Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

World Digest

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

World Digest

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North Korea test-fires mid-range missiles

North Korea test-fired today what appeared to be two mid-range ballistic missiles, South Korea said, hours after South Korea, Japan and the United States met in the Netherlands to discuss the North. Such a launch would be a violation of U.N. resolutions and a big step up from a series of shorter-range rocket launches the North has staged in recent weeks in apparent protest of ongoing annual military drills by Washington and Seoul that the North claims are invasion preparation.

Russian, U.S. astronauts head to space station * Their relationship on Earth may be at its lowest ebb in decades, but the U.S. and Russia haven't allowed their disagreements over Ukraine get in the way of their joint mission in space. Early this morning, a rocket carrying a Russian-American crew to the International Space Station blasted off from the Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. The crew NASA astronaut Steve Swanson and Russians Alexander Skvortsov and Oleg Artemyev were to dock the Soyuz TMA-12M spacecraft at the station less than six hours after the launch and are scheduled to stay in orbit for six months.

Iran plans new oil terminal * A senior official says Iran is planning to build a new oil terminal beyond the strategic Strait of Hormuz. Akbar Torkan, a senior trade official, is quoted by the semiofficial ISNA news agency as saying Tuesday that the new terminal will be at Bandar Jask port on the Oman Sea. Iran's sole major crude export terminal is at Khark Island in the Persian Gulf. Torkan didn't elaborate, but bypassing Hormuz would be seen as protecting exports from instability in the gulf region.

Violence in Afghanistan kills at least 14 * The Taliban launched a brazen assault in the Afghan capital on Tuesday, with a suicide bomber detonating his vehicle outside an election office on the edge of Kabul while two other gunmen stormed into the building, killing four people and trapping dozens of employees inside. A candidate for a seat on a provincial council was among those killed, as were two election workers and a policeman, Kabul Police Chief Gen. Mohammed Zahir said.

Insurgents also carried out a number of attacks elsewhere across the country, killing at least 10 people, many of them members of the country's security forces, including a woman police official in southern Helmand province.

Ebola cases quarantined in Guinea * Health workers in protective hazmat suits treated patients in quarantine centers on Tuesday in a remote corner of Guinea where Ebola has killed at least 60 people in West Africa's first outbreak of the deadly virus in two decades.

Seven patients are being hospitalized at one isolation ward in Gueckedou in southern Guinea, while two others are being treated elsewhere, said Doctors Without Borders. The aid group said it is sending mobile teams into the surrounding countryside in search of people who may have been exposed since the first cases emerged last week. …

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