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Politics of Hungary

George Soros' Open Society Foundations announces that it is moving its operations in Budapest to Germany.

A foundation founded by billionaire George Soros is closing its Budapest operations following the Hungarian government's crackdown on civil-society groups.

2018 elections in India

The ruling party of India, the Bharatiya Janata Party, wins plurality in state assembly elections in Karnataka.

Karnataka Assembly election 2018 results show Modi's rally blitz in the state are set to pay off as BJP is headed to script a big win and form the government on its own

Taiwanese President

Former President of Taiwan Ma Ying-jeou is sentenced to four months in prison on charges he leaked classified information from a wiretap.

A court in Taiwan gave former president Ma Ying-jeou a four-month sentence Tuesday for a leak of confidential information, making him the island’s second consecutive leader to face prison time and the third to be tried for a crime after leaving office.

Censorship in Germany

A Hamburg court upholds a 2017 ban on passages of Jan Böhmermann's poem Schmähkritik.

GERMANY-TURKEY/ERDOGAN (PIX):German court dismisses Erdogan's appeal to ban mocking poem outright


Russian President Vladimir Putin opens the auto part of the 19 km road-and-rail Kerch Strait Bridge connecting Crimea with Russia.

Russian President Vladimir Putin, driving a truck, unveiled the auto section of a new road-and-rail bridge linking Russia to the annexed Crimean peninsula on Tuesday, defying Ukraine which said the move showed cynical disregard for international law.

Iran–United States relations

The United States and six Arab states of the Persian Gulf add more sanctions on Hezbollah leaders Hassan Nasrallah and Naim Qassem.

WASHINGTON: The United States and Gulf partners imposed additional sanctions on Lebanon’s Hezbollah leadership on Wednesday, targeting its top two officials, Hassan Nasrallah and his deputy, Naim Qassem. The US Treasury Department said four other individuals were also sanctioned, as was the group Daesh in the Greater Sahara, which was designated as a foreign...

Iran–United States relations

The United States Treasury Department announces new sanctions on Iran central bank governor Valiollah Seif and assistant director Ali Tarzali for allegedly helping the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps and Quds Force support Hezbollah.

The U.S. Treasury Department imposed sanctions Tuesday on Iran’s central bank governor and another senior official in the bank for allegedly providing support for terrorist activities.

2018 Gaza border protests

The Israeli Army reports some 4,000 Palestinians hold violent protests in five locations along the Gaza border, throwing Molotov cocktails at troops and burning tires. The Israeli Army kills two protesters and injures more than 100 others using live fire and tear gas.

4,000 Palestinians took part in the second-consecutive day of demonstrations in five spots along fence.