Here’s what we’re reading today.
1. North Korea warns ‘thermonuclear war may break out at any moment’
“The country’s deputy foreign minister, Han Song-Ryol, told the BBC that Pyongyang would continue to test missiles ‘on a weekly, monthly and yearly basis.’ All-out war would ensue if the US took military action, he said.
“The statements from the North Korean officials came as the US president, Donald Trump, told the government in Pyongyang that it has ‘gotta behave’ and his vice-president, Mike Pence, said the ‘era of strategic patience is over.'”
2. Climate change stole a Yukon river almost overnight
“A Canadian geomorphologist based at the University of Washington in Tacoma, Dr. Shugar’s plan had been to measure water currents at the mouth of the Slims River, which normally spills down from the mountains of Kluane National Park and feeds the lake from its southern end.
“There was only one problem. Except for a lingering trickle, the river was gone.
“‘We were pretty shocked,’ said Dr. Shugar, who already had a sense that something was up based on local news reports. ‘But we had no idea what was really in store.'”
3. How an ‘Uber for pregnant women’ is saving lives in Tanzania
“Since it launched late last year in the districts of Sengerema and Shinyanga, the ambulance taxi service has helped 3,523 women in emergencies, either while in labor or experiencing complications in the middle of their pregnancies. There are more than 130 drivers currently in the network. In contrast, only 10 traditional ambulances exist between the two districts, which have a combined population of 2 million.”
4. As accused murderers walk free, Canadian courts revisit trial delays
“Canada’s Supreme Court will revisit a controversial ruling next week that has seen hundreds of criminal cases thrown out for excessive trial delays, just days before Ottawa is scheduled to hold an emergency meeting to deal with the problem.
“It’s already resulted in a number of accused murderers walking free, most recently a Quebec man accused of killing his wife.”
5. The profound silence of Kendall Jenner
“Kardashian Kremlinologists will not be surprised that it is Kylie, rather than her older sister Kendall, whose inner sanctum we will soon be allowed to glimpse. Kendall might have had her first high-profile public relations-crisis last week — a Pepsi ad she appeared in drew immediate derision from critics for its inept co-option of protest culture, and was pulled less than twenty-four hours after its release — but the Kardashian-Jenner family’s second-youngest member has, until recently, maintained a curious remove from the earthy theatrics of her kin. This, paradoxically, has made her more interesting to watch.”