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Fracking starts at landmark Lancashire site

Fracking starts at landmark Lancashire site

Science
Media playback is unsupported on your device Fracking for shale gas has begun for the first time in the UK since it was linked with earthquakes in 2011. Energy firm Cuadrilla confirmed the controversial process had started at its site in Little Plumpton, Lancashire after a legal challenge failed on Friday. Protester Ginette Evans said there was a "mood of disappointment" but insisted the fight was "not over".Cuadrilla insisted the process was safe and would be of "enormous" benefit.The company's chief executive Francis Egan said: "These are the first exploration wells that will be tested... we have high hopes for them but we have to wait and see what comes out."If successful, he said it would "lead to tens of thousands of jobs and could be a very signific...
North Korea agrees to shut missile site, says Moon

North Korea agrees to shut missile site, says Moon

World
North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has agreed to shut one of the country's main missile testing and launch sites, says the South's President Moon Jae-in.After meeting in Pyongyang, the two leaders "agreed on a way to achieve denuclearisation," said Mr Moon. The agreement was described by Mr Kim as a "leap forward" towards military peace on the peninsula.Mr Kim also said he hoped to "visit Seoul in the near future" - he would be the first North Korean leader to do so.Summit results: DenuclearisationThe main focus of the summit was the issue of denuclearisation. While the US and North Korea agreed in broad terms earlier this year to work towards that goal, negotiations have stalled. Pyongyang has now sought to reconfirm its commitment...
XXXTentacion: Police disperse fans at murder site

XXXTentacion: Police disperse fans at murder site

Entertainment
Fans of XXXTentacion have gathered in Florida to pay tribute to the rapper, who was shot dead on Monday. Hundreds of mourners laid candles, flowers and teddy bears at the site of his murder, and raised their arms in an "x" symbol at the makeshift memorial.According to the Los Angeles Times, between 300 and 500 people gathered at Melrose Avenue, blocking traffic. They joined in a chorus of the rapper's song Al.one: "Please, I don't wanna be alone. I don't wanna be alone".As the crowd swelled, police became involved and dispersed the mourners shortly before 9pm local time. XXXTentacion was one of the fastest-rising stars in rap, and recently scored his first number one album in the US.Fellow musicians including Kanye West, Diplo an...
Analysts: Site demolition no guarantee of North Korea denuclearization

Analysts: Site demolition no guarantee of North Korea denuclearization

World
NEW YORK, May 23 (UPI) -- North Korea's dismantlement of its nuclear site in Punggye-ri is symbolic, but ultimately does not guarantee the regime will end nuclear testing or comply with U.S. calls for denuclearization, U.S. and South Korean analysts say. Frank Aum, a senior North Korea expert at the United States Institute of Peace in Washington, told UPI in a recent phone interview North Korea's demolition event, scheduled for Thursday, leaves options open for Pyongyang. "By closing down that test site, it doesn't prevent North Korea from conducting additional tests because there are other tunnels and pristine rock within that mountain complex that are still usable for tests," Aum said. But Aum, a former senior advisor on North Korea at the Pentagon, said the offer to dismantle the site...
Weapons inspectors visit site of Douma 'chemical attack'

Weapons inspectors visit site of Douma 'chemical attack'

World
Weapons inspectors have collected samples from the Syrian town of Douma, where they are investigating a suspected chemical weapons attack.The inspectors, from the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), arrived in the town a week after they first set foot in Syria.The OPCW said in a statement on Saturday that it will "evaluate the situation and consider future steps including another possible visit to Douma".It added the samples would be analysed in its designated labs.The organisation's fact-finding team was delayed for several days in its attempts to reach the town.The attack being investigated killed at least 70 people on 7 April.Images showed collapsed bodies in crowded rooms, some foaming from their noses and mouths.However, journalists who were escorted to the si...