Graphic: The Military Balance on the Korean Peninsula Tensions in the Korean Peninsula have soared with a series of provocations from North Korea as well as a revelation in a U.S. intelligence report that suggested the Hermit Kingdom now has the ability to arm a ballistic missile with a nuclear warhead — even if the weapons would lack reliability. Some analysts fear a miscalculation by Kim Jong-un, or an accident, could provoke a regional war dragging in even China and Russia.
Graphic: What Are North Korea’s Intentions? North Korea has a fearsome collection of biological and chemical weapons, including rockets that have the potential to strike at most of its close neighbours and the potential to reach Europe, much of the U.S. and all of Australia. (Richard Johnson/National Post)
Graphic: Christianity then and now More than 30% of the world’s population — 2.2 billion people — are Christian, according to a major religious survey. The 32% of the world that was Christian in 2010 was down from 35% a century ago, says the survey by the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life that analyzed more than 2,500 censuses, surveys and population registers. About half of all Christians are Roman Catholic (50%) and an estimated 37% of Christians belong to the Protestant tradition, broadly defined as Anglicans, independents and non-denominational churches. (Richard Johnson/National Post)
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A grim catalogue of child murder In 2011, there were 2,015 homicides of infants, children and teenagers in the United States. Of those killed, 1,534 were male, while 478 were female. According to the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation firearms were used in almost 63% of the murders.
Graphic: North Korea’s Unha-3 long-range rocket In Pyongyang, North Koreans clinked beer mugs and danced in the streets to celebrate the country’s first satellite in space. In Washington, Seoul and Tokyo, leaders pushed for consequences for Wednesday’s successful rocket launch, widely seen as a test that takes the country one step closer to being capable of lobbing nuclear bombs over the Pacific.
The surprising, successful launch of a three-stage rocket similar in design to a model capable of carrying a nuclear-tipped warhead as far as California raises the stakes in the international standoff over North Korea’s expanding atomic arsenal. As Pyongyang refines its technology, its next step may be conducting its third nuclear test, experts warn.
With this in mind, the National Post’s graphics team takes a look at North Korea’s Unha-3 rocket.
Air strikes, rocket launches and death tolls: The latest Gaza developments Israel hit targets in the Gaza Strip for the fifth consecutive day on Sunday. So far, as part of Operation Pillar of Defense, the IDF says it has struck more than 1,200 such targets. Officials say 74 Palestinians have died since the operation began; about half have reportedly been civilians. Meanwhile, terrorists in Gaza have fired more than 1,000 rockets at Israel, 544 of which have reached Israeli territory. Israel claims to have intercepted 290 of those. Above is a look at some of the major incidents yesterday inside the Gaza Strip
Election century The defining issues of the U.S. elections in 1908 and 2008 charted similar territory — a banking crisis, a loss of consumer confidence and a plummeting economy. With less than a month to go before the 2012 election, the National Post looks back at a century of election results and the issues of the day. (Graphic by Richard Johnson/National Post)