North Korea calls Clinton's criticism 'reckless'

NORTH KOREA

clinton's criticism CALLED 'RECKLESS'

North Korea on Sunday accused Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton of being "reckless" for advising its new leader to give priority to improving the lives of his people instead of spending money on weapons.

North Korea can now "steadily boost its nuclear deterrent by itself without letting its people fasten their belts any longer," the North's official Korean Central News Agency quoted a North Korean Foreign Ministry spokesman as saying.

The United States and South Korea often claim North Korea is impoverishing its people by diverting its scant resources into building nuclear weapons and long-range missiles.

On Thursday, Clinton urged the new leader, Kim Jong Un, to chart a course different from that of his father, Kim Jong Il, whose death in December left his relatively inexperienced third son at the helm.

NEW YORK

Thousands protest stop-and-frisk tactics

Thousands of protesters from civil rights groups walked down New York City's Fifth Avenue in total silence Sunday, marching in defiance of "stop-and-frisk" tactics employed by city police.

The quiet was interrupted only by the tapping of feet on the pavement and birds chirping as protesters strode along Central Park from Harlem to Mayor Michael Bloomberg's townhouse on the Upper East Side.

For almost 30 city blocks, the march moved slowly and silently. Then, as they moved past Bloomberg's home, the crowd erupted in protest chants.

Nigeria

21 killed in attacks on three churches

Suicide bombers killed 21 people in attacks on three churches in Nigeria during Sunday services, exacerbating religious tensions in the nation that is almost evenly divided between Muslims and Christians.

Authorities arrested one of the bombers who survived.

Elsewhere

Canada: The capture at the U.S. border of a Canadian security guard wanted in the slaying of three colleagues and the wounding of a fourth ended a nationwide manhunt on Sunday. Travis Baumgartner, 21, shot his co-workers while they were refilling ATMs at a university campus in Edmonton, Alberta, on Friday, police said.

Canada: Investigators combed through the wreckage of a Toronto stage Sunday to determine what caused the structure to come crashing down ahead of a Radiohead concert on Saturday, killing the band's drum technician and injuring three other crew members.

Israel: The government was forcing 120 South Sudanese to leave the country on Sunday, starting what could develop into a deportation of thousands of unauthorized African migrants.

LIMA, Ohio: A woman who suddenly drove her car into a crowded town square, injuring dozens, likely did so accidentally, authorities in the northwest Ohio city said Sunday.

Times wires

North Korea calls Clinton's criticism 'reckless'

06/18/12 [Last modified: Monday, June 18, 2012 12:36am]

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