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2018 United States gun violence protests

Thousands of people participate in the March For Our Lives protest in multiple cities across the United States regarding gun violence, mass shootings and school shootings.

Here's a guide to the March for Our Lives protest in Washington, D.C. Saturday, where activists will call for reforms to reduce gun violence.

Poisoning of Sergei and Yulia Skripal

A friend of poisoned exiled Russian dissident Sergei Skripal claims Skripal had written to Vladimir Putin asking to return to Russia. Russia denies receiving such a letter.

2017-18 North Korea crisis

North Korea accepts South Korea's proposal to hold high-level inter-Korean talks, scheduled to take place on March 29.


The Kofu District Public Prosecutor's Office in Japan announces nobody will be prosecuted over the accident, which killed nine and injured three. Officials say the collapse would have been difficult to predict.

Public prosecutors on Friday decided not to indict any of the 10 people accused of professional negligence over the collapse of an expressway tunnel that k


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.


Politics of the United Kingdom

Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn sacks Shadow Secretary of State for Northern Ireland Owen Smith after he called for a second referendum on European Union membership. He is replaced by Rochdale MP Tony Lloyd.

Smith went against party policy by calling for a referendum over the final Brexit deal

Resignation of Pedro Pablo Kuczynski

The Peruvian Congress votes 105-12 to accept President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski's resignation.

Vizcarra, former regional governor, vows to tackle corruption ‘head on’ after congress accepts resignation of scandal-hit Kuczynski

Abortion in Poland

Thousands protest across Poland against the government's proposed restrictions on abortion.

Thousands join demonstrations against government’s new effort to restrict access

2017-18 Spanish constitutional crisis

Thirteen high-ranking independentists declare in front of the judge of the Spanish Supreme Court, except Marta Rovira who is "self-exiled" in Switzerland.

Catalan separatist politician Marta Rovira ignores court summons, says in letter she has chose ‘path to exile’

Censorship in the United Kingdom

The House of Commons of the UK Parliament discusses implications for freedom of speech arising from a case where a man was convicted of hate crimes for posting a video of a pug responding to Nazi slogans. The case has drawn criticism from campaigners and prominent comedians.

BRITAIN is "in danger of throwing away" freedom of speech, ministers have been warned.

Crime in the United Kingdom

Two lorry drivers receive prison terms, one of 14 years, for killing eight people when their vehicles collided with a bus on the M1 in Buckinghamshire, England, in 2017.

Eight people died when the minibus they were travelling in was involved in a crash with two lorries.

School shootings in the United States

One of the victims of the shooting at Great Mills High School in Maryland dies from her injuries.

Crime in South Korea

Former President of South Korea Lee Myung-bak is detained on charges of taking bribes when he was in office.

Iran-United States relations

The United States charges and sanctions nine Iranians and the Iranian company Mabna Institute for hacking and attempting to hack hundreds of universities.

Poisoning of Sergei and Yulia Skripal

The European Union agrees with the United Kingdom's assessment of the incident, stating that "there is no plausible alternative explanation" to Russian involvement.

At a summit in Brussels, EU leaders said "there is no plausible alternative explanation" for the poisoning of Sergei Skripal and his daughter earlier this month in southern England.

Poland in the European Union

Polish Foreign Minister Jacek Czaputowicz asks the European Commission to halt its use of Article 7 of the Treaty on European Union against the nation in exchange for modifications to controversial proposed judicial reforms.

Poland wants Brussels to withdraw its Article 7 procedure against Warsaw, the Polish foreign minister has said after his country moved to modify disputed legal changes that have triggered a row with the EU.

2018 disasters in Vietnam

A fire at a condominium complex in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, kills at least 13 people and injures another 27, with most people dying of suffocation or jumping from high floors.

Residents startled awake by loud noise and smoke signaled for help with lit mobile phones and crawled onto cranes from their balconies to escape a fire Friday at a large condominium complex in southern Vietnam’s Ho Chi Minh City. At least 13 people were killed and 28 injured, with police sayin...

