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Google strikes a $1.1bn (GBP822m) deal with Taiwan's HTC to expand its smartphone business.

The tie-up marks the latest push by Google to boost its hardware business.

Coinciding with the 45th anniversary of the declaration of martial law in 1972 by the late Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos, nationwide protests are conducted by various groups against the government's implementation of the war on drugs and the ongoing martial law in the whole of Mindanao under the administration of President Rodrigo Duterte.

Students and youth groups begin demonstrations for the 45th anniversary of Martial Law with a rally at UP Diliman, to oppose what they fear would be nationwide military rule under the Duterte administration

U.S. President Donald Trump announces fresh sanctions on North Korea over its nuclear weapons program.

The US measures will target individuals and firms, including banks, that trade with North Korea.


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The U.S. Federal Reserve announces its benchmark interest rate will not change this month, though it expects an increase by the end of the year, along with three increases in 2018 and two in 2019. The Federal Reserve also says its balance sheet reduction program will begin in October.

The Fed was not expected to raise its benchmark interest rate at this week's meeting.

Searches continue for possible survivors of the magnitude 7.1 earthquake that hit central Mexico yesterday. By mid-afternoon, 52 people are rescued while at least 226 people have been killed and another 800 injured.

A powerful earthquake shook central Mexico on Tuesday, killing at least two people, crumbling buildings and sending thousands fleeing into the streets screaming.

Hurricane Maria makes landfall on Puerto Rico as a Category 4 hurricane. Effects are disastrous and the entire island loses power. Seven deaths are reported on Puerto Rico, along with two on Guadeloupe. Puerto Rican Governor Ricardo Rossello declares a 6:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m. curfew through Saturday.

Hurricane Maria slammed into Puerto Rico on Wednesday as the strongest storm to hit the U.S. territory in nearly 90 years, ripping windows from their fixtures and sending debris hurtling through the streets as it approached the capital, San Juan.

Fifty countries (50) sign the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons, adopted on 7 July 2017, at the United Nations headquarters in New York City. The so-called nuclear-weapon states oppose this measure.

California Attorney General Xavier Becerra files suit in federal court against U.S. President Donald Trump's proposed plan for a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border.

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California's attorney general sued the Trump administration Wednesday over its plan to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border, arguing it's oversteppi

Spanish police raid Catalan government offices and arrest Catalan officials as part of the effort to halt a banned referendum on independence. Catalan President Carles Puigdemont says, "The Spanish state has by all rights intervened in Catalonia's government and has established emergency rule."

Spanish police raided Catalan government offices and arrested officials on Wednesday to halt a banned referendum on independence, an action the regional president said meant Madrid had effectively taken over his administration.

Saudi Arabia lifts its 2013 ban on internet calls, effective midnight local time (21:00 UTC).

Saudi Arabia will lift a ban on internet phone calls, a government spokesman said, part of efforts to attract more business to the country.

MIT physics professor Daniel Rothman's mathematical formula, published in the peer-review journal "Science Advances", predicts a sixth mass extinction may be set to occur within 10,000 years if by the year 2100 current carbon dioxide emissions are not reduced, and a critical amount of carbon (310 gigatons) is added to the oceans.

In the past 540 million years, the Earth has endured five mass extinction events, each involving processes that upended the normal cycling of carbon through the atmosphere and oceans. These globally fatal perturbations in carbon each unfolded over thousands to millions of years, and are coincident w...


Hurricane Maria makes landfall on Dominica as a category 5 hurricane with maximum sustained winds of 160 mph (260 km/h). Maria is the second category 5 hurricane to make landfall at that intensity in the 2017 season, making this and 2007 the only seasons on record to feature this occurence.

A magnitude 7.1 earthquake strikes Mexico, killing at least 220 people and collapsing several buildings in Mexico City and widespread evacuations, hours after a yearly earthquake drill in commemoration of the 1985 Mexico City earthquake.

Anyone looking for loved ones in Mexico affected by the earthquake can call 1-52-5556-581111 to get in touch with representatives from the Consul General for assistance. On the anniversary of a deadly 8.0 quake that struck central Mexico in 1985, a 7.1 magnitude earthquake hit the same region on Tue...

The 72nd session of the United Nations General Assembly commences its General Debate at the United Nations headquarters in Manhattan, New York.

Trump vowed to "totally destroy" North Korea unless the nation curbs its nuclear program.

Two African-American men are killed in separate incidents near Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and a third home is shot at in what local and federal officials call racially-motivated crimes. A local man is arrested on suspicion of the murders.

Kenneth James Gleason accused of killing homeless man, dishwasher walking to work in Baton Rouge

Spain's Guardia Civil raid private delivery offices in the Catalan city of Terrassa, searching for and confiscating envelopes suspected of containing voting cards for the upcoming Catalan independence referendum.

Police discover a mass of documents directly related to the banned independence referendum.

Apple Inc. releases the iOS 11 update for most current models of the iPhone and iPad.