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    Prince Philip fans crack jokes on Twitter about indestructible Duke

    Rover when it slammed into another car as he was pulling out onto the A149 at around 3pm. Neither the duke nor his protection officer were hurt, while two people in the other car had minor injuries. </p><p>Highlights from Twitter include Danny Murphy, who remarked: ‘Prince Philip can’t be killed!’</p><p>Prince Philip, 97, was behind the wheel of his black Land Rover when it slammed into another car as he was pulling out onto the A149 at around 3pm. Neither the duke nor his protection officer were hurt, while two people in the other car had minor injuries</p><p>Kevin Anthony Carney shared similar suspicions, joking: ‘When the world ends, all that will be left are cockroaches and Prince Philip.’</p><p>Matt Hopkins spoke for many when he said: ‘Every time I see his name trending on Twitter, I expect the worst. Some say cats have nine lives. Prince Philip must have many, many more.’ Nearby resident John Doyle said: ‘I drive along that road often – I’ll wait until he’s back in London before I do it again. Has he lost his bus pass?’</p><p>Others praised the duke for taking our minds off the political turmoil.</p><p>Ally Simpson quipped: ‘Do you think maybe Prince Philip had enough of all the Brexit talk and rolled his Range Rover on purpose?’</p><p>John Sentamu (seen in Oxfordshire on September 29, 2016) tweeted a prayer for Prince Philip this afternoon </p><p>Meanwhile, John Street suggested Prince Philip was in a rush, asking: ‘Was it an escape attempt?’</p><p>Meanwhile Archbishop of York John Sentamu has tweeted his prayers for the Duke.</p><p>Mr Sentamu tweeted at around 6.30pm: 'Almighty God, the Fountain of all Goodness. We humbly beseech thee to bless Philip Duke of Edinburgh: Endow him with thy Holy Spirit; enrich him with thy Heavenly Grace; prosper him with all happiness; and bring him to thine everlasting kingdom, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.'</p><p>He then added: 'God of Love and Compassion reach out with your Peace to the people who were in the car involved in the traffic accident with Prince Philip's vehicle. Amen.'</p><p>Norfolk Police said officers were called to the Sandringham Estate shortly before 3pm 'following reports of a collision involving two cars'.</p><p>Mr Sentamu tweeted a prayer for Prince Philip at around 6.30pm, before following up with another message </p><p>Police and ambulance crews attended and two people in one of the vehicles suffered minor injuries.</p><p>The duke was seen by a doctor at his medical facilities on the Sandringham Estate following the crash as a precaution but was given the all clear.</p><p>He is no stranger to the driving seat, and was seen with very famous passengers in a Range Rover in 2016.</p><p>Philip showed the former US President Barack Obama and his wife Michelle the personal touch when he drove them and the Queen to Windsor Castle after the Marine One presidential helicopter landed close to the monarch's Berkshire home during their visit to the UK in April 2016.</p><p>Even in his 80s, the duke continued to compete in demanding carriage driving competitions, and has previously pulled muscles in his back while driving his horse-drawn carriage.</p><p> Images have emerged from the scene near Sandringham showing the black Land Rover with severe damage to its left side</p><p>Prince Philip is pictured leaving the Queen's Christmas lunch at Buckingham Palace on December 19 </p><p>In 2017, he joked how the rough and tumble of carriage driving left his 'Balmoral dog cart' smashed up regularly.</p><p>In his first interview since he announced his retirement, Philip told how he took up the sport of carriage driving when he gave up polo aged 50.</p><p>He was instrumental in helping to establish the sport and took part well into his 80s, but gave up competitions some years ago.</p><p>Philip retired from official royal engagements in August 2017. </p><p>The Land Rover Prince Philip was driving rolled onto its side next to the road where the crash happened  </p><p> The views expressed in the contents above are those of our users and do not necessarily reflect the views of MailOnline. </p><p>Do you want to automatically post your MailOnline comments to your Facebook Timeline?</p><p>Your comment will be posted to MailOnline as usual.</p><p>Do you want to automatically post your MailOnline comments to your Facebook Timeline?</p><p> We will automatically post your comment and a link to the news story to your Facebook timeline at the same time it is posted on MailOnline. To do this we will link your MailOnline account with your Facebook account. We’ll ask you to confirm this for your first post to Facebook.</p><p>Part of the Daily Mail, The Mail on Sunday &amp; Metro Media Group</p>

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  • DNC says it was targeted by cyber attack days after 2018 miderms: court docs

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    sion.</p><p>The Democratic National Committee was targeted by a cyber attack days after the 2018 midterm elections, the political organization reportedly revealed in a court documents filed Thursday night. </p><p>The complaint is part of an ongoing lawsuit the DNC filed against the Russian government, claiming they were hacked during the 2016 presidential election. </p><p>The spear-phishing campaign that happened after the the midterms was similar to one launched by the Russian hacking collective “Cozy Bear” during the 2016 election, the group claims in the complaint, according to the report. </p><p>Cozy bear is one of the groups that hacked the DNC prior to the 2016 election &#8212; leading DNC officials to believe Russians were behind the recent phishing campaign.</p><p>&#8220;Therefore, it is probable that Russian intelligence again attempted to unlawfully infiltrate DNC computers in November 2018,&#8221; the complaint says, according to the report.</p><p> News Corp. is a network of leading companies in the world of diversified media, news, and information services. </p>

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  • SAS hero who stormed Kenyan hotel during terror attack to be extracted over fears for HIS safety

    SAS hero who stormed Kenyan hotel during terror attack to be extracted over fears for HIS safety

