NOTICE News Daily: March 20, 2023

On today’s NOTICE News Daily: Twenty years ago today, the United States invaded Iraq, taking out then-dictator Saddam Hussein. We’ll tell you what’s changed since then. Plus: Why you maybe shouldn’t make plans for Valentine’s Day, 2046.

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20 Years After the Invasion of Iraq

Top Story: 20 Years After the Invasion of Iraq

The United States invaded Iraq 20 years ago Monday, due to fears of the country’s then-leader Saddam Hussein obtaining weapons of mass destruction. Despite not finding any, the war led to Hussein’s removal from power and Iraq’s descent into violence and chaos. The war resulted in the deaths of over 4,000 American troops and an estimated 300,000 Iraqis.

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In Other News…

  • Chinese President Heading to Russia This Week to Meet With Putin: Chinese President Xi Jinping will travel to Russia next week to hold talks with President Vladimir Putin, the two countries said on Friday, as Beijing touts a plan to end the grinding Ukraine war that has received a lukewarm welcome on both sides. >> Full story
  • Riots in France After President Changes Pension Age: “Police in Paris have clashed with protesters after the French government decided to force through pension reforms without a vote in parliament.” >> Full story from BBC
  • According to a new survey, more than 1 in 10 Americans believe there will be a zombie apocalypse and have already started preparing for it. The same survey found that Wyoming was the “most prepared” state for such an event. >> See the full survey
Asteroid May Hit Earth

Will An Astroid Hit The Earth on Valentines Day 2046?

A newly detected asteroid has a very small chance of impacting the Earth in 2046, Nasa tweeted last week.

If it does hit, the asteroid, roughly the size of an Olympic swimming pool, may arrive on Valentine’s Day 2046 according to Nasa calculations. >> See the path on NASA’s interactive asteroid tracker