US economy shrinking
Negative economic data could be tipping the United States toward recession, ahead of the pivotal midterm elections, in which the control of Congress will be at stake.
Thailand mass shooting
A mass shooting in northeastern Thailand has left at least 34 people dead and many others injured. The shooting occurred at a children’s daycare center in the province of Nong Bua Lamphu. The gunman, a former police officer, attacked the place with a gun and a knife. He ended up taking the lives of at least 22 children, aged under three years. Police say the shooter also killed himself, his wife and child before authorities could arrest him. He had been dismissed from police force last year due to drug abuse.
North Korea missile launch
South Korea and Japan say the North has fired two short-range ballistic missiles amid escalating tensions on the Korean Peninsula. According to the South Korean military, the missiles were fired from Pyongyang toward the country’s east coast and in the direction of Japan. This is North Korea’s sixth missile launch in 12 days and the first since it fired an intermediate-range missile over Japan. North Korea's foreign ministry on Thursday said recent missile launches were "counteraction measures" against joint military drills by the US and South Korea. It added that the joint drills escalate military tensions on the Korean peninsula. Pyongyang considers such moves as rehearsals for an invasion. It accuses the US and its regional allies of threatening it with war games and military buildup.