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NASA announces that Voyager 2 entered interstellar space after exiting the heliosphere on November 5.

For the second time in history, a human-made object has reached the space between the stars. NASA’s Voyager 2 probe now has exited the heliosphere – the protective bubble of particles and magnetic fields created by the Sun.


Russian serial killer and former policeman Mikhail Popkov is convicted of an additional 56 murders between 1992 and 2007. All of his victims were women.

Mikhail Popkov, one of Russia's worst ever serial killers, is already in jail after being convicted in 2015 of murdering 22 women.


33 people are hospitalized in Pavia, Italy, after pepper spray was fired inside the gym of a school. This is the second pepper spray-related incident in the country in three days. On December 8, six people died when robbers fired the spray inside a nightclub, causing a stampede.


Prime Minister Theresa May announces the deferral of the meaningful vote on the UK's negotiated withdrawal agreement from the European Union that was scheduled for tomorrow.

The prime minister says the plan "would be rejected by a significant margin" if MPs voted on it.


The Court of Justice of the European Union rules that an EU member state's invocation of Article 50 TEU is unilaterally revokable.

The European Court of Justice rules that the UK can cancel Brexit without the consent of the other EU states.


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.


2018 Armenian parliamentary election

Armenian citizens vote in the country's first ever snap election and the first one since the Velvet Revolution.

The My Step alliance of reformist leader Nikol Pashinian is expected to win control


A beaver is seen in Northern Italy on camera, a species that has not been seen in the country since 1471.

A beaver was captured on camera in northeast Italy, marking the first sighting of the animal in that country since 1471.

Winter storm

Severe winter storms in the southeastern United States kill one person and leave 310,000 others without power.

A powerful winter storm that struck the U.S. Southeast over the weekend killed a...


A helicopter crash in eastern Sudan kills Al-Qadarif state governor Mirghani Saleh and at least four other officials.

The aircraft exploded in flames after it hit a communications tower, reports say.

Reggio Emilia

Two persons died and 38 others are hospitalized after a fire erupted in a building in Reggio Emilia, Italy.



The ULA launch of a Delta IV Heavy rocket carrying the NROL-71 mission is called off 7 seconds before liftoff time.

The scheduled launch of a rocket carrying a reconnaissance satellite into orbit from Vandenberg Air Force Base in Santa Barbara County that was originally scheduled for Friday and reset for Saturday was...

Federal Government of Belgium

Prime Minister Charles Michel says that the New Flemish Alliance (N-VA) party quits the coalition. N-VA cites its disagreement over the signing of the United Nations Global Compact for Migration. Michel plans to continue with a minority cabinet until the next scheduled election.

Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel said his government would continue as a minority administration after the biggest party in his coalition ...

Yellow vests movement

125,000 people demonstrate across France, according to the Minister of the Interior, with about 89,000 police officers on duty. 1,385 people are detained. Tear gas and pepper spray are used against the protesters and 135 people are injured.

Hundreds have been detained across France as thousands of security personnel face another day of 'yellow vest' protests.

Presidency of Donald Trump

President Trump announces his nomination of army general Mark A. Milley to succeed marine general Joseph Dunford as Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

U.S. President Donald Trump announced on Saturday that he would nominate four-st...

Presidency of Donald Trump

White House Chief of Staff John F. Kelly is set to resign by the end of the month according to U.S. President Donald Trump.

John Kelly is expected to resign as White House chief of staff in the coming days, two sources familiar with the situation unfolding in the West Wing tell CNN.


Two buses crash head-on on a highway in Achacachi, Bolivia, leaving at least 17 people dead and 10 injured.

LA PAZ, Bolivia (AP) — Two buses have crashed head-on on a highway in Bolivia's highlands, leaving at least 17 people dead and 10


Six people are killed and dozens more injured in a human stampede as frantic concertgoers try to exit a packed Lanterna Azzurra club in Corinaldo in Ancona Province, Marche, Italy, after pepper spray is reportedly fired inside the club.

More than 100 people are also injured in the incident near Ancona on the east coast.