    ing a terror attack which saw five gunmen kill 21 people is in line to receive the George Cross medal of gallantry for his actions, according to reports.</p><p>The 'decorated and veteran' member of the SAS - who has been extremely active in Syria and involved in a number of operations against ISIS - is now being extracted from the country over fears for his own safety after identifiable pictures of him were posted social media. </p><p>He is understood to have been out shopping in the city when he heard about the attack and kitted up with equipment in the back of his car before heading to the scene to 'organise the entire operation'. </p><p>The off-duty Special Forces warrior, wearing combat gear over casual jeans and a purple shirt, was seen entering the complex in Nairobi and then emerging with terrified survivors. </p><p>Insiders say there is 'no doubt' his actions saved lives and he was hailed for his bravery in the days after.  </p><p>Prince Philip's Land Rover lies on the side after Sandringham crash</p><p>British SAS hero 'storms Kenya hotel to take on terrorists'</p><p>Cars removed from scene of Duke of Edinburgh crash in Norfolk</p><p>Boris Johnson believes 'still have time' to get better Brexit deal</p><p>Israeli student is attacked and killed close to university</p><p>Brit 'gypsy' family cover park in rubbish before threatening locals</p><p>Psychologist discusses the behaviour of killer Ian Stewart</p><p>'We voted for independence!' - Nigel Farage addresses Leave rally</p><p>Theresa May 'calls on MPs to act on national interest'</p><p>Corbyn says he's happy to talk if no-deal is off the table</p><p>Woman appears to follow couple and reach into the wife's bag</p><p>Snow falls in Newcastle as winter sets in across the UK</p><p>Photos from the scenes yesterday show the off-duty Special Forces warrior with combat gear over a casual jeans and purple shirt storming the building and rescuing civilians. He used a modified colt Canada rifle and carried a Glock 9mm side weapon as well as a knife for hand-to-hand combat</p><p>The off-duty Special Forces warrior, wearing combat gear over casual jeans and a purple shirt, was seen entering the complex in Nairobi and then emerging with terrified survivors</p><p>The SAS hero was also seen rescuing civilians from inside the hotel complex while members of the Kenyan security forces fired at the terrorists  </p><p>The British special forces soldier carries a casualty out of the building with help from a member of the security forces </p><p>The British special forces soldier enters the building in Nairobi, Kenya, carrying his modified colt Canada rifle </p><p>'You can fully expect him to receive one of the highest gallantry awards and most likely the George Cross. It won't be announced. It will be given to him secretly.'</p><p>The George Cross is the second most prestigious medal for gallantry in the UK, with only the Victoria Cross being more distinguished.</p><p>But it has now emerged that the hero is having to flee the country over fears he could be targeted in retaliation for his brave actions. </p><p>A source close to the MailOnline said: 'For his own safety he is leaving the country as he could be tracked down. His safety is paramount. </p><p>'He is a decorated, veteran member of the SAS who was a member of D Squadron and extremely active in Syria taking part in a number of successful operations against ISIS. He had transferred to B squadron for this assignment' </p><p>The 22 SAS Regiment, of which this man is believed to be a member, is divided into four main squadrons - A, B, D and G - all of which consist of around 65 men led by a major.</p><p>An image purporting to show one of the terrorists with a bandolier around his body and bullet casings scattered across the floor</p><p>Another image purporting to show one of the terrorists, with bullet damage to the wall behind him and wounds covering his corpse</p><p>AK-47s used by the terrorists (left) lie on the ground after being recovered by police, the five terrorists also wore bandoliers (right) which appear to be stuffed with rifle magazines and grenades</p><p>The British SAS soldier was reportedly in Nairobi to train Kenyan Special Forces when five Islamist terrorists attacked a luxury hotel complex in the city</p><p>Each squadron consists of four key specialisms - boat, air, mobility and mountain - and are the regular army unit for the SAS. The reserves are numbered 21 and 23.  </p><p>The face of the SAS hero involved in the response to Tuesday's terror attack was largely concealed by a balaclava. He used a modified colt Canada rifle and carried a Glock 9mm side weapon as well as a knife for hand-to-hand combat. </p><p>More than 700 people were evacuated from the complex during the 20-hour siege, but British charity executive Luke Potter and 41-year-old U.S. businessman Jason Spindler were among the dead.  </p><p>In 2017 Major Dominic Troulan, who served for two decades in the special forces, became the first civilian recipient of the George Cross in more than 40 years.</p><p>Armed with just a pistol, Major Troulan returned a dozen times to the Westgate Shopping Mall in Nairobi in 2013 to search for survivors and lead them to safety after al-Shabaab extremists stormed the centre armed with machine guns and grenades.</p><p>He was asked by a friend to find his wife and daughter who were trapped inside the building - but selflessly went back inside to save dozens of other men, women and children.</p><p>Some 67 people lost their lives during the four-day siege.</p><p>Major Troulan, who moved to Kenya 12 years ago with his family and works as a security risk manager, said his familiarity with the mall where he regularly shopped and relaxed with his family, put a different slant on events.</p><p>He said: 'The horrific carnage that the terrorists managed to conduct in pretty short order really will live with all of us that were involved there, both the hostages, the victims' families and extended friends who were actually in there and saw it first-hand.'</p><p>The British SAS soldier was reportedly in Nairobi to train Kenyan Special Forces when a request for help went out to local forces. </p><p>'British Special Forces always run towards the sound of gunfire. He fired off rounds during the operation. It's a safe bet he hit his target — the SAS don't miss. There's no doubt his actions saved lives.</p><p>'He is a long serving member of the Regiment, there is no doubt his actions saved lives.' </p><p>He said: 'He had his equipment in the car so, when it all kicked off, he sprinted back and got kitted up before heading straight towards the fire-fight. </p><p>'When he arrived in the hotel, he started organising the entire operation, directing the police and army. </p><p>'Then he went in there on his own to neutralise the enemy and rescue the hostages. His actions certainly saved many lives and show the manner of these men, who are extremely brave and always ready.' </p><p>When contacted by MailOnline, the Ministry of Defence declined to comment on the report. </p><p>Meanwhile, another army veteran, who was awarded the George Cross when he risked his life to save hundreds of people held hostage by Islamic terrorists five years ago, again found himself at the centre of the action.