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North Korea tests 'underwater nuclear weapons system' |



North Korea tests 'underwater nuclear weapons system' |

As of: January 19, 2024 at 5:27 AM

North Korea says it tested an „underwater nuclear weapons system.” This was a reaction to joint naval exercises between South Korea, Japan and the United States.

North Korea has tested an underwater nuclear weapons system, apparently in protest against joint military exercises this week between South Korea, the United States and Japan.

As reported by the North's official Korean Central News Agency, the Hail-5-23 system was tested in waters off the east coast. But no specific date was mentioned.

A spokesman for the North Korean Ministry of Defense said that underwater nuclear weapons will continue to deter military exercises conducted by the naval forces of the United States and its allies.

South Korea, the United States and Japan are conducting exercises

The navies of South Korea, the United States and Japan conducted a three-day joint exercise this week through Wednesday to improve their responses to threats from the nuclear-armed state.

Pyongyang claimed that these maneuvers, in which a US nuclear-powered aircraft carrier also participated, „pose a serious threat” to North Korea's security.

Relations with South Korea are at their lowest point

Last year, Pyongyang said it tested an underwater nuclear drone that could trigger a „radiation tsunami.” However, analysts at the time expressed doubts that North Korea possessed such a weapon.

Relations between South Korea and North Korea, largely isolated internationally, have reached their lowest point. North Korean leader Kim wants to expand weapons development, including tactical nuclear weapons.

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ZDF equipment destroyed during the storming of the Capitol – Human must pay compensation



ZDF equipment destroyed during the storming of the Capitol – Human must pay compensation
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ZDF equipment destroyed during the storming of the Capitol – Human must pay compensation

Riots at the US Capitol on January 6, 2021

Riots at the US Capitol on January 6, 2021

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ZDF reporters' equipment was also destroyed during the riots at the US Capitol in Washington, D.C. on January 6, 2021. The person responsible was ordered to pay compensation, but it seems questionable whether he will pay it in full.

HMann in the United States must pay compensation to the insurance company of the German television station ZDF because it destroyed reporters' equipment on site when the Capitol was stormed in 2021. A Washington court decided, on Friday, to reject the appeal filed by the 40-year-old, and confirmed a previous ruling. . Therefore, the man owes the insurance company a dollar amount equivalent to 29,989.36 euros.

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On January 6, 2021, supporters of then-US President-elect Donald Trump violently stormed the Capitol building in Washington. Congress met there to formally affirm Democrat Joe Biden's victory in the 2020 presidential election.

Damaged equipment for media personnel - ZDF reporters' equipment was also damaged that day

Media personnel's equipment was damaged on 6 January 2021 – ZDF reporters' equipment was also damaged on that day

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Trump previously incited his supporters during a speech with baseless claims that electoral victory was stolen from him through widespread fraud. The riots resulted in the deaths of five people. The attack continues to have an impact today. Long prison sentences have been handed down in dozens of trials, and many cases are still ongoing.

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The man who has now been ordered to pay compensation is also currently serving a 32-month prison sentence. He turned himself in, among other things, through a series of text messages sent on January 6. According to court documents, he wrote, among other things, that he had broken into the Capitol and sent photos from a senator's office. Later, he and other defendants participated in destroying the equipment of several television stations. He also documented this in text messages.

However, it is questionable to what extent he will pay damages in full: the ruling now confirmed stipulates an installment payment of US$20 per month (about €19) – paying the full amount in this way would be questionable. It takes about 131 years.

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Belgium exposes pro-Russian networks in several countries



Belgium exposes pro-Russian networks in several countries

As of: April 12, 2024 at 1:54 p.m

The secret services of one of the European Union countries have once again revealed the structures through which Russia seems to want to influence the upcoming European elections. Belgian Prime Minister De Croo called on the European Union to take more decisive action.

According to Belgian investigators, Russian-controlled networks are trying to help pro-Russian candidates succeed in the European elections. Belgian Prime Minister Alexander De Croo said that Belgian intelligence services had discovered “the existence of pro-Russian interference networks” that were said to be active in several European countries.

According to information received from the secret services, Moscow's goal is to bring as many pro-Russian candidates to the European Parliament as possible, thus strengthening the pro-Russian discourse in this institution.

De Croo did not mention which politicians were the target of the influence attempts. He only confirmed that the Belgian judiciary has begun an investigation and that there is currently no evidence of money transfers in Belgium itself.

Pro-Russian portal revealed

At the end of March, the Czech Republic included the Internet platform Voice of Europe (VoE) on its national sanctions list after secret services investigated the pro-Russian portal. The site is part of a Russian influence operation aimed at questioning Ukraine's territorial integrity, sovereignty and freedom.

Interviews with AfD politician Petr Bystrun and his party colleague Maximilian Krah appeared on the portal, which was blocked in the Czech Republic.

The Czech newspaper Denek Inn reported that Bystron may have also accepted money. The Alternative for Germany MP rejected this several times. Bystron occupies second place on the AfD's federal list for the European elections, and Krah is running in the elections as the party's best candidate.

