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South Korea has unleashed an
ear-splitting propaganda barrage
across its border with North Korea
in retaliation for its nuclear test,
while the United States has called
on China to end “business as usual”
with its ally.
The broadcasts, in rolling bursts
from walls of loudspeakers at
11 locations along the heavily
militarised border, blared rhetoric
critical of the Pyongyang regime as
well as “K-pop” music.
North Korea later responded with
its own broadcasts.
Wednesday ’s nuclear test angered
both the US and China, which was
not given prior notice, although
Washington and weapons experts
doubt Pyongyang’s claim that the
device it set off was a hydrogen
China is North Korea’s main
economic and diplomatic backer,
although relations between the
Cold War allies have cooled in
urged North Korea to stick to
its denuclearisation pledges and
avoid action that would make the
situation worse, but also said China
did not hold the key to resolving
the North Korean nuclear issue.
“Achieving denuclearisation of the
Korean Peninsula and safeguarding
the peninsula’s peace and stability
accords with all parties’ mutual
interests, is the responsibility of
all parties, and requires all parties
to put forth efforts,” ministry
spokeswoman Hua Chunying told
a news briefing.
The North agreed to end its
nuclear program in international
negotiations in 2005 but later
walked away from the deal.
US Secretary of State John Kerry
said on Thursday that he had told
Chinese Foreign Minister Wang
Yi that China’s approach to North
Korea had not succeeded.
In a call overnight with his South
Korean counterpart, Yun Byung-se,
Wang said talks on the issue should
be resumed as soon as possible,
China’s Foreign Ministry said.
South Korea’s nuclear safety
agency said it had found a
minuscule amount of xenon gas
in a sample from off its east coast
but said more analysis and samples
were needed to determine if it came
from a nuclear test.
The head of the Comprehensive
Organization (CTBTO), which
uses monitoring stations around
the world to detect atomic tests,
said only “normal” levels of xenon
had been detected, at a site in Japan.
“ Xenon readings at 1st station
of #DPRK test
site RN38 Takasaki #Japan at
normal concentrations. Sampling
continues,” the CTBTO’s executive
secretary, Lassina Zerbo, said on
The presence of xenon would
not indicate whether the blast was
from a hydrogen device or a simpler
Seismic waves created by the
blast were almost identical to those
generated in North Korea’s last
nuclear test in 2013, Jeffrey Park,
a seismologist at Yale University,
wrote in a post on the Bulletin
of the Atomic Scientists website,
adding to scepticism about the
hydrogen bomb claim.
Meanwhile, South Korea resumed
its frontier broadcasts, which the
isolated North has in the past
threatened to stop with military
The last time South Korea
deployed the loudspeakers, in
retaliation for a landmine blast
in August that wounded two
South Korean soldiers, it led to an
exchange of artillery fire.
The sound can carry 10 kilometres
into North Korea during the day
and more than twice that at night,
the South’s Yonhap news agency
A male announcer could be heard
from South Korea telling North
Koreans that their leader Kim
Jong Un and his wife wear clothes
costing thousands of dollars.
Another message said Kim’s
promises to boost both the
economy and the nuclear program
A crane is silhouetted at the construction site of a new minaret of Saint Georges church, near al Amin mosque during sunset in Beirut.
Mexican President Enrique Pena
Nieto announced overnight that
fugitive drug lord Joaquin “El
Chapo” Guzman was recaptured
seven months after he escaped from
a maximum security prison.
An official who spoke on
condition of anonymity because
he was not authorized to be
quoted by name said Guzman was
apprehended after a shootout with
Mexican marines in the city of Los
Mochis, in Guzman’s home state of
Responding to what was seen as
one of the biggest embarrassments
of his administration — Guzman’s
July 11 escape through a tunnel
from Mexico’s highest-security
prison — Pena Nieto wrote
in his Twitter account: “mission
accomplished: we have him. ”
Five people have been killed and
one Mexican marine wounded in
The Mexican Navy said in a
statement that marines acting on
a tip raided a home in the town of
Los Mochis before dawn. T
hey were fired on from inside the
structure. Five suspects were killed
and six others arrested.
