World War 3 News: Will Donald Trump Provoke North Korea Into Nuclear Strike?

There continues to be talk of World War 3 in the news and some are fearing that when Donald Trump is sworn into office that we may face hostility from North Korea. The Daily Star has described how some fear that Kim Jong-un will launch a long-range missile on the day of Donald Trump’s inauguration in order to show how powerful his country is. North Korea has already launched 20 missiles this year, so launching another to coincide with Trump’s presidency would not be completely out of the realm of possibility. South Korean security expert Cheong Seong-chang, when at a military forum, said that it was indeed quite possible that North Korea might either conduct a nuclear test or launch another missile, which has those watching the news and concerned with the threat of World War 3 on edge. “Chances are high that North Korea will conduct the sixth nuclear test or launch a missile before the Trump government’s inauguration on January 20. Follow-up provocations are likely before the 75th birthday of the late Kim Jong-il on February 16 or the 150th birthday of the late Kim Il-sung on April 15.” Worries of World War 3. North Korean soldiers looking towards Kim Jong-un carrying packs marked with the nuclear symbol on July 27, 2013. [Image by Wong Maye-E/AP Images] Another security expert, Lee Su-seok, has also said that the detonation of a nuclear device in 2017 is something that is actually very likely to happen. “In early 2017, it is highly likely that Pyongyang will detonate another nuclear device and launch a long-range ballistic missile to reiterate its status as a nuclear power. North Korea may seek negotiations with the US when it completes nuclear tests and reaches the stage of deploying a long-range nuclear-tipped missile.” With this kind of talk in the news, it is obvious why some fear World War 3 is around the corner. While Barrack Obama has suggested to Donald Trump that he should take North Korea very seriously as one of his top foreign priorities, it is thought that negotiations between the United States and North Korea won’t be happening anytime soon while Trump is in the process of choosing his advisors. @johniadarola With Trump WW3 was always going to happen its just a matter of when. — Sir Salisbury (@Tougakun) December 15, 2016 While Donald Trump has recently posted on Twitter to say that he is planning to keep expanding America’s collection of nuclear weapons, as the Inquisitr reported, NBC News stated that North Korea has delivered a warning to the United States to say they will continue to conduct further nuclear tests, but are also ready to launch a preemptive strike if they fear any threat of nuclear attack from America. Lee Yong Pil, a top North Korean official who is also the director of the Foreign Ministry’s Institute for American Studies, told NBC News that North Korea would not hesitate to strike the United States if they felt their country was under threat, which will only exacerbate fears of World War 3. “The U.S. has nuclear weapons off our coast, targeting our country, our capital and our Dear Leader, Kim Jong Un. We will not step back as long as there’s a nuclear threat to us from the United States. A preemptive nuclear strike is not something the U.S. has a monopoly on. If we see that the U.S. would do it to us, we would do it first. We have the technology.” Donald Trump in Palm Beach, Florida on December 21, 2016. Trump called for the United States to “greatly strengthen and expand its nuclear capability” which has some worried about World War 3. [Image by Andrew Harnik/AP Images] U.S. officials have said that they don’t believe North Korea has the capability to hit the continental United States with their weapons, however. Furthermore, Kim Jong-un has made these kinds of threats ever since he his father passed away in 2011 and he assumed responsibility for the country. Regardless of whether North Korea is able to reach the continental United States, they have greatly accelerated work with their nuclear program, and the International Atomic Energy Agency has called this both “regrettable” and “deeply troubling.” With World War 3 discussed so often in the news, do you think the United States has cause to fear North Korea or do you think that Donald Trump and his team of advisors will renew negotiations to stop any possible hostility? [Featured Image by KRT/AP Images]

World War 3 News: Will Donald Trump Provoke North Korea Into Nuclear Strike?

