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US, Japan Criticize ‘Provocative’ North Korea Missile Launch

The U.S. and Japan are calling the recent North Korean missile launch “unnecessarily provocative” just days ahead of working-level nuclear talks with the United States.North Korea tested a ballistic missile Wednesday that was designed to be launched from a submarine — an important advancement in Pyongyang’s weapons program.”This morning, the Secretary had a call with Japanese Minister of Defense (Taro) Kono where they discussed North Korea. They both agreed that the North Korea tests are unnecessarily provocative and do not set the stage for diplomacy and that North Korea should cease these tests,” chief Pentagon spokesman Jonathan Hoffman told reporters at a briefing Thursday.What appears to be a submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM) flies in an undisclosed location in this undated picture released by North Korea’s Central News Agency (KCNA) Oct. 2, 2019.The Korean Central News Agency on Thursday claimed a successful test of the “new-type” submarine-launched ballistic missile, or SLBM, which it dubbed “Pukguksong-3.” KCNA pictures showed the missile emerging from the sea after apparently being launched from an underwater platform.Col. Pat Ryder, the spokesman for the Pentagon’s Joint Chiefs of Staff, told reporters at the Thursday briefing that North Korea fired a “short-to-medium-range ballistic missile” from the Wonsan Bay that flew 450 kilometers (280 miles) into the Sea of Japan.”We have no indication that it was launched from a submarine, but rather a sea-based platform,” added Ryder.It is North Korea’s first test of an SLBM since 2016. Experts say its maximum range was around 1,900 kilometers (1,180 miles), making it medium range. That is the longest range of any missile North Korea has tested since 2017.The launch came hours after North Korea announced it would hold working-level nuclear talks with the United States Saturday. It’s not clear how the latest launch will impact the talks.North Korea has conducted 11 rounds of missile launches since May. U.S. President Donald Trump has said he has “no problem” with Pyongyang’s previous launches, since they were short-range. Trump has not responded to the latest launch.

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У матчі Ліги Європи «Динамо» і «Лугано» зіграли внічию

У рамках 2-го туру групового етапу Ліги Європи київське «Динамо» і швейцарський «Лугано» зіграли внічию 0:0. Гра для динамівців проходила на виїзді в Санкт-Галлені.

Суперникам за два тайми і доданий арбітром час – 3 хвилини – так і не вдалося відзначитися голами у ворота.

Раніше у четвер також внічию 1:1 зіграли «Олександрія» і бельгійський «Гент».

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Балух: «Я просто тролив окупантів українським прапором у Криму»

Вивісивши український прапор на своєму будинку в анексованому Росією Криму, кримський активіст Володимир Балух хотів «потролити» російських силовиків, розповів він 3 жовтня в ефірі проекту Радіо Свобода Радіо Крим.Реалії.

«Я чекав, коли висів прапор і майорів над селом, коли і хто прийде до мене з селян із претензією і скаже: «Зніми, ти ось нас провокуєш». У мене було що відповісти: аргументація була, все було. Але ніхто не прийшов, а прийшли правоохоронні органи… Виявляється, що я провокував. Так, насправді я їх тролив, якщо говорити сучасною мовою», – сказав Балух.

За словами Балуха, така його реакція була викликана тим, що Росія дозволила собі змінити кордон іншої держави «і прийти до мене додому і сказати, що це вже не твій будинок і твоєї національності взагалі не існує».

Балух також зазначив, що російські силовики і місцева влада в анексованому Криму погрожували йому через український прапор, який висів на його будинку ще до його арешту.

7 вересня відбувся обмін утримуваними громадянами між Україною і Росією. 35 українців повернулися на батьківщину, зокрема 24 моряки, захоплені ФСБ Росії восени 2018 року, кримчани Володимир Балух, Едем Бекіров, Олександр Кольченко, Олег Сенцов, а також Євген Панов, Роман Сущенко, Павло Гриб, Станіслав Клих, Микола Карпюк, Артур Панов, Олексій Сизонович.

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Sanders ‘Up and About,’ Will Be in Next Democratic Presidential Debate

U.S. presidential candidate Bernie Sanders is “up and about” after being treated for a blocked artery and will participate in the fourth Democratic debate on Oct. 15, his wife Jane Sanders said on Thursday.Sanders, 78, was taken to a hospital on Tuesday while in Las Vegas for campaign events and had two stents inserted to clear the blockage. He is not expected to need additional medical procedures and should be discharged and head home to Vermont by the end of the weekend, his wife said.Sanders had canceled campaign events until further notice, but the U.S. senator will be back in time for the debate featuring 12 of the top candidates for the Democratic nomination to challenge Republican President Donald Trump in 2020.”Bernie is up and about,” Jane Sanders said in a statement, adding that his doctors were “pleased with his progress.””Yesterday, he spent much of the day talking with staff about policies, cracking jokes with the nurses and doctors, and speaking with his family on the phone,” she said. “He’ll take a few days to rest, but he’s ready to get back out there, and is looking forward to the October debate.”The insertion of stents — tiny, wire-mesh tubes — to open blocked heart arteries is a relatively common procedure.In general, recovery can be as quick as a few days.Sanders has been among the top contenders in a crowded Democratic presidential race, but the health scare could renew questions about his age.He is the oldest candidate in a race featuring a generational divide between older contenders such as Sanders and front-runner Joe Biden, 76, and younger ones such as Pete Buttigieg, 37, the mayor of South Bend, Indiana. Trump is 73.Sanders had been running in second place behind Biden for months but has been eclipsed in some recent opinion polls by the steady rise of a fellow progressive, U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts.The halt to the Sanders campaign came the day after he reported a $25.3 million fundraising haul for the third quarter, the biggest quarterly performance by any Democratic candidate in the race so far.

