Aug 9, 2018

Children reportedly among "scores" of dead in Yemen after Saudi airstrike

A displaced Yemeni girl in Sanaa earlier this year. Photo: Mohammed Hamoud/Getty Images

Dozens of people, including children, have reportedly been killed or injured after an airstrike on a bus from the Saudi-led coalition in Yemen, per The Guardian.

The details: The International Committee of the Red Cross tweeted on Thursday that "[s]cores of dead and wounded are being treated by our medical teams in Sa'ada. ... The majority of our patients are under 10 years old." The war in Yemen has been catastrophic for civilians as the Saudi coalition, which is supported by the U.S., continues its fight against Iranian-backed Houthi rebels. Pentagon spokeswoman Lt. Cmdr. Rebecca Rebarich told Axios: "U.S. Central Command was not involved in the airstrike in Saada."

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Pro-Trump warrior takes the helm of U.S. intelligence

Richard Grenell in Berlin. Photo: Sean Gallup/Getty Images

By picking Ambassador Richard Grenell to be acting director of national intelligence, President Trump has slotted a pro-Trump warrior into the ultimate apolitical role.

What they're saying: James Clapper, the longest-serving DNI (2010-2017), tells Axios it's "very worrisome installing a partisan with no real intelligence experience in this position."

Coronavirus kills 2 Diamond Princess passengers as Israel confirms first case

Data: The Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins, the CDC, and China's Health Ministry. U.S. numbers include Americans extracted from Princess Cruise ship.

Two elderly Diamond Princess passengers have been killed by the novel coronavirus — the first deaths confirmed among the more than 600 infected aboard the cruise ship — as Israel confirmed its first case among evacuees from the ship.

The big picture: COVID-19 has now killed more than 2,200 people and infected over 76,000 others, mostly in mainland China, where the National Health Commission announced 118 new deaths since Thursday.

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California's "woman quota" law seems to be working

Illustration: Eniola Odetunde/Axios

When California passed its boardroom law requiring public companies based there to have at least one female director, there were concerns it would spark a gold rush for the same handful of well-known women — but that hasn’t happened.

Why it matters: Of the 138 women who joined all-male California boards last year, 62% are serving on their first company board, per a study by accounting firm KPMG. That means a majority of companies aren't contributing to so-called overboarding in corporate America.