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March 22 (UPI) — Kim Jong Un‘s nuclear and missile provocations are earning him more facetious nicknames on Capitol Hill. On Wednesday, it was U.S. Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., who called the North Korean leader a “crazy fat kid” during an interview on MSNBC’s “For the Record with Greta.” McCain is 80. Kim is believed to be 33. McCain made the remark when he suggested that Beijing should do more to control North Korea’s bad behavior. “China is the one, the only one, that can control Kim Jong Un, this crazy fat kid that’s running North Korea,” McCain said. “They’re the ones. They could stop North Korea’s economy in a week.” The Republican senator from Arizona also said Kim was more extreme than Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin. “He’s not rational, Greta. We’re not dealing even with someone like Joseph Stalin, who had a certain rationality to his barbarity,” he said. Earlier in March, U.S. Sen. …

March 22 (UPI) — What’s being labeled a “terrorist attack” rattled central London Wednesday, left four victims dead and preceded a hasty evacuation of Prime Minister Theresa May nearby at the central nerve center of Britain’s legislative government. The incident began around 2:40 p.m. in London’s Westminster district when the attacker drove a sport-utility vehicle into pedestrians on a bridge. Moments later, the 4×4 crashed into the front gates at the Palace of Westminster, where the assailant jumped out and stabbed a police officer, authorities said. The suspect was shot dead on the spot by nearby police before he could enter the building. His identity was not immediately known. RECOMMENDEDIslamic State’s killing machine focused on sleeper cells “Two plain clothes guys with guns shouted at him what sounded like a warning, he ignored it and they shot two or three times and he fell,” witness and journalist Quentin Letts said. Both U.K. parliamentary houses — …

March 22 (UPI) — The United States deployed a supersonic bomber during joint exercises on the Korean peninsula on Wednesday, South Korean military sources said. Two B-1B Lancers, long-range, multi-mission conventional bombers nicknamed “The Bone,” were deployed to warn North Korea, South Korean news service News 1 reported. Two B-1B bombers were also deployed to Korea on March 15, Yonhap reported. News 1’s source said the bombers from Guam arrived on the peninsula on Wednesday during the joint annual exercises Foal Eagle. At Kunsan Air Base, the aircraft carried simulated bombing missions, the report said. South Korea air fleets, including the F-15K and KF-16 fighter squadrons, flew in formation with the B-1B Lancers after they entered Korea’s air defense identification zone. The bombers also flew with Japan’s air self-defense force’s F-15J fighters in Japan’s air defense identification zone, or JADIZ. A South Korean defense ministry official who spoke to News 1 on the condition of …

March 22 (UPI) — Two children died Wednesday at an elementary school in China when a wall collapsed as they rushed into a bathroom, Chinese state media reported. Th children had rushed to the toilet during a morning break at Third Experimental Primary School in Puyang County in Henan province, China’s Xinhua news agency reported, and were crowded into the room when others pushed their way in. Another report said a wall collapsed in the crush of children, the BBC said Wednesday. The South China Morning Post, quoting a student’s parent, said the stampede broke out after the wall fell. Twenty children were injured, and some children were hospitalized in serious condition, the BBC said. Authorities said they are investigating the incident. In a similar case in 2014, six children died and 25 were injured when they were trampled on a staircase in a primary school in southwestern China’s Yunan province.

March 22 (UPI) — Brazil’s Movement of the Landless Rural Workers said Waldomiro Costa Pereira, a prominent land rights activist in the state of Pará, was fatally shot by gunmen while recovering in a hospital from a previous assassination attempt. Costa Pereira was killed on Monday when five gunmen wearing helmets burst into General Public Hospital of the Parauapebas municipality in northern Brazil after arriving on motorcycles, officials said. Costa Pereira was admitted to the hospital’s intensive care unit at dawn on Monday after an assassination attempt on Saturday. Jornal O Globo reported police said three gunmen shot Costa Pereira 10 times after subduing guards. Police are reviewing camera images taken of the incident. Costa Pereira was buried on Tuesday in the Curionópolis municipality. The Movement of the Landless Rural Workers, or MST, said the execution of Costa Pereira, a member of Brazil’s Workers’ Party who had not been directly active in the MST since …

