North Korea Launches Rocket

In a move long anticipated, North Korea launched a long range ballistic missile. North Korea claims that the rocket put a satellite into orbit, but U.S. intelligence officials say that the missile landed in the Pacific Ocean instead. It is thought that the real goal of the launch is to test the range of North Korea’s ballistic missiles. Thought the missile was not armed, North Korea has the potential to launch a nuclear warhead that could reach Japan and possibly Alaska. The launch is a violation of a 2006 United Nations Security Council resolution barring North Korea from testing ballistic missiles. An emergency meeting of the UN Security Council is scheduled for this afternoon, USA Today.

Facing world outrage, Hamid Karzai, President of Afghanistan, announced he would issue a review of the new law restricting women’s rights. The law affects Shia women in Afghanistan living under Sharia law, which is based on religious traditions. Sharia law is legal under Afghanistan’s constitution. The law would restrict the movement of women without the permission of their husbands and would essentially legalize martial rape, New York Times.

Another suicide attack at a mosque in Pakistan. The attack happened at a Shiite mosque south of Islamabad, the capital of Pakistan. Most of the violence in Pakistan is perpetrated by the Sunni majority against the Shiite minority. 22 people are dead and dozens more are injured. A leader of the Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack, saying it was in retaliation of bombing by U.S. unmanned drone planes earlier this week, New York Times.

Canadian man convicted of murder for intentionally infecting 11 women with HIV, Globe and Mail.

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  1. Pingback: Update: North Korea Continues Nuclear Program « Citizen’s Daily Brief

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