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30 Aug 2016 10:01 PM EST

North Korea has made considerable progress this year on weapons technology, including testing a submarine-launched missile for the first time. But it's still not clear if the isolated nation has developed a nuclear warhead. The highly secretive and isolated nation also does not yet have a fleet of submarines that can launch the newly developed missile. Nevertheless, concerns about the threat posed by North Korea have spiraled since it conducted its fourth nuclear explosion in January and followed it up with a series of missile tests--despite severe United Nations sanctions. According to Reuters, three major factories known to produce machine parts for North Korea's sanctioned nuclear and missile programs have been modernized or expanded. That's a further sign of the country's commitment of scarce resources to weapons. Despite threats to strike the mainland United States, the North is seen as several years away from building an intercontinental ballistic missile--or ICBM--that can carry a nuclear warhead.

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30 August, 2016
U.S. Deception Committee Targeting Russian Voting Hacks

The White House has ordered a special intelligence task force to examine the implications of Russia's recent hacks of U.S. political organizations, U.S. intelligence officials tell NBC News. The classified national study is being conducted by the Foreign Denial and Deception Committee, a Cold... Read more

30 August, 2016
ISIS Says Bloodthirsty No. 2 Leader Is Dead

The No. 2 man in ISIS, who was at the top of the U.S. kill list, is dead, according to a media arm of the terrorist organization. The circumstances of Abu Muhammad al-Adnani's death in Aleppo, Syria, have not been confirmed. Officials in Washington — who had put out a $5 million reward... Read more

30 August, 2016
Did MH370 Search Miss The Spot?

Sonar indicates several potential resting areas for the missing 777 at the bottom of the ocean that warrant a closer look, the Australian team in charge says. The undersea search for Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 may have missed the wreckage, the Australian Transport Safety Bureau, leading... Read more

30 August, 2016
U.S. Will Open Communications Channels Between Syrian Armed Groups

A general view shows a damaged street with sandbags used as barriers in Aleppo's Saif al-Dawla district, Syria March 6, 2015. The U.S.-led coalition battling Islamic State, eager to avoid more clashes between Turkey and U.S.-backed Syrian fighters, is establishing communications channels to better... Read more

30 August, 2016
Indian Tourism Minister Faces Backlash Over 'Skirt' Advisory

India's Tourism Minister Mahesh Sharma caused a controversy recently when he touted a tourism kit that some are calling sexist. The kit advises women not to wear skirts in India for their own safety. In an op-ed for CNN, Ira Trivedi writes, quote, "What is unsafe is the patriarchal mindset... Read more

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