There continues to be talk of World War 3 in the news and some are fearing that when Donald Trump is sworn into office that we may face hostility from North Korea. The Daily Star has described how some fear that Kim Jong-un will launch a long-range missile on the day of Donald Trump’s inauguration in order to show how powerful his country is. North Korea has already launched 20 missiles this year, so launching another to coincide with Trump’s presidency would not be completely out of the realm of possibility. South Korean security expert Cheong Seong-chang, when at a military forum, said that it was indeed quite possible that North Korea might either conduct a nuclear test or launch another missile, which has those watching the news and concerned with the threat of World War 3 on edge. “Chances are high that North Korea will conduct the sixth nuclear test or launch a missile before the Trump government’s inauguration on January 20. Follow-up provocations are likely before the 75th birthday of the late Kim Jong-il on February 16 or the 150th birthday of the late Kim Il-sung on April 15.” Worries of World War 3. North Korean soldiers looking towards Kim Jong-un carrying packs marked with the nuclear symbol on July 27, 2013. [Image by Wong Maye-E/AP Images] Another security expert, Lee Su-seok, has also said that the detonation of a nuclear device in 2017 is something that is actually very likely to happen. “In early 2017, it is highly likely that Pyongyang will detonate another nuclear device and launch a long-range ballistic missile to reiterate its status as a nuclear power. North Korea may seek negotiations with the US when it completes nuclear tests and reaches the stage of deploying a long-range nuclear-tipped missile.” With this kind of talk in the news, it is obvious why some fear World War 3 is around the corner. While Barrack Obama has suggested to Donald Trump that he should take North Korea very seriously as one of his top foreign priorities, it is thought that negotiations between the United States and North Korea won’t be happening anytime soon while Trump is in the process of choosing his advisors. @johniadarola With Trump WW3 was always going to happen its just a matter of when. — Sir Salisbury (@Tougakun) December 15, 2016 While Donald Trump has recently posted on Twitter to say that he is planning to keep expanding America’s collection of nuclear weapons, as the Inquisitr reported, NBC News stated that North Korea has delivered a warning to the United States to say they will continue to conduct further nuclear tests, but are also ready to launch a preemptive strike if they fear any threat of nuclear attack from America. Lee Yong Pil, a top North Korean official who is also the director of the Foreign Ministry’s Institute for American Studies, told NBC News that North Korea would not hesitate to strike the United States if they felt their country was under threat, which will only exacerbate fears of World War 3. “The U.S. has nuclear weapons off our coast, targeting our country, our capital and our Dear Leader, Kim Jong Un. We will not step back as long as there’s a nuclear threat to us from the United States. A preemptive nuclear strike is not something the U.S. has a monopoly on. If we see that the U.S. would do it to us, we would do it first. We have the technology.” Donald Trump in Palm Beach, Florida on December 21, 2016. Trump called for the United States to “greatly strengthen and expand its nuclear capability” which has some worried about World War 3. [Image by Andrew Harnik/AP Images] U.S. officials have said that they don’t believe North Korea has the capability to hit the continental United States with their weapons, however. Furthermore, Kim Jong-un has made these kinds of threats ever since he his father passed away in 2011 and he assumed responsibility for the country. Regardless of whether North Korea is able to reach the continental United States, they have greatly accelerated work with their nuclear program, and the International Atomic Energy Agency has called this both “regrettable” and “deeply troubling.” With World War 3 discussed so often in the news, do you think the United States has cause to fear North Korea or do you think that Donald Trump and his team of advisors will renew negotiations to stop any possible hostility? [Featured Image by KRT/AP Images]

