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Discoveries of exoplanets

Wolf 503b, a super-Earth exoplanet twice the size of Earth, is discovered orbiting Wolf 503 ru 503 145 light years away by American, German, and Canadian researchers via the NASA Kepler Space Telescope.

An exoplanet twice the size of Earth, known as Wolf 503b, has been found just 145 light-years away from our home planet.

Jair Bolsonaro presidential campaign, 2018

Brazilian presidential candidate Jair Bolsonaro is stabbed in the abdomen and seriously injured at a campaign rally. He is expected to be in intensive care for at least seven days. Police arrest a 40-year-old man they say appears mentally disturbed.


Ñuble becomes the 16th region of Chile after new administrative divisions in Chile come into effect.

Mexican Drug War

Mexican officials report the discovery of the remains of at least 166 people in a mass grave in Veracruz.

The gruesome discovery was made in Veracruz state which has suffered years of drug-related violence.

Trump administration family separation policy

The Trump administration proposes regulatory changes which would allow the children of illegal immigrants to be imprisoned for more than 20 days.

Under the Flores settlement, immigrant minors can't be held in jail-like settings and can't be held for longer than 20 days. The government's move to circumvent that will likely end up in court.

Nisour Square massacre

The second trial of U.S. citizen Nicholas Slatten, the former Blackwater (now Academi) employee who was found guilty in 2013 of first-degree murder in connection to the killing in 2007 of fourteen unarmed civilians on Baghdad's Nisour Square and sentenced to life in prison, ends in a mistrial.

Nicholas Slatten was previously found guilty in the 2007 mass shooting of unarmed civilians in Baghdad, but that conviction was overturned last year. Now his retrial has ended in a hung jury.

United States Justice Department

The Justice Department unseals charges made in June against an alleged hacker for the North Korean government in connection with a series of cyber attacks, including the 2014 assaults on Sony Pictures. The Federal Bureau of Investigation accuses Park Jin Hyok of conspiring the hack on behalf of Reconnaissance General Bureau, the country's intelligence agency, and conspiring to commit wire fraud.

The criminal complaint marks the first such case against Pyongyang.

6 September 2018 Cincinnati shooting

A gunman kills three people and injures two others at the Fifth Third Bank headquarters in Cincinnati, United States, before police fatally shoot him.

At least three people were killed and two others injured Thursday after a gunman opened fire at a bank headquarters in downtown Cincinnati, officials said.

Poisoning of Sergei and Yulia Skripal

Ben Wallace, British Security Minister, says in an interview that Russian President Vladimir Putin bears the responsibility for multiple Novichok poisonings in the U.K., in which British citizens were harmed and killed.

LGBT rights in India

The Supreme Court of India strikes down Article 377, a colonial-era law which criminalized homosexuality, declaring it unconstitutional.

The ruling is a victory for many who have fought to end discrimination against same-sex couples.

Eritrea–Ethiopia relations

Ethiopia reopens its embassy in the Eritrean capital Asmara. After the 1998-2018 Eritrean–Ethiopian War, both countries signed a peace accord in July 2018. Also in July, Eritrea reopened its embassy in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa.

Leaders from both countries attend ceremony in Asmara as two nations re-establish diplomatic links.

North Korea–South Korea relations

Kim gives a timeline for denuclearization, aiming for completion by the end of U.S. President Donald Trump's first term.

North Korea's Kim Jong Un has given his first time line for denuclearization, aiming for the end of U.S. President Donald Trump's first term, Seoul officials said on Thursday, prompting thanks from Trump who said they would "get it done together".

North Korea–South Korea relations

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and South Korea president Moon Jae-in agree to hold a third summit between September 18 and September 20 in Pyongyang.

The meeting between Kim Jong Un and Moon Jae-in will focus on efforts to "denuclearize the Korean Peninsula," Seoul's special envoy said.

2018 North Korean floods

Heavy floods in North Korea leave at least 76 dead and 75 missing.

Severe flooding in North Korea has killed at least 76 people with nearly the same number missing and thousands left homeless by the destruction, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies said on Thursday.

European migrant crisis

Spanish rescuers find five dead migrants and 53 survivors in a boat partially sunk in waters east of the Strait of Gibraltar.

Spanish authorities say rescuers have found five dead migrants and 53 survivors in a boat partially sunk in waters east of the Strait of Gibraltar. The Maritime Rescue Service said Thursday that a surveillance plane found the dinghy in a stretch of the Mediterranean known as the Alboran Sea...

Earthquakes in 2018

A magnitude 7.8 earthquake occurs off the coast of Fiji. The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center says no tsunami is expected due to its depth.

A powerful earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 7.8 has struck just off the coast of Fiji, but it was centered far below the seabed, seismologists say. There is no threat of a tsunami. The earthquake, which struck at 3:49 a.m. local time on Friday, was centered about 41 kilometers (25 miles) southeast of Levuka …

2018 Hokkaido Eastern Iburi earthquake

A magnitude 6.7 earthquake strikes the island of Hokkaido in Japan, killing 16 people, injuring 120 more and leaving 26 missing.

Rescuers are racing against the clock to find survivors in the rubble as the death toll rises to 16.

Trans Mountain Pipeline expansion

Kinder Morgan hints at a potential offloading of Canada assets following sales of the Trans Mountain Pipeline expansion project to the Canadian government.

CEO said that while its Canadian unit has ‘attractive assets’ and ‘no debt,’ the company’s primary objective was to use those projects to support Trans Mountain

Ford F150

Approximately two million Ford F150 trucks are recalled due to a manufacturing error which can cause the seat belt pretensioner to ignite the vehicle.

There are more than 20 reports of smoke or fire coming from the seat belts in certain Ford F-150 models. There are at least three reports of cars "totally destroyed" by fire.