Morning Security Brief: North Korea Nuclear Test, Florida Criticized for Student Arrests, and Fighting Terrorism in Africa
North Korea claims to test another nuclear weapon; a report says Florida arrests students for the wrong reasons, and a look at the U.S. challenge fighting radical Islamists in Africa.
► The Washington Post reports that North Korea has claimed to detonate a "smaller and light" nuclear device . The news was reported by its state-run news agency. "This latest test — conducted in the face of strong opposition from the United States and its allies, and from North Korea’s chief patron, China — allowed the North to hone in on its top technological goal: building an atomic device small enough to mount on a long-range missile," explains The Washington Post.
► Juvenile justice and civil rights leaders in Florida say that children in Florida are being sent to jail for misbehavior rather than criminal offenses. "Sixty-seven percent of the arrests last year were for misdemeanors such as disorderly conduct — a catchall, attorneys say, that has been used when children refused to take a cellphone out of a pocket or yelled in class. Fewer than 5 percent faced weapons charges," reports the Orlando Sentinal.
► The U.S. Africa Command is the focus of a New York Times article. "Created five years ago to focus on training the armed forces of dozens of African nations and strengthening social, political and economic programs, the Pentagon’s Africa Command now finds itself on a more urgent mission: confronting a new generation of Islamist militants who are testing the United States’ resolve to fight terrorism without being drawn into a major conflict," writes the NYT.