Economy of Denmark

Boeing loses a case in Copenhagen city court against the Danish Ministry of Defense over access to documents used in the purchase of Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II fighters in preference over Boeing F-A 18 Super Hornets. Boeing argued the evaluation process used in the purchase had been "flawed".

Northern Mali conflict

Malian Prime Minister Soumeylou Boubeye Maiga visits seperatist rebel stronghold Kidal.

War in Afghanistan (2001-present)

A car bomb is driven into a crowd outside the Ghazi Muhammad Ayub Khan Stadium in Lashkar Gah, Helmund, before detonating. At least 13 people are killed.

Officials say at least 13 people have been killed in the explosion at Helmand sports stadium.

Carcassonne and Trebes attack

Four people are killed and 16 wounded when an extremist takes hostages in Trebes, France. The suspect is killed by police.

The gunman in a supermarket is reported to have claimed allegiance to the Islamic State group.

2017 Parsons Green bombing

Convicted terrorist Ahmed Hassan Mohammed Ali is jailed for life in London for one count of attempted murder and one of causing an explosion with intent to endanger life. He will have to serve 34 years before becoming eligible for parole.

Ahmed Hassan Mohammed Ali was found guilty of attempted murder and using the chemical compound TATP to cause an explosion likely to endanger life


Human genetics

DNA tests confirm Ata, an unusual six-inch-long mummy found in Chile in 2003, to be the remains of a newborn human with genetic mutations.

Scientists investigate an unusual, small, mummified skeleton from Chile to establish its medical history.

Antiguan general election, 2018

Antigua and Barbuda's ruling Antigua and Barbuda Labour Party wins a second term in a landslide vote.

Stoneman Douglas High School shooting

Several Parkland survivors, including Emma Gonzalez, David Hogg and Cameron Kasky appear on a Time cover.

Students who survived last month's shooting at a high school in Parkland, Fla., are featured on the cover of Time magazine's latest issue.

Presidency of Donald Trump

U.S. President Donald Trump announces former United States Ambassador to the United Nations John R. Bolton will become his National Security Advisor, succeeeding the outgoing H. R. McMaster.

Politics of Peru

Peruvian Vice President Martin Vizcarra returns from Canada, where he is his nation's ambassador, in preparation to take over the Presidency.

2017-18 Spanish constitutional crisis

Jordi Turull fails in the first vote to become President of the Generalitat. The next session will be held on Saturday, March 24.

Russian interference in the 2016 United States elections

John Dowd, the most senior lawyer advising U.S. President Donald Trump on allegations of Russian electoral interference, resigns.

John Dowd is reported to have concluded that Mr Trump was increasingly ignoring his advice.

Poisoning of Sergei and Yulia Skripal

Detective Sergeant Nick Bailey, wounded when he came to the aid of the poisoned Russian dissidents, is discharged from hospital.

Det Sgt Nick Bailey said life would "probably never be the same" after being exposed to a nerve agent.

Cyprus dispute

Turkey announces it is to send a drilling boat to disputed waters claimed by both Cyprus and Northern Cyprus.

President Erdoğan says he will not let natural reserves be exploited by Greek Cypriots

Protests against Emmanuel Macron

People in 150 places across France take to the streets peacefully in a general strike to protest President Macron's economic reforms. Railways, airways, schools and power generation are affected.

Crime in Kenya

The Kenyan Court of Appeals rules forced anal examinations on suspected homosexuals are illegal.

Rights groups have hailed the ruling as a "tremendous step" for gay rights in the conservative country. Kenya has been listed by LGBTQ rights groups as a country that sponsors homophobia through its laws and policies.

Palestinian government

Two men accused of an attempt to assassinate Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah die in a shootout with security forces. Two Hamas security personnel also die.

Two security officers killed in gunbattle during arrest. Suspect also wounded in clash.

Cow vigilante violence in India since 2014

An Indian court convicts eleven Hindus of murdering a Muslim man they discovered transporting beef, sentencing them to life. It is the first successful prosecution of cow vigilantism violence in India.