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Пристайко анонсував на наступний тиждень «ще більш масштабний обмін»

Міністр закордонних справ Вадим Пристайко заявив, що наступного тижня планується новий масштабний обмін ув’язенними між Україною та Росією. Про це він сказав у четвер ввечері на телеканалі «1+1».

«Найближчим часом, я сподіваюся, буквально наступного тижня, ми плануємо ще більш масштабний обмін», – сказав Пристайко.

Він додав, що зусилля президента Володимира Зеленського «приносять плоди».

Інших деталей щодо обміну Пристайко не вказав.

7 вересня відбувся обмін утримуваними громадянами між Україною і Росією. Літак з 35 українцями приземлився в київському аеропорту «Бориспіль». В Україну повернулися 24 моряків, захоплених ФСБ Росії восени 2018 року в районі Керченської протоки, кримчани Едем Бекіров, Володимир Балух, Олександр Кольченко, Олег Сенцов, затриманий і засуджений в окупованому Криму Євген Панов, а також українці Роман Сущенко, Павло Гриб, Станіслав Клих, Микола Карпюк, Артур Панов, Олексій Сизонович.

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Russian Court Blocks Major LGBT Online Groups

A Russian court has ruled that two popular LGBT networking sites be blocked for disseminating “anti-family values,” including a major online group with nearly 200,000 members.The court in Saint Petersburg on Wednesday announced the decision against the groups on VK, a Russian platform similar to Facebook.”An inspection showed they contain information available to the public, including children, which negates family values, propagates non-traditional sexual relations and promotes disrespectful attitudes towards parents,” the court statement said.Russia in 2013 introduced a law against “gay propaganda,” which officially bans the “promotion of non-traditional lifestyles to minors” but in effect outlaws LGBT activism.Russian LGBT CommunityOne of the groups mentioned in the court decision is called the Russian LGBT Community, which has more than 187,000 members.One of its administrators, who asked to be identified only as Alex, said the group was created in 2017 and has provided crucial support to Russian LGBT people.”People get support from the community, advice from other members and help in difficult situations,” he told AFP.”If it’s blocked, LGBT people won’t have anything to lean on in Russia, no way to write anonymously, share their emotions or coming-outs.”LGBT RussiaThe other group, LGBT Russia, is overseen by the NGO Russian LGBT Network, which told AFP the decision was a complete surprise.”The court spends about five minutes blocking LGBT internet resources and the decisions have identical wording,” said the organization’s spokeswoman, Svetlana Zakharova.”We don’t publish anything on our pages that needs to be marked ‘adults only,'” Zakharova said. “We talk about cases of discrimination and human rights violations and help anybody who needs it, including teenagers.”Zakharova said the NGO would appeal the ruling.Homophobia is widespread in Russia where reports of rights violations and attacks on LGBT people are common, though there are gay scenes in major cities.
 

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Migrant Deaths on Mediterranean Sea Will Top 1,000 This Year

The International Organization for Migration says migrant fatalities on the Mediterranean Sea separating Africa from Europe will top 1,000 this year. 
The numbers indicate the Mediterranean Sea crossing remains the deadliest known migration route worldwide.   International Organization for Migration figures show 994 men, women and children making the perilous journey have died this year.  With three months left, IOM says the final 2019 death toll is certain to exceed 1,000.FILE – Migrants on a blue rubber boat wait to be rescued some 14 nautical miles from the coast of Libya in Mediterranean Sea, Sept. 8, 2019.IOM spokesman Joel Millman says this will mark the sixth straight year that deaths on the Mediterranean have topped 1,000.   The cumulative total of victims during the six-year period is at least 15,000.“These data, tragic as they are, are the lowest number recorded at this point in the year since 2014,” he said. “However, as shown… this drop is linked mostly to the reduction in the number of people attempting the crossing, rather than an improvement on the safety of this route… indicating that safe alternatives are urgently needed for migrants seeking a better life.”  The U.N. migration agency blames many of the deaths on rising anti-migrant sentiments and hardening attitudes towards people fleeing violence and poverty.Figures in IOM’s Missing Migrants Project report show other parts of the world also are becoming increasingly deadly for migrants.  The agency has recorded nearly 600 deaths along migratory corridors in the Americas.  The agency says it expects many more Central American migrants heading for the United States are likely to lose their lives before the end of the year. 

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Прокуратура Парижа повідомила про ще одного постраждалого через напад чоловіка з ножем у відділку

Прокурор Парижа Ремі Гейтс повідомив, що крім трьох убитих чоловіків і однієї жінки, в результаті нападу чоловіка з ножем у поліцейському відділку французької столиці є ще одна поранена в ході спецоперації людина.

Співробітник паризького поліцейського управління, який і поранив смертельно чотирьох співробітників, потім був застрелений іншим поліцейським. Імені чоловіка не вказують, відомо, що йому було 45 років і він був фахівцем ІТ.

Досі немає пояснення мотиву нападу, що стався у самому серці французької столиці – біля собору Нотр-Дам.

Представники профспілки поліції припустили, що зловмисник, можливо, був залучений до суперечки на робочому місці.