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Hawaii told to fix its alert system after false missile alarm

Media playback is unsupported on your device The US state of Hawaii has been told it did not have “reasonable” safeguards in place to prevent the false missile alert that caused panic on Saturday. Ajit Pai, chairman of America’s media regulator, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), said the error was “absolutely unacceptable”. The 38-minute delay in issuing the correction made it worse, he added. He called for officials at all levels throughout the US to work together to rectify any vulnerabilities. Residents and visitors to Hawaii were shocked to receive…

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Hawaii missile strike alert: Fear, panic and relief at PGA Tour event

An alert, warning of an imminent ballistic missile strike, caused widespread panic and fear in Hawaii on Saturday. Thankfully it turned out to be a false alarm – but the second message, confirming this, took 38 minutes to arrive. Among those affected were players competing at the US PGA Hawaii Open in Honolulu. There was the sheer terror… …Relief… …Anger…. …And eventually, humour: The alert came amid growing concern over North Korea’s missile and nuclear programme. Hawaii is the closest US state to North Korea. In December, the state tested…

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Hawaii sends out missile alert by mistake

People across the US state of Hawaii received a text on Saturday morning, warning of an impending missile strike. It was declared a false alarm shortly afterwards, but not before panic started to spread. “Ballistic missile threat inbound to Hawaii. Seek immediate shelter. This is not a drill,” read the message, all in capital letters. Hawaii Emergency Management Agency later confirmed there was no threat. In an online statement, Honolulu Police Department said: “State Warning Point has issued a Missile Alert in ERROR! There is NO threat to the State…

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North Korea: UN imposes fresh sanctions over missile tests

The United Nations Security Council has voted to impose tougher sanctions on North Korea in response to its recent ballistic missile tests. The US-drafted resolution includes measures to reduce the nation’s petrol imports by up to 90%. China, North Korea’s main trading partner, voted in favour of the resolution. The country is already subject to a raft of sanctions from the US, the UN and the EU. Washington has been imposing sanctions on Pyongyang since 2008, freezing the assets of individuals and companies linked to its nuclear programme and banning…

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Yemen rebel ballistic missile 'intercepted over Riyadh'

The Saudi-led coalition battling Yemen’s Houthi rebels says it has intercepted a ballistic missile near Riyadh, Saudi state media report. Witnesses in the Saudi capital posted videos on social media showing a cloud of smoke in the air and there were no immediate reports of any damage. The Houthi movement’s al-Masirah TV said rebel fighters had fired a Burkan-2 missile at the Yamama Palace. Last month, a similar missile came close to hitting Riyadh’s airport. Saudi Arabia and the US have accused Iran of supplying the Houthis with the missile….

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North Korea fires new ballistic missile, South Korea says

North Korea has fired a ballistic missile, South Korean media say, quoting military officials. The Pentagon said it was still assessing the “probable” launch, which took place at approximately 03:30 local time (18:30 GMT). South Korean news agency Yonhap reported that the missile flew eastward from Pyongsong, South Pyongan province. It is not clear how far it went or whether it flew over Japan as other missiles did earlier this year. North Korea has test fired several other missiles this year, including its first intercontinental ballistic missiles, as tensions increase…

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Saudi Arabia: Missile 'intercepted near Riyadh'

Saudi Arabia has intercepted a ballistic missile from Yemen, reports say, after a loud explosion was heard near Riyadh airport. Saudi air defence forces were quoted by broadcaster Al-Arabiya as saying they intercepted the missile north-east of the capital. A TV channel linked to Houthi rebels in Yemen said the missile was launched at the airport. Saudi forces have reported shooting down Houthi missiles before. State news channel Al-Ekhbariya said the missile was “of limited size” and no damage was caused. A long-range ballistic missile was fired at King Khalid…

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