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India's space agency, the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO), announced that it successfully launched 104 nano satellites into orbit in a single launch on Wednesday. The devices—called nano satellites because each one weighs less than 22 pounds—were attached to a rocket that blasted off from southern India. The nano satellites belong to various companies based in the United States, the United Arab Emirates, Israel, the Netherlands, and Kazakhstan, according to ISRO. In a tweet, India’s Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, called the launch a “remarkable feat” and “yet another proud moment for our space scientific community and the nation.”
ISRO said the achievement breaks the record set in 2014, when Russia sent 37 satellites into orbit in a single launch. India has been working to increase its space-launch activities, and has had success sending light satellites into orbit in recent years. The country hopes to eventually send astronauts into space.
President Donald Trump and Israel’s Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, met at the White House,in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday. The two leaders discussed ways in which the two countries can work together in the future. The meeting signaled a shift in the alliance between the U.S. and Israel, which had become strained under President Barack Obama.
At a joint press conference, Netanyahu said that he has “known the president and his family and his team for a long time,” and called Trump a great supporter of Israel and its people. Trump expressed his hope to help put together a deal that would end the longstanding conflict between Israel and the Palestinians. Since 2002, U.S. presidents have officially supported the idea of a “two-state” solution, in which the Palestinians would have a state of their own existing peacefully alongside Israel. But Trump said he was open to any solution that would bring about peace in the region. “I’m looking at two-state and one-state,” he told reporters. “I like the one that both parties like. I can live with either one.”
Immigrants across the U.S. stayed home from school and work on Thursday, to demonstrate how important they are to the country’s economy and its way of life. Many businesses closed in support of the “Day Without Immigrants” demonstrations. Organizers said they expected thousands of people to take part in the protests, in cities including Philadelphia, Washington, D.C., Boston, Houston, Chicago, and New York.
The effort is a response to President Donald Trump and his administration’s controversial plan to increase the deportation of immigrants living in the U.S. illegally. The closing of restaurants, stores, and other types of businesses for the day is intended to make people realize what life would be like without immigrants. According to the most recent Bureau of Labor Statistics report, of the 12.7 million employees in the restaurant workforce, 1.4 million are immigrants. Most U.S. farm workers are immigrants—many undocumented—according to a survey by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
Trump plans to build a wall along the Mexican border, and has blamed high employment on immigration. In January, he signed an executive order that bans people from seven majority-Muslim countries from entering the U.S., though a court ruling has put the ban on hold.