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2017–18 Spanish constitutional crisis

German prosecutor requests permission to extradite Carles Puigdemont to Spain. Puigdemont is in preventive detention in Germany since his March 25 arrest under a European Arrest Warrant on the grounds of risk of absconcion.

Catalan accused by Spain of running unauthorised referendum was detained in Germany last week

Chiang Mai

The editor of "Citylife Chiang Mai" apologises to Chiang Mai's governor after being threatened with criminal charges for sharing on Facebook a painting by a student that depicted historic kings in anti-pollution masks.

The editor of Citylife Chiang Mai has apologised to the provincial governor after he threatened her with criminal charges for posting on Facebook a student's painting of ancient kings wearing pollution masks.


German police defuse a parcel bomb in Berlin. It is thought to be the fourth device sent by a blackmailer targetting DHL.

German police on Tuesday said they had successfully defused a parcel bomb in Berlin that was in all likelihood sent by the same DHL blackmailer who caused the evacuation of a Christmas market last December.

YouTube headquarters shooting

A shooting at YouTube headquarters wounds four. The gunwoman takes her own life.

Police say they have no details about motive in attack at company’s California headquarters as victims are treated at nearby hospital


Three men plead not guilty to arson and manslaughter in connection to the deaths of five people in an explosion at a shop in Leicester, England.

Five people died in the explosion, which destroyed a Polish supermarket and the flat above it.


A court in Kuwait sentences a Lebanese man and his Syrian wife to death "in absentia" for the murder of their Filipino maid. The case sparked an Interpol manhunt and diplomatic tensions.

JOANNA Demafelis loved life. She took hundreds of selfies and posted them all over social media. So it was unusual when she stopped.


Police say a firebombing of a bus in Driekop, South Africa, killed six people.

2017 Saint Petersburg Metro bombing

On the first anniversary of the attack Russia's Investigative Committee releases a statement saying they have identified all participants, have eleven suspects in custody, and have almost concluded their investigation.

April 3 marks the one-year anniversary of the terror bombing that killed 15 people in a subway car in St. Petersburg.

Gulf Cooperation Council

Reuters reports the United States' planned meeting this spring with Gulf Arab leaders is postponed because of the ongoing dispute between Qatar and other U.S. allies in the Middle East.

The Trump administration is postponing until September a summit with Gulf Arab leaders that had been planned for this spring amid an ongoing dispute between Qatar and other U.S. allies in the region, according to five U.S. officials.

United Nations

The United Nations places sanctions on a North Korean ship for conducting fuel transfers in breach of UN sanctions.

The United Nations has blacklisted a North Korean ship for receiving oil in an October transfer that breached UN sanctions as first revealed by Reuters on Tuesday.

Nile Basin Initiative

Member states of the Nile Basin Initiative hold their annual meeting in Khartoum after a two-year hiatus.

Egypt withdrew from Nile Basin Initiative in 2000 to protest plans to renegotiate 1959 water-sharing treaty - Anadolu Agency

Egypt–Saudi Arabia relations

Saudi Arabia lifts a ban on imports of frozen guava from Egypt.

Imports are restricted to the establishments accredited by the SFDA authority.

Latvia–Russia relations

Russian MPs call for sanctions against Latvia in response to plans to make Latvian mandatory for all students in secondary schools in the country, which is a quarter ethnic Russians.

Russian-majority schools will have to teach teenagers in Latvian, under a new law.


The WWF describes Germany's rivers as being in a state "bordering on critical" after it emerges more than 90% do not meet European Union standards for cleanliness and ecological quality.

Opposition politicians and pressure groups have demanded action after it emerged that the vast majority of Germany’s rivers and streams are in a bad ecological condition.


A fire in a Bangkok apartment building kills three and injures 60.

Fire swept through a 14-storey Rajtevee Apartment building on Soi Phetchaburi 18 in Bangkok early Tuesday, killing at least three people and injuring about 60.


A military pilot is killed when his F-7 fighter jet crashes into a paddy field in Kyunkone, central Myanmar.

YANGON (AFP) - A Myanmar pilot died on Tuesday (April 3) after a "technical failure" caused his military jet fighter to plummet into a paddy field in the centre of the country, the army said.. Read more at

Los Angeles

A 13-year-old boy is rescued after falling into a sewer and becoming trapped for 12 hours in Los Angeles.

A 13-year-old boy has been rescued after getting trapped in Los Angeles’ sewer system for 12 hours. Jesse Hernandez had been playing in Griffith Park when he fell 25ft into fast-moving sewage on Easter Sunday, the Los Angeles Fire Department said. A frantic 12-hour search of the underground pipes was launched using cameras propped on …

Los Ramones

A bus carrying US tourists crashes near Los Ramones, Mexico. One person dies and at least 20 are injured.

The bus owned by Pegasso Tourism was headed from Houston to Monterrey when it crashed near Los Ramones.

US Marines

A CH-53E Super Stallion helicopter carrying US Marines crashes near El Centro, California killing four people.

United Nations

At a United Nations donor conference nations pledge US$2 billion in aid for Yemen, with almost half coming from Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.

Almost half the $2bn promised by nations at Geneva fundraising event is from two key protagonists in the conflict


Two underground trains collide in Duisburg, Germany, injuring at least 35.

At least 35 people were injured in an underground train collision in the western German town of Duisburg on Tuesday, according to the local fire


Four people, all British nationals, are killed in a head-on collision with a pick-up truck in the U.S. state of Florida, according to Titusville Police Department.

Four members of a family from Bristol have been killed in a car crash in Florida, police say.

Air traffic control

An air traffic control system failure in Europe delays up to 15,000 flights, according to the European Organisation for the Safety of Air Navigation.

Eurocontrol fixes its system failure, which it warned could affect almost 15,000 European flights.