March 22 (UPI) — Four people, including a police officer and an assailant, died Wednesday in what London police say they are treating as a “terrorist incident” near the Houses of Parliament. The incident began around 2:40 p.m. in the Westminster area of central London when an attacker drove a vehicle into pedestrians on Westminster Bridge. The vehicle then crashed into a fence at the Houses of Parliament, at which point the attacker exited the vehicle and fatally stabbed an officer, police said during a press conference. Police opened fire on the attacker, killing him. Two pedestrians died on the bridge and at least 20 people were injured. Authorities placed the legislative building and surrounding area, including Westminster Bridge, on lockdown in the minutes after the attack. Those areas were later evacuated. London Metropolitan Police Cmdr. B.J. Harrington told reporters there are a “number of casualties, including police officers,” but he was unprepared to give …

March 22 (UPI) — Four people, including a police officer and an assailant, died Wednesday in what London police say they are treating as a “terrorist incident” near the Houses of Parliament. The incident began around 2:40 p.m. in the Westminster area of central London when an attacker drove a vehicle into pedestrians on Westminster Bridge. The vehicle then crashed into a fence at the Houses of Parliament, at which point the attacker exited the vehicle and fatally stabbed an officer, police said during a press conference. Police opened fire on the attacker, killing him. Two pedestrians died on the bridge and at least 20 people were injured. Authorities placed the legislative building and surrounding area, including Westminster Bridge, on lockdown in the minutes after the attack. Those areas were later evacuated. London Metropolitan Police Cmdr. B.J. Harrington told reporters there are a “number of casualties, including police officers,” but he was unprepared to give …

March 22 (UPI) — The lawyer for the family of Russian whistleblower Sergei Magnitsky was seriously injured in a four-story fall, officials said. Russia media reported that Nikolai Gorokhov fell when a rope broke as he and several others were attempting to lift a bathtub into his home near Moscow on Tuesday, the BBC reported. The incident occurred a day before Gorokhov as scheduled to appear in a Moscow appeals court in connection with the Magnitsky case. Magnitsky died in prison in 2009; his family said he was jailed, tortured and denied medical treatment as retribution for accusing law enforcement and tax officials of stealing $230 million in state funds. His death prompted a 2012 law in the United States, allowing sanctions against abusers of human rights in Russia. Bill Browder, a British businessman and co-founder of investment firm Hermitage Capital Management, who has worked with Gorokhov, said in a statement Tuesday that Gorokhov was …

March 22 (UPI) — London’s Metropolitan Police said it is treating an attack near the British Parliament buildings Wednesday as a “terrorist incident.” Authorities placed the legislative building and surrounding area, including Westminster Bridge, on lockdown after witnesses reported hearing reports of gunshots around 2:40 p.m. Leader of the House of Commons David Lidington said a police officer was stabbed in the incident and an assailant was shot dead, BBC reported. The Guardian reported up to 12 people may have been injured when a vehicle drove into a crowd on Westminster Bridge, which is near the Houses of Parliament. “Officers — including firearms officers — remain on the scene and we are treating this as a terrorist incident until we know otherwise,” Metropolitan Police said in a statement. Scotland Yard’s counter-terrorism command joined the investigation. Within minutes of shots being fired, eight armed undercovered police rushed British Prime Minister from Parliament to a waiting vehicle. …

March 22 (UPI) — Claimants in South China Sea territorial disputes are not standing down as Beijing rapidly militarizes islands in international waters. Southeast Asian nations like Malaysia are modernizing their naval fleets as China’s military buildup draws condemnations from non-claimants like the United States. Malaysian newspaper The Star and other local news sources reported Wednesday that Prime Minister Najib Razak said the government plans to allocate $5.87 billion toward strengthening national defense. The Royal Malaysian Navy’s modernization program, known as “15-to-5,” will take top priority, according to news sources. The program includes plans for restructuring the deployment of 15 types of ships, including Malaysia’s littoral combat ship, offshore patrol vessel, littoral mission vessel, multi-role support ship and five kinds of submarines. The plan will also introduce 50 new vessels. Najib said defense and security are vital to the defense of Malaysia’s territory and sovereignty, while adding plans are under way to continuously increase Malaysia’s …

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