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China's Xinhua News Agency unveils the world's first AI news anchor. Xinhua says the AI presenters can work "24 hours a day", thus reducing news production costs.

The state news agency Xinhua says the nameless presenter will help reduce news production costs.

2018 in science

NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory confirms earlier observations by Indian Space Research Organisation's Astrosat space observatory of a rotating black hole in the binary star system 4U 1630-47, which is spinning close to the speed of light, one of the fastest ever observed.

Launched in 2015 by the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), AstroSat is the first dedicated astronomy satellite of India which helped find black hole spinning near maximum possible rates.

White House Press Secretary

White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders receives widespread condemnation after tweeting an altered video from a press conference the day before. The video, which was doctored by the far-right conspiracy website InfoWars, falsely depicts CNN's White House correspondent Jim Acosta physically assaulting an intern.

Sarah Huckabee Sanders is criticised after allegedly sharing an edited clip to make CNN reporter Jim Acosta seem more aggressive.

Montana

A federal judge in Montana orders a suspension of construction on the Keystone XL pipeline, citing an inadequate review of the potential environmental impact of the pipeline.

Judge Brian Morris wrote the State Department's analysis of the pipeline's potential environmental impact fell short of a "hard look" on several items, including greenhouse gas emissions.

Khujand

A riot at a high-security prison in Khujand, Tajikistan, known for holding convicted terrorists, including ISIL members, leaves at least 27 people dead.

Mossos d'Esquadra

The Mossos d'Esquadra announces that on September 19, 2018, they arrested a man planning to assassinate the Prime Minister of Spain Pedro Sanchez.

A man arrested in the Catalonia region was allegedly seeking revenge for plans to exhume Franco.

Ethiopia

Police in Ethiopia say they have discovered a mass grave with 200 bodies near the border between the Somali and Oromia regions of the country.

The grave containing 200 bodies was found between in the area between the Oromia and Somali regions.

2018 California wildfires

Evacuations are prompted in Butte County, California, as the Camp Fire has grown to 8,000 acres.

"This fire is very dangerous, please evacuate if asked to do so!" Cal Fire tweeted​ Thursday

Royal Norwegian Navy

Royal Norwegian Navy frigate HNoMS "Helge Ingstad" collides with a Maltese oil tanker in the Heltefjord while returning from NATO military exercises, prompting the evacuation of all 137 crew members. Seven sailors were injured in the collision.

Norway evacuates a frigate after it collides with an oil tanker, leaving eight people lightly injured.

Ryanair

French authorities impound a Ryanair jet, because of payments owed to the European Union for illegal subsidies, at the Bordeaux-Merignac Airport just before 149 London-bound passengers boarded.

PARIS (AP) — Storms, strikes, computer failures — you can now add "your plane has been seized by the government" to the list of things that can delay your flight. In France, 149 passengers were preparing to take off for London late Thursday when French authorities ordered their Ryanair Boeing 73...