US carries out successful THAAD missile defence test after reported North Korea threat

US carries out successful THAAD missile defence test after reported North Korea threat

The US Missile Defense Agency successfully conducted a test of the THAAD weapon system on 30 July, shooting down a medium-range missile launched by a US Air Force C-17 aircraft over the Pacific Ocean. The test was a result of North Korea announcing on 29 July, that it had carried out a similar test of a long-range ballistic missile capable of hitting the US mainland. Jul 31, 2017
Huge explosion injures Venezuelan police officers during protest

Huge explosion injures Venezuelan police officers during protest

An explosion injured a group of police officers during a protest in Caracas as Venezuelans trickled to the polls to elect a constitutional super-body that unpopular leftist President Nicolas Maduro vowed would begin a new era of combat in the crisis-stricken nation.Maduro, widely disliked for overseeing an economic collapse during four years in office, has pressed ahead with the vote to create the all-powerful assembly despite the threat of further U.S. sanctions and months of opposition protests in which more than 115 people have been killed. Opposition parties are boycotting what they call a rigged election.Authorities confirmed three deaths over the weekend, including the killing of a candidate to the assembly during a robbery. Opposition lawmakers said the toll was much higher. Jul 31, 2017
Bomb-detecting dog given final salute before being laid to rest

Bomb-detecting dog given final salute before being laid to rest

A bomb-detecting dog with bone cancer was given an official send-off before he was put down. Cena served with Corporal Jeff DeYoung in Afghanistan before he adopted the pooch after DeYoung was diagnosed with PTSD. After the dogs diagnose, DeYoung made a bucket list of activities to do before his death. Cena received a final salute watched by service members and the public. The video has since gone viral, leaving viewers heartbroken watching the dogs final goodbye. Jul 30, 2017
Venezuela goes to polls as opposition boycotts Nicolas Maduros socialist power-grab

Venezuela goes to polls as opposition boycotts Nicolas Maduros socialist power-grab

Venezuelans have begun to vote in the controversial election of a constitutional super-body. Opposition parties are boycotting the election which is opposed by a large majority of Venezuelans. Voters only get to select the super-bodys members not vote on its establishment. The election is expected to grand the ruling Socialist Party widespread new powers. President Nicolás Maduro states this move will bring peace after months of violent protests. Critics say it will allow Maduro to dissolve the opposition-run Congress. They see the election super-body as an attempt to establish dictatorial rule in the crisis-hit country. Jul 30, 2017
Australian polar bear cub thrilled to explore new enclosure

Australian polar bear cub thrilled to explore new enclosure

A three-month-old polar bear cub got to explore her new enclosure at Sea World Australia. The Cub Kindy enclosure was built to expose the baby bear to new experiences. This will help her develop her life-skills. Polar bear mum Liya stayed close by to watch over the cub. Sea World is currently running a naming competition for the fluffy white baby. Jul 30, 2017
Celtic and Sunderland fans clash with police ahead of friendly

Celtic and Sunderland fans clash with police ahead of friendly

Sunderland supporters clashed with police ahead of a match against Celtic. Police officers attempted to separate fans of both teams but were attacked and had glass thrown at them. One man was injured in the clashes. Celtic fans also clashed with far-right activist Tommy Robinson in Sunderland. Jul 30, 2017