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Satellite imagery from North Korea shows it has amassed hundreds of trucks, armoured vehicles, troops and horses for a massive military parade to mark Saturday's 70th anniversary of the ruling Workers' Party. The North traditionally marks major anniversaries with large-scale shows of strength in a display of patriotic fervour and observers say this weekend's spectacle could be one of the biggest in history. Images obtained on October 6 by the US-Korea Institute think tank at Johns Hopkins University show a sprawling training ground in Pyongyang featuring some 800 tents, 700 trucks and 200 armoured vehicles ahead of Saturday's spectacle.
The UN Security Council on Friday approved a European military operation to seize and destroy boats used by migrant smugglers in the Mediterranean after thousands died in dangerous crossings. European warships on Wednesday launched Operation Sophia to seize traffickers' boats in international waters off Libya's coast, in the second of a three-phase campaign to stem the flow of migrants. This year alone, 3,092 people have died while crossing the Mediterranean to Europe, while more than half a million have made the voyage, mostly landing in Greece and Italy, according to the International Organization for Migration.
BRANCHVILLE, S.C. (AP) — Thad Wimberly tugs on a clump of peanuts, shaking off the mud as he cracks the soggy shells to inspect his crop. But all he can do is sigh as his livelihood disintegrates between his fingers.