Commercial satellite images were released on Monday that show more than a dozen unidentified North Korean missile operating sites. These images confirm that despite recent talks with the US, Pyongyang has continued cultivating its ballistic missile program. Officials believe the bases identified may house shorter-range missiles and missiles which can reach the US.
Amnesty International has withdrawn the Ambassador of Conscience award from Myanmar’s civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi after her ‘shameful betrayal’ to values and ‘apparent indifference’ to the atrocities committed against the Rohingya. UN investigators accused the Myanmar military of ‘genocidal intent,’ claims which Suu Kyi’s administration rejected. The Myanmar government has not commented.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau confirmed that Canadian intelligence has heard an audio recording of the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi. Trudeau said Canada is working closely with Turkey on the case. The UK has increased pressure on Saudi Arabian leaders to agree to a ceasefire in Yemen and facilitate political talks.
New York City is preparing for an unprecedented police effort as the trial for the infamous Mexican drug lord Joaquin ‘El Chapo’ Guzman is set to begin on Tuesday in Brooklyn. Guzman faces a 17 count indictment which spans nearly 30 years of alleged criminal activity. Guzman is accused of running the Sinaloa cartel.
Marvel Comics creator Stan Lee died at the age of 95 on Monday. Lee developed Marvel into a comic book titan in the 1960s and watched as his characters enjoyed movie box office success in later years. Lee is responsible for the creation of favorite superheroes such as Spider-Man, Iron Man, the X-Men, and Thor.
Over 350 US Roman Catholic bishops gathered in Baltimore, Maryland on Monday to vote on new corrective measures to address sexual abuse. Bishops in attendance were surprised when they received instruction from the Vatican to delay voting until next year. The order from Rome is the latest twist in a long power struggle between the American bishops and the Vatican over how to respond to the abuse crisis.