Japan Moves Missile Interceptor Near North Korea Flight Path

UNITED NEWS INTERNATIONAL (UNI) — As the threat of an attack from North Korea rises, Japan takes steps to prepare itself. The AP reporting the Japanese government deployed a mobile missile-defense system on Sept. 19 on the northern island of Hokkaido. The interceptor, which has a range of roughly 12 miles was moved to a base … Continued

Tokyo’s New Toilets Guide the Blind and Caters to Service Dogs

UNITED NEWS INTERNATIONAL (UNI) — Many bathrooms in Japan are already high-tech, but Tokyo has a plan to make them even more hospitable. The Japanese government has launched a national toilet improvement campaign ahead of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. The initiative aims to make bathrooms accessible to all the expected 40 million visitors during the Games, … Continued

Chinese Universities Turn Away North Korean Students

UNITED NEWS INTERNATIONAL (UNI) — Schools in China giving North Korean students the cold shoulder. The South China Morning Post reports that some Chinese universities are now limiting admission of students from North Korea as the nuclear crisis escalates on the Korean peninsula. College recruitment officials say universities are also blacklisting scholarship applications from North Korean … Continued

Indian Woman Arrested for Plotting Allegedly Abusive Son’s Murder

UNITED NEWS INTERNATIONAL (UNI) — A woman in India has been arrested after paying men to kill her son who she says sexually abused her. Twenty-two year old Ramcharan Dwivedi’s body was found floating at the bottom of a quarry with his throat slit in a suburb of Mumbai, on Aug. 21. After identifying the body … Continued

UK Grocery Introduces World’s First Fingertip Pay System

UNITED NEWS INTERNATIONAL (UNI) — A British grocery store has introduced the world’s first fingertip pay technology. Shoppers at Costcutter in Uxbridge, London, can now pay just using the vein pattern in their fingertips. The infrared technology scans a person’s finger, taking their unique biometric map, and links it to their bank card. Bank card details … Continued

Girl’s Heart Beats Outside Her Chest

UNITED NEWS INTERNATIONAL (UNI) — A new video on YouTube shows a seven-year-old’s heart beating outside her body. Virsaviya Borun suffers from a rare condition called Pentalogy of Cantrell, which affects just five in a million people. The condition is characterized by missing bones in the sternum and diaphragm that causes the heart to protrude to … Continued

Prince Granted Access to North Korean Airspace Ahead of Football Match

UNITED NEWS INTERNATIONAL (UNI) — North Korea has given a Malaysian prince access to the country’s airspace ahead of a twice-postponed football match between the two countries. Relations between the two countries have been strained since Malaysian officials accused North Korean agents of killing Kim Jong Un’s half-brother, Kim Jong Nam, in the Kuala Lumpur airport … Continued

Conservationists Trying to Build Island Sanctuary for Albino Orangutan

UNITED NEWS INTERNATIONAL (UNI) — An albino orangutan in Indonesia could get its very own “forest island.” That’s if all goes according to a plan put forth by conservationists. On Sept. 20, the Borneo Orangutan Survival Foundation announced it is working to raise money to purchase land for a special reserve to house a 5-year-old orangutan … Continued

Leeds Woman Jailed for False Claim of Sexual Assault

UNITED NEWS INTERNATIONAL (UNI) — An English court has jailed the woman who falsely accused a taxi driver of sexually assaulting her. In April, 22-year-old Sophie Pointon hailed a cab after a night out in Leeds, West Yorkshire, and tried to pay with a £10 note soaked in kebab grease. The driver said Pointon was eating … Continued

Drone Strike Interrupts Islamic State Public Execution

UNITED NEWS INTERNATIONAL (UNI) — The British Ministry of Defense has said one of its drone strikes stopped a public execution by the Islamic State group. The strike took place in the town of Abu Kamal in Syria in May but the footage was only released by the Ministry of Defense on Sept. 19. A predator … Continued