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Jim Nabors, TV's the lovably naive Gomer Pyle, dies at 87

Jim Nabors, the singer and actor who became a TV icon in the 1960s playing the lovably naïve Gomer Pyle on “The Andy Griffith Show” and the spinoff series “Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C.,” has died. He was 87.
Nabors, who underwent a liver transplant after contracting hepatitis B in 1994, died Thursday at his home in Hawaii, his website announced.
“Everybody knows he was a wonderful man. And that’s all we can say about him,” said Stan Cadwallader, who had been Nabors’ partner for 38 years before the couple married in 2013. “He’s going to be dearly missed.”
A tall and lanky Alabama native, Nabors was singing at a small nightclub in Santa Monica called the Horn in 1962 when Griffith caught his act, in which he’d sing in a booming baritone and then talk in a higher-pitched Southern hayseed accent.

“It was the stupidest act you had ever seen,” Nabors said in a 2000 interview with The Times. But Griffith was so impressed, he told Nabors he’d call him if a part in his TV series ever came up.
“Two we…

'Lady Bird' Named Best Picture by New York Film Critics Circle

'Girls Trip' star Tiffany Haddish was named best supporting actress by the group.
The New York Film Critics Circle has named Greta Gerwig's solo directorial debut, Lady Bird, as its best picture of 2017. The acclaimed film was also recognized in the category of best actress, with the critics group picking star Saoirse Ronan for the honor.
Sean Baker's The Florida Project won two awards including best director for Baker and best supporting actor for Willem Dafoe.
The critics group also recognized Girls Trip star Tiffany Haddish with its award for best supporting actress, which might be considered a surprising pick as the acclaimed star of the summer blockbuster received the award over actresses from more conventional awards hopefuls.
Call Me by Your Name star Timothee Chalamet was named best actor while Paul Thomas Anderson's script for Daniel Day-Lewis' final film, Phantom Thread, was recognized with a best screenplay honor. The NYFCC award for Phantom Thread …

OPEC and allies extend oil production cuts by 9 months

OPEC is sticking with its production cuts.
The cartel and other major producers including Russia agreed Thursday to extend production cuts until the end of 2018.
Saudi Arabia, the group's de-facto leader, pushed to prolong the limits, which are designed to reduce a global oil glut, by nine months.
The country's energy minister, Khalid al-Falih, confirmed the agreement at a press conference following the coalition's meeting in Vienna.
"Our key metric is to bring inventories down to their normal levels," he said.
U.S. crude futures were volatile on Thursday, swinging from nearly $58 per barrel to lows near $56.50. The were trading at $57.30 after the agreement was confirmed.
Helima Croft, global head of commodity strategy at RBC Capital Markets, said the agreement was a "success" and "very constructive."
OPEC and its allies first agreed to slash output in late 2016, a response to oversupply and an oil price crash. They had been scheduled to ex…

Theresa May says she is not afraid to criticise Donald Trump

PM reiterates that US president was wrong to retweet far-right UK group’s videos, as opposition to state visit grows at Westminster


Theresa May has issued a carefully worded rebuke of Donald Trump for retweeting material from the “hateful” far-right group Britain First, but stressed the importance of the special relationship between the US and the UK.
Speaking in Amman, Jordan, on the final stop of a tour of the Middle East, the prime minister delivered a speech on foreign policy and Britain’s post-Brexit role in the region, but faced a series of questions about the US president’s controversial tweets.
She insisted she would “not be afraid” to criticise Trump and the US, and again condemned his decision to retweet videos from Britain First’s deputy leader, Jayda Fransen, purportedly showing violence committed by Muslims.
Britain’s ambassador to Washington, Sir Kim Darroch, confirmed on Thursday that he had personally raised the issue of the tweets with the White House on Wednesday. He…

What’s Barack up to? Obama to jet into Paris for ‘secret’ talks with Emmanuel Macron

EMMANUEL Macron’s office has revealed the French president is to meet with Barack Obama in Paris on Saturday for a “private” lunch.



The former US leader is a long-time fan of the centrist and endorsed for the presidency when he urged voters to reject the far-right.
Although the Elysée Palace did not say whether there was a reason behind the ‘secret’ meeting, it is a sure sign that the bromance between the French centrist and Donald Trump’s popular predecessor is still going strong.
America’s former head of state embarked on a five-day trip to China, India and France earlier this week, and has been busy catching up with his former counterparts, including Chinese president Xi Jinping, his spokeswoman, Katie Hill said.

