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The South Korean military say they believe that North Korea was testing a new type of weapon in a missile launch earlier today. The North fired what appeared to be two short-range missiles into the sea to the east of the Korean Peninsula. Here's Laura Bicker in Seoul.
North Korea has mentioned a few times in state media releases over the last few weeks that it is angry at the idea that the United States and South Korea would take part in joint military exercises. These exercises, which Donald Trump has called 'war games' happen every year, every August. They've now been scaled back to stop antagonizing North Korea, but still North Korea sees them as a provocation. So it may well be that North Korea is saying, look, we do not want these exercises and we're holding some of our own.
At least thirty people have been killed in a spate of attacks across Afghanistan. Ten died in a series of blasts in the capital Kabul.There were more fatalities in Takhar province in the North and Nangarhar, which borders Kabul. Enetron Nasmyth reports.
Three bombs went off in quick succession in Kabul. A bus carrying mining ministry staff was hit by a suicide bomber before a second targeted people gathering to help the victims. Minutes later, another bombing said to be on an international forces convoy in eastern Kabul. The Taliban say they carried out that assault and another in Takhar on tow police checkpoints. In Nangarhar, a family traveling to a wedding were killed in a roadside blast. Some say the insurgents are increasing attacks to gain leverage in ongoing peace talks with the US. From the ground, at least, peace seems far away.
The Japanese car maker Nissan has announced that it will cut twelve thousand five hundred jobs worldwide over the next three years, about eight percent of its workforce. It's aimed at halting a steep fall in profits. Our business correspondent Theo Leggett has this report.
Battered by scandal and struggling to curb falling sales, Nissan is taking dramatic steps. It now plans to cut twelve thousand five hundred jobs worldwide and close or scale back output add up to fourteen factories as it tries to reduce excess capacity and cut costs. In the three months to the end of June, the company made a net profit of just forty-seven million pounds compared to more than eight hundred million pounds in the same period last year, a decline of more than ninety-four percent. Sales in the United States, one of its biggest markets, have declined sharply while there have also been concerns in Europe.
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1.They've now been scaled back to stop antagonizing North Korea, but still North Korea sees them as a provocation.
So far the police have refused to respond to their provocations.
2.It's aimed at halting a steep fall in profits.
steep fall 暴跌
As a result, there has been a steep fall in foreign companies 'market share.