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Haiti–United States relations

U.S. President Donald Trump refers to Haiti, El Salvador and African countries as "shithole countries" in a private meeting.

Weinstein effect

Twitter posts disseminate claims that actor Kirk Douglas (aged 101) had been accused in the past of having sexually assaulted actress Natalie Wood when she was 16 years old (1954).


It is revealed that Ecuador granted citizenship to Julian Assange. Ecuador granted him asylum in August 2012 and he has remained in the Embassy of Ecuador in London avoiding extradition to Sweden on rape charges. Subsequently, Swedish authorities dropped the charges in May 2017.

Ecuador’s foreign minister reveals to reporters in Quito that Wikileaks founder was granted citizenship a month ago

Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act

The United States House of Representatives passes a bill to reauthorize, for a period of six years, a key foreign intelligence collection program, permitted by Section 702. Changes to the program will require the FBI to get a probable cause warrant if it wants to view the contents of Americans' communications swept up in the process.

Murder of Zainab Ansari

The rape and murder of six-year-old girl Zainab in Pakistan has sparked outrage across the country. Two people die in protests in Kasur city.

Media of the Philippines

The Securities and Exchange Commission revokes the license of Rappler over its use of Philippine Depository Receipts (PDRs) issued to Omidyar Network. The commission ruled that the provisions of the PDRs issued by Rappler to Omidyar violates constitutional restrictions on foreign ownership and control of companies. Critics of the administration of President Rodrigo Duterte condemned the move as an "attack on press freedom".

United States–European Union relations

The United Kingdom, France, and Germany call on U.S. President Donald Trump to endorse the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action.

Britain, France and Germany made a joint plea to Donald Trump on Thursday to endorse a key nuclear deal with Iran as the US president mulls reimposing sanctions on Tehran.

Iran–United States relations

The Trump administration through the U.S. Justice Department establishes the Hezbollah Financing and Narcoterrorism Team to assist with the DEA's Project Cassandra investigation into groups supporting Hezbollah.

The U.S. Justice Department has set up a team to investigate individuals and organizations providing support to Hezbollah, the Iran-backed Islamist group in Lebanon that the U.S. has branded a terrorist organization, Attorney General Jeff Sessions said on Thursday.

2018 Southern California mudflows

The Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office reports this afternoon that up to 43 people are still missing from Tuesday's mudslides as rescuers continue to search through Montecito’s massive debris field; this morning the report had been eight missing. The casualty numbers are expected to rise.

Legal status of cryptocurrency

The South Korean Ministry of Justice announces that it is a preparing a bill to ban cryptocurrency trading through exchanges.

South Korea says it's planning a law to ban cryptocurrencies such as bitcoin being traded through its exchanges, sending prices plummeting.

Walmart employee wages

Walmart announces that it will increase the minimum wage for its U.S. employees to $11 per hour and close 50 Sam's Club stores.


Bowing to pressure, French publisher Gallimard suspends plans to reprint a compendium of "violently antisemitic pamphlets" by novelist Louis-Ferdinand Céline.

French publishing house Gallimard cancels plan to reissue a collection of the controversial writer’s essays from the late 1930s after sparking uproar

Israeli–Palestinian conflict

Two 16-year-old Palestinians are shot and killed in separate clashes with the Israeli army.

Two Palestinian teens were killed in clashes with the Israeli military on Thursday, Palestinian health officials said, in a wave of violence sparked last month when President Donald Trump recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.