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The UK is aiming to up its stake in the global space economy

A man in a space suit watches a television with school children ahead of the launch of space mission Principia in 2015. Photo: Ben Pruchnie/Getty Images

The United Kingdom Space Agency is working towards owning 10% of "the global space economy by 2030," CNBC reports, which "could be worth more than $109 billion."

The big picture: Per CNBC, the U.K. makes around 44% of the "world's small satellites," but doesn't have the means necessary for launching them into orbit. The UKSA plans to announce major funding grants "for the development of launch facilities."

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India to charge child rapists with capital punishment

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Minister Maneka Gandhi on International Women's Day
Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Minister Maneka Gandhi on International Women's Day. Photo: Vishal Bhatnagar/NurPhoto via Getty Images

India's government approved an Emergency Executive Order on Saturday, taking a stricter approach to sexual assault, the Telegraph reports.

The details: In the aftermath of two high-profile rape cases, thousands of people have protested calling for "an end to sexual violence against women," ABC reported. Per the Telegraph, the new measures "include capital punishment for child rapists, a more rapid investigation and trial process in rape cases, an increase in the minimum sentencing terms, and no bail if the alleged victim is a minor."

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Chemical weapons inspectors gain access to site of Syrian attack

A Syrian government flag flying in the Eastern Ghouta town of Douma. Photo: Louai Beshara/AFP/Getty Images

A team from the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) was able to visit the site of a suspected chemical weapons attack in Douma, Syria, the BBC reports.

The big picture: The inspectors were "delayed for one week...before they could visit the town," the Associated Press reports, as Douma was "facing a ferocious government air and ground assault." Russia and Syria have denied the use of chemical weapons, but that didn't stop the U.S., U.K., and France from responding with a strike on chemical weapons facilities in Syria last weekend.