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North Korea is warning foreign diplomats that Pyongyang may not be a very safe place after 10 April. The North Korean government is asking them to submit plans to evacuate. Germany is clearing out its diplomats; Russia is asking for clarification of the statement; UK acknowledges it got the warning, but notes that the situation in the capital is “calm”.
South Korea has deployed two warships to either coast to track any North Korean missile launch. Pyongyang has now moved two missiles to the east coast: The Musudan is designed to have a range of up to 3,000 kilometers; the KN08 is believed to be designed as an intercontinental missile, or it’s just a mock-up meant to look like one. Even if they’re real, both are untested.
Mark Knopfler is canceling his upcoming gigs in Russia because of Moscow’s crackdown on Human Rights groups. Russian police raided hundreds of offices, including those of Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International. Critics say the raids were intended to stifle criticism of President Vladimir Putin. Knopfler wrote on his website, "I have always loved playing in Russia and have great affection for the country and the people. I hope the current climate will change soon."
Pope Francis is calling for “decisive action” against clergy sex abuse of minors. It’s his first public statement on the crisis that has rocked the church. He told the Bishop in charge of the Vatican sex abuse watchdog group to make sure the perpetrators are punished. The statement doesn’t seem to mention anything about cooperating with local law enforcement.
The death toll is now 57 lives lost to the Argentine Floods. The worst-hit city is La Plata where 51 people died. 100,000 homes were destroyed. Hepatitis shots are being administered at mobile clinics; fresh water is being distributed to flood victims.
The United Nations Relief and Works Agency (Unrwa) is halting food distribution in Gaza after protesters stormed and looted one of its storehouses. Palestinians were angered by aid cutbacks. Unrwa says it will resume distributing food once it gets security assurances for its property and staff from the Palestinians.
Oops, his microphone was on! Uruguayan President Jose Mujica was caught talking smack about President Cristina Fernández of neighboring Argentina: “This old hag is worse than the cross-eyed man,” he said referring to Fernández’ late husband, former Argentine President Nestor Kirchner, “Cross-eyes was more of a politician, she’s just stubborn.” Mujica is a former communist guerilla and political prisoner who is now considered to be the world’s most-humble and poorest president, by choice.
The cooling system at the crippled Fukushima Nuclear Power plant in Japan failed again for the second time in two weeks. This time, workers installing rat nets tripped over the wiring, knocking out cooling water for Reactor #3’s nuclear waste pool. The outage lasted three hours. Last month, a rat got into the wiring and short-circuited power for four waste pools.