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Trans Mountain Pipeline

Canada Natural Resources Minister Amarjeet Sohi orders the National Energy Board to conduct a new review of the Trans Mountain Pipeline expansion project.

This time it has to take into account the impact of additional oil tanker traffic off the coast of British Columbia

National Energy Administration

The director of the National Energy Administration of China, Nur Bekri, one of the highest-profile ethnic Uyghurs in the Chinese government, is placed under investigation.

of the country's most senior ethnic Uighur officials, head of the energy ad...

Politics of Vietnam

Vietnamese President Tran Dai Quang dies at the age of 61 following an extended illness. Vice President Dang Thi Ngoc Thinh succeeds as the acting President and becomes the first female head of State of the country.

Tran Dai Quang had been ill for months and had received medical treatment overseas, say state media.

Queens

A woman goes on a stabbing rampage in Queens, New York City, injuring five, including three infants. All are in stable condition.

A newborn and two infants were among five people stabbed early Friday at an in-home day care center in New York by an employee who then tried to kill herself, police said.

Nigeria

The government of Nigeria announces that 61 people have died and 50 others have been hospitalized from a cholera outbreak in Yobe.

Islamist insurgency in Mozambique

Twelve villagers are killed and 14 are wounded in an attack by jihadists on a village in northern Mozambique.

At least 12 villagers have been killed and 14 others injured in an attack by suspected jihadists on a village in a gas-rich region of northern Mozambique, a local source says.

Libyan Civil War (2014-present)

The death toll from weeks of fighting between armed groups in Libya's capital, Tripoli, has climbed to at least 96 people, including civilians, authorities said Friday. The clashes started on August 26. 444 people have also been injured and 16 people have gone missing in these clashes.

Libyan authorities: Death toll from weeks of fighting in Tripoli climbs to at least 96, including civilians

Opinion

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.


2018-09-20

Climate of Mars

The ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter reveals dust devils in the Mars region Ariadnes Colles. New measurements indicate astronauts traveling to Mars would experience 60% of their recommended career exposure to radioactivity in a single return journey.

Mars had an interesting few months. Since June, the entirety of the Red Planet has been enveloped in a gigantic global dust storm, thick enough to put the

Politics of Japan

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is elected for a third term as President of the Liberal Democratic Party.

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe easily won a third term as president of the ruling Liberal Democratic Part

Aberdeen, Maryland shooting

Three people are killed and three others are injured in a shooting at a Rite Aid distribution center in Aberdeen, Maryland, USA. The suspected shooter then shoots and kills herself.

A woman killed three people at a drugstore distribution center Thursday in Harford County, Maryland, before shooting herself twice, officials said.

Countering America's Adversaries Through Sanctions Act

The United States State Department imposes sanctions on the Equipment Development Department, an agency within the military of China, for purchasing weapons from Russia.

n imposed sanctions on the Chinese military on Thursday for buying fighter jets ...

Doping in Russia

The World Anti-Doping Agency votes to reinstate its affiliation with the Russian Anti-Doping Agency, which had previously been suspended in November 2015.

The decision to reinstate Russia's Anti-Doping Agency was expected but controversial given the public outcry protesting that Russia be let off the hook.

September 2018 inter-Korean summit

South Korean President Moon Jae-in states that North Korean leader Kim Jong-un wants to meet with U.S. President Donald Trump for a second time.

Addressing an audience of 150,000 North Koreans, South Korean President Moon Jae-in says he hopes "the past 70-year-long hostility can be eradicated and we can become one again."

Brexit negotiations

At a European Union leaders' meeting in Salzburg, European Council President Donald Tusk says that he will push for an additional gathering in mid-November, allowing the United Kingdom's proposals to be "reworked and further negotiated".

EU Council president says Britain's Brexit position must be "reworked".

2018 California wildfires

The United States Forest Service says that the Mendocino Complex Fire, largest wildfire on record in California, has been contained.

Officials say more than 400 firefighters remain in the area, working to prevent erosion and monitoring spots that continue to burn.

Jet Airways

More than 30 passengers receive treatment after pilots forget to turn on a switch regulating cabin pressure on Jet Airways flight 9W 697 from Mumbai to Jaipur.

Gas leak

A gas leak at the state archive in the city of Arezzo, Italy, kills two employees and injures one other.

