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As tensions rise in Asia Pacific, South Korea is building its first aircraft carrier ... complete with US-made fighter jets

Seoul, South Korea (CNN)South Korea plans to start building its first aircraft carrier next year, and acquire fighter jets to operate on it, the country's Defense Ministry has announced.

Last year, South Korea hinted at its interest in an aircraft carrier, saying it would build a "multi-purpose large transport vessel."Photo: Aircraft carrier. Ministry of National Defense. Republic of Korea. But in its national plan for 2021-2025, published this week, the government for the first time explicitly committed to buildingthe billion-dollar equipment.

"The 30,000-ton level aircraft carrier can transport military forces, equipment and materials and can operate fighter jets that are capable of vertical take-off and landing," said the Defense Ministry release.

"It will enable the military to more effectively suppress threats and dispatch forces and materials to a disputed region in the sea by playing a role of a controlling vessel for the navy unit."

It is expectedSouth Korea will purchase US-made F-35B fighter jets, which have short takeoff and vertical landing capability, compatible with a small aircraft carrier. F-35Bs are the only short take-off and vertical landing fighter jets in production in the world.

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Beirut explosion: How chemicals abandoned by a Russian businessman triggered a devastating blast felt as far as Cyprus

 Authorities have hinted at poor storage of explosive material left after a ship was seized in 2014.

Beirut, Aug.5.– The timer was ticking from six years ago, when 2,700 tonnes of ammonium nitrate were taken from an impounded ship and stored in the port of Beirut. It was a massive bomb just waiting to go off; a disaster equivalent to an earthquake measuring 3.5 on the Richter scale.

At least 100 are dead and an astonishing 4,000 are injured in a catastrophe in one of the Middle East’s greatest cities. About 300,000 more are homeless.

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St. Louis Couple Charged for Wielding Guns Moves to Disqualify Prosecutor

A mob of some 300 people screaming, shouting and playing drums broke into a private community and some of them advanced toward the McCloskeys' home as seen in the picture. The McCloskeys stepped out of their home brandishing firearms. See the video analysis of what really happened at the foot of this report."

St. Louis, July 30.– The couple charged with a felony for standing outside their home with firearms moved this week to disqualify St. Louis Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner after she allegedly referenced the case against the couple in campaign emails.

Gardner, a Democrat, charged the McCloskeys last week with felony unlawful use of a weapon for brandishing firearms as Black Lives Matter protesters congregated in front of their home.

“It is illegal to wave weapons in a threatening manner at those participating in nonviolent protest,” she said in a statement.

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EXPERTS REPORT NEW TYPE OF COVID-19 IN DA NANG

VGP - Preliminary epidemiological investigation showed that four out of five Covid-19 cases confirmed over the past weekend are linked to three hospitals in the central city of Da Nang.

The above news was released by experts at the meeting of the National Steering Committee for Covid-19 Prevention and Control this morning.

These health facilities, as the experts said, are Da Nang Hospital, Da Nang Hospital C, and Da Nang Orthopedic and Physical Rehabilitation Hospital.

To prevent the spread of the disease, experts suggested all people who return home from Da Nang and are linked to the aforesaid hospitals must be quarantined for 14 days while health declaration must be mandatory for the others.

Genome analsysis showed that this is a new type of Covid-19, which is more infectious, said Acting Minister of Health Nguyen Thanh Long.

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IAEA: ‘Things will be bad’ if Iran keeps denying inspectors access

July 21.– United Nations’ (UN) International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) chief said ‘things will be bad’ for Iran inspectors are denied access to suspected nuclear sites by the end of July, i24 News reported.

IAEA’s Director-General Rafael Grossi expressed his concern for Iran’s refusal to allow access and said it was an “absolute necessity for us to resolve this issue very soon”, adding that Iran should grant his inspectors access.

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