying payments into the EU budget, presumably on top of the ridiculous £50 billion already being demanded.
This is the key for the government. Will they continue on down some murky, extended phase of EU withdrawal that changes very little or will they have the bottle to execute the Clean Brexit that millions want to see?

Syria

In another flashpoint, the Telegraph claims the Syrian president still has lots of chemical weapons.

President Bashar al-Assad continues to retain hundreds of tonnes of his country’s chemical stockpile after deceiving United Nations inspectors sent in to dismantle it, according to Syria’s former chemical weapons research chief and other experts.
Brigadier-General Zaher al-Sakat – who served as head of chemical warfare in the powerful 5th Division of the military until he defected in 2013 – told the Telegraph Assad’s regime failed to declare large amounts of sarin precursor chemicals and other toxic materials.
Syria handed over what it said was its entire chemical arsenal to the UN’s Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) in 2014 under a deal negotiated by the US and Russia after hundreds of people were killed in a sarin gas attack in the outskirts of the capital, Damascus.

Education

In other news, teachers are regularly being assaulted, claims the Morning Star.

A TEACHER won over £450,000 in compensation after being assaulted by a pupil, teachers’ union NASUWT said yesterday, warning that cuts to health and safety are putting school staff at risk.
Recent figures by the union showed that compensation payouts to teachers have soared during the past 12 months.
NASUWT secured £27.7 million from school bosses for its members in that time, representing a 72 per cent increase since 2015.
The union warned that teachers are becoming more vulnerable in the workplace due to government cuts to health and safety inspections.
Equalities legislation has also been undermined, leaving employers with little incentive to improve working conditions and working practices.

Cancer drugs

And it seems that a drugs company is under investigation, says the Times.

A pharmaceutical company that implemented massive price increases on life-saving cancer medicines is being investigated by the European Commission.
Aspen Pharmacare, which is based in South Africa, bought the rights to several cancer drugs from the British company Glaxosmithkline (GSK) in 2009 and subsequently put up their prices across Europe.
Prices rose by up to 1,500 per cent in Italy and up to about 1,200 per cent in England and Wales, where one blood cancer treatment increased from £5.20 for 25 tablets to more than £69.

Easter eggs

Whether you celebrate Easter or not, the UK is still a Christian country, although some supermarkets are ignoring this says the Mail.

Two of the big four supermarkets have declined to join their rivals in selling a Christian Easter egg that tells the story of Jesus.
Sainsbury’s has refused to stock the Real Easter Egg, which comes with a booklet explaining the significance of eggs during Christianity’s most important festival, while the company that makes it says Asda has ignored its approaches.
Tesco and Morrisons – the other big two – and Waitrose are stocking the eggs made by the Meaningful Chocolate Company, which has been applauded by the Archbishop of York Dr John Sentamu.
But their two big rivals are not following suit, despite the £3.99 product selling at a rate of 400,000 a month.

End of humanity

And today’s apocalyptic story comes from the Star, which claims we’ll all be dead in 13 years’ time.

A TERRIFYING video says that humans will die out by 2030 and there’s nothing that can be done to save us.
The clip – available above – claims that humanity’s reliance on non-renewable resources such as electricity, oil and metal will see an end to our species much sooner than we think.
And efforts to live sustainably – such as using solar powered equipment and recycling – will just not cut it.
The narrator of There’s No Tomorrow says: “The issues of energy shortages, resource depletion, top-soil loss and pollution are all symptoms of a larger problem – growth.”
Thanks to big business depending on finite resources for their products and with civilians happily consuming their goods, things will only continue to get worse.

UKIP

It seems that a prominent Kipper is running his local campaign from hospital after being diagnosed with cancer, reports Wales online.

The party organiser who spearheaded Ukip’s 2016 National Assembly election campaign, when it won seven seats, is now battling against an aggressive form of cancer.
Young dad Sam Gould, 33, who was also a leading figure in the Leave campaign at last year’s EU referendum, has been diagnosed with bowel cancer that has spread to his liver and lymph nodes.
He is currently a patient in the Royal Gwent Hospital at Newport where he has undergone major surgery.
But from his hospital bed, he is running both a local election campaign, hoping to be elected as a county borough councillor in the St James ward of Caerphilly, and an awareness campaign about bowel cancer.

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