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White House: Improved surveillance caught Chinese balloon

U.S. officials said Monday that improvements ordered by President Joe Biden to strengthen defences against Chinese espionage helped to identify last week's spy balloon -- and to determine that similar flights were conducted at multiple points during the Trump administration.

A high-altitude balloon floats over Billings, Mont., on Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2023. (Larry Mayer/The Billings Gazette via AP)

N. Korean leader orders military to improve war readiness

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has ordered his military to expand its combat exercises and strengthen war preparedness as he looks to escalate an already provocative run in weapons demonstrations in the face of deepening tensions with its neighbors and Washington.

North Korea's Kaepoong town is seen behind a North Korean military guard post, bottom, from the Unification Observation Post in Paju near the border with North Korea, South Korea, Friday, Jan. 27, 2023. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)

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