North Korea has fired two unidentified short-range projectiles from an area near the coastal city of Wonsan into waters between the Korean Peninsula and Japan, South Korea’s military said Monday. North Korean state media reported that Kim presided over the exercise, which was intended to “judge the mobility and the fire power strike ability of the defense units.”
Senator Amy Klobuchar has pulled out of the race to become the Democrat presidential candidate and will back Joe Biden. She is heading to Dallas and plans to join Mr Biden at his rally there on Monday, her campaign said. The Minnesota senator is the second person to withdraw in 24 hours after Pete Buttigieg ditched his bid on Sunday night.
South Korea’s president declared war on the coronavirus on Tuesday, ordering additional hospital beds and more face masks to be made available as the number of cases rose by 974 in the worst epidemic of any nation outside China. The virus began to spread rapidly in South Korea after it entered the congregation of a Christian sect in Daegu city. The leader of the sect tested negative for the virus on Monday.
Exit polls from Israel’s third election within a year suggested Benjamin Netanyahu and his rightwing allies are ahead but still one seat short of a parliamentary majority needed to form a government. The polls suggested a stunning turnaround in support for the embattled leader. Netanyahu could win if his alliance with smaller rightwing parties gains a 61-seat majority in the 120-seat Knesset, Israel’s parliament.
Jack Welch, a titan of American business who transformed General Electric (GE) into America’s most valuable company, has died aged 84. He ran the US conglomerate from 1981 until 2001, and was once named “manager of the century” for his achievements. Nicknamed “Neutron Jack” for his cost-cutting, he became a best selling author and confidante of US presidents.