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Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology

A team of physicists at the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology, assisted by colleagues in Switzerland and the United States, successfully returns the state of a quantum computer a fraction of a second into the past.

‘We have artificially created a state that evolves in a direction opposite to that of the thermodynamic arrow of time,’ researcher says

Brexit negotiations

The UK's parliament votes against a no-deal Brexit. This greatly increases the chance of a delayed Brexit, to be voted on Thursday, as well as opening the door to the possibility of a second referendum.

The British Parliament on Wednesday rejected leaving the European Union without a deal, further weakening Prime Minister Theresa May and paving the way for a vote that could delay Brexit until at least the end of June.

Mexico

Mexican authorities announce a national search operation is underway after revealing masked gunmen with a list of names stormed a bus on March 7 as it was traveling along a highway that connects the town of San Fernando with the city of Reynosa. The perpetrators kidnapped 19 people and they have not been seen since.

Masked gunmen barged onto a bus in northern Mexico, carrying a list of names. They left without firing a single shot, taking at least 19 passengers with them as they sped away from the scene. And so far, they seem to have vanished without a trace. Where did the missing passengers go? It's a mystery that's left Mexican officials scrambling for answers as publ...

Frank Cali

Frank Cali, the reputed head of the Gambino crime family, is shot dead by an unknown assailant outside his home in Todt Hill, Staten Island, New York City. It is the first targeted killing of a mob boss in New York City since Paul Castellano was assassinated in 1985.

The killing of the reputed head of the Gambino family is the first of a New York mob boss since 1985.

Nasrin Sotoudeh

Iranian human rights activist and lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh, who won the Sakharov Prize in 2012, is sentenced to 38 years in prison for her defence of women who had been arrested after removing their hijabs.

The reported punishment for Nasrin Sotoudeh, who was arrested last June after defending women who removed their head scarves, drew international condemnation.

Trials of Paul Manafort

Minutes after Manafort is sentenced in federal court, New York state prosecutors announce 16 criminal charges against him related to mortgage fraud, conspiracy and falsifying business records.

The 16 criminal counts against Manafort unveiled by Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance relate to mortgage fraud, conspiracy and falsifying business records.

Trials of Paul Manafort

Former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort is sentenced to 3½ years for money-laundering and obstruction of justice.

President Trump’s former campaign chairman’s total prison sentence is now 7 1/2 years after a second judge ruled in one of the special counsel’s highest-profile cases.

Suzano school shooting

Two men, aged 17 and 25 years, attack a school in the Brazilian city of Suzano, São Paulo, with a revolver and a knife, killing eight and wounding 23 people, among students and staff. The two shooters committed suicide after the attack. Police have found a crossbow, Molotov cocktails and a "suitcase with wires" at the scene.

Killing of Susanna Feldmann

Ali Bashar confesses in court in Germany to killing teenager Susanna Feldmann. Bashar is a failed asylum seeker from Iraq. The case prompted national debate and a pledge by Angela Merkel to call for improvements to the deportation system in Germany. Counterterror police traveled to Iraq in order to return him to Germany, as he had already been deported when he was identified in connection to the murder; Iraq has no extradition treaty with Germany.

The failed asylum seeker, arrested by German police in Iraq, goes on trial for rape and murder.

Malaysia

At least 111 schools in Malaysia are shut down following the treatment of 200 children, staff, and others being poisoned. Authorities suspect that a chemical dump in the southern state of Johor is responsible for the sudden illnesses.

Malaysia has shut more schools after a suspected chemical leak last week left more than 200 children, teachers and others being treated for poisoning, its education minister said late on Wednesday.

Ben Nevis

An avalanche on Ben Nevis kills two French nationals and a Swiss national. A fourth climber is injured and is receiving treatment at a hospital in Glasgow.

The only survivor has described being hit by "heavy, compact snow" in the incident which claimed the lives of three companions.

2019 Boeing 737 MAX groundings

Canada and the United States ground all Boeing 737 Max 8 and Max 9 aircraft and ban the jet from their airspace until further notice. It is now effectively grounded worldwide, with no operators remaining unaffected by grounding orders.

Canada is grounding all its Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft and banning the jet from its airspace until further notice in the wake of the Ethiopian Airlines crash that killed all 157 people on board, including 18 Canadians.

2019 Lagos school collapse

A building in Lagos, Nigeria, collapses, killing ten people and leaving more than 100 others trapped under the rubble.

At least eight Nigerian pupils die and many more are feared trapped in the rubble of the building.

Syrian Civil War

The SOHR reports that Syrian government shelling and Russian air strikes occur in several areas in Idlib province, in the first such raids since a September truce deal, killing at least 15 civilians including eight children and wounding around 60.

First air strikes in weeks kill civilians, including children, in last rebel-held province, Syria's Civil Defence says.