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At least 97 African migrants, including women and children, are missing after their boat capsized off the Libyan coast. Survivors said that the inflatable boat set off with roughly 120 people on board. Libya is a transit point for migrants trying to cross the Mediterranean to Europe where at least 590 of them have died or gone missing so far this year.
India became the first state in south Asia to pass legislation prohibiting discrimination against the country’s 2.1 million HIV-positive people, with jobs, housing, education and hospitals particular areas of focus. India is the largest country in the world to ban this kind of discrimination.
The United States dropped the “Mother of All Bombs”—the largest conventional bomb in the American arsenal—on an Islamic State cave complex in Afghanistan. The bomb, which is specifically designed for missions such as Thursday’s, explodes in the air which in turn creates air pressure that can make tunnels and other infrastructure collapse. The GBU-43 is a GPS-guided munition that had never before been used in combat since its first test in 2003. Afghan President Ashraf Ghani's office said in a statement the attack was a part of a joint operation by Afghan and international troops.
China said on Friday tension over North Korea had to be stopped from reaching an "irreversible and unmanageable stage" as a U.S. aircraft carrier group steamed toward the region amid fears the North may conduct a sixth nuclear weapons test.
Russia vetoed a U.N. Security Council resolution condemning the Syrian chemical attack that took place last week. The resolution called for an immediate investigation into the sarin gas attack, which killed 87 people, many of whom were children. Russia’s UN ambassador, who claims the attack was perpetrated by rebels hoping to pin the blame on President Bashar al-Assad, proposed that there be an independent international investigation rather than an investigation through the United Nations.
Foreign governments such as Russia and China may have been responsible for a crash in the U.K.’s voter registration website in the weeks before the Brexit referendum, according to a report by Parliament’s Public Administration Committee. The website crashed on the evening of June 7, 2016, as the deadline for registration approached.
The Syrian president, Bashar al-Assad, has described a chemical attack that killed dozens of people as “a fabrication.” Assad’s claim effectively dismisses evidence from international chemical weapons experts who found traces of nerve agent in samples from the site of the attack, and also puts him at odds with his main backer, Russia.
Former Iranian President and Holocaust-questioning populist Mahmoud Ahmadinejad unexpectedly filed to run in the country’s May election complicating the race for frontrunner, President Hassan Rouhani. In September, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei recommended that Ahmadinejad to stay out of the race as his views could attract support for hardliners looking for someone to clash with U.S. President Donald Trump.
The Trump administration is exploring ways to assemble a nationwide deportation force. An internal Department of Homeland Security assessment indicated that security officials have started talking with local police force to begin enforcing authority for the program. Officials noted that the plans are still being developed and have not been formally approved.
The Canadian government has introduced highly anticipated legislation aimed at regulating recreational marijuana use by July 2018, paving the way for the country to become the first in the G7 to fully legalize the drug.
A construction executive has linked Brazilian President Michel Temer to a corruption scheme at state-run oil company Petroleo Brasilerio SA. Temer’s popularity continues to erode as a former industrial engineer chief of Latin America’s largest construction firm told prosecutors that he met with Temer and agreed to spend 30 million USD on the president’s Democratic Movement Party in exchange for a construction contract.
Reports indicate the outer-space hacking is a top concern for NASA. Jeanette Hanna-Ruiz, NASA chief information security officer, is concerned about hackers breaching communications between NASA and one of its 65 spacecraft transmitting research data. Hannah-Ruiz confirmed that it’s only “a matter of time before someone hacks into something in space, we see ourselves as a very attractive target.”