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Politics of Mexico

Mexicans react with incredulity after President of Mexico Enrique Peña Nieto appointed Alberto Bazbaz to the position of head of the CISEN intelligence service. Bazbaz is known for having overseen a 9-day search for a missing girl, Paulette Gebara Farah, who was eventually found dead in her own bed.

Alberto Bazbaz, an ally of the president, has been handed the top intelligence job despite leading a nine-day search for missing girl later found dead in her own bed

Cabinet of Germany

The CDU-CSU (Christian Democrats) and SPD (Social Democrats) agree on a blueprint for formal negotiations on a new "grand coalition" government after the September 2017 federal election.

Chancellor Merkel's party reaches agreement on key sticking points with the Social Democrats.

European Parliament

After European Parliament auditors conclude that he used a parliamentary assistant for UKIP party matters instead of for work related to the duties of a Member of the European Parliament, Nigel Farage will now pay back £35,500 (€40,000) through having half of his salary withheld.

Former Ukip leader Nigel Farage is having half his MEP’s salary docked following a European Parliament investigation into the alleged misspending of EU funds. Mr Farage and seven other Ukip MEPs were last February accused of spending money meant to fund their offices on Ukip party matters – leading the Parliament’s financial watchdog to launch an investigati...

Murder of Zainab Ansari

Protesters set a government office on fire in the Pakistani city of Kasur, in a second day of riots after the rape and murder of a six-year-old girl.

The body of six-year-old Zainab, who was raped and strangled, was found in a rubbish dump.

Panama–United States relations

The United States Ambassador to Panama, John D. Feeley, resigns saying he can no longer serve under Trump administration.

The US ambassador to Panama has resigned, saying that he no longer felt able to serve President Donald Trump.

Nepal–United States relations

Nepalese authorities state that they are "discussing their response" to Trump's recent comment which referred to their country (among others) as a "shithole". Botswana summoned their U.S. ambassador, asking for clarification and expressed their concerns.

United Kingdom–United States relations

United States President Donald Trump cancels his scheduled trip to the United Kingdom next month.

U.S. President Donald Trump canceled a trip to London scheduled for next month to open a new embassy, saying he did not want to endorse a bad deal agreed by the Obama administration to sell the old one for "peanuts".

Turkey–United States relations

Turkey cautions its citizens against travel to the United States in response to an advisory that warned Americans about terror threats and arbitrary detentions in Turkey.

Turkey on Friday cautioned its citizens about traveling to the United States, in retaliation for a new U.S. travel advisory that warned Americans about terror threats and arbitrary detentions in Turkey.

Nottingham station

A major fire engulfs parts of Nottingham station, United Kingdom.

Fire crews faced "arduous" conditions, but the blaze is now under control.

Women's rights activists

For the first time, Saudi Arabia allows women to spectate at football matches, part of an easing of strict rules on gender separation by the ultra-conservative Muslim country.

Amid gradual reforms, Saudi Arabia allows women to attend a football match for the first time.