Things you should know today: 6/15/18


Gaza residents pray near Israel, as Muslims mark major feast

Vincent Thian
Malaysian Muslims offer prayers during the first day of Eid al-Fitr, which marks the end of the holy fasting month of Ramadan in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Friday, June 15, 2018. (AP Photo/Vincent Thian)

To mark the end of Ramadan, the holy fast month for Muslims, thousands of Gaza residents gathered to offer prayers near the perimeter fence with Israel. In Gaza since late March, more than 120 protesters have been killed and more than 3,800 wounded by Israeli army fire in the area of the fence. Worshippers performed their traditional morning prayers several hundred meters away from the fence on Friday.

Stephen Hawking’s ashes buried in Westminster Abbey

Matt Dunham
FILE – In this Aug. 29, 2012 file photo, British physicist, Professor Stephen Hawking during the Opening Ceremony for the 2012 Paralympics in London. Hawking will take his place among Britain’s greatest scientists when his ashes are buried in Westminster Abbey, Friday June 15, 2018, between the graves of Charles Darwin and Isaac Newton, during a service of thanksgiving for the physicist who died in March 2018. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham, File)

Stephen Hawking, one of Britain’s most brilliant scientists, took his final resting place as his ashes were buried between the graves of Charles Darwin and Isaac Newton in Westminster Abbey. More than 1,000 people attended the funeral service to commemorate the physicist, who died in March at age 76 after decades of living with motor neuron disease.

Afghan official: US drone kills Pakistan Taliban chief

FILE – In this file image made from video broadcast on Thursday, Nov. 7, 2013, undated footage of Mullah Fazlullah is shown on a projector in Pakistan. An Afghan defense ministry official says Friday, June 15, 2018 a US drone strike in northeastern Kunar province killed Pakistan Taliban chief Mullah Fazlullah. Pakistan has been hunting Fazlullah for several years and has repeatedly said he was plotting attacks on Pakistan from safe havens in Afghanistan. (AP Photo via AP Video, File)

Pakistan Taliban chief Mullah Fazlullah, who ordered the assassination of Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai, was killed by a U.S. drone that smashed into the vehicle that he was in. Fazlullah was killed early Thursday morning, just hours before the Afghanistan Taliban began a three-day cease fire to mark the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Fitr. The drone attack killed five other insurgents and took place in Marawara district, near the border.

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