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North Korea launches another missile, this time over Japan

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North Korea fired multiple ballistic missiles, one of which was a possible intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM).

This caused an alert for residents in parts of central and northern Japan to seek shelter. Officials in South Korea and Japan said the missile may have been an ICBM, which are North Korea’s longest-range weapons. Here’s what we know so far.

What We Know About the Missile Launch

The missile was launched at around 5:30 a.m. from Sunan International Airport near Pyongyang, North Korea’s capital city. Japanese officials said the missile appeared to break into three pieces and land in waters off Japan’s coast. It was not immediately clear if the missile was armed with a nuclear warhead.

South Korean military analysts are saying that Thursday’s launch may have been a “new type” of ICBM. The analysts said the missile reached a maximum height of about 4,475 miles, which is significantly higher than any other missiles North Korea has previously tested.

Why This Matters

This latest launch comes just days after North Korea conducted its sixth nuclear test, which it claims was a hydrogen bomb that can be fitted onto an ICBM. Analysts believe North Korea is now close to its goal of developing a nuclear weapon that can target the United States mainland. In response to the nuclear test, the U.N. Security Council voted unanimously to impose new sanctions on North Korea.

In addition to yesterday’s launch, North Korea has also conducted a series of shorter-range missile tests in recent months. These tests have caused alarm in neighboring countries like Japan and South Korea because they show that North Korea’s missiles are becoming increasingly sophisticated and could soon pose a direct threat to those countries.

Ahron Young is an award winning journalist who has covered major news events around the world. Ahron is the Managing Editor and Founder of TICKER NEWS.

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Porn floods Twitter “China” search

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Twitter users have been finding it hard to search for information on the social media platform due to an explosion of pornographic spam.

While thousands of protests against extended lockdowns, a digital bot army has roared into action on Twitter, with long-dormant Chinese language accounts suddenly tweeting links to escort services and other adult content.

Anyone trying to track the spontaneous protest movement on Twitter complained about the deluge of spam pornographic content making flooding the search for information.

The China protests come at a time when Twitter’s content and moderation teams have been pared back drastically following Elon Musk’s $44 billion takeover of the social media giant.

Twitter, along with other international social media services like Facebook, Snapchat and Instagram, is blocked by Beijing’s internet censors within Mainland China.

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Biden silence on China protests

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As citizens across China revolt against the country’s “zero Covid” policy, the White House issued a statement about the growing protests.

“‘We’ve long said everyone has the right to peacefully protest, in the United States and around the world,’ a White House National Security Council spokesperson said in a statement.

‘This includes in the [People’s Republic of China.]’

“‘Zero COVID is not a policy we are pursuing here,’ the spokesperson said.

‘And as we’ve said, we think it’s going to be very difficult for the People’s Republic of China to be able to contain this virus through their zero COVID strategy.’”

Commentators have noted that the statement came from the White House, and not President Biden himself.

Demonstrators are calling on President Joe Biden to take a stance and publicly support their cause.

The protests have continued despite numerous attempts by the Chinese government to quell them.

 

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China protests hit global markets, crypto

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The protests in China are having a negative impact on cryptocurrencies and markets around the world.

Bitcoin failed to break its descent and fell more than 3 percent.

The global crypto market cap fell over 2%, sending major cryptos into the red.

Over the last 24 hours, overall crypto market volume grew by 22%.

It comes amid a round of investor nervousness in global markets spurred by protests in China against Covid restrictions.

Protesters outraged by harsh COVID-19 regulations called for China’s strong leader to quit.

China is the world’s second-largest economy and has a significant impact on global financial markets.

Stocks and cryptos aren’t considered safe havens, leading to bearing price action.

Analysts are hoping for a sharp bullish reversal if and when the protests end.

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