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Indian Prime Minister

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi says India will launch its first manned space mission by 2022, which would make it the fourth nation to do so after the United States, Russia and China.

India will launch its first manned space mission by 2022, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Wednesday, which could make it the fourth nation to do so after the United States, Russia and China.

Foreign relations of South Korea

South Korean President Moon Jae-in plans to create a Northeast Asian railroad community with North Korea, the United States, China, Japan, Russia, and Mongolia.

The club will reportedly include North Korea, the United States, China, Japan, Russia, Mongolia and South Korea, according to Yonhap News.

Automotive industry in South Korea

South Korea will ban 20,000 BMW vehicles following engine fires.

The government wants the cars off the roads until they have been safety checked by BMW.


The Post-Truth and the Context

Most of the daily information we see on the mainstream media today is the news equivalent of fast-food.


Kansas gubernatorial election, 2018

Incumbent Governor of Kansas Jeff Colyer concedes defeat to Republican challenger Kris Kobach in the primary election.

Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach has narrowly won the Republican nomination for governor, ousting incumbent Gov. Jeff Colyer in the state's primary.

European migrant crisis

Spain, Portugal, France, Germany and Luxembourg agree to take in 141 migrants, 67 of them unaccompanied children, who were rescued on Friday by the MV "Aquarius"; Malta allows the ship to dock.

Five European countries will take a share of the 141 people on board, rescued off Libya

Capital punishment in Nebraska

Nebraska executes convicted murderer Carey Dean Moore, becoming the first U.S. state to execute an inmate with fentanyl, and what is also the state's first execution in 21 years, and its first by lethal injection.

The execution is the state's first-ever lethal injection and first execution in 21 years.


Michael Drejka is charged with manslaughter by a state attorney after a reversal of an earlier decision made by police. The case stems from a controversial video that shows Drejka shooting another man over a handicapped parking space and claiming self defense.

"I went through it all and made the legal decision that that is the charge that we could prove," said Pinellas County State Attorney Bernie McCabe.

2018 Westminster attack

A 29-year-old man from Birmingham is arrested near the Palace of Westminster in London after a Ford Fiesta hit pedestrians, cyclists and a security barrier.

A driver has been arrested on suspicion of terrorism offences after a car crashed into security barriers outside the Houses of Parliament at high speed.


Ten people are killed and another injured in a fire at a care home in Chiguayante, Chile.


A road accident in Quito, Ecuador involving a bus and a truck leaves 24 people dead and 18 others injured.

Ponte Morandi Collapse

The Ponte Morandi viaduct collapses on the A10 motorway in Genoa, Italy. 26 people are confirmed dead, including a child, and at least 18 others are seriously injured, ten missing and 440 displaced. 35 cars and three heavy vehicles are involved in the accident. Several homes are also damaged and people inside them also injured.


Peter Strzok

The lawyer of Peter Strzok, a former agent of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) who was removed from Robert Mueller's Special Counsel investigation, announces that his client has been fired by the FBI.

North Korea-South Korea relations

North Korea and South Korea officials begin high-level negotiations, with reports suggesting that Kim Jong-un and Moon Jae-in could be planning for a summit in Pyongyang later this month.

North and South Korea agreed to hold a summit in Pyongyang in September, the latest step forward in cross-border ties this year after more high-level talks on Monday, the South's Unification Ministry said.


41 people are injured when an overturned coach crashes in Kent, England, United Kingdom.

Paramedics confirm 41 people have been injured in the crash


Three Russian climbers and two Tajik pilots die while 12 other people are injured in a helicopter crash in Tajikistan.

Tajikistan's Emergencies Committee says five people have died in the crash-landing of a helicopter carrying climbers in the former Soviet republic

Barcelona S.C.

Twelve fans of Ecuadorian football team Barcelona S.C. are killed and 30 others are injured after the bus they were traveling on overturns in Azuay, Ecuador.


More than 300 people are injured, five seriously, after a section of wooden jetty collapsed at an urban sports and music festival in Vigo, Spain.

A platform gives way during a concert at an urban sports and music festival in Vigo, northern Spain.

New Taipei City

Nine people are killed and 16 others injured after a fire breaks out in a ward on the seventh floor of a hospital in New Taipei City, Taiwan.

The fire broke out in a ward in a Taipei hospital in the early hours of the morning.


Authorities in India confirm that 774 people have been killed so far during monsoon rains.

As many as 774 people have died in incidents related to floods and rains in seven states during the monsoon season so far, the Home Ministry said today.

2018 Laos dam collapse

The death toll from a dam collapse in Laos on 23 July rises to 36, while 98 people are still missing.

The death toll in the flooding caused by a dam collapse in Laos has climbed to 36 while 98 are still missing, national daily Vientiane Times reported on Monday.

Turkish currency and debt crisis, 2018

Asian stock prices sink as Turkey's financial turmoil fuels fears contagion might spread to other emerging markets.

Asian stocks started lower Monday as the fallout from Friday’s plunge in Turkish asset prices made its way across the Pacific.


At least 40 people are killed by paramilitary forces in eastern Ethiopia, in the latest spate of violence driven by ethnic divisions.

Heavily armed members of a paramilitary force from the Somali region carried out cross-border attacks in Oromiya over the weekend

War in Afghanistan

More than 100 Afghan soldiers and police, 13 civilians and hundreds of Taliban are killed during the ongoing offensive in Ghazni.

People in Ghazni are facing food and medicine shortages as a Taliban assault continues, the UN warns.