The liberal democrat, who handed over the White House to Mr Trump in January, will be in the City of Lights on Friday and Saturday.





He will attend a string of meetings in the French capital – including the intimate lunch with Mr Macron – and is to deliver remarks at an i…

London mayor, Sadiq Khan hits Trump over anti-Muslim videos.

The mayor of London slammed President Donald Trump on Thursday for retweeting anti-Muslim propaganda from a British far-right party, and suggested UK Prime Minister Theresa May shouldn't welcome Trump into their country for a state visit.
The statement from Sadiq Khan adds another notable voice to the growing list of leading British officials who have expressed outrage over Trump's retweets, which have created an international incident and opened a rift between the US and its closest ally.
Khan, who is Muslim, called Britain First, the far-right party Trump retweeted on Wednesday, "a vile, extremist group that exists solely to sow division and hatred in our country." He added that the videos make it "increasingly clear that any official visit at all from President Trump to Britain would not be welcomed."
Trump caused outrage in Britain by retweeting three videos posted by Jayda Frandsen, the deputy leader of Britain First. The inflammatory videos showed pe…

Matt Lauer Speaks Out After Firing From 'Today' Show Over Sexual Abuse

Matt Lauer has apologized in the wake of his termination from the "Today" show for "inappropriate sexual behavior," while also deflecting some of the allegations leveled against him.
"There are no words to express my sorrow and regret for the pain I have caused others by words and actions," Lauer said in a statement, read on air Thursday morning by his former co-host, Savannah Guthrie. "To people I have hurt, I am truly sorry."
Lauer's statement also said "some of what is being said about me is untrue or mischaracterized, but there is enough truth in these stories to make me feel embarrassed and ashamed."
"I regret that my shame is now shared by the people I cherish dearly," he said. "Repairing the damage will take a lot of time and soul searching, and I'm committed to beginning that effort. It is now my full-time job."
Lauer had been an anchor on the NBC morning program for two decades.
A statement from Mat…

Jay-Z admits to cheating on Beyonce and says music was their 'therapy'

Jay-Z has admitted cheating on Beyonce for the first time in an interview about his life.
He told The New York Times Style Magazine that he'd built up walls due to issues from his childhood, which led to him shutting down and infidelity.
"The hardest thing is seeing pain on someone's face that you caused, and then have to deal with yourself," he said.
The couple had both hinted about it in their music.
"You have to survive," he said. "So you go into survival mode, and when you go into survival mode, what happens? You shut down all emotions.

"So, even with women, you gonna shut down emotionally, so you can't connect. In my case, like, it's deep. And then all the things happen from there: infidelity."



He hinted that they could have got divorced but he'd had therapy to help him deal with his past experiences.
"You know, most people walk away, and, like, divorce rate is like 50% or something 'cause most people can't see …

North Korea's new Hwasong-15 missile: What the photos show

North Korea has test-fired a brand new intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM), which experts said shows a major advance in technology and threat.
Photos of the Hwasong-15 released Thursday by North Korean state media showed a large, tall missile that appears to be significantly wider than the Hwasong-14, previously Pyongyang's most-advanced missile, which was launched over Japan twice in July.
"They wanted (to be able) to hit all of the US and they wanted something big to hit it with," said David Schmerler, a research associate at the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies (CNS). "This seems on the surface level to be that missile."

Experts have been analyzing and studying the images since their release, so what can we learn from them about North Korea's new weapon?



It's really big
"This isn't just a big missile for North Korea this is a big missile in general," Michael Duitsman, also research associate at CNS, told CNN. &quo…

Trump Attacks China For Having ‘No Impact On Little Rocket Man’

While offering no details of his own plan for North Korea, Trump has pinned much of the responsibility on China, which experts say will do little to solve the crisis.
WASHINGTON ― President Donald Trump on Thursday assailed China for not doing enough to address North Korea’s escalating nuclear program, after North Korean officials launched another missile earlier this week.
In an early morning tweet, Trump claimed that “the Chinese Envoy ... seems to have had no impact on Little Rocket Man,” his nickname for North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.
The Chinese Envoy, who just returned from North Korea, seems to have had no impact on Little Rocket Man. Hard to believe his people, and the military, put up with living in such horrible conditions. Russia and China condemned the launch. — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 30, 2017 While offering no details on his own plan for North Korea, Trump has repeatedly resorted to insults and bombastic rhetoric toward the regime, such as promisin…

U.S. and China hold security talks amid tensions over latest North Korea missile test

The Pentagon stressed the talks were scheduled long before North Korea’s surprise missile launch in the early hours Wednesday in Asia.



