Kim Jong-un loves CHEESE – and North Korean leader gorged so much he’s ballooned in size

The tubby dictator has become hooked on Emmental – and appeared on TV with a swollen face and a limp at a recent ­ceremony in the capital Pyongyang

Portly despot Kim Jong-un is absolutely crackers – about Swiss cheese.

The tubby North Korean dictator has become hooked on Emmental and has gorged on so much that he has ballooned in size and is now walking with a limp.

The 31-year-old fell in love with the holey treat when he was a student in Switzerland.

He now imports it for his own consumption, while millions of his citizens starve.

A gloomy Jong-un appeared on TV with a swollen face and a limp at a recent ­ceremony in the capital Pyongyang to mark the 20th anniversary of the death of the nation’s founder Kim Il-sung.

It prompted dissidents who have fled the closed nation to reveal he is in poor health due to his increasing weight.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un laughs

They believe Jong-un stuffs himself to look like his grandfather.

Defector Cho Myung-Chul, of the Korea Institute for International Economic Policy, said: “North Koreans think being fat is good, unlike South Koreans who want to be skinny.

“There is a high chance Jong-un intentionally gained weight to look like Il-sung.”

Jong-un even sent envoys to France to try and enrol North Korean cooks on cheese making courses.

The director of National Dairy Industry College, Veronique Drouet, said the Korean request was politely but firmly declined.

  • An American was arrested by South Korean marines as he tried to swim up a river into North Korea. The man, in his 20s or 30s, was found clinging to the bank suffering from exhaustion.

SAP Agrees To Buy Expense Software Maker Concur For $7.3 Billion

Logo of German company SAP is pictured at the CeBit computer fair in Hanover, March, 6, 2012.  REUTERS/Fabian Bimmer

FRANKFURT (Reuters) – German business software maker SAP <sapg.de> said on Thursday it has agreed to acquire U.S.-based expense management software maker Concur Technologies Inc <cnqr.o> in all-share deal valued at $7.3 billion.

SAP said in a statement it would offer $129 per share, a 20 percent premium over the Sept. 17 closing price.

Based on 57 million outstanding shares, the offer for Bellevue, Washington-based Concur is valued at $7.3 billion. Including debt, the offer represents an enterprise value of about $8.3 billion, SAP said.

The Concur board of directors has unanimously approved the transaction, which is expected to close in the fourth quarter of 2014 or the first quarter 2015, subject to shareholder and regulatory approvals, SAP said.

Top 10 Most Popular Torrent Sites Of 2014

Traditionally, BitTorrent users are very loyal, which is reflected in the top 10 where most sites have had a consistent listing for more than half a decade. But in common with every year, 2014 sees a few movers and shakers, as well as several newcomers.

The top three slots remain intact compared to last year, with The Pirate Bay in the lead despite several domain name changes.

The most notable absentee this year is isoHunt. The site has been featured in the top 10 since 2006, but went offline in 2013 after it settled its legal dispute with the MPAA for $110 million.

The first newcomer in the top 10 this year is YIFY-Torrents, which is also one of the youngest torrent sites after being founded in 2011. The site has grown tremendously over recent months, and by focusing on popular movie releases YIFY has evolved intoHollywood’s new nemesis.

Below is the full list of the top 10 most-visited torrent sites at the start of the new year. Only public and English language content sites are included. The list is based on various traffic reports and we display the Alexa and U.S. Compete rank for each. In addition, we include last year’s ranking for each of the 10 sites.

1. THE PIRATE BAY

To many people The Pirate Bay is synonymous with BitTorrent. The site was founded more than a decade ago and is still expanding, despite various legal troubles, domain hops and ISP blockades. The Pirate Bay currently has well over a billion page views a month.

ALEXA RANK: 79 (EST) / COMPETE RANK: NA / LAST YEAR #1

2. KICKASSTORRENTS

KickassTorrents was founded in 2009 and has quickly moved up in our top 10, settling into 2nd position this year. Responding to a looming domain seizure the site movedfrom its kat.ph domain to Kickass.to last August. Despite domain troubles and blockades by Internet providers in the UK and Italy, the site continues to grow.

ALEXA RANK: 103 / COMPETE RANK: 452 / LAST YEAR #2

3. TORRENTZ

Torrentz has been the leading BitTorrent meta-search engine for many years. Unlike the other sites featured in the list Torrentz does not host any torrent files, it merely redirects visitors to other places on the web. The site uses several domain names with .eu being the most popular.

ALEXA RANK: 153 / COMPETE RANK: 1.377 / LAST YEAR #3

4. EXTRATORRENT

ExtraTorrent continues to gain more traffic and has moved up again in the top 10, now placed as the 4th most-visited torrent site. This success didn’t go unnoticed by rightsholders groups such as the MPAA who recently called out ExtraTorrent as one of the top pirate sites. The site was forced to trade in its .com domain for .cc this year, after it was suspended by its domain registrar.

ALEXA RANK: 363 / COMPETE RANK: 2,286 / LAST YEAR #5

5. YIFY-TORRENTS

Roughly three years ago nobody had ever heard of YIFY but today the movie release group is one of the most recognizable movie piracy brands on the Internet. This reputation resulted in a court-ordered ISP blockade in the UK last year.

ALEXA RANK: 809 / COMPETE RANK: 6,245 / LAST YEAR #NA

6. EZTV

Unlike the other sites in the top 10, TV-torrent distribution group EZTV is a niche site specializing in TV content only. Because of its focus, EZTV’s traffic varies in line with the TV seasons.