</p><p>Retired Royal Marine Major Dominic Troulan was awarded the prestigious honour for his heroics in the 2013 terror attack on Nairobi's Westgate Mall after he helped to rescue the wife and daughter of a friend trapped inside the shopping centre.</p><p>The former special forces soldier also risked his life repeatedly enterering the mall to rescue other civilians. </p><p>On Tuesday he was forced into action again when the six militants entered the complex where he had been working providing private security.</p><p>'Then I came back because we still had people in the building. We went firm and hunkered down in a conference room until about 6pm [three hours after the attack started]. There were General Service Unit police paramilitaries patrolling outside the building. I went outside and made sure we were good to get out.'</p><p>Once his colleagues were safe, Mr Troulan braved the carnage to rescue a driver who was hiding in a multi-storey car park. </p><p>The unnamed soldier helped rescue civilians and reportedly helped storm the complex</p><p> Kenyan security officers search for attackers during an ongoing gunfire and explosions in Nairobi on Tuesday</p><p>People take cover as they follow a police officer to evacuate the upscale hotel and office complex in the Kenyan capital of Nairobi</p><p>Security forces help civilians flee the scene as cars burn behind, at a hotel complex in Nairobi</p><p>Rescued: A distressed woman is taken out of the luxury hotel complex during the terror attack on Tuesday </p><p>Kenyan security forces walk from the scene shortly before President Kenyatta announced that the attack was over and all terrorists killed</p><p>Prince Philip's Land Rover lies on the side after Sandringham crash</p><p>British SAS hero 'storms Kenya hotel to take on terrorists'</p><p>Cars removed from scene of Duke of Edinburgh crash in Norfolk</p><p>Boris Johnson believes 'still have time' to get better Brexit deal</p><p>Israeli student is attacked and killed close to university</p><p>Brit 'gypsy' family cover park in rubbish before threatening locals</p><p>Psychologist discusses the behaviour of killer Ian Stewart</p><p>'We voted for independence!' - Nigel Farage addresses Leave rally</p><p>Theresa May 'calls on MPs to act on national interest'</p><p>Corbyn says he's happy to talk if no-deal is off the table</p><p>Woman appears to follow couple and reach into the wife's bag</p><p>Snow falls in Newcastle as winter sets in across the UK</p><p>Prince Philip's Land Rover lies on the side after Sandringham crash</p><p>British SAS hero 'storms Kenya hotel to take on terrorists'</p><p>Cars removed from scene of Duke of Edinburgh crash in Norfolk</p><p>Boris Johnson believes 'still have time' to get better Brexit deal</p><p>Israeli student is attacked and killed close to university</p><p>Brit 'gypsy' family cover park in rubbish before threatening locals</p><p>Psychologist discusses the behaviour of killer Ian Stewart</p><p>'We voted for independence!' - Nigel Farage addresses Leave rally</p><p>Theresa May 'calls on MPs to act on national interest'</p><p>Corbyn says he's happy to talk if no-deal is off the table</p><p>Woman appears to follow couple and reach into the wife's bag</p><p>Snow falls in Newcastle as winter sets in across the UK</p><p>President Kenyatta said that 21 civilians have been confirmed dead and that more than 700 people had been evacuated to safety during the attack. </p><p>Yesterday, charity executive Luke Potter was named as the British man killed in the attack. </p><p>Mr Potter worked for the Gatsby Charitable Foundation as their Africa Programmes Director, and had only recently moved to Nairobi from the UK.</p><p>Luke Potter (pictured) worked for the Gatsby Charitable Foundation and had only recently moved to Nairobi from Britain when he was killed in the terror attack yesterday</p><p>The father-of-one had worked for the international development charity for more than three years, most recently on projects across East Africa.  </p><p>Mr Potter,  a dual British-South African citizen, described himself on his company website as loving water-sports, camping, hiking and talking about adventures outside the city.</p><p>'I strongly believe in the need for societies to offer as equal an opportunity as possible to all, and that, while economic competitiveness is essential to build a country, long-term stability is not achievable unless the gains are widely spread,' he said on the website</p><p>The Gatsby Charitable Foundation said in a statement they were 'deeply shocked and saddened' to confirm the death of Mr Potter.</p><p>'Luke had devoted the past ten years of his career to helping some of the poorest and most vulnerable people in the world. He had worked with us for three and a half years, carrying out assignments across East Africa.</p><p>Describing Mr Potter as 'deeply committed to his work', the statement added that 'Luke was respected by all he worked with, bringing huge drive, determination, a relentless work ethic, and a thirst for new ideas to every project. He brought a calm head and his unique sense of humour to every situation.</p><p>'We share the grief of his family, partner, daughter and friends. Our thoughts and deepest condolences are with them. We are now focused on offering all the support we can to them and to our staff.'</p><p>Mr Potter had an Master of Business Administration from the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, and had previously worked for charity TechnoServe in east Africa and for Unilever.</p><p>U.S. businessman Jason Spindler from Houston, Texas was also among the dead.</p><p>Spindler, who turned 41 on the very day of the terror attack, had survived the 9/11 terror attack on World Trade Center in 2001. </p><p>Mr Spindler's father, Joseph, had been enjoying a successful career on Wall Street when he decided that he wanted to develop a model for helping low-income people. </p><p>Dramatic footage has emerged showing the horrifying moment a suicide bomber blew himself up in the Kenyan terror attack.  </p><p>CCTV, released to local media, shows the attacker walking calmly in front of what is believed to be the terrace of a restaurant in the complex.</p><p>At least two people are seen passing the assailant, one of them appearing to turn his head to take a close look at him.</p><p>The assailant stands still in front of the covered terrace for almost a minute, before he blows himself up. Soon after, panicked guests and workers are seen running past the scene of the explosion.</p><p>This is the shocking moment a suicide bomber blows himself up in the Kenyan terror attack that killed 21 people. Harrowing CCTV, released to local media, shows the attacker walking calmly in front of what is believed to be the terrace of a restaurant in the complex</p><p>At least two people are seen passing the assailant, one of them appearing to turn his head to take a close look at him. The assailant stands still in front of the covered terrace for almost a minute, before he blows himself up</p><p>Kenyan police said the attack began with an explosion outside the complex, followed by a suicide blast inside, before armed assailants arrived and opened fire</p><p>Soon after, panicked guests and workers are seen running past the scene of the explosion. The Al-Shabaab extremist group, which is based in Somalia and allied with al-Qaida, claimed responsibility for the brazen attack, which claimed the lives of 21 people, plus the five militants killed</p><p>Somali Islamist militant group al-Shabaab, which has links to al-Qaeda, claimed it was behind the attack at the DusitD2 complex, situated in Nairobi's well-to-do Westlands neighbourhood, popular with many foreign expatriates</p><p>Al-Shabaab has vowed retribution against Kenya for sending troops to Somalia to fight it since 2011. Tuesday's violence came three years to the day after al-Shabaab extremists attacked a Kenyan military base in Somalia, killing scores of people</p><p>Spindler later became the founder and CEO of I-DEV International, a management strategy and investment firm based in Nairobi, and had lived in Kenya for the past five years.  </p><p>Another British citizen was injured in the attack and is receiving care, the Foreign Office confirmed yesterday. </p><p>London-based company Adam Smith International also said two employees were killed in the attack.</p><p>Abdalla Dahir and Feisal Ahmed were killed on the terrace of a restaurant in the complex where the company has Nairobi offices, the company said in a statement.</p><p>Survivors of the attack have shared the horrific tales of what went on inside the hotel complex when the gunmen stormed the building.</p><p>Reuben Kimani, a barista working at the hotel, said he recognised at least one of the attackers, having served him coffee in the run-up to the assault.</p><p>'I knew one of them because he had a big scar on one of his hands,' he said. 'I saw them. They shot six of my friends, four didn't die but two succumbed.'</p><p>He said the attackers yelled out 'why are you killing our brothers and sisters in Somalia?' before opening fire. </p><p>Spindler is pictured during a trip to Puerto Rico with friends in 2013 (left) and (right), rock climbing in Nairobi </p><p>Jason Spindler (pictured), 40, was killed at the Dusit hotel in the Kenyan capital, Nairobi along with 13 others on Tuesday </p><p>Friends mourned the businessman (shown far left with a group during a trip to Puerto Rico in 2017) as news of his death emerged </p><p>Gunmen blasted their way into the venue - sending workers fleeing for their lives as others cowered under their desks. Pictured: Bullet holes in the windows of a restaurant inside the venue </p><p>Thailand's Deputy Prime Minister said he thought the Thai-owned hotel in Nairobi had been attacked by terrorists 'because the food is delicious'.</p><p>Prawit Wongsuwan, who is also the Defence Minister, made the comment yesterday during a press briefing. </p><p>Wongsuwan told reporters it was 'good enough' that no Thai citizens had been killed in the horrific attack in Nairobi on Tuesday. </p><p>When asked why he thought a Thai-owned hotel had been targeted, he replied: 'I don't know. Maybe because the food is delicious.' </p><p>The DusitD2 hotel is owned by Dusit Thani, a multinational chain which has 29 hotels and resorts in 18 countries. </p><p>Cyprian Otieno, a 23-year-old student, met a friend for lunch elsewhere in Westlands, and then decided to go to the Dusit where his friend wanted to grab a cocktail.</p><p>'All of a sudden we heard a weird BOOM followed by gunfire! Security guards at the entrance screamed 'get back, get back' in English and Swahili,' he told AFP via Twitter.</p><p>He said some fled while others tried to hide, waiting about half an hour until they heard a voice shouting 'kill them, kill them' in Swahili and more gunfire.</p><p>Terrified a group of about 20 people fled towards the back of the hotel.</p><p>'Sorry to say at that point it was every man for himself. We were all together in the beginning but after a few minutes the attackers began shooting... I can't even really remember what happened afterwards.' </p><p>Tracy Wanjiru, 28, a manager at a salon housed in the complex, found herself in the middle of another Shabaab strike, five years after surviving an attack on the Westgate mall while she was six months pregnant.</p><p>Speaking to the Nation media group she said: 'I was working there (Westgate) when the attackers stormed in, it was not easy just like today. All I can say is that I thank God.'</p><p>After the first blast was heard at the DusitD2 complex, Wanjiru says she saw 'human body parts in the midst of fire flames flying in the air'. </p><p>The Somali Islamist militant group al Shabaab claimed that it was behind the attack at the complex - which includes a large hotel known as DusitD2, banks and offices. Pictured: People run for cover  </p><p>An injured man is evacuated from the scene of an explosion. Thick black smoke can be seen billowing from the complex behind them</p><p>A shell-shocked woman is evacuated form the Dusit Hotel by hotel staff and security guards who try to calm her down</p><p>Prince Philip's Land Rover lies on the side after Sandringham crash</p><p>British SAS hero 'storms Kenya hotel to take on terrorists'</p><p>Cars removed from scene of Duke of Edinburgh crash in Norfolk</p><p>Boris Johnson believes 'still have time' to get better Brexit deal</p><p>Israeli student is attacked and killed close to university</p><p>Brit 'gypsy' family cover park in rubbish before threatening locals</p><p>Psychologist discusses the behaviour of killer Ian Stewart</p><p>'We voted for independence!' - Nigel Farage addresses Leave rally</p><p>Theresa May 'calls on MPs to act on national interest'</p><p>Corbyn says he's happy to talk if no-deal is off the table</p><p>Woman appears to follow couple and reach into the wife's bag</p><p>Snow falls in Newcastle as winter sets in across the UK</p><p>Members of Kenyan special forces at the scene of an attach by an extremist gunman which killed 21 people</p><p>More than 700 people were evacuated from the complex overnight, however some 50 people believed to have been in the building at the time of the attack are still unaccounted for, according to the Kenya Red Cross</p><p>Members of Kenyan special forces at the scene of an attack by an extremist gunman Wednesday</p><p>A armoured Hummer truck ferries Kenyan special forces troops following the deadly terror attack</p><p>A Kenyan officer from a special unit looks on outside the business complex in Nairobi</p><p>Kenya's Interior Minister Fred Matiangi (pictured centre) addresses journalists near to where the Islamist militants struck yesterday</p><p>A Kenyan officer from a special unit looks on outside the business complex in Nairobi, Kenya,</p><p>Muslim men prepare to bury the bodies of felllow Muslim men Abdalla Mohammed Dahir, 28, and his age mate Feisal Ahmed Rashid, who were killed in the DusitD2 Hotel and Office Complex attack, out of the mosque to trasnport it to the cemetery</p><p>Mourners carry the body of Feisal Ahmed, who was killed with his colleague Abdalla Dahir in Tuesday's attack, as they leave a mosque and head to the funerals in Nairobi, Kenya</p><p>Relatives and mourners bury the body of Feisal Ahmed Rashid, who was killed the previous day in an attack on a Nairobi luxury hotel complex, during his funeral service at the Langata Muslim cemetery in Nairobi</p><p>Collected packs of blood donation in a mobile station at the August 7th Memorial Park, where the 1998 terrorist bomb attack took place at the then United States Embassy, in Nairobi, a day