WASHINGTON—U.S. and Chinese generals engaged in an unusual set of security talks on Wednesday, just hours after North Korea’s most powerful missile test yet, focused on how the mighty American and Chinese militaries might communicate in a crisis.
As President Donald Trump greeted the North’s launching of another intercontinental ballistic missile with familiar demands for China to get tougher with its ally, the low-profile and unpublicized meeting at the National Defense University in Washington was taking place amid signs China is more willing to discuss how the two world powers would manage an even worse emergency on the divided Korean Peninsula.
The Pentagon stressed the talks were scheduled long before North Korea’s surprise missile launch in the early hours Wednesday in Asia. Officials insisted the dialogue wasn’t centred on North Korea or anythin…

Elon Musk calls for URGENT laws on robots as they will soon be RISK to public

ARTIFICIAL Intelligence must be regulated like food, drugs, aircraft and motor production, according to billionaire tech tycoon Elon Musk.



Mr Musk has been vocal about his fears of robots and has described AI in the past as “humanity’s biggest existential threat.”
And he is now calling for the robotics industry to come under the scrutiny of a regulatory authority which could closely monitor developments within the sector.
In a tweet Mr Musk said: “Got to regulate AI/robotics like we do food, drugs, aircraft and cars.



“Public risks require public oversight. Getting rid of the Federal Aviation Administration wouldn’t make flying safer.
“They’re there for good reason.”
The entreprenuer believes companies which are investing heavily in AI development are doing so with the best intentions but fears scientists will become so engrossed in their work they will not realise what they are creating until it is too late.
In a previous interview he compared advances in AI technology to “summonin…

Jared Kushner questioned about Michael Flynn in Mueller's Russia probe, reports say

WASHINGTON – President Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner has been questioned by special counsel Robert Mueller’s team of investigators about former national security adviser Michael Flynn, a person familiar with the investigation confirmed Wednesday to The Associated Press.
The person said the questioning of Kushner earlier this month took about 90 minutes or less and was aimed in part at establishing whether Kushner had any information on Flynn that might be exculpatory. The person said multiple White House witnesses have been asked about their knowledge of Flynn, who was forced to resign from the White House in February after officials concluded he had misled them about his contacts with the Russian ambassador.
The confirmation of Kushner’s interview came as prosecutors working for Mueller postponed grand jury testimony related to Flynn’s private business dealings.
The reason for the postponement was not immediately clear, but it comes one week after attorneys for Flynn alerted Trum…

Donald Trump attacks Theresa May over her criticism of his far-right retweets

In rare clash between allies, US president tells May to focus on terrorism rather than on him – but sends the tweet to the wrong person



Donald Trump has publicly rebuked Theresa May over her criticism of anti-Muslim propaganda, opening an extraordinary diplomatic spat between the transatlantic allies.
“Theresa@theresamay, don’t focus on me, focus on the destructive Radical Islamic Terrorism that is taking place within the United Kingdom,” the US president tweeted on Wednesday evening. “We are doing just fine!”
Trump’s message came in response to criticism from the British prime minister’s spokesman over the president’s retweeting of incendiary videos posted by the deputy leader of a British far-right group.
However, the “@theresamay” Twitter handle that Trump targeted does not belong to Theresa May, the British prime minister, but a woman called Theresa Scrivener. Minutes later Trump deleted and reposted the tweet, this time with the correct handle: @Theresa_May.

The angry tirade, cro…

Report Claims Matt Lauer Gave Sex Toy, Exposed Himself To Female Employees

Variety and The New York Times released reports detailing the “Today” show host’s alleged misconduct hours after his firing Wednesday.


Several reports came out on Wednesday detailing alleged misconduct by Matt Lauer, hours after it was announced the anchor was fired from his longtime hosting gig on “Today.”
A report from Variety, which the outlet said was the result of a two-month-long investigation into Lauer’s behavior, said the “Today” host once gave a colleague an explicit note and sex toy. Lauer also reportedly showed his penis to a female employee in his office at NBC, and had quizzed female producers in the office about whom they’d slept with.
Three women told Variety that they were victims of sexual harassment by Lauer.
Variety interviewed dozens of current and former staffers at NBC as part of their investigation.
“Their stories have been corroborated by friends or colleagues that they told at the time. They have asked for now to remain unnamed, fearing professional repercuss…

Slobodan Praljak, Bosnian war criminal dies after swallowing poison in court

A former Bosnian Croat general has died after apparently swallowing poison as a judge at the Hague upheld his 20-year sentence for war crimes.
Footage from the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY) showed 72-year-old Slobodan Praljak tilt his head back and drink from a small glass bottle as the presiding judge read out the verdict.
"Slobodan Praljak is not a war criminal. I am rejecting your verdict with contempt," Praljak shouted before swallowing the liquid.

