Kim Jong-un fury: North Korean newspaper issues BIZARRE attack on US

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The international affairs department the ruling Workers’ Party of Korea (WPK) issued a statement after Mr Trump’s Secretary of State Mike Pompeo fired another salvo in the war of words with Beijing. Mr Pompeo told Fox News recent actions by the Chinese Communist Party suggest it is “intent upon the destruction of Western ideas, Western democracies, Western values” and “puts Americans at risk”

American liberalism and democracy put the cap of leftist on the demonstrators and threaten to unleash even dogs for suppression

Workers Party of Korea

But a WPK spokesman said Mr Pompeo’s comments on Hong Kong, Taiwan, human rights and trade disputes were “nonsense” and slandered the Chinese leadership.

The spokesman said: “Pompeo, who has been deeply engrossed in espionage and plot-breeding against other countries, has become too ignorant to discern where the sun rises and where it sets.

“Such statements by American leaders are a sign of their concerns about a declining United States.

“Demonstrators enraged by the extreme racists throng even to the White House.

“This is the reality in the US today. American liberalism and democracy put the cap of leftist on the demonstrators and threaten to unleash even dogs for suppression.”

South Korea’s Yonhap news agency said it was the first time the WPK international affairs department had issued a statement of its own since North Korean leader Kim Jong-un took power in 2011.

China, Russia and Iran were also quick to taunt Mr Trump over the violent scenes and angry protests that have engulfed the US since the death of George Floyd, an African American man killed by a white police officer in Minneapolis.

Chinese officials and state media compared the angry protests to Hong Kong’s pro-democracy movement.

China’s foreign ministry spokeswoman, Hua Chunying Tweeted: “I can’t breathe” – Mr Floyd’s last words which have become a slogan for the protestors.

Fellow ministry spokesman, Lijian Zhao retweeted numerous comments and reports on the protests, including from Russia’s deputy representative to the UN, accusing the US of double standards.

Dmitry Polyanskiy had tweeted: “Why US denies China’s right to restore peace and order in Hong Kong while brutally dispersing crowds at home?”

State media has also taunted President Trump about the violent clashes.

Hu Xijin, editor-in-chief of nationalist tabloid Global Times, wrote: “US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi once called the violent protests in Hong Kong ‘a beautiful sight to behold.’

“US politicians now can enjoy this sight from their own windows.”

In a series of tweets and editorials over the weekend, Mr Hu and his paper accused the US of hypocrisy.

He said: “Mr President, don’t go hide behind the secret service.

“Go to talk to the demonstrators seriously. Negotiate with them, just like you urged Beijing to talk to Hong Kong rioters.”

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Iran has also goaded the US over the violence and reminded Washington of the statements it released during civil unrest in the Islamic Republic in 2018.

The foreign ministry condemned what it called “the tragic murder of black people and deadly racial discrimination in the United States”.

Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif tweeted: “Some don’t think #BlackLivesMatter.

“To those of us who do: it is long overdue for the entire world to wage war against racism. Time for a #WorldAgainstRacism.”

In another tweet echoing a 2018 statement from Mr Pompeo, Mr Zarif said: “The US government is squandering its citizens’ resources.”

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Kim Jong-un’s sister sends propaganda warning to South Korea – ‘Human scum!’

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Kim Yo-jong is officially First Deputy Director of the Propaganda and Agitation Department but is thought to be de facto chief of staff and has become more prominent in North Korea in recent months. Ms Kim described the defectors as “human scum” and “rubbish-like mongrel dogs” for betraying Pyongyang according to Korean Central News Agency, the state press bureau. Responding to her intervention, a spokesperson for Seoul’s Ministry of Unification called for the leaflet operation to stop.

Ms Kim threatened that North Korea would back out of a 2018 military agreement and shut down a cross-border liaison office.

However, as talks between her brother and Donald Trump came to a standstill several parts of the agreement to ease border tensions has not yet been acted on.

Pyongyang has continued to test missiles, with several being fired in the direction of Japan.

The coronavirus pandemic has resulted in the liaison office suspending operations.

Ms Kim warned: “If such an act of evil intention committed before our eyes is left to take its own course under the pretext of ‘freedom of individuals’ and ‘freedom of expression’, the South Korean authorities must face the worst phase shortly.”

No specific individuals were mentioned in the KCNA report.

