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2018 China-United States trade war

China says that it will retaliate after the latest round of United States tariffs.

The move risks inciting further tariffs on Chinese goods from President Trump

Ilyushin Il-20

News emerges that the Russian Ilyushin Il-20 aircraft with fourteen people on board, missing since Monday over the Mediterranean Sea, was shot down.

Russia said the aircraft went missing as Israeli and French forces were mounting aerial attacks on targets in Syria, but the US blamed Syria.


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.


Hydrogen-powered passenger train

The world's first commercial hydrogen-powered passenger train enters service in Lower Saxony, Germany. The Alstom developed train uses a hydrogen fuel cell which emits no carbon dioxide.

SpaceX lunar tourism mission

SpaceX announces that Japanese billionaire and art collector Yusaku Maezawa will be the first commercial passenger to orbit the Moon on their BFR rocket in 2023.

It is not yet clear how much he has paid for the trip on SpaceX's Big Falcon Rocket or when it is likely to take place.

Exploration of Jupiter

JunoCam captures an image of Jupiter's "brown barge", a cyclone-like shape that has weather patterns in Jupiter's atmosphere.

Jupiter's 'brown barge' feature is the subject of a new photograph snapped by Juno's camera.


Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales along with Interior Minister Enrique Degenhart, Foreign Minister Sandra Jovel, and State Attorney Luis Donado explain that they will not abide by the resolution issued by the Constitutional Court in which President Morales and his cabinet are obliged to allow the entrance to Guatemala to the head of the International Commission against Impunity in Guatemala Ivan Velasquez Gomez.

The government refused to let an anti-corruption prosecutor back into the country, defying the top court and pushing the nation toward a constitutional crisis.

Disappearance of Sherlyn Cadapan and Karen Empeno

Former Philippine Army general and politician Jovito Palparan is convicted for the kidnapping and disappearance of students Sherlyn Cadapan and Karen Empeno. He and two other associates are sentenced to life imprisonment.

(UPDATED) Palparan’s co-accused Lieutenant Colonel Felipe Anotado and S/Sgt Edgardo Osorio are also found guilty of kidnapping and serious illegal detention. The 3 are sentenced to life imprisonment.


Five people are killed in a stampede at a football match in Luanda, Angola.

Five people were killed on Saturday at a football match in the Angolan capital Luanda following a stampede...


Seven people are killed and many others are in critical condition after suspected drug overdoses at a music festival in Hanoi, Vietnam.

Seven people have died and many others are in critical condition after suspected drug overdose at a Hanoi music festival.


Over 100 people are killed in floods after Nigeria's two major rivers burst their banks.

Authorities say thousands of people have been forced from their homes and warn more floods could hit.


In the Philippines, Typhoon Mangkhut triggers a landslide in the Benguet city Itogon, with more than 40 bodies found.

The huge storm skirted south of Hong Kong and neighboring gambling hub of Macau and has made landfall in China.

Hurricane Florence

The death toll rises to at least 31, as flooding continues to inundate North Carolina.

Impassable roads have left the coastal city of Wilmington, North Carolina, cut off completely.

Phase-out of lightweight plastic bags

The Jamaican Cabinet announces a total ban on the importation, manufacture, distribution and use of single-use plastic bags, effective January 1, 2019.

2018 China-United States trade war

The United States announces a 10% tariff on $200 billion worth of Chinese goods to start on September 24, increasing to 25% by the end of the year, and threatens tariffs on an additional $267 billion worth of imports if China retaliates.

U.S. President Donald Trump escalated his trade war with Beijing, imposing 10 pe...


Ethnic violence in Ethiopia over the weekend results in 23 deaths. Thousands protest against the killings in the capital Addis Ababa.

At least 23 people were killed in a weekend of violence targeting minorities in ...

War in Afghanistan (2001-present)

The Taliban launches multiple attacks on security checkpoints in Afghanistan, killing at least 27 members of the security forces. Twenty-two Taliban members are also killed and 16 others are injured.

The Taliban has launched multiple attacks on Afghan checkpoints as well as police and military bases in different parts of the country, killing at least 27 members of the security forces, Afghan officials say.

Syrian Civil War

Russia and Turkey announce a demilitarized zone in Syria's Idlib Governorate and rule out any military operations.

'I believe that with this agreement we prevented a humanitarian crisis in Idlib,' Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says


British space programme

The first of a series of British satellites, known as NovaSAR, is launched from Satish Dhawan Space Centre in India. The Surrey Satellite Technology satellite is designed to monitor suspicious shipping activity.

The all-British NovaSAR spacecraft will monitor big stretches of ocean for suspicious shipping activity.

Government of Jimmy Morales

The Constitutional Court of Guatemala annuls the decision of President Jimmy Morales to prevent the entrance to Guatemala to the head of the International Commission against Impunity in Guatemala Ivn Velsquez Gmez. In the resolution, President Morales is forced to exhaust the dialogue with the United Nations.

Guatemala's Constitutional Court orders President Jimmy Morales to allow head of UN anti-graft body to re-enter country.

Politics of Syria

Local elections are held in government-held areas of Syria for the first time since 2011.

More than 40,000 candidates are competing in 88 electoral districts

Hpa-an Township

Forty-one inmates escape from Hpa-an Township's main prison in Kayin State, Myanmar, after hijacking a garbage truck and driving it through the prison gates. Eleven of the escapees are apprehended by police, but 30 remain at large.

Forty-one prisoners on Sunday bolted from Hpa-an township jail in Kayin State in a daring prison break, but 11 have been recaptured, the state’s police chief said.

Defqon.1 Festival

Two people die and 700 others seek medical attention, including three people in critical condition at the Defqon.1 Festival in Sydney, Australia, for drug-related issues. Premier of New South Wales Gladys Berejiklian says that the event is dangerous and will never take place again, effectively banning the music festival.

Two people died of suspected drugs overdoses at Sydney's Defqon One and hundreds sought help.


A man and a woman are taken ill after a medical incident in Salisbury, United Kingdom. Police seal off a restaurant as a precautionary measure. According to "The Guardian", tensions are high due to recent Novichok poisonings. According to the BBC, "there's no suggestion that this is connected". According to Sky News, at least one of the individuals who fell ill is a Russian.

Officers were called to a Prezzo outlet in the Wiltshire town after a man and woman were taken ill.

Sunspot Solar Observatory

The Sunspot Solar Observatory in New Mexico is set to reopen on Monday after being closed due to "an on-going law enforcement investigation of criminal activity that occurred at Sacramento Peak" in which "a suspect in the investigation potentially posed a threat to the safety of local staff and residents".

Sorry alien watchers, the mysterious closure of the Sunspot Solar Observatory is not part of a massive FBI conspiracy.