Thousands of N. Koreans celebrate nuclear test, more tests planned

North Korea has reportedly told its primary ally China that it could stage one, possibly two more nuclear tests this year. The report follows a massive, 100,000-strong rally in Pyongyang to celebrate a recent nuclear test. The tests, which could be accompanied by another rocket launch, are intended to push the United States into nuclear talks with Pyongyang. “It’s all… Read more →

Israel urges swift response to North Korea nuclear test

Photo: REUTERS Foreign Ministry says Pyongyang’s defiance of UN resolutions raises “grave concerns” about proliferation of nuclear and ballistic technologies; calls on int’l community to deliver message that such activities won’t be tolerated. Israel said on Tuesday that the international community must make clear to North Korea after its latest nuclear test that such activities cannot be tolerated. In a… Read more →

North Korea’s nuclear test will boost Iran

As North Korea braces itself for another round of international condemnation in the wake of its latest nuclear test, the one country that will be maintaining a discreet silence is Iran. Unlike Pyongyang’s previous nuclear tests, which are understood to involve the testing of plutonium warheads, the most recent underground explosion was to test a uranium device – the same kind… Read more →

North Korea’s latest nuke stunt signals country closer to missile capability

Experts say North Korea’s successful detonation of a miniaturized nuclear device is concerning because it indicates the country may be getting closer to the ability to put a nuclear device on a missile. North Korea drew worldwide condemnation Tuesday after it announced it had successfully conducted its third nuclear test, in direct defiance to U.N. Security Council orders to shut… Read more →

US drone strikes: Memo reveals case for killing Americans

The legal basis for using drone strikes to kill US citizens has been disclosed in a leaked justice department memo. US officials can authorise the killing of Americans abroad if they are leaders of al-Qaeda or its allies, according to the document  obtained by NBC News. Lethal force is lawful if they are judged to pose an “imminent threat” and their… Read more →

Sophisticated cyber-attack hits Energy Department, China possible suspect

Photo found on Fox News The Energy Department has been hit by a major cyber-attack, which resulted in the personal information of several hundred employees being compromised and could have been aimed at obtaining other sensitive information, The Washington Free Beacon reports. FBI agents are investigating the attacks, which happened two weeks ago, at the Washington-based headquarters. Fourteen computer servers… Read more →

Israel will ‘regret’ attacks on Syria – Iranian Security Head

Iran’s Supreme National Security Council Secretary and the country’s chief nuclear negotiator Saeed Jalili (AFP Photo / Prakash Singh) Israel will regret its attack against Syria, a top Iranian official has warned during a visit to Damascus. The remarks come as Israel is reportedly planning to set up a buffer zone along its border with Syria to guard against Islamist… Read more →

Russia concern at Israeli ‘air strike’ on Syria

Russia has expressed concern at an alleged Israeli attack on Syria, saying such a strike would be an unacceptable violation of the UN Charter. Syria’s army said Israeli jets had targeted a military research centre north-west of Damascus on Wednesday, killing two people and wounding five. It denied reports that lorries carrying weapons bound for Lebanon were hit. A Syrian… Read more →

Israeli airstrike targeted convoy of trucks inside Syria

Israel launched an airstrike inside Syria overnight near the border with Lebanon, according to U.S. and regional officials. The regional officials said Israel had been planning in the days leading up to the airstrike to hit a convoy of trucks shipping weapons bound for the Islamist militant group Hezbollah in Lebanon. They said the shipment included sophisticated, Russian-made SA-17 anti-aircraft… Read more →