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Women around the globe strike for International Women's Day, Hawaii sues over Trump's new travel ban, China urges North Korea to stop missile tests, and more.

Everything you need to know about the world this morning, curated by VICE.

US News

Hawaii Launches Lawsuit Over New Trump Travel Ban
Hawaii has become the first state to launch a legal challenge against President Trump's latest travel ban. A court filing shows the state will seek a temporary restraining order against the executive order restricting immigration from six Muslim-majority countries. Neal Katyal, Hawaii's lead attorney, said the latest order "suffers from the same constitutional and statutory defects" as the previous one.—CNN

Apple, Other Tech Giants Address Alleged CIA Hack Secrets
Apple and other tech giants have responded to the release of documents from WikiLeaks that purportedly show the CIA's hacking techniques and ability to listen in on devices like phones and smart TVs. Apple said some issues were already "patched" in the latest iPhone update and that it would "rapidly address any identified vulnerabilities." Samsung and Microsoft said they were "looking into" the info dump.—BBC News


Women Across the US Expected to Join Global Strike
Some of the same organizers behind the recent Women's March in Washington are urging women to strike today to highlight their role in society and economic inequality. Rallies for "A Day Without Women" are planned across the US as part of International Women's Day, with some school districts in North Carolina and Virginia set to remain closed because teachers were asked to participate.—NBC News

Baltimore PD Disbands Main Plainclothes Unit
The Baltimore Police Department has disbanded its chief plainclothes enforcement unit following the indictment of officers from another special intelligence squad, the Gun Trace Task Force, on multiple racketeering charges last week. All 46 officers of the plainclothes unit will be reassigned to patrol ranks.—The Baltimore Sun

International News

Gunmen Storm Afghan Military Hospital, Killing Dozens
Gunmen dressed as medics stormed Kabul's Sardar Daud Khan military hospital, and Afghan special forces then engaged in a prolonged battle to reclaim it. At least 30 people were killed and dozens more wounded, according to officials. ISIS claimed responsibility for the attack.—Al Jazeera/NYT

China Urges North Korea to Stop Missile Tests
China has called on North Korea to chill out with missile tests and development of nuclear technology to avoid a "head on collision" with South Korea. Foreign Minister Wang Yi said the US and South Korea should suspend annual military drills in return. He also compared the "looming crisis" to "two accelerating trains."—BBC News


South Africa Pulls Plan to Withdraw from the ICC
South Africa's top court has blocked the government's attempt to withdraw from the International Criminal Court (ICC), ruling it "unconstitutional and invalid." The country isn't the only African nation that has flouted the ICC, but its remaining under the court's jurisdiction represents a boon for global legal norms.—Reuters

Fillon Accused of Failing to Declare Loan
French presidential candidate François Fillon has been hit by a new allegation of wrongdoing, accused by the Canard Enchaîné newspaper of failing to declare an interest-free loan of $53,000 from media mogul Marc Ladreit de Lacharrière. A lawyer for Fillon, the conservative candidate, said he had repaid the loan.—The Guardian

Everything Else

Statue of Liberty Goes Dark
Most of the lights illuminating the Statue of Liberty went off for an hour starting around 11 PM last night. Staff at the National Park Service said the power outage was probably related to work on a backup generator and was not a political protest of any kind.—The Washington Post

Russia Stops Kids Under 16 Seeing Beauty and the Beast
The Ministry for Culture of Russia has barred children under 16 from seeing Disney's Beauty and the Beast because it features (possibly) gay character LeFou. The 16-plus rating follows efforts by right-wing lawmaker Vitaly Milonov to have the movie banned entirely.—AP

Vic Mensa Arrested for Carrying Weapon in Car
Chicago rapper Vic Mensa was pulled over and arrested at the end of last month before being charged with carrying a concealed weapon. Mensa spent the night in jail and was released on $35,000 bail.—Billboard

Americans Are Having Less Sex Than in the 1990s
A new study in Archives of Sexual Behavior suggests Americans are having less sex than they were 25 years ago. The findings show US adults had sex between seven and nine fewer times per year in 2014 than they did in the 1990s.—VICE

Whites More Likely to Oppose College Pay-for-Play
A new study in Political Research Quarterly found white people were more likely than black people to oppose college athletes getting paid, and racial resentment was deemed the strongest predictor of white opposition to pay-for-play.—VICE Sports

Canadian First Lady Asks Women to Celebrate Men
Sophie Grégoire Trudeau, wife of Canadian prime Minister Justin Trudeau, said women should "celebrate the boys and men in our lives" on International Women's Day. She suggested women post photos of themselves holding a man's hand with the hashtag #TomorrowInHand.—VICE