On Tuesday morning, North Korea conducted what it claimed to be its first successful test of an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM). The Hwasong-14 ICBM, launched on a steep trajectory, flew some 933 kilometers in 39 minutes reaching an altitude of 2,802 kilometers, according to the country’s state television.
The Russian military, however, questioned Pyongyang’s claim, saying the missile only flew around 535 kilometers, reaching an altitude of 510 kilometers before falling into the Sea of Japan. The assessment places the North Korean missile fired Tuesday in the category of an intermediate-range ballistic missile (IRBM).
The US Pacific Command initially identified the projectile fired by North Korea as a land-based, intermediate-range ballistic missile. American military data indicated that it flew some 930 kilometers over 37 minutes. Yet, and despite the assessment, the US Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson, lent credibility to North Korea’s claim that it launched an ICBM.
“The United States strongly condemns North Korea’s launch of an intercontinental ballistic missile. Testing an ICBM represents a new escalation of the threat to the United States, our allies and partners, the region, and the world,” Tillerson said in a statement.
Russia, China: N. Korea must freeze nuclear activities, US halt THAAD deployment.\
Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Chinese counterpart, Xi Jinping, meeting in Moscow, called for a freeze of Kim Jong-un’s nuclear and ballistic programs which are in breach of UNSC resolutions.
But Tillerson said global action is required to stop what he called the North Korean “global threat,” as he warned countries against supporting Pyongyang. “We will never accept a nuclear-armed North Korea.”
The US also called a United Nations Security Council meeting Wednesday to discuss the latest test launch by North Korea.
American and South Korean militaries have launched surface-to-surface tactical missiles into neutral waters as a show of force against the latest North Korean ballistic test, despite the joint Russian-Chinese warning not to escalate tensions on the peninsula.
“Eighth US Army and Republic of Korea (ROK) military personnel conducted a combined event exercising assets countering North Korea’s destabilizing and unlawful actions on July 4,” United States Forces in Korea said in a statement.
“This exercise utilized the Army Tactical Missile System (ATACMS) and the Republic of Korea Hyunmoo Missile II, which fired missiles into territorial waters of South Korea along the East Coast,” the military statement added.
The Army Tactical Missile System (ATACMS) is a guided surface-to-surface missile (SSM) produced by Lockheed Martin. It has a range of some 300 kilometers, and can strike targets deeps inside enemy territory. The guided missile can be fired from multiple rocket launchers, including the Multiple Launch Rocket System (MLRS) M270, and High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS).
Spain’s foreign minister says that all European Union members need to discuss Italy’s proposal for other countries in the bloc to open their ports to ships carrying rescued migrants. Alfonso Dastis told journalists in Madrid that “our position is that exceptional situations require exceptional measures as a response, but they need to be discussed among all countries.” Italy has pleaded for help as thousands of migrants and refugees pour onto its shores. The U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees, Filippo Grandi, decried an “unfolding tragedy” in the country.
Milton Keynes, England, July 4, 2017: It’s turning out to be a highly productive year for India’s ShivKapur. The 35-year-old, who posted a win and a tied second finish on the Asian Tour in the first half of the season, added another feather to his cap by earning a ticket to his third British Open after winning one of the five Final Qualifying events staged in the United Kingdom on Tuesday.
Kapur, who will be the lone Indian at this year’s Open Championship, earned his berth at the year’s third Major after shooting scores of 71 and 65 that gave him first place at eight-under-136. Shiv was thus among the three players with the best scores who qualified from The Marquess’ Course at Woburn in England.
The top three players from each of the five Final Qualifying events made it to this year’s British Open which will be held at the Royal Birkdale Golf Club in England from July 20 – 23.
Kapur finished two shots ahead of the English duo of Ian Poulter and Toby Tree, the other two players to qualify from Woburn.
Shiv, who made 13 birdies, a bogey and two double-bogeys in his two rounds on Tuesday, is now all set to make his fifth Major appearance.
The two-time Asian Tour winner, who returned to the winner’s circle in Asia after an 11-year gap earlier this year, has previously been part of the field at the British Open in 2006 and 2013. He missed the halfway cut by one shot in 2006 and finished tied 73rd in 2013.
Kapur’s other two Major appearances have come at the US Open in 2014 and 2015. He will now be playing at a Major after two years.
