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Macedonia naming dispute

Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias resigns after discussion with Defence Minister in the framework of the Greece-Macedonia Accord.

Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias submitted his resignation Wednesday, a day after a tense cabinet meeting during which he clashed with Defense Minister Panos Kammenos over the Prespes accord.

Cannabis in Canada

Canada becomes the first G-20 nation to fully legalise cannabis.

The Great White North could find itself in a great white puff of pot smoke as Canada makes history by legalizing marijuana. What started as an election promise by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in 2015 has led to Canada becoming the second country in the world to legalize the production, sales and di...

2018 Kerch Polytechnic attack

A double bombing-mass shooting attack leaves at least 19 dead and more wounded in a college in Kerch, Crimea. An 18-year-old student carried out the gun and bomb attack and then committed suicide. The attacker "hated the technical school very much" and had vowed "revenge" on his teacher.

A student was behind the deadly attack, says the leader of the Russian-annexed peninsula.

2018 Atlantic hurricane season

Over 1,000 people remain missing a week after Hurricane Michael made landfall in the Florida Panhandle.

Most of those missing are from Panama City and many are elderly, disabled, impoverished, or live alone, officials said.

Medal of Honor recipients for the Vietnam War

Retired United States Marine veteran John Canley receives the Medal of Honor award from U.S. President Donald Trump for his contributions in the Vietnam War.

Marine veteran John Canley, now 80 and a retired sergeant major, received the nation’s highest military honor Wednesday for his “conspicuous gallantry” during the Vietnam War 50 years ago.

Gaza-Israel conflict

Palestinians in the Gaza Strip launch two rockets at Israel, one landing in the southern city of Beersheba, causing serious damage to a house but no injuries, and the other landing in the sea.

IDF identifies two launches from the Strip; one Gaza projectile lands in courtyard of home; five people, including a mother and three children, treated for anxiety

Opinion

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2018-10-16

Armenia

Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan resigns from his post in order to dissolve the National Assembly and force early elections by the end of the year.

Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashiniansays he is resigning from his post in order to dissolve parliament and force early elections by the end of this year.

Saudi Arabia-United States relations

United States Secretary of State Mike Pompeo meets in Riyadh with Saudi Arabia King Salman to express concerns about the disappearance of Saudi Arabia journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo landed Tuesday in Saudi Arabia to meet with King Salman over the disappearance of Saudi writer Jamal Khashoggi believed to be dead.

Australia-Israel relations

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison announces that his government is considering recognising Jerusalem as the Israeli capital and relocating its embassy accordingly, in line with the United States, drawing local criticism and sparking outrage from members of the opposition. The announcement comes days before a by-election in which the governing party's candidate is Dave Sharma, a former ambassador to Israel.

PM Scott Morrison says he is "open" to recognising the city as Israel's capital, but draws criticism.

United States sanctions against Iran

The United States Treasury Department announces new sanctions on 22 Iranian corporations and banks.

Myanmar Air Force

Two Myanmar Air Force F-7 fighter jets crash into a broadcast tower in Magway, Myanmar, resulting in the deaths of both pilots and an 11-year-old girl, who was killed by falling debris.

It was the latest in a string of accidents for one of Asia’s largest militaries, which has rapidly expanded its arsenal.

Aba

The death toll of an accidental explosion in Aba, Nigeria, rises to 200. Over 2,000 people protest, claiming that the pipeline explosion was caused by NNPC's negligence.

THE death toll from last Friday Osisioma fuel pipeline explosion has risen to 200, even as protesting youths from the host communities of Nigerian National Petroleum Corporatio

Bouknadel

At least seven people are killed and more than 80 others injured after a train derails in Bouknadel, Morocco.

Somali Civil War (2009-present)

The United States Africa Command (AFRICOM) says that a U.S. airstrike has killed around 60 al-Shabaab militants near Harardhere in central Somalia.

The US military says it has carried out its deadliest strike in Somalia since November 2017.


2018-10-15

Politics of Yemen

Yemeni President Abdrabbuh Mansur Hadi sacks Prime Minister Ahmed Obeid bin Daghr, blaming him for the current economic crisis and famine in the country. Maeen Abdulmalik Saeed is appointed as the new Prime Minister.

Yemen's Western- and Gulf-backed president sacked his prime minister on Mon...

Mounir el-Motassadeq

Mounir el-Motassadeq, sentenced to 15 years in prison as a member of the Hamburg cell of the September 11 attackers, was deported from Hamburg, Germany to Morocco.

A Moroccan associate of the Sept. 11 hijackers is being moved from a German pris...

Rough sleeping

A ban on rough sleeping in public areas comes into force in Hungary. Despite international criticism of the law, the Hungarian government says it is in the "interests of society as a whole".

Police in Hungary now have the power to remove rough sleepers from streets as well as dismantle huts and shacks

Russia-Ukraine relations

The Russian Orthodox Church announces it will break communion with the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople over EoC official plans to recognize the autocephaly of two Ukrainian Orthodox Churches. Moscow says it hopes Constantinople will change its mind to avoid this schism. This marks an important new aspect in the rift between Russia and Ukraine.

2018 California wildfires

The Pacific Gas and Electric Company, a major California utility based in San Francisco, announces they temporarily turned off power to 60,000 customers in 12 Northern California counties due to threats of wildfires. Red flag warnings are issued to 22 million people in the state.

A major California utility has temporarily turned off power for almost 60,000 customers because of fire threats.

2018 European floods

At least 10 people have been killed by flash floods in the Aude region of south-western France. A bridge also collapsed in the locality of Villegailhenc, while all roads are inaccessible in Carcassonne.

Hydraulic fracturing in the United Kingdom

Fracking for shale gas begins in the United Kingdom for the first time since it was suspended in 2011 after being linked to a series of earthquakes. Cuadrilla Resources say they will spend at least three months fracking two horizontal wells in Lancashire.

It is first time fracking has occurred in the UK since it was linked to earthquakes in 2011.

Economy of the United States

American retailer Sears files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy after accumulating USD $134 million in debt.

Sears has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, buckling under its massive debt load and staggering losses. Sears once dominated the American retail landscape. But the big question is whether the shrunken version of itself can be viable or will it be forced to go out of business,...

Kensington Palace

Kensington Palace announces that Their Royal Highnesses Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex are expecting their first child.

The Duchess of Sussex is due to give birth in the spring, Kensington Palace says.

2018 Cologne attack

At least three people are injured after a man firebombs a fast-food restaurant in the Cologne main station and takes a woman hostage. The woman is later rescued by German counter-terrorism units.

Officers storm pharmacy, with male suspect sustaining life-threatening injuries