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Hello, I'm Neil Nunes with the BBC News.

The United States, Britain and Australia have announced a new defense and security partnership for the Indo-Pacific, sparking immediate condemnation by China. The Chinese embassy in Washington accused them of having a cold war mentality. As part of the deal, a fleet of nuclear-powered submarines will be built for the Australian navy. They'll carry conventional weapons. The Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison defended the agreement. "There is an open invitation for President Xi and I to discuss these and many other matters. That has always been there. Australia remains open to discuss these and all issues that are important to the Indo-Pacific. I believe and hope we would both share the same objective of a peaceful Indo-Pacific where the sovereignty and independence of nations is understood and respected, and thatenablestheir own citizenstoflourish. It is not an uncommon thing for countries to take decisions in their own strategic interests and tobuild uptheir defense capabilities. China makes the same decisions."

North Korea has given more details of the ballistic missile tests itcarried outon Wednesday. State media said that for the first time, the weapons are launched from a train. With more, here is Laura Bicker in Seoul. The images on North Korean state media show what appeared to be two different missiles being fired from a railway carriage along tracks surrounded by thick forest. The report said the drill wascarried outby a railway-borne missile regiment that transported weapons systems through the country's mountains. Once again, this is a new type of launch system for North Korea. Leader Kim Jong-un vowed in January to further develop his nuclear deterrent despite US-led sanctions.

Four space tourists have reached orbit aftertaking offfrom Florida on a SpaceX rocket. The commercial mission is the first without professional astronauts. Here's Jonathan Amos. They only had 6 months of training, but the Inspiration4 crew made it look so easy. Jared Isaacman, Hayley Arceneaux, Sian Proctor, and Chris Sembroski are forging a new era in space tourism. The Dragon Capsule took them to an altitude higher than the international space station. Only the professional astronauts of the Apollo program have gone further from earth. The foursome will spend their time conducting scientific experiments and looking out of the biggest window ever fitted to a space vehicle. Super wealthy Mr. Isaacman paid for the trip.

Thousands of people have protested in El Salvador against the recent introduction of Bitcoin as legal tender, and the increasingly authoritarian government of President Nayib Bukele. Demonstrators fear the cryptocurrency will bring instability and inflation to the Central American country. Mr. Bukele argues it'll benefit Salvadorans who work abroad and send money home.

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