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17th Congress of the Philippines

Majority of the House of Representatives of the Philippines elects Former President and current House Representative, Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo as House Speaker of the lower congress replacing Pantaleon Alvarez.

Former Philippine leader Gloria Macapagal Arroyo was elected speaker of the lower house of Congress on Monday, following a dramatic move by lawmakers to replace a loyalist of President Rodrigo Duterte with one of his most influential allies.

Protests against Rodrigo Duterte

Protesters take to the streets around Manila as Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte prepares for his State of the Nation Address (SONA).


Femen co-founder and activist Oksana Shachko is found dead in her Paris apartment in an apparent suicide. France granted her political refugee status in 2013.

A founding member of the prominent protest group Femen, Oksana Shachko, has died in Paris in an apparent suicide, fellow members say.

Danforth shooting

Police identify the gunman in a deadly shooting in Toronto, Canada. Investigators are still determining a motive. His family claims he had severe mental health problems.

North Korea and weapons of mass destruction

Photos taken on July 20 and 22 and published by 38 North appear to show North Korea dismantling a ballistic missile launchpad and engine testing stand at the Sohae Satellite Launching Station.

Satellite images show that North Korea has begun dismantling major facilities at a rocket launching site used to test long-range ballistic missiles.


The death toll from an intense heat wave in Japan rises to 77.

2018 lower Puna eruption

Geologists monitoring the eruption of Kīlauea warned it could continue to spout lava for a long time.

Geologists monitoring the eruption of the Kilauea volcano say it could continue to spout lava for a long time.

2018 Laos dam collapse

Heavy rains cause the Xepian-Xe Nam Noy hydropower dam in southern Laos to collapse, releasing a reported five billion cubic metres of water. As a result, 20 people are confirmed dead, over a hundred are missing, and 6,600 have been displaced.

Many people are feared dead and over 6,000 are left homeless as the collapse triggers flash floods.


Wildfires in east and west Attica, Greece, kill at least 76 people, leave another 172 injured, and burn hundreds of houses and vehicles, prompting a state of emergency. The Greek government requests help from European Union countries.

The worst Greek forest fires in a decade burned at least seven people to death near Athens on Monday as they attempted to flee in their cars or on foot.