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North Korea states 'nuclear war is unavoidable' as it declares first target will be Japan

In a commentary carried by the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA), the communist country lashed out at Tokyo's standing orders to destroy any missile heading toward Japan, threatening such actions will result in a nuclear attack against the island nation.

If Japan executes its threat to shoot down any North Korean missile, such a “provocative” intervention would see Tokyo — an enormous conurbation of 30 million people — “consumed in nuclear flames”, KCNA warned.

“Japan is always in the cross-hairs of our revolutionary army and if Japan makes a slightest move, the spark of war will touch Japan first,” the report added.

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PM Harper calls Thatcher 'a giant among leaders'

OTTAWA - Prime Minister Stephen Harper saluted former British prime minister Margaret Thatcher as "a giant among leaders," after learning of her death Monday.

"While many in positions of power are defined by the times in which they govern, Margaret Thatcher had that rarest of abilities to herself personify and define the age in which she served," Harper said in a statement. "Indeed, with the success of her economic policies, she defined contemporary conservatism itself."

Harper also credits Thatcher with helping to end the Cold War by contributing to the fall of the Soviet Union.

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‘Moment of explosion approaches’: North Korea moves missile with ‘considerable range’ to east coast

SEOUL, South Korea — North Korea has moved a missile with “considerable range” to its east coast, South Korea’s defense minister said Thursday, but he added that there are no signs that Pyongyang is preparing for a full-scale conflict.

The report came hours after North Korea’s military warned that it has been authorized to attack the U.S. using “smaller, lighter and diversified” nuclear weapons. It was the North’s latest war cry against America in recent weeks. The reference to smaller weapons could be a claim that Pyongyang has improved its nuclear technology. Or a bluff.

South Korean Defense Minister Kim Kwan-jin said he did not know the reasons behind the North’s missile movement, and that it “could be for testing or drills.”

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UPDATE: Germany Warns That Banks In Cyprus May Remain Closed Permanently

ATMs in Cyprus were drained over the weekend, electronic transfers were halted, and riots ensued following a decision by European Union chiefs to raid private savings accounts to help pay for the country’s $13 billion bailout. It was believed that there were plans to stretch a bank holiday to at least one week, while the exact measures were decided upon. However, yesterday the Cypriot parliament rejected the scheme outright, leading many to speculate that this would be the start of something even worse.

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Sex doll seized in St. John's child porn investigation

It's a first for police in Newfoundland and Labrador — a charge laid in relation to a disturbing item seized in a child pornography investigation.

Canada Border Services officers in Toronto intercepted a package Jan. 30 containing suspected child pornography. They discovered a sex doll, depicted as a child.

The Royal Newfoundland Constabulary executed a warrant and on Tuesday searched a home in St. John's. They arrested a 47 year-old man.

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