after a blast followed by a gun battle that rocked the upmarket hotel complex the day before. Kenyan President said that gunmen who stormed the hotel complex on January 15, 2019, killing 21 people, had been 'eliminated' after an almost 20-hour operation in which hundreds of civilians were rescued</p><p>Relatives carry the remains of Feisal Ahmed Rashid, who was killed the previous day in an attack on a Nairobi luxury hotel complex, during his funeral service at the Langata Muslim cemetery in Nairobi on January 16, 2019</p><p>Relatives and mourners bury the body of Feisal Ahmed Rashid, who was killed the previous day in an attack on a Nairobi luxury hotel complex, during his funeral service at the Langata Muslim cemetery in Nairobi</p><p>Mourners stand with their shovels after burying the bodies of Abdalla Dahir and his colleague Feisal Ahmed, who were both killed in Tuesday's attack</p><p>Somali Islamist militant group al-Shabaab, which has links to al-Qaeda, claimed it was behind the attack at the DusitD2 complex, situated in Nairobi's well-to-do Westlands neighbourhood, popular with many foreign expatriates.</p><p>Kenya's Citizen TV aired security camera footage that showed at least four heavily armed men in dark-coloured, paramilitary-style gear. Officials later confirmed that five terrorists had been involved in the attack and killed.</p><p>Kenya's national police chief, Joseph Boinnet, said the coordinated assault began with an explosion that targeted three vehicles outside a bank, and a suicide bombing in the hotel lobby that severely wounded a number of guests.</p><p>Kenyan hospitals appealed for blood donations even as the number of wounded remained unclear.</p><p>A CCTV grab showing one of five suspected al Shabaab attackers who opened fire in the hotel as a suicide bomber detonated in the lobby </p><p>CCTV showing two of the alleged attackers walking past a barrier towards the hotel wearing dark paramilitary-style gear. Al Shabaab has already claimed responsibility for the carnage </p><p>Shell-shocked survivors are rushed to safety from the complex, barely-clothed, by security forces</p><p>An armed officer tells survivors to stay back and duck down as he tries to lead them to safety</p><p>A female member of staff cries after making it out of the complex. Her male colleagues and a guard console her </p><p>Prince Philip's Land Rover lies on the side after Sandringham crash</p><p>British SAS hero 'storms Kenya hotel to take on terrorists'</p><p>Cars removed from scene of Duke of Edinburgh crash in Norfolk</p><p>Boris Johnson believes 'still have time' to get better Brexit deal</p><p>Israeli student is attacked and killed close to university</p><p>Brit 'gypsy' family cover park in rubbish before threatening locals</p><p>Psychologist discusses the behaviour of killer Ian Stewart</p><p>'We voted for independence!' - Nigel Farage addresses Leave rally</p><p>Theresa May 'calls on MPs to act on national interest'</p><p>Corbyn says he's happy to talk if no-deal is off the table</p><p>Woman appears to follow couple and reach into the wife's bag</p><p>Snow falls in Newcastle as winter sets in across the UK</p><p>Video footage from inside the hotel showed Kenyan security officers searching the building and workers emerging from hiding while gunfire could still be heard. Some climbed out a window by ladder.</p><p>One man got up from the floor where he appeared to be trying to hide under a piece of wooden panelling.  </p><p>Al-Shabaab's 2013 attack at the nearby Westgate Mall in Nairobi that killed 67 people, this one appeared aimed at wealthy Kenyans and foreigners. It came a day after a magistrate ruled that three men must stand trial in connection with the Westgate Mall siege.</p><p>Al-Shabaab has vowed retribution against Kenya for sending troops to Somalia to fight it since 2011. Tuesday's violence came three years to the day after al-Shabaab extremists attacked a Kenyan military base in Somalia, killing scores of people.</p><p>The group has killed hundreds of people in Kenya. In the deadliest attack, al-Shabaab claimed responsibility for an assault on Kenya's Garissa University in 2015 that killed 147 people, mostly students.</p><p>The latest carnage demonstrated al-Shabaab's continued ability to carry out spectacular acts of bloodshed despite a dramatic increase in US air strikes against it under President Donald Trump. </p><p>Several cars are ablaze in a parking lot as security forces stream in and people run or are carried from the scene. Police quickly call it a terror attack.</p><p>Kenyans watch the police response closely after officers took hours to respond to a deadly attack on the nearby Westgate Mall in 2013.</p><p>They reunite with relieved friends and family and recount a long night of cowering in hiding places while listening to nearby gunfire.</p><p>The security forces work their way through the hotel complex, finding terrified groups of people who have barricaded themselves into rooms.</p><p>More than 100 are retrieved and taken for medical treatment. </p><p>The al-Qaeda-linked al Shabaab, whose name means 'The Youth,' seeks to impose its strict version of sharia law in East Africa.</p><p>The group is particularly active in Somalia, where it has an estimated 7,000 to 9,000 militants in its ranks who frequently unleash attacks targeting security and government officials, as well as hotels and restaurants in the capital.</p><p>The group has also behind deadly attacks in Kenya and Uganda, which both contribute troops to an African Union peacekeeping force in Somalia.</p><p>Westgate Mall in Nairobi, Kenya, after Al-Shabaab gunmen raided the shopping centre killing more than sixty people in 2013</p><p>Yesterday's attack immediately reminded many Kenyans of the Westgate Mall attack in Nairobi in 2013, when al-Shabaab extremists burst into the luxury shopping centre, hurling grenades and starting a days-long siege that left 67 people dead.</p><p>British jihadi Samantha Lewthwaite, known as the White Widow, was rumoured to have been involved in planning that attack. </p><p>The complex attacked yesterday is less than two miles from Westgate Mall and is in what is considered one of the most secure areas of the city.</p><p>The attack came three years to the day after al-Shabaab extremists attacked a Kenyan military base in Somalia, killing scores of people. </p><p>The al Shabaab objects to the presence of Kenyan troops in the turbulent Horn of Africa nation.</p><p>British jihadi Samantha Lewthwaite, known as the White Widow, was rumoured to have been involved in planning the Westgate Mall attack</p><p>Everyone was so brave to risk their lives to save ...</p><p> The views expressed in the contents above are those of our users and do not necessarily reflect the views of MailOnline. </p><p>Do you want to automatically post your MailOnline comments to your Facebook Timeline?</p><p>Your comment will be posted to MailOnline as usual.</p><p>Do you want to automatically post your MailOnline comments to your Facebook Timeline?</p><p> We will automatically post your comment and a link to the news story to your Facebook timeline at the same time it is posted on MailOnline. 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    1 January 18, 2019
  •  Zimbabwe again forces 'total internet shutdown' amid unrest

