Troops mass in Pyongyang show of strength

PYONGYANG (AFP) - North Korea s military forces were massed in Pyongyang Saturday for a show of strength by leader Kim Jong-Un as tensions mount over his nuclear ambitions. Hundreds of flatbed trucks packed with soldiers lined the banks of the Taedong river ahead of a parade through the North Korean capital. Ostensibly the event was to mark the 105th anniversary of the birth of Kim s grandfather, the North s founder Kim Il-Sung - a date known as the Day of the Sun in the Democratic People s Republic of Korea, the country s official name. But it is…
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China warns of war as N.Korea vows ‘merciless’ response to US

BEIJING (AFP) - China issued a stern warning Friday that a conflict over North Korea could break out "at any moment", as Pyongyang vowed a "merciless" response to any US military action. Tensions in the region have surged to fresh heights in recent days with speculation mounting that the North is preparing a sixth nuclear test. A US naval strike force has been deployed near the Korean peninsula, and President Donald Trump has issued stark warnings that the threat posed by Pyongyang s nuclear weapons programme "will be taken care of". A clearly rattled China, under pressure from Trump to…
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North Korea displays apparently new missiles as U.S. carrier group approaches

(Reuters) - North Korea displayed what appeared to be new long-range and submarine-based missiles on the 105th birth anniversary of its founding father, Kim Il Sung, on Saturday, as a nuclear-powered aircraft carrier group steamed towards the region. Missiles appeared to be the main theme of the giant parade, with Kim’s grandson, leader Kim Jong Un, taking time to greet the commander of the Strategic Forces, the branch of the military that oversees the missile arsenal. A Navy attack on a Syrian airfield this month with Tomahawk missiles raised questions about President Donald Trump’s plans for reclusive North Korea, which…
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Pentagon chief to travel next week to Middle East, Africa

t week for a series of meetings with regional allies, the Pentagon said Friday. The trip will be Mattis s fourth overseas since he became President Donald Trump s defense secretary. It comes amid heightened tensions with Russia following the US military strike on a Syrian air base in response to a suspected chemical weapons attack. The trip includes stops in Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Israel, Qatar and Djibouti. Mattis is making the trip to "reaffirm key US military alliances, to engage with strategic partners in the Middle East and Africa, and to discuss cooperative efforts to counter destabilizing activities and…
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Football: Di Maria sends PSG level with Monaco

PARIS (AFP) - Angel Di Maria scored a brace to keep Paris Saint-Germain hot on Ligue 1 leaders Monaco s heels with a 2-0 win at Angers on Friday. The Argentina international showed his class with one sublime and another clinical finish as PSG moved level on points at the top of the table. "We are happy because it was a difficult match at Angers," said PSG coach Unai Emery. "We re content with three points. We were well-prepared, concentrated and worked well." Monaco can reclaim their three-point advantage with victory at home to relegation threatened Dijon on Saturday but…
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Jenson Button replaces Fernando Alonso for Monaco GP

– Britain’s Jenson Button will return to Formula One for next month’s Monaco Grand Prix to stand in for Fernando Alonso at McLaren. According to details, the former world champion Jenson Button had called it a day at the end to 2016 season, but will race for one more time as Fernando Alonso will not be available for Monaco Grand Prix on May 28 race. Alonso, the two-time world champion, will race in the Indianapolis 500 on the same date instead of Monaco. Related: McLaren’s Alonso to miss Monaco for Indy 500 Three-time world champion Lewis Hamilton has welcomed Jenson…
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Rushna Khan becomes Pakistan’s first female hockey player to sign foreign league

– Rushna Khan, national women hockey team’s goalkeeper, has become Pakistan’s first female hockey player to have signed a deal for foreign league. According to details, Sydney-based St George Randwick Hockey Club has signed Rushna Khan for a season. Rushna will represent the team in different tournaments during the span of six months. The national goalkeeper is excited about her new deal and says it will be a wonderful learning opportunity for her. Rushna debuted for Pakistan in 2015 against India and has represented Pakistan in six international matches. She also won Pakistan Youth Icon award in 2015.
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Tennis: Sock avoids upset to reach Houston semis

HOUSTON (AFP) – High seeds John Isner and Sam Querrey were sent packing in three sets, while No. 1 seed Jack Sock survived a scare at the ATP Tour’s Houston event Friday. Second-seeded Isner was ousted by fellow American Ernesto Escobedo 7-6 (8/6), 6-7 (6/8), 7-6 (7/5) and third-seeded Querrey lost 6-4, 3-6, 6-3 to Brazilian eight-seeded Thomaz Bellucci in the quarter-finals. Sock avoided an upset, advancing to the semi-finals with a 7-6 (8/6), 1-6, 6-4 victory over Feliciano Lopez of Spain. The 20-year-old Escobedo beat former tournament winner Isner despite posting just 10 aces to his opponent’s 35. Fourth…
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Football: Brighton move closer to Premier League promotion

LONDON (AFP) - Brighton moved a step closer to the Premier League as Anthony Knockaert fired the Championship leaders to a 2-0 win at Wolves on Friday. Chris Hughton s side are chasing a return to the top-flight for the first time since 1982-83 and Knockaert s double keeps them firmly on course for promotion. The former Leicester winger put Brighton ahead in first half stoppage-time with a low strike from the edge of the penalty area that eluded a weak attempted save from Wolves goalkeeper Andy Lonergan. Knockaert netted again in the 82nd minute with a clinical finish that…
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‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ first trailer thrills fans

LOS ANGELES (AFP) - Disney debuted its highly-anticipated first trailer for "Star Wars: The Last Jedi" at a fan event in the United States on Friday, sending the internet into a frenzy of excitement. The footage from the eighth installment in the blockbuster space opera, due for release on December 15, was shown at the "Star Wars Celebration" gathering in Orlando marking the 40th anniversary of the original movie. The 132-second clip teases Luke Skywalker s first meeting with Rey, as he teaches her the ways of the Force, opening with the young apprentice played by Daisy Ridley on the…
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