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North Korea's supreme leader, Kim
Jong-un, has said his country could
defend itself in any war started by the
US. He was making a rare public speech
as part of mass celebrations involving
troops, and military vehicles in
Pyongyang, capital of North Korea, to
mark the 70th anniversary of the ruling
Workers' Party. (See Page A38)
Thousands of soldiers---many with red
banners---marched past him through the
city's main square in tight formation. The
parade was truly amazing in its
immensity and organisation. The
message was clear from the podium:
China stands by North Korea---signalled
by Kim Jong-un clutching the hand of a
senior Chinese leader---and, secondly,
that Kim shows no sign of a softer
stance towards the United States. As he
"The party's revolutionary armament
means we are ready to fight any kind of
war waged by the US imperialists." If his
words were not clear enough, the
hardware on parade underlined them---
line upon line of trucks with missiles
following line upon line of heavy artillery.
"Iron spirit and the united forces of our
army and people have enabled us to break
through the imperialists' sanctions and
isolation, are forcing the enemies to
extreme anxiety and fear," Kim said.
North Korea 'ready to defend itself'
Six-month-old Alaina Franklin poses for a photo at Relleke's Pumpkin Patch in Granite City, Illinois, USA. AP PHOTO
PUMPKIN PATCH POSER
Two explosions at a road
junction in the centre of the
Turkish capital Ankara have
killed at least 86 people and
injured nearly 200 others, the
country s health minister
The first blast occurred at
around 10 am, with the second
following shortly after, during
a peace rally organised by sev-
eral leftist groups, including
the pro-Kurdish Peoples
Democratic Party (HDP).
Authorities are exploring the
possibility that the blasts may
have been caused by two sui-
Prime Minister Ahmet
Davutoglu announced three
days of national mourning
during a televised press con-
ference on yesterday after-
"We have to stand together
against terrorism to defend
our country," Davutoglu said,
adding that the target of the
attack was Turkish unity,
democracy and stability.
"We are confident that
there is no single citizen who
doesn t share the deep sorrow
for those who have lost their
loved ones in these attacks."
No groups have claimed
responsibility for the explo-
sions. At a press conference
in Ankara yesterday afternoon,
the Turkish health minister
said that the death toll from
the blasts had risen from 30
to 86, with 186 injured,
including 28 who are in inten-
Demonstrators angered by
the attack on their fellow
activists shouted "police mur-
derers!" at the scene of the
blasts but were then dispersed
as the security forces inter-
vened. The attack came with
Turkey on edge ahead of
November 1 polls and a wave
of unrest over the past few
months. (Al Jazeera)
Deadly explosions rock
peace rally in Turkey
Russia has agreed to resume talks with the US
on air safety during Syria bombing campaigns,
says the Pentagon.
The talks "are likely to take place as soon as this
weekend," said press secretary Peter Cook.
There have been concerns that there could be
an accidental clash as the two countries pursue
separate bombing campaigns over Syria.
The US and its Nato allies have also been alarmed
at violations of Turkish air space by Russian jets.
US and Russian officials conducted talks on air
safety via video conference on October 1, but the
US had complained that they had heard nothing
from Moscow since then.
Earlier this week, Pentagon officials said they
had had to carry out at least one "safe separation"
manoeuvre to avoid a US jet coming too close to
a Russian aircraft over Syria.
They said this happened after October 1, without
giving a specific date.
Talks are likely to deal with how much separation
there should between US and Russian aircraft and
which language and radio frequencies crews should
use for communications.
Russia has said it is targeting positions of so-
called Islamic State (IS) but there are concerns that
it is bombing other rebels opposed to President
US Defence Secretary Ashton Carter on Friday
accused Russia of running "fundamentally flawed"
operations in Syria which would "inflame the civil
war and therefore extremism".
But Moscow has dismissed claims that its week
of strikes has mainly hit non-IS targets. (BBC)
At least 150,000 people marched in Berlin, yes-
terday, in protest against a planned free trade deal
between Europe and the United States that they
say is anti-democratic and will lower food safety,
labour and environmental standards.
Organisers---an alliance of environmental groups,
charities and opposition parties---said 250,000 peo-
ple had taken part in the rally against free trade
deals with both the United States and Canada, far
more than they had anticipated.
"This is the biggest protest that this country has
seen for many, many years," Christoph Bautz, direc-
tor of citizens movement Campact told protesters
in a speech.
Police said 150,000 people had taken part in the
demonstration which was trouble free. There were
1,000 police officers on duty at the march.
Dietmar Bartsch, deputy leader of the parlia-
mentary group for the Left party, who was taking
part in the rally said he was concerned about the
lack of transparency surrounding the talks.
"We definitely need to know what is supposed
to be being decided," he said.
Marchers banged drums, blew whistles and held
up posters reading "Yes we can - Stop TTIP."
Thousands protest in Berlin
against EU-US trade deal
Russia, US to resume
Syria air talks
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