India Tests Long-Range Missile

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India launched a long-range intercontinental ballistic missile Thursday morning local time. The missile, which can reach points as far away as China and Europe, is able to carry a nuclear warhead. Defense officials in India had delayed the missile’s Wednesday launch because of lightning, setting it for the next morning. The Agni-V missile has a range of 3,100 miles and is a “quantum leap in India’s strategic capability,” a Indian defense department spokesman said. The government confirmed that the launch was a success.