Briefing: US jets fly close to Korean border, aftershocks rattle Mexico City, Trump inflames sports franchises

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  • US jets have flown close to North Korea’s east coast in a show of force as Pyongyang says it is ready to defend itself against any attack. The Pentagon said Saturday’s mission in international airspace showed how seriously President Donald Trump takes North Korea’s “reckless behavior.” North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho warned the UN that Pyongyang was ready to defend itself if the United States showed any sign of conducting a “decapitating operation on our headquarters or military attack against our country.”
  • Another large aftershock has hit Mexico City as rescuers struggle to look for survivors in the aftermath of an earthquake that killed at least 300 people. “We hear that there are possibly more people alive, but the clock is ticking and they are injured and dehydrated,” rescuer Jose Juan Sanchez, told Reuters. “It’s frustrating not being able to do anything.”
  • President Donald Trump’s latest foray into the intersection between sports and politics has led to an invitation for a champion NBA player to visit the White House being pulled. Trump again denounced protests by NFL players who refused to stand during the national anthem and rescinded NBA star Stephen Curry’s White House invitation, after he allegedly hesitated in accepting the offer. Several NFL players have either knelt, sat or raised fists during the anthem to protest police treatment of blacks and social injustice. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said on Saturday that Trump’s statements revealed “unfortunate lack of respect” for the NFL and its players.

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  • The formation of a New Zealand government lies in the hands of a 72-year-old maverick after its general election came with no clear winner. The incumbent National party received more votes. However, it still needs Winston Peters’ NZ First party to secure the seats it needs for a stable majority. Peters said he would take some time to decide whether he would go with National or with a potential coalition between Labour and the Greens.
  • The Associated Press has republished a report from 60 years ago where it recounts the racial tensions that spilled over into violence after a proposed school desegregation. The report recounts in vivid detail the “human explosion” that occurred in Little Rock, Arkansas. It was three years after “separate but equal” was declared unconstitutional in America’s public schools, but the angry white mob wanted no part of it.
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