• Kim Jong-un 'erases his father and grandfather' from new mandatory national oath

    Kim Jong-un, the North Korean leader, has introduced a new national oath playing down the achievements of his father and grandfather and instead praising his own ideology and leadership. The oath, which must be recited by all citizens, was originally introduced in the 1970s, when Kim Il-sung, the founder of the nation and the grandfather of the present dictator, exercised control over the nation. The oath was made up of 10 articles that extolled the wisdom and greatness of Mr Kim and, after his death in July 1994, his son, Kim Jong-il. Declared by workers, students and members of the armed forces on national holidays and key anniversaries of the Workers’ Party, citizens have been required to swear to “arm themselves with the ideals” of the nation’s first two leaders, the Seoul-based DailyNK news site reported. Citizens were then required to commit themselves to applying those ideals to every facet of their lives - in the workplace, school and family - and “to forever dedicate their lives as if they were worth nothing but for the great achievements of Kim Il-sung, Kim Jong-il and the Workers’ Party of Korea”. Former North Korean Leader Kim Jong Il shakes hands with US Secretary of State Madeleine Albright  Credit: AP Photo/David Guttenfelder, Pool, File Quoting sources in the North, the media outlet said failing to attend an oath meeting would mark a citizen out as being potentially politically unreliable. The oath has not been changed for more than 40 years, the sources said, although the present hereditary ruler of North Korea has apparently decided that it needed to be revised. The new version of the oath reduces the number of articles from 10 to five, shortening the time required to recite the full text. The revised oaths have effectively edited out Kim Il-sung and Kim Jong-il, leaving only a brief comment on their “will and spirit”, DailyNK reported. Kim Jong-un's family tree Instead, a passage has been inserted that is a declaration of loyalty to the ideology and leadership of Kim Jong-un. The complete white-washing of past leaders has never been attempted before in North Korea and runs counter to the concept of the Kim family being benevolent parent-figures to the population through the generations. Mr Kim’s efforts to eclipse his forefathers is likely to be another attempt to shore up his own domestic support base at the same time as reinvigorating his subjects' revolutionary spirit.  North Korean soldiers carry flags and a photo of late leader Kim Il Sung during a military parade  Credit: AP Photo/Wong Maye-E It has also been suggested that it may be part of a manoeuvre to weaken the “old guard” in political and military circles who may have been more loyal to previous regimes. In Washington, meanwhile, President Donald Trump on Friday extended US sanctions on North Korea for another year, citing the “unusual and extraordinary” threat posed by the regime’s nuclear weapons programme. The announcement came 10 days after Mr Trump’s summit in Singapore with Mr Kim, during which the North Korean leader committed himself to the “complete denuclearisation” of the Korean Peninsula in return for US security guarantees. 

  • Restaurant bombarded with Yelp reviews after refusing to serve Sarah Huckabee Sanders

