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North Korea THREAT: This is how Kim Jong-un could trigger reaction from US

North Korea has ramped up its development of nuclear and ballistic missiles, prompting World War 3 fears.  The US President was wrapped up in a war of words with Kim Jong-un as both sides threatened military strikes on each other. James Stavridis, a former Navy Admiral, warned that if North Korea detonates a nuclear missile above ground it would spark an instant reaction from the United States.  He told MSNBC: “I think it is probably about a 10 per cent chance that it all falls apart and we end up with nuclear…

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Science 

International call for Japan to halt Antarctic whaling

Japan’s fisheries agency says the hunt is needed to study whale behaviour and biology (AFP Photo/Institute of Cetacean Research) Wellington (AFP) – The European Union and 12 other nations condemned Japan’s Antarctic whaling programme Monday, rejecting Tokyo’s argument that the annual slaughter is for scientific research. Japan’s whaling fleet left for the Southern Ocean last month, planning to kill 333 minke whales over a four-month period. Its fisheries agency says the hunt is needed to study whale behaviour and biology, but critics say such lethal research is unnecessary and acts…

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Entertainment 

Alexander Armstrong celebrates release of In A Winter Light with his top 10 vinyl albums

GETTY Alexander Armstrong reveals his top 10 vinyl records On his newly released In A Winter Light, the 47-year-old presenter of quiz show Pointless covers everything from Fleet Foxes’ 2008 White Water Hymnal to There Is No Rose Of Such Virtue, which, he says “is about as old as English church music gets – it’s virtually pagan! We’ve got some lovely old kitsch on there as well”. The variety of Yuletide sounds reflects Alexander’s restless ear for great music. But he admits that he gave away his original collection of…

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Star Wars: The Last Jedi review, Star Wars’ most unpredictable film yet (SPOILERS)

LUCASFILM Star Wars: The Last Jedi takes a completely new direction, but it works wonders The franchise’s excellent eighth “episode” is the most unpredictable yet. Writer and director Rian Johnson offers twists, red herrings, shock deaths and one very unexpected resurrection. After the fun but very familiar The Force Awakens, a much-needed element of surprise has been returned to the galaxy far, far away. The biggest shock is Skywalker (Mark Hamill) himself. When Harrison Ford returned to the franchise two years ago, his mission was to supply retro thrills to…

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French air force SHOCK: More than HALF of military planes ‘UNFIT to fly’

And the current situation is so complex, it can take 30 different contracts just to get one helicopter repaired, French armed forces minister Florence Parly has complained. Speaking during a visit to an air force based in Evreux, Normandy, Ms Parly warned at any given time, 56 per cent of all French Air Force aircraft were unfit to take to the air. She said: “If I compare the current situation… of our planes with a car, it is as if I wanted to have a car every morning that works,…

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Could Russia cut off internet to NATO countries?

LONDON — Russia could try to sever global underwater communications cables, potentially triggering catastrophic repercussions for the economy and way of life in the West, the head of Britain’s military has warned. The vast majority of global internet and telephone traffic relied on by Western governments, economies and civilians is carried by cables that crisscross the world’s seabeds, according to analysts. NATO has prioritized missions to protect these undersea lines of communication and is working “to match and understand Russian fleet modernization,” Chief Marshall Stuart Peach told the Royal United…

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Technology 

‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ best and worst: Our global review – CNET

“Star Wars: The Last Jedi” has finally landed in theaters, and CNET writers and editors the world over made the Kessel Run to go see it right away. Opinions? Star Wars fans, with opinions? You know it, and we aren’t holding back, so be warned that the impressions we share below are full of spoilers. Haven’t seen the movie yet but need details now? Click on our official, spoiler-free review and head over to our guide outlining everything we know about the film. And here’s another warning: You WILL find spoilers ahead, so if…

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Lifestyle 

Hampshire district crowned best place to live in the UK for fifth time running

Even the weather in Hart, north-east Hampshire, is better according to the Halifax annual quality of life survey. The region, centred around the town of Fleet, is described as “a step back in time”. It has 84 square miles of woodland and the county’s largest freshwater lake. Residents of the area enjoy better health, longer lives, higher earnings and a lower crime rate than most of the rest of the country. Its villages include Church Crookham, dating back to the Domesday Book, Hartley Wintney through which the River Hart flows,…

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Science 

IBM teams up with Samsung, JPMorgan to develop quantum computing

IBM (NYSE: IBM) has teamed up with major companies including Samsung (: 593-KR) , JPMorgan (NYSE: JPM) , and Barclays (London Stock Exchange: BARC-GB) , to develop quantum computing for commercial use, the U.S. technology giant announced Thursday. Those firms along with nine others are working with IBM to build out quantum computing using the company’s open source software and developer tools.Quantum computing is seen as the next generation of computing, able to solve problems that current machines can’t.It’s still in its early stages, but IBM is hoping to become…

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Gripping, gorgeous ‘Last Jedi’: The Star Wars epic strikes back – CNET

“The Force Awakens” brought a new generation of lovable characters together. “The Last Jedi” breaks them apart. The result is the richest, most epic, most emotional Star Wars movie so far. General Leia’s rebel forces flee the enemy’s military might. A side mission to a shady city brings intrigue and betrayal. And a powerful student learns the ways of the Force from an aging Jedi master. At the heart of the film is the plotline following troubled apprentice Rey as she joins Luke Skywalker to dive into what it means…

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