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North Korean missile captures photographs from space

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New photos from space have emerged, this time taken from a North Korean missile

The photographs were captured during the country’s most powerful missile launch in five years, picturing the Korean peninsula and the surrounding areas.

Pyongyang has confirmed the weapon tested was a Hwasong-12 intermediate range ballistic missile.

The projectile has the potential to travel thousands of miles and is even capable of reaching areas including US territory Guam.

This marks the seventh missile launch in the past month, a record for the country, which is concerning the international community.

The US, South Korea, Japan and other nations strongly condemned this activity as North Korea attempts to use launches of weapons capable of reaching US territories to pressure the Biden administration into restarting nuclear talks.

“The United States condemns these actions and calls on [North Korea] to refrain from further destabilising acts,”

the US military’s Indo-Pacific command says. 

Sunday’s launch appears to be part of a push by the country’s leader, Kim Jong-un, to secure sanctions relief and international recognition of its status as a legitimate nuclear power.

Even though the UN prohibits North Korea from ballistic and nuclear weapons tests and imposes strict sanctions, the state frequently defies the ban.

While the Winter Olympics are being held in China, observers believe the North could pause missile tests – but warn that it could launch more powerful weapons when the Beijing Games finish.

Written by Savannah Pocock

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Japanese billionaire could be first on Musk’s moon journey

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Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa says he plans to make a “big announcement” related to space after a meeting with Elon Musk.

The founder of the online fashion site Zozo Inc, completed a tourist trip to the International Space Station on a Soyuz spacecraft in December last year.

Now he plans to journey around the moon with Musk’s rocket and satellite company SpaceX next year.

The 47-year-old entrepreneur tweeted that he had held an online meeting with Musk and “can now make a big announcement about space on December 9”.

The space enthusiast will likely become the first private passenger on a SpaceX moon mission with a week-long fly-by planned for 2023.

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Elon Musk on Kanye: “I wanted to punch him”

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Elon Musk admits he wanted to “punch” Kanye West after the rapper last week tweeted an image of a swastika intertwined with a Star of David.

Musk had described himself as a “free speech absolutist” – but he suspended Ye’s account shortly after the post – for incitement to violence.

Pre-Musk Twitter had previously restricted Ye’s account in October after he vowed to go “death con 3 on Jewish people.”

Now Musk has spoken out about the latest controversy.

“I personally wanted to punch Kanye, so that was definitely inciting me to violence. That’s not cool,” Musk said during a question-and-answer session on “Twitter Spaces”.

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Facebook and Google could soon pay for news in New Zealand

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New Zealand officials are seeking to pull digital media providers into line when it comes to paying for news

Digital companies like Google and Meta could begin paying media companies in New Zealand under a new scheme designed to protect local content publishers.

Lawmakers in Wellington will vote on the bill, where Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern’s Government is expected to pass it.

Willie Jackson is the Minister of Broadcasting, who said news outlets will benefit from deals reached with digital platforms.

“New Zealand news media, particularly small regional and community newspapers, are struggling to remain financially viable as more advertising moves online.”

The legislation is based on similar laws already passed in Canada and Australia.

“It is critical that those benefiting from their news content actually pay for it,” Mr Jackson said.

The Australian Government introduced the News Media Bargaining Code in 2021, which has led to 30 deals between media outlets and tech firms.

It allows lawmakers to step in when tech companies are negotiating content deals with local media outlets.

The Treasury Department recently found the “agreements have enabled news businesses to, in particular, employ additional journalists and make other valuable investments to assist their operations.”

The agreements are based on how often content is clicked, which ultimately leads to advertising revenue.

Google has cemented agreements with Nine Entertainment and Seven West Media, which are scheduled to run for five years.

Meanwhile, Meta has reportedly reached commercial agreements with 13 news businesses.

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