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Scientists announce through the "Nature" journal, the discovery of 13 deep-space fast radio bursts (FRBs), named FRB 180814, by the CHIME radio telescope in British Columbia, Canada.

A telescope picks up bursts of radio waves from a distant galaxy, shedding light on an astrophysical puzzle.

Havana syndrome

Two biologists who analysed a sound recording obtained by the Associated Press in 2017, say that it closely matches the calling song of the Indies short-tailed cricket, a species not known to exist in Cuba.

A strange sound heard by embassy workers who fell ill matches a Caribbean cricket, but the finding doesn't solve the mystery.

2020 United States presidential election

Joining several other Democrats in the race, Senator Kamala Harris of California announces her intention for running in the 2020 United States presidential election.

Brexit negotiations

After a vote by MPs in the House of Commons, the government is required to table an alternative Brexit plan within 3 days of the vote, if it fails to pass a majority on January 15.

MPs vote to force the PM to announce new Brexit plans within three days if her deal fails in the Commons.


German prosecutors say, based on CCTV images, that most of AfD politician Frank Magnitz's injuries yesterday may have been sustained as he hit the ground after having been elbowed once by three people and falling over. Magnitz says the attack may have been an attempted robbery.

Frank Magnitz has said he was beaten unconscious after his assailants had already knocked him to the ground. However, prosecutors now say that CCTV footage may contradict this version of events.

Israeli minister

Former Israeli minister Gonen Segev pleads guilty to spying for Iran, in exchange for an 11-year prison sentence.


Diplomatic offices in Melbourne, Australia, are evacuated after suspicious packages were found.

Police in Australia are investigating suspicious packages sent to a wide range o...

Dassault Mirage 2000D

Remnants of a Dassault Mirage 2000D fighter jet are found in Jura, France, after the aircraft with two pilots onboard disappeared from radar.