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List of gravitational wave observations

LIGO detects a second neutron star merger using its gravitational wave signal after the first such detection in August 2017.

2020 United States presidential election

Former U.S. Vice President Joe Biden announces he is running for the Democratic Party's nomination in the 2020 U.S. presidential election.

The former vice president has stayed on the sideline while his record has been scrutinized. His entry is sure to reshape the Democratic primary contest.

Russian military intervention in Ukraine

The European Union hit out against Russia's move to fast-track citizenship applications from people living in conflict areas in eastern Ukraine, slamming it as an attack on Ukraine's sovereignty that would undermine any peace agreement.

The European Union hit out Thursday against Russia’s move to fast-track citizenship applications from people living in conflict areas in eastern Ukraine, slamming it as an attack on Ukraine’s sovereignty that would undermine an already-fragile peace agreement.


Five people are killed when tornadoes touch down in Texas and Louisiana.

Violent storms unleashed floods and tornadoes across Texas and Louisiana late Wednesday and early Thursday, leaving at least five people dead.


The EU is not a cigar club

No matter how you look at it, Brexit is a spectacular failure of the grand project called the European Union.


Hanoi summit

"Asia Press" reports that North Korean leader Kim Jong-un ordered the execution by firing squad of four foreign ministry officials following the failure of his February Hanoi summit with U.S. President Donald Trump, after accusing them of "selling information to the U.S." before the summit.

Four North Korean foreign ministry workers were allegedly killed by firing squad in Pyongyang after nuclear talks with the US broke down. Kim Jong-un reportedly claimed they sold information.

Illinois Governor

Illinois Governor J. B. Pritzker is investigated federally for a property tax break that netted him $331,000 in tax relief by taking toilets out of a Chicago mansion he owns. Pritzker stated he has "no concerns" about the report.

Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker says he has “no concerns at all” about a report that federal authorities are investigating a property tax break he got on an empty Chicago mansion he owns by disconnecting its toilets

Murder of James Byrd Jr.

John William King is executed by lethal injection by the state of Texas, 21 years after the murder of James Byrd Jr., for which he was sentenced.

A white supremacist convicted of killing James Byrd Jr. in 1998 by dragging the ...

2019 Guatemalan general election

A judge in Miami orders the arrest of Guatemalan presidential candidate Roberto Arzú. Arzú is the second presidential candidate who has had legal problems with the United States.

North Korea–Russia relations

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un arrives by train in Vladivostok, Russia, for his first talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin, expected to start Thursday.

The North Korean leader will meet President Putin for the first time near the city of Vladivostok.


Police evacuate 148 homes in Sokndal, Norway. Wildfires have burned through about 7.5 square kilometers (2.9 sq. miles) of land in the area. A spokesperson for the European Union Forest Fire Information System says wildfires in northern Europe "are way above the average" for this time of year.

Experts say the rate of forest fires in Europe is "way above the average".

South Africa

Floods and mudslides in the South African city of Durban and the wider KwaZulu-Natal province have killed at least 60 people.

Officials fear the death toll in the port city of Durban may rise further after heavy rains.


Exploration of Mars

NASA reports the first detection of a likely Marsquake by the InSight Mars lander.

NASA's InSight lander appears to have detected its first seismic event on Mars after touched down on the Red Planet in November last year.

Electoral reform referendum

The Progressive Conservative Party of Prince Edward Island wins its first minority government since the Island's 1890 general election; while the Green Party of Prince Edward Island has beaten the Prince Edward Island Liberal Party by taking most of the seats and becoming the province's new Official Opposition party, a first for any Green Party in North America.

‘My god, I love this island,’ says leader Peter Bevan-Baker after news party will form official opposition

Sunnyvale, California

Eight pedestrians in Sunnyvale, California, are injured when a car is intentionally driven into them. The driver is arrested after crashing into a tree. The FBI is assisting in the investigation.

Police say the incident appears to be intentional and the FBI is now assisting in the investigation.

Murder of Karina Vetrano

In the United States, Chanel Lewis is sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole for the 2016 murder of Karina Vetrano while she was running in Queens, New York City. The judge had earlier declined the defense's motion of a re-trial due to what they alleged to be police and juror misconduct.

Chanel Lewis has been sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole for the 2016 murder of Karina Vetrano, who was beaten and strangled to death while out for a jog near her home in Queens. The sentence was handed down by a judge who a day earlier rejected a defense motion to...

Canada–Philippines relations

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte insists Canada remove tons of mislabeled, misdirected trash from Manila that arrived in 2013 and 2014. Duterte threatens to retaliate, up to declaring war, if the trash is not removed.

More than 100 shipping containers had been declared to hold recyclable plastic scraps. But when they arrived in Manila, officials found household trash, including adult diapers.

North Korea–Russia relations

Korean Central News Agency confirms North Korean leader Kim Jong-un will soon visit Russia for a summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin.


A mudslide at a jade mine in Hpakant, Kachin State, northern Myanmar caused by the collapse of a nearby lake kills three miners and leaves 51 missing.

More than 50 people are missing and feared dead after a mudslide buried workers at a jade mine in Myanmar's Kachin State, according to reports.

2019 Visayas earthquake

The earthquake happened less than 24 hours after the 6.1 magnitude earthquake that struck Luzon.

2019 Visayas earthquake

According to PHIVOLCS, the epicenter of the earthquake is located 9 km northwest of San Julian, Eastern Samar. PHIVOLCS originally records the earthquake, which is tectonic in origin, at magnitude 6.2, but later upgrades it to 6.5.

The strong earthquake that hit a town in Eastern Samar comes after a powerful tremor jolted Zambales Monday.

2019 Visayas earthquake

A magnitude 6.5 earthquake strikes the islands of Visayas in the Philippines at 13:37 Philippine Standard Time.

Federal Aviation Administration

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) certifies Alphabet Inc.-owned delivery drone service Wing to operate as an airline in the United States. Wing is the first delivery drone company to receive FAA air carrier certification.

Wing's drones are made to deliver a wide range of items — including coffee, chocolate and burritos — from local merchants to their customers.

2019 Sri Lanka Easter bombings

Sri Lankan investigators believe that the bombings were revenge for attacks on New Zealand mosques in March.

Devastating Easter bombings in Sri Lanka were retaliation for attacks on mosques...

2019 Sri Lanka Easter bombings

ISIL claims responsibility for the bombings in Sri Lanka that took place on Easter Sunday.

The claim came as the government looked into the possibility that the bombings, which killed more than 300 people, were in retaliation for the shootings last month at mosques in New Zealand.