Kim Jong Un and Chinese’s senior official watch North Korea’s biggest military parades
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and a senior Chinese official stood side-by-side to watch one of the biggest military parades ever staged in Pyongyang as the two countries seek to improve their strained relations.
Saturday’s parade, broadcast live on the Internet, featured ballistic missiles, drones and artillery to mark 70 years since the founding of North Korea’s ruling Workers’ Party. Kim watched it with Liu Yunshan, a member of China’s Politburo Standing Committee, who told him Friday that China is willing to work with North Korea to reopen international nuclear talks stalled since 2008. A professor of North Korea studies at Dongguk University in Seoul, said “China showed its respect by sending a senior delegation and North Korea showed its respect by placing him next to its leader.” Bloomberg Business
Senior officials at the White House and the Pentagon admitted that the strategy to pull fighters out of Syria, teach them advanced combat skills and return them to face the Islamic State had simply not worked, in part because many of the rebel groups were more focused on fighting the Syrian president, Bashar al-Assad.
Senator John McCain of Arizona, the chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, said the shift in strategy was doomed because the United States is unwilling to support rebels fighting against Mr. Assad as well as against the Islamic State. He called it “inexplicable that the administration acknowledges this problem yet refuses to fix it.” The New York Times
Deadly shootings in 2 colleges within 24 hours
A fight that broke out between two groups of students at Northern Arizona University’s Flagstaff campus left one person dead and three hospitalized after one of the students opened fire on the others. The shooter has been identified as Steven Jones, an 18-year-old freshman at the school, who has been taken into custody by campus police.
Another campus shooting occurred in Texas Southern University on Friday morning. Three male suspects ran inside the student housing building after the shooting, up to the fourth floor. Police detained two of them but a third remains at large. One shooting victim was taken to Memorial Hermann Hospital in critical condition, and later died. The victim was a freshman. Click 2 Houston.com, ABC news
Ben Carson defends bizarre Nazi gun control argument
Ben Carson, the retired neurosurgeon who is behind only Donald Trump in the race for the Republican presidential nomination, is sticking to his argument that the Holocaust might have been prevented if Germany’s Jews had been armed. Carson on Friday blasted the Anti-Defamation League for “total foolishness” after the organization asserted that “the notion that Hitler’s gun-control policy contributed to the Holocaust is historically inaccurate.”
On Good Morning America, Carson retorted, “I’d be happy to discuss that in depth with anybody but it is well known that in many places where tyranny has taken over they first disarm the people. There’s a reason they disarm the people. They don’t just do it arbitrarily.” ABC news
Explosion in Ankara, Turkey killed 30
Two explosions at a peace rally in the Turkish capital Ankara have killed at least 30 people and injured 126. The blasts took place near the city’s central train station as people gathered for a march organized by leftist groups. Turkey’s president condemned the attacks as “terrorist acts”.
Government officials are investigating reports that a suicide bomber was behind at least one of the explosions. The pro-Kurdish HDP party was among those attending the rally. The leader of the HDP has blamed the state for the attack, which he called “a huge massacre”, and cancelled all election rallies. Turkey is holding a re-run of June’s inconclusive parliamentary elections on 1 November. BBC news