Author: John Bacon

N. Korea: Trump ruining good mood ahead of summit – USA TODAY

GOOGLE NEWS President Trump and Kim Jong Un(Photo: KCNA VIA KNS, AFP/Getty Images) North Korea warned the United States on Sunday not to misread peace overtures as a sign of weakness, accusing the Trump administration of deliberately provoking Pyongyang with tough talk and a show of military strength. “It would not be conducive to addressing the issue if the U.S. miscalculates the peace-loving intention of the DPRK (North Korea) as a sign of ‘weakness’ and continues to pursue its pressure and military threats,” a spokesman for the North Korean foreign ministry told the state-run Korean Central News Agency. The...

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ISIL issues hit list of US churches for holiday attacks – USA TODAY

A post on ISIL’s social media site called for “bloody celebrations in the Christian New Year.” USA TODAY Visitors stop at an impromptu memorial of candles and flowers at the Breitscheidplatz Square Christmas Market in Berlin on Dec. 22, 2016.(Photo: Rainer Jensen, EPA) The Islamic State is urging its followers to attack U.S. churches and has published names and addresses of thousands of prospective targets, according to a report in the news website Vocativ. Messages posted in Arabic to the group’s “Secrets of Jihadis” social media site called “for bloody celebrations in the Christian New Year.” The post, under the name Abu Marya al-Iraqi, said the Islamic State, also known as ISIL, hopes to tap lone wolf attackers to “turn the Christian New Year into a bloody horror movie,” Vocativ reports. The series of messages appeared on Telegram, a messaging app that allows users to send encrypted messages to one another. The group also uses social media to provide instructions on constructing and igniting explosives. The information on U.S. churches was based on information already available online and includes a public directory of churches across all 50 states, Vocativ said. Another post urged followers to attack churches, hotels, crowded coffee shops, streets, markets and public places and provided some examples in the U.S. Canada, France and the Netherlands, Vocativ said. USA TODAY Berlin Christmas market attack suspect was monitored by security services The SITE Intelligence Group has cited...

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