1 Multiple Explosive Packages Found Around London
Authorities say three explosive devices have been found near London airports as well as a major train station. While none caused any damage, Scotland Yard says one of the bombs went off near Heathrow Airport causing a small fire, which lead to a small ground evacuation. No flights were canceled. Beyond that, the packages with small devices in them were found at Waterloo Station and near and London City Airport. While no one has claimed responsibility, Scotland Yard says they are treating this as a terrorist incident. What is known? Scotland Yard will be getting an assist from officials in Ireland – as the packages appear to have been sent from Dublin with Irish postage stamps on them. Meanwhile, police are urging people to remain calm – and be vigilant. "Officers will be highly visible on station concourses, on board trains as well as the London Underground network," says Assistant Chief Constable Sean O'Callaghan, from British Transport Police. "Passengers are of course the eyes and ears of the network and we want to hear from you if you see something that doesn't look right."
2 Experts: North Korea Is Rebuilding Rocket Test Site
Is North Korea rebuilding a key long-range rocket site? It would appear so – and experts say, that's not surprising given the the failed summit with President Trump in Vietnam. Joseph Bermudez at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) notes recent satellite imagery shows rapid progress at Sohae test facility that was shutdown last August. The site on North Korea's west coast has been used in the past for satellite launches which use ICBM technology. The center's findings suggest North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un is likely planning to demonstrate his “resolve” after President Trump rejected demands to lift economic sanctions against North Korea. Bermudez adds, "We've seen a remarkably quick rebuilding.” There has been no comment from the White House as yet.
3 Migrant Border Crossings Surge To 76,000 In February
A surge in migrants crossing into the U.S. is threatening to overwhelm federal agents and government facilities at the southwest border. The Trump administration issued the warning along with figures that show more than 76-thousand people crossed the border illegally last month. According to newly-released CBP data, there were a total of 76,325 apprehensions along the U.S.-Mexico border in February, including 36,174 families and 6,825 unaccompanied minors. Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Kevin McAleenan told reporters yesterday that the system remains at the "breaking point." McAleenan went on to say that most of the migrant families are from Central America, with large groups of 100 or more frequently arriving in remote parts of Arizona, New Mexico and Texas. To put things in perspective, immigration authorities spotted just two large migrant groups in 2017…and 13 in 2018. As for how they’re getting here, McAleenan noted that migrants are traveling through Mexico and to the border with the U.S. at faster rates because of buses.