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A ship carrying migrants and refugees capsized off the coast of Egypt, leaving over 150 people dead. Authorities are expected to recover more bodies. Egyptian prosecutors ordered the arrest and detention of four crew members on the charges of human trafficking, wrongful death, wrongful injury, and others.
Heavily armed militants attacked a military base near the de facto border with Pakistan, killing 17 Indian soldiers, making this the largest number of casualties for India in the Kashmir conflict. It is suspected that the militants came from Pakistan.
North Korea conducted a “successful” ground test of a new rocket engine to launch satellites. This came weeks after the isolated nation a conducted its fifth nuclear test, which alarmed the international community.
Ukraine’s military intelligence claimed that Russia kicked off nuclear combat practice. Ukrainian officials worry that Russia is preparing for a large-scale conflict. Russian authorities have not confirmed any activity.
A bomb attack in Aleppo on an aid shipment ended the fragile ceasefire in Syria. The United Nations and other aid agencies suspended all humanitarian convoys entering Syria after the bombing, which killed roughly 20 people. Immediately following the collapse of the ceasefire, which was brokered by the U.S. and Russia, violence continued as Syrian forces dropped bombs on the rebel-held city of Aleppo.
On Wednesday, the United States lifted the last hurdle for Western aircraft makers to sell planes to Iran. Airbus and Boeing are now allowed to sell airplanes to Iran, which is in dire need of updating its aircraft. This is part of the larger plan of the Iran Nuclear Deal to remove sanctions imposed on the oil-rich country.
On Thursday, U.S. lawmakers approved a $1.15 billion arms deal with Saudi Arabia. The Senate voted 71 to 27 against a bipartisan legislation that would have stopped the deal. The legislation was led by Republican Senator Rand Paul and Democratic Senator Chris Murphy to block the sale over concerns that the Sunni kingdom was using those weapons in the ongoing offensive in Yemen.
Canada and China announced that they would begin talks that could eventually lead to a free-trade agreement. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said that he hoped to double trade with China by 2025.
Venezuela’s petroleum industry, whose vast revenues once fueled the country’s Socialist-inspired revolution, underwriting everything from housing to education, is spiraling into disarray. To add insult to injury, the Venezuelan government has been forced to turn to its nemesis, the United States, for help.
Yahoo announced that information from at least 500 million users was stolen. The tech company believes a state-sponsored actor is responsible for the cyber attack. The theft may have included names, email addresses, birthdates, and encrypted or unencrypted questions and answers. This is the largest data breach ever on users.