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Seattle's city council votes 7–2 to repeal a controversial employer head tax, which was approved a month earlier.

The tax, which would have assessed $275 per employee on Amazon, was not considered a ‘winnable battle’ by officials

Naming dispute

Greece and the Republic of Macedonia reach a deal to end a 27-year naming dispute between both countries, which would result in Macedonia being officially renamed the Republic of North Macedonia.

Macedonia's name has been a running sore with its neighbour ever since it came into existence in 1991.

Taiwan–United States relations

The United States unveils a new 6.5 ha complex in Taipei for the American Institute in Taiwan, the "de facto" U.S. embassy.

The United States unveiled a new $256 million representative office in Taiwan's capital on Tuesday, a de facto embassy that underscores Washington's strategic ties with the democratic, self-ruled island as it faces escalating tensions with China.

2017–18 North Korea crisis

After the summit, President Trump says that the U.S. will halt joint military exercises with South Korea.

President Donald Trump's announcement that the US will stop military exercises with South Korea startled Tokyo and Seoul, unsettled US lawmakers, and took at least some parts of the Pentagon by surprise.

2017–18 North Korea crisis

Both sign a joint statement that North Korea will work towards "complete denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula", and the U.S. will provide "security guarantees". The two sides agree to recovering and repatriating the remains of prisoners of war and those missing in action.

Trump suggested U.S. will cease "provocative" joint military exercises with South Korea for now

2017–18 North Korea crisis

U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean Chairman Kim Jong-un meet for a historic summit on Sentosa Island in Singapore. This marks the first time that the leaders of both countries have met.

The leaders sign a document after their talks and Kim Jong-un says the world will see "major changes".


Germany issues a recall of 73,000 eggs from the Netherlands suspected to be contaminated with fipronil.

Six states are told to pull 73,000 eggs from sale after residue from an insecticide is detected.

River cruise

A collision between a river cruise ship and a barge on Russia's Volga River kills at least 11 people.

At least 16 people were on the catamaran when it collided with another boat 250 meters from the riverbank in Volgograd. Russia's Investigative Committee has opened an investigation into the cause of the crash.

2018 lower Puna eruption

Hawaiian Airlines warns that the eruption of Kīlauea may hurt bookings and trim revenues.

2018 Pacific hurricane season

Hurricane Bud grows into a category four hurricane with winds of 130 mph off of the Pacific Coast of Mexico.

Tesla, Inc.

Tesla announces that it intends to cut 3000 jobs in an attempt to improve profitability. Many of those workers will be offered alternative jobs under the same employer.

Elon Musk says cutting almost one in ten workers is needed to cut costs and boost profitability.

History of AT&T

A U.S. federal judge approves AT&T's $85 billion merger with Time Warner.

A judge gave his blessing to AT&T's drive to take over the Time Warner media conglomerate. He rejected the Justice Department's arguments that the combined company would be too powerful.

Indo-Pakistani wars and conflicts

India states that four soldiers are killed after Pakistan fires shots at Kashmir.

Indian and Pakistani forces were firing along the highly militarized frontier in disputed Kashmir early Wednesday after Pakistani firing killed at least four Indian paramilitary soldiers and injured three others on border patrol, Indian officials said. The nuclear-armed nations had recently...