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US aircraft carriers arrive on North Korea’s doorstep in show of force against Kim Jong-un

THIS is the astonishing show of sea power carrying out drills off the North Korea coast in a show of force against Kim Jong-Un. For the past few weeks the American ships have been travelling to Asia to form a single three-carrier strike group tasked with carrying out the largest exercise of its kind in […]

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THIS is the astonishing show of sea power carrying out drills off the North Korea coast in a show of force against Kim Jong-Un.

For the past few weeks the American ships have been travelling to Asia to form a single three-carrier strike group tasked with carrying out the largest exercise of its kind in recent memory.

The combined force of three US Navy carriers is the biggest show on naval force for more than a decade

Super-carriers the USS Ronald Reagan, USS Theodore Roosevelt and USS Nimitz are leading the naval group.

An array of warships will support them during the exercise which started today and are due to finish on Tuesday. 

The manoeuvres will be a potent reminder to Pyongyang of the US’s ability to rapidly mobilise a military force.

The show of strength comes as US President Donald Trump meets with regional leaders at the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit in Vietnam.

The specifications of the three aircraft carriers heading towards North Korea
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The USS Ronald Reagan flanked by two Arleigh Burke-class destroyers
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The formidable F-18 Super Hornet is based on the three carriers which are carrying a total of 200 warplanes
The formidable F-18 Super Hornet is based on the three carriers which are carrying a total of 200 warplanes
F18 Super Hornets
F18 Super Hornets are housed on carriers leading drills in Korean waters
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The Arleigh Burke Class guided missiles destroyers helps defend the carriers as well as adding additional firepower
The Arleigh Burke Class guided missiles destroyers helps defend the carriers as well as adding additional firepower
The Aegis guided missile cruisers have sophisticated air defence systems that can protect against aircraft or missiles which are 200 miles away
The Aegis guided missile cruisers have sophisticated air defence systems that can protect against aircraft or missiles which are 200 miles away
The Los Angeles class attack submarines protect against enemy subs and surface ships
The Los Angeles class attack submarines protect against enemy subs and surface ships

American firepower in Korean waters

F18 Super Hornets

  • Cost: £60m
  • Primary function: Twin-engine carrier-based strike fighter
  • Top speed: 2,222mph
  • Length: 60ft
  • Wingspan: 50ft
  • Guns: 20mm cannon, Missiles, Sidewinder, Sparrow, AIM-120 AMRAAM, Harpoon, Harm, Maverick missiles
  • Bombs: Paveway laser guided plus general purpose bombs

Arleigh Burke-class destroyers

  • Number: Sixty two ships are currently operating in the fleet
  • Crew: 626 crew
  • Primary weapon: Raytheon Tomahawk cruise missiles
  • Secondary weapons: Land-attack (TLAM) missiles with a Tercom aided navigation system, anti-ship missiles with inertial guidance, standard SM-2MR block 4 surface-to-air missiles, Boeing Harpoon surface-to-surface missiles, Lockheed Martin ASROC vertical launch anti-submarine systems, MK50 or MK46 torpedos and Sea Sparrow missile to protect against anti-ship missiles

Submarines

  • Number: 36 in fleet, with two usually in carrier group
  • Propulsion: Nuclear
  • Length 377ft
  • Main weapons: Tomahawk cruise missiles
  • Role: Designed to seek and destroy enemy submarines and surface ships, carry out intelligence.

Aegis cruisers

  • Primary function: Provides defence for carrier group from enemy ships, submarines, aircraft and missiles
  • Crew: 350 ft
  • Length: 567 ft
  • Main weapons: Tomahawk cruise missiles
  • Secondary weapons: AEGIS air defence system that can track targets 200 miles

Trump is on a 12-day tour of Asia and has already made stops in Tokyo, Seoul and Beijing.

His administration has demanded that North Korea halt ballistic missile and nuclear tests.

Japan said on Friday night it would send one of its two helicopter carriers, the largest ships in its fleet, along with two warships to join the drill.

Aegis guided missile cruisers from the US and South Korea will also be present and are designed to defend the awe-inspiring carriers from enemy ships, submarines, aircraft and missiles.

America's giant iconic Cold War bomber the B-52 is back in the spotlight with the revelation squadrons are on a moment's notice to strike North Korea
America’s giant iconic Cold War bomber the B-52 is back in the spotlight with the revelation squadrons are on a moment’s notice to strike North Korea
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The USS Michigan is the world’s biggest nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarine
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Aegis cruiser
Several Aegis cruisers will escort the carriers and provide defensive capabilities
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Additionally, Arleigh Burke-class destroyers will participate in the effort and they possess Tomahawk guided-missiles that can be launched from sea to hit land.