    Zimbabwe again forces 'total internet shutdown' amid unrest

    shutdown," a media group says, after a days-long violent crackdown on people protesting dramatic fuel price increases.</p><p> MISA-Zimbabwe shares a text message from the country's largest telecom company, Econet, calling the government order "beyond our reasonable control." The shutdown faces a court challenge from the group and Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights.</p><p> On Friday, a prominent pastor and activist who faces a possible 20 years in prison on a subversion charge is set to appear in court, one of more than 600 people arrested this week. Evan Mawarire calls it "heartbreaking" to see the new government of President Emmerson Mnangagwa acting like that of former leader Robert Mugabe. Mawarire is accused of inciting civil disobedience online.</p><p> "Our country is going through one of the most trying periods in its history," the Zimbabwe Catholic Bishops' Conference said in a sweeping statement lamenting the government's "intolerant handling of dissent" and its failure to halt economic collapse.</p><p> International calls for restraint by Zimbabwe's security forces are growing, while Mnangagwa prepares to plead for more investment at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. He announced the fuel price increase on the eve of his overseas trip, leaving hardline former military commander and Vice President Constantino Chiwenga as acting president.</p><p> Gasoline in the economically shattered country is now the world's most expensive. Zimbabweans heeded a nationwide stay-at-home call earlier this week in protest. Rights groups and others have accused security forces of targeting activists and labor leaders in response, with the United States expressing alarm.</p><p> The Zimbabwe Association of Doctors for Human Rights has said it had treated 68 cases of gunshot wounds and 100-plus other cases of "assaults with sharp objects, booted feet, baton sticks" and more. Hungry residents of the capital, Harare, who ventured out seeking food reported being tear-gassed by police.</p><p> Death tolls have varied. Eight people were killed when police and military fired on crowds, Amnesty International said. Zimbabwe's government said three people were killed, including a policeman stoned to death by an angry crowd.</p><p> The demonstrations amount to "terrorism," Information Minister Monica Mutsvangwa said, blaming the opposition. State Security Minister Owen Ncube thanked security forces for "standing firm."</p><p> Zimbabweans had briefly rejoiced when Mnangagwa succeeded Mugabe, who was forced out in late 2017, thinking the new president would deliver on his refrain that the country "is open for business." But frustration has risen over the lack of improvement in the collapsed economy, which doesn't even have a currency of its own.</p><p> The UK's minister for Africa, Harriett Baldwin, has summoned Zimbabwe's ambassador to discuss "disturbing reports of use of live ammunition, intimidation and excessive force" against protesters.</p><p> The European Union in a statement late Thursday noted the "disproportionate use of force by security personnel" and urged that internet service be restored.</p><p> Follow Africa news at https://twitter.com/AP&#8212;Africa </p>

    1 January 18, 2019
  •  China slump squeezes workers, hammers consumer spending

    China slump squeezes workers, hammers consumer spending

    prepare to sell shares to the public until the cooling economy derailed those plans.</p><p> As demand for auditing services sank, the 25-year-old accountant in the eastern city of Hangzhou was laid off in December. Yu tightened his belt: No more movies or eating out. He put off buying a computer.</p><p> Headline economic numbers still look healthy. Growth in 2019 is forecast at more than 6 percent, down only slightly from about 6.5 percent last year. But it is propped up by higher government spending, which masks sharp declines in other areas. Those are spooking the public and discouraging spending, which could make the downturn worse.</p><p> "I am worried about my job security and have cut spending on everything including clothes, vacations and changing smartphones," said He Siying, who works for an investment consulting firm in Beijing.</p><p> He, 32, was rattled when friends were laid off. One found a new job but the employer wanted her to work six days a week.</p><p> "I really dare not spend much," said He, who has a 1-year-old son.</p><p> That anxiety is hitting China's trading partners and global companies that increasingly count on Chinese consumers.</p><p> The decline in economic growth that peaked above 14 percent in 2007 is partly intentional. Regulators clamped down on lending in late 2017 to cool a debt boom. But the downturn was sharper than expected.</p><p> "Many people have been laid off. People are having a hard time finding a new job and are panicking," said Summer Li, a 28-year-old product manager for an electronics company.</p><p> Yu, the Hangzhou accountant, said he lost his 100,000-yuan-a-year ($14,000-a-year) job after demand for auditing services fell by one-third. Clients put off plans for stock market listings after profits sank below the level required by regulators.</p><p> "It happened due to the bad economic situation," he said.</p><p> The ruling party promised in 2013 to support entrepreneurs who create China's new jobs and wealth. But reform advocates complain President Xi Jinping's government has instead focused on expanding state-owned companies that dominate oil, banking and other industries.</p><p> Jolted by the deepening slump, Xi and other leaders have pledged to help private business by cutting taxes and regulation.</p><p> Premier Li Keqiang, the top economic official, met with bankers in December and told them to make 30 percent of new loans to private business, state media reported. The central bank announced a 100 billion yuan ($14 billion) loan fund on Dec. 19 for small companies.</p><p> Exports to the United States held up through late 2018 despite President Donald Trump's tariff hikes. But sales shrank 3.5 percent in December compared with a year earlier as those penalties started to hurt demand.</p><p> Jittery companies and consumers already were putting off investments and big purchases.</p><p> "Consumer confidence is weaker and uncertainty has increased. The U.S.-China trade war is feeding into that," said Rajiv Biswas, chief Asia-Pacific economist for IHS Markit. "That is obviously a risk to the growth outlook for 2019."</p><p> The slowdown is adding to pressure from wrenching changes in jobs and industry that already were under way.</p><p> The ruling party has wiped out millions of steel and coal mining jobs in a marathon campaign to shrink those bloated state-owned industries.</p><p> Since 2017, Beijing, Shanghai and other big cities have forced out migrant workers who lack official permission to live there. Local leaders say they want to reduce crowding, but restaurants, retailers and other companies depend on migrants as employees and increasingly as customers.</p><p> The sales manager at a Beijing dealership for one of China's biggest automakers said purchases have fallen by half. He blamed the departure of migrants who buy lower-priced models starting at 50,000 yuan ($7,000).</p><p> "Many such customers returned to their hometowns because there wasn't much work for them," said the manager, who asked that he and his employer not be identified by name. "Sales of high-end cars also plunged because the buyers own businesses serving migrant workers."</p><p> Overall, disposable consumer income rose by a relatively healthy 5.7 percent in the first three quarters of 2018, but that was down from 2017's 6.6 percent. Retail sales growth fell to a lower-than-expected 8.6 percent from a year earlier in November, its weakest rate in five months.</p><p> Construction, the industry that powered China's boom in past decades, also is struggling.</p><p> Some cash-strapped developers in China's northwest have resorted to paying contractors by giving them apartments, according to Anne Stevenson-Yang of J Capital Research, a financial research firm.</p><p> The contractors hope to sell later, but some developments are three-quarters vacant, said Stevenson-Yang.</p><p> The owner of a Cantonese restaurant in southwestern Beijing said she wants to give up and return to her hometown near Shanghai but can't find a buyer for the business.</p><p> "I am making a profit but can't earn a lot from it," said the owner, who would give only her surname, Yue.</p><p> Economists expect the downturn to bottom out this year as government stimulus gains traction.</p><p> But cautious spenders like Paige Fu, an assistant to the general manager of a company in the film industry, are wary.</p>

