Day: May 13, 2017


MISSILE LAUNCH North Korea fires another missile off its coast, Pentagon confirms

North Korea launched some type of ballistic missile, a Pentagon official confirmed to Fox News. The official says the U.S. Pacific Command and U.S. Strategic Command are still assessing. 

South Korea’s Yonhap is reporting the missile traveled about 435 miles. If confirmed, this would likely indicate a successful test launch. 

The launch took place at a region named Kusong located northwest of the capital, Pyongyang, where the North previously test-launched its intermediate-range missile it is believed to be developing.

The launch is the first in two weeks since the last attempt to fire a missile ended in a failure just minutes into flight.

The isolated regime attempted but failed to test-launch ballistic missiles four consecutive times in the past two months but has conducted a variety of missile testing since the beginning of last year at fast pace.

Weapons experts and government officials believe the North has accomplished some technical progress with those tests.

U.S. President Donald Trump warned in an interview with Reuters in late April that a “major, major conflict” with the North was possible, but he would prefer a diplomatic outcome to the dispute over its nuclear and missile programs.

The launch is the first since a new liberal president took office in South Korea on Wednesday, saying dialog as well as pressure must be used to ease tensions on the Korean peninsula and stop the North’s weapons pursuit. 

In a sign of Washington’s growing concern about the North, the CIA announced Wednesday its establishment of an integrated “Korea Mission Center.” It will be headed by a veteran operations officer to harness and direct the spy agency’s efforts in addressing the nuclear and ballistic missile threats.

The center will draw on officers from across the CIA and “bring their expertise and creativity to bear against the North Korea target,” an agency statement said.

This is a developing story and will be updated. Fox News’ Lucas Tomlinson and the Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Russian jet 'buzzes' another US plane in Black Sea, second incident this week

For the second time in a week, a Russian fighter jet flew up close to a U.S. Navy reconnaissance plane in the Black Sea, a U.S. official tells Fox News.  

This latest incident occurred about 30 miles from Russia in a northern portion of the Black Sea about 100 miles from Russian-held Crimea.

The two incidents occurred before and after Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s visit to Washington and Alaska this week. 

The latest incident occurred Friday morning, when another Russian Su-27 jet flew 40 feet from a U.S. Navy P-8 Poseidon recon plane flying in international airspace, according to U.S. officials. 

A previous incident on Tuesday involved an armed Russian Su-27 jet flying within 20 feet of the U.S. reconnaissance plane 

It is not immediately clear if the Russian fighter jet on Friday was armed or whether the same American and Russian jets were involved in this latest episode. 

The Friday Russian intercept comes a day after Fox News first reported an armed Russian fighter jet with six air-to-air missiles under its wings came “dangerously close” to US Navy recon plane off the coast of Crimea, according to U.S. officials. 

Fox News has since learned the Russian missiles were medium-range AA-10 air-to-air missiles, which NATO calls “Alamo.” 

The Pentagon has stepped up its reconnaissance flights in the Black Sea since 2014 when Russian annexed Crimea under the guise of a military training exercise. The U.S. Navy has also sent more warships to the region. 

In February, Russian jets buzzed a U.S. Navy destroyer in the Black Sea. Last month, that same warship – USS Porter — launched cruise missiles into Syria from the Mediterranean.   

The US Army has deployed dozens of battle tanks and hundreds of soldiers to conduct joint training exercises in Romania along the Black Sea since first arriving in a February. More NATO exercises are expected in the region in the coming months. 

On Thursday, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis visited Lithuania to reassure anxious Baltic NATO allies on Russia’s doorstep. 

In addition to the two incidents in the Black Sea, on Thursday, a Russian Su-24 attack jet flew south from eastern Russia into South Korea’s air defense zone, forcing Seoul to scramble two F-16 fighter jets. More concerning to the Pentagon, the Russian jet flew 70 miles from the USS Carl Vinson aircraft carrier in the Sea of Japan. 

