Sears/K-Mart to close 78 additional US stores ~ link ~
These closings are directly related to the social crisis facing large sections of the working population nearly eight years after the Wall Street crash of 2008 and the supposed beginning of an economic “recovery” in June of 2009.
China successfully launches new DF-41 ICBM test into South China Sea ~ link ~
The drive towards the Third World War continues! Stirling
China conducted a test launch of its newest nuclear capable ICBM, the DF-41, on April 12th. The missile was launched from a road-mobile launch vehicle. Two multiple independently targetable reentry vehicles (MIRV) from the launch were tracked by U.S. satellites.
Some sources claim that the unarmed MIRVs splashed down somewhere in the South China Sea, but neither Chinese nor U.S. officials will confirm this. In response to questions regarding the impact location of the dummy warheads, the Chinese Defense Ministry cryptically responded that, “It is normal for China to execute scientific experiments within its territory, and these experiments are not aimed at any specific country nor target”, admitting only that the missile was test fired “near the South China Sea on April 12.”
Europe in Crisis: Dead Swedish refugee worker's mother: Sweden is no longer safe due to "refugees" ~ link ~
Austria's far-right Freedom Party candidate has come top in the first round of presidential elections, projections show. Norbert Hofer has about 36% of the votes for the mostly ceremonial role - not enough to avoid a run-off in May.
Independent contenders Alexander Van der Bellen and Irmegard Griss are fighting for second place. For the first time since World War Two, the candidates from Austria's two main parties did not make it to the run-off.
Serbia election: Pro-EU ruling party is set for win ~ link ~
Serbia's governing pro-Western Progressive Party is set to win more than 50% of the vote in parliamentary elections, polls say. PM Aleksandar Vucic called the poll early seeking a mandate to continue with reforms required to join the EU.