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‘BEGGAR!’ North Korea warns Seoul after president visits China amid World War 3 fears

The rogue regime’s official newspaper billed Ban Ki-moon’s visit “a worthless trip of a beggar trying to get rid of the international isolation caused by his policy of toeing the US line”. Pyongyang also accused the South Korean leader of “escalating confrontation with the fellow countrymen through strengthened cooperation with the foreign forces in the anti-DPRK sanction and pressure racket”. Mr Moon spent four days in China for talks with Xi Jinping. The pair agreed to four principals for handling North Korea and resolving the rapidly escalating nuclear tension. They…

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Lifestyle 

Time to shine: Stand out this festive season with these must-have glitter products

From left to right clockwise: If you haven’t had a chance to get your roots done, distraction is key – give your party locks twinkly highlights in seconds with a light dusting of Superdrug’s Silver Spritz Instant Glitter Hairspray (£2.99; 03456 710709; superdrug.com). Accent an up-do or spray sparingly all over so that you sparkle under the disco lights. Just be prepared to spot the occasional glimmer for weeks afterwards.  Up your mistletoe game with Beauty BLVD Glitter Lips (£12.50; 01522 538055, beautyblvd.com), which is impressively kiss- and drink-proof for…

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Meet America’s first all-LGBTQ city council

Get breaking news alerts and special reports. The news and stories that matter, delivered weekday mornings. SUBSCRIBE Palm Springs, California, is now being represented by the nation’s first entirely LGBTQ city council. Yes, all five members of the city council identify within the LGBTQ community, and they represent every letter in the acronym. With last month’s election, the pentad arrives in a conflicting political landscape, where LGBTQ politicians have picked up historic wins while the Trump administration and a number of states are rolling back some of the gains the…

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Why parents should think twice before endorsing Facebook’s kid-friendly app

Get the THINK newsletter. SUBSCRIBE These days, parents trying to keep their kids safe must worry not just about bike helmets and cars speeding down streets, but online predators and ads targeting kids. Facebook clearly had these parental worries in mind when they rolled out Messenger Kids, which does not include ads and allows parents to control their kids’ contact list. The press release, with its pictures of kids trying on Snapchat-eque dog filters, implicitly argues that the app is squeaky-clean fun. In terms of ads and contacts, it could…

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China tries to woo South Korea to become world’s link to North Korea’s nuclear programme

With fears a North Korea conflict might provoke World War 3, the Chinese have been urged to take action against their sabre-rattling ally. And premier Li Keying announced today stalled bilateral projects with the South would now resume. It has fuelled hopes China could act as a bridge between both sides of the divided Korean peninsula and avert a potentially catastrophic conflict. For nearly a year, China-South Korea relations have been tense with Beijing angry about the deployment of the US-made Terminal High Altitude Area Defence (THAAD) anti-missile system in…

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Science 

Three-mile wide ASTEROID causing GEMINIDS meteor shower heading for Earth tomorrow night

NASA has branded the massive three mile (5km) wide space rock “potentially dangerous” – but unless something goes terribly wrong the asteroid will skim past Earth on the way to another orbit of the Sun. However, space watchers should note that the rock, called 3200 Phaethon, has triggered the dazzling Geminids meteor shower as parts of it break away. Asteroid 3200 Phaethon was first discovered in 1983 and a spokesman for Nasa said: “With a diameter of about 5km, Phaethon is the third largest near-Earth asteroid is classified as potentially…

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Technology 

Phoning E.T. and ripples in space-time: The year in space – CNET

As new telescopes, space companies and initiatives start up, it seems excitement for what lies beyond our planet has been growing rapidly in recent years. 2017 was a big year for exploring our solar system and understanding the much larger cosmos. We’ve compiled a few dozen of the biggest stories in space from the past year, from the hunt for E.T. to gravitational waves and more. In the US, the space story of the year experienced first-hand by the most people was the Great American Total Eclipse in August. Millions…

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Space 

Ominous signs for defense, aerospace industries as Congress scrambles to fund government

AIA CEO Melcher: The defense drawdown has resulted in lost suppliers, changes in competition, market structure, and industrial base turmoil. WASHINGTON — A protracted battle over federal spending priorities shows no sign of resolution. Unstable budget cycles have become the norm in a deeply divided Washington, although so far the impact on the economy has not been noticeable. The unpredictability of funding, however, is taking a toll on industries that heavily depend on government work. The leader of the influential trade association that represents the U.S. aerospace and defense industry…

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Space 

SpaceIL making final fundraising push for lunar lander mission

WASHINGTON — SpaceIL, the Israeli team in the Google Lunar X Prize competition, says it needs to raise $7.5 million in less than a week in order to complete its lander and retain its launch contract. The nonprofit organization says it has identified $22.5 million of the $30 million of total funding it needs to raise to complete and launch its lunar lander in the form of matching funds, but those funds are contingent on raising $7.5 million by Dec. 20, the end of the Hanukkah holiday. “We’ve made good…

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