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Trump campaign–Russian meetings

The U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee releases 2,500 pages of documents related to a June 9, 2016 meeting between Donald Trump campaign officials and Russian attorney Natalia Veselnitskaya.

The papers reaffirm previous accounts of the meeting by people involved — that Donald Trump Jr. and team sought "dirt" offered to them on Hillary Clinton and received some political intelligence.

2017–18 Spanish constitutional crisis

A Belgian judge withdraws the European Arrest Warrant against Toni Comín, Lluís Puig and Meritxell Serret amid procedural defects and irregularities. The Supreme Court of Spain criticizes the decision as a "lack of commitment to Spain" from the Belgian justice.

Politics of Malaysia

Malaysian longtime opposition figure and leader of incumbent government party Pakatan Harapan, Anwar Ibrahim is released from prison after obtaining a full royal pardon from King Muhammad V. Anwar was imprisoned in 2015 during the tenure of Najib Razak for charges widely considered to be politically motivated.

Jailed Malaysian reformist Anwar Ibrahim was granted a full pardon and freed on Wednesday, capping dramatic changes in the Southeast Asian country since the government was ousted in an election upset last week.

Media of Kenya

Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta signs a law outlawing cyber-espionage, cyber-bullying, and the "publication of false information."

Kenya's President Uhuru Kenyatta signed a new law on Wednesday that outlaws the abuse of people on social media but which critics say could be exploited to repress civil liberties.

The Gambia

A mass grave containing the bodies of 12 people is discovered in The Gambia. The victims were allegedly killed in 2005 by paramilitary forces controlled by former president Yahya Jammeh, according to human rights groups.

Bodies discovered of 12 west Africans human rights groups say were killed under orders of former president Yahya Jammeh


Five people are shot dead and another is injured in a shooting at a house in Ponder, Denton County, Texas. The Denton County Sheriff's Office believe the shooter is among the dead.

USA Gymnastics sex abuse scandal

Michigan State University announces that it will settle with sexual assault victims of Larry Nassar for over $500 million.

Michigan State University confirms it is settling hundreds of lawsuits filed by survivors of Larry Nasser’s sexual abuse for a half-billion dollars.

2017–18 North Korea crisis

North Korea warns that it might cancel talks with the United States if the U.S. keeps insisting that North Korea will "unilaterally" abandon its nuclear weapons program, similar to the disarmament of Libya. The White House says it is hopeful the planned summit will still happen.

Pyongyang canceled talks with South Korean officials that were scheduled for Wednesday.

2017–18 North Korea crisis

North Korea cancels high-level talks with South Korea in protest of United States–South Korea joint military exercises.


The Luxembourg Green Party politician and government secretary Camille Gira dies after he collapsed while delivering a speech to parliament.

Shock at death of Gira, Israeli ambassador dressed down, Tusk hits out at Trump, Japan trade threat and whisky runs dry. Delano’s breakfast briefing.  

Northeastern United States

Five people are confirmed dead as thunderstorms hit the Northeastern United States.

The National Weather Service received reports of baseball-sized hail and wind gusts up to 80 mph.

Economy of the United Kingdom

The British government renationalises the Virgin Trains East Coast-operated East Coast Main Line. The Department for Transport will run the rail service until 2020.

Britain will take back control of the running of the rail route between London and Edinburgh from private operator Stagecoach after the company failed to make the contract work financially.

War in Afghanistan (2001–present)

Taliban forces claim to have taken control of the western city of Farah after two days of fighting. It is the second provincial capital to be temporarily taken over, after a similar assault on Kunduz in 2015.

KABUL, Afghanistan — The Taliban claimed to have captured the capital of the western province of Farah on Tuesday, while government officials and their ...