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North Korea urges Trump to drop Pompeo from talks; U.S. plays down weapons test

North Korea urges Trump to drop Pompeo from talks; U.S. plays down weapons testNorth Korea’s state news agency said Kwon Jong Gun, in charge of U.S. affairs at the foreign ministry, had warned that no one could predict what would happen if Washington did not abandon the “root cause” that compelled Pyongyang to develop nuclear weapons. The statement came shortly after North Korean leader Kim Jong Un oversaw the test of a new tactical guided weapon, North Korea’s first weapon test since a summit between him and Trump broke down in late February. U.S. officials appeared to play down both developments, with acting U.S. Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan telling reporters at the Pentagon that while there had been a test, it was “not a ballistic missile.” A spokeswoman for the State Department said it was aware of the report about Pompeo and added: “The United States remains ready to engage North Korea in a constructive negotiation.” Despite the summit breakdown, North Korea had maintained a freeze in nuclear and ballistic missile testing in place since 2017,and Trump has repeatedly pointed to that as an important outcome from a year of engagement with Pyongyang.



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North Korea urges Trump to drop Pompeo from talks; U.S. plays down weapons test

North Korea urges Trump to drop Pompeo from talks; U.S. plays down weapons testNorth Korea’s state news agency said Kwon Jong Gun, in charge of U.S. affairs at the foreign ministry, had warned that no one could predict what would happen if Washington did not abandon the “root cause” that compelled Pyongyang to develop nuclear weapons. The statement came shortly after North Korean leader Kim Jong Un oversaw the test of a new tactical guided weapon, North Korea’s first weapon test since a summit between him and Trump broke down in late February. U.S. officials appeared to play down both developments, with acting U.S. Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan telling reporters at the Pentagon that while there had been a test, it was “not a ballistic missile.” A spokeswoman for the State Department said it was aware of the report about Pompeo and added: “The United States remains ready to engage North Korea in a constructive negotiation.” Despite the summit breakdown, North Korea had maintained a freeze in nuclear and ballistic missile testing in place since 2017,and Trump has repeatedly pointed to that as an important outcome from a year of engagement with Pyongyang.



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Larger groups seen crossing border as overall arrests drop

Larger groups seen crossing border as overall arrests dropSAN DIEGO (AP) — Central Americans are increasingly entering the United States illegally in groups of at least 100 people in rugged, remote stretches of the Mexican border, authorities said Friday upon releasing January figures that show total arrests fell for a second straight month.



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US weather forecast: Northern states to be colder than Antarctica as temperatures drop to -40C

US weather forecast: Northern states to be colder than Antarctica as temperatures drop to -40CParts of America are enduring temperatures colder than Antarctica this week as a blast of Arctic air from the polar vortex has caused the mercury to plunge as low as -40C (-40F). US officials are urging residents from northern states to stay inside as the deep freeze sets in across the country, bringing with it life-threatening conditions that have forced rail workers in Chicago to start track fires to keep them warm enough to function, and led to warnings not to breathe too deeply when outside. Brian Hurley, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service’s weather prediction centre in Maryland, said: “The heart of this cold … is hitting us now.



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CORRECTION: Drop beef and save millions of lives, slash emissions: WEF

CORRECTION: Drop beef and save millions of lives, slash emissions: WEFNew research conducted by the Oxford Martin School for WEF showed that efforts to replace meat and especially beef could provide huge benefits for human health and the environment. The organisation, famous for the plush gathering of the world’s rich, famous and influential at the luxury Swiss ski resort of Davos each January, said 2.4 percent of global diet-related deaths could be avoided by moving away from beef.



