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Economy of the United States

American retailer Sears files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy after accumulating USD $134 million in debt.

Sears has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, buckling under its massive debt load and staggering losses. Sears once dominated the American retail landscape. But the big question is whether the shrunken version of itself can be viable or will it be forced to go out of business,...

2018 European floods

At least 13 people have been killed by flash floods in the Aude region of south-western France. A bridge also collapse in the locality of Villegailhenc, while all roads are inaccessible in Carcassonne.

Kensington Palace

Kensington Palace announces that Their Royal Highnesses the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, are expecting their first child.

The Duchess of Sussex is due to give birth in the spring, Kensington Palace says.


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.


Luxembourg general election, 2018

Voters in Luxembourg go to the polls for the 24th general election.

The opposition CSV, once led by Jean-Claude Juncker, seems set for victory after the parliamentary vote in Luxembourg. The current prime minister, Xavier Bettel, is expected to discuss his future with the grand duke.


An argument at a toddler's birthday party in South Texas escalates into a shooting that leaves four men dead and a fifth man wounded, authorities said Sunday.

A fifth person was wounded in Sunday's incident in Taft – about 12 miles north of Corpus Christi, officials say

Tropical cyclone effects in Europe

Hurricane-force winds from former Hurricane Leslie strike central and northern Portugal, leaving 27 injured. It moves through Spain as a tropical storm.

The remnants of Hurricane Leslie leave 300,000 homes without power after striking overnight.


A bus travelling from Germany to Italy crashes in southern Switzerland, leaving one dead and 14 injured.

BERLIN (AP) — A German bus crashed into a metal post on a highway in southern Switzerland Sunday, leaving one woman dead and another 14 people injured, police said. The bus was heading south with 25 people on board when the accident happened on the A2 highway at Sigirino, near Lugano — along a m...


A small plane crashes into a crowd near Fulda, Germany, killing three people and injuring eight others.

Reports say at least three were killed after a Cessna crashed into a crowd in Hesse state.


At least 22 people are killed in Turkey after a lorry carrying migrants plunges off a road.

The vehicle crashed through a barrier in western Izmir province and plunged 20m, state media say.

Scar Romero

scar Romero, the Roman Catholic Archbishop of San Salvador assassinated while celebrating Mass in 1980, is canonized by Pope Francis. Six other canonizations, including that of Pope Paul VI, are also announced.

Salvadoran cleric Óscar Romero, who spoke out against civil war atrocities, was killed in 1980.


Michigan state inspectors

Acting on an anonymous tip, Michigan state inspectors discover the bodies of 11 badly-decomposed infants inside the ceiling of a former funeral home in Detroit.

State investigators have found the bodies of 11 infants in the ceiling of a former Detroit funeral home, police said.


Venezuela releases political activist Lorent Saleh due to his poor mental health, after a prolonged campaign by and talks with the Spanish Office for Latin America. Saleh had been detained for over four years by secret services in Venezuela without trial, and is being transferred to Spain.

Lorent Saleh, 30, has been freed and flown to Spain after four years in prison, officials say.


Eleven people are killed after their vehicle and a lorry collide head-on in Thessaloniki, Greece.

Their car was travelling to Thessaloniki when there was a head-on collision with a lorry.


At least 50 people are killed and 30 others injured when a pipeline catches fire and explodes in southeast Nigeria.

It was wailing and gnashing of teeth on Friday in the commercial city of Aba, Abia State, as 50 persons were roasted to death in a pipeline explosion. The exploded pipeline belonging to the Pipelin…


At least 27 people die and many others disappear after heavy floods and landslides in Sumatra, Indonesia.

Torrential rains triggered flash floods and landslides on the Indonesian island of Sumatra, killing at least 27 people, including a dozen children at a school, officials said on Saturday.


Five South Korean climbers and four Nepali guides die after a snowstorm destroys their camp on a Himalayan peak in Nepal.

Nine people are feared dead after a storm destroyed their base camp on the Himalayan peak of Gurja.

Somali Civil War

Two blasts in the town of Baidoa in Somalia kill at least 15 people and injure more than 30 others.

Al-Shabab claims responsibility; violence comes as country marks deadliest terror attack a year ago

War in Afghanistan (2001-present)

A motorcycle rigged with explosives is detonated at an election rally in northeastern Afghanistan, killing at least 14 people, including civilians and security forces.

A motorcycle rigged with explosives detonated at an election rally in northeastern Afghanistan on Saturday killing at least 14 people, including civilians and security forces, officials said. Khalil Aser, spokesman for the provincial police chief in Takhar province, said 32 others were...