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Caracas drone explosions

The Venezuelan Constituent National Assembly revokes the immunity of opposition politicians Julio Borges and Juan Requesens after claiming that they were involved in an assassination plot on President Nicolás Maduro.

More than 4,000 migrants are arriving in Ecuador each day in an attempt to flee the ongoing crises in Venezuela.

Indonesian general election, 2019

Indonesian President Joko Widodo chooses the Islamic cleric Ma'ruf Amin as his running mate in the upcoming presidential election.

Indonesian President Joko Widodo said on Thursday he had chosen 75-year-old Islamic cleric Ma'ruf Amin as his running mate in next year's presidential election.

Illegal drug trade

Italian police seize 20 tonnes of hashish in a Panama-flagged, Montenegrin-crewed "research and survey" vessel's fuel tanks.

Italian police have found 20 tons of cannabis resin after draining the fuel tanks of a Panama-flagged ship. Officials became suspicious after observing the 11 Montenegrin crew members.

Abortion in Argentina

The Argentine Senate rejects a bill that would have legalized abortion in Argentina.

After 16 hours of debate, the country's Senate voted 38 to 31 against a measure passed earlier by the lower house of Congress that would have allowed abortions through the 14th week of pregnancy.


Toronto sees severe flooding in many parts of the city after some areas receive over 100 millimeters of rain.

Downtown Toronto was in the wrong place at the wrong time Tuesday night, as a slow-moving area of tropical moisture-fueled rain showers absolutely drenched the city. Radar estimates indicate that some spots received more than 100 mm in less than 3 hours, causing extensive flooding over parts of the downtown core. Didn't see any rain last night? You're not al...


Ecuador declares a state of emergency over increases in migrant entry from Venezuela.

More than 4,000 migrants are arriving in Ecuador each day in an attempt to flee the ongoing crises in Venezuela.

Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico raises its official death toll from Hurricane Maria from 64 to 1,427.

Puerto Rico has conceded that Hurricane Maria killed more than 1,400 people on the island last year and not just the 64 in the official death toll.

August 2018 Lombok earthquake

The death toll from the magnitude 6.9 earthquake in Lombok, Indonesia, rises to 259, and may go higher still.

A magnitude 5.9 aftershock sparks fresh panic as the search continues for victims of Sunday's quake.

Video game censorship

Germany lifts a blanket ban on Nazi symbolism in video games, including the swastika.

A German computer industry body has ruled that swastikas and Hitler's mustache can be depicted in the World War II game Wolfenstein. The group had previously judged that images should be doctored to remove Nazi symbols.

Gaza–Israel conflict

Hamas's Al-Aqsa TV reports that a cease-fire is reached to end the latest round of fighting with Israel.

"If the current escalation however is not contained immediately, the situation can rapidly deteriorate with devastating consequences for all people."

Gaza–Israel conflict

Over 180 rockets and mortars are launched toward Israel by Hamas militants, injuring seven people. In retaliation, IDF launches an air assault on 150 targets in Gaza, in which three people are killed, including an 18-month-old child.

Israel launched scores of air strikes on Gaza after Hamas militants fired rockets into its territory, prompting warnings over the risks of escalation.

War in Afghanistan

At least 40 bodies of Afghan National Army soldiers are found in a military base in Urozgan that Taliban forces stormed last week.

KABUL (Reuters) - Dozens of bodies of Afghan soldiers have been found in a military base that Taliban militants stormed last week in the embattled

Yemeni Civil War (2015–present)

At least 43 people, mostly children, are killed in an airstrike on a bus at a market in Dahyan, Sa'da, by the Saudi-led coalition, while more than 60 are injured. The coalition calls the strike a "legitimate military action" against the Houthis, accusing them of using children as human shields.