Here are links to the top stories in the world today.

US, South Korea conduct military exercise in response to North Korea missile launch

“Together with the Republic of Korea, we conducted a combined exercise to show our precision fire capability,” Pentagon spokeswoman Dana White said in a statement released Tuesday night. US Army and South Korean military personnel conducted the exercise to counteract North Korea’s “destabilizing and unlawful actions,” a statement from the US Army said.

North Korea state media celebrates ‘gift’ to ‘American bastards’

State media said Kim supervised the launch of Pyongyang’s first intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) Tuesday, which it says is powerful enough to reach the US mainland. “With a broad smile on his face,” Kim called on officials to “frequently send big and small ‘gift packages’ to the Yankees,” KCNA reported, as it listed the technical successes of the rocket, identified by the North Koreans as a Hwasong-14.

What will it take to stop North Korea?

North Korea has probably not yet mastered two key technologies — how to miniaturize a warhead (small bombs are more difficult than big ones) and how to get a missile back through the atmosphere without it spinning out of control or burning up.

Trump challenge: Merkel, Putin showdowns

Now, the stakes may be even higher. Returning to the continent Wednesday, Trump and those same European leaders will give it another go, with expectations of fostering a newly warm relationship far lower. Instead, both sides expect further clashes between the US President and leaders like German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who is convening this year’s Group of Twenty meetings in her hometown, Hamburg.

Egyptian FM: Qatar’s response to Arab quartet’s demands ‘very negative’

Qatar’s response to four Arab states’ demands was “very negative” and “indicates a lack of awareness of how dangerous the situation is,”Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry said Wednesday in Cairo. And the political boycott by the four nations — Bahrain, Egypt, the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia — will continue until Qatar changes its policies, Saudi Foreign Minister Adel Al-Jubair said.

Police kill man trying to steal helicopter at Oregon airport

Hillsboro Police Lt. Henry Reimann said the armed man climbed a fence at the local airport and approached the helicopter in the hangar owned by Hillsboro Aero Academy about 11:30 a.m. local time. An academy employee was showing his girlfriend the helicopter, which had the engine switched on, Reimann said.

Lady Gaga supports Ed Sheeran’s Twitter exit

Lady Gaga took to Instagram to offer support for Sheeran, writing that her fellow singer “deserves all our love and respect like all humans do.” “I wish all people on the internet would be positive and loving and apart of creating an online community that is kind and empowering, not hateful and mean,” Gaga wrote in a caption of a picture of her and Sheeran.

Volvo: Gas cars are history after 2019

The Swedish automaker is slamming on the brakes on vehicles powered solely by internal combustion engines, announcing that every car it makes from 2019 onward will have an electric motor. The move makes Chinese-owned Volvo the first traditional carmaker to fully embrace electric and hybrid production.

‘Suicidal’ Presidential Candidate Demands Immediate Cancellation of Election, Formation of Caretaker Government

Presidential candidate Peter Solomon Gichira is back in the news, 5 weeks after he was charged with attempted suicide. In a letter to newsrooms yesterday, Gichira, who is running as an independent candidate, demanded the immediate cancellation of the August election and the formation of a caretak

Winter is Here! ‘Snowfall’ Excites Nyahururu Residents – Photos+Videos

Residents of Nyahururu, Laikipia County were on Tuesday treated to another ‘snowfall’ as temperatures fell to as low as 4.6°C. Daily operations in Nyahururu were temporarily interrupted after centimetres of hail covered the Rumuruti-Nyahururu and the Nyahururu-Maralal roads. The hail, which ma

Orengo: 8 Military-trained Officers are Trailing Raila

Nasa has demanded an explanation from the government as to why eight military-trained police officers are trailing Raila Odinga. Siaya senator James Orengo yesterday said that the eight were part of 60 AP officers who underwent training in Katulo, Wajir and Kahawa Barracks. They have not been off

Trump Complains About Diplomacy In Asia, But Hasn’t Appointed An Envoy To South Korea

Continuing to respond to North Korea’s successful missile test this week, President Donald Trump on Wednesday took particular aim at China ― the dictatorship’s only ally ― for not punishing the country through economic means. The North Korean government on Monday launched its largest missile strike to date, an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) capable of reaching Alaska, further escalating diplomatic tensions in the region.

U.S. Officials Reportedly Confirm North Korea Claim Of ICBM Test

North Korea said on Tuesday it successfully test-launched a first intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM), which some analysts said could put all of the U.S. state of Alaska in range for the first time. U.S. television networks Fox News and NBC said U.S.

Pentagon: North Korean ICBM Was Type Of Missile ‘Not Seen Before’

WASHINGTON, July 5 (Reuters) – The Pentagon on Wednesday described North Korea’s recently launched intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) as a new type of missile that “we’ve not seen before,” and condemned the launch as escalatory and destabilizing.

CNN Has The ‘Trust’ Advantage Over President Trump In A New Poll

Even as controversy continues over President Donald Trump’s tweet of a video showing him beating up a personified version of CNN, a poll released Tuesday shows the cable news outlet edging him in trust among most Americans. The survey also showed the New York Times, Washington Post and the broadcast television networks faring better than Trump in trustworthiness.

‘Game of Thrones’ Season 7 will make other battles look like ‘child’s play’

Everyone involved in Game of Thrones knows better than to reveal plot details – especially now that the show has outpaced George R. R. Martin’s novels – but that doesn’t stop them from dropping the occasional hint to tantalize and torture us.

Move over Macron, Trudeau has got a new bromance

We feel another bromance stirring in the lush Irish air. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau recently traveled to Ireland to meet with the new Irish Taoiseach (Prime Minister) Leo Varadkar to discuss trade agreements between Canada and Ireland and the ongoing negotiation of CETA – the free trade agreement between Canada and the European Union.

Lindsay Lohan just wants everyone to stop bullying Trump

During his time in office, President Trump has been accused of bullying various people and media outlets on Twitter. But in Lindsay Lohan’s eyes, Trump is the one who’s being #bullied.

This blockchain startup already has the largest ICO ever and it’s still going strong

Right now, Tezos – a blockchain startup you’ve probably never heard of – is raising money through an initial coin offering, or ICO. Tezos has raised $206 million in about four days, and the sale is scheduled to continue for eight and a half more days.

The cutest solar farm ever is now live on the grid

Who knew clean energy could be this cute? China connected a panda-shaped solar power plant to the grid last week. The project was built by the aptly-named Panda Green Energy, and has an output of 50MW, enough to power more than 8,000 U.S. households, according to Inhabitat .