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US to send F-22 stealth fighters to South Korea

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SEOUL — The United States will dispatch nuclear-capable F-22 stealth fighters to South Korea in an apparent show of force to militarily pressurize North Korea, the media reported on Tuesday.

Four F-22 fighters, one of US’ strategic assets, will make a sortie on Wednesday to the Korean peninsula, Xinhua news agency reported.

The F-22 fighter has a stealth function of escaping any radar detection, and is capable of carrying nuclear missiles and bombs.

Its operational range reaches as far as 2,177 km. The F-22 fighters deployed at a US air base in Okinawa, Japan can fly to the Korean peninsula in about two hours.

The F-22 sortie would come in the wake of North Korea’s long-range rocket launch on February 7, which outsiders see as a test of banned ballistic missile technology.

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Three arrested with tiger hides

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KATHMANDU- The Central Investigation Bureau (CIB) on Tuesday arrested three persons in possession of tiger hides.

The CIB said that Man Bahadur Tamang of Shailung Rural Municipality in Dolakha; Lokmaya Gurung of Barpak Sulikot Rural Municipality in Gorkha district and Amar Singh of Tilathi Koiladi Rural Municipality in Saptari district were arrested from Budhanilkantha in the capital city acting on a tip off about their involvement in smuggling of animals’ hides and skeleton.

All three have been sent to the Division Forests Office, Kathmandu for further actions. According to the Superintendent of Police Sudip Giri, the alleged would be booked as per the National Parks and Wildlife Conservation Act, 1973 and CITES Convention, 1975.

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