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How North Korea Could Pull Off a Pacific Nuclear Test

Sep 23, 2017 | 00:00 GMT

While a high-altitude hydrogen bomb blast would carry few risks to life, it would surely lead to repercussions for Pyongyang.

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    U.S. President Donald Trump took to the podium today at the U.N. General Assembly in New York to give his first speech at the body of global leaders. The speech -- somewhat reminiscent in tone to his inauguration speech in January -- was Trump's message to the world on what U.S. foreign policy should be under his doctrine of "America First."
    Russian President Vladimir Putin (right) and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (left) share a laugh at the headquarters of worldwide judo community, the Kodokan Judo Institute, on Dec. 16, 2016.
    During a Sept. 5 press conference, Russian President Vladimir Putin proposed that the U.N. Security Council deploy peacekeepers to the front lines of the conflict. But the proposal should be seen more as an attempt to ease pressure from the West -- and particularly Washington -- than a sincere commitment to ending the conflict.
    The BRICS group -- made up of Brazil, Russia, India, China and later South Africa -- were envisioned as a gang of the world's up-and-comers.
    On Aug. 28, the Indian Ministry of External Affairs released a statement saying that a "disengagement" of troops has begun on the Doklam Plateau. The drawdown highlights how the costs of war outweighed the benefits of aggression for both sides.
    Twitter has become a primary theater in the war of words between Doha and Riyadh.
    French President Emmanuel Macron will soon focus on Central and Eastern Europe, meeting with the leaders of Austria, the Czech Republic and Slovakia in Salzburg on Aug. 23, and then visiting Romania on Aug. 24 and Bulgaria on Aug. 25. The official goal of these meetings is to discuss the situation of Eastern European nationals working in Western Europe. But France is also playing a more subtle political game.

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    Workers look at a computer screen at France's Center for Scientific and Technical Study of Aquitaine, which is dedicated to the design of nuclear weapons.
    People gather at the Imamnazar customs point during a ceremony for the opening of the first section of a $2 billion railway link between Turkmenistan and Afghanistan.
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    Saudi fighter jets perform at King Salman air base in Riyadh.
    An instructor gives a lesson in Chinese language at a Confucius Institute in Lagos, Nigeria, in April 2016.
    Chinese property investors have set their sights on transforming commercial and residential areas abroad, especially in the United States.
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    Buildings in a neighborhood in the western Raqqa smolder as the Syrian Democratic Forces fight the Islamic State.
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