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Politics of Switzerland

Alain Berset takes office as President of the Swiss Confederation. At 45 years of age, Berset is the youngest president of Switzerland since 1934.

An interview with Alain Berset, who, at 45, is the youngest politician to become Swiss president since 1934.

2017–18 Iranian protests

Ten people die at the protests overnight, with twelve deaths total so far as the protests enter their fifth day.

Protests have continued despite the president's warning that violence will not be tolerated.

Law of Alaska

The U.S. state of Alaska eliminates the posting of bail in criminal cases, replacing it with a points-based system, rating the defendant on their previous criminal history, their danger to the public, and their probability of showing up to court hearings.

Brazil prison riots

An apparent gang riot at Colonia Agroindustrial prison in Goiânia, Brazil, results in nine deaths and 14 inmates injured. Authorities report 233 prisoners escaped but now only 95 prisoners remain at large.

Attackers set mattresses on fire and burned bodies of those killed, authorities say

Legal history of cannabis in the United States

California becomes the latest and most-populated state to legalize the recreational use of cannabis.

One in five Americans can now legally purchase the drug in six states across the country.

Pakistan–United States relations

Pakistan's Defence Minister accuses the U.S. of giving Pakistan "nothing but invective & mistrust" after receiving "land & air communication, military bases & intel cooperation that decimated Al-Qaeda over last 16yrs".

Pakistan responded to Trump’s assertion it has “given us nothing but lies & deceit” while providing, “safe haven to the terrorists we hunt in Afghanistan.”

Pakistan–United States relations

Pakistan asks U.S. Ambassador to Pakistan David Hale to clarify Trump's remarks. Pakistani Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi calls for Cabinet and National Security Council meetings to discuss the tweet.

Pakistan–United States relations

U.S. President Donald Trump tweets that Pakistan has been a "safe haven" for terrorists from Afghanistan and has given America "nothing but lies & deceit" after getting more than $33 billion in U.S. aid.


Two people are killed in a plane crash in Northland, New Zealand.


A boat capsizes in the north of Indonesian Borneo, leaving at least eight people dead.

Several others are missing after the vessel, whose passengers included children, sank near Borneo.

Value Added Tax

Value Added Tax (VAT) has been introduced in Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates for the first time.

The Gulf states have been under pressure to increase state revenue in the face of lower oil prices

Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions

An American Jewish rabbi publishes an ad in "The Washington Post" calling the New Zealand pop singer Lorde a "bigot" after she cancelled her concert in Israel.

Kashmir conflict

An armed standoff between Indian security forces and Kashimiri rebels at a paramilitary base ends after 36 hours and leaves eight people dead.

Gun battle at base in southern part of Indian-administered Kashmir leaves five soldiers and three gunmen dead.