10 things you need to know today: February 5, 2023

U.S. destroys Chinese spy balloon as China threatens retaliation, Pope appeals for peace in final leg of African pilgrimage, and more

A suspected Chinese spy balloon over Montana.
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1. U.S. destroys Chinese spy balloon as China threatens retaliation

The United States on Saturday shot down a Chinese spy balloon that had made its way across a large swath of the country last week. The Department of Defense said the balloon was shot down at the behest of President Biden, who gave the order to take the device out of commission as soon as it was safely possible to do so. First spotted in Montana, the balloon headed east before eventually making its way to the Atlantic Ocean, where it was shot down off the coast of South Carolina. China's defense ministry called the move an "obvious overreaction and a serious violation of international practice," and said it was considering possible forms of retaliation.

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