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Corruption in Venezuela

28 former Venezuelan officials are charged with corruption by a judge in Andorra.

Andorra alleges companies doing business with Venezuela's state oil company were overcharged.

Trials of Paul Manafort

Former Donald Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort agrees to plead guilty in a foreign-lobbying and money laundering case brought by special counsel Robert Mueller. Manafort has agreed to cooperate with the investigation.

The plea deal calls for a cap on prison time and dismisses deadlocked charges from an earlier trial pending cooperation with the Mueller probe.

Organization of American States

Secretary general Luis Almagro of the OAS says that he does not exclude "a military intervention to overthrow" President of Venezuela Nicolás Maduro, arguing that the Maduro government perpetrates "crimes against humanity, the violation of the human rights and the suffering of people that is inducing an exodus".

CUCUTA, Colombia (AP) — The head of the Organization of American States has joined President Donald Trump in holding out the threat of a military intervention in Venezuela to restore democracy and ease the country*s humanitarian crisis OAS Secretary General Luis Almagro delivered the sharp warning in a visit Friday to Colombia's border with Venezuela in whic...


European Union diplomats reject Dominic Raab's claim that negotiations are "closing in".

North Korea–South Korea relations

North Korea and South Korea open their first liaison office near Kaesong ahead of third third summit meeting between Moon Jae-in and Kim Jong-un in 2018.

North and South Korea opened their first liaison office near their tense border on Friday, in a bid to facilitate better communication.


The death toll from a cholera outbreak in Zimbabwe rises to 25. In response, the government launches a crowdfunding campaign, which has been criticized due to it being started amid allegations of misused state funds.

An emergency has been declared and public gatherings banned in Harare after 25 deaths.

2018 Pacific typhoon season

Super Typhoon Mangkhut (Ompong) approaches the Philippines as one of the strongest in its history, with sustained winds of 205 km-h and gusts of up to 285 km-h.

Five million could be hit by super storm as gusts of up to 255km/h are expected

2018 Atlantic hurricane season

At least four people are reported killed in Florence-related incidents.

2018 Atlantic hurricane season

More than 150 residents in New Bern, North Carolina, are left stranded after 10 ft adj=on–high storm surges flood the city.

10-foot storm surge floods New Bern, North Carolina, which issues mandatory curfew; local TV station is evacuated

2018 Atlantic hurricane season

Hurricane Florence makes landfall in Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina, as a Category 1 hurricane. and leaves over 895,000 residences and businesses without electrical power. A 105 mph (169 km-h) gust hits Wilmington, the strongest wind recorded there since Hurricane Helene in 1958. Florence is later downgraded to a Tropical Storm as it moves inland with sustained winds of 70 mph.

Hurricane Florence hit Wilmington, North Carolina, Friday morning with a 105 mph wind gust.

Russian Orthodox Church

The Russian Orthodox Church freezes its relations with the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople over its influence in Ukraine.

Russia's Orthodox Church said on Friday it would no longer participate in s...

Syrian Civil War

Residents in Idlib, the last Syrian opposition-held territory, demonstrate against President Bashar Assad's government.

In cities and towns across Syria's last opposition-held province, Idlib, residents poured into the streets on Friday to demonstrate against President Bashar Assad's government in defiance of an expected offensive to retake the territory. In the provincial capital, Idlib city, and in towns...