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EU authorities can take action against influence peddling

“We cannot allow this kind of Russian threat in our midst,” De Croo said of the investigation in Belgium. Action must be taken at national and EU levels. Specifically, he proposed studying whether the European Anti-Fraud Office (Office Européen de Lutte Anti-Fraude, OLAF) is able to pursue these types of threats. If not, the authority's mandate must be expanded.

Observers fear that attempts to influence the European elections will increase again. Russia has been trying for years to destabilize European countries with the help of media networks, fake accounts and organized campaigns.

According to his own information, De Croo is also in close contact with European Parliament President Roberta Mizzola regarding this issue. The European elections are scheduled to take place from June 6 to 9.

In Germany, people will be called to the polls on Sunday, June 9. More than 700 members of the European Parliament are elected. Parliament is closely involved in European legislation, and also has a say in the composition of the next EU Commission.

Andreas Meyer-Fest, ARD Brussels, Tagesschau, April 12, 2024 at 2:56 pm

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German killed (19) – Analysis shows how treacherous snowboarding is



German killed (19) – Analysis shows how treacherous snowboarding is
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An avalanche surprised a hiking group from Bavaria at Lake Achensee in Tyrol. She was actually traveling in a snow-free area. There was one dead and one wounded.

Update from April 10, 2:29 p.m.: Tyrol's avalanche warning service has one analysis From the published disaster. “The avalanche was a sliding avalanche that slid down a steep grassy slope (more than 35 degrees),” she says. It was not the group that caused the avalanche itself. “Due to the very warm weather of the previous days, gliding avalanche conditions tended to be higher at the time of the accident,” she continued. The snow was very wet from melting snow and rain.

Moreover: “This reduces friction and increases the probability of avalanche sliding.” We are currently dealing with „still above average snow cover” at altitude. Meanwhile, little or no snow falls at low and medium elevations. The hiking group's route initially passed through a partially snow-covered hiking trail in a wintry area. Finally, experts warn: “Avalanches that explode at heights can penetrate the countryside, as happened with this avalanche.”

First report from April 10, 2:53 p.m.: Pertisau – The 1,991-metre-high Pärenkopf near Pertisau on Lake Achensee is a panoramic mountain par excellence located in the extreme eastern foothills of the Karwendel Mountains. From its summit you can enjoy the best view of Lake Achensee in Tyrol – the most beautiful lake for many Austria.

Avalanche surprises German tourists visiting Austria in Tyrol: despite the melting ice, there was a lot of snow

An avalanche rolled into the snowless area below and killed a mountain hiker from Bavaria. © Bergreitung Genbach/Facebook

A hiking group from the Eichstadt region in Upper Bavaria also wanted to enjoy the panorama of the summit on Tuesday (April 9). According to the Tyrol State Police, the group ascended from Pertisau via Weissenbachtal towards Barenkopf. The group planned to descend via Bärenbadalm, located northwest of Bärenkopf.

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However, despite the snow melting in the past few days, hikers apparently found more snow than they expected. At an altitude of about 1,800 metres, the group decided to skip the climb to the summit and start directly descending towards Barrenbadalm.

A young man was fatally injured in an avalanche in Barenkopf.
Hotel Bärenkopf offers a unique panoramic view of Lake Achensee. © imageBROKER/Mara Brandl via

The panorama of the summit attracted German holidaymakers to Austria – but there was too much snow

“At about 3pm, when they were following tracks in the snow at an altitude of 1,850 metres, which ran roughly at the same level as the track to Barenbadalm, an avalanche occurred sliding down the slope about 30 meters above them.” The police continued. Two 19-year-old hikers who were hiking ahead were swept away by the avalanche.

“Other group members were able to run back a few meters and were not hit by the avalanche.” The remaining five immediately made an emergency call and waited to climb for help. One of the two young men who were swept away by the avalanche was released after climbing about 250 meters and remained injured next to the avalanche. He was rescued by an emergency helicopter with a rope and taken to Schwaz Hospital for treatment.

Drama in Tyrol: As if out of nowhere, they are hit by an avalanche in a snowless area

His friend of the same age was swept 330 meters away and was completely buried one meter deep in the avalanche. Mountain rescuers from surrounding communities searched for him using probe poles and recovered the buried victim at 4:23 p.m. The young man was fatally injured.

A total of three helicopters, mountain rescue teams in Mürach, Achenkirch and Genbach, two mountain rescue dogs, three Alpine police officers, as well as fire departments and a crisis intervention team took part in the work.

Snowfall in the Alps has greatly worsened avalanche conditions in recent weeks. In Italy's Aosta Valley, there are four meters of snow on the peaks, and about three meters on the Zugspitze mountain. The melting ice has temporarily separated the layer of snow from the ground. Avalanche warning services advised people to be careful of gliding avalanches.

Recently, an avalanche disaster occurred in Switzerland, killing five people. In the Italian Dolomites there was one 14 years of snowboard registered. During the scramble on top of the Zuckerhütl in Stubaital Five mountaineers fell far.

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