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Somali pirates who seized a Comoros-flagged oil tanker have released the ship and its eight Sri Lankan crew, bringing the first hijacking since 2012 to an unusually swift conclusion without the payment of a ransom.
A court in Japan has ruled that negligence by the state contributed to the triple meltdown of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in March 2011 and awarded significant damages to evacuees. Although courts have awarded damages arising from the disaster in other cases, Friday’s ruling is the first time the government has been held liable.
India has fast-tracked hydropower projects worth 15 billion USD in Kashmir in recent months, three federal and state officials said, ignoring warnings from Islamabad that power stations on rivers flowing into Pakistan will disrupt water supplies. The swift approval of projects that had languished for years came after Prime Minister Narendra Modi suggested last year that sharing the waterways could be conditional on Pakistan clamping down on anti-India militants that New Delhi says it shelters.
Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte declared victory over far-right anti-Muslim candidate Geert Wilders. The elections were seen as the first test of populist movements in Western Europe this year.
French presidential candidate, Francois Fillon, was charged with embezzlement. French prosecutors said that they had placed the presidential candidate under formal investigation for misuse of public funds.
The U.S. is set to send another 1,000 soldiers to fight to drive the Islamic State out of the Syrian city of Raqqa, the terrorist group’s capital. The deployment, which was approved by Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, could double the number of U.S. personnel in Syria.
Iraqi government forces reportedly killed the Islamic State’s commander in Mosul’s Old City. The death of Abu Abdul Rahman al-Ansary, the ISIS commander, marked the latest sign of progress in an offensive aimed to drive ISIS out of the country.
A federal judge in Hawaii blocked President Donald Trump’s revised temporary travel ban in the U.S. from six predominantly Muslim countries. Derrick K. Watson, the judge of the Federal District Court in Honolulu, stated that Trump’s proposal could be interpreted as an “attempt to disfavor a particular religion.”
President Trump’s 2018 budget proposal, which was announced on Thursday, includes a 54 billion USD increase in defense spending and a bump for border security, while a substantial cut, roughly 30 percent, for both the Environmental Protection Agency and the State Department.
Reports in Colombia by the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights suggest that dozens of rights activists have been killed this past year. Most victims were reportedly human rights leaders or members of leftist political organizations. The UN has warned that armed groups are moving into territories previously occupied by Farc rebels.
The world’s first fluorescent frog has been discovered near Santa Fe in Argentina. Scientists at the Bernardino Rivadavia Natural Sciences Museum in Buenos Aires made the discovery by accident while studying the pigment of polka-dot tree frogs, a species common across the continent.
Federal prosecutors unsealed indictments against two Russian spies and two criminal hackers in connection with a cyber attack that compromised the accounts off roughly 500 million Yahoo users in 2014. The alleged hackers named in the indictment were Alexey Belan and Karim Baratov.