Two male employees are dead after a gas leak at the State archive in the Tuscan city of Arezzo, sources said on Thursday. © ANSA

Oss

Four children from a day-care centre are killed in a collision involving a train and an electric cargo bike in Oss, Netherlands. Another child and a woman are injured.

Four children from a Dutch day-care centre have died in a collision involving a train and a cargo bike.

Florence

Eight people are killed in a head-on crash near Florence, Arizona, United States, after a car strikes an SUV.

Landslide

At least 25 people are killed and dozens are missing after a landslide unleashed by monsoon rains strikes Cebu, Philippines.

MV ''Nyerere'' sinking

At least 136 people are dead and more than 100 others are missing after a ferry capsizes in Lake Victoria, Tanzania.

At least 94 bodies are found after the overcrowded vessel overturned close to shore on Lake Victoria.

Storm Bronagh

Bronagh, the second named storm of the 2018-19 European windstorm season, begins moving across Ireland and the United Kingdom.

Storm Bronagh will bring gusts of 70mph as parts of the UK are battered by strong winds and heavy rain. The second named storm of the season comes just a day after two people were killed during Storm Ali and will likely cause problems during the Friday rush hour due to the possibility of fallen tree...

Wolf Alice

The band Wolf Alice wins the 2018 Hyundai Mercury Prize for its album "Visions of a Life".

Genre-hopping rockers claim £25,000 prize for an album the Guardian called ‘an exuberant jumble’


2018-09-19

Stars and planetary systems in fiction

Astronomers discover an exoplanet located in the 40 Eridani star system mentioned in the "Star Trek" series where the planet Vulcan is located.

50 years ago the science-fiction series Star Trek imagined many fictional worlds out there. Now astronomers discovered a real exoplanet in the star system where supposedly the fictional planet Vulcan, Commander Spock's homeworld, is located.

Discoveries of exoplanets

NASA discovers its first exoplanet via the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite space telescope. Pi Mensae c, a small Earth-like exoplanet, is located nearly 60 light-years away from Earth.

Say hello to Pi Mensae c—a small, Earth-like planet located nearly 60 light-years from our Solar System. It’s probably not able to sustain life, but it’ll go down in history as the first exoplanet detected by NASA’s new TESS satellite.

Rammed into pedestrians

Three people are injured after a car rammed into pedestrians near a mosque in northwest London. The Metropolitan Police are treating the incident as a hate crime.

Police are investigating a possible 'hate-crime' after a car collided with worshippers leaving a Shia Islamic centre.

Gun violence in the United States

An employee at a software firm in Middleton, Wisconsin, opens fire on his coworkers before being fatally wounded by police.

Three victims were wounded Wednesday morning when a gunman opened fire in a small Wisconsin city, police said.

Texas

An arrest warrant is issued in Texas for 3D-printed gun rights activist and Defense Distributed owner Cody Wilson in connection with the sexual assault of a child. Wilson was last known to be in Taiwan.

Cody Wilson, owner of 3-D printed gun company, is now charged with sexual assault.

1Malaysia Development Berhad scandal

Former Prime Minister of Malaysia, Najib Razak, is arrested in connection with the allegation that RM2.6 billion (US$681 million when first reported three years ago) went into his personal bank accounts. New charges are, once approved, due to be filed tomorrow.

Former Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak was arrested in connection with the 1MDB financial scandal over his alleged receipt of more than $600 million into his personal bank account.

Panama Papers case

Islamabad High Court suspends the NAB accountability court sentences and orders the release of former Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, his daughter Maryam Nawaz, and son-in-law Muhammad Safdar Awan. However, the convictions remain standing.

Islamabad High Court suspends jail sentence against Nawaz Sharif, his daughter, and son-in-law, local media reports.

Storm Ali

Two people are killed by Storm Ali as it brings winds of up to 160 kph in Ireland.

A man and a woman have died, power lines are cut and travel disrupted as Storm Ali hits the British Isles.

Hurricane Florence

The death toll rises to 37 after two mental health patients died when the police van in which they were being transported got caught in floodwaters.

Oromo-Somali clashes

The death toll from the recent spike in ethnic violence in Ethiopia rises to 58. Thousands are still protesting against the killings in the capital Addis Ababa.

At least 58 people were killed during ethnic violence at the weekend on the outskirts of Ethiopia's capital, an Amnesty International researcher told AFP on Wednesday. The figures are more than twice that given by state media which on Monday said the death toll from violence in and around Burayu