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SpaceX successfully places the SES-10 telecommunications satellite on a geostationary transfer orbit. The event is notable because of the implied economic cost savings of reusing, for the first time, a used Falcon 9 first stage which had previously been recovered. That first stage had previously launched a Dragon spacecraft to the International Space Station and landed on an autonomous drone ship during the CRS-8 mission.

Scientific Reports

"Scientific Reports" publishes Carthage College research that "Daspletosaurus horneri", from the same Tyrannosauridae family as the Tyrannosaurus rex, had a sensitive nose. The research describes that foramina sprouted from the trigeminal nerve at the snout and jaws possibly enabling the behavioral functions of exploration, courtship, nesting, foreplay, and parental investment.

Tyrannosaurs had sensitive snouts that they may have enjoyed rubbing together while mating, scientists say

Russian interference in the 2016 United States elections

During a Senate hearing, United States Senator Marco Rubio states that there have been post-election hack attempts against the U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan and Rubio himself.

Russian interference in the 2016 United States elections

A Congressional witness states that Russia hired 1,000 people to create anti-Clinton 'fake news' in key U.S. states during the election.

The Kremlin paid an army of more than 1,000 people to create fake anti-Hillary Clinton news stories targeting key swing states, the leading Democrat on the committee looking into alleged Russian interference in the US election has said.

Russian interference in the 2016 United States elections

Michael T. Flynn is willing to testify under the condition of immunity in the ongoing congressional probe on Russia's role in the 2016 U.S. presidential election.

2017 dissolution of Venezuelan National Assembly

In a ruling, Venezuela's Supreme Court says it "guarantees congressional functions will be exercised by" itself, authorizing president Nicolás Maduro to create oil joint ventures without the previously mandated congressional approval. Opposition leaders call it a "coup", while Peru recalls its ambassador.

Fears have been raised about democracy after the National Assembly was stripped of powers.

North Carolina House Bill 2

The state legislature of North Carolina repeals the Public Facilities Privacy & Security Act, more commonly known as the "transgender bathroom bill." In its place, the legislature enacts a ban on cities in North Carolina from enacting "civil rights" protections for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people through 2020.

North Carolina on Thursday repealed a law restricting bathroom use for transgender people, hoping to bring back businesses and sports leagues that boycotted th

2016 South Korean political scandal

Authorities arrest Impeached South Korean President Park Geun-hye on charges of bribery, abuse of authority, coercion, and leaking government secrets.

Park Geun-hye is taken to a detention centre south of Seoul after a court approves her arrest.


Italian police arrest 34 people of a drug gang who reportedly planned to steal Enzo Ferrari's corpse, and hold it for ransom.

Thirty-four people were arrested just as the gang was about to launch its scheme to dig up the founder of Ferrari, police said.

U.S. Secretary of State

United States Secretary of State Rex Tillerson says he thinks the longer term status of president Bashar al-Assad is to be "decided by the Syrian people". This appears as a policy shift, since under president Barack Obama’s administration, the United States made the departure of Assad a key policy aim.

US secretary of state highlights cooperation with Turkey, but his Turkish counterpart notes deep divide over Kurdish fighters

Vladimir Putin

Russian president Vladimir Putin attends the International Arctic Forum in Arkhangelsk, Russia. He says there that he is ready to meet U.S. President Donald Trump in Helsinki, Finland.

Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday he was ready to meet U.S. president Donald Trump at an Arctic summit in Finland.

Interstate 85 bridge collapse

A fire results in the collapse of a bridge on Interstate 85 in Atlanta, Georgia, during rush hour, stranding motorists and resulting in a state of emergency. Atlanta mayor Kasim Reed calls the situation a "transportation crisis" that could close the affected stretch of highway for days or weeks. A 2015 report stated that the highway carried nearly a quarter-million vehicles a day.

All lanes of one of the busiest commercial throughways in America are expected to be blocked indefinitely in the area, authorities said.

Twin Squirrel

A private Twin Squirrel helicopter crashes in the Rhinog mountains of North Wales, killing all five people aboard.

Five members of the same family died when a Dublin-bound helicopter crashed in north Wales, police say.


Authorities shut down the city of Brisbane and South East Queensland as remnants of Cyclone Debbie move south.

All south-east Queensland schools have been closed, and non-essential public servants ordered to go home, amid warnings the region could cop up to half a metre of rain from ex-cyclone Debbie.

Cyclone Debbie

Authorities of New South Wales issue a State Emergency Service for the towns of Murwillumbah and Lismore, and at least 12 flood rescues are underway as former Cyclone Debbie moves south from north Queensland.

Residents in parts of Lismore have been ordered to immediately evacuate as northern NSW is lashed by heavy rain and major flooding caused by the remnants of ex-tropical cyclone Debbie.

Turkish constitutional referendum, 2017

Several people are wounded in clashes outside the Turkish consulate in Brussels.

A NUMBER of people have been attacked and stabbed in Brussels city centre.

Syrian Civil War

According to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, the total number of refugees from Syria reaches over five million.