Two winners in the South Korean legislative elections in April are likely to be of interest to Pyongyang.

Thae Yong-ho, the former North Korean deputy ambassador to the UK, took a seat in the National Assembly representing Gangnam.

Mr Thae is part of the conservative United Future Party.

He defected in 2016.

Cho Myung-chul has been in the assembly since 2012.

Ahead of his victory, Mr Thae said he hoped his running would send a message back to the ruling elite of North Korea.

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He said: “I want to tell them that there is a new way for their future.”

Mr Thae said his defection was as a result of him becoming increasingly aware of the “gruesome realities” of life in North Korea.

He is the highest-ranking official to defect.

With reports circulating of her brother’s death, Ms Kim was touted as the future Supreme Leader of North Korea.

The Kim family has been ruling North Korea since the nation’s foundation after the Second World War.

It was their grandfather Kim Il-Sung who became the first supreme leader.

In March 2019, Ms Kim won a seat at the Supreme People’s Assembly.

Her brother did not stand, but previously represented the 111th Paektusan.

The siblings are thought to have grown close whilst at school in Switzerland.

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World War 3 fears: Russia releases new rules for using nuclear weapons in conflict

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Tensions around the world continue to rise and fears of a nuclear war outbreak have been increased as Russia’s President Vladimir Putin has outlined four scenarios for using nuclear weapons.

According to News Week, a document, which was approved by Mr Putin, details various scenarios in which Moscow could order the use of nuclear weapons – prompting World War 3 fears.

Two of them are new and involve potential instances of nuclear first-use, the document says.

The protocol permits they will be used if an enemy uses nuclear or other weapons of mass destruction on Russia or its allies.

It also includes situations where conventional weapons “threaten the very existence of the country”.

The new provisions include cases where the government receives “reliable information” that a ballistic missile attack is imminent.

The second new protocol is if an enemies danger to the country is critical and military facilities such as if the ability to retaliate with nuclear weapons is disrupted.

The document explains how containing and deterring aggressions against Russia is being treated with “the highest national priorities”.

Over recent weeks, Russia has continued to show its military might and plans to complete more than 100 military drills this summer.

As of Monday (June 1), Russia’s Strategic Missile Force will begin performing various military drills during the summer training period.

Last month, Russia’s navy showed off its military might during long-distance deployment drills in the Pacific.

The fleet, which consists of the corvettes Sovershenny and Gromky, departed from Vladivostok for its deployment in waters.

Russia also revealed a terrifying new military weapon which is set to be out in waters in late June.

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Both the US and Russia have tens of thousands nuclear weapons obtained during the Cold War.

Although they have both taken steps towards non-proliferation, they both hold the world’s largest stockpiles of weapons of mass destruction.

Due to the New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START), the two countries are limited to no more than 700 deployed intercontinental ballistic missiles, submarine-launched ballistic missiles, and strategic bombers.

It also limits the countries to no more than 1,550 deployed warheads and 800 deployed and non-deployed launchers.

The Treaty will reportedly remain until 2021 unless a new document is signed to replace it.

It can also be extended for no more than five years if both parties mutually agree.

Last month, China refused talks with Russia and the US regarding strategic arms controls as worldwide tensions continue to rise.

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian argued that Russia and the US both “possess the largest nuclear arsenals” and therefore should have the responsibility for reducing them.

He also said that China will not engage in any “trilateral talks on strategic arms controls”.

Mr Lijian said: “New START remains an important nuclear treaty between Russia and the US and requires great attention.

“It is the foundation of strategic stability for the two countries, as well as the basis of global strategic stability.

“China has no intention of engaging in any trilateral talks on strategic arms control.”

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Black Lives matter quotes: Powerful messages and lessons amid George Floyd protests

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Protests have erupted in the US at the height of the country’s coronavirus epidemic as people take to the streets to demonstrate against systemic racism. The deaths of George Floyd and Ahmaud Arbery this year have sparked powerful backlash, as Black Lives Matter stands with the public to combat injustices against the African American community.

Black Lives Matter quotes

Celebrities, public figures, politicians and activists have all come out to bat for Black Lives Matter amidst social unrest in the US.

Those notable figures have released statements and appeared at rallies to back people behind the cause.

Their words remain a vital sustaining influence, spreading the message to people who may not otherwise have taken action.

