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2019 Thai general election

Thai Princess Ubolratana conveyed a message of thanks to Thais on Saturday morning after King Vajiralongkorn issued a royal announcement late on Friday night saying political involvement by a senior royal is inappropriate.

Princess Ubolratana conveyed a message of thanks to Thais Saturday morning after His Majesty the King issued a royal announcement late on Friday night saying political involvement by a senior royal family member was inappropriate.

Spanish constitutional crisis

The Spanish government announces that it is breaking off dialogue with the government of Catalonia, escalating the regional crisis.

The Spanish government accused Catalan pro-independence leaders on Friday of rej...

Accession of Macedonia to NATO

In a 153–140 vote, the Parliament of Greece ratifies the NATO accession protocol for North Macedonia.

The Greek Parliament has approved a measure for North Macedonia to join NATO, ending a decades-old dispute.

2019 Venezuelan presidential crisis

A senior White House official, speaking on condition of anonymity, reveals that the United States government is holding direct communications with members of Venezuela's military urging them to abandon Nicolás Maduro.

The United States is holding direct communications with members of Venezuela...

2010–2017 Toronto serial homicides

Bruce McArthur is sentenced to life imprisonment for eight murders in Toronto, making him the oldest known sexually motivated serial killer in Canadian history.

Serial killer Bruce McArthur will be eligible to apply for parole after spending at least 25 years in prison for the murders of eight men in Toronto, an Ontario Superior Court judge ordered on Friday during the 67-year-old former landscaper's sentencing hearing.

Barcelona

A train collision near Barcelona, Spain, leaves one dead and 100 injured.

Flamengo

A fire at Flamengo sports club's youth training camp in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, leaves ten people dead and three injured.

Ten people died and at least three others were injured after a fire broke out at the youth training ground of Brazilian football club Flamengo on Friday, according to state-run news agency Agencia Brazil.

2018–19 North American winter

Washington Governor Jay Inslee declares a state of emergency as a winter storm that could bring up to 8 in of snow begins to affect the state.

"Forecasters predict this may be a storm unlike one we've seen in many years," said Washington Gov. Jay Inslee said as he declared a state of emergency.