The judge was then heard immediately suspending proceedings and asking for the curtains to be drawn. An ambulance was at the building shortly and paramedics raced up to the courtroom, Reuters reported.
The courtroom was being treated as a crime scene, an ICTY spokesperson told CNN.



Crotian Former General Slobodan Praljak drinking a small bottle of liquid during a Yugoslav War Crimes Tribunal in The Hague on November 29.
Croatia's Prime Minister, Andrej Plenkovic, later confirmed the form…

Bitcoin at $11,000: What the heck is going on?

Forget the Dow's big rally or booming tech stocks, there's a much wilder investment story happening.
Bitcoin started the year worth less than $1,000. It's now stormed past $11,000 -- a staggering jump of over 1,000%.
So how does the virtual digital currency work -- and what's behind its meteoric rise?

What is bitcoin?
Bitcoin (XBT) was created in 2009 by an unknown person using the pseudonym Satoshi Nakamoto. Many of its backers saw it as a simple global payment system for anyone to use.
Unlike the U.S. dollar or Japanese yen, digital currencies such as bitcoin aren't issued by central banks like the Federal Reserve. Instead, they are "mined" by computers using complex algorithms.
Related: Bitcoin hits $11,000 and then plummets
Payments in bitcoin can be made without traditional middlemen such as banks and without the need to give your name.
That made bitcoin popular with criminals and others who wanted to move money anonymously. But its price has taken …

Bali volcano REVERSE global warming: NASA say Mount Agung could plunge earth into ice age

BALI’S volcano eruption could plunge the earth into a prolonged cold spell as scientists warn Mount Agung explosion could reverse global climate change for up to five years.



Volcanic debris, ash and other particles have continued to spew out of the volcano, leaving a seven-mile high hazardous cloud above the mountain top.
Evacuation orders are in place for the 100,000 villagers and citizens living within six miles of the mountain, while thousands of tourists remain stranded after the main airport was closed for more than two days.
But experts have warned the Bali volcano may affect the whole world, possibly cooling the planet for up to five years.

And the result will be in a reverse of global warming, as the planet’s temperatures cool instead of increasing as projected.



Scientists have known for a long time volcanic eruptions can alter the planet’s climate for months on end, as millions of gases and particles spread through the atmosphere.
But how much this is changed depends on what …

North Korea News: KREMLIN behind North Korea’s missiles? ICBM is copy of SOVIET nuke

AS North Korea despot Kim Jong-un announced he could now reach London and Washington DC with nuclear missiles it emerged the Kremlin may have knowingly allowed the supply of advanced rocket technology to the rogue state.



The engines in Hwasong-12, Hwasong-14 and yesterday’s Hwansong-15, which proved North Korea could now land a nuclear-armed missile on mainland USA, are close copies of a Soviet-era RD-250 powerplant experts say, which some sources claim was supplied with Vladimir Putin’s knowledge.
And North Korea’s unprecedented leap from primitive Scud-like rockets to full-on space-capable Intercontinental Ballistic Missiles in just two years has led further experts to conclude that the technology MUST have been smuggled in.

Moscow is known to have supplied technology for the regime’s dated Scud missiles in the 1980s and 1990s.





The same Scud-style technology was used in North Korea’s flop Musudan missile – which until 2016 was the unconvincing pinnacle of Kim Jong-un’s nuclear progr…

Anthony Harvey, Oscar-Nominated Director of 'The Lion in Winter,' Dies at 87

The Londoner also helmed 'Dutchman' and 'They Might Be Giants,' edited Kubrick films and enjoyed a "hysterical" moment at the 1969 Academy Awards.
Anthony Harvey, who received an Oscar nomination for directing The Lion in Winter, the 1968 historical drama that starred Katharine Hepburn, Peter O'Toole and, in his movie debut, Anthony Hopkins, has died. He was 87.
Harvey died on Thanksgiving Day at his Water Mill home in Southampton, New York, radio host and former actor Walker Vreeland confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter. The two had an engaging conversation in December 2014.
Before he was a director, Harvey was a film editor and collaborated with Stanley Kubrick on Lolita (1962) and Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964). The London native also cut the Cold War classic The Spy Who Came in From the Cold (1965), directed by Martin Ritt.

