Kim Jong-un threatens to blow up US Navy fleet as warships sail within ‘striking distance’ of North Korea

A HUGE US Navy super-carrier is gearing up for war off the coast of North Korea after Kim Jong-un’s third test fire flop this month.

USS Carl Vinson aircraft carrier group has arrived in waters near the Korean peninsula, where it will join the USS Michigan, a guided missile submarine that docked in South Korea on Tuesday.

The enormous aircraft carrier is bristling with fighter and bomber jets as well as missiles

Upon arrival today, the carrier kicked off a joint drill with the South Korean navy.

A defence ministry spokesman said: “Immediately after the aircraft carrier arrived in the Sea of Japan, South Korea and the US strike forces launched a drill from 6pm Saturday.”

The drill caThe nuclear-powered submarine USS Michigan approaches to join the U.S. aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson me hours after the North launched a ballistic missile in apparent defiance of a concerted US push for tougher international sanctions to curb Pyongyang’s nuclear weapons ambitions.

The drill aimed to verify the allies’ capability to track and intercept enemy ballistic missiles, a military spokesman said.

He declined to clarify how long the drill would last, but Yonhap news agency said it was expected to continue until sometime next week.

The drill will also include a live-fire exercise and anti-submarine maneouvres, the spokesman added.

It would mark the USS Carl Vinson’s second operation in South Korean waters in less than two months amid heightened military tensions in Korea.

In March, the aircraft carrier carried out annual joint drills.

Earlier this week, the US carrier had joint drills with Japan’s naval forces.

North Korea’s state media said the North’s military is capable of sinking the aircraft carrier with a single strike.

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Anthony Joshua knocks out Wladimir Klitschko in one of the greatest fights of all time to leave 90,000 fans in Wembley on their feet

ANTHONY JOSHUA knocked out Wladimir Klitschko in the 11th round to secure a stunning victory at Wembley Stadium. The 90,000 boxing fans in the national stadium were on their feet as the Watford man…

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Delta pilot SMACKS woman while trying to break up fight between two female passengers after landing

THIS is the shocking moment a Delta pilot was caught on camera smacking a female passenger in a bid to break up a violent brawl in front of stunned travellers.

Footage posted on YouTube appears to show the pilot trying to separate two women who got into a physical altercation on an airport jet bridge shortly after the plane landed.

He then grabs one of brawling women by the arm and hits her before walking away as the pair continue to wrestle on the ground.

The fight reportedly happened Hartsfield-Jackson airport in Atlanta.

A clip of the incident was uploaded online on April 21 with the caption: “First thing I see when I arrive in Atlanta!”

The celebrity and entertainment news website reported a Delta employee gave a supervisor the video almost immediately after the incident.

Delta employees were upset because security wasn’t called, it added.

The airline said it is investigating the incident and taking the video “very seriously”.

The Sun Online has contacted Delta Airline for comment.

The latest plane drama comes after a Delta Airline passenger last week was kicked off a flight because he was desperate for the loo after waiting half an hour for take-off.

Video shows Kima Hamilton’s “outrageous” clash with cabin crew, which ended with everyone on board being forced to leave the plane and a further two-hour delay.

Earlier this month, 69-year-old Dr David Dao was left battered and bloodied after he was dragged from a United Airlines flight from Chicago to Louisville, Kentucky after the airline overbooked seats.

Video of the incident provoked rage across the world and at one point $1billion was wiped off the company’s value.

The doctor received a financial settlement from United Airlines.

The troubled airline hit another blow after The Sun last week reported how three-foot Simon the rabbit appeared happy and healthy when he touched down at Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport but was found dead a short time later.

It emerged the giant pet “froze to death” after he was accidentally left in a freezer for around 16 hours.

Source: Delta pilot SMACKS woman while trying to break up fight between two female passengers after landing

Le Pen, Putin, Trump: a disturbing axis, or just a mutual admiration society?

The French presidential hopeful has made no secret of her admiration for Russia’s strongman leader, but her relationship with Trump is less clearcut.

The week after Donald Trump won the US presidential election last November, Marine Le Pen was inaugurating the headquarters of her own election campaign in Paris, less than a mile from the Elysée Palace she hopes to move into soon.

The far-right, anti-immigration Front National leader had been the only French political leader to back Trump in his bid for the White House. She has also made no secret of her admiration for Russia’s president, Vladimir Putin.

Unveiling her campaign symbol, a blue rose, she said that her election as France’s president would form a trio of world leaders that “will be good for world peace”, leading “a worldwide movement that rejects unchecked globalisation, destructive ultra-liberalism, the elimination of nation states, the disappearance of borders”.

