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Moons of Jupiter

New research suggests Europa, a moon of Jupiter, may be covered in tall, jagged ice spikes, presenting a problem for any potential landing on its surface.

The equator may be extra spiky

Death in custody of another Venezuelan politician

The Justice First politician Fernando Albán, who was arrested on Friday related to an alleged assassination attempt in August, dies whilst in custody of the Venezuelan intelligence service. The state reports his death as suicide, which is disputed by all other reports.

Officials say Caracas councillor leapt from 10th floor of building but opposition leader claims: ‘There’s no doubt this was an assassination’

Poisoning of Sergei and Yulia Skripal

Investigative website Bellingcat identifies the second suspect involved in the poisoning of Sergei and Yulia Skripal as Alexander Mishkin, a doctor who works for the Main Intelligence Directorate.

2018 Atlantic hurricane season

Tropical Storm Michael becomes Hurricane Michael and is upgraded to a category 1 storm.

Florida Gov. Rick Scott requested President Trump to declare a pre-landfall emergency for the state in preparation.

2018 Atlantic hurricane season

A hurricane watch is issued for the Florida Panhandle as Hurricane Michael begins moving toward the Yucatan Channel.

Tropical Storm Michael was upgraded to a hurricane on Monday as it moved westward toward Yucatan and the Florida Panhandle, the National Hurricane Center said.

2018 Haiti earthquake

The death toll of a magnitude 5.9 earthquake that struck Haiti rises to 15. At least 333 others are injured.

A 5.9-magnitude earthquake that struck off the northwest coast of Haiti at the weekend has killed at least 15 people, authorities said on Monday, increasing the previous toll by three. Centered 12...


Google announces that it is shutting down its Google+ network for consumers after seven years due to "very low usage" and a software error, first reported by "The Wall Street Journal", that potentially exposed the data of 500,000 users. Google+ will fully shut down in August 2019.

Google will "sunset" the social network, which saw "very low usage" and failed to truly challenge market leader Facebook.

Terrorism in Egypt

A Libyan National Army operation in Derna results in the capturing of Hesham Ashmawy, one of Egypt's most wanted militants.