North Korea fired four ballistic missiles into the sea off Japan's northwest on Monday. The tests angered South Korea and Japan, and occurred just days after North Korea promised retaliation over U.S.-South Korea military drills it sees as a preparation for war. The Kremlin also said it was “seriously worried” about the drills. The United States has about 28,500 troops and equipment stationed in the South, and plans to roll out the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) anti-missile defense system by the end of the year.
All the aspects of the North’s nuclear weapons program, in this Reuters graphic.
Iraqi forces discovered an underground training camp for elite Islamic State fighters, built in a ripped up train tunnel on a muddy hillside overlooking Mosul. On the floor they discovered empty cartons of orange juice, balaclava packaging and a leaflet titled “Types of Idolatry.”
Alphabet Inc, Google's parent company, is suing Uber for theft of trade secrets, alleging that one of the top engineers in its self-driving car program decamped with thousands of confidential files, including designs that helped him start self-driving truck company Otto and then quickly sell it to Uber. Uber denies those claims.
That’s what former French prime minister Alain Juppe said on Monday, after deciding “once and for all” not to run in France’s presidential election, disappointing many in his conservative party. Their existing candidate, Francois Fillon, is mired in a scandal over hundreds of thousands of euros of public money he paid his wife to be his parliamentary assistant. Once the frontrunner, opinion polls show Fillon losing the election.
Cuban President Raul Castro called Trump’s trade policies “egotistical” and his plan to build a wall along the Mexican border “irrational” in his first critical remarks directed at Trump since he took office. Seeking to reverse more than 50 years of U.S. efforts using isolation to force Cuba to change, former President Obama agreed with Castro in December 2014 to work to normalize relations. The White House said last month it was in the middle of "a full review of all U.S. policies toward Cuba." At least eight people were killed and 28 others injured in a stampede in Zambia's capital Lusaka on Monday as thousands of poor people struggled to claim food handouts, police said.