Also on Thursday, a new shipment of Russian SA-21 surface-to-air missiles arrived in Syria, doubling the number of missiles the Russians have there, less than a week after pushing forward a new ceasefire agreement in Syria along with Iran and NATO-ally Turkey. While the U.S. government had a representative at the Syrian peace talks in Astana, Kazakhstan, the United States was not a party to the agreement. 

President Trump’s national security advisor H.R. McMaster told White House reporters Friday the United States would continue to “confront” Russia going forward.  

“What the president has made clear is that he will confront Russia’s disruptive behavior, such as the support for the murderous Assad regime in Syria … its enabling of Iran, and it’s very destructive policy and strategy that it’s executing across the Middle East.”

But McMaster also said the Trump administration would explore areas where the two nations could potentially cooperate. 

Russia “could best advance its interests from cooperating with the United States and others to resolve those conflicts rather than perpetuate them,” McMaster said.  


Lucas Tomlinson is the Pentagon and State Department producer for Fox News Channel. You can follow him on Twitter: @LucasFoxNews

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ISIS downs Iraqi helicopter west of Mosul

An Iraqi air force helicopter has been downed west of Mosul Saturday afternoon after coming under fire from the Islamic State group, according to Iraq’s joint operations command.

The helicopter was hit while supporting Iraq’s mostly Shiite militia forces in an operation to retake villages still held by the militants in the sprawling desert to Mosul’s west, Brig.

Gen. Yahya Rasool, the command’s spokesman, said in a statement. The source of the attack was ground fire, the pilot landed safely and there were no fatalities, he added.


The government-sanctioned Shiite militia forces known as the Popular Mobilization Units launched an operation to retake a small village just south of Sinjar on Friday.

Inside Mosul Iraqi forces backed by the U.S.-led coalition are slowly closing in on a small cluster of neighborhoods in the city’s west held by the extremist group.

The operation to retake Mosul was launched in October, the city’s east was declared liberated in January and Iraqi forces launched the operation to retake the west the following month.

The U.S.-led coalition does not provide air cover for operation led by the Popular Mobilization Units.

The last time an Iraqi helicopter was shot down was in April, and the crash killed both pilots. In addition to coalition air support, Iraqi air force and army aircraft conduct regular strike operations over the city to support police and special forces units battling IS.

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Woman struck, killed on California highway ID'd 27 years later

A fingerprint match has helped identify the victim in a California fatal pedestrian accident featured on TV’s “Unsolved Mysteries” more than 20 years ago.

Andrea Kuiper, 26, was killed when two cars ran her over on the Pacific Coast Highway in Huntington Beach on the night of April 1, 1990. She carried no identification and her facial injuries left her unrecognizable.

“Unsolved Mysteries” aired her story on Jan. 20, 1995.

Kuiper’s fingerprints were on file in a national missing persons database.

The Orange County coroner finally got a hit last week thanks to a new partnership with the FBI, ABC 7 Los Angeles reported Thursday.

The FBI obtained Kuiper’s fingerprints when she applied for a job with the Department of Agriculture in 1987, the station reported.

“We never forget her and would regularly pull out her file to see if we could think of anything new to try,” supervising deputy Orange County coroner Kelly Keyes said.

Police investigating the accident were told her first name and that she might be from Newport News in Virginia, The Los Angeles Times reported Friday.

She was wearing a black dress, fishnet stockings and pink pumps when she was killed, according to her paper.

Her parents never reported her missing.

“We are thankful to know what happened to our daughter after all these years,” said her father Richard Kuiper of Virginia. “Andrea was loved and respected. She was beautiful. But she was manic depressive, and therefore we had been through quite an adventure.”

Kuiper told the Times that all the family has always wanted was to see her drive up in a “car full of beautiful children and say, ‘Hi, it’s me.’”


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'THE SYSTEM IS BROKEN' Trump to Liberty University students: Have courage and 'never give up'

President Trump on Saturday urged graduates of Liberty University to “never give up” and find the courage to challenge the establishment and critics, much like he has done in Washington.

“In my short time in Washington, I’ve seen firsthand how the system is broken,” he said. “A small group of failed voices, who think they know everything … want to tell everybody else how to live,” Trump said in his commencement speech at the Christian school, in Lynchburg, Va.

