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2017–18 Spanish constitutional crisis

The Catalan parliament elects hard-line separatist Quim Torra to become the President of the Generalitat of Catalonia after obtaining 66 votes in favor, 65 against and four abstentions.

The Catalan parliament elected hard-line separatist Quim Torra as regional leader on Monday, heralding an end to seven months of direct rule from Madrid but also more political uncertainty in a region that retains a mandate to seek a split from Spain.

Supreme Court of the United States

The U.S. Supreme Court, in a case brought by New Jersey challenging the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA), which prohibited state-sponsored sports betting outside of four grandfathered states, holds that PASPA is unconstitutional, opening the door for all states to authorize sports betting.

The Supreme Court cleared the way on Monday for states to legalize sports betting, striking down a 1992 federal law that had prohibited most states from authorizing sports betting.

In line with the United States

Six-time Israeli Premier League champion Beitar Jerusalem F.C. officially renames itself Beitar Trump Jerusalem F.C. for U.S. President Donald Trump's decision to move the embassy.

As Jerusalem prepares for the inauguration of its new US embassy on Monday, the city’s best football team has announced it is renaming itself in honour of Donald Trump

In line with the United States

Tens of thousands of Palestinians protest on the border of Gaza. The Israel Defense Forces reports some in the crowds were planting or hurling explosives, and that many were flying flaming kites into Israel. The Gaza Health Ministry reports at least 58 killed and over 2,400 wounded by Israeli forces using live fire and tear gas.

The relocation of the mission from Tel Aviv was timed for the 70th anniversary of the formation of Israel — a move that many Israelis have celebrated but that has enraged Palestinians.

In line with the United States

On the 70th anniversary of the formation of Israel, the United States becomes the first country with an embassy in Jerusalem after a dedication ceremony featuring Israeli leaders and White House advisers.

The U.S. ambassador to Israel, David Friedman, praised "the vision, the courage and the moral clarity" of President Trump in making the U.S. the first country to open an embassy in the disputed city.

Airbus A319

A pilot is injured when a cockpit window breaks and he is partially sucked out of the Airbus A319 operating Sichuan Airlines Flight 8633. The aircraft lands safely at Chengdu.

Natural disasters in India

Thunderstorms and lightning strikes kill up to 80 people in five states in India, mainly in Uttar Pradesh.

India News: As many as 80 people have been killed in five states due to thunderstorms and lightning strikes since yesterday, with Uttar Pradesh alone recording 51


The Dutch government, following similar moves by the United States and the United Kingdom, announces that it is phasing out the use of antivirus software products from the Russian company Kaspersky Lab "as a precautionary measure".

Surabaya bombings

An Indonesian family believed to be connected to the terrorist group Jamaah Ansharut Daulah attacks police headquarters in Surabaya. The attack kills all four perpetrators and injures the perpetrator's daughter, six civilians, and four police officers.

The Surabaya church bombers and the police headquarters attackers were friends, Indonesia's national police chief says.