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“Deeply troubling” report says North Korea has turned on nuclear reactor

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The UN International Atomic Agency says that North Korea appears to have restarted its Yongbyon nuclear reactor

The UN International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) believes that the Yongbyon reactor supplies plutonium for North Korea’s nuclear weapons program.

The report found evidence that the reactor has been on since early July, with the nearby radio-chemical lab operating from February to July.

“Since early July 2021, there have been indications, including the discharge of cooling water, consistent with the operation of the reactor.”

These findings also coincide with other signs that North Korea is using a nearby laboratory to extract plutonium from fuel previously removed from the reactor.

North Korea barred the IAEA’s access to the country in 2009, leaving the agency to monitor nuclear activity primarily through satellite imagery.

Indications of radiochemical reprocessing are “deeply troubling” and a “cause of serious concern”

The agency described the update as “deeply troubling” and a “clear violation” of United Nations Security Council resolutions.

“It appears to indicate North Korea has resumed producing plutonium for its nuclear weapons program,” Gary Samore from Brandeis University told The Australian.

“While North Korea already has a significant stockpile of nuclear weapons, this suggests it is moving to expand its current arsenal,” he said.

The IAEA says it will continue to call on North Korea to “comply fully” with its obligations under the UN security council resolutions.

Natasha is an Associate Producer at ticker NEWS with a Bachelor of arts from Monash University. She has previously worked at Sky News Australia and Monash University as an Online Content Producer.

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TikTok implements stricter guidelines on weight-loss drug promotion

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TikTok is tightening its regulations on influencers who promote weight-loss drugs like Ozempic.

With over 170 million users in the US, the app aims to prevent the spread of potentially harmful content related to rapid weight loss.

Starting in May, TikTok will prohibit influencers from posting “before-and-after” photos and restrict minors from accessing weight-loss content deemed risky. The crackdown extends to any content promoting drastic weight loss methods, aiming to combat the promotion of unrealistic body standards.

However, some influencers, like Dave Knapp and Kim Carlos, criticise the move, arguing it discriminates against those with health conditions. Others fear losing their income as TikTok takes down their content, prompting concerns about the platform’s future amid potential US bans.

As TikTok enforces stricter guidelines, influencers may seek alternative platforms to share weight-loss content. Despite the popularity of drugs like Ozempic and Wegovy, the crackdown reflects growing concerns about the impact of such promotions on user health.

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Game on with indie devs celebrated by Nintendo

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Nintendo Switch fans rejoice! The recent Indie World Showcase unveiled 17 new titles coming in 2024.

Including in the rundown is the adorable “Little Kitty, Big City” and explosive platformer “Anton Blast.” In other news, “Stellar Blade” confirms an uncensored release on PlayStation 5, Fallout’s TV adaptation gears up for Season 2, and Keanu Reeves joins the cast of Sonic 3 as Shadow. New releases this week include “Tales of Kenzera: Zau” and “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Arcade: Wrath of the Mutants,” while “Fallout 4” gets a next-gen update. With “Stellar Blade” topping the list, gamers have plenty to look forward to in the coming weeks.

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What are the major takeaways from day one of Trump’s trial?

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The first day of Donald Trump’s criminal hush money trial that the former president broke the law and corrupted the 2016 election, while his defence lawyer said he committed no crime.

On this episode of Ticker Today – Former President Donald Trump’s hush money trial is officially underway, President Joe Biden makes cannibal claims, TikTok US ban enters the next phase and Gen Z’s are dropping degrees and picking up tools to become blue-collar workers.

Ticker’s Ahron Young and Veronica Dudo discuss.

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