- First nuclear test in 2006 -It ends the moratorium in 2005, blaming the Bush administration's "hostile" policy, and carries out its first nuclear test on October 9, 2006. In May 2009, there is a second underground nuclear test, several times more powerful than the first. Kim Jong Un succeeds his father Kim Jong Il -- who dies in December 2011 -- and oversees a third nuclear test in 2013. - Largest nuclear test yet -On September 3, North Korea conducts its sixth and largest nuclear test. On November 20, Washington declares North Korea a state sponsor of terrorism, a day before adding to pressure on the isolated state with fresh sanctions.
April 21, 2018 05:26 UTC
The K-pop group JBJ was created as a temporary project after the six band members made a big impression on the popular talent show Produce 101. The band was hugely popular and had released two successful EPs, Fantasy and True Colors. LET’S GET THE PARTY STARTEDBefore their official disbandment on April 30, the guys held their first and only concert in Thailand, JBJ 1st Concert [Joyful Days] in Bangkok on March 31. And main singer Yong-guk mesmerised the crowd with his mellow voice as he sang “Beautiful” from the TV series, Goblin. Then came the final farewell, as the guys sang “True Colors.” Afterwards, everybody in the audience was reluctant to leave.
April 21, 2018 05:01 UTC
SEOUL - Kim Jong Un has halted North Korea's nuclear tests and intercontinental ballistic missile launches, as diplomatic efforts to ease tensions on the Korean peninsula gather pace. - 'Brilliant victory' -Kim described building North Korea's nuclear force as a "miraculous victory". He described Pyongyang's nuclear weapons as "the firm guarantee by which our descendents can enjoy the most dignified and happiest life in the world". - Nuclear threat -"The DPRK will never use nuclear weapons nor transfer nuclear weapons or nuclear technology under any circumstances unless there are nuclear threat and nuclear provocation against the DPRK," the committee resolved after Kim's speech, according to KCNA. - Pivot to economy -With the goal of building a nuclear force achieved, Kim said North Korea would now focus "all efforts" on economic development.
April 21, 2018 04:07 UTC
Arsene Wenger has bowed out now due to increasing calls for him to go from frustrated fans as Arsenal slipped further behind their Premier League rivals in recent seasons. However, there is no hiding the fact the Frenchman has bowed out now due to increasing calls for him to go from frustrated fans as Arsenal slipped further behind their Premier League rivals in recent seasons. Arsenal haven't won the league since Wenger's crowing achievement in leading "The Invincibles" to an unbeaten league season in 2003/04. And Gazidis recognised a decision had to be reached before the season's end to give Arsenal a head start of finding Wenger's successor. Gazidis confirmed Arsenal will look for an offensive-minded coach to follow in the footsteps of Wenger's philosophy.
April 21, 2018 03:33 UTC
When US President Donald Trump and France's Emmanuel Macron meet next week, there will be more back-slapping -- but also major differences. While Trump's relations with German Chancellor Angela Merkel have often been tetchy and he has clashed publicly with British Prime Minister Theresa May, the mercurial US leader has been consistently friendly with France's 40-year-old centrist. "The friendship between our two nations and ourselves is unbreakable," Trump told Macron during his trip to Paris last July, which ended with their famous 25-second-long handshake. "Everybody has been asking the same question: why is Macron getting along with Trump?" "The question is also why does Trump like Macron?
April 21, 2018 02:48 UTC
Moriya Jutanugarn of Thailand plays a shot from the fairway on the sixth hole during the second round of the LA Open golf tournament at the Wilshire Country Club in Los Angeles on Friday. (AP Photo)LOS ANGELES: Moriya Jutanugarn of Thailand is leading after two rounds of the LA Open in her latest bid to join sister Ariya as an LPGA Tour winner. Moriya shot a bogey-free 5-under par 66 on Friday at the Wilshire Country Club to get to 8-under 134 in the LPGA Tour's first event in Los Angeles since 2005. That’s the key for this week,” Moriya said after her round. One stroke behind Moriya at 7 under par is Marina Alex of the United States, who shot a 68 on Friday.
April 21, 2018 02:03 UTC
The transfer orders were signed by national police chief Pol Gen Chakthip Chaijinda. The four senior officers are Bung Kan police chief Pol Maj Gen Thiwa Bundamnern, Phetchabun police commander Pol Maj Gen Sant Phoraksa, Amnat Charoen police chief Pol Maj Gen Tawai Buranarak, and Saraburi police commander Pol Maj Gen Chairat Thipayachan. Road safety was a top priority during the holiday and those who are not up to the job knew they would face severe consequences, he said. Their transfers were prompted by poor road safety records in their provinces during previous Songkran holidays, he added. He said he informed senior police officers personally that road safety must be considered a top priority during Songkran.
April 21, 2018 02:03 UTC
"We are not going to tolerate this," Saudi sports authority chief Turki al-Sheikh tweeted as he ordered that the centre's license be withdrawn. Sheikh, an adviser to powerful Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, also told authorities to investigate and prosecute those behind the video. The General Sports Authority said the video contained scenes that could corrupt public morals. Saudi Arabia, in the midst of a far-reaching liberalisation drive, will allow women to drive from June and recently permitted them to enter sports stadiums for the first time. But the kingdom still requires women to seek permission from a male guardian -- usually a father, husband or brother -- to study, work or travel.
