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National Emergency Concerning the Southern Border of the United States

The U.S. Senate votes 59–41 to cancel President Donald Trump's emergency declaration to fund the wall along the Mexico–United States border. Trump plans to veto the decision.

The Senate voted to overturn President Trump’s national emergency declaration, delivering a bipartisan rebuke for what lawmakers in both parties saw as executive overreach

Brexit negotiations

The House of Commons of the United Kingdom votes 412 to 202 to seek a delay to Brexit of three months if UK Prime Minister Theresa May's deal can be passed at a third attempt next week, else significantly longer. The delay, which means the UK will no longer leave the European Union on March 29, will have to be unanimously approved by all other 27 EU member states.

The UK may not now leave the EU on 29 March, if EU member states agree to grant a delay.

2020 United States presidential election

Former U.S. Representative Beto O'Rourke from Texas announces he is running for the Democratic Party's nomination for President of the United States in the 2020 election.

The former Texas congressman joins a growing group of Democrats vying to challenge President Trump.

Caracas drone attack

A CNN reporter alleges an unnamed source has provided new video details about the August 2018 drone explosion in Caracas, claiming that it was part of a plot to kill Nicolás Maduro.

New videos obtained by CNN provide chilling insight into a mystery drone attack against Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro last year—the world's first known attempt to kill a head of state with a retail drone, purchased online and armed by hand with military grade explosives.

2019 college admissions bribery scandal

Eight universities are sued by two Stanford University students in regards to the college admissions bribery scandal.

A class-action lawsuit filed in California names eight schools.

Bloody Sunday

Prosecutors in Northern Ireland charge a former British Army soldier with murdering two people during the mass shooting in Derry during the Troubles in 1972, following a contemporary police investigation. The man, known only as Soldier F, is also charged with three attempted murders. It is also announced that no other charges against either soldiers or civilians will be brought due to insufficient evidence. Soldiers shot 28 unarmed protestors, killing 13.

The sole prosecution is seen as a "terrible disappointment" by some of the families of the 13 people killed.

USS ''Devastator''

USS "Devastator" is damaged by fire while at a Bahrain dock.

The Navy is still determining the extent of the damage to the ship caused by the fire.

2019 Tel Aviv rocket strike

Two rockets are fired from the Gaza Strip at Tel Aviv, Israel; neither rocket was intercepted by the IDF's Iron Dome system.

Early media reports said the rockets caused no damage or casualties.