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Kepler 159d, a exoplanet with the same size as Saturn, is discovered by University of Western Ontario student Chris Fox and professor Paul Wiegert.

Ever since Chris Fox was a young boy, he wanted to visit alien planets. With no immediate plans for such a voyage, the Western University graduate student has done the next best thing. He's gone and found one.

Soyuz MS-10

Soyuz MS-10, carrying a cosmonaut and an astronaut to the International Space Station, is forced to make an emergency landing in Kazakhstan after a failure with its Soyuz-FG rocket.

The two-man U.S.-Russian crew of a Soyuz spacecraft taking them to the orbiting ...

Arrest of Juan Requesens

The Inter-American Commission of Human Rights releases an official charge for the protection of Juan Requesens, laying out actions that the Venezuelan government must take to ensure the imprisoned politician's welfare, specifically stating that he must not be "object to acts of violence against [his health]". This comes after a two-month investigation, and days after the death in custody of another Venezuelan politician.

Keiko Fujimori

Keiko Fujimori, leader of the opposition in the Congress of Peru and daughter of former President Alberto Fujimori, is arrested on charges related to illicit campaign finance received from the Odebrecht corporation.

Keiko Fujimori, who leaders the opposition in the Peruvian congress, is arrested on bribery charges.

Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople

The Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople plans to recognize the autocephaly of two Ukrainian Orthodox Churches, a move welcomed by Ukrainian leaders and denounced as "catastrophic" by the Russian Orthodox Church.

The Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople has agreed to recognize the independence of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church, a move immediately hailed by Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko but slammed as "catastrophic" by Moscow.


Three people are killed and two are injured after a lorry crashes into a minibus in Thatcham, England.

Three members of staff from the school died in the crash between a minibus and a lorry on the M4.

Shopping mall

The collapse of a shopping mall under construction in the Mexican city of Monterrey results in at least seven deaths and nine people missing. 15 others are injured.

A shopping mall under construction in the Mexican city of Monterrey collapsed Thursday, killing at least seven people and leaving another nine missing, officials said. Local council secretary Genaro Garcia told a press conference that 15 people were injured, in addition to the dead, and all...


A mudslide in the central Colombian town of Marquetalia results in at least twelve deaths.

Colombian disaster officials say at least 12 people have died in a mudslide that swept through their mountainside homes. Officials say the slide occurred at about 2 a.m. Thursday in the central Colombian town of Marquetalia and caught the victims while the slept. Four children were...


Eight children die and three are injured when the wall of a house collapses in the suburban area of Sukkur, Pakistan.

Three families were living together in the home, whose walls had long started to disintegrate, area residents say.

2018 Atlantic hurricane season

Hurricane Michael is downgraded to a tropical storm, but tornadoes are spotted in Georgia and Florida.

Tornadoes have been spotted in Florida and Georgia, adding more damage after Hurricane Michael on Wednesday. Sightings in Clay and Sarasota counties in Florida, and Fort Stewart, Georgia, come after tornado warnings were issued for up to 50 counties on Wednesday, which has since been reduced.

2018 European floods

Heavy floods affect France and Italy: in the French city of Sainte Maxime, two people drown after their vehicle is swept away by floodwater. In the Italian city of Cagliari, a woman is found dead inside her car, while another man is missing. A bridge also collapses and roads are damaged.

A five-year-old boy is among the missing in Majorca, while France and Italy have also been hit.


At least 41 people are killed after a river bursts its bank in Bududa, Uganda. Many more are injured and dozens are displaced.

At least 30 people are killed by a landslide on Mount Elgon, with fears the death toll could rise.