Sep 3, 2017

North Korea's most powerful nuclear test yet

Dave Lawler, author of World

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North Korea carried out its sixth nuclear test Saturday night, claiming it had detonated a missile-ready hydrogen bomb. Japanese officials say the blast was ten times as powerful as North Korea's fifth test, in September 2016.

President Trump condemned the test Sunday morning on Twitter: "North Korea has conducted a major Nuclear Test. Their words and actions continue to be very hostile and dangerous to the United States... North Korea is a rogue nation which has become a great threat and embarrassment to China, which is trying to help but with little success... South Korea is finding, as I have told them, that their talk of appeasement with North Korea will not work, they only understand one thing!"

Why it matters: North Korea's capabilities are accelerating rapidly, and President Trump continues to say military options are on the table. Publicly criticizing the strategies of other key players carries risks of its own as the tension continues to rise. Just yesterday, it emerged that Trump was considering ending the U.S./South Korea trade deal.

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Remembering George Floyd

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With politicians, clergy and law enforcement in attendance on Thursday in Minneapolis, the family of George Floyd demanded recognition for his life well lived.

Why it matters: Floyd has become the latest symbol of police brutality after he was killed last week when a police officer held a knee to his neck.

Al Sharpton says Floyd family will lead march on Washington in August

The family of George Floyd is teaming up with Rev. Al Sharpton to hold a march on Washington on Aug. 28 — the 57th anniversary of the civil rights movement's March on Washington — to call for a federal policing equality act, Sharpton announced during a eulogy at Floyd's memorial service in Minneapolis Thursday.

Why it matters: The news comes amid growing momentum for calls to address systemic racism in policing and other facets of society, after more than a week of protests and social unrest following the killing of Floyd by a Minneapolis police officer.

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Medical journal retracts study that fueled hydroxychloroquine concerns

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The Lancet medical journal retracted a study on Thursday that found that coronavirus patients who took hydroxychloroquine had a higher mortality rate and increased heart problem than those who did nothing, stating that the authors were "unable to complete an independent audit of the data underpinning their analysis."

Why it matters: The results of the study, which claimed to have analyzed data from nearly 96,000 patients on six continents, led several governments to ban the use of the anti-malarial drug for coronavirus patients due to safety concerns.