'Gasolinazo': Mexico Gas Prices Spike 20 Percent On Deregulation

Yesterday, protests erupted in Mexico: gas prices shot up by 20 percent in areas of the country after the Mexican government’s new deregulation policy went into effect. The unpopular measure is being called “gasolinazo,” which is reported to translate to “price slam,” by Mexican citizens who have become accustomed to the federal government controlling prices at the pump. For many Mexicans, who are used to the idea of the government setting gas prices, yesterday’s spike is being perceived as a price hike. Rather than a price hike, which implies that the Mexican government is continuing to set the price, the uptick is said to be the result the market being opened to the forces of supply and demand, as the country prepares to open its state-controlled oil and gas resources to international oil companies in March; the first time since 1938, the year the government nationalized its petroleum reserves, as reported by the Washington Post. The government of Mexico has set the official price of gas in the country since 1992. Despite the Mexican government effectively running a monopoly on the production and sale of gasoline in the country for over 80 years, Mexicans are reported to pay the second-highest prices for gas in the world, trailing only behind South Africa, even though the country has the 17th largest oil reserves, close to 10 billion barrels, as reported by World Atlas. Citizens of Mexico appear to be familiar with this seeming disparity. “There was a sort of psychosis going around [in the 1980s] that gasoline price hikes every other day caused inflation, which helped cause shortages of basic goods,” David Shields, with Energía y Debate, was quoted by the Washington Post. “This remains in people’s minds.” Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto set the wheels in motion for gas deregulation beginning in 2013, as reported by Oliver Wyman. He promised the move would result in the nation gaining “more energy, more cheaply for all Mexicans,” and GDP growth of 5 percent annually, by 2016. Expecting an economic windfall from the change, Peña Nieto’s administration was described as starting to “borrow and spend” revenue that had not yet been generated. Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto speaks at the United Nations on September 20, 2016. [Image by John Moore/Getty Images] As Mexican GDP is expected to grow at only 1.1 percent and inflation is forecast to jump to close to 5 percent, in 2017, Mexicans appear to be feeling the squeeze at the pumps — and are becoming impatient. The 1992 move by the government was held up as a measure to control inflation. For many citizens, higher gas prices equate to higher prices for staples, such as transportation and food. “In rural areas, people will starve to death,” a woman at a protest in Mexico City was quoted by Press TV. She went on to describe the rise in prices, attributed to deregulation, as a “price hike.” Protesters in Mexico City shut down a gas station; chanted slogans decrying the move by President Peña Nieto, admonishing the government to “roll back” prices to what was paid in 2016; and called attention to the poorest among Mexicans, expected to be hardest hit by the price spike. Mexican gas is reported to be sold to foreign nations for $0.50 per liter, while Mexicans are reported to be paying near $1.00 at the pumps for the lowest-grade gas. A taxi driver interviewed by Press TV expressed frustration with working longer hours for less money, combined with the fact that the minimum wage in the country hasn’t been raised in years. Litler reports that the official Mexican minimum wage was raised on January 1, 2016, by 4.2 percent, from $4.08 to $4.25, seemingly not keeping pace with 4.7 percent inflation and 20 percent gas-price shocks, giving perspective to the cab driver’s point of view. Outside Mexico City’s National Palace, yesterday, a man protests with a flag reading “No more gasoline price slams.” [Image by Rebecca Blackwell/ AP Images] When the price of oil plunged from over $100 per barrel, to under $50, in 2014, prices at the pumps dropped, if not by the same amount, at least to some degree, in the United States and Canada. During the same period, the state-owned Mexico gas producer Pemex was reported to have maintained higher prices. Trading Economics reports that the price of gas in Mexico fell, by about 22 percent, from the beginning of 2014 through the end of 2015. Over the same period, Gas Buddy reports that the average price paid for gas in the United States fell by over 30 percent. Mexican gas prices hit a low of $0.68 per liter in November 2016. It is being reported that some gasoline retailers were hoarding fuel in anticipation of deregulation, possibly further exacerbating the shock at the pumps. [Featured Image by Rebecca Blackwell/ AP Images]

Russia’s air operation in Syria

“The decision has been made to meet the national interests and we hope it is well-received by the worldwide tourists”, he said.