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“Let’s be honest. Black pain, grief and rage are not only dismissed by elected officials, our response to those feelings are also criminalised.

“To feel is the most fundamental human desire.

“Yet, we are consistently punished for expressing our feelings and desires.

“I desperately want us to feel and be free. But this country’s existence is predicated on our lack of freedom. The only way y’all get to be free is if Black folks are unfree. That st. That st is truly painful.”

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“I love blackness, it is stunning, majestic, inspiring but it is also not here to serve non-black people when it suits them via sports, music, hairstyles, entertainment etc.

“It should be respected in the workplace and shouldn’t be ignored when it’s crying out in fear of being killed.⁣

“You really want that utopian ideal of what our world could be? You want to be proudly and ACTIVELY anti-racist, more than fearing being called a racist? I want that for you too.⁣

“If so, then do the work, educate yourself and others stand by us loudly, consistently, FOREVER.”

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“George Floyd should still be alive, along with countless other Black lives taken too soon and too often.

“Change the laws and the people who make them.

“Or fail to enforce them equally—from President to prosecutor to Sheriff.”

Akilah Hughes

“If you want to play piano, but you’re bad at playing piano, you practice and you get better.

“Don’t be the kind of white person who doesn’t post out of fear of f***ing up.

“If you want to support black people, but you’re bad at supporting black people, practice and get better.”

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Trump v Biden: US presidential candidates ramp up face mask row

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It began after president Trump retweeted an image that appeared to mock the appearance of Joe Biden as he wore a black face mask and sunglasses while commemorating Memorial Day on Monday. The tweet, by Fox News political analyst Brit Hume, read: “This might help explain why Trump doesn’t like to wear a mask in public. Biden today.”

Trump did not directly comment on the photo, but Politico reports he has been accused of provoking a “culture war” over the wearing of face masks.

On the other side of the argument, Biden called Trump a “fool” for his views on wearing face masks in an interview with CNN yesterday.

Mr Biden said he had seen that Trump had been “making fun of the fact I wore a mask,” and said that “he’s a fool – an absolute fool – to talk that way.”

Mr Biden added that “every leading doc in the world is saying you should wear a mask when you’re in a crowd.”

Politico reports that Trump later denied criticising Mr Biden for wearing a mask when he ventured outside.

Trump said: “I wasn’t criticising him. Why would I ever do a thing like that?”
The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends the wearing of cloth face coverings in public settings such as shops and petrol stations.

It notes that cloth face coverings may help slow the spread of Covid-19.

The CDC states: “Cloth face coverings provide an extra layer to help prevent the respiratory droplets from traveling in the air and onto other people.”

However, it advises against the wearing of face masks by any children under the age of two, anyone who has trouble breathing, or anyone who is not able to remove the mask without assistance.

Trump has openly refused to wear a face mask on recent excursions away from the White House, drawing criticism in doing so.

On a recent trip to a manufacturing plant owned by carmaker Ford last week, the president was videoed speaking to journalists without a face mask on, while Ford officials could be seen standing behind him wearing them.

When asked why he wasn’t wearing one, the president claimed Ford officials had told him that wearing a mask was “not necessary” at that moment.

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The president also claimed that he had been wearing a mask beforehand, away from the cameras, but “didn’t want to give the press the pleasure of seeing it.”

In other news, Twitter has added a fact-checking alert to a tweet issued by Trump regarding mail-in ballots.

The president has been outspoken about the use of mail-in ballots in the upcoming presidential election this November.

He claims that voting this way could lead to forged and fraudulently signed ballots.

But these claims have been widely refuted, and clicking on the fact-checking alert leads to a twitter page that discredits the president’s claims and provides further links to media reports on the matter.

There are also statements on the page – which seem to have been pinned there by Twitter – which read: “Trump falsely claimed that mail-in ballots would lead to “a Rigged Election.”

Another reads: “Trump falsely claimed that California will send mail-in ballots to “anyone living in the state, no matter who they are or how they got there.” In fact, only registered voters will receive ballots.”

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China ROW: Canada makes major SWIPE at China over it’s judiciary system

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The comments come at a time of high public tensions between China and the rest of the world for the coronavirus pandemic.

Prime Minister Trudeau spoke at a daily briefing to talk about China’s demands to free Huawei Technologies Co Ltd Chief Financial Officer Meng Wanzhou.

