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During the summer, the big powers in the world - especially President Trump in the US - have become increasingly upset with a small county in Asia: North Korea. North Korea has nuclear weapons, which the US, China, Japan and many others find threatening. The United Nations want the country to get rid of them. The leader of North Korea, Kim Jong-Un, however, does not budge. Our reporter Hamish gives you some history and he has interviewed a relative who visited this very closed country that few westerners have been allowed into. North Korea was separated from South Korea after World War 2. The Russians took control of North Korea and the Americans and British took control of South Korea. The two countries are very different. South Korea in many ways is like a western country; maybe it was influenced by America and Britain. For example South Korea has a democratic system of government, but North Korea is a communist dictatorship. As a result of that, North Korea has a very bad human rights record. Last year a 21 year old American student was arrested for allegedly stealing a propaganda poster. He was sentenced to 11 years of hard labour. He was recently been sent back to America but died a few weeks after returning. He had severe brain damage, presumably because of drugs or mistreatment. Several tissues in different areas of the brain had died. I interviewed my uncle who has visited North Korea twice as a tourist in 2008 and 2011. He said you cannot go everywhere you want to; where you go is already decided for you by the authorities. This is the same for which hotel you are in, where you eat, what you eat and who your tour guide is. To go anywhere you have to have at least a driver and two government officials at all times. Due to all of these constraints there are very few tourists. North Koreans are much smaller than South Koreans because of the lack of nutrition in the food and many North Koreans have very little food. My Uncle thought the American student was very silly - he should have thought about the consequences. However, should someone be (allegedly) forced to take drugs, go into hard labour, have brain damage and eventually die because of stealing a poster? Unfortunately it is unlikely anyone will know the conditions of how he was treated. By: Hamish
From: Barnes
Yet another violent attack has taken place in London: Darren Osbourne, age 47, was arrested after he drove his van into people walking in the streets near a mosque in Finsbury Park, London. In the recent attacks on pedestrians, it is believed that Muslim terrorists were the culprits. This time, the police thinks it is a British terrorist who has targeted Muslims as a revenge. Police in the area say it was clearly an attack on Muslims. He was heard shouting something about wanting to kill Muslims before he drove the van into a peaceful crowd that had just been in the mosque nearby. Mr Osbourne's family were shocked and devastated that someone close to them had attempted murder.  The police have promised more armed forces to lower worries of more attacks. They will position more police near religious places. There has been one death and eleven more injured in the Finsbury Park attack. The man who died was said to be the father of six children. Many people restrained the attacker before police arrived and safely arrested him. People in the area are shaken and frightened to leave their houses. Jeremy Corbyn, leader of the Labour party, and his MP for the area arrived at the scene and comforted locals. He also said an attack on a place of worship was an attack on everyone. By: Tom
From: Barnes
Unfortunately, a terrible attack has taken place on London Bridge, Borough Market. Seven people were killed and approximately 48 people were injured.  What happened was that a lorry rammed into pedestrians on the bridge. Then the attackers jumped out of the car and started hitting at people all around with knives. Many suffered, but some heroes prevented more people from being killed or injured. A Romanian baker put his life at risk for other people's safety. As he saw a person getting stabbed he felt pity for them so decided to throw a crate at the attacker who had a knife. He was one of the people that helped the people that were in the scene of the attacks.   Amazingly, the police was on the scene after only 7 minutes and they had sorted out the situation 1 minute later. All of the terrorists were shot down dead. After they were dead, the police realised that the bombs they looked as if they were carrying were fake. But they did have some other proper bombs. Many people offered their homes for the victims for the night. One of the witnesses said that they saw a girl getting stabbed 10-15 times and the witness could not do anything to stop the attackers.  By: Josie                                                                                                                     
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Care/NHS ranks as the most important issue, and the Tories have a strong lead at this stage in the campaign. These are the most striking results from a Newsnugget poll conducted last week in Barnes. Ahead of the upcoming general election in the UK, our reporters took to the street of SW13 to ask people how they feel about the fact that there is a vote; which issues they find most important, and if they have already decided how to cast their ballot on June 8.         Newsnuggets' reporters designed their own questionnaire and spent some time practising how to interview strangers, before heading out in the streets in small groups last Tuesday. They bravely and politely approached a random selection of passers-by; in total, 52 people - half men and half women - agreed to answered their questions. This size sample gives a real idea of where the wind is blowing among voters in Richmond Borough. Below we can present the most interesting results (note: the questions were more carefully phrased than the headings below). What is important to you? The interviewed people got to name which 2 issues they care most about. 31% chose Care/NHS as one of the most important political topics, followed by 20% selecting Education, whilst Brexit and the Economy got 15% each. Less important seem to be immigration (7%), safety (6%), and environment (6%). Like the idea of an election? A strong majority of 58% said that they are either excited about the election, or that they are interested. 31%, however, think that an election should not have been called at this point. This is quite a polarized set of opinions! Have you made up your mind yet? 67% of respondents say that they have decided already how to vote. 26% don't know yet - quite a significant group that politicians will want to sway over the next week until the election. Who will you vote for? It can be sensitive to ask which party a person intends to vote for - after all, in a democracy the vote is secret. Our reporters asked very gently though, to tell them if they want, which party they believe would do the best job in power. These were the answers (ranked) Conservative/Tories 45% Liberal Democrats 14% Labour Party 9% Green Party 5% UKIP 0% 18% say they don't know, and 8% that they don't like any of the parties above. After this poll took place, Labour has done increasingly well in nation-wide surveys, and a lot has yet to happen in the campaign, such as important TV-interviews with the party leaders. Next Thursday, we'll know how correct the Newsnuggets poll turned out to be. If you want to share your own opinion, take our poll here. By: Cecilia, on behalf of Barnes Newsnuggets