Harvey also directed such films as They Might Be Giants (1971), with George C. Scott …

Theresa May makes secret visit to Iraq

Prime minister meets UK troops and Haider al-Abadi as government promises extra £10m to help fight Islamic State



Theresa May has become the first British prime minister to visit Iraq since 2008, touring a military base near Baghdad and holding talks with her counterpart while promising to increase UK efforts to boost the fight against Islamic State.
The prime minister arrived in an RAF Hercules plane at the Taji base, north of Baghdad, on Wednesday morning, flying in from Jordan.
While it had been announced that May was in the Middle East, information about her visit to Iraq was kept secret until she had departed for security reasons.
At Taji, May met some of the 100 or so UK military personnel stationed at the predominantly Iraqi base, where they have helped train local forces, including some of the Iraqi troops who took part in the recently completed battle for Mosul against Isis. May, who was the first British leader in the country since Gordon Brown, talked to an Iraqi soldier who…

ESPN Cutting 150 Employees

Network president John Skipper announced the cuts in a memo to employees Wednesday morning.
ESPN is parting ways Wednesday with 150 employees, mostly from the studio production, digital content and technology departments, network president John Skipper announced in a memo Wednesday morning.
The cuts, Skipper said, "generally reflect decisions to do less in certain instances and redirect resources."
"We appreciate their contributions, and will assist them as much as possible in this difficult moment with severance, a 2017 bonus, the continuation of health benefits and outplacement services," Skipper said of the employees impacted. "They will also appreciate your support."
The cuts represent less than 2 percent of ESPN's 8,000-strong workplace, and the network is still hiring.

Summing up ESPN's operating strategy, he said, "We will continue to invest in ways which will best position us to serve the modern sports fan and support the success of o…

Amazon's Cyber Monday was its biggest sales day ever

Amazon has once again beat its own sales record.
The tech giant said on Wednesday that Cyber Monday was its single biggest shopping day of all time. The announcement comes just months after it reported unprecedented sales on Prime Day, its special shopping event is for Prime members.
Amazon (AMZN, Tech30) said customers ordered "hundreds of millions of products" from Thanksgiving through Cyber Monday. Not surprisingly, the best-selling product on Cyber Monday was an Amazon-branded product: the Echo Dot smart speaker.
Other Amazon and Alexa-enabled devices were also popular, including its Fire TV Stick and Fire 7 tablets.
"Customers purchased millions of Amazon's Alexa-enabled devices this weekend, and Alexa devices were the top sellers across all of Amazon," said Dave Limp, senior VP of Amazon devices & services, in a statement.

Cyber Monday was also the biggest sales day ever for small businesses and entrepreneurs selling items on the platform. Customers…

Trump retweets anti-Muslim videos

President Donald Trump retweeted Wednesday morning three inflammatory videos from a British far-right account rife with anti-Muslim content.
The videos, posted by Jayda Fransen, the deputy leader of Britain First, a far-right and ultra-nationalist political group, depict purported Muslims assaulting people and, in one video, smashing a statue of the Virgin Mary.
Trump, who has previously warned that immigration from Muslim-majority nations threatens European and US security, frequently retweets other messages whose political views he finds favorable. But he has seldom shared messages as offensive and explosive as he did on Wednesday, and the retweets were immediately met with outrage in the United Kingdom.
Fransen reacted jubilantly online, touting that the videos had been shared with Trump's nearly 44 million followers. "GOD BLESS YOU TRUMP!" she wrote in all caps.

The White House and Dan Scavino, Trump's director of social media, did not immediately respond to re…

Trump Speaks Out On North Korea Missile Launch

President Donald Trump commented Tuesday on reports that North Korea launched another ballistic missile, saying the United States would handle the situation but offering no details about strategy.
"We will take care of it," Trump said. "It is a situation that we will handle."
Trump said the United States' approach to North Korea has not changed.
South Korea's joint chiefs of staff said Tuesday that "North Korea launched an unidentified ballistic missile eastward from the vicinity of Pyongsong, South Pyongan Province, at dawn today," according to South Korea's Yonhap News Agency.