Russia’s air operation in Syria has tilted the balance of forced in the region, visiting Iranian Defense Minister Hosein Dehqan said on Tuesday.
Russian Federation is shipping S-300 air defense missile systems to Iran, Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Hossein Jaber Ansari said here on Monday.
Dehghan’s visit will come days after Ali Akbar Velayati, Leader’s senior adviser on worldwide affairs, announced that Iran plans to boost defense cooperation with Russian Federation and buy more weaponry from Moscow.
Moscow and Teheran signed an 800-million-U.S. dollar contract in 2007 to supply Iran with five S-300 systems.
Iran, in response, submitted a $4 billion claim against Russian Federation to an global arbitration court in Geneva.
“Our priority in this cooperation is, certainly, the things that give us the superiority capability, as well as ensure deterrence against the threats in the region and beyond”, the Iranian minister stressed.
Iran is also interested in Russia’s Bastion mobile coastal defense missile system, equipped with supersonic Yakhont anti-ship missiles, along with Mi-8/17 helicopters and other arms.
A number of news outlets earlier cited Dehghan as saying that Tehran could purchase the S-400s from Moscow if necessary and that the issue was apparently being discussed.

Robert Griffin III gets second chance with Browns

The signing of Robert Griffin III may seem like a bit of a risk, but when you are the Cleveland Browns what do you really have to lose? As of December of this past season, the Browns have had 24 different starting quarterbacks since 1999. “I know that those guys there can play, and I’ve just go to help them show that”. Griffin made two visits with the Browns on March 18 and 19, and drew rave reviews from new head coach Hue Jackson. But following a knee injury in Washington’s playoff loss to the Seattle Seahawks that year, Griffin struggled to duplicate the magic that turned him into one of the league’s superstars.

The Browns could take Wentz at No. 2 and have an insurance policy in place with RG3 so Wentz won’t necessarily be thrust into a starting job immediately in his rookie year. I just want to go out and help this team win football games.
The news shakes up the free agency pot for teams in search of a starting quarterback, as now Colin Kaepernick is still up for grabs for teams whom are still in the market for the position.
Really, pardon me while I find the hilarity in the Cleveland Browns as they keep Cleveland Browning their way to being a nothing of an organization. That’s because with the No. 2 pick in this year’s draft, the Browns are widely expected to take a quarterback, likely North Dakota State’s Carson Wentz or Cal’s Jared Goff.
While the addition of a player of Griffin’s stature is both notable and newsworthy, it doesn’t necessarily mean that the Browns have now solved their issues at the quarterback position. “I wouldn’t be who I am today if that wasn’t tough on me past year”, Griffin said.
“I’m just excited to come in and compete”, Griffin said.
The Cleveland Browns sure love them some Texas quarterbacks. “If the opportunity comes that he can get reinstated and play for the Browns, then I won’t be upset with that”. Now we’ll see if Griffin has progressed enough physically and mentally to finally be the Texas who saves Cleveland. It is about Coach (Jackson) believing in this team, believing in this city.
“What happened there would break a lot of people”, Griffin said, referring to his time in Washington. I’m just real excited about the opportunity. “We look forward to working with Robert and getting him in the building with his teammates at the start of the offseason program on April 4″. They also have quarterbacks Josh McCown and Austin Davis under contract.

Tsunami buoys malfunctioned as powerful quake hit Indonesia

A tsunami warning has been lifted just hours after a powerful quake struck off the western coast of Sumatra in Indonesia.There were no immediate reports of injuries or damage from the quake, which hit 21 miles south of Gombangan, Indonesia.The U.S. Geological Service said the natural disaster had a preliminary magnitude of 7.8.Marjina, a resident of Sikakap in the Mentawai islands, about 430 miles from the epicenter, said the quake was felt only weakly there, but the tsunami warning caused panic among villagers, who ran to higher ground.Australian tsunami warnings for Western Australia, Christmas Island and Cocos Island were lifted.

Area churches celebrating Easter

There will be two Easter services Sunday morning in Holyoke, with the first at 8:15 a.m. An Easter egg hunt is planned at 10 a.m., before the second service at 10:30 a.m. Children ages 0-16 welcome.