“But you aren’t going to let other people tell you what to believe, especially when you know that you’re right. … We don’t need a lecture from Washington on how to lead our lives.”

Trump, a businessman and first-time elected official, made three previous visits to Liberty but none likely as important as his January 2016 trip in which he asked and received the support of evangelical Christians.

Jerry Falwell Jr., Liberty’s president, helped Trump win an overwhelming 80 percent of the white evangelical vote, in his 2016 White House victory.

“Nothing worth doing ever, ever, ever came easy,” Trump said Saturday, in his first college commencement speech as president. “Following your convictions means you must be willing to face criticism from those who lack the same courage to do what is right. And they know what is right, but they don’t have the courage or the guts or the stamina to take it and to do it.”

Newly elected U.S. presidents often give their first commencement addresses at the University of Notre Dame, the country’s best-known Roman Catholic school.

Former Presidents Barack Obama, Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan and George W. Bush did so during their first year in office. But this year, Vice President Mike Pence will speak at Notre Dame’s graduation, becoming the first vice president to do so.

Notre Dame spokesman Paul Browne declined to say whether Trump had been invited to the May 21 ceremony, saying it was against school policy to reveal who had turned down offers.

Trump’s remarks in Virginia marked his first extended public appearance since he fired James Comey as FBI director on Tuesday.

The president on Saturday didn’t talk about Comey. And he has largely stayed out of public view since Tuesday, when he removed the head of the agency investigating Russia’s role in the 2016 election, along with possible ties between Trump’s campaign and the Russian government.

Aboard Air Force One, en route to Liberty, Trump said he could appoint a new FBI director by Friday, before departing on his first overseas presidential trip.

Several candidates were interview Saturday at Justice Department headquarters in Washington, D.C. Whoever is appointed would have to be confirmed by the Republican-led Senate.

A recent Pew Research Center survey marking Trump’s first 100 days in office, a milestone reached on April 29, found three-quarters of white evangelicals approved of his performance as president while just 39 percent of the general public held the same view.

“I’m thrilled to be back at Liberty University,” said Trump, who repeatedly thanked the stadium-filled crowd for helping him get elected. “Boy did you come out and vote.”

Christian conservatives have been overjoyed by Trump’s appointment of Justice Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court, along with Trump’s choice of socially conservative Cabinet members and other officials, such as Charmaine Yoest, a prominent anti-abortion activist named to the Department of Health and Human Services.

But they had a mixed response to an executive order on religious liberty that Trump signed last week. He directed the IRS to ease up on enforcing an already rarely enforced limit on partisan political activity by churches.

He also promised “regulatory relief” for those who object on religious grounds to the birth control coverage requirement in the Affordable Care Act health law. Yet the order did not address one of the most pressing demands from religious conservatives: broad exemptions from recognizing same-sex marriage.

Still, Falwell, who endorsed Trump in January 2016 just before that year’s Iowa caucuses, praised Trump’s actions on issues that concern Christian conservatives.

“I really don’t think any other president has done more for evangelicals and the faith community in four months than President Trump has,” Falwell said.

Falwell became a key surrogate and validator for the thrice-married Trump during the campaign, frequently traveling with Trump on the candidate’s plane and appearing at events. Falwell often compared Trump to his later father, the conservative televangelist Jerry Falwell, and argued that while Trump wasn’t the most religious candidate in the race, he was the man the country needed.

“The more that a broken system tells you that you’re wrong, the more certain you must be that you must keep pushing ahead,” added Trump, who often complains about being underestimated during the presidential campaign.

The Associated Press contributed to this report. 




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North Korea open to US talks under right conditions, diplomat says

A senior North Korean diplomat said on Saturday that Pyongyang would engage in talks with the U.S. for negotiations “if conditions are set.”

Choi Son Hui, North Korea’s foreign ministry director general for U.S. affairs, spoke briefly with reporters on Saturday in Beijing on route to Pyongyang. She was traveling from Norway, where she led a delegation that held an informal meeting with U.S. experts.


The diplomat’s comments seemed to mirror that of President Trump’s from an interview earlier this month with Bloomberg News.