ALEXA RANK: 1,050 / COMPETE RANK: 10,790 / LAST YEAR #7

7. 1337X

1337x focuses more on the community aspect than some competitors. The site’s owners say they launched 1337x to “fill an apparent void where it seemed there was a lack of quality conscience ad free torrent sites with public trackers.” In common with most other sites in the top 10, 1337x.org is currently blocked by the larger UK Internet providers.

ALEXA RANK: 1,382 / COMPETE RANK: 11,445 / LAST YEAR #6

8. ISOHUNT.TO

Isohunt.to was launched last October, less than two weeks after isoHunt.com shut down. The site is not affiliated with the old isoHunt crew but copied the site’s design. This has not been without success, as the site now has millions of pageviews a day.

ALEXA RANK: 1,550 / COMPETE RANK: NA / LAST YEAR #NA

9. BITSNOOP

BitSnoop is one of the largest BitTorrent indexes, claiming to index a massive 21,437,061 torrent files at the time of writing. The site’s torrents list continues to grow steadily, as do the number of DMCA notices that it receives.

ALEXA RANK: 1,714 / COMPETE RANK: 5,633 / LAST YEAR #8

10. RARBG

RARBG, which started out as a Bulgarian tracker several years ago, is the third newcomer in the top 10. Together with isoHunt.to it is the only website in the list that hasn’t been blocked in the UK, which may in part explain its popularity.

ALEXA RANK: 1,867 / COMPETE RANK: 13,238 / LAST YEAR #NA

Disclaimer: Yes, we know that Alexa isn’t perfect and that Compete has plenty of flaws, but combined both do a pretty good job at comparing sites that operate in a similar niche. The Alexa rank for The Pirate Bay is estimated based on the ranking of the .sx domain and isoHunt’s Alexa ranking is based on the past month only.

Dollar Spikes To Highest Level Against Yen Since 2008

The Scottish vote for independence is sending shockwaves through the currency markets. And not just the British pound, because the Japanese yen just fell out of bed.

The yen has fallen to 109 against the US dollar, its lowest level since September 2008

A report from Zero Hedge said that in addition to the turmoil being caused across currencies due to the Scottish vote, Japan’s govrnment just downgraded its economic assessment for the first time in five months.

As results from the Scottish vote for independence have rolled in, it has looked increasingly grim for “Yes,” and the British pound has been rallying against all major currency pairs, including the dollar, yen, and euro.

But now the dollar has added its own stunning rally against the yen.

Here’s a chart of the dollar against the yen.

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And as the pound rallies against all currencies, here’s the chart of the pound’s huge gains against the yen.

GBP:JPY

Oracle Shares Down 3% After Ellison Steps Down As CEO

Larry Ellison

Shares of Oracle were down as much as 3% in after hours trade on Thursday after the company announced the CEO Larry Ellison would be stepping down

Ellison will be taking a role as executive chairman and CTO.

Oracle also announced that both Safra Catz and Mark Hurd will serve as CEO of the company. 

The company also reported earnings and revenue that missed expectations.

Oracle reported earnings per share of $0.62 against expectations for $0.64, according to data from Thomson Reuters. Revenue in the quarter also came in light at $8.6 billion against expectations for $8.78 billion. 

Isis: 6,000 New Jihadists Have Flocked to Fight With Terror Group Since US Airstrikes Began

Iraq crisis

More than 6,000 jihadists have signed up to fight for Isis (now known as the Islamic State) in Syria since US President Barack Obama authorised airstrikes on the group in northern Iraq, activists have said.

The UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights revealed that the new figures included 1,300 foreign fighters.

It is now estimated that the terror group, which has declared a “caliphate” straddling the Iraqi-Syrian border, now boasts over 30,000 fighters following US military action.

The large increase in its membership base comes after the US launched 167 airstrikes against the group in Iraq since 8 August.

A number of rebel Syrian figures have warned that US military action is actually boosting supporting for the radical Islamic faction.

Spokesman for the Islam Army, Abdurrahman Saleh, said: “Some people become convinced Isis is the right group because Isis is fighting the criminal Assad and the unbelievers in the West.”

“Many think Assad is protected by the West and Israel,” he added.

“Do things differently”

However, Obama has outlined his plan to “do things differently” in Iraq and not put combat boots on the ground in the Middle East.

“As your commander in chief I will not commit you to fighting another ground war in Iraq,” he said.

New York City’s Police Commissioner Bill Bratton has warned that the group now present a “very real” threat to the city because of their use of social media to recruit “lone wolf” jihadists who threatened America from within.

Online posts in jihadi forums have called for lone wolf attacks on high-profile US targets such as Times Square.

In retaliation for US airstrikes, the group beheaded two US journalists, James Foley and Steven Sotloff, while releasing a high-quality trailer which warns the American government against putting boots on the ground in the terror organisation’s heartland.

Two al-Qaeda offshoots, al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) and al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) have released a joint statement which called upon their jihadist “brothers” in Iraq and Syria to “stop killing each other and unite against the American campaign and its evil coalition that threatens us all”.

Elsewhere, Australian police conducted the biggest counter-terror operation in its history after a senior Islamic State militant called for “demonstration killings”. Fifteen people were arrested and one person charged with conspiracy to plot a terror attack.

The alleged plot was to carry out a beheading on a random member of the Australian public while covering them in an Islamic State flag.

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