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North Korea preparing long-range missile test, says Russian lawmaker who visited Pyongyang

North Korea is preparing to test a long-range missile which it believes can reach the west coast of the United States, a Russian lawmaker just returned from a visit to Pyongyang was quoted as saying on Friday.

Anton Morozov, a member of the Russian lower house of parliament's international affairs committee, and two other Russian lawmakers visited Pyongyang on Oct 2-6, Russia's RIA news agency reported.

"They are preparing for new tests of a long-range missile. They even gave us mathematical calculations that they believe prove that their missile can hit the west coast of the United States," RIA quoted Morozov as saying.

"As far as we understand, they intend to launch one more long-range missile in the near future. And in general, their mood is rather belligerent."


Donald Trump declines to explain 'calm before the storm' remark

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President Donald Trump declined on Friday to explain what he meant when he described a gathering of military leaders as "the calm before the storm," but the White House said he was not just being mischievous when he made the remark.

Pressed about what he meant by Thursday's comment, the US leader declined to elaborate, telling reporters only that,"You'll find out."

White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders also declined to say what Trump meant. When asked whether Trump was just being mischievous, Sanders denied he was just "messing with the press."


Airlines may cut flights by 30 per cent in France on Tuesday due to strike

The French civil aviation authority has recommended that airlines reduce their flights by 30 per cent on Tuesday due to a strike call by civil service unions, the transport ministry said on Friday.

The airports affected are likely to include Paris' two main airports, Charles de Gaulle and Orly, as well as Beauvais, Lyon, Nice, Marseille, Toulouse, Bordeaux and Nantes.

"Disruptions are expected throughout the country" on Tuesday, the ministry said in a statement.


Children's brain cells changed by Internet porn: Neurosurgeon

"Internet pornography changes children's brain cells", says American neurosurgeon Donald Hilton.

After a world congress this week in Rome on the sexual dangers facing children in the digital world, Hilton warned against the devastating effects of violent pornographic web clips on young brains, in an interview with AFP.

His concern is shared by Pope Francis, who on Friday received the 150 experts of the congress at the Vatican and urged the world to take action.


Football: Spain punch World Cup ticket, Serbia made to wait

Heavyweights Spain qualified for the 2018 World Cup with a routine 3-0 home win over Albania, but Serbia must wait to seal to their place following a 3-2 loss in Austria.

Rodrigo, Isco and Thiago Alcantara all scored inside the first 30 minutes in Alicante as the 2010 world champions locked up top spot in Group G as Italy were surprisingly held to a 1-1 draw by Macedonia in Turin.

Barcelona defender Gerard Pique was greeted with a mixture of jeers and applause on his 92nd international appearance just days after voting in a referendum on Catalan independence deemed illegal by the Spanish government and blighted by police violence.


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