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South Sudan civil war

President of South Sudan Salva Kiir and leader of SPLM-IO Riek Machar reach a peace agreement. Other rebel factions are also expected to join a reformed government.

Ululations and dancing erupted at the latest signing ceremony for peace, but will South Sudan's fighting end?

Congress of Deputies

The Spanish Congress of Deputies approves the decree to allow the government to exhume the dictator Francisco Franco's remains from the Valle de los Caídos.

Spanish lawmakers on Thursday voted to remove the remains of dictator Francisco ...

Mass surveillance in the United Kingdom

The European Court of Human Rights rules that the United Kingdom breached provisions in the European Convention on Human Rights in relation to mass surveillance practices exposed by American whistleblower Edward Snowden.

STRASBOURG, France (AP) — Europe's human rights court handed a partial victory Thursday to civil rights groups that challenged the legality of mass surveillance and intelligence-sharing practices exposed by American whistleblower Edward Snowden. The European Court of Human Rights ruled that some aspects of British surveillance regimes violated provisions in ...

Torture during the Algerian War of Independence

French President Emmanuel Macron announces the recognition that the French state systematically tortured during the 1950s–60s Algerian War of Independence and calls to open archives concerning those who disappeared, such as activist Maurice Audin.

The Algerian War, long a source of national trauma for France, had a profound influence on its political institutions.

Organized crime in Nigeria

Bandits open fire at a village hall, where residents gather at night to watch films, in Zamfara State, Nigeria. Eleven people are killed and many more are injured.

They opened fire at a village hall, where residents gather to watch films or football matches.

Shipwreck Beach

Seven tourists are injured after a section of cliff breaks away above Shipwreck Beach at Navagio, on the Greek island of Zakynthos, creating a minor tsunami that capsized several small boats in the cove.

At least seven people at the popular "shipwreck beach" on Zakynthos are hurt as rocks plunge.


Heavy floods, following recent heavy rainfall in Adamawa, Nigeria, kill at least 10 people and displace several hundreds more.

Hundreds of domestic animals, including cattle, were also lost to the flood.

Massachusetts gas explosions

At least 40 homes are damaged and 1 person killed in Lawrence, Andover, and North Andover, as at least 39 gas explosions level houses. Residents are being evacuated to neighboring towns.

At least one person was killed and 13 were injured in Massachusetts Thursday after a series of gas explosions tore through several communities outside Boston, officials said.

Aftermath of Hurricane Maria

U.S. President Donald Trump denies that 3,000 people died in the 2017 hurricane, advancing a number of "6 to 18 deaths", and further makes the false assertion that the Democrats inflated the former number.

An independent study, commissioned by the island's government, found that an estimated 2,975 people died in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria.

2018 Atlantic hurricane season

Hurricane Florence weakens to a category 1 storm, but "life-threatening storm surge and rainfall" to the Carolinas remain likely with tropical-storm-force winds on Thursday.

The widening Florence, and its likelihood of lingering around the coast for days, will bring ocean water surging onto land and torrential rain.

European Central Bank

The European Central Bank maintains its policy to halve monetary stimulus after September and end it in December 2018. However, the ECB perceives "uncertainties related to rising protectionism" as the main concern for the global economy.

The European Central Bank is pushing ahead with its plan to gradually phase out its monetary stimulus, saying it is confident in the region's growth.

September 2018 inter-Korean summit

The heads of Samsung, Hyundai, SK and LG will attend the third Inter-Korean summit between South Korean President Moon Jae-in and North Korea leader Kim Jong-un in Pyongyang next week.

Heads of major South Korean conglomerates will be part of the South Korean delegation for the third North-South Korea summit in Pyongyang next week, South Korean media reported Thursday.