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Yilan train derailment

At least 18 people are killed and 170 are injured after a train derails in Yilan County, Taiwan.

More than 140 others are injured, authorities say, amid reports some people are still trapped.


The Post-Truth and the Context

Most of the daily information we see on the mainstream media today is the news equivalent of fast-food.


Opposition to Brexit in the United Kingdom

More than 600,000 people gather at Parliament Square in London as protesters from the People's Vote campaign call for a second Brexit referendum deal between the United Kingdom and the European Union.

Protesters calling for a referendum on the final deal have attended a mass rally in central London.

Wentworth by-election, 2018

Independent candidate Kerryn Phelps leads the vote count in the Australian House of Representatives seat of Wentworth. If she wins, the Australian House of Representatives will enter into a hung parliament.

Narrowing has sparked talk of a recount because the result will be so close.

Afghan parliamentary election, 2018

After a delay of three years, voters in Afghanistan head to the polls to elect members of the nation's parliament.The election is marred by violence and suicide attacks which leave over 170 dead or wounded nationwide.

Casualties are mounting in Afghanistan as blasts and suspected Taliban rocket fire target polling stations in the long-delayed parliamentary vote. Authorities face outrage over poor organization and technical glitches.


A spat in a market in Nigeria's northern Kaduna State resulted in 55 dead. After the brawl, 22 people were arrested.

Russia-United States relations

U.S. President Donald Trump says the U.S. will withdraw from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty, a 1987 nuclear arms treaty with Russia.

Experts warn of ‘most severe crisis in nuclear arms control since the 1980s’ as Trump confirms US will leave INF agreement



Arianespace launches the European Space Agency-Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency probe "BepiColombo" from Guiana Space Centre as it begins a 7-year journey to Mercury. It is the final mission of the Horizon 2000+ program.

Experts say planet that ‘doesn’t fit’ could offer new insights into how solar system formed

Russian interference in the 2018 United States elections

The United States Justice Department charges 44-year old Elena Khusyaynova of Saint Petersburg with conspiracy to defraud the United States for managing the financing of the social media troll operation that included the Internet Research Agency.

A Russian who allegedly worked on funding online propaganda efforts to manipulate voters in the 2016 and 2018 elections was charged with a federal crime Friday as part of a wider conspiracy to hurt American democracy.

Illegal immigration to the United States

Hundreds of Central American migrants taking part in a migrant caravan to the United States clash with riot police on the Guatemala-Mexico border.

A caravan of hundreds of Central American migrants faces Mexican riot police as they try to cross.

Saudi Arabia-Turkey relations

Saudi Arabia's general prosecutor claims Jamal Khashoggi died in a fight inside the Istanbul consulate.

The government said that Khashoggi got into a fight with the people he met at the consulate in Istanbul, Turkey. The kingdom alleged that Khashoggi died in that clash.

Secret Intelligence Service

Former Secret Intelligence Service head John Sawers says that Saudi Arabian crown prince Mohammad bin Salman was behind the death of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

Sir John Sawers says theory that rogue Saudi military officers were responsible is ‘blatant fiction’

SH-60 Seahawk

A SH-60 Seahawk helicopter crashes on the flight deck of the USS "Ronald Reagan", leaving 12 sailors injured.

A U.S. Navy helicopter crashed on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier Ronald Reagan on Friday, causing non-fatal injuries to a dozen sailors, the Navy said.

2018 Amritsar train accident

At least 59 people are dead and 100 are injured after a train runs into a Dussehra celebration near Amritsar in India's northern state of Punjab.

The victims were standing on the railway tracks watching celebrations for a Hindu festival.

Sagrada Familia

136 years after beginning construction, the Sagrada Familia in Barcelona receives a building permit to complete construction.

After more than a century of illegal construction work, Barcelona's towering Sagrada Familia church has finally agreed to make things right with the city council.