April 21, 2018 01:41 UTC
Goals from the prolific Li Ying, Wang Shanshan and Song Duan helped seal the comprehensive victory, one which will undoubtedly offer Siggi Eyjolfsson’s charges a degree of recompense following their failure to reach the final. For Thailand, meanwhile, the defeat brought an end to the Southeast Asians’ impressive continental outing as they bowed out of the tournament with their heads held high and reputation unquestionably enhanced. The breakthrough duly came six minutes after the restart, Li Danyang’s astute pass finding Li Ying who turned and unleashed a terrific shot that nestled into the corner of the net to register her seventh goal of the competition. Thailand briefly threatened to stage a stirring comeback when Rattikan Thongsombut netted from close range on 81 minutes after Silawan Intamee’s shot had ricocheted back off both uprights. It was not to be though for Nuengrutai Srathongivan’s side, as China resolutely held on to confirm the win and leave Jordan as the AFC Women’s Asian Cup 2018’s third-placed team.
April 21, 2018 01:30 UTC
Arsenal haven't won the league since Wenger's crowing achievement in leading "The Invincibles" to an unbeaten league season in 2003/04. Languishing in sixth, Arsenal are also on course for their worst-ever league finish under Wenger this season with any hope of Champions League qualification dependent on winning the Europa League. And Gazidis recognised a decision had to be reached before the season's end to give Arsenal a head start of finding Wenger's successor. - Wide-open field -Former Arsenal captain Patrick Vieira, Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers and Germany coach Joachim Loew are among the front runners with bookmakers in a wide-open field of contenders. Gazidis confirmed Arsenal will look for an offensive-minded coach to follow in the footsteps of Wenger's philosophy.
April 21, 2018 01:18 UTC
Carter, a three-time world player of the year, has been displaced at fly half this season by South African international Pat Lambie. Carter played 112 times for New Zealand but, at 36, is winding down his stint in France before heading off to play for Kobe Steelers in Japan in the summer. - Implacable defence -While Munster scrum half, Conor Murray, is in dazzling form, Racing combine a pacy, potent attack with great size and implacable defence. "That was the first time that we had played in a final in the European Cup," Lorenzetti explained. Carter played his part in the quarter-final in Clermont, coming off the bench for the last 20 minutes and setting up the decisive try with a pass to Machenaud.
April 21, 2018 00:22 UTC
The German carmaker plans to apply for the BoI's electric vehicle privileges, despite the suspension of applications. The Board of Investment's (BoI's) suspension of electric vehicle (EV) manufacturing applications will remain, even though a number of carmakers have announced their intentions to join the government's EV scheme. "We will not propose any EV applications at the BoI's board meeting chaired by Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha on May 9," said BoI secretary-general Duangjai Asawachintachit. First-quarter applications accounted for 28% of the BoI's full-year target of 720 billion baht, and the project value of applications in the period was about 100 billion baht higher than the previous year's level. The BoI expects the value generated from business matching during May 16-19 to grow by 17% from last year to 12 billion baht, with 6,500 business pairs.
April 20, 2018 23:48 UTC
Twenty tourist guides were cheated by their Chinese partner out of money worth 3 million baht, but instead of receiving help, they face charges, the association said. By law, tourist guides are prohibited from paying money or offering benefits to tourist operators or other people. Mr Manop said he believed it was the tourist guides who were not treated fairly in this case. In the long run, authorities should consider amending the law to make it more flexible and allow tourist guides to self-regulate themselves. This case gives other tourist guides a warning against any payment deals.
April 20, 2018 23:36 UTC
The abbot is one of five senior monks implicated in a temple fund embezzlement scandal. Pol Lt Col Pongporn said the investigation process under the National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC) has not started yet, therefore the council did not want the media to speculate or exaggerated in reporting the matter. "The media should talk to the NACC or the police's Counter Corruption Division [CCD] for updated information, not the Sangha Council," he said. Three Sangha Council members accused of involvement in the temple fund embezzlement scandal all reportedly attended a Sangha Council meeting yesterday. Our group members are discussing whether to protest against the office and Pol Lt Col Pongporn," Mr Korn said.
April 20, 2018 23:36 UTC
photo: creditDefending champions Buriram United, still savouring their elevation to the AFC Champions League knockout stages, are confident of securing three points from their visit to Chiang Rai United in Thai League 1 tomorrow. But the Thunder Castle are aware of the severity of the task they face in the away game at Chiang Rai. Buriram's hectic schedule continues next month when they take on South Korea's Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors in the last-16 round of the AFC Champions League. According to the new schedule, Buriram will play Muang Thong United on May 4, face Police Tero on May 12, and take on Pattaya United on May 20. Meanwhile, Muang Thong United, lagging 10 points behind runaway leaders Buriram, face a tricky assignment at Chonburi tonight.
April 20, 2018 23:26 UTC