North Korea, America, France and South Africa – This Is World News In Focus


North Korea: North Korea launched another missile test on Saturday, the second since the last failed attempt two weeks ago.

The missile took off near the capital, but blew up after flying several minutes and reaching an altitude of 44 miles.

It had not even left the North Korean boundary, according to the US Navy.

US President Donald Trump criticized the missile test, despite its failure, as he tweeted that “North Korea disrespected the wishes of China and its highly respected President when it launched, though unsuccessfully, a missile today. Bad!”

The missile was believed to be launched in response to the US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson’s statement on Friday which urged the United Nations to take new sanctions against North Korea, and partly in response to China’s stance on imposing possible unilateral sanctions against further nuclear tests to be held by Pyongyang.

North Korea had earlier fired a missile on 16 April as an American aircraft supercarrier approached the Korean Peninsula.  The missile exploded in mid-air.

For more we go to CBS News:


Science: Archaeologists found bone fragments in San Diego which suggest that prehistoric humans might have lived in California more than 130,000 years ago.

The claim was made in an article published in “Nature,” the authoritative science journal, on Wednesday, based on a study on mastodon bones discovered near San Diego.

The theory, if holds true, may mean that early American settlers could at best, be, genetically, Homo sapiens’ distant cousins. It is currently held that modern men only migrated to the continent about 15,000 years ago.

But experts were skeptical about the inference, arguing that if the theory was true there should have been more pervasive and corroborative evidence elsewhere in America that supports the claim.

For more we go to KPBS News:


France: Voters on Sunday chose Emmanuel Macron and Marine Le Pen to compete for the next presidency during a second round of elections on 7 May.

Emmanuel Macron, 39, a former investment banker and former economy minister, is the leader of the centrist En Marche! party that he founded.  He pursues a pro-European Union policy and advocates reforms of the French economy.

Marine Le Pen, president of the far-right National Front, adopts a “France first” stance and champions policies that restrict immigration and protect French industry.

The Sunday’s election shows that with 24% of the votes, Macron manages to claims a favour from the populace, with Le Pen, scooping 21% votes.

What is noteworthy is that neither leading candidate is from the traditional left or right ruling parties, an outcome unprecedented since the post-war period.

For more we go to France 24 English News:


South Africa: The Western Cape high court ruled on Wednesday that a nuclear plant deal signed between South Africa president Jacob Zuma and Russian president Vladimir Putin in 2014 was unconstitutional.

The deal involves building a set of 1 trillion rand (US$76 billion) worth of nuclear power plants capable of supplying 9,600 megawatts of nuclear energy in South Africa.

The plants are to be built by the Russian state nuclear firm Rosatom, according to the 2014 agreement.

The deal also includes a favorable tax regime for Russia at the expense of South African taxpayers.

The court ruled that president Zuma should have sought parliamentary approval for such a deal.

For more we go to SABC Digital News:


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