Two nuclear-powered attack submarines, which are tasked with seeking out and destroying enemy submarines, will be included in the group as well as surface ships collecting intelligence.

Up in the air are carrier-based F18 Super Hornet jets with a deadly payload capable of hitting infrastructure and military targets.

The 100,000-ton US carriers carry a combined force of about 200 aircraft.

It is understood that B-52 bombers will also take part in the war games.

The South Korean defence ministry said: “The exercise is aimed at enhancing deterrence against North Korea’s nuclear and missile threats and showing off preparedness to fend off any provocative acts by the North.”

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Heartbroken woman’s screams after neighbour shot her pet pit bull because it ran into his house and ‘came at him’

THIS heartbreaking video shows the moment a woman found out her pet pit bull had been shot dead by a neighbour after apparently running into their house. The woman, who has not been named, can be seen bursting into tears as she holds the dog and wails: “That is my baby! That is my baby!” […]

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THIS heartbreaking video shows the moment a woman found out her pet pit bull had been shot dead by a neighbour after apparently running into their house.

The woman, who has not been named, can be seen bursting into tears as she holds the dog and wails: “That is my baby! That is my baby!”

The woman can be seen wailing as she comforts her dog which was shot by a neighbour
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A man off-camera can been heard saying: “I had to, he came in the house, he came after me, I’m sorry.”

But the woman argues that the animal, thought to be named Zeus, was “harmless” and had approached the house “with his tail wagging”.

She yells: “You had no reason to shoot him!”

A woman out of the shot is heard saying: “It came to my house and I am very afraid of dogs.”

The unnamed woman can be seen yelling as she finds out her dog has been shot by the neighbours
The unnamed woman can be seen yelling as she finds out her dog has been shot by the neighbours
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The distraught pet owner yells 'That is my baby' as she begs for someone to call an ambulance
The distraught pet owner yells ‘That is my baby’ as she begs for someone to call an ambulance
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The heartbreaking footage shows the woman breaking down in tears as she strokes her pet dog
The heartbreaking footage shows the woman breaking down in tears as she strokes her pet dog
YouTube/Geoffre Brake

The owner cries: “You’re going to jail for this,” as she runs over to her dog, who is lying on the front lawn, and begs for someone to call an ambulance.

“He’s still alive, dad,” she shouts to one of the men standing on the porch, who appears to be apologising to the homeowners.

The woman later admits her dog must have slipped off its chain while she was at work before she marches off screaming that the police are on their way.

The footage was uploaded to YouTube last year with the caption: “My dad killed a pitbull with his glock”.

The woman argues with a man off-screen who says he 'had to shoot' the animal after it 'ran inside his house'
The woman argues with a man off-screen who says he ‘had to shoot’ the animal after it ‘ran inside his house’
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Another man, thought to be the woman's dad, is seen trying to calm her down and restrain her
Another man, thought to be the woman’s dad, is seen trying to calm her down and restrain her
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Another clip from the same user was put online the next day and titled: “Part two of my dad killing a pit bull”.

It’s not clear where the footage was filmed, however the people in the video have American accents.

People in the comments section were torn over the situation, as many sided with the homeowner.

One said: “Why he apologising? Vicious dog came to his private property and he has all rights to protect himself and his family.”

Another said: “A responsible owner wouldn’t have their dog running loose especially if it’s a pit bull”.

But a woman defending the pet owner asked: “Wouldn’t it have been quicker to close the door than search for a gun to shoot the dog?”


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Builders’ fury after Hammond threatens to seize land from ‘hoarder’ developers

HOUSEBUILDERS have hit back at claims they are hoarding land for profit after Philip Hammond warned he would seize plots of lands if they are not built on. The Chancellor unveiled an inquiry into accusations of land banking as part of his Budget-pledge to ensure more homes are built. This move prompted outrage from builders […]

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HOUSEBUILDERS have hit back at claims they are hoarding land for profit after Philip Hammond warned he would seize plots of lands if they are not built on.

The Chancellor unveiled an inquiry into accusations of land banking as part of his Budget-pledge to ensure more homes are built.

Between 2006 and 2015, planning permission was given for over 2million homes  but just 1,261,350 were built
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This move prompted outrage from builders who insist the planning system needs to be reformed.

Stewart Baseley, executive chairman of the Home Builders Federation, said: “As has been proved by numerous independent investigations in the past, housebuilders do not land bank.

“Housebuilders have nothing to fear from a review of land banking and if it identifies non-housebuilders sitting on land and brings that forward for development, it would be a positive move.

