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Trump fears 'major, major conflict' with North Korea

US President Donald Trump has said he would like to solve the North Korea crisis diplomatically, but that a "major, major conflict" is possible.

China's foreign minister called for negotiation and dialogue.

The UN Security Council is meeting to discuss North Korea on Friday and will consider further measures to counter its nuclear and missile programmes.

The country has made several military shows of strength in recent weeks but a missile it was testing failed.

America sent warships to the region and began installing a controversial anti-missile system in South Korea earlier this week.

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North Korea nuclear threat: should California start panicking?

image from https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/apr/20/north-korea-nuclear-missile-could-it-hit-california-trumpAs rhetoric between North Korea and the US ratchets up, should major cities on the west coast be worried about a missile strike? Experts say the answer is tricky

In test blasts, military parades and propaganda videos that show San Francisco and Washington DC in ruins, North Korea has broadcast its intention to be a world nuclear power. Less clear, experts say, is how close the secretive nation is to realizing its ambitions to threaten the mainland of the United States.

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Police chief: Fresno killings a hate crime

image from http://www.cnn.com/2017/04/18/us/fresno-california-shootings/A man fatally shot three people in less than two minutes in what police in Fresno, California, are calling a hate crime.

The three victims from the shooting rampage Tuesday were white, and apparently chosen at random, police said. The suspect, Kori Ali Muhammad, 39, is black.

Muhammad had posted on social media a dislike for white people and government officials, Fresno Police Chief Jerry Dyer said. He also yelled "Allahu Akbar" (God is greatest) when he was arrested Tuesday, officials said.

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How the US media reacted to Trump's Syria attack

image from http://www.slate.com/content/dam/slate/articles/news_and_politics/war_stories/2017/04/170406_WS_Trump-Syria.jpg.CROP.promovar-mediumlarge.jpgFifty hours after a video was broadcast showing the victims, including many children, of a suspected chemical attack on a rebel-held Syrian town, the United States' army fired dozens of cruise missiles against a government-held airbase in Syria.

The US strike came 77 days into Donald Trump's presidency - two and a half months marked by unprecedented hostility between the US media and a new administration.

But nothing changes the narrative quite like pictures of a few Tomahawk missiles being launched into the night sky.

And the tone shifted.

Journalists praised Trump's "decisiveness", his "morality" and the might of the US military. His actions were described as something Trump has seldom been accused of - being "presidential".

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Trump offers Planned Parenthood funds if it halts abortions

President Trump has offered to maintain federal funding for Planned Parenthood if the group stops providing abortions. Its president has spurned the proposal and noted that federal money already is not allowed to be used for abortion.

Trump confirmed there had been discussions after The New York Times inquired about what it described as an informal proposal. In a statement to the newspaper, Trump says "there is an opportunity for organizations to continue the important work they do in support of women's health, while not providing abortion services."

The paper reported that, in private conversations, White House officials mentioned that there could even be an increase in federal funds if Planned Parenthood stopped work related to abortions.

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