He said: “Canada has an independent judicial system that functions without interference or override by politicians.

“China doesn’t work quite the same way and (doesn’t) seem to understand that we do have an independent judiciary.”

Canadian officials have repeatedly said they cannot intervene in the case.

Later in the day, Foreign Minister Francois-Philippe Champagne also said he was “very concerned” by Chinese plans to impose new national security legislation on Hong Kong, home to around 300,000 Canadian citizens.

He told the Canadian Broadcasting Corp: “Canada … will make its voice heard.”

Trudeau said last month that China had suspended consular visits, citing the coronavirus outbreak.

He said on Thursday: “The fact that China is still linking an independent judicial system in the case of Meng Wanzhou with the arbitrary detention of two Canadians is saddening, but that’s a challenge we’ve been working with for many months.”

Meng Wanzhou is fighting extradition to the US after being arrested in British Columbia in December 2018.

The United States says it believes Meng covered up attempts by Huawei-linked companies to sell equipment to Iran, breaking U.S. sanctions against the country.

A decision on a key legal aspect of the trial over whether Meng can be extradited will be announced next Wednesday, the British Columbia Supreme Court said on Thursday.

Shortly after Meng’s arrest, China detained the former Canadian diplomat Michael Kovrig and businessman Michael Spavor in December 2018.

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The arrests led to the worst-ever crisis in relations between the two nations, with accusations of “arbitrary detentions” and hostage diplomacy met with trade sanctions and suspended consular visits.

Kovrig and Spavor have been held on espionage suspicions and refused access to lawyers.

Earlier, the Chinese ambassador, Cong Peiwu, told Global News that “competent Chinese authorities are handling the cases (of Kovrig and Spavor) according to law.”

He then pivoted to Meng, saying her case was “the biggest issue in our bilateral relationship” and renewing demands that she be sent back to China “smoothly and safely”.

Canada and China have had a strained relationship, but some collaboration remains.

Leading Chinese vaccine developer CanSino Biologics Inc. has inked a deal to test and sell a separate Canadian vaccine candidate as the race for immunisation intensifies globally.

In addition to developing its own vaccine together with the Chinese military, CanSino will partner with Vancouver-based Precision NanoSystems Inc. to co-develop another potential vaccine, according to a joint press release Wednesday.

The Chinese company will conduct testing of Precision’s experimental vaccine and has the right to commercialise it in Asia excluding Japan, said the statement.

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Trump BLOW: US President LOSING to Biden in key states – shock new poll

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The US President has ramped up his anti-Biden rhetoric in recent weeks, beginning to spread a conspiracy theory called “Obamagate” and weaponise tensions with China against the Democratic nominee.

The shock data comes from a poll conducted by Redfield & Wilton Strategies.

It holds that Joe Biden leads in Arizona, Pennysylvania, North Carolina, Wisconsin, Florida and Michigan.

Other polls, including one from Roanoke College in Virginia, showed Biden leading Trump by 12 points in the state that Hillary Clinton won by just 5 points in 2016, solidifying the notion that the state is rapidly falling out of the swing-state category.

In Arizona, which Clinton lost by 4 points, Biden leads by 7 points according to a OH Predictive poll, although Biden’s lead has dwindled by 2 points since April.

The Redfield & Wilton poll, conducted last week with between 850 and 1,000 respondents in each state, found that Mr Biden has now pulled ahead of Mr Trump in all six states.

Mr Biden was found to lead by two percentage points in Florida and North Carolina, four points in Arizona, eight points in Michigan, nine points in Pennsylvania and 10 points in Wisconsin.

Donald Trump won all six of the states polled in 2016.

Four had voted for Barack Obama, Mr Trump’s predecessor, in 2012, which the Democrats will hope to win back.

These results, if replicated on the November 3 election, would see Biden winning the president.

Presented with a list of 10 reasons not to vote for Mr Biden and asked to pick three of the most compelling, around a quarter of voters went for “his alleged misconduct with women in the past”.

Around 75 percent of voters in all six states were aware of the allegation.

Other reasons often picked included “age-related health issues” and “his difficulty sounding composed in public”.

The finding is interesting because the Trump campaign has been relentlessly targeting Mr Biden’s verbal trip-ups, sharing clips of them with voters on social media.

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It comes as President Trump is threatening to deny federal cash to both Michigan and Nevada, as they want to make voting easier amid the coronavirus pandemic.

