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Hammond 'strongly condemns' N Korea rocket launch

The Foreign Secretary has condemned North Korea's "ballistic missile technology test" saying the country's actions were "a threat to regional and international security".

Philip Hammond condemns North Korea's rocket launch. Credit: Reuters

Philip Hammond will attend an emergency meeting with UN Security Council members to agree a collective response.

I strongly condemn North Korea's ballistic missile technology test. This is a clear and deliberate violation of a number of UN Security Council Resolutions. North Korea's actions continue to present a threat to regional and international security. In conducting this provocation, North Korea has clearly demonstrated that it is intent on prioritising the development of its nuclear and ballistic missile programmes over improving the well-being of its own people. As North Korea is aware, the UN Security Council unanimously agreed to take significant measures against any further launches or nuclear tests. We will now meet with our partners in New York to agree a collective response.

– Philip Hammond, Foreign Secretary

I strongly condemn North Korea's ballistic missile technology test. This is a clear and deliberate violation of a number of UN Security Council Resolutions. North Korea's actions continue to present a threat to regional and international security.

In conducting this provocation, North Korea has clearly demonstrated that it is intent on prioritising the development of its nuclear and ballistic missile programmes over improving the well-being of its own people.

As North Korea is aware, the UN Security Council unanimously agreed to take significant measures against any further launches or nuclear tests. We will now meet with our partners in New York to agree a collective response.

– Philip Hammond, Foreign Secretary

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Devon and Cornwall warned to prepare for 'large waves'

Parts of coastal Devon and Cornwall have been told to be prepared for "very large waves" and localised flooding with Storm Imogen set to arrive on Monday.

An amber warning has been issued for wind mainly focused on Devon and Cornwall but stretching into central England.

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Exposed areas on the south coast are on alert for gusts of 80mph, Met Office forecasters said.

Yellow warnings of wind have also been issued for Cardiff, Bristol and into the Thames Estuary as gusts could reach 60-70mph. They will be in place from 3am until 6pm on Monday.

Trump vows to bring back waterboarding interrogation

Donald Trump has again courted controversy during a US Republican party presidential candidate debate.

He said he would bring back the waterboarding interrogation technique and "a hell of a lot worse".

Donald Trump gestures at his fellow Republican presidential candidate rival Marco Rubio Credit: Reuters

He also told his rival Jeb Bush to be quiet during a heated exchange over government seizures of private property, adding, "he wants to be a tough guy, and it doesn't work very well".

The debate which got off to an awkward start when Ben Carson missed his introduction cue, was also a tough for Marco Rubio who clearly struggled as his rivals attacked his "inexperience".

Russia: N Korea rocket launch a "blow to regional security"

Russia has condemned North Korea's launch of a long-range missile calling it a serious blow to security in the region

Kim Jong Un watches a long range rocket launch. Image from KRT footage released by Yonhap news agency. Credit: Reuters

"It is obvious that such actions lead to a serious aggravation of the situation on the Korean peninsula and Northeast Asia on the whole...(and) inflict serious damage to the security of the countries of the region, first and foremost North Korea itself," the foreign ministry said in a statement.

The ministry urged the leadership of North Korea to "think about whether a policy of opposing the entire international community meets the interests of the country."

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Taiwan: 23 dead as search for quake survivors continues

More people have been pulled alive from a collapsed apartment block in Taiwan, as rescuers continue the search for 120 people still thought to be trapped in the rubble.

At least 23 people are known to have died in the earthquake, which struck at around 4am on Saturday morning.

The search continues for the 120 people still thought to be buried beneath the rubble. Credit: Reuters

Weather: Rain becoming showery with winds easing

It will be wet and windy in the north as rain moves eastwards, with further hill snow for some, and gales in places.

Temperatures should be around average for the time of year. Credit: Met Office

The rain will become showery later with winds easing a little. Elsewhere there will be sunny spells and showers.

The showers will be heaviest and most persistent in the west where some more persistent rain is expected later with gales developing here as well.

Temperatures should be around average for the time of year, perhaps a little above, with highs of 10 Celsius (50F).

S Korea and US to discuss missile-defence system

North Korea launched a long-range rocket earlier on Sunday morning. Credit: Reuters/Yonhap

South Korea and the United States will begin discussions on deploying an advanced missile-defence system to Seoul in response to North Korea's recent ballistic missile tests.

US military officials said the sophisticated system called Terminal High Altitude Area Defence (THAAD) was needed in South Korea, to counter the growing threat of North Korea's weapons capabilities.

North Korea launched a long-range rocket earlier on Sunday carrying what it has called a satellite. South Korea, other countries and the US denounced the launch as a missile test.

Warnings issued as Storm Imogen approaches UK

Some very large waves are likely to affect many coasts on Monday. Credit: Peter Byrne / PA Wire/PA Images

Several areas of Britain are set to be battered by 80mph winds and heavy rain on Monday as Storm Imogen sweeps in.

The Met Office has issued amber warnings of wind for much of the south west and a yellow warning stretching from southern Wales to the Thames Estuary as the storm arrives from the English Channel.

An area of very strong winds is likely to extend east across southwest England and parts of central southern England on Monday morning.

Gusts of 60-70 mph are likely widely, with 80 mph gusts in exposed coastal areas, particularly Cornwall and North Devon.

– Met Office

Imogen could bring down trees and power lines and cause havoc with the morning commute.

High winds and thundery downpours are expected throughout the day with the potential to cause problems into the evening rush hour.

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