the Context

Exploration of Mars

NASA's InSight Mars lander launches from Vandenberg Air Force Base near Lompoc, California. It is the first interplanetary mission launched from the West Coast of the United States.

In a first for the West Coast, an Atlas 5 rocket boosted a robotic Mars lander into space Saturday, the first step in a 171-day voyage to the red planet for a two-year, $1 billion mission

Protests against Emmanuel Macron

Thousands of people in central Paris demonstrate in an anti-Macron protest against his sweeping reforms. 2,000 security forces are deployed.

Tens of thousands take to the streets in Paris to protest economic reforms brought in by French President Emmanuel Macron since coming to power a year ago.


Egypt's Court of Cassation rejects appeals by 45 people handed long prison terms over a 2013 Port Said riot that killed 42. The riots broke out in response to death sentences handed out over a previous riot in 2012 that killed 72 football fans.

Terror attack

Naa'imur Zakariyah Rahman, from London, formally denies an ISIL plot to murder Theresa May.

A man from London has pleaded not guilty to plotting to kill the prime minister.

2017–2018 Russian protests

Russian police detain about 1,600 anti-government protesters, including opposition leader Alexei Navalny.

Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny and around 1,600 anti-Kremlin activists were detained by police today during street protests against Vladimir Putin ahead of his inauguration for a fourth term as president.

Federal Aviation Administration

The Federal Aviation Administration of the United States orders Boeing 787 jets using Rolls-Royce Trent 1000 engines to operate within one hour of an airport at all times following safety concerns with the engines worldwide which culminated in Air New Zealand and Air China grounding their fleets last week.

British Airways and Virgin planes have been warned to stay within an hour of an airport over safety fears for their Rolls-Royce engines.


Two coal mines collapse in Balochistan, Pakistan. A gas explosion triggered one collapse, in Pir Ismail, Marwar, killing sixteen. A second collapse near Quetta kills two more with five miners missing.


An earthquake strikes a coal mine near Jastrzębie-Zdrój, Poland; rescuers have thus far recovered two miners alive and located a third, while four remain unaccounted for.

Israeli Air Force

The Israeli Air Force used a "hotline" to issue an urgent warning to Khemeymim Airbase in Syria when a Russian fighter jet strayed close to Israeli airspace near the Golan Heights. Last year a Syrian warplane was shot down in a similar incident.

BEIRUT, LEBANON (8:05 P.M.) - The Israeli Air Defense almost shot down a Russian fighter jet that was flying close to the occupied Golan Heights, the former Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon told RIA Novosti on Saturday. "In the very beginning of the Russian operation in Syria, there was a case when a Russian

Deir al-Balah

An explosion in Deir al-Balah, Gaza, kills six Palestinians. Hamas and the Israel Defense Forces both deny responsibility and blame each other for the blast.

Israel's military says it was not involved in the explosion, which comes amid tensions on the border.