The World News You Missed This Week – February 15th, 2017

CNN en Español kicked off air in Venezuela
VENEZUELA – The Venezuelan government rang the CNN fake news bell yesterday, pulling the plug from CNN en Español after it aired a story uncovering a scheme in which Venezuelan authorities may have issued passports and visas to people with ties to terrorism. CNN en Español’s year long investigation revealed that Vice President Tareck El Aissami issued 173 Venezuelan passports and national identification cards to individuals in the Middle East, many of whom have links to the terrorist group Hezbollah.

Venezuela’s National Telecommunications Commission (Conatel) ordered cable companies to pull CNN en Español’s signal days after the broadcast, accusing the network of attempting to “undermine the peace and the democratic stability” of Venezuela, according to the Guardian.

These allegations come amidst recent U.S sanctions against El Aissami for his role in facilitating international drug trafficking after a multi-year investigation by the Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Affairs.

India Launches 104 Satellites From Single Rocket, Ramping Up Space Race
INDIA – India made history this week, successfully launching 104 satellites in a single mission, breaking the previous world record held by Russia with 37 satellites in 2014. News organizations like the New York Times and CNN have heralded the launch as the start of an Asian space race, citing South Korea and China’s ambitious future space exploration programs.

Rajeswari Pillai Rajagopalan, head of the Nuclear and Space Policy Initiative at the Observer Research Foundation, told CNN that the launch signals India’s entry into the competitive commercial space market.

All but eight satellites were owned by U.S. companies. According to the BBC, India for the past two decades has become a key player in the lucrative commercial space market as its space agency, the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO), charges a fraction of the price offered by its American and European competitors, partially because their scientists are paid less.

N. Korean leader’s half brother killed in Malaysia in possible poison attack, police say
NORTH KOREA – According to Reuters, Malaysian authorities have detained a second woman suspected to be involvement in the alleged assassination of Kim Jong Nam, the estranged half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. According to Malaysian authorities, North Korean officials have repeatedly tried to stop an autopsy being carried out on Kim, but their attempts have been met with rebuff.

South Korean intelligence suspect two female North Korean agents responsible for the attack in at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport, where Kim had been planning to travel to Macau. Intelligence officials also suspect the assassination order came directly from Kim Jong Un himself, who had issued a standing order for his elder brother’s death.

If true, this would be the latest death order on his relatives by the North Korean leader, who executed his own uncle, Jang Song Thaek, in 2013 on suspicion of undermining his power.

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