While You Were Sleeping: 5 stories you might have missed, June 8 edition

North Korea restarts plutonium production for nuclear bombs - US official

North Korea has restarted production of plutonium fuel, a senior State Department official said on Tuesday, showing that it plans to pursue its nuclear weapons programme in defiance of international sanctions.

The US assessment came a day after the UN nuclear watchdog said it had "indications" that Pyongyang has reactivated a plant to recover plutonium from spent reactor fuel at Yongbyon, its main nuclear complex.

The latest developments suggest North Korea's reclusive communist government is working to ensure a steady supply of materials for its drive to build warheads, despite tightened international sanctions after its fourth nuclear test in January.


Republican Ryan calls Trump remarks 'racist', but says he still supports him

House Speaker Paul Ryan on Tuesday described Donald Trump's criticism of a Mexican-American judge as "racist," but reiterated his support for the presumptive Republican presidential nominee.

Trump claims that federal Judge Gonzalo Curiel, who is handling a lawsuit against the now-defunct Trump University, is biased against him because of his Mexican heritage.

Trump has come under criticism by fellow Republicans for his remarks against Curiel, who was born in the United States of Mexican parents.


Cincinnati zoo reopens remodelled gorilla enclosure

Visitors flocked on Tuesday to the Cincinnati Zoo the day after prosecutors declined to charge the mother of a three-year-old boy who fell into a gorilla enclosure, causing zookeepers to kill the endangered animal to protect the child.

Hundreds of people got their first look at the remodelled enclosure, which the zoo changed to prevent a repeat of the May 28 incident that led to the shooting of the 17-year-old endangered western lowland silverback gorilla Harambe to prevent harm to the child.

Emily Butler, 40, from Florence, Kentucky, who was visiting with her eight- and 11-year-old sons and other family, called Harambe's death "sad all the way around," but said they were excited to be at the habitat's reopening.


Migrants linked to 69,000 would-be or actual crimes in Germany in first three months of 2016 - police

Migrants in Germany committed or tried to commit some 69,000 crimes in the first quarter of 2016, according to a police report that could raise unease, especially among anti-immigrant groups, about Chancellor Angela Merkel's liberal migrant policy.

There was a record influx of more than a million migrants into Germany last year and concerns are now widespread about how Europe's largest economy will manage to integrate them and ensure security.

The report from the BKA federal police showed that migrants from northern Africa, Georgia and Serbia were disproportionately represented among the suspects.


One per cent of world's population holds almost half its wealth: Report

Just one per cent of the world's population can call themselves millionaires or richer. But together they hold almost half the world's wealth, and their share is growing, according to a new study released Tuesday.

Some 18.5 million households around the world have at least US$1 million (S$1.35 million) worth of assets, for a total of US$78.8 trillion - or about the same size as global annual economic output - Boston Consulting Group's annual report on global private wealth says.

That also amounts to 47 per cent of total global wealth - based on holdings of cash, financial accounts, and equities, but not real estate - leaving the rest to be divided by the other 99 per cent of the world's population.