“If it would be appropriate for me to meet with him, I would absolutely, I would be honored to do it,” Trump said, adding: “If it’s under the, again, under the right circumstances. But I would do that.”

Choi did not elaborate on what the North’s conditions are, but her comments raise the possibility of North Korea and the United States returning to negotiations for the first time since 2008, when six-nation talks over Pyongyang’s nuclear weapons program fell apart.


When asked if talks were in the works with the new South Korean government as well, Choi said “we’ll see,” the New York Post reported.

Tensions with North Korea and the U.S. have increased drastically in recent weeks as Congress voted overwhelmingly to impose new sanctions on Pyongyang for continued missile test launches despite several warnings.

As of this week, North Korea has detained four Americans over alleged hostile acts and threaten to “ruthlessly punish” them.

The State Department was unable to comment specifically on the cases of the four Americans who have allegedly been arrested by the North Korean government.

“In regards to reports of recently detained U.S. citizens,” the State Department said, “we have no further comment due to privacy considerations.”

In Norway, Choi met with former U.S. officials and scholars for what are known as “track 2” talks. The talks, which cover a range of nuclear, security and bilateral issues, are held intermittently, and are an informal opportunity for the two sides to exchange opinions and concerns.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Mom ‘humiliated’ by airline

Amid renewed scrutiny of how airlines treat passengers, a mother of two from Missouri claims she was forced to urinate in a cup after a flight attendant reportedly refused to let her use the restroom during a United Airlines flight in April.

Nicole Harper, who says she suffers from an overactive bladder, was traveling from Houston back home to Kansas City, Mo. on April 10.

“I get out of my seat to go to the bathroom, the flight attendant gets on the intercom and says I need to return to my seat,” Harper recalled to FOX 4.

Harper says she attempted to make her way to the restroom multiple times but was continuously told to stay seated.


“They very rudely [said] that I was not allowed to get out of my seat and at that point I said `well I`m either going to need to go to the bathroom or you`re going to have to give me a cup to pee in or something,'” she said.

Shockingly, Harper says, the attendant then handed her two cups. While she was still seated, Harper proceeded to relieve herself surrounded by other passengers.

“It`s so degrading because there are passengers, strangers, that I have to basically do this in front of,” she said. 

After going to the bathroom, Harper claims she was then taken back to the plane’s restroom to empty the cups and forced to hold onto them until she left the plane. The mother of two says that the crewmembers were unapologetic, extremely rude and “proceeded to basically treat me as if I was a criminal for doing this.”

United says that the plane had already started its final descent and, per FAA regulations, crewmembers had alread instructed all passengers to remain seated for the duration of the flight. 

According to KSHB, Harper has since filed a complaint with both United Airlines and the Department of Transportation. The incident occurred just one day after a 69-year-old passenger was infamously dragged off a United flight for refusing to give up his seat to airline crewmembers on a full flight to Kentucky.

Harper hopes that sharing her story will bring more awareness to how airlines are really treating people.


“The more that people speak out about situations that have happened and being mistreated that hopefully there will be a shift in a way that these companies do business,” she said.

This isn’t the first time an airline passenger claims to have been mistreated for needing to use the restroom. In April, a Milwaukee man was reportedly kicked off a Delta Air Lines flight after going to the restroom while the plane waited to takeoff on the runway.

United Airlines sent the following statement to FOX 4:

Customer safety is always our first priority. Initial reports from the Mesa Airlines flight attendants indicate that Ms. Harper attempted to visit the lavatory on final descent and was instructed to remain seated with the seat belt fastened per FAA regulations. The situation as described by Ms. Harper and our employees is upsetting for all involved. We have reached out to Ms. Harper and our flying partner Mesa Airlines to better understand what occurred.

A representative from United Airlines was not immediately available for comment.

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40 years ago in a galaxy far, far away, 'Star Wars' was born

40 years ago in a galaxy far, far away, 'Star Wars' was born

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The week in pictures

Here are the most arresting images taken in the past seven days.


