Latest World News: March 9


  1. BREAKING NEWS: Men in black climb onto Iran’s embassy in London, take down the flag.

Iran’s Press TV said the embassy has come under “attack.” Four men have been arrested.

Reports suggest a religious group was behind the stunt. I guess we know which one…

  1. Kim Jong-un and Donald Trump’s talks show US strategy is working.

According to US Vice-President Mike Pence,

North Korea agreeing to discuss denuclearisation “is evidence that President [Donald] Trump’s strategy to isolate the Kim regime is working.”

Apparently, US had made “zero concessions” and “consistently increased the pressure” on Kim Jong-un. After months of insults, the two leaders will meet by May.

Why is US suddenly interested in talks?

Quoting US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Kim Jong-un:

What changed was his posture in a fairly dramatic way.

In all honesty, that came as a little bit of a surprise to us, as well that he was so forward-leaning in his conversations with the delegation from South Korea.

How did we reach this point?

The South Korean envoys met Mr Kim in Pyongyang this week. It was the peak of a rapprochement that began at the New Year and led to the Koreas marching together at the Winter Olympics.

Speaking outside the White House after the meeting, South Korean National Security Adviser said that:

  • Mr Kim was prepared to sit down with the US president
  • North Korea was “committed to denuclearisation”
  • It would halt all nuclear and missile tests
  • It understood that US-South Korean military drills “must continue”

Where will they meet?

We don’t know yet. But the likely options are:

  • Korean border’s demilitarised zone
  • Beijing

Have talks like this happened in the past?

No. No sitting US president has ever met a North Korean leader fact to face.

Well, let’s see what happens.

  1. Burger-flipping robot went offline after one day.

The robot called Flippy was installed at Cali Burger in California and replaced human cooks. But after just one day the robot was taken offline.

Apparently, the robot got a time off, because news about it spread widely, and led to more orders than the restaurant could handle. Before going live, Flippy was said to be capable of cooking up to 2,000 burgers a day.

Would you trust a burger made by a robot?

Sure, why not! The question is: what does it mean for the fast food restaurant stuff?

  1. Sir John Sulston human genome pioneer dies at 75.

Sir John won a Nobel Prize in 2002 for his work on the development of cells within a humble worm, which paved the way for innovations in cancer research.

However, Professor Sulston is probably best known for leading the international project to map the human genome. He belived in pushing the boundaries of science and in making data on the human genome available to all.

Both the US President, Bill Clinton, and the British Prime Minister, Tony Blair, spoke at the press conferences held in Washington and London to announce that the draft sequence was complete.

In 2017, Sir John was made a Companion of Honour by the Queen in her birthday honours for his contribution to science and society.

Wasn’t he the one who helped found the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute near Cambridge?

Exactly. At Hinxton. And the laboratories there bear his name.

Rest in Peace Sir John!

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