North Korea- North Korea announced that, in potentially the most powerful nuclear test the country has had yet on the morning of Friday, Sept. 9, they have successfully detonated a nuclear warhead that could be mounted on ballistic rockets. State media said that the test would enable North Korea to produce “a variety of smaller, lighter and diversified nuclear warheads of higher strike power.”

 

Syria- U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and his Russian counterpart, Sergey Lavrov, announced on Sept. 9 that the U.S. and Russia agreed to a tentative ceasefire deal in Syria. The ceasefire is intended to lead the way to a joint U.S.-Russian air campaign against the Islamic State and other extremist groups.

 

Paris, France- Police found three radicalized French women, aged 19, 23 and 39, that were behind a recent failed terrorist attack near Paris’s Notre Dame Cathedral. Police found that the women were linked to the discovery of a car loaded with gas cylinders that was parked near the cathedral. Officials said that the women were planning a violent attack on Gare de Lyon station in Paris, but were stopped by police.

 

O Porrino, Spain- At least four people died and 48 were injured after a passenger train derailed in the northwest part of the country. The train crashed in O Porrino on the morning of Sept. 9 while travelling between Spain and Portugal. The train’s Portuguese engineer and Spanish ticket collector were among the deceased, as well as two passengers.

 

 

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