Apr 17, 2017

North Korea warns of "all-out war" if U.S. military acts

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North Korea's Vice Foreign Minister, Han Song-Ryol, sent the US. a warning shot in an interview with the BBC:

If the US is reckless enough to use military means it would mean from that very day, an all out war.

He added North Korea will "be conducting more missile tests on a weekly, monthly and yearly basis," and that the North sees its nuclear weapons as a way to "protect" it from the U.S.

This comes after VPOTUS Mike Pence cautioned North Korea against testing the resolve or the strength of the U.S. military during his visit in South Korea and as tensions are heightening between the U.S. and North Korea.

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The rematch of the century

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The weekend's biggest sporting event is Wilder-Fury II, which despite its name is not an action movie sequel starring Jean-Claude Van Damme but, rather, a boxing match starring arguably the two best heavyweights in the world.

The backdrop: In their first meeting in December 2018, Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury put on a memorable show at Staples Center, with Fury surviving a brutal right hand in the 12th round to earn a split-decision draw.

Pro-Trump warrior takes the helm of U.S. intelligence

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By picking Ambassador Richard Grenell to be acting director of national intelligence, President Trump has slotted a pro-Trump warrior into the ultimate apolitical role.

What they're saying: James Clapper, the longest-serving DNI (2010-2017), tells Axios it's "very worrisome installing a partisan with no real intelligence experience in this position."

Coronavirus kills 2 Diamond Princess passengers as Israel confirms first case

Data: The Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins, the CDC, and China's Health Ministry. U.S. numbers include Americans extracted from Princess Cruise ship.

Two elderly Diamond Princess passengers have been killed by the novel coronavirus — the first deaths confirmed among the more than 600 infected aboard the cruise ship — as Israel confirmed its first case among evacuees from the ship.

The big picture: COVID-19 has now killed more than 2,200 people and infected over 76,000 others, mostly in mainland China, where the National Health Commission announced 118 new deaths since Thursday.

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