Incidentally, Shiv, who is currently placed 305 in the world rankings, holds the Indian record for the best finish at the US Open thanks to his tied 23rd place at the 2014 edition.
The Philippines’ top court on Tuesday upheld President Rodrigo Duterte’s martial law declaration in the southern third of the country, dismissing petitions to nullify it. Supreme Court spokesman Theodore Te said 11 of 15 justices voted to dismiss the consolidated petitions filed by opposition lawmakers, activist groups and four women from Maraw – the southern city where an attack by Islamic State-aligned militants prompted Duterte to declare martial law on May 23. Te said three of the justices voted to partially grant the petitions while one voted to grant them. Details of the justices’ vote were not immediately known, with Te saying the justices’ draft opinions will be finalized and submitted Wednesday
Catalonia will declare independence “immediately” if a majority of the Spanish region’s voters opt for independence in a Scotland-style referendum called for October, its ruling coalition said Tuesday. “If the majority of votes are for creating a Catalan republic, obviously independence will have to be declared immediately,” said Gabriela Serra, a member of the separatist coalition that governs Catalonia. Her comments came as the coalition introduced a law aimed at extracting the northeastern region from Spain’s legal system, in a bid to circumvent all legal and practical challenges to organising a referendum. It will be submitted to a vote in the regional parliament, where separatists hold a majority, at the end of August.
The Embassy of France in India and its cultural wing, Institut français India, in collaboration with the Indo FrenchChambers of Commerce and Industry and Business France, are organising the Enterprises and Alumni Job Fair 2017.
This job fair is a platform for Indian students and professionals who have pursued a part of their education, internship or training in France to explore promising job opportunities. It will facilitate the meeting of potential recruiters with a diverse talent pool of young professionals from top-notch institutions of learning in both countries with multicultural experience, technical and managerial skills, and a solid understanding of corporate environments.
Participating organisations at this job fair include L’Oréal, Amaris, Gaja Digital, Faurecia, Accor Hotels, Lumiplan, French Institute in India, Indo-French Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
Over 400 French companies are present in India, which employ over 300,000 skilled workers. This provides immense opportunities to Indian alumni who are trained in France. These skilled professionals would be an asset to not only French but also other multinational companies.
France is the third global destination for foreign students. Over 4000 Indian students choose to study in France every year; most of them enrol for STEM courses at reputed institutions. French universities and grandes écoles offer an increasing number of courses taught in English. Campus France, a French government agency for promoting higher education and operating from 11 offices across India, guides students in their choice of courses and the procedures involved in obtaining admissions and the requisite visa.
The French government would like to welcome more Indian students to France. Indian students can extend their stay in France after the completion of their studies. France offers several visa schemes for the alumni, ranging from the 2-year visa to the 5-year circulation visa, not to forget, the Talent Passport.
The French Institute/ Institut français India (IFI) is the section of the Embassy of France responsible for promoting Indo-French people-to-people ties. IFI promotes academic and scientific exchange between higher institutes of learning and research. It enables student mobility and promotes the French language. It fosters links between artists, scientists, NGOs, professors, enterprises, film professionals, publishers and more in addition to supporting partnerships in research and innovation, capacity-building and interactions with civil society, vocational studies, as well as artistic and cultural partnerships in arts, books, film, fashion, design and more. It organises forums and debates that bring together innovators and thinkers from both countries. IFI acts as a matchmaker in the exchange of expertise, strengthening these connections between private companies and public institutions between France and India.
Indo-French Chamber of Commerce and Industry (IFFCI): Set up in 1977, IFCCI is a not-for-profit bilateral business Chamber which fosters and promotes mutually beneficial relations between India and France through trade and industry. The Chamber has four offices in Mumbai, New Delhi, Chennai and Bengaluru and over 550 members, comprising leading French and Indian companies.
IFCCI provides a platform facilitating business and networking opportunities between French and Indian companies, and promotes their members’ interests to key decision makers, and helps develop economic and commercial relations between France and India.
Egypt’s parliament on Tuesday approved President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi’s decision to extend a nationwide state of emergency for an additional three months, said Speaker of the House of Representatives Ali Abdelaal. “The reasons for which the state of emergency was declared are still in place and therefore it must be extended,” Abdelaal told lawmakers. Parliament unanimously approved a three-month state of emergency in April, broadening the power of authorities to crack down on what it called enemies of the state after two church bombings killed at least 45 people.
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