The marine’s injuries were not life
At the home marines seized
two armoured vehicles, eight long
guns, one handgun and a rocket-
propelled grenade launcher. —
Fugitive drug lord ‘El Chapo’
arrested after prison escape
There is little left of Yarloop after the
ferocious bushfire swept through.
It kept going once it passed Ron
Sackville’s home and “just wiped the
whole town out ”.
“Once it hit the town there was no
stopping it because the houses were just
exploding,” Mr Sackville told AAP from
“They were just going, one after the
other, down the street here.
“The town’s absolutely devastated.”
He heard gas bottles and petrol drums
explode as the blaze surrounded his well-
prepared home, which was equipped
with firefighting hoses and pump plus a
good firebreak with the grass slashed in
the surrounding paddock.
“That ’s why we sur vived.”
At least 95 homes were destroyed,
along with many historic buildings.
“Most of it’s gone,” Mr Sackville said.
Another resident who stayed to protect
his home, Alex Jovanovich, described the
fire as crazy.
“One fireball after another. The wind,
it was that frigging strong, it was
unbelievable, but I managed to save my
house and I saved the house next door.
“It ’s devastating. There is bugger all
There is little left in the main street,
only the post office and lotto business
Mr Sackville runs, the one stop shop and
a small shed next to the post office.
“That ’s it. It’s pretty bleak down here,”
Mr Sackville said.
Mr Sackville estimated 50 or 60
residents chose to stay in town on
Thursday night, but most lost their
homes. Many are in shock.
“One of my friends just turned up in
his ute and he said: ‘ That ’s it Ron, what
I’m standing in and the ute, that ’s it’.”
Mr Sackville said the water supply and
power cut out. Locals had complained
about the water ser vice and hydrants last
year, he said.
“I know there’s a pretty angry feeling
in the town at the moment about what ’s
happened regarding the water.”
Mr Sackville said a water-bombing
helicopter left about 5.30pm on Thursday
and once the fire hit vacant land at the
town’s north that hadn’t been cleared for
years, even firefighters had to back off.
“They had to pull back because it was
just so fierce,” he said.
“That ’s when I’d say we lost the town
at that point.”
Emergency Ser vices Minister Joe
Francis estimated a third of the township
had been destroyed but Mr Sackville said
it looked more like 95%.
The hotel, the 110-year-old Yarloop
Workshops and Steam Museum, the
heritage doctor’s residence at the old
community hospital, most of the school.
“A massive amount of history has been
lost in this fire, massive,” Mr Sackville
More than a dozen people, including
Mr Sackville, had opted to stay in town
while others were being helped to leave
“Hopefully people will want to come
back and try to rebuild because it’s a
great little town.”
He is not sure that will happen in
a town where there are many rental
properties owned by Alcoa, which runs
the nearby alumina refinery.
“There’s a lot of people just saying they
don’t know where they ’re going to go.
They lost everything.”
Ferocious bushfire wipes out town
A gunman claiming to have pledged
allegiance to Islamic State militants
shot and seriously wounded a
Philadelphia police officer while he
sat in his patrol car in an ambush-style
attack, the city’s police commissioner
Gunman Edward Archer
Philadelphia, who has been arrested,
fired about 11 shots through the
window of the officer’s car,Philadelphia
Police Commissioner Richard Ross
told reporters. He walked toward
the car as he fired, eventually getting
close enough to reach in the window.
“He has confessed to committing this
cowardly act in the name of Islam,”
Ross told a press conference, adding
that the man also referenced Islamic
State militants. Philadelphia Police
Captain James Clark added, “He said
he pledges his allegiance to Islamic
State, he follows Allah and that was
the reason he was called on to do this. ”
US officials have been on high
security alert following a series of
Islamic State-linked attacks at home
and abroad over the last few months.
There was no evidence as yet that the
shooter had worked with anyone else,
“ He was savvy enough to stop just
short of implicating himself in a
conspiracy,” Ross said. “ He doesn’t
appear to be a stupid individual, just
an extremely violent one.”
Officer Jesse Hartnett, 33, who
pursued the shooter, was taken to
Penn Presbyterian Hospital and will
require several surgeries.
Gunman seriously wounds police officer in ambush-style attack
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