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The Real North Korea Crisis: 10 Million People Undernourished

While North Korea’s rulers relentlessly pursue a nuclear-weapons and missile-delivery program, large numbers of the country’s 25 million people remain poorly fed as widespread food shortages continue. The United Nations says that more than 10 million people are undernourished and that up to 18 million depend on food rations.

A stark UN humanitarian report outlines the challenges to bring food and medical aid to the reclusive country whose population faces, “A lack of access to basic services including water and sanitation, as well as a weak health infrastructure.”

The Crazy Way Russia Could Hijack Your iPhone

Be careful of that message coming over your cell phone. Instead of your family or friends calling, it could be the Russian military.

Or at least that seems to be the idea behind Russia’s new drone-based electronic-warfare system. The Leer-3 RB-341V combines jammers and Orlan-10 unmanned aerial vehicles to disable cellular networks, and allow the Russian military to send fake messages to subscribers.

The Wacky Story of the Russian Battleship Imperator Aleksandr III

Imperator Aleksandr III was the third ship of the Imperatritsa Mariya class, a group of dreadnoughts built in the Black Sea and designed to fight the Ottoman Navy. The warship was initially named for Emperor Alexander III, who had succeeded to the throne of Russia upon the assassination of his brother in 1881. Although also the target of several assassination plots, Alexander III died of natural causes in 1894.

That Time America Went to War in Korea (79 Years Before the Korean War)

Seventy-nine years before American troops launched the landing operation at Inchon during the Korean War, U.S. troops were involved in another amphibious assault in that corner of Korea. The Korean Expedition of 1871 sought to open trade with the insular Asian nation—and avenge the destruction of an American ship crewed by kidnappers and pirates. Fifteen American sailors and marines won the Medal of Honor in the brief war, the first such medals awarded for service overseas.

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