Crime in Brazil

An open letter from international politicians, activists, journalists, and academics demands an independent commission be formed to investigate the assassination of Brazilian human rights activist Marielle Franco and her driver.

An open letter by activists, writers, journalists, actors and politicians calls for an investigation of murder by an independent commission

Alleged Libyan influence in the 2007 French elections

In a statement to French investigating magistrates, ex-President Nicolas Sarkozy refutes corruption charges relating to alleged receipt of funding from the then President of Libya, Muammar Gaddafi, in 2007.

France’s ex-president Nicolas Sarkozy has dismissed accusations the Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi funded his 2007 election campaign as a web of lies that were making his life a “living hell” and had cost him reelection in 2012.

Ukrainian crisis

Ukrainian MP Nadiya Savchenko is arrested in Parliament over an alleged plot to attack Parliament and overthrow the government.

Murder of Maria Ladenburger

Iranian immigrant Hussein Khavari is convicted of rape and murder in a case that provoked widespread discussion of refugee immigration to Germany.

The rape and murder of a medical student in 2016 fuelled tensions over the mass influx of migrants.

Russia-Sudan relations

Russian President Vladimir Putin accepts an invitation to visit Sudan from Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir.

Russian President Vladimir Putin accepted an invitation from his Sudanese counterpart Omar al-Bashir to visit the North African country, Sudan’s state news agency said on Thursday.

Foreign relations of Poland

Poland's ruling Law and Justice proposes changes to planned judicial reforms in response to European Union criticisms the plans threaten judicial independence. The European Commission is threatening Poland with sanctions over the reforms.

The opposition dismissed the changes as "a lie" and warned the EU against accepting the "cosmetic changes." The ruling Law and Justice (PiS) party had resisted any concessions for months before Thursday's announcement.

2017-18 Qatar diplomatic crisis

Qatar's Interior Ministry releases a list of individuals and entities it says are linked to terrorism. Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, and Egypt, who had demanded the list amid tensions with Qatar, welcome its release but criticise the time taken to prepare it.

Saudi Arabia the UAE Bahrain and Egypt have long complained of Qatar s support for terror

China-United States relations

U.S. President Donald Trump imposes tariffs on US$60 billion of Chinese goods, while also limiting China's ability to invest in the U.S. technology industry.

White House prepares target list of trade actions punishing Beijing for forcing companies to surrender trade secrets as price of doing business in China.

Earthquakes in California

A magnitude 4.6 earthquake and 4.7 earthquake strike south of Eureka, California. No immediate damage is reported.

A magnitude 4.7 earthquake hit 13.6 miles northwest of Petrolia at 8:09 p.m. on Thursday, according to the United States Geological Survey. It hit at a depth of 13 miles. This was the second earthquake to hit the area in less than 12 hours. At around 9:24

2018 Unipetrol explosion

Six people are killed after an explosion at a Unipetrol plant in Kralupy nad Vltavou, Czech Republic.

Six people have been killed in an explosion at a chemical plant in the Czech Republic.

Economic policy of Donald Trump

U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer tells a Senate panel that President Donald Trump has decided to "pause" tariffs on steel and aluminium imports from the European Union, Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, Mexico, and South Korea.

The US trade representative says the import duties have been "paused" while further talks take place.

Stop Enabling Sex Traffickers Act

Craigslist deactivates its personals section in response to the U.S. Senate's passage of the bill.

This week, Congress passed the Stop Enabling Sex Trafficking Act, which critics say puts sex workers in harm’s way and could even threaten freedom of speech online.

Syrian Civil War

Evacuations of 7,500 people from rebel-held Harasta, Eastern Ghouta begin. Rebels agree with the Syrian government and Russia for the displaced people to be exiled in Idlib Governorate.

Thousands of fighters to be deported after deal with Russian and Syrian officials

Somali Civil War (2009-present)

A car bomb blast in Mogadishu, near the Weheliye hotel in the Somali capital, kills at least 14 people and injures 10 others. Al-Shabab claims responsibility for the blast.