An AH-64D Apache attack helicopter during the South Carolina National Guard Air and Ground Expo at McEntire Joint National Guard Base, South Carolina



Lanin volcano on the border of Chile and Argentina

(Courtesy of Valeria Dios)


A woman with a hat stands in a field on the outskirts of Frankfurt, Germany



President Vladimir Putin takes part in a gala match of the hockey teams of the Night League at the Shayba Olympic Arena in Sochi, Russia



A pet runs during a mini-marathon for dogs in Bangkok, Thailand



Butcher Felipe Lizama shoulders racks of meat at the Central Market in Santiago, Chile



A young goat sits atop several Arizona Goat Yoga participants at the Welcome Home Ranch in Gilbert, Ariz.



A pupil yawns as he waits for Britain’s Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip to visit the Pangbourne College in England.



Riot security forces clash with demonstrators during a protest against the government of Venezuela’s president Nicolas Maduro in Tariba, Venezuela.



A Filipino boy practices his skills on his skateboard in Manila, Philippines



A man runs across a basketball court to chase a ball as a worker mows the lawn in Long Beach, Calif.



A butterfly rests on rape blossoms in a field of rape in Frankfurt, Germany



Participants in The Tweed Run cycle ride across Westminster Bridge in London, Britain



Pets get ready before running a mini-marathon for dogs in Bangkok, Thailand



Nurses practice smiling with chopsticks in their mouths at a hospital in Handan, Hebei province, China



Italy’s Francesco Gabbani performs at the Eurovision Song Contest 2017 Semi-Final 1 Dress rehearsal 1 in Kiev, Ukraine



An opposition supporter clashes with riot police during a rally against President Nicolas Maduro in Caracas, Venezuela



Canadian Corporal Kody Njolstad tries to get a squirrel to grab onto a tree after he helped rescue it from a flooded residential area in Gatineau, Quebec



Secret Service agents use a presidential limousine for cover from spraying water as President Trump lands via Marine One helicopter in New York



Three Iceland stallions walk together on their paddock in Neu Anspach near Frankfurt, Germany



Buddhists carry candles as they pray during Vesak Day, at Wat Yai Chai Mongkhon temple in Ayutthaya, Thailand



A man carries his dog as he prays during Vesak Day, at Wat Yai Chai Mongkhon temple in Ayutthaya, Thailand



Palestinian man Louy Al-Najar drags himself as he harvests wheat at a field in an area adjacent to the border with Israel



A demonstrator holds up a flower in front of riot policemen during a women’s march to protest Venezuela’s government in Caracas, Venezuela



The Pink Floyd inflatable pig floats next to Broadcasting House to promote the band’s new exhibition at the V&A museum, in London



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Investigators seek former Trump adviser's bank records as Russian probe widens

Federal investigators last month reportedly requested bank records of former Trump campaign adviser Paul Manafort as a part of a widening probe into potential Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.   

The Department of Justice requested Manafort’s banking records from Citizens Financial Group Inc. back in mid-April, the Wall Street Journal reported on Friday. It is unclear if additional banks received similar requests.

Manafort has not been accused of any wrong doing. He has agreed to testify before congressional committees involved.

This comes as pressure mounts on the FBI and Congress to find out if Trump campaign associates colluded with Russia in any way that would have interfered with the November elections.  

On Wednesday, the Senate Intelligence Committee subpoenaed former Trump National Security adviser Michael Flynn for papers related to the investigation. The FBI is also interested in Flynn’s potential role in any Russian interference.

Flynn was fired by President Trump after less than a month on the job, after the White House said he misled Vice President Mike Pence and other top officials about his communications with Russia’s ambassador to the United States.

The New York officials are also looking into Manafort’s real-estate and financial to see if there are any indications of money-laundering or fraud.

In the mid-2000s, Manafort purchased at least 6 properties for more than $16 million. This was right around the time he also started working as a political advisor for pro-Russian politicians in the Ukraine, the Wall Street Journal reported.  

There were also reports in late March that raised questions about accounts in a Cyprus bank that might have been used for money laundering.

Through a spokesman, Manafort denies any wrong doing and said that all of his real-estate transactions were “transparent” and that the Cyprus accounts were related to “legitimate” work he had there.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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