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US military deletes tacky New Year’s Eve tweet about being ‘ready to drop’ a bomb

US military deletes tacky New Year’s Eve tweet about being ‘ready to drop’ a bombIt's so easy to party to excess at the end of the year — to get caught up in the year-end revelry and the excitement of turning a page on the calendar. Some people get so caught up in the fun they go out and get hammered. Others gather in Times Square to watch the ball drop while they try not to freeze to death. Meanwhile, the arm of the US military that oversees the nation's nuclear weapons arsenal decided to get in on the fun in its own way — by sending out a humorous tweet about how big its bombs are. A tweet that, okay, wasn't actually funny at all. It has since been deleted and the military has also taken the extra step of apologizing for it.

Welcome to 2019.

It all started when US Strategic Command (@US_Stratcom on Twitter) sent out this admittedly inappropriate New Year's Eve-themed tweet. We're including this shared version of the tweet, since the original has been deleted:

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"What kind of maniacs are running this country?" Walter M. Shaub Jr. tweeted incredulously in response. He was formerly the head of the US Office of Government Ethics until his resignation in 2017.

As part of the since-deleted tweet, US Strategic Command also included a video with it that showed a B-2 stealth bomber dropping two GPS-guided bombs. Words like "Stealth" and "Lethal" popped up on the screen during the clip, which was reportedly viewed more than 120,000 times.

According to The New York Times: "The video in the original tweet shows a B-2 stealth bomber dropping a GBU-57 Massive Ordnance Penetrator. The GPS-guided bomb weighs tens of thousands of pounds and is designed specifically to penetrate thick concrete that protects entrenched structures such as underground bunkers and weapon storage sites.

"Stratcom is one of the American military's 10 unified commands. While some of those commands oversee operations in a specific region, like the Middle East or Africa, Strategic Command oversees specific capabilities, such as the Air Force's bomber wings that can strike anywhere in the world, encrypted communications or the tracking of global weapons of mass destruction."

Which, again, is the kind of military entity you would expect to be judicious in its communications and chest-thumping (of which one would hope there certainly wouldn't be any). So it's probably no surprise that the command deleted the tweet about being "ready to drop" something much bigger than the Times Square ball and quickly sent out this as an apology:

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Happy New Year!



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Times Square New Year's Eve ball drop to celebrate journalists and press freedom

Times Square New Year's Eve ball drop to celebrate journalists and press freedomA test run of the Times Square New Year’s Eve ball drop is performed on 30 December. Organisers of the Times Square ball drop, New York City’s traditional New Year’s ceremony, have invited a group of journalists to press the ceremonial button. Tim Tompkins, president of the Times Square Alliance, said in a statement it was “fitting to celebrate free press and free speech as we reflect on where we’ve been during the past year and what it is we value most as a society”.



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Christmas Day migrant drop off: ICE leaves at least 100 migrants in city's downtown

Christmas Day migrant drop off: ICE leaves at least 100 migrants in city's downtownAbout 100 migrants were dropped off Christmas Day in Downtown El Paso, Texas by immigration authorities.



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Global stocks drop, where is 'Santa Claus rally'?

Global stocks drop, where is 'Santa Claus rally'?Wall Street’s Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 506.71 points, or 2.1 percent, to 23,593.8, the S&P 500 lost 54.09 points, or 2.08 percent, to 2,545.86 and the Nasdaq Composite dropped 156.93 points, or 2.27 percent, to 6,753.73. “If Santa Claus doesn’t turn up very soon, U.S. stocks may end this year in negative territory”, wrote Rabobank analysts as the Nasdaq remained the only benchmark in the black for the year, with the Dow and the S&P 500 down between 2 and 3 percent. Some investors had hoped for a bounce back before the holidays, but any “Santa Claus rally” has proven elusive so far.



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Ford earnings drop on weak China sales

Ford earnings drop on weak China salesFord reported a drop in third-quarter profits Wednesday as weak sales in China and higher commodity costs countered the benefit of strong truck sales in North America. Ford’s North America business was the bright spot in the latest quarter, with truck and sport utility vehicles sales rising 2.8 percent from the prior year, amid strong demand for the best-selling F-series truck and other large vehicles. Ford Chief Executive Jim Hackett has warned that metals tariffs caused a $ 1 billion hit to company earnings.



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