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Supreme Court Justice

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg returns to the Supreme Court today.

China-United States trade war

The White House confirms new trade talks with China.

The White House confirmed on Monday a new round of planned trade talks with China.

Politics of Spain

Francisco José Alcaraz, from Vox, becomes the first far-right politician to become Senator since the restoration of the democracy.

2020 United States presidential election

Vermont Senator and 2016 presidential candidate Bernie Sanders, announces on Vermont Public Radio that he is running for President of the United States as a Democrat in 2020.

The Vermont independent became an ideological leader in the Democratic Party after his 2016 campaign against Hillary Clinton. He faces a far more crowded and liberal field this time.

Payless ShoeSource

Payless ShoeSource files Chapter 11 bankruptcy with plans to close all of their U.S. stores.

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.


2019-02-18

North Korea–Vietnam relations

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un will meet with Vietnamese General Secretary and President Nguyễn Phú Trọng in Hanoi ahead of talks with U.S. President Donald Trump.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un will reportedly meet with Vietnamese President Nguyen Phu Trong in Hanoi ahead of talks with President Trump; Kitty Logan reports

2019 Venezuelan presidential crisis

In a speech, U.S. President Donald Trump urges the Venezuelan military to abandon Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro or "lose everything".

U.S. President Donald Trump on Monday warned members of Venezuela's militar...

2019 North Korea–United States Hanoi Summit Vietnam

The United States is discussing exchanging liaison officers with North Korea.

The US and North Korea are seriously considering exchanging liaison officers, an incremental step towards building formal diplomatic relations, two sources with knowledge of the discussions told CNN.

History of the Labour Party (UK)

Seven Labour Party MPs (Chuka Umunna, Luciana Berger, Angela Smith, Chris Leslie, Gavin Shuker, Ann Coffey and Mike Gapes) resign from the party, forming a new independent group, in protest at Jeremy Corbyn's leadership, and "institutional anti-Semitism" within the party.

The MPs - including Luciana Berger and Chuka Umunna - urge others join them, as Jeremy Corbyn says he is "disappointed" at the split.

List of mass shootings in the United States in 2019

Four people are killed in a shooting at a home in Solon Township, Kent County, Michigan, United States, with police investigating it as a possible murder–suicide.

“We are actively investigating, trying to get to the bottom of what happened today,” the sheriff said.

Summit

A summit between Israel and the Visegrád Group (the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia) is cancelled following Poland's reaction and withdrawal "in re" Israeli officials statements on the Holocaust alleging Polish involvement. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says Israel will hold bilateral talks with the three prime ministers attending.

Poland pulls out after Israeli remarks over the role of Poles in the Nazi mass murder of Jews.

Suicide bombing

A suicide bombing kills the bomber and three police officers in Cairo, Egypt. Two others are injured.

A suicide bombing in the heart of Egypt’s capital killed two police officers late Monday, the third attack in four days on the country’s security forces, as they carry out a yearslong campaign against extremist groups.

Syrian Civil War

Twin explosions in Idlib, Syria, kill 24 people and injure more than 20.

At least 24 people, including 16 civilians were killed, more than 25 others were injured after two bomb-laden vehicles exploded on a busy street in Syria's...

Kashmir conflict

Two reported Jaish-e-Mohammed militants, one civilian and four Indian soldiers are killed in a skirmish in the Pulwama district of Indian-administered Kashmir as police search for suspects in Thursday's suicide attack that killed 40 Indian paramilitary police.


2019-02-17

Saudi Arabia–Pakistan relations

Saudi Arabia signs $20 billion dollars in deals with Pakistan.

The huge investment comes as Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman seeks to shore up Saudi's Asian allies.

Australian Prime Minister

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison announces the country's major political parties computer networks had been hacked by a "sophisticated state actor."

The "sophisticated" activity follows an intrusion on parliamentary servers, PM Scott Morrison says.

Benjamin Netanyahu

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu appoints intelligence minister Israel Katz to take over the foreign minister portfolio. Netanyahu retains his defence minister and health minister roles. Israel's parliamentary elections are scheduled for 9 April 2019.

Cancún nightclub shooting

A mass shooting inside a nightclub in Cancún, Mexico, leaves five dead and five wounded.

At least five people were killed and another five were wounded Saturday after four gunmen opened fire inside a club in Cancun, Mexico, authorities said.

Battlefields

Eight people are rescued from a gold mine that is flooded in Battlefields, Zimbabwe.

Dozens remain missing as rescuers retrieve the bodies of 24 miners from two flooded mine shafts west of Harare.

Mauá, São Paulo

Four children die after a landslide in Mauá, São Paulo, Brazil.

Chittagong

At least nine people die after a fire sweeps through more than 200 slum dwellings in Chittagong, Bangladesh.

The blaze in the city of Chittagong may have been sparked by a short circuit, officials say.

Europe

Hundreds of airline passengers are left stranded throughout Europe following British airline Flybmi's bankruptcy filing.