A report into the partial collapse of an Edinburgh school reveals similar construction errors in nineteen other public buildings in the city.

Prisons and Probation Ombudsman

The Prisons and Probation Ombudsman launches an investigation after a burglar dies from burns suffered in a fire in his cell at HMP Risley in England.


A double-decker sightseeing bus collides with a car in Hamburg, Germany, leaving eleven injured.

On Easter-Monday afternoon a crash involving a car and a double-decker sightseeing bus in Hamburg left four badly injured and seven harmed.


A bus crashes in rain and poor visibility at the Mporokoso-Luwingu junction in Zambia, killing four and injuring 41.


UK retailer Conviviality, owner of Bargain Booze, says it intends to appoint administrators within ten days.


Following the bankruptcy of UK engineering outsourcing firm Carillion, the Official Receiver reveals more than half of the roughly 20,000 employees have found new jobs.

The outsourcing company went into liquidation in January and at the time it employed some 20,000 people in the UK.

Censorship in the United Kingdom

The British Board of Film Classification issues draft guidelines outlining how it plans to enforce planned blocks on online pornography unless it comes with age verification systems. The blocks were initially planned to come into force this month.

Terrorism in Italy

Italian authorities say a major terror alert in Rome last week was for an innocent man whose fiancé had made false, anonymous accusations to the Italian embassy in Tunisia.

A Tunisian man whom Italy categorized as a terror suspect turned out to be innocent after it was

Terrorism in Indonesia

Failed suicide bomber Kurnia Widodo tells a court in Jakarta he believes imprisoned cleric Aman Abdurrahman is ISIL's Indonesian leader.

Terrorism in the United Kingdom

Police launch an investigation after Robert McClenaghan, a convicted ex-Irish Republican Army bomber, claims online to have planted a large number of bombs during the Troubles.

Police have confirmed they will examine bombing claims made by a convicted IRA man in a documentary, following outrage about his appointment to a body for victims of the Troubles.

Terrorism in the United Kingdom

The Police Service of Northern Ireland says it was firebombed at a march in Londonderry to commemorate a Troubles attack, calling the assaults an "attempt to kill or maim" officers.

Petrol bombs thrown at PSNI vehicles during an illegal dissident republican parade in Londonderry were “attempts to maim or kill” officers, the NI Police Federation has said.

Terrorism in the United Kingdom

Police raid two homes in West Yorkshire and detain two men suspected of "being concerned in the commission, preparation or instigation of acts of terrorism".

Two men have been arrested in West Yorkshire on suspicion of a terror plot. The men, aged 52 and 21, were detained on suspicion of "being concerned in the commission, preparation or instigation of acts of terrorism" by counter terror police.

Terrorism in Pakistan

ISIL claims responsibility for the deaths of four Christians in Quetta, Pakistan on April 2nd.

Islamic State claims responsibility for gunning down family members who had celebrated Easter a day earlier in Quetta

Terrorism in Pakistan

Pakistani Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal says the government will contest a court ruling allowing MML's participation in upcoming elections this year.

Pakistan’s Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal said the government will challenge an interim legal ruling that allows a U.S.-proscribed terrorist organization to contest national elections due to be held this summer.

Terrorism in Pakistan

The United States designates the Milli Muslim League and Tehreek-e-Azaadi Jammu and Kashmir, both Pakistani groups, as terrorist organisations.


Eyewitnesses and officials say an Afghan airstrike targeted a madrasa being used as a meeting place by the Taliban in Kunduz during a graduation ceremony, with casualties including civilians.

Several casualties as religious school in Taliban stronghold attacked by Afghan forces, officials and witnesses say.

Poisoning of Sergei and Yulia Skripal

Russia requests for the United Kingdom to release "every possible element of evidence" proving Russian involvement and requests the Executive Council of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons to call a special session tomorrow.

Russia has demanded the UK present "every possible element of evidence" that it was responsible for the Salisbury nerve agent attack on a former spy that triggered a global diplomatic row and plunged its relationship with many Western nations to lows not seen since the Cold War.

Poisoning of Sergei and Yulia Skripal

Military scientists at Porton Down state they are uncertain of the source of the nerve agent used, but are "completely confident" it was a Novichok agent.

Defence experts still do not know the "precise source" of the Salisbury spy attack - but are "completely confident" the nerve agent used was novichok. Experts at Porton Down, the UK defence laboratory, are still trying to establish how the agent was administered to ex-Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia on March 4. On Monday...

Yemeni Crisis (2011–present)

The Saudi-led Arab Coalition says the Saudi Arabian Navy repelled an attack by Iran and Houthis against a Saudi-flagged oil tanker in the Red Sea.

2018 Gaza border protests

Hamas claims Israeli forces fatally shoot a 25-year-old man at the border fence near Bureij.

Hamas-run health ministry identifies the dead man as 25-year-old Ahmed Arafa, saying he was shot in clashes in central Gaza

2018 Gaza border protests

The death toll rises to eighteen.

Israel’s military rejected new allegations Monday of unlawful use of force against unarmed Palestinians during mass protests in Gaza last week, as the Palestinian death toll rose to 18.

2018 Gaza border protests

Human Rights Watch claims there was no evidence of any threat to Israeli soldiers and calls the killings 'unlawful' and 'calculated'.

No evidence that any Palestinians seriously threatened Israeli soldiers in Gaza protests, Human Rights Watch says.

2018 Gaza border protests

Israeli Defence Minister Avigdor Liberman says the nation will maintain its tactics at the Gazan border of shooting anybody who approaches the fence, and calls on Hamas to cease hostilities in exchange for aid.

Defense minister rejects criticism over military response to protests, calls for Hamas to give up armed struggle in exchange for reconstruction of the Strip