    The Red Hen restaurant in Lexington, Virginia, is being bombarded with online reviews after refusing to serve Sarah Huckabee Sanders, Donald Trump's press secretary, and her family. On Friday night, Jaike Foley-Schultz, who claims to be a waiter at The Red Hen, explained on Facebook that he waited on the White House official for about two minutes before his boss asked her to leave the establishment. Sanders later confirmed the incident on Twitter, writing, "Last night I was told by the owner of Red Hen in Lexington, VA to leave because I work for @POTUS and I politely left. Her actions say far more about her than about me. I always do my best to treat people, including those I disagree with, respectfully and will continue to do so." Last night I was told by the owner of Red Hen in Lexington, VA to leave because I work for @POTUS and I politely left. Her actions say far more about her than about me. I always do my best to treat people, including those I disagree with, respectfully and will continue to do so - Sarah Sanders (@PressSec) June 23, 2018 SEE ALSO: Sarah Huckabee Sanders' most ludicrous moments as press secretary In his Facebook post, Foley-Schultz also shared a photograph of a handwritten note from the restaurant that said, "86 Sara Huckabee Sanders." (Mashable reached out to The Red Hen for additional comment.) The story gained attention after Brennan Gilmore, the director of Clean Virginia, a nonprofit focused on clean energy, shared the photo on Twitter. Soon, the restaurant's Facebook and Yelp pages were flooded with mixed reviews. .@PressSec got kicked out of the Red Hen restaurant in Lexington, Va tonight. Apparently the owner didn’t want to serve her and her party out of moral conviction. pic.twitter.com/jr3bfiY3XY - Brennan Gilmore (@brennanmgilmore) June 23, 2018 Many reviews were either extremely supportive of the owner's decision to refuse service to Sanders or absolutely slammed the restaurant for discriminating against political opinions. Read Michael D.'s review of The Red Hen on Yelp Read Christopher T.'s review of The Red Hen on Yelp Read Darryl S.'s review of The Red Hen on Yelp Read Tim W.'s review of The Red Hen on Yelp Read Mike P.'s review of The Red Hen on Yelp The Red Hen's Yelp page has been active since 2009, and the time of writing the restaurant had 273 five star reviews and 229 one star reviews. Image: screengrab/yelpSince May, the establishment's overall rating also appears to have dropped from 5 stars to 3 stars for the first time in 2018. Image: screengrab/yelpIt should be noted that a majority of the Yelp reviews from Saturday only comment on Red Hen's political views and managerial actions related to the refusal to serve Sanders, rather than the food or restaurant experience. Mashable reached out to Yelp to see if the site will take action to remove the off-subject reviews, as they appear to be a violation of the platform's guidelines for posting content.  Under the "Relevance" section of the site's guidelines, Yelp states:  A Yelp spokesperson pointed to the site's user guidelines in a statement given to Mashable: "When businesses make the news, their Yelp business page can be affected. Media-fueled reviews typically violate our Content Guidelines, one of which deals with relevance. Yelp reviews are required to describe a firsthand consumer experience, not what someone read in the news. Our user support team ultimately removes reviews that violate these guidelines. More info on how Yelp handles these types of circumstances on this page of our Support site." The Red Hen's refusal to serve Sanders comes amidst backlash against the Trump administration's harsh "zero-tolerance" immigration policy that's resulted in more than 2,000 children being separated from their families at the border. Earlier this week Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen dealt with protesters while dining out at a Mexican restaurant (she eventually fled), and she was confronted again on Friday by protesters again outside her house who were blasting the audio recording of migrant children crying in detention centers. Perhaps members of the Trump administration should look into some take-out dining options until better immigration laws are implemented.  UPDATED June 23, 2018 6:31 p.m. ET with a statement from a Yelp spokesperson. WATCH: Kim Kardashian is in, but these people were uninvited from the White House

  • Woman feels hoodwinked by closeted man

    Dear Amy: I was widowed in my 30s, with three young children. It was a very painful process to lose my husband at the young age of 39. I began to date after two years, never expecting anything to come out of it. I met a very kind and thoughtful man, “Steven,” who accepted me and my children. Steven and I dated for two years. The first year was wonderful. My family and my in-laws all accepted him. As year two began, he began to change. He stopped being attentive, and started to randomly go out by himself. We eventually broke up because he couldn’t commit. At the beginning of our relationship, he didn’t seem to have a problem with commitment. He took advantage of my life and of my children being

  • 15-year-old on Alaska AIrlines flight uses sign language to help fellow passenger

    (CNN)A 15-year-old is being widely praised for an act of kindness during a cross-country flight. Clara Daly was traveling with her mother Jane from Boston to Los Angeles on an Alaska Airlines flight earlier this week. During the six-hour flight that included a layover in Portland, Oregon, Clara volunteered her skills in sign language to help a blind and deaf man by forming letters with her fingers while he "read" them with his hands. Clara told CNN a flight attendant asked on the plane's speaker whether anyone knew sign language. The teenager, who has been studying American Sign Language communication techniques and says she has "always been fascinated by sign language," pressed the call button

  • Chargers were reason Ravens QB Lamar Jackson didn't run 40

    Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson notoriously refused to run the 40-yard dash at the 2018 NFL Scouting Combine. And while many knew that was because the talented QB didn’t want to be pigeonholed as a mere athlete over a field general, Baltimore’s rookie revealed that it was actually the Chargers’ scouting department that pushed him to make his decision at the event. “It was a Chargers’ scout like, he was the one who told me about it [running wide receiver routes],” Jackson began on “The Lounge Podcast.” “And I’m like, ‘what?’ He caught me off guard with it. I even tried to make a face for him like, ‘what?’ I’m thinking he’s trying to be funny, but he just kept going with it, so it just became

  • What happened after two brothers were deported to El Salvador after a decade in the U.S.

    JUCUAPA, El Salvador -- In the rural mountain town of Jucuapa, about 2 hours outside the capital, there are two brothers who live here, who were deported from the U.S. They moved back to Jucuapa after they set up their life and were living the American dream, more than 1,900 miles away in Maryland. The last time Diego and Lizandro Claro walked these streets, they were still kids. Now, 20-year-old Lizandro feels like a stranger in his own country. Protests and facility visits in Texas amid immigration confusion "I feel like Maryland is home," Lizandro said. "It might not be my country, but that's where my parents are. That's where my family is. I feel at home where my family is." Their father