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Environmental policy of the Donald Trump administration

U.S. President Donald Trump announces the resignation of Scott Pruitt as Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency. Former coal lobbyist Andrew R. Wheeler will act as a temporary replacement.

Wheeler assumes the role without the ethical baggage that defined the tenure of his predecessor, Scott Pruitt.

Directive on Copyright in the Digital Single Market

The European Parliament votes against the proposed copyright reform.

Legislation aiming to bring copyright in line with the digital age is rejected in its current form.

United States withdrawal from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action

Iran threatens to close the Strait of Hormuz to shipping if the U.S. re-applies sanctions to the country after the U.S withdrew from the JCPOA deal earlier in the year.

President signals Tehran could disrupt shipments, prompting warning from US military

2018 Eastern Canada heat wave

The death toll from the worst heat wave in decades in Quebec rises to 34.

None of those deaths took place in public health institutions, according to public health minister Lucie Charlebois.

2018 Phuket boat capsizing

At least 33 are dead and 23 missing after two passenger boats capsize off Phuket, Thailand. All are Chinese tourists.

Dozens of people, many believed to be Chinese tourists, were still missing a day after two boats overturned in rough waters near the island of Phuket.

Fireworks accidents and incidents

Two explosions at fireworks workshops in Tultepec, Mexico, kill at least 19 people, including rescue workers, and injure dozens more. Tultepec is home to a major fireworks industry.

Two explosions at fireworks workshops outside Mexico City on Thursday killed at least 19 people, including rescue workers, and injured dozens more, officials said, in the latest deadly blast to hit a town known for its fireworks production.