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New strong evidence supporting the existence of an intermediate-mass black hole is announced.

An intermediate-mass black hole might be lurking within a dense stellar cluster — a discovery that could point toward how these oddities form.

Cabinet of Donald Trump

The United States Senate, in a 52 to 47 vote, confirms the nomination of Jeff Sessions as United States Attorney General.

Senator had come under fire for his views on race and civil rights in a tempestuous confirmation process that strained the upper chamber’s norms

Somali presidential election, 2017

In a surprise result, former Prime Minister Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed is chosen as President.

Somalia's MPs choose a Somali-US national as the new president in a vote held in an aircraft hangar.

Somali presidential election, 2017

Somali politicians gather inside a high-security compound at Aden Adde International Airport in Mogadishu to elect a President for the country, with current president Hassan Sheikh Mohamud running for a second term.

2017 Romanian protests

Also that day, the Constitutional Court rejected two pleas made by President Iohannis and the Supreme Council of the Magistracy (CSM) that claimed an institutional conflict between the Parliament, respectively the CSM on one hand, and the Government on the other, in a move that surprised the critics of the PSD-led cabinet and the protesters. The next day it rejected the final plea made by the Ombudsman on reasons of inadmissibility.

2017 Romanian protests

The government of Prime Minister of Romania Sorin Grindeanu survives a no-confidence motion over proposed decriminalisation of certain corruption offences, with 161 MPs voting in favor of the motion, short of the 232 votes needed for it to pass.

Motion follows biggest protests in decades against decree that would have decriminalised some corruption offences.

2016–17 Turkish purges

The Turkish government dismisses more than 4,400 public servants from their jobs in the latest purge within the country following a failed coup attempt last year.

Dismissals come hours after first phone call between presidents Trump and Erdoğan hints at closer ties between US and Turkey


More than 10,000 people are left homeless after a fire ravages a densely populated neighborhood of the Philippines capital Manila.

A massive fire swept through crowded shanty town near the docks in Manila, destroying houses and leaving 15,000 people homeless, authorities in the Philippine capital said on Wednesday.

U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia

The U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia blocks health insurer Anthem Inc.'s proposed $54 billion merger with rival Cigna because it would have exacerbated an already highly concentrated market and likely raised prices.

Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Archaeologists from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem announce the discovery of another cave that used to have Dead Sea Scrolls.

Empty storage jars and a scrap of parchment unearthed in dig carried out by Hebrew U, IAA at site apparently looted in the 1940s

Syrian Civil War

Syrian rebels, with backing from the Turkish Armed Forces, advance on ISIL-held al-Bab, capturing the outskirts of the town.

Syrian rebels backed by the Turkish military have captured the outskirts of the Islamic State-held city of al-Bab in northern Syria, the Turkish government and

Somali Civil War (2009–present)

Unknown gunmen storm a hotel in Bosaso, leaving at least four guards and two militants dead. It is unclear who carried out the attack. An official blames Al-Shabaab, though the group denies having any involvement.

Two gunmen also killed after targeting hotel in rare assault in the capital of the northern semi-autonomous region.

War in Afghanistan (2001–present)

Six Afghan Red Cross workers are shot dead by suspected ISIL militants in the northern Jowzjan Province. Two other Red Cross workers are reportedly abducted.

The International Committee of the Red Cross says it is putting its work in Afghanistan on hold.

War in Donbass

Donetsk People's Republic commander Mikhail Tolstykh, better known by his "nom de guerre" "Givi", is killed in a bomb blast in Makiivka, Donetsk Oblast. DPR officials blame the Security Service of Ukraine for the attack.

A second separatist commander is killed days after another pro-Russian rebel dies in a car bombing.