Hello! Here’s what you need to know on Friday.
1. The US has deployed the largest nonnuclear bomb in its inventory on an ISIS target in a remote part of far northeast Afghanistan. The GBU-43/B Massive Ordnance Air Blast Bomb, whose acronym has inspired the nickname “Mother of All Bombs,” was developed during the Iraq War and had not been used in combat until now.
2. Afghanistan officials said the US MOAB attack has left 36 ISIS group fighters dead. There were no civilian casualties, according to the Ministry of Defense statement.
3. Tensions between the US and North Korea are ramping up amid nuclear threats. Intelligence officials told NBC News that the US was prepared to launch a preemptive strike against North Korea if they were certain the country was going to perform another nuclear-weapons test.
4. US Vice President Mike Pence is traveling to South Korea on Sunday, in what his aides said was a sign of the US commitment to its ally. Pence’s Seoul stop kicks off a long-planned 10-day trip to Asia.
5. Britain has never been richer — or more unequal. British households are richer than ever, but that won’t translate to a much-needed boost to the economy, according to a new report from Oxford Economics.
6. Banks are already sending business through Paris instead of London due to Brexit. Clients of HSBC, Europe’s biggest bank, have started requesting that their money is routed through the bank’s offices in mainland Europe, avoiding the UK as a consequence of Brexit-related uncertainty.
7. US President Donald Trump used the phrase “my military” — a former US defense secretary was not amused.
8. “Infuriated” United Airlines’ pilots broke their silence on the violent removal of David Dao from Flight 3411. “The safety and well-being of our passengers is the highest priority for United pilots, and this should not have escalated into a violent encounter,”United Master Executive Council, the union representing the airline’s 12,500 pilots, wrote in a letter.
9. Montenegro has charged 14 people — including two Russians and two Montenegrin opposition leaders — over their alleged involvement in an attempted coup in October 2016. The two Russians were also charged with “terrorism.”
10. Uber’s popular ride-sharing network has repeatedly failed to promptly suspend and investigate its California drivers when passengers report them driving drunk, state regulators charged in an enforcement action, recommending $1.13 million in fines.
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