    1 January 18, 2019
  •  Zimbabwe again forces 'total internet shutdown' amid unrest

    Zimbabwe again forces 'total internet shutdown' amid unrest

    shutdown," a media group says, after a days-long violent crackdown on people protesting dramatic fuel price increases.</p><p> MISA-Zimbabwe shares a text message from the country's largest telecom company, Econet, calling the government order "beyond our reasonable control." The shutdown faces a court challenge from the group and Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights.</p><p> On Friday, a prominent pastor and activist who faces a possible 20 years in prison on a subversion charge is set to appear in court, one of more than 600 people arrested this week. Evan Mawarire calls it "heartbreaking" to see the new government of President Emmerson Mnangagwa acting like that of former leader Robert Mugabe. Mawarire is accused of inciting civil disobedience online.</p><p> "Our country is going through one of the most trying periods in its history," the Zimbabwe Catholic Bishops' Conference said in a sweeping statement lamenting the government's "intolerant handling of dissent" and its failure to halt economic collapse.</p><p> International calls for restraint by Zimbabwe's security forces are growing, while Mnangagwa prepares to plead for more investment at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. He announced the fuel price increase on the eve of his overseas trip, leaving hardline former military commander and Vice President Constantino Chiwenga as acting president.</p><p> Gasoline in the economically shattered country is now the world's most expensive. Zimbabweans heeded a nationwide stay-at-home call earlier this week in protest. Rights groups and others have accused security forces of targeting activists and labor leaders in response, with the United States expressing alarm.</p><p> The Zimbabwe Association of Doctors for Human Rights has said it had treated 68 cases of gunshot wounds and 100-plus other cases of "assaults with sharp objects, booted feet, baton sticks" and more. Hungry residents of the capital, Harare, who ventured out seeking food reported being tear-gassed by police.</p><p> Death tolls have varied. Eight people were killed when police and military fired on crowds, Amnesty International said. Zimbabwe's government said three people were killed, including a policeman stoned to death by an angry crowd.</p><p> The demonstrations amount to "terrorism," Information Minister Monica Mutsvangwa said, blaming the opposition. State Security Minister Owen Ncube thanked security forces for "standing firm."</p><p> Zimbabweans had briefly rejoiced when Mnangagwa succeeded Mugabe, who was forced out in late 2017, thinking the new president would deliver on his refrain that the country "is open for business." But frustration has risen over the lack of improvement in the collapsed economy, which doesn't even have a currency of its own.</p><p> The UK's minister for Africa, Harriett Baldwin, has summoned Zimbabwe's ambassador to discuss "disturbing reports of use of live ammunition, intimidation and excessive force" against protesters.</p><p> The European Union in a statement late Thursday noted the "disproportionate use of force by security personnel" and urged that internet service be restored.</p><p> Follow Africa news at https://twitter.com/AP&#8212;Africa </p>

    1 January 18, 2019
  •  Palestinian forces soldier on amid Israeli raids, US neglect

    Palestinian forces soldier on amid Israeli raids, US neglect

    cameras after a pair of recent shooting attacks against Israelis in the occupied territory. The raid attracted dozens of stone-throwing Palestinians, and the Israelis responded with tear gas and rubber bullets.</p><p> It was the latest in a series of Israeli raids into urban areas that the Palestinians say undermine their own U.S.-trained security forces. Those forces have been coordinating operations with Israel in the West Bank for years but ties have frayed as the peace process ground to a halt.</p><p> "This humiliates the Palestinian Authority," said Zakariya Musleh, head of Palestinian military intelligence. "It's a clear message from the occupying power that we are not a partner for peace."</p><p> The Palestinian Authority has faced mounting protests over the security coordination as the Trump administration pursues policies seen by critics as obliterating whatever chance remains for a two-state solution, from recognizing Jerusalem as Israel's capital to cutting off economic aid to the Palestinians.</p><p> And yet the security coordination with Israel has endured for more than a decade, through one crisis after another, including three wars in Gaza and clashes at Jerusalem's holiest site.</p><p> This is in part because the Palestinian Authority and Israel have a shared enemy in the Hamas militant group, which drove Palestinian security forces from Gaza in a week of street clashes in 2007, less than two years after Israel withdrew from the territory.</p><p> The Israeli military declined to comment on the recent raids or the security cooperation.</p><p> Alon Eviatar, a retired Israeli colonel who served in the Palestinian territories for nearly three decades, said Israel is aware of the political pressure the Palestinian Authority faces. He said Israeli forces only launch their own West Bank raids in "sensitive cases" when they need to quickly apprehend an assailant or act on highly classified intelligence.</p><p> "The Israeli side was afraid (of) a real escalation in the West Bank, especially in Ramallah," he said, referring to last month's shootings, in which gunmen killed two Israeli soldiers at a West Bank bus stop and wounded seven Israelis outside a settlement, including a pregnant woman whose baby later died. Israeli forces killed one of the suspected gunmen in December and arrested the other earlier this month. Both were found north of Ramallah.</p><p> Palestinian security forces will face another setback at the end of January, when the U.S. is required to cut off its financial assistance because of a law known as the Anti-Terrorism Cooperation Act that was passed with bipartisan support last year.</p><p> Under the law, the Palestinian Authority would be disqualified from receiving any U.S. aid unless it agrees to pay court judgments of up to hundreds of millions of dollars on behalf of American victims of Palestinian attacks. The deadline for accepting that condition is Jan. 31. The administration and some pro-Israel members of Congress have been looking for ways to preserve the aid, but it's unlikely a fix will be found until after the shutdown ends.</p><p> The court settlements far exceed the aid itself, which totaled $61 million last year. The U.S. has provided more than $850 million to support the Palestinian security forces since 2007, when it ramped up assistance after Hamas seized Gaza.</p><p> Nabil Shaath, an adviser to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, said the looming cuts should be of more concern to the United States and Israel than to the Palestinians.</p><p> "They want that security support," he said. "The most unpopular thing we are doing now here is security coordination with the Israelis. Believe me, that's not the way to put pressure on us."</p><p> The U.S. aid is mainly spent on training and equipment, and salaries will not be affected. Israel is believed to support the U.S. assistance, but the prime minister's office declined to comment on the looming cuts.</p><p> As unpopular as the security coordination is, no one expects it to end anytime soon. The Palestine Liberation Organization's mini-parliament called for ending security coordination with Israel last year, the latest in a long line of heated statements and empty threats.</p><p> Abbas has always been staunchly opposed to violence. Cutting ties with Israel would presumably lead to the collapse of the Palestinian Authority. Israeli forces are deployed across the occupied West Bank, at military bases and checkpoints between and around nearly every Palestinian town and city.</p><p> The funding and training of Palestinian security forces was historically seen as part of the process of building an independent state. But there have been no meaningful peace talks in a decade, and the Palestinians cut all contacts with the Trump administration when it recognized Jerusalem as Israel's capital, effectively siding with Israel on one of the most divisive issues in the decades-old conflict.</p><p> These days, Abbas relies on the security forces to preserve his increasingly unpopular rule. The security forces have helped keep a tight lid on Hamas in the West Bank, where they have been accused of human rights abuses. They have also used force to break up protests against Abbas' policies.</p><p> Alaa Lahlouh, a former Palestinian officer who now researches security issues at the Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research, says the security coordination is deeply unpopular, but that authorities maintain it for political and personal reasons.</p><p> "The Palestinian Authority believes the security cooperation with Israel and the United States will enhance its role as a political partner," he said, adding that they also cooperate for personal reasons. Israel grants special movement privileges to senior Palestinian officials, allowing them to avoid crowded checkpoints.</p><p> The raids in Ramallah meanwhile cause "huge damage," Lahlouh said. "It shows the (Palestinian Authority) is useless in the face of Israel and only powerful when it comes to confronting its own people."</p>