The Glen Burnie Baptist Church, 7524 Old Stage Road, will host a potluck Easter breakfast at 9 a.m.in the fellowship hall. For more information, call the church office at 815-772-4896 or Pastor Bob’s cell phone 815-354-4477.
On Saturday, March 26, at 4 p.m., Little Field Missionary Baptist Church Easter egg hunt for the children will be held at Weeks Park, Newton Grove. The dinner is free and open to everyone in the community. Praise and worship will be at 8 and 10:30 a.m.at the North Boulevard-East.
The Spanish speaking community will gather at 3 p.m. Friday (March 26) for living stations of the cross, followed by a solemn Good Friday service, at Monsignor Slade Catholic School, 120 Dorsey Road.
Easter services at Bethel Church: 7:30 and 10 a.m. March 27.
New Beginning Church – New Beginning Church, located at 141 Clinton Ave.in Spring City, will hold a Good Friday service on Friday, March 27, at 7 p.m. and an Easter Sunday service on Sunday, March 29, at 10:30 a.m. Everyone is invited to attend.
St. Alban’s Episcopal Church, 105 A Street S.W. will offer a Maundy Thursday service with Holy Communion at 7 p.m. Thursday (March 24) to commemorate the Last Supper.
At First UMC of Homestead, there will be a 7 a.m. sunrise service, followed by an Easter egg hunt and brunch.
Peace Lutheran Church, 565 12th St., is offering a free Easter Breakfast from 9 to 10:15 a.m. Sunday. At 11 a.m. worship service, Assistant Pastor Yolanda Bennett will minister the word, and the combine choir will render the music. All are welcome to attend.
On Friday, March 25, at 7 p.m., Youth Night Service will be held at New Life Outreach Ministries, Clinton. The church service begins at 7 p.m. Blvd., will celebrate Maundy Thursday at 7:30 p.m. March 24 with a service led by associate pastor Rev. Susan Steinberg and music by the Chamber Singers and the United Church String Ensemble.
/ Christ Memorial Church in Robertsville will hold an egg hunt at 11 a.m. At 7 p.m. there will be the Easter vigil.
Hot Metal Bridge Faith Community will hold Good Friday services on Friday, March 25 at 8 p.m.
Easter Sunrise Service. First Christian Church will hold Easter Sunrise Service in Ramona Oaks Park at 6:30 a.m. on Sunday.
Noon: James Chapel Baptist Church, 527 Pinckney St., Carlisle, will host an Easter Egg Hunt.
Every church on the mountain will be celebrating Easter, in their own special way, so call your church for hours and more details.
The Maundy Thursday service will begin at 6:30 p.m. The Rev. Dan Gaddy will give the homily and Holy Communion will follow. Child care will be available for children through fourth grade.
March 27, Easter services: 7 and 11:45 a.m.at Our Lady’s; 8:15 a.m. and 5 p.m. (Brazilian community) at St. Ann’s; and 10 a.m.at St. Joachim’s.
Wilbraham – The Wilbraham Women’s Club is holding its annual “Card & Game Party” on Thursday, March 31 at St. Cecilia Parish Center, 42 Main St. Bring friends and play any game of your choice (bridge, whist, canasta, Scrabble, dominoes, Tripoli, ect.) and enjoy a luncheon. The Rowayton United Methodist Church will be joining us for this special service of dramatic readings. Proceeds help to support the club’s scholarships and donations to charitable organizations in the area. Good Friday Service, March 25, 7 p.m., presented by Four Corners Youth Group. Cost is $20 and includes lunch, a special gift for each attendee and door prizes. The event is supported by East Durham Area Action Partnerships Holiday Hunger Fund, Barclays Bank and all proceeds will support children and young people’s summer holiday activities. Tickets can be booked online or by calling 903-683-3098. Participants in the egg hunt should bring a basket and a flashlight.
The Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church, 830-484-3302, will have a Holy Thursday service at 7 p.m. On Friday, Stations of the Cross will be at 2:30 p.m., with a Celebration of the Lord’s Passion at 3 p.m. Saturday, Easter Vigil Mass is at 8:30 p.m. On Easter, Mass will be at 7:30 a.m. and 10 a.m. For more information, fcchendersonville.org or 692-8630. A bake sale will take place between services.

