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Today in the news there is a lot of movement in countries such as North Korea, India, and of course Syria. China is once again in the news over their vast pollution problems. Continue reading for more on today’s stories.

North Korea Says it Will Restart Reactor to Expand Arsenal

Cho Sang-Hun and Mark Landler/ NY Times

North Korea announced plans on Tuesday to restart a mothballed nuclear reactor, the latest in a series of provocations by its leader, Kim Jong-un, to elicit a muted response from American officials, who believe they can wait out Mr. Kim’s threats until he realizes his belligerent behavior will not force South Korea or the United States into making any concessions.

U.S. Struggling to Contain Nuclear Threats From North Korea, Iran

Anne Gearan and Chico Harlan/ Washington Post

After more than four years of diplomacy, the Obama administration is struggling to contain the nuclear threats posed by North Korea and Iran, a pair of nations already isolated internationally and resistant to the economic incentives offered in return for an end to their programs.

Indian States Fight Over Water Usage

Manjunath Kiran/ Washington Post

As India’s economic growth drives a rising thirst for water, and with its annual rainy season projected to become increasingly erratic in coming years because of climate change, many states across the country are fighting over their shared rivers.

Two Major Air Pollutants Increase in China

Edward Wong/ NY Times

In the first three months of this year, two major air pollutants increased by almost 30 percent in Beijing, the Chinese capital.

Russia Delivers Aid for Syria Refugees in Lebanon

Mike Collet White/ Reuters

A Russian plane carrying 36 tonnes of humanitarian aid for Syrian refugees in Lebanon landed in Beirut on Wednesday, the first such shipment by Moscow which has supported President Bashar al-Assad throughout the two-year-old conflict.

Climate Maverick to Retire From NASA

Justin Gillis/ NY Times

James E. Hansen, the climate scientist who issued the clearest warning of the 20th century about the dangers of global warming, will retire from NASA this week, giving himself more freedom to pursue political and legal efforts to limit greenhouse gases.

Afghanistan Courthouse Attack Kills Dozens

BBC News

A suicide bomb and gun attack on a courthouse in western Afghanistan has left more than 50 people dead and 90 injured, most of them civilians.

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A Global Security Defense Index on Climate Change: Preliminary Results

Andrew Holland and Xander Vagg

The American Security Project releases the preliminary results of a new resource on climate change and national security: The Global Security and Defense Index on Climate Change. The Index analyzes how governments around the world and their militaries plan for and anticipate the strategic threats of climate change.

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The International Marketing of the F-35 that the United States Needs

BGen Stephen A. Cheney

Today the Defense Security Cooperation Agency announced a possible Foreign Military Sale to South Korea of 60 F-35 Lightning IIs for an estimated $10.8 billion.

The STEM Jobs Shortfall Is a National Security Shortcoming We Can Fix

Justin Yarros

At the top of the list of challenges to American competitiveness and national security is the lack of STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) graduates in our schools and universities.

This Week in Public Diplomacy April 1

Livia Pontes Fialho

This Week in Public Diplomacy, read about #AlQaeda, #CulturalDiplomacy #VideoGameDiplomacy and more!

North Korea’s Continued Posturing

Magnus Newth

The situation on the Korean Peninsula remains tense as Pyongyang revives a previously decommissioned nuclear facility and sharpens its rhetoric against U.S. – South Korea exercise.

Poorest Nations Give Green Light on Emissions Cuts

Xander Vagg

In a declaration that surprised many in the United Nations community, the poorest nations of the world announced today that they are now prepared to commit themselves to binding cuts in their greenhouse gas emissions.

Trace Effects: the State Department’s English Teaching Video Game

Matthew Wallin

Matthew Wallin’s review of the State Department’s Trace Effects video game, a public diplomacy effort intended to teach English overseas.

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