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South Korea says North Korea fires another missile

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SEOUL – North Korea has fired ballistic missile off its east coast, South Korea’s military says, hours after local leaders and the United States warned Pyongyang to end its provocations.

South Korea’s Defense Ministry said the missile was fired from the eastern city of Sondok around 12:45pm local time on Friday.

It was a short-go surface to air missile, an official at the office of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said, adding the military was trying to determine the range.

The launch came hours after US President Barack Obama joined South Korean President Park Geun-hye and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe vowing to add pressure on the North for its recent activities.

The three leaders, meeting on the sidelines of a nuclear security summit in Washington, recommitted their countries to each others’ defence and warned they could take further steps to counter threats from Pyongyang.

Mr Obama held separate talks with President Xi Jinping of China, the closest North Korea has to an ally, and said they both wanted to see “full implementation” of the latest UN sanctions against Pyongyang.

North Korea has fired a string of missiles in recent weeks including a long-range rocket in February that launched an object in space.

North Korea conducted its fourth nuclear test on January 6, leading to new Security Council sanctions in early March. South Korea and the United States have imposed separate sanctions.

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Tourist arrivals jumped 73.5 percent in July

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KATHMANDU — Tourist arrivals to Nepal jumped 73.5 percent in the month of July, according to statistics released by Nepal Tourism Board (NTB).

The NTB said that this increment is because of a sharp increase in the number of travellers from countries like India, China, the US and the UK. The growth in the numbers has also been attributed to Indian pilgrims visiting Mount Kailash Mansarovar in Tibet, via Nepal.

The statistics show that Nepal received a whopping 73,285 international tourists in July—a time of the year that is considered to be an off-season for tourists due to the monsoons. With July’s figures, the number of foreign tourists visiting Nepal in the first seven months (January–July) of 2018 reached 593,299, which is an increase of 18 percent as compared to the same period last year.

Total 18,385 Indian tourists visited Nepal via air transport, which is up 80.4 percent compared to the same period last year.

After India, Nepal received the highest number of visitors from China. The Chinese tourist numbers have more than doubled to 13,123 in the month of July. This is a 125.4 percent growth in comparison to the arrivals in the same month last year.

Overall arrivals from SAARC countries registered a growth of 66 percent, in comparison to the same month last year. However, arrivals from Bangladesh declined by nine percent. Arrivals from rest of the Asian countries have also recorded a robust growth of 86.2 percent.

Visitors from Japan and South Korea to Nepal also increased by 36 percent and 21.9 percent respectively.

Likewise, an overall increase of 54.1 percent in July has been recorded from European source markets. However, arrivals from Austria declined by 72.6 percent.

The number of visitors from the US and Canada have also grown by 79.6 percent and 73.3 percent respectively.

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