Vice President Mike Pence announced on Thursday the plan to create a sixth branch of the US military called the ‘Space Force’ as soon as 2020. Pence called the branch ‘an idea whose time has come.’ The branch requires approval by Congress. There is strong opposition from the Air Force, which could lose some responsibilities.
Dozens of people including at least 29 children were killed on Thursday when an airstrike by the Saudi-led coalition struck a school bus in northern Yemen. The US-backed coalition called the attack a ‘legitimate military operation.’ The International Committee of the Red Cross commented that ‘under the international humanitarian law, civilians must be protected during conflict.’
First Lady Melania Trump’s parents became naturalized US citizens in a ceremony in New York City on Thursday. The First Lady’s parents completed a year-long immigration process amid calls from President Trump for new laws barring Americans from sponsoring parents or other relatives. President Trump has repeatedly denounced this process, calling it ‘chain migration.’
Talk of a long-term ceasefire between Israel and the Hamas rulers of Gaza was interrupted early Thursday when the Israeli military traded blows with Palestinian militants. A rocket was fired toward the southern Israeli city of Beersheba and Israel responded with an airstrike in western Gaza City. A ceasefire was set to begin Thursday night.
The Nebraska execution of Carey Dean Moore convicted of killing two taxi drivers in 1979 may be postponed. German drugmaker Fresenius Kabi asked a judge to block the use of its drugs in Nebraska’s first-ever lethal injection. The company claims harm could come to its reputation if products intended to help are used to kill.
Hackers have gained control of computer servers belonging to the PGA and have demanded a bitcoin ransom, with no amount specified, from the golf association in exchange for returned control. Officials were locked out of critical files related to this week’s PGA Championship. The PGA of America declined to comment, saying it was an ongoing investigation.