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Arrest of Juan Requesens

Venezuelan politician Juan Requesens is arrested for alleged crimes related to the supposed Maduro assassination attempt, despite having political immunity.

An opposition politician is arrested and an arrest warrant issued for another who lives in exile.

Politics of Colombia

Iván Duque Márquez is sworn in as new President of Colombia.

The president promises to unite the country and make changes to the controversial Farc peace deal.

Ohio's 12th congressional district special election, 2018

A special election for Ohio's 12th congressional district is held following the resignation of Republican Representative Pat Tiberi. The Republican candidate is Troy Balderson and the Democratic candidate is Danny O'Connor.

All eyes are on another tight House race in Ohio, and both parties are grappling with the next round of primaries.

Crime in Germany

A German couple is jailed for twelve years each for selling the woman's son to a Spanish pedophile on the dark web, who repeatedly abused him. The couple themselves previously abused the boy and a three-year-old girl, whom they are ordered to pay €42,500 in compensation. The Spaniard is sentenced to ten years.

A court in Freiburg gives long jail terms to a couple who sold their son to paedophiles.

2018 China–United States trade war

The Office of the United States Trade Representative publishes its finalized list of 279 Chinese goods, worth $16 billion, to be subject to a 25% tariff from August 23.

The United States will begin collecting 25 percent tariffs on another $16 billion in Chinese goods on Aug. 23, the U.S. Trade Representative's office said on Tuesday as it published a final tariff list targeting 279 imported product lines.

Crisis in Venezuela (2012–present)

Brazil re-opens its northern border with Venezuela which was briefly closed in response to refugees from Venezuela.

The border is open again after an order to turn away fleeing Venezuelan migrants was overturned.

Crisis in Venezuela (2012–present)

Newly inaugurated Colombian President Iván Duque Márquez announces that he will not have an ambassador in neighboring Venezuela.

Australian Bureau of Statistics

The Australian Bureau of Statistics says the total population of Australia has hit 25 million.

The milestone has magnified debate about migration, as well as congestion in Melbourne and Sydney.


A police officer dies and five people are injured in three separate FARC attacks in Colombia.

Oromo conflict

The government of Ethiopia signs a deal with Oromo Liberation Front rebels in an attempt to end long-running hostilities.

Agreement appears to be another step by Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed to improve the country's security.

Caracas drone explosions

Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro says that he has "hard evidence" that the Colombian government planned and executed an attempted assassination attack on him on Saturday, and that he will release it later in the day.

Venezuelan president says he has 'sufficient evidence' that Colombia is behind the foiled 'assassination attempt'.