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People's Party (Spain) leadership election, 2018

Pablo Casado is elected leader of Spain's centre-right People's Party after defeating former Deputy Prime Minister of Spain Soraya Saenz de Santamaria in a run-off.

2018 Vietnam floods

Tropical storm Son Tinh has killed 20 people, left 16 missing and injured 14 in Vietnam.

Tropical storm Son Tinh has killed 20 people, left 16 missing and injured 14 in Vietnam, the country's rescue committee said on Saturday.


The death toll from a record breaking heatwave in Japan rises to 30.

Scorching temperatures have killed 30 people in two weeks, prompting officials to issue warnings.

Western Iran clashes (2016-present)

PJAK militants kill ten Iranian border guards stationed at an Iran-Iraq border post in Marivan County.

Militants killed 10 Iranian Revolutionary Guards in an attack on a post on the Iraqi border on Saturday, Iran's semi-official Tasnim news agency reported, the latest deadly clash in an area where armed opposition Kurdish groups are active.


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People's Party (Spain) leadership election, 2018

The XIX Congress of the People's Party begins, which will elect the new party leader and successor of former Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy. The candidates are former Deputy Prime Minister Soraya Saenz de Santamaria and the party's deputy secretary of communication, Pablo Casado.

Spain's conservative party, cast into opposition in June after six years in government, will map out its political direction for the foreseeable future on Saturday when it picks either a centrist or a right-winger as its new leader.

2017-18 Iranian protests

In Tehran, a group of Iranian girls severely burned in a 2012 school fire protest unequal diyah by the government toward their medical bills, which some say is an inalienable right. Their lawyer says Iran's policy of paying half diyah to women is "unfair and discriminatory".


Microsoft reports that at least three United States congressional candidates have been targeted by hackers in the lead-up to the 2018 midterm elections.

According to Microsoft, at least three Congressional candidates have been targeted by hackers.


Hackers steal the personal data of 1.5 million Singaporeans through the national public health care system. Officials say Prime Minister Hsien Loong Lee's data is the target of the breach.

A total of 1.5 million SingHealth patients’ non-medical personal data were stolen, while 160,000 of those had their dispensed medicines’ records ...


An Iranian-born man injures 10 people with a knife on a bus in Lubeck, Germany, prompting an evacuation of the vehicle. Three of the victims are in serious condition. Police find a smoldering non-explosive backpack at the scene. The suspect is arrested.

The knife attack took place on a bus in the northern city of Lübeck, reports say.

Impeachment of Park Geun-hye

Former South Korean President Park Geun-hye is sentenced to an additional eight years for abusing state funds and violating election laws.

Ontario Highway 17

Smoke from a brush fire closes a major section of Ontario Highway 17 between Mattawa and Petawawa, the primary route of the Trans-Canada Highway through the province.

Smoke from a brush fire is creating visibility issues along Highway 17 between Mattawa, Ont., and Petawawa, Ont.

James Gunn

James Gunn is fired as director of "Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3" after old tweets emerge that he joked about subjects like pedophilia and rape.

The tweets were from 2008 to 2011

2018 Gaza border protests

The Israel Defense Forces engage in a gunfight with Hamas' military wing after an Israeli soldier is killed by a Palestinian sniper; four Hamas members are killed. Israel responds to the incident with strikes on Hamas targets across Gaza.

Israel's army kills four in a wave of attacks, as it suffers its first fatality in renewed clashes.



Airbus transport aircraft Airbus Beluga XL makes its maiden flight in France.

Airbus is making a splash with the design for the latest version of its Beluga transport airplane. The brand new BelugaXL (Airbus A330-700L) was unveiled in Toulouse, France with a very special paint job.

Basic Law: Israel as the Nation-State of the Jewish People

The Israeli Parliament passes a Basic Law declaring that the Land of Israel is the historical homeland of the Jewish people and that the right to exercise national self-determination in the State of Israel is unique to the Jewish people, and also removes Arabic as an official language.

The "nation-state" law, which has been condemned by Arab lawmakers, also asserts Jerusalem as the capital and Hebrew as the official language.

Equipment of the Iranian Army

Iran states that it intends to manufacture and upgrade up to 800 tanks.

Table Rock Lake duck boat accident

At least 17 people are killed and an unknown number of others missing after a duck boat carrying 31 people capsizes and sinks on Table Rock Lake in Branson, Missouri, USA.

Stone County Sheriff Doug Rader confirmed that children are among the 11 people killed after a duck boat capsized on Table Rock Lake near Branson, Missouri.

Mexico City

A 5.7 magnitude earthquake is felt in Mexico City as buildings shake mildly and some residents evacuate homes and office buildings.

War in Afghanistan (2001-present)

Fourteen civilians are killed in an airstrike near Kunduz.

As many as 14 people, including women and children, were killed in an air strike carried out during an operation by Afghan security forces near the northern city of Kunduz on Thursday, officials said.

2015-2018 Iraqi protests

Protests that began last week in Iraq continue amid widespread anger over poor public services, high unemployment, and pollution.

The unrest threatens to delay formation of a new government and has already led to break-ins to oil facilities and political offices.