On twitter, the president claimed that the states’ separate plans to send absentee ballots to all registered voters was illegal and would enable voter fraud.

The claims have been respectively disputed by both and unsubstantiated by the records of the five states which now conduct elections entirely by mail.

He did not say which funds he pledged to “hold up” – or how he could do so – but the very idea of withholding federal help to states hit by both the pandemic and, in the case of

Michigan, catastrophic flooding this week, perplexes observers.

Political science professor David Dulio, director of the Center for Civic Engagement at Oakland University in southern Michigan, said: “If he’s threatening monies related to coronavirus relief or response, that’s potentially dangerous.”

Trump has also been ramping up his “Obamagate” conspiracy in an attempt to damage Biden’s campaign.

Last week, when Trump was asked by a reporter his reason behind accusing Obama, the President was quoted as saying by The Atlantic as saying, “It’s been going on for a very long time … You know what the crime is.

‘The crime is very obvious to everybody.”

Later on May 15, he announced that “Obamagate” is the “greatest political scandal in the history of the US”.

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Storm Ellen: Will Atlantic system become Storm Ellen and hit UK? Weather warnings in place

Temperatures rocketed on Wednesday, reaching 28.2C in Santon Downham, making it the hottest day of the year so far. Sunny skies and warm weather have continued into Thursday, but there is a risk of thunderstorms and strong winds as a change in weather is forecast over the next few days.

For Friday, the Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning for wind, with an area of low pressure bringing winds of up to 60mph in some areas.

The Met Office tweeted: “We’ll have some strong winds on Friday thanks to an area of low pressure.

“The core of the strongest winds looks set to skirt the northwest of the UK bringing the risk of gales and gusts of 50 to 60 mph in places.

“A yellow warning for strong winds has been issued for N. Ireland.”

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The Met Office weather warning begins at 10am on Friday, lasting until 9pm the same day.

Strong winds could cause some travel disruption, see the short term loss of power and the potential for some branch and tree damage.

The warning states: “Strong southwesterly winds will affect the area on Friday. Blustery showers will bring gusty conditions at times, with wind gusts of 50 to 60mph in places.

“With trees in full leaf, fallen branches and damaged trees may cause some localised travel and power disruption.”

Satellite images are showing the area of low pressure track across the UK, hitting Northern Ireland first before hitting the rest of the UK.

Not only will winds hit the UK, but Netweather forecasts cloud thickening from the southwest later this afternoon and into this evening as low pressure moves closer.

The rain will also cross into Ireland this evening, moving steadily northeast and getting into the western fringes of Britain by midnight.

The heavier, most persistent rain will be reserved for the north and west, whereas those further southeast may barely even see a splash from it.

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Could this weather system be named Storm Ellen?

The next storm in the alphabetical naming system is Storm Ellen, following on from Storm Dennis and Storm Jorge.

Storm Jorge was due to be named Ellen following the Met Office’s alphabetical system, however the weather system was first named by Spanish meteorological agency AEMET.

For a storm to be named, certain criteria need to be met.

According to the Met Office, a storm will be named when it has the potential to cause an amber or red warning.

Currently, the weather system in question has triggered a yellow weather warning for Northern Ireland, and so is not strong enough to be named.

Storms can be named depending on the impact the weather they bring will have -specifically rain if its impact could lead to flooding as advised by the Environment Agency, SEPA and Natural Resources Wales flood warnings.

The Met Office writes: “Therefore ‘storms systems’ could be named on the basis of impacts from the wind but also include the impacts of rain and snow.”

According to the forecast for this weekend, the impacts from the area of low pressure will not be significant enough to cause the system to be named.

On Saturday there is a more widespread shower risk, albeit with the northwest seeing the largest share of them.

Conditions will be windy or blustery in many parts, with the northern half of Scotland seeing the strongest gusts of up to 60mph, as the low pressure moves just to the north of the country before heading into the North Sea later.

It’ll be a fresher day than Friday with temperatures generally a few degrees down.

By Sunday, high pressure will be building back into southern areas, but further north there’ll be more rain.

The weekend may end similarly to last week with a north-south divide.

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Cyclone Amphan: Kolkata devastated by horror storm – Where is Amphan heading next?