Slain Russian opposition leader’s daughter faults probe

Thousands of people gathered in Moscow on Saturday to remember Boris Nemtsov, the Russian opposition leader and former prime minister who was gunned down by an assassin within sight of the Kremlin in Moscow on this day one year ago.Some former members of a Chechen special forces unit believed to be under Kadyrov’s control have been arrested for the murder, while investigators have complained that others have disappeared or are being shielded from answering questions.In a huge outpouring of support for the slain opposition leader, and anger aimed at President Vladimir Putin, about 30,000 people marched through central Moscow chanting “Russia will be free” and “Russia without Putin”.

Syrian forces enter Palmyra in battle with Isis, says state TV

First Deputy Chairman of the Russian Federation Council upper house Defense and Security Committee Franz Klintsevich has said that the complete liberation of Palmyra by the Syrian army will show the entire world who really confronts the Islamic State (IS) terrorist group (outlawed in Russia) in Syria. It was also a big blow to the government of Syrian President Bashar Assad whose forces pulled out with apparently little fighting.

Many of the Palmyra’s Roman-era relics, including the 2,000-year-old Temple of Bel and the iconic Arch of Triumph, have been blown up by IS.
Syrian state media reported that Government troops have already entered the strategic jihadi stronghold of Palmyra, which fell to the extremist regime last May.
Syria’s antiquities chief Maamoun Abdelkarim hailed the “imminent” recapture of Palmyra, vowing to rebuild monuments the militants destroyed.
The governor of the Homs province, Talal al-Barazi, told AP on Thursday that the Syrian Army could completely liberate the city in 48 hours.
A Syrian government official says he hopes that the “nightmare” of Palmyra is over after reports emerged that the army has reached the historic town, which was held by Islamic State militants since May.
Civilians began fleeing after Islamic State fighters told them via loudspeakers to leave the center as fighting drew closer, the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.
“We say to those gunmen, we are advancing to Palmyra, and to what’s beyond Palmyra, and God willing to Raqqa, the centre of the Daesh gangs”, he said, referring to Islamic State’s de facto capital in northern Syria.
But taking Mosul is no small goal and it was not immediately clear how long such a complex and taxing offensive would take. Syrian troops have been on the offensive for days in an attempt to capture the town.
The advance on Palmyra comes against the backdrop of Syrian peace talks underway in Geneva between representative of the Damascus government and the Western-backed opposition.
The talks have been boosted by a nationwide cessation of hostilities brokered by the USA and Russian Federation that has largely held since it began on 27 February. “There is no USA military or Coalition cooperation with either the Assad government nor the Russians”.
Iraqi forces retook several villages on the outskirts of Makhmour early Thursday and hoisted the Iraqi flag there, according to the spokesman for the Joint Military Command, Brig.
GENEVA/MOSCOW Secretary of State John Kerry, ahead of a meeting with Vladimir Putin, said the United States and Russian Federation must work together to end the war in Syria despite their differences, and called for a further reduction in violence and more aid deliveries.

Clinical Bangladesh strangle listless Sri Lanka

Winning the toss, Bangladesh skipper Mashrafe Bin Mortaza opted to bat first, but it was a nightmare start for the Tigers.Shakib and Sabbir stitched together a partnership of 82 runs for the fourth wicket to take their team’s score past the 100-run mark.Al-Amin Hossain was the highest wicket taker for Bangladesh with three scalps.In a major blow to Bangladesh’s Asia Cup campaign, Mustafizur Rahman, the bowling spearhead, has been ruled out of the remainder of the tournament due to a side strain he suffered during the team’s 23-run victory over Sri Lanka.