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2018 in spaceflight

The U.S. government's highly classified Zuma satellite is reportedly lost after being launched by SpaceX on a Falcon 9 Full Thrust rocket from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. Northrop Grumman, who built the satellite, and SpaceX have both refused to confirm the mission's failure due to its classified nature.

Dow Jones reported that federal lawmakers had been briefed about the apparent destruction of the secretive payload — code-named Zuma.

2018 Tunisian protests

Amid protests against rising prices and tax increases, a protestor is killed and five others are injured in clashes with security forces in the Tunisian town of Tebourba.

One person was killed on Monday during clashes between security forces and protesters in a Tunisian town near the capital Tunis, state news agency TAP and residents said.

Temporary protected status in the U.S.

The Trump administration will, in 18 months, end the Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for immigrants from El Salvador living in the U.S. under the TPS issued after a series of devastating earthquakes in 2001. The Department of Homeland Security estimates about 200,000 Salvadorans will be impacted.

Nearly 200,000 people will be given 18 months to move out or find a legal way to remain in the US.

Law of India

The Supreme Court of India orders a review of Section 377, a colonial-era law that criminalizes consensual sex between men, and of the Court's December 2013 verdict that upheld the law. In August 2017, the Supreme Court ruled that all Indian citizens have a constitutional right to privacy, noting in the judgment that "sexual orientation is an essential attribute to privacy."

The court ordered a review of a colonial-era law reinstated in 2013 that criminalizes sex between men. Gay-rights advocates were elated but cautious.

2018 Kadovar eruption

All residents are evacuated, 500 of them to the nearby island of Blup Blup, while the once-dormant Kadovar volcano in the Schouten Islands, Papua New Guinea, erupts for the first known time, sending an ash cloud 2.1 km above sea level.

THE entire population of an island has been evacuated as concerns mount over a volcanic eruption that sprang out of nowhere.

Sanchi oil tanker collision

Sanchi is still ablaze this morning and it continues to leak oil. Chinese officials mention the danger of explosion and sinking.

The 32 crew are still missing and there are fears of an environmental disaster.