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SpaceX successfully launches Canadian communication satellite Telstar 18V from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. It was deployed into geostationary transfer orbit (GTO) approximately 32 minutes after rocket's liftoff.

SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket dodges stormy weather to launch Canadian communications satellite

United States National Security Advisor

National Security Advisor John R. Bolton threatens the International Criminal Court with sanctions should the organisation try to prosecute Americans for war crimes committed in Afganistan.

The Trump administration on Monday threatened tough action against the International Criminal Court should it try to prosecute Americans for alleged war crimes in Afghanistan and said the PLO's office in Washington would be closed for seeking to punish Israel through the court.

Impeachment of Park Geun-hye

Conservative South Korean protesters at the Seoul station call for the release of imprisoned former President Park Geun-hye.

More than a year after Moon Jae-in was voted into office, some South Korean conservatives share a common feeling: bitter resentment.

Moscow mayoral election, 2018

The Russian presidential office confirms that mayor of Moscow Sergei Sobyanin is reelected for a second and final term.

Russian President Vladimir Putin congratulated incumbent Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin, who is currently leading in the mayoral election with 70.02 percent of the votes after 99 percent of ballots have been counted, on his re-election as the head of the Russian capital, the presidential office said o ..

Swedish general election

The center-left parties that form the current government obtain 40.6% of the vote, the center-right alliance winning 40.3%. The far-right Sweden Democrats gain 17.6%. A long process to form a coalition government now seems likely.

Sweden's general elections have resulted in deadlock after the two main centrist coalitions failed to win a majority and the far-right Sweden Democrats party made significant gains over immigration fears.

Syrian refugee

Ibrahim Ali, a 28-year old Syrian refugee living in Canada, is charged with first-degree murder in the death of Marrisa Shen.

A Syrian refugee living in Canada was arrested in the murder of a 13-year-old girl, who was found dead in a park last year just months after her alleged killer came to the country.

California Attorney General

California Attorney General Xavier Becerra announces the arrest of 32 East Bay street gangsters linked to a million-dollar fraud conspiracy.

California Attorney General Xavier Becerra announced on Monday the arrest of 32 alleged East Bay gangsters linked to a million-dollar fraud conspiracy. The BullyBoys and CoCo Boys street gangs, who both have roots in Antioch, Pittsburg, and Bay Point, allegedly burglarized medical and dental businesses in 13 counties in Northern California. According to auth...


"Nieuwsuur" reports the Dutch government has provided funding over the past two years to Syrian rebel group Jabhat al-Shamiya, despite Dutch prosecutors describing the group as a "salafist and jihadistic" terror group and preparing to bring a man to trial next week accused of being a member.

The Dutch government has been supporting an armed group in Syria which has been branded a terrorist organisation by the...

North Korea–Russia relations

Kremlin aide Yuri Ushakov says that Russian President Vladimir Putin has sent a letter to meet North Korea leader Kim Jong-un.

Russian President Vladimir Putin has sent a letter of invitation to visit Russia to North Korea's Kim Jong Un, Kremlin aide Yuri Ushakov said on Monday.

Palestine–United States relations

Palestinian diplomat Saeb Erekat says that the United States "is willing to disband the international system in order to protect Israeli crimes".

Saeb Erekat accuses Trump administration of seeking to 'collectively punish the Palestinian people,' reiterates call for ICC probe of Israel

Palestine–United States relations

"The Wall Street Journal" reports that National Security Advisor John R. Bolton is expected to announce today the closure of the Palestine Liberation Organization office in Washington.


A gas depot explodes in Lafia, Nigeria, killing at least 35 people and leaving some burned beyond recognition.

At least 35 people were killed on Monday and dozens injured when a gas tanker exploded in the northern Nigerian state of Nasarawa and started a blaze, the state emergency agency said.

2018 Atlantic hurricane season

Hurricane Florence regains strength to a category 4 major hurricane and is expected to threaten the East Coast of the United States near the Carolinas in the coming days, with the potential for a category 4 or 5 landfall with very large rainfall totals. Preparations are underway for evacuation of around 1 million coastal inhabitants of South Carolina.

Hurricane Florence is gaining strength and is expected to again grow into a major hurricane this week, and threaten the U.S. East Coast near the Carolinas.

2018 Hokkaido Eastern Iburi earthquake

The death toll from the earthquake in Hokkaido, Japan rises to 44. There are now no reports of individuals missing and the search operations have been called off.

Libyan Civil War (2014–present)

Gunmen storm the headquarters of the National Oil Corporation (NOC) in Tripoli, Libya. At least four people are killed.

An armed group has attacked the headquarters of the National Oil Corporation in Tripoli.

Somali Civil War

A car bomb in Mogadishu kills six people and injures 16 others.

At least six killed after vehicle filled with explosives detonated at the Hodan district offices in Somali capital.

Syrian Civil War

The Netherlands halts funding of the Syrian opposition and police forces, saying the chances of them winning the war are "extremely limited". Dutch support for the White Helmets will also end in December 2018.

The Netherlands has stopped funding the Syrian opposition in the civil war against president Assad, foreign minister Stef Blok and...