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North Korea tests new 'tactical' weapon, releases U.S. prisoner

North Korea tests new 'tactical' weapon, releases U.S. prisonerKim Jong Un’s visit to the test site of what North Korea’s state media called a “tactical weapon” that could protect North Korea like a “steel wall” threatened to sour the diplomatic atmosphere at a time when negotiations between North Korea and the United States appear to have stalled. “We remain confident that the promises made by President Trump and Chairman Kim will be fulfilled,” a spokesman for the U.S. State Department said.



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North Korea deports American even as it boasts of new weapon

North Korea deports American even as it boasts of new weaponWASHINGTON (AP) — North Korea on Friday deported an American citizen it says it detained for illegal entry, a U.S. official said, an apparent concession that came even as the reclusive nation announced the test of a newly developed but unspecified "ultramodern" weapon that will be seen as a pressuring tactic by Washington.



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North Korea tests new weapon amid stalled nuclear diplomacy

North Korea tests new weapon amid stalled nuclear diplomacySEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korean leader Kim Jong Un observed the successful test of an unspecified "newly developed ultramodern tactical weapon," state media reported Friday, in an apparent bid to apply pressure on the United States and South Korea.



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Th Air Force Plans to Arm Stealth F-22s and F-35s with the Ultimate Weapon

Th Air Force Plans to Arm Stealth F-22s and F-35s with the Ultimate WeaponThe Air Force and DARPA are now testing new hardware and software configured to enable 4th-Generation aircraft to command drones from the cockpit in the air, bringing new levels of autonomy, more attack options and a host of new reconnaissance advantages to air warfare.



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Trump’s Secret Weapon in 2020

Trump’s Secret Weapon in 2020(Bloomberg Opinion) — Republicans scrambled to push through tax reform last year in part because they thought it would boost their chances in this year’s midterm elections. They were wrong about that — but last year’s tax reform may help President Donald Trump’s chances in 2020.



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3D guns: Trump will be 'totally responsible' for every printed weapon 'roaming the streets', senator warns

3D guns: Trump will be 'totally responsible' for every printed weapon 'roaming the streets', senator warnsDonald Trump has one day left to stop a company from publishing 3D blueprints for weapons online that can be printed nationwide, Democrats have warned. In a press conference, a group of Democratic senators urged the president to take action after his own administration settled a lawsuit with Defence Distributors, allowing the gun company to begin uploading 3D gun designs to their website on Wednesday. Edward Markey, a Massachusetts senator, said Mr Trump would be held personally responsible if Americans begin downloading and printing guns online.



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Florida Stopped Background Checks On Concealed Weapon Permits For A Year: Report

Florida Stopped Background Checks On Concealed Weapon Permits For A Year: ReportFor over a year, Florida allowed citizens to obtain concealed weapon permits



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Parkland survivors meet Waffle House hero who snatched semi-automatic weapon from gunman

Parkland survivors meet Waffle House hero who snatched semi-automatic weapon from gunmanSurvivors of the Parkland school shooting met James Shaw Jr, the man who disarmed a gunman who killed four people at a Nashville Waffle House, in Miami on Saturday amid a drive for gun reform by student groups. Seventeen people were killed and another 17 were injured in the Florida shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in February. “Meeting the young adults of the Parkland incident so much fire and inspiration in their eyes was a great joy,” Mr Shaw tweeted with a photo of the group.



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CalSTRS opts to engage assault weapon retailers, not immediate divestment

CalSTRS opts to engage assault weapon retailers, not immediate divestmentThe pension fund has already divested from firearms manufacturers, but the board said that with retailers, it preferred to take a high-profile engagement strategy. “Unlike other CalSTRS engagements, where our staff practices quiet diplomacy, this plan advances a more public approach, to leverage the public pressure that has been mounting in this country in response to recent tragic gun violence,” said Harry Keiley, CalSTRS’ Investment Committee Chair.



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Salisbury Novichok quantity suggests it was created as weapon not for research, says chemical weapons watchdog chief

Salisbury Novichok quantity suggests it was created as weapon not for research, says chemical weapons watchdog chiefUp to 100 grams of liquid nerve agent were used in the attack on former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia, the head of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) has said. Ahmet Uzumcu told the New York Times the amount of Novichok used – around half a cup of liquid – suggests it was created for use as a weapon rather than for research purposes. Mr Skripal, 66, and his 33-year-old daughter Yulia were left fighting for their lives in hospital after being found unconscious on a park bench in Salisbury on March 4. The inquiry into the nerve agent attack in the Wiltshire city has involved 250 detectives who have gone through more than 5,000 hours of CCTV and interviewed more than 500 witnesses. Mr Uzumcu told the paper the Novichok could have been applied as a liquid or aerosol. What is Novichok He said: "For research activities or protection you would need, for instance, five to 10 grams or so, but even in Salisbury it looks like they may have used more than that, without knowing the exact quantity, I am told it may be 50, 100 grams or so, which goes beyond research activities for protection. "It's not affected by weather conditions. That explains, actually, that they were able to identify it after a considerable time lapse." He added the samples collected suggested the nerve agent was of "high purity". Moscow has denied accusations it was responsible for the poisoning of the Skripals but the incident plunged diplomatic relations between Russia and the West into the deep freeze. The Russian ambassador to the UK Alexander Yakovenko previously suggested that Sergei and Yulia Skripal may have been injected by British authorities with nerve agent produced at Porton Down. Timeline Sergei Skripal How events have unfolded However the UK has previously stated its conviction that only Russia had the means and motive to target the former spy. Karen Pierce, the UK's representative to the United Nations, told a meeting last month there was "no plausible alternative explanation than Russian State responsibility for what happened in Salisbury", suggesting Russia had the ability, operation experience and motive to carry out the attack. She said: "Russia has a proven record of conducting state-sponsored assassinations including on the territory of the United Kingdom. "The independent inquiry into the death of Alexander Litvinenko concluded in January 2016 that he was deliberately poisoned with polonium; that the FSB had directed the operation; and that President Putin probably approved it." On the technical means of creating Novichok, she said: "No terrorist group or non-state actor would be able to produce this agent in the purity described by the OPCW testing and this is something Russia has acknowledged. "The Russian State has previously produced Novichoks and would still be capable of doing so today."



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