One person has been shot dead after an unidentified gunman opened fire on the office of the Federal Security Service (FSB), Russia’s main intelligence agency, in the heart of Moscow. Video shows the gunman raking the Lubyanka building with rounds of gunfire and shattering windows. Other FSB guards were injured in the shooting, with two in a critical condition, officials said.
Three people have died in India during protests, as more than 1,200 people have been detained for defying bans on demonstrations. Arrests have taken place in several of the nation’s big cities. The Citizenship Amendment Act entitles non-Muslims who are in the country illegally, to citizenship if they can prove they face religious persecution in Muslim-majority Bangladesh, Pakistan and Afghanistan.
Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison issued a rare public apology on Friday and cut short a Hawaiian vacation in response to mounting public anger after two volunteer firefighters were killed battling bushfires sweeping the country’s east coast. Some areas of Sydney are set for “catastrophic” conditions on Saturday, and the deadly fires are now engulfing other parts of the country.
America has taken another step towards being able to launch its astronauts into orbit again – a capability it’s not had for nearly nine years. The Boeing company has launched a test capsule to the International Space Station (ISS). Known as Starliner, the vehicle is flying uncrewed on this occasion. But if it performs without incident, astronauts will start using the craft next year.
The alleged ringleader of a Dutch crime organization dubbed by prosecutors as an “oiled killing machine,” was arrested in Dubai Monday and flown back to the Netherlands, authorities said Thursday. Ridouan Taghi, 41, who was one of the Netherland’s most-wanted criminals, had been on the run for years. He now faces trial for allegedly ordering a string of gangland slayings and attempted hits.