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Purges in Turkey

Turkey purges more than 18,500 government workers a day before Recep Tayyip Erdoğan is sworn in as executive president.

Politics of the United Kingdom

David Davis resigns as the United Kingdom's Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union amid disagreements with Prime Minister Theresa May over Brexit negotiations.

The resignation comes days after Theresa May secured the cabinet's backing for her Brexit plan.

Human rights in Iran

Iranian police arrest a number of users for posting illegal content on Instagram, including a famous blogger named Maedeh Hojabri.

Arrests of app users including Maedeh Hojabri for posting videos prompt outrage

Peace accord in July 2018

Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed meets with Eritrean President Isaias Afwerki in Asmara and they pledge to restore diplomatic relations.

Espousing love between their two countries, the leaders of longtime adversaries Ethiopia and Eritrea agreed Sunday to restore diplomatic relations after nearly 20 years and to open the border between their neighbouring Horn of Africa countries.

North Korea–United States relations

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo calls for North Korea to follow Vietnam's path in overcoming past hostilities with the United States.

Appeal comes after Pyongyang accused US of ‘gangster-like behavior’ over demands for denuclearization

Çorlu train derailment

A train en route to Istanbul from Bulgaria derails in Tekirdağ Province, Turkey, killing 24 people and injuring 73.

At least 10 people were killed and more than 70 injured Sunday when most of a passenger train derailed in northwestern Turkey, Turkish authorities said.

Tham Luang cave rescue

Four boys are rescued from the cave.

Eight remain trapped in cave in Mae Sai, with rescue operation to resume within 24 hours


The death toll from heavy rains in Japan rises to 94, with over 50 people still reported missing.

Rescuers in Japan dug through mud and rubble on Monday, racing to find survivors after torrential rains unleashed widespread floods and landslides that killed nearly 100, with dozens missing. Rain tapered off across the western region battered by last week's downpour, revealing blue skies and scorching sun forecast to push…

2018 Amesbury poisonings

A British woman dies after being exposed to the Novichok nerve agent several days earlier in Amesbury.

Novichok​ is the same nerve agent used to poison a former Russian spy and his daughter​ in an attack that occurred just miles away

Syrian Civil War

The Syrian Air Defense Force damages an Israeli aircraft and thwarts an Israeli missile strike on the Tiyas Military Airbase (T-4 Airbase) in the Homs Governorate.

Syrian military air defenses struck an Israeli warplane and shot down Israeli missiles targeting the T4 air base in Homs province in response to an act of "aggression" on Sunday night, Syrian state media said.