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The elusive Planet X, or Nibiru, with its unimaginably long 27-million-year orbit, is still only a theory to many. But one astrophysicist believes it spells doom for Earth. Nibiru’s arrival this month, he says, will bring about a mass extinction of untold proportions.
The celestial body, theorized in many an ancient text – most notably among the Sumerians – is predicted to be 10 times our size, and is currently still thousands of times further away from us than our sun. But if the latest research is correct, something is having a skewing effect on a group of objects in the Kuiper Belt, just beyond Neptune. And it’s closing in fast.
Moscow is working out a new concept for Russian foreign policy that will reflect the current transition to a multipolar world, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said, adding that this global trend presents new challenges for all global powers.
“The international situation remains mosaic and controversial. Along with this, a common tendency could be observed,” Lavrov said during a meeting of the Council on Foreign and Defense Policies on Saturday.
According to the minister, we are moving from a world with a single center of power to one having a “polycentric international architecture.”
Japan is introducing a system with as an alternative to cash and credit cards. There are hopes the move will attract more tourists to the country, while easing payment and dispensing with the need for cards or cash. Tests are starting this summer.
The system will calculate how much money a customer has based on a fingerprint. Japan hopes to have it up-and-running in time for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, according to the Yomiuri Shimbun.
In keeping with its earlier promises of ramped-up testing of its ICBM and nuclear capabilities, North Korea has announced the ground test of a new missile engine, according to state-run KCNA. Leader Kim Jong-un says Pyongyang can now strike Washington DC.
The test of the intercontinental ballistic missile engine “satisfied all scientific and technological indexes,” KCNA reported.