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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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5 dead as gunman attacks churchgoers in Russia

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At least five people were killed and another five were injured when a gunman attacked a crowd of people leaving a church on Sunday in Russia’s southern province of Dagestan, Russian news agencies reported.

The attack occurred in the village of Kizlyar in the Muslim-majority republic of Dagestan.

Russian news agencies said the attack occurred as churchgoers celebrated Maslenitsa, a Christian holiday marking the last day before Lent according to the eastern Orthodox calendar.

CCTV footage from the site of the deadly shooting shows a man armed with a rifle gunning down two women in broad daylight.

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A bearded man clad in a black vest and camouflage pants was seen crossing the street before opening fire on two female churchgoers as they left a service in Kizlyar in the Republic of Dagestan on Sunday afternoon. A woman walking several meters from the attacker was seen rushing away as the bloodshed unfolded.

The attacker was identified as a 22-year-old man local to the region, the TASS news agency said, citing the investigative committee.

He was shot and killed by security services who were on duty nearby, TASS said, adding that a hunting rifle, bullets and a knife were discovered on his person.

Initial reports suggested all five victims were women, TASS said, citing the local branch of the interior ministry.

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