“Any review should also focus on why so many plots that some suggest are in a ‘land bank’ are mired in the planning system, and identify ways to process them more quickly so they can be built.”

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Philip Hammond has pledged to seize developers empty land if they refuse to build houses on it[/caption]

Between 2006 and 2015, planning permission was given for 2,035,835 homes but just 1,261,350 were built.

Campaigners have accused fat-cat firms of hoarding the land just to push up house prices – pricing needy families out of somewhere to buy.

The urgent review, led by former minister Sir Oliver Letwin, was one of a series of shake-ups ordered by the Chancellor yesterday to speed up building in  the housing crisis.

Mr Hammond pledged to increase the number of homes built to 300,000 annually, in what he said will be “the biggest annual increase in housing supply since 1970”.

Fat-cat firms have been accused of hoarding the land just to push up house prices of existing homes
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He also promised to increase the housing sector’s financial support by £15.3billion over the next five years, taking the total to over £44billion.

This figure will include £1.2billion earmarked for the Government to buy land to build more homes, and £2.7billion for infrastructure supporting housing.

Planning rules will also be reformed to encourage better use of land in cities and towns, while also protecting the green belt.

In overcrowded London alone, there are 270,000 residential planning permissions currently unbuilt, Mr Hammond said.

He  told MPs of the review: “If it finds that vitally needed land is being withheld from the market for commercial reasons, we will intervene, using direct intervention compulsory purchase powers as necessary.”

He also insisted Theresa May’s vow at Tory conference to make the crisis top priority will be fulfilled.

Mr Hammond said: “The Prime Minister has said we will fix this problem. And no one should doubt this Government’s determination.”

The Chancellor pledged to stick to Theresa May’s Theresa May’s vow to make the housing crisis top priority
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Ministers will also draw up plans to build five new “garden towns” in areas where the demand for homes is greatest, delivered by public- private partnerships attracting cash from around the world.

The proposals include the construction of a million new houses between the university cities of Oxford and Cambridge and the new town of Milton Keynes.

The Chancellor also set up a new mega quango to deliver on his housing blueprint by expanding the Homes and Communities Agency and turning it into Homes England.

The strong body will help councils enforce the Government’s yearly housing target by 2025 by “bringing together money, expertise, and planning powers”, he said.

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Other proposals include the construction of a million new houses between the university cities of Oxford and Cambridge and the new town of Milton Keynes

But Mr Hammond faced criticism  his housing package ducked away from major solutions.

One was Mrs May’s refusal to look again at building on  green belt. Changes only apply to land in towns.

Shelter chief Polly Neate said: “The new 300,000 housing supply target is an important commitment which we welcome.”

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Young woman dies after ‘falling out of a second-storey window while taking a selfie’ in London

A YOUNG woman has died after reportedly falling out of a second storey window while trying to take a selfie. But the “beautiful” Toni Kelly gave the final gift of life after her organs were donated to help save other lives in the UK, with friends saying she had been on life support for a […]

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A YOUNG woman has died after reportedly falling out of a second storey window while trying to take a selfie.

But the “beautiful” Toni Kelly gave the final gift of life after her organs were donated to help save other lives in the UK, with friends saying she had been on life support for a week before she tragically passed away.

Toni Kelly had only recently moved to London from her home in New Zealand
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Unconfirmed reports from the Daily Mail suggested that the young woman had been trying to take a photo of herself, but this has not been confirmed by her family or authorities.

The young woman is understood to have only moved to Britain this year, with her family now raising funds to bring her body home after the “tragic accident”.

In the tribute fundraising page for Toni, friends said: “Toni was a young, happy and beautiful girl who has had a tragic accident while living overseas in London.

“Unfortunately Toni has sadly passed away due to her injuries. In her death Toni’s organs have been donated to help save other lives in the UK.”

Toni's family rushed to London to be by her side
Toni’s family rushed to London to be by her side
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Family and friends remembered Toni as a beautiful girl
Family and friends remembered Toni as a beautiful girl
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Friends have since paid tribute to the young woman, with her family, of Whangarei, on New Zealand’s north island, having rushed to London to be by her side.

A friend wrote: “This is the most emotional draining and distressing time for any family to go through.”

Grieving sister Stacey also shared a photograph of herself with Toni, with the caption simply reading: “Always”.

Friend Paige Hourigan told Daily Mail Australia how Toni was “a beautiful girl”.

She said: “I remember just laughing and giggling with her all the time about nothing. She was a beautiful girl that will definitely always be remembered, especially for that smile.”

Others wrote tributes to the young woman, with one saying: “Words aren’t enough to express our sadness for all of you. Dearest thoughts are with you all.”


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