A rundown of the biggest global news stories this week
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Oct. 11 – North Korea's state media declared that the high-level talks scheduled with South Korean officials were "all but scrapped," in response to anti-propaganda leaflets launched from the south aimed at the north. Activists sent balloons laden with these leaflets in hopes of providing outside information to the strictly controlled North Korean populace, at which point the Northern border patrols started firing at the balloons in order to bring them down. This led to an exchange of gunfire between the two countries, though no one is believed to have been hurt. The gunfire exchange comes at a difficult time as last week North Korean officials made a surprise visit to South Korea for the Asian Games, a multi-sport athletics event hosting countries from across Asia. The visit marked the first time in five years that North Korean executives had visited their southern neighbor, and was seen as a hopeful sign for negotiations. High-level talks were held as a result of the visit, and more had been planned for late October and early November. It remains to be seen whether the scheduled talks will resume.
Oct. 12 – Cyclone Hudhud ripped through the eastern coast of India, causing extensive property damage and forcing over 350,000 people to relocate. Winds reached speeds of up to 127 mph, which, coupled with the heavy rain, brought down trees and power lines, and caused damage to buildings and crops. The fear is that the cyclone will also cause heavy flooding, destruction and deaths in cities like Visakhapatnam, Vijayanagaram and Srikakulam. The death toll as a result of the cyclone has risen to 21, so residents are being urged to stay in their homes until the storm passes them by.
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