News brief: Big stories of the day

WION Web Team
New Delhi, Delhi, India Published: Aug 10, 2018, 09:06 AM(IST)

File photo of US President Donald Trump. Photograph:( Reuters )

Saudi-led air strikes kill dozens in Yemen, including at least 29 children travelling in bus

Saudi-led coalition air strikes on Thursday killed dozens of people, including children travelling on a bus through a market, in Yemen's Saada province, a Yemeni health official and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) said.

The Western-backed alliance fighting the Iranian-aligned Houthi group in Yemen said in a statement that the air strikes targeted missile launchers used to attack the southern Saudi city of Jizan on Wednesday, killing a Yemeni civilian there.

Kerala rains: Death toll rises to 26

The death toll due to flooding and landslides in Kerala following heavy and incessant rains in rose to  26 on Friday.

According to Kerala State Emergency Operations Centre, 22 people have lost their lives due to the heavy rains and landslides till Thursday night. An ANI report on Friday morning put the toll at 26.

Trump wants Space Force by 2020, 'dumb' say his critics

President Donald Trump's administration on Thursday announced an ambitious plan to usher in a new "Space Force" as the sixth branch of the military by 2020, but the proposal was scorned by opponents and may struggle to get liftoff in a divided Congress.

Trump has strongly championed the idea of creating a space-focused military service with the same stature as the Air Force and the Army, turning his dreams of a "Space Force" into a rallying cry for supporters at political events. 

Melania Trump's Slovenian parents given US citizenship

Melania Trump's parents were granted US citizenship Thursday.

Viktor and Amalija Knavs, they're originally Slovenian, obtained their citizenship through sponsorship of their adult daughter. 

Melania of course is the First Lady of the US. 

While her husband, US President Donald Trump,  has always taken a very hard line on immigration, including criticising so-called main migration which allows naturalised US citizens to sponsor close relatives for permanent residency. 


US struggles to find parents of migrant children

The number of immigrant children in US care who have still not been reunited with their families after being separated at the Mexican border has barely budged in the past week, as the government struggles to locate parents no longer in the United States.

Over 500 children out of more than 2,500 separated from their parents by officials at the border remain in the care of the government. The number dipped to 559 this week from 572 last week, according to a court filing on Thursday.

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