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Nikki Haley

Nikki Haley announces her resignation as the United States Ambassador to the United Nations, effective at the end of the year.

The former South Carolina said she would not run for the White House in 2020, but would back the president's re-election.

Foreign relations of the Holy See

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un invites Pope Francis to Pyongyang, and said he would be "warmly welcomed" to North Korea.

It seems unlikely that the Vatican would accept the offer from a country considered one of the worst suppressors of religious freedom.

Guatemalan Vice President

Former Guatemalan Vice President Roxana Baldetti is sentenced to 15 years and 6 months in prison for fraud in a system to clean the polluted Lake Amatitlán. Baldetti still has four pending lawsuits and extradition to the United States.

Roxana Baldetti was found guilty of fraud for involvement in a bogus multimillion-dollar scheme to clean up a contaminated lake

Pipeline accidents in Canada

In British Columbia, communities are forced to evacuate after a pipeline operated by Enbridge explodes near Prince George.

The RCMP has confirmed that there has been a pipeline explosion in the vicinity of Prince George, British Columbia near Landooz Road. As many as 70 people have been evacuated from the Shelley First Nation reserve north of Prince George as a precaution.

2018 European floods

At least 12 people die in flash flooding on the Spanish island of Mallorca, including nationals of at least 3 countries. A five-year-old child is missing.

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


A sinkhole in Dazhou, China, kills four people.

Four people died when a massive sinkhole swallowed them in the Chinese city of Dazhou. The ground ripped open around 2:30 p.m. Sunday in the city in Sichuan Province, leaving a 100-square-foot chas…

2018 Atlantic hurricane season

Hurricane Michael strengthens to a category 2 storm with 110 mph winds as it continues to ascend through the Florida Panhandle.

The storm is predicted to make landfall Wednesday with a life-threatening storm surge, flooding rain, and damaging winds.

American Music Awards of 2018

American singer Taylor Swift wins four trophies, including Artist of the Year, and holds 23 American Music Awards, beating Whitney Houston.

The pop star wins four trophies at the American Music Awards, and again urges fans to vote.