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On Wednesday Cyclone Amphan hit the eastern regions of India and Bangladesh, devastating communities and wreaking havoc on coastal areas. Trees were uprooted and power lines have been destroyed.  On Thursday rescue teams are now searching for survivors in India and Bangladesh.

At least 12 people have died in the Indian state of West Bengal, and 10 people have died in Bangladesh.

However the authorities have said the full extent of the casualties can not be determined until communications are restored.

Millions of people across Bangladesh and India’s coastline were evacuated before the storm struck on Wednesday.

Authorities had been converting quarantine shelters set up to prevent the spread of COVID-19 into emergency evacuation centres in recent days.

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Kolkata, one of the most populous cities in India, has also been badly affected by the cyclone.

More than 14 million people are now thought to be without power in the city, and many houses have been flattened.

West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee said the devastation in Kolkata was “a bigger disaster than COVID-19”.

Ms Banerjee said according to the Press Trust of India news agency: “Area after area has been ruined.

“I have experienced a war-like situation today.”

Winds gusted at speeds of up to 115mph (185kmph) when the cyclone struck land on Wednesday.

Mohammad Asaduzzaman, a senior police official in Satkhira, described the devastation as “huge”.

He told Reuters: “Devastation is huge. Many villages are flooded.

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“It tore off tin roofs, snapped power lines, and uprooted trees.”

The storm hurtled through the Bay of Bengal, causing a storm surge of some five metres.

The surge has flooded low-lying coastal areas, and in Bangladesh the worst-affected district was Satkhira, where embankments have collapsed in many areas.

Parts of the Indian states of West Bengal and Odisha (Orissa) were significantly impacted by the storm.

Where is Cyclone Amphan now?

Cyclone Amphan has weakened to cyclonic storm status as of Thursday, with the Indian weather office forecasting the storm will downgrade to a depression later on.

The storm is now continuing to make its way inland.

According to the Indian Meteorological Department update at 9am (UTC) on Thursday, the system will further weaken into a depression during the next six hours.

The storm was located about 300km east-northeast of Kolkata, 110km south-southeast of Dhubri and some 80km south-southeast of Rangpur.

The storm is “very likely to continue to move north-northeastwards”.

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Hottest day of the year: How hot will today get? Temperatures to soar near 30C

Hottest day of the year predictions have emerged this week, as weather forecasters expect the mercury to climb to unprecedented levels in 2020. With summer barely around the corner, meteorologists have predicted temperatures in the UK could approach 30C.

How hot will it get today?

Meteorologists have noted an area of low pressure arriving over the UK in the past week, which has prompted a steady rise in temperatures.

The latest weather maps show the area sweeping over England from Eastern Europe, settling over the south.

The Met Office predicts an associated spike in temperature will see the southeast experience highs of 28C.

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Parts of the country will be hotter than Barcelona, which is on track to see highs of 26C today.

Most areas will see the mercury pass at least 20C, passing the 2020 record set earlier this month.

Met Office meteorologist Aidan McGivern revealed the heat would start early and last into the evening.

He said: “A warm start to the day on Wednesday.”

“A wet start for the far north of Scotland initially, but by lunchtime, that rain will be out of the way.

“For most it’s dry and it’s increasingly sunny during Wednesday afternoon, with temperatures reaching mid-20s widely, and up to 28C in the southeast.

“It stays warm and bright into the evening, but you can see some thicker cloud approaching Northern Ireland and outbreaks of rain.”

The latest temperatures exceed the previous hottest day of the year earlier this month, when meteorologists recorded highs of 26C in Treknow, Cornwall.

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The potential excessive heat has sparked fears parks and open spaces may have trouble enforcing social distancing due to capacity.

New Government guidelines which came into force last week allow people to partake in “unlimited” exercise while abiding by distancing measures.

As part of the new measures, people can now sunbathe outdoors and meet with one person from another household.

Local councils have issued warnings to the public, reminding people most facilities such as toilets and pools remain shut.

Tourist hotspots have also asked people to steer clear, but Brits may only have one day to enjoy the sky-high temperatures.

Sadly for those attempting to enjoy the great outdoors this week, the warm weather will quickly burn out.

Paul Gunderson, Met Office chief meteorologist, warned heavy storms and persistent rain will lash the east and southeast by Thursday.

He said: “It is across east and south-east England where these are most likely, with frequent lightning, hail and torrential downpours of up to 40mm in a few hours all possible.”

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