    1 January 18, 2019
  •  China, German promise closer financial cooperation

    China, German promise closer financial cooperation

    ahead with changes aimed at making its state-dominated economy more productive and to reduce reliance on the U.S. market by building commercial ties with other countries.</p><p> China has tried without success to recruit Germany as an ally in its tariff war with Trump. Berlin expresses support for free trade but Chancellor Angela Merkel has stressed her government is not taking sides.</p><p> Delegations led by German Finance Minister Olaf Scholz and China's economy czar, Vice Premier Liu He, signed agreements to cooperate more closely on financial regulation.</p><p> They included no details or commercial commitments, but Liu said Beijing welcomes "more qualified German banks to participate in the opening and innovation of China's financial market."</p><p> The two governments support their institutions doing "cross-border business in banking, securities, insurance and other fields," the vice premier said.</p><p> Beijing has promised repeatedly to carry out long-delayed commitments made when it joined the World Trade Organization in 2001 to open its banking, insurance and securities markets. The government promised in 2017 to allow full foreign ownership of banks and insurers for the first time but business groups say they need to see details of regulations to know whether those opportunities are worth pursuing.</p><p> Chinese regulators have suspended issuing licenses to American companies in finance due to the tariff hikes imposed Trump in the fight over Beijing's technology ambitions.</p><p> Beijing also faces pressure over technology from the European Union. The 28-nation trade bloc filed a challenge in the WTO in June to Chinese rules it says hamper foreign companies in protecting and profiting from their own technology.</p><p> Friday's talks were "also about advancing multilateral cooperation," Scholz said before the event began. He cited Chinese-German cooperation in the Group of 20 major economies and on Africa, taxation and other issues.</p>

    1 January 18, 2019
  • Police seeking volunteers to get drunk for them, many respond

    Police seeking volunteers to get drunk for them, many respond

    sion.</p><p>KUTZTOWN, Pa. — A Pennsylvania police department&#8217;s request for volunteers to get drunk for law and order purposes generated a predictably enthusiastic response.</p><p>The post was soon updated with the news that the department had its volunteers for the April 4 training session.</p><p>Volunteers were required to have a clean criminal history and have a responsible party to take care of them after the training.</p><p>Participants are also required to be willing to drink hard liquor until inebriated.</p><p> News Corp. is a network of leading companies in the world of diversified media, news, and information services. </p>

    1 January 18, 2019
  • North Korea Obscures Leaders’ Visits to Missile Development Sites, Report Says

    North Korea Obscures Leaders’ Visits to Missile Development Sites, Report Says

    sits by North Korean leaders to factories, farms and military units to discern the regime’s policy priorities.</p><p>The sleuthing is challenging: The North Korean state news media often withhold the locations of these sites and their purposes, identifying them only by the names of their managers.</p><p>Now, two analysts based in the United States have located six such factories believed to be linked to North Korea’s missile program, visits to which by the country’s leaders were deliberately obscured by the state news media to thwart Washington’s intelligence-gathering or cyberattacks. The factories and their operations were discovered through a painstaking digital examination of open-source data.</p><p>The report about the sites comes as Secretary of State Mike Pompeo prepares to meet North Korea’s nuclear negotiator, Kim Yong-chol, to discuss steps toward denuclearization in the North that could lay the groundwork for a second meeting between President Trump and Kim Jong-un, the North Korean leader.</p><p>Dr. Lewis worked with his colleague, David Schmerler, often matching videos and photographs released by the North Korean state news media with commercial satellite imagery and details from visits by North Korean leaders to known factory sites. Their report included map coordinates for the six plants, three of which turned out to be next to sites of important missile tests overseen by Mr. Kim.</p><p>The work by Dr. Lewis and Mr. Schmerler helps unveil the secretive nature of the North Korean missile program. United States intelligence officials believed some of the plants produced armored vehicles, light aircraft, machine tools or textiles. But until now, their probable links to the North’s missile program had not been publicized.</p><p>From 2012 to 2016, Mr. Kim made five publicized visits to what the North Korean state news media identified as a machine plant “managed by Ho Chol-yong” in northwest North Korea that was undergoing a significant expansion, Dr. Lewis and Mr. Schmerler said.</p><p>The test was dramatic enough at the time that aides to Mr. Trump and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan interrupted their dinner at the Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida to bring them early reports of the launch.</p><p>In their report, Dr. Lewis and Mr. Schmerler also located a machine plant said to be managed by Ri Chol-ho in Pyongyang, the North Korean capital, that makes integrated circuits. Mr. Kim visited there three times from 2013 to 2016 and the North Korean state news media has described it as “a nice plant in a park.”</p><p>The Pentagon did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the report’s findings.</p><p>North Korea keeps many of its weapons-related facilities underground to protect them from outside monitoring or attacks in case of war.</p><p>One factory Dr. Lewis and Mr. Schmerler located was believed to have two campuses, with the underground portion hidden near a textile plant. They learned that the North Korean state news media used different names when Mr. Kim visited the aboveground and underground facilities there, Dr. Lewis said by email.</p><p>“In some cases, Kim was visiting factories that are largely located underground and the effort was likely an effort to keep the location of the underground plant a secret,” he said.</p>

    1 January 18, 2019

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