International Business Times

• North Korea Nuclear Timeline: History Of Weapons Buildup From US Antagonist
After an increasing number of reports last week that North Korea had been testing nuclear weapons meant to pose a threat to the U.S. and its allies, President Donald Trump tweeted that North Korea was "behaving very badly." But 2017 is hardly the first time North Korea has antagonized the U.S. on with its nuclear capabilities. In fact, North Korea first got into the nuclear weapons game over 60 years ago. A timeline of the most important dates of North Korea's nuclear aggression shows an interesting pattern in the relationship between the two countries.

• What Is A Lunar Swirl? NASA Explains Sun Damage And The Beauty Of The Moon’s Surface
Much like the name “lunar swirl” implies, this feature on the surface of the Moon looks like a wisp of cream in your coffee. But it is more relatable to doing a poor job applying sunscreen — while parts of your skin are protected from the Sun’s rays, other patches and streaks are unprotected and are more likely to be damaged. Read: Will This Cute Little Robot Go to Mars?

• How Are Stars Born? In The Wind Coming From A Supermassive Black Hole
Supermassive black holes may take away light, but they also give it — these enormous black holes at the centers of many galaxies are pushing out gas in which new stars are forming, according to researchers working with the aptly named Very Large Telescope in Chile.

• Where Is ISIS? Islamic State Kills Somalia Spy In Mogadishu: Report
The Islamic State group has reportedly killed a Somali intelligence officer in the a neighborhood of the capital city, Mogadishu, according to a new report Monday. A local journalist tweeted that the spy's killing took place in the city's Yaqshid district, citing the Amaq News Agency, which is a propaganda media outlet for the global terror group more commonly known as ISIS.

• 5 Of The Most Famous Tombs, Burial Sites In The World
The restoration and subsequent re-opening last week of the alleged tomb of Jesus Christ in the Church Of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem’s Old City had ignited the world’s curiosity and wonder towards some of the most fascinating and holy burial sites around the planet.

• Kim Jong Un's North Korea Blasts Trump, Obama Nuclear Policy After US Threatens Military Action
The administration of President Donald Trump and its policy on the North Korean nuclear program is no different from that of former President Barack Obama, according to an op-ed published Monday in a North Korean news outlet. The commentary was likely an attempt to strike a nerve in the current presidency by comparing it to one for which it has continuously tried to undo policies.

• Did Ivanka Trump And Jared Kushner Meet A Putin-Connected Russian Oligarch In Aspen?
Donald Trump is coming off one of the most crucial weeks of his young presidency. Trump fought an ultimately losing battle to secure enough Republican votes to pass the Obamacare replacement plan through the House, a battle he fought without the help of one of his most trusted advisers: 36-year-old son-in-law Jared Kushner. 

• Elephants Killed For Their Ivory Can Have Justice Thanks To Nuclear Bombs?
When scientists were testing nuclear bombs during the Cold War, they may not have realized they would be handing authorities a tool to fight elephant poaching in Africa. Bombs exploded in the open air in the 1940s, ‘50s and ‘60s released a radioactive form of carbon, called carbon-14, that plants absorbed and have retained — and passed to animals that eat those plants, such as elephants, according to National Geographic.

• Dinosaur Park: Thousands Of Dino Tracks Are Hiding Under Tides In Western Australia
Think of it as a more passive version of Jurassic Park — rather than live dinosaurs, one area in Australia has dinosaur tracks cast into ancient rock that can be connected to 21 different species.

• New Nuclear War? US, UK, France Others Vote Against New Treaty In United Nations
Nearly 40 countries, including the United States, reportedly opted Monday not to discuss a new nuclear weapons ban treaty before the United Nations General Assembly in New York, Reuters reported.

• Travel To Mars? A New Rocket Can Make Fast Human Trips Possible, Researcher Says
Human space travel to Mars is largely considered a far off moonshot – though not entirely impossible – to the international scientific community, considering the entire trek would take years and could lead to radiation exposure, cancer and other medical risks.

• ISIS Tells Iraqis, 'Wake Up And Attack' US Soldiers In Iraq
The Islamic State group, also known as ISIS, has issued new threats to U.S. soldiers in Iraq, apparently infuriated by the lack of resistance they have faced from locals.

• Terrorism In Africa: Al-Shabab Under Attack In Somalia Amid Killing Claims
The al-Shabab militant group had dozens of its fighters killed in a firefight with Kenyan soldiers during a raid in Somalia this weekend, Kenya's military announced Monday. But the regional terror group affiliated with al-Qaeda soon said those reports were false.

• US War Crimes In Iraq? Russia Wants UN Meeting After Airstrike Kills 200 Civilians In Mosul
Russia’s top diplomat asked Monday for an impromptu meeting in the United Nations’ Security Council following the United States’ admission to an airstrike in Mosul, Iraq, earlier this month believed to have killed more than 200 civilians.

• China Air Pollution: 'Green Necklace' Project Could Help Beijing's Smog Problem
Chinese officials are taking a green approach to solving the country’s air pollution problem, starting with a new project in Beijing and the surrounding province of Hebei to plant more trees and shrubs in surrounding wetlands. Hebei’s government said green belts would be planted all around Beijing, creating a “green necklace” to combat the heavy smog engulfing the area.

• NATO Funding: Trump Bills Merkel Billions For Money 'Owed' To Military Alliance, As White House Denies Report
The White House denied a Sunday report by British newspaper the Times of London, citing “German government sources,” that President Donald Trump charged German Chancellor Angela Merkel with what the unnamed officials called an “outrageous” $374 billion for money “owed” to the U.S. for its protection of fellow North Atlantic Treaty Alliance members.

• North Korea Update: US Has 'No Good Military Options' Against Kim Jong Un, Ex-Ambassador Says
With each new weapons test, North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un continued this month to inch closer to developing the ability to conduct a nuclear strike against the U.S. But while tensions with the isolated country have continued to escalate, the world's foremost military force has no viable options for striking the communist nation, a former U.S. ambassador to South Korea said Sunday. 

• Russia Interfering In France's Election? Marine Le Pen Denies Kremlin Funding
Far-right French presidential candidate Marine Le Pen told the radio broadcaster Europe 1 on Monday that she had received funding for her campaign from neither the Russian government nor any Russian banks. Her comments came days after she met with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday.

• Will Trump's Wall Be Built? Mexicans Helping Construction Are Traitors, Church And Government Warn
Mexicans helping President Donald Trump build his signature campaign initiative, the border wall along the Untied States-Mexico boder, will be acting immorally and should be deemed traitors, Mexico's biggest archdiocese said Sunday.

• Is Hitler Still Alive? John F Kennedy Felt Nazi Leader Was Living After World War II, Diary Reveals
John F. Kennedy's diary from 1945, going up for auction on his 100th birth anniversary April 26, revealed that the young former president believed Adolf Hitler might still be alive after the end of the World War II, reports said Saturday. He wrote the 61-page diary while touring Europe during his stint as a war correspondent with Hearst magazines.

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