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3Novices:Why most have read North Korea’s threats against Guam all wrong

If you thought the “August crisis” between the United States and North Korea ended when Kim Jong-un decided not to proceed with the launch of four missiles towards Guam, you may be disappointed.
In fact, the coming days hold the key to the whole affair, which is an example of Kim experimenting with the kinds of coercive bargaining opportunities his new long-range missiles give him with the United States.
A good degree of misreporting on the original North Korean threat to Guam…
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3Novices:A brief history of Hong Kong typhoons

Typhoon Hato is the first typhoon since 2012 to cause the No 10 warning signal in Hong Kong.
The Hong Kong Observatory earlier said the storm posed a “considerable threat” to the city.
The Observatory says it only issues the No 10 signal – its strongest – when the sustained wind speed tops 118 km/h with gusts exceeding 220 km/h.

The last No 10 storm was Vicente, which hit in 2012. The No 10 signal was issued on July 24 and lasted for close to three hours. At least 138…
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3Novices:Trump urged to help trace Chinese student feared killed in US kidnapping

Family members of a Chinese student presumed kidnapped in Illinois asked President Donald Trump on Tuesday to provide more resources to help find her.
Zhang Yingying, a 26-year-old visiting scholar at the University of Illinois from southeast China, disappeared on June 9. Police believe Zhang is dead, although no body has been found.
Brendt Christensen, a former master’s student at the university, has been charged with abducting Zhang. Christensen, 28, pleaded not guilty to the kidnapping…
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3Novices:Ancient ugly-cute dolphin was tiny, toothless, and whiskery

Scientists on Wednesday unveiled an extinct species of toothless, whiskered and subjectively cute mini-dolphin that plied Earth’s oceans some 30 million years ago.
With only a fossilised cranium – found in a river near Charleston, South Carolina – to work with, the researchers were able to reconstruct the snub-nosed mammal’s evolutionary saga, describe its facial features and figure out what it snacked on.
Just over a metre from snout to tail, Inermorostrum xenops was half the size…
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3Novices:How super-fit mums balance parenting with outdoor pursuits and the female athletes challenging the ‘allowable norm’

Like most outings with a small child, taking a 13-month-old with you when you go climbing requires extra preparation.
First of all, you need at least three adults in the rotation – one who’s climbing, one who’s belaying and one who’s on baby-watch duty.
How Hong Kong mum and Queen of the Hills stays fit
Then, in addition to your own climbing gear and sustenance, you have to pack toddler snacks and water, and some form of kid distraction. One trick: shiny carabiners and…
August 23, 2017 at 06:18AM http://ift.tt/2wCzh4J
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3Novices:Catholic priest reveals his cross-burning past in the Ku Klux Klan, and urges white supremacists to repent

Forty years ago he was a Ku Klux Klan “wizard”, burning crosses on black families’ lawns. Now, after decades as a Catholic priest, he’s coming forward about his past.
While Father William Aitcheson’s racist past was a matter of public record, it wasn’t widely known in the diocese of Arlington, until this week. Prompted by images of violence during a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Aitcheson described his transformation in a column published Monday…
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3Novices:Follow live as Hongkongers ride out Typhoon Hato

Flights, ferries and buses have been cancelled, schools closed and the opening of the stock market delayed, as Typhoon Hato starts to make itself felt over Hong Kong. The Observatory has issued the No 9 typhoon signal, and may upgrade it later.
Have you been affected by the typhoon? Post your pictures, videos in the comment section of our live stream below.
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