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Paraguay opens its embassy in Jerusalem, making Paraguay the third country (after the United States and Guatemala) to transfer its diplomatic mission in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

Romania, the Czech Republic and Honduras have said they are also considering doing the same.


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.


Crisis in Venezuela (2012-present)

Incumbent President Nicolas Maduro wins the presidential election. Henri Falcon, the main opposition candidate, rejects the election results citing low voter turn-out and claims of vote rigging.

President Nicolás Maduro wins a new term in an election marred by claims of vote rigging.

2017-18 Spanish constitutional crisis

Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy, with the support of Worker's Party and Citizens party, decides to maintain direct rule over Catalonia after the announcement of Quim Torra appointed government.

Yiannis Boutaris

Mayor Yiannis Boutaris of Greece's second largest city, Thessaloniki, is hospitalized after being assaulted by a group of nationalists at a Greek genocide remembrance event.

The 75-year-old mayor of Thessaloniki is treated after being attacked by about a dozen people.

Cyclone Sagar

Cyclone Sagar makes landfall in the Middle East and the Horn of Africa, killing at least 16 people.

The cyclone has become the strongest tropical storm ever recorded in Somalia.

2018 lower Puna eruption

Lava continues spewing from fissures on Kilauea, Hawaii, reaching the Pacific Ocean and critically injuring one person.

First it was catastrophic lava. Then it was sulfur dioxide. Now Big Island residents have yet another danger to worry about.


2017-18 Spanish constitutional crisis

New President of the Generalitat of Catalonia, Quim Torra, forms a new regional government, including the dismissed and imprisoned members Jordi Turull and Josep Rull, and "self-exiled" dismissed members Lluis Puig and Toni Comin.

Iraqi parliamentary election, 2018

The electoral commission announces the results of the May 12 elections. Muqtada al-Sadr's list wins most seats, followed by Hadi al-Amiri and Haider al-Abadi's groups.

A political bloc led by populist cleric Moqtada al-Sadr, a long-time adversary of the United States who also opposes Iranian influence in Iraq, has won the country's parliamentary election, the electoral commission said on Saturday.

Human rights in Saudi Arabia

The state security of Saudi Arabia arrests seven women's rights activists, whom the pro-government media presented as "traitors to the fatherland," for allegedly working with foreign entities. These arrests take place a little more than a month before the driving ban for women is lifted.

Saudi Arabia has detained seven women’s rights campaigners, accusing them of working with “foreign entities”, weeks before the kingdom lifts a ban on female drivers. Activists said all of those arrested by state security had worked in some capacity on women’s rights issues, with five of them...

2018 China-United States trade dispute

The United States and China say through a joint statement that they will not impose new tariffs on each other after reaching an initial agreement on the trade framework.

After weeks of tensions, China and the United States have reached an initial trade agreement.

Wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle

The wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle takes place at St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle. They are given the titles the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.

Hundreds of guests watched the couple exchange vows in a ceremony featuring a gospel choir and an American preacher.

Russian military intervention in Ukraine

Ukraine's Joint Forces Operation says Russian-led militants have mounted 43 attacks on Ukrainian troops in Donbas in the past 24 hours, using artillery systems and 120mm and 82mm mortars 10 times, with no casualties among the Ukrainian servicemen. According to intelligence data, two militants are killed and three others wounded.

According to intelligence data, two militants were killed, while three others were wounded.