Thursday, April 27, 2017

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Inside the North Korean military


The Korean People's Army constitutes the military force of North Korea and, under the Songun policy, the central institution of North Korean society. Kim Jong-un is the Supreme Commander of the Korean People's Army and Chairman of the Central Military Commission. The KPA defence force consists of five branches: Ground Force, the Navy, the Air Force, the Strategic Rocket Forces, and the Special Operation Force. The Worker-Peasant Red Guards also come under control of the KPA. The KPA faces its primary adversaries, the Republic of Korea Armed Forces and United States Forces Korea, across the Korean Demilitarized Zone, as it has since the Armistice Agreement of July 1953. As of 2016, with 5,889,000 paramilitary personnel, it is the largest paramilitary organization on Earth. This number represents 25% of the population.











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Wednesday, April 26, 2017

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The front lines of Mosul


Iraqi forces enter Mosul's Old City as Islamic State militants put up fierce resistance from the close-packed houses and narrow streets.









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Violent street protest in Venezuela

Inside the near-daily demonstrations by both opponents and supporters of President Maduro. Venezuela's capital, Caracas, has seen almost daily demonstrations in recent weeks, some of which have turned violent. Critics are accusing President Nicolas Maduro of moving towards a dictatorship, and want him to resign. But Maduro says the opposition is conspiring with foreign entities, specifically the US, to destabilise the country. Clashes broke out in the Venezuelan capital, Caracas, where hundreds of thousands of people held rival protests amid rising tensions over the country's political crisis. Security forces fired tear gas at anti-government demonstrators, accusing Maduro of eroding democracy and plunging the economy into chaos. Ten people have been killed during near daily clashes this month between security forces  and protesters. Opposition leaders called for a silent march on Saturday, to commemorate those who died. However, after Saturday's show of silent defiance, the center-right opposition returned to a more confrontational strategy on Monday, and called for Venezuelans to block roads in a bid to grind the country to a halt. 













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Tuesday, April 25, 2017

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North Korea tensions with US over USS Vinson...

The USS Carl Vinson aircraft carrier strike group heads for Korean waters as North Korea warns it is ready to sink the aircraft carrier to demonstrate its military might.









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