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Crisis in Venezuela

In an official National Assembly statement, Guaidó assumes office, to the extent that is possible, as acting President – invoking the Constitution of Venezuela.

Crisis in Venezuela

Juan Guaidó holds an open cabildo, performed as a rally and national address, announcing his plans to take control of the Presidency of Venezuela, with the Organization of American States declaring their support for his assumption of office.

Juan Guaidó said he has constitutional right to assume leadership because Maduro is an illegitimate ‘usurper’

2020 United States presidential election

Joining several other Democrats in the race, Representative Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii announces her intention for running in the 2020 United States presidential election.

Rep. Tulsi Gabbard said Friday she will run for president in 2020.

United States federal government shutdown of 2018–2019

An estimated 800,000 federal government workers miss their first paycheck of the shutdown as it enters into its 21st day, which ties the record set by the shutdown of 1995 and 1996.

Pressure mounts to find an escape hatch from the three-week impasse.

Kidnapping of Jayme Closs

Teenager Jayme Closs, who went missing in October 2018 in Wisconsin after the murder of her parents, is found alive. A suspect, Jake Thomas Patterson, age 21, has been arrested and charged with two counts of murder and one count of kidnapping.

Closs disappeared the same day her parents were found shot to death; a suspect is in custody


An Ottawa, Canada municipal transit bus crashes into a station, killing three people and injuring 23 others.

Three people were killed and nearly two dozen injured when an OC Transpo double-decker bus slammed into a bus shelter at Westboro station at the start of Friday afternoon rush hour.


A bus crash in eastern Cuba leaves at least seven people dead, including four foreigners, and 33 others injured.

Citizens from Argentina, France and Germany are among the seven dead while dozens others are injured.

Two Iraqis were killed and 25 others were injured in a car bomb blast outside a public market in the town of Al-Qaim. The Islamic State is presumed to be behind the attack.

Two people have been killed in an explosion in a city to which displaced families are being encouraged to return, the Iraqi Health Ministry said Friday.