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From Charlottesville to Pyonyang – This is World News In Focus

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Pop culture: US country singer Glen Campbell, 81, died on Tuesday (August 8) after struggling with Alzheimer’s disease for six years.

A recording, television, and movie star in the 1960s and 70s, the Arkansas-born singer-songwriter sold over 45 million records over his six-decade music career.

Glen Campbell’s best remembered hits include “Rhinestone Cowboy,” “By the Time I Get to Phoenix,” and “Gentle on My Mind.”  He was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2005.

Campbell is known to have had problems alcohol and drugs and was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease in 2011.

For more we go to CNN:

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North Korea: North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and US President Donald Trump exchanged verbal cross-fires over North Korea’s missile programmes.

Donald Trump warned on Tuesday (August 8) that he would unleash “fire and fury like the world has never seen” if North Korea continued to expand its nuclear and missile programmes.

A day later, North Korea ridiculed the President’s threat and announced its plan to counterstrike at the US Pacific territory of Guam with Hwasong-12 missiles

More than 160,000 U.S. citizens live in Guam, together with a US Navy installation that includes a submarine squadron, a Coast Guard group, and an air base with some 7,000 military personnel.

President Trump on Thursday (August 10) responded with a stronger warning before a national security briefing in Bedminster, New Jersey.

“Maybe it wasn’t tough enough,” the President said, although he denied considering a preemptive strike.

For more we go to PBS NewsHour:

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China: An earthquake of magnitude 6.5 ravaged a remote region of Sichuan province in China on Tuesday (August 8).

According to the provincial government and official media, 13 people, including six tourists, were killed and 175 injured.  As many as 31,500 tourists had been evacuated from the quake zone.

But according to China’s national commission for disaster reduction, as many as 100 people may have died, and more than 130,000 houses may be damaged.

The earthquake struck 284 kilometres north of the provincial capital Chengdu and at a depth of 10 kilometres, according to the US Geological Survey.

The affected region, Jiuzhaigou County, is most known for its picturesque landscape and famous national parks.

For more we go to BBC News:

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US: A car mowed down counter-protesters in Charlottesville, Virginia, on Saturday (August 12), killing a 32-year-old woman and injuring 19.

The victims were among a crowd peacefully protesting against a white supremacist rally.

Footage showed the vehicle crashing into another car, throwing people over the top of it, according to the Guardian.

James Fields of Ohio, 20, has been arrested and charged with charged with second-degree murder and other counts.

President Donald Trump condemned the crime as “egregious display of hatred, bigotry and violence on many sides, on many sides.”

For more we go to ABC News – WARNING: GRAPHIC IMAGES –

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