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2019-04-20


2019 Egyptian constitutional referendum

People of Egypt go to polling places to vote on a number of amendments to the Constitution of Egypt, which, among other things, allow President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi to remain in power until 2030, increase the president's powers over Egypt's judiciary, and increase the power of Egypt's military over all other state institutions. The vote will take place in three days from 20 to 22 April.

CAIRO (AP) — Egyptians cast their ballots Saturday on the first of three days of voting on constitutional amendments that would allow President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi to stay in power until 2030...

Opinion

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.


2019-04-19

Special Counsel investigation (2017–2019)

House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler issues a subpoena to the Justice Department for, by May 1, the full, unredacted version of the Mueller Report, and for the underlying grand jury evidence and testimony. The Attorney General's offer to allow committee members a chance to view a less-redacted version of the report does not meet the committee's needs and was not accepted.

The subpoena, which demands the material by May 1, escalates the House’s confrontation with Attorney General William Barr.

United States Vice President

Media reports indicate former United States Vice President and Senator Joe Biden has decided that next week he will announce his participation in the race for Democratic Party's nomination in the 2020 United States presidential election.

The former vice president has finally decided he’s in, and he’s announcing in less than a week. Now he just has to finish putting a campaign together.

2019 Western Libya offensive

Russia and the United States veto a British-sponsored United Nations Security Council resolution calling for a ceasefire between the Libyan National Army and forces loyal to the Tripoli-based Government of National Accord.

Russia objects to the resolution blaming eastern Libyan commander Khalifa Haftar for the latest flare-up in violence.

2019 Western Libya offensive

The White House says President Donald Trump has spoken to Libyan Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar about recent developments in Libya. During the call, Trump recognised Haftar's efforts to combat Islamic terrorism and secure Libya's oil reserves.

Mr Trump's call suggests he endorses General Haftar, unlike some of his allies.

Langley

A house deck collapses in Langley, British Columbia, Canada injuring 40 people, twenty of them severely.


2019-04-18

Special Counsel investigation (2017–2019)

The redacted version of the report by Special Counsel Robert Mueller is released by U.S. Attorney General William Barr. The investigation did not find any conspiracy between President Donald Trump and the Russian government regarding the accusation that they collaborated to win the 2016 presidential election. The report did not rule out if the Trump administration committed obstruction of justice. The Department of Justice also stated some members of Congress will receive a less-redacted version of the report in the near future.

The Justice Department will release on Thursday morning a redacted version of the report by the special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III, who investigated Russian election interference, any ties to the Trump campaign and possible presidential obstruction.

Bishop International Airport attack

Amor Ftouhi is sentenced to life in prison for stabbing a police officer at Bishop International Airport in Flint, Michigan, United States in June 2017.

“Do I regret what I did? Never,” said Ftouhi. “If I have to do (it) one more time, I’ll do it but not without a machine gun. I regret I didn’t kill that cop.”

Royal Thai Navy

The Royal Thai Navy is planning to remove a house that was allegedly constructed illegally 12 mi abbr=on off the Thai coastline to promote seasteading. The owners had planned to start a community of at least 20 houses in the area. Thai authorities have filed a complaint, which if prosecuted could carry a death sentence for "threatening the sovereignty of a state, and erosion of a state's independence".

The American businessman and his partner are in hiding after Thai authorities accused them of breaching the country's sovereignty

Dissident Irish Republican campaign

Northern Irish journalist Lyra McKee is shot dead by dissident republicans on the Creggan estate in Derry.

Jess Roskelley

Mountain climbers Jess Roskelley, David Lama and Hansjörg Auer are suspected dead after an avalanche on Howse Peak in Canada's Banff National Park.

Three world-renowned climbers — Jess Rosskelly, David Lama and Hansjörg Auer — are missing and presumed to be dead in an avalanche in the Rocky Mountains.

Empangeni

At least 13 people are killed and 29 others are injured when a wall collapses in Empangeni, South Africa, at the start of an Easter service at a Pentecostal church.

At least 13 worshippers are killed when a wall collapses at the start of an Easter service.