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North Korea threatens inter-Korean relations could suffer amid criticism

North Korea threatens inter-Korean relations could suffer amid criticism

World
SEOUL, South Korea, Feb. 4 (UPI) -- North Korean media has warned its relations with the South could suffer, heavily criticizing Seoul's position on denuclearizing the Korean peninsula.The daily Rodong Sinmun, issued by the North's ruling Workers' Party, published a commentary on Sunday, blasting the South Korean Defense Minister's remark last week that "the North's leadership will be wiped off the map, should it use its nuclear weapons."Defense Minister Song Young-moo had said the South will "strongly respond to North Korea's provocations" while utilizing measures such as sanctions and talks to achieve denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula.He called on the international community to "proactively implement sanctions" against the North which he said poses the "most serious and imminent" ...
US military security review amid fitness app fears

US military security review amid fitness app fears

Technology
The US military has said it will review its privacy policy amid concerns that an interactive map released by fitness tracking app Strava could reveal the locations of sensitive military bases.The website and mobile app - which uses GPS from phones and fitness devices such as Fitbit or Garmin to record activity - used the information to create a "global heatmap", which was published on their website in November.Image:Fitness tracking devices now pose a security risk for the militaryThe map raised security concerns about soldiers and other people who are at US military bases in sensitive areas.In response to the Strava data, Pentagon spokeswoman Major Audricia Harris said: "The Department of Defence (DoD) takes matters like these very seriously and is reviewing the situation to determine if ...
Virtual doctor visits on the rise amid flu epidemic

Virtual doctor visits on the rise amid flu epidemic

Health
As this year's deadly flu epidemic has inundated hospitals across the country with sick patients, an increasing number of people are seeking out virtual health care options that allow you to get a flu diagnosis -- and in some cases, even a prescription for Tamiflu -- right from your smartphone. "If you're sick, you're not feeling well, the last thing you want to do is get in your car, get on the subway to go to the hospital or your doctor," Dr. Rahul Sharma, the emergency physician-in-chief at New York-Presbyterian Weill Cornell Medical Center in New York City, told ABC News of the recent rise in popularity of virtual doctors visits. "From a public health standpoint, the patient that's infected then doesn't infect other people," Sharma added. New York-Presbyterian offers patients its N...
Govt insists 'no chaos' amid Carillion collapse

Govt insists 'no chaos' amid Carillion collapse

Business
A top minister has insisted there's "no evidence of chaos" amid the collapse of Carillion as he defended the Government's awarding of contracts to the now-bust construction firm.Cabinet Office minister David Lidington chaired a meeting of the emergency COBRA committee on Monday night following the collapse of the major public service provider.Ministers were forced to respond after the crisis-stricken firm plunged into liquidation early on Monday morning amid £900m of debt and a £587m pension deficit.Carillion, which employs 20,000 workers across Britain, held multi-million pound contracts across the work of Government before banks pulled the plug on the 200-year-old firm.These included work on the HS2 railway, the construction of new schools and hospitals, the building of the Aberdeen bypa
Panic amid Hawaii false missile alert

Panic amid Hawaii false missile alert

World
Television broadcasts and mobile phones in Hawaii were interrupted by an emergency warning of an incoming missile on Saturday.The message sent to mobile phones warned, in capital letters: "Ballistic missile threat inbound to Hawaii. Seek immediate shelter. This is not a drill."A video on social media showed the emergency system interrupting the broadcast of a football match, with a high-pitched sound alerting viewers to their screens which displayed the same warning.Video:This is not a drill! False alarm sparks panicThe message, which was sent at 8.07am local time (6.07pm GMT), was followed by a retraction 38 minutes later stating the missile alert was a "false alarm".But while the state emergency management agency was struggling to retract the alert, Hawaiians scrambled to find shelter in...