This is the first test since Sept. 15, when North Korea fired a ballistic missile over Japan. Reports from the Japanese government about the timing and distance of this new launch suggest it was North Korea's longest missile test yet.
'More than enough range to reach Washington'
"Such a missile would have more than enough range to reach Washington, DC,…

UK could pay £50bn Brexit divorce bill after bowing to EU pressure

The UK has bowed to EU demands on the Brexit divorce bill in a move that could result in the UK paying £50bn to Brussels, in an attempt to get France and Germany to agree to move negotiations to trade.
Non-stop behind-the-scenes negotiations have led to a broad agreement by the UK to a gross financial settlement of £89bn on leaving the bloc, although the British expect the final net bill to be half as much.
A senior EU official told the Guardian that the UK appeared ready to honour its share of the EU’s unpaid bills, loans, pension and other liabilities accrued over 44 years of membership. “We have heard the UK wants to come along with the money,” the official said. “We have understood it covers the liabilities and what we consider the real commitments. But we have to see the fine print.”
The bill could total £53bn to £58bn (€60bn to €65bn), although EU officials are not discussing numbers and the British government will fight hard to bring the total down. While EU sources have spoke…

Jesus Christ tomb shock: Test results on holy site add PROOF tomb IS that of Christ.

SCIENTISTS have confirmed the age of a tomb thought to be the resting place of Jesus Christ.



The burial site, a limestone cave enshrined at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem, was opened last October.
And, according to National Geographic, new tests show it was constructed in the time of Constantine, around 345 AD.
That ties in with historical accounts saying the tomb was discovered by Romans and enshrined back in 326 AD.
Previous architectural estimates had put the tomb at no older than 1,000 years.
A delegation from Rome first identified the site as Christ’s tomb 17 centuries ago.


But the building has been subjected to centuries of attacks, fire and earthquakes, leaving it completely destroyed in 1009 AD.





It was later rebuilt but the troubled history left experts baffled over whether it really contained the tomb of Christ.
Now the new tests appear to satisfy some of their concerns, putting it around 700 years older than previouly thought.
It chimes with claims Emperor Con…

Major Apple security flaw grants admin access on macOS High Sierra without password

There’s a major flaw in Apple’s macOS High Sierra operating system that allows anyone with physical access to a Mac to gain system administrator access without so much as entering a password. Late Tuesday, Apple confirmed that it’s working on a software update to fix the issue and published step-by-step instructions to help customers protect their machines in the meantime.
The vulnerability was publicly disclosed on Twitter this afternoon; it’s not clear whether the problem was privately reported to Apple ahead of time, which is the encouraged practice when security vulnerabilities are uncovered. (The company maintains an invite-only bug bounty program.) Despite its incredibly alarming simplicity, The Verge is not reproducing the steps to bypass High Sierra’s login screen here. It does not affect Sierra or other previous macOS versions.

However, The Verge has been able to confirm the major security issue remains present as of MacOS 10.13.1, the current release of High Sierra. When th…

BREAKING: Kim Jong-un declares North Korea now a 'FULL nuclear force' that can strike US

KIM JONG-UN has declared "with pride that now we have finally realised the great historic cause of completing the state nuclear force" in a rare address, having authorised North Korea’s third launch of an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM).



North Korea announced the missile test yesterday was the successful launch of a Hwasong-15 – the rocket the US has been fearing.
The North Korean newsreader said the missile has reached “the stage of completion” and it is the most powerful ballistic rocket North Korea has ever developed.
North Korea claims the missile was armed with a "super-large warhead" capable of "striking a hole" and hitting “all the US mainland”.

According to South Korea’s military, the latest missile flew some 596 miles (960km) to an altitude of around 2,796 miles (4,500km).



Kim Jong-un’s mouthpiece Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) said: “The ICBM Hwasong-15 type weaponry system is an intercontinental ballistic rocket tipped with a super…

Build fast, fix later: speed hurts quality at Tesla, some workers say

After Tesla’s Model S sedans and Model X SUVs roll off the company’s Fremont, California assembly line, the electric vehicles usually make another stop - for repairs, nine current and former employees have told Reuters.



The luxury cars regularly require fixes before they can leave the factory, according to the workers. Quality checks have routinely revealed defects in more than 90 percent of Model S and Model X vehicles inspected after assembly, these individuals said, citing figures from Tesla’s internal tracking system as recently as October. Some of these people told Reuters of seeing problems as far back as 2012.
Tesla Inc (TSLA.O) said its quality control process is unusually rigorous, designed to flag and correct the tiniest imperfections. It declined to provide post-assembly defect rates to Reuters or comment on those cited by employees.
The world’s most efficient automakers, such as Toyota (7203.T), average post-manufacturing fixes on fewer than 10 percent of their cars, acco…