Last month, Le Pen was in Moscow for a personal audience with Putin. “A new world has emerged in these past years,” she said. “It’s the world of Vladimir Putin, it’s the world of Donald Trump in the US. I share with these great nations a vision of cooperation, not of submission.”

Clearly, there is ideological common ground between the three leaders: variations on a theme of nation-first politics, support for economic protectionism and immigration controls, mistrust of international alliances and institutions such as Nato or the EU, and a rejection of globalism and the liberal consensus.

But Le Pen’s actual ties with the two leaders differ significantly. With Russia, at least, they go beyond the ideological to the personal and the practical. Her meeting with Putin in March was reported to be their first; but according to French investigative journalists, it is possibly their third.

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Twitter Explodes Over Trump’s Surprise At The Demands Of Being President

“All this information was cunningly concealed by being put in books,” David Frum tweets.

After Donald Trump confessed to Reuters that he thought being president would be “easier” than it is, Twitter blew up with aghast responses from voters, people in politics and at least one former head of state, who pleaded with the president to please quit the White House and just stick to the golf links.

Trump’s remarks in an interview published Friday (”This is more work than in my previous life; I thought it would be easier”) drew a storm of comments expressing astonishment and derision, mostly delivered in the snarkiest way possible.

The comments were similar to Trump’s astonishing remark in February, when he observed: “Nobody knew health care could be so complicated.” Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) laughed at first when asked about that comment but then got serious: ”Yeah, we got a clue. When you provide health care in a nation of 320 million people, yeah, it is very, very complicated.”

If anything, Trump’s latest comments were even more rattling, drawing a stunned response from former Mexican President Vicente Fox Quesada and a zinger from commentator Keith Olbermann.

Oxford political researcher Brian Klaas weighed in with shock, and Democratic political operative David Axelrod wondered at the reality of it.

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Uber is more popular than taxis in #Perth

PERTH is the first city in Australia where Uber is now more popular than taxis, new research reveals.

Research by Roy Morgan found one in four people (24 per cent) in Perth have taken an Uber in the past three months, compared with 22 per cent who have caught a cab.

Melbourne is close behind, with 22 per cent of people having recently booked an Uber, ahead of 16 per cent in Brisbane, 14 per cent in Sydney and Adelaide on 10 per cent.

The number of Uber trips taken across the country has rocketed to 3.8 million trips per month.

Uber is more popular than taxis in Perth.

While Uber is ahead of the taxi industry in Perth, nationally taxis are still more popular.

In the past three months, 22 per cent of Aussies have caught a cab compared with 14 per cent who have taken an Uber.

The number of Aussies using Uber has more than doubled in a year, from 1.16 million, or 6 per cent of the population, a year ago to 2.69 million, or 14 per cent, now.

Uber, which has 400,000 users in Perth, is against a proposal being considered by Transport Minister Rita Saffioti to impose a $2 a trip fee paid by passengers to fund compensation for taxi plate owners.

Source: Uber is more popular than taxis in Perth | Perth Now

Donald Trump’s 100 days in office marked by climate change protests

As Donald Trump marks his 100th day in the White House, thousands of people turn out in cities across the country to protest against his climate change policies.

Mr Trump said earlier he had brought “profound change”, adding “the first 100 days of my administration has been just about the most successful in our country’s history”.

“It’s a false standard, 100 days, but I have to tell you, I don’t think anybody has done what we’ve been able to do in 100 days, so we’re very happy,” he said.

About 15,000 people gathered for the afternoon march from the lawn of the US Capitol to the White House, according to an estimate by a Reuters reporter, coinciding with the end of the traditional “honeymoon” period for a new president.

Carrying signs emblazoned with slogans such as “Imagine a world free of climate change”, and “Planet over profits”, demonstrators on Saturday (local time) said they were angered by the prospect of Mr Trump carrying through on his vow to roll back protections put in place by his predecessors.

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Australia seeks $180m US anti-radiation missiles

Australia is looking to spend more than $180 million on anti-radiation missiles for its Growler aircraft fleet, according to a US defence agency.

The US State Department has approved the possible sale and Congress has been notified, a news release from the country’s Defense Security Cooperation Agency says.

“Australia is requesting these missiles for its Electronic Attack EA-18G Growler aircraft,” it says about the missiles, which are designed for attacking ground-based radar.

Source: Aus seeks $180m US anti-radiation missiles | Perth Now