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Kosovo puts a 100% trade tariff on all goods imported from Serbia and Bosnia and Herzegovina. The European Union says this is a "clear violation" of the Central European Free Trade Agreement.

Kosovo blames Serbia for its latest failed bid to join international police organisation Interpol.

Chief Justice of the United States

Chief Justice of the United States John Roberts replies to President Donald Trump who described the judge who ruled on Monday against his migrant asylum order as an "Obama judge."

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump and Chief Justice John Roberts clashed Wednesday in an extraordinary public dispute over the independence of America's judiciary, with Roberts bluntly rebuking the president for denouncing a judge who rejected his migrant asylum policy as an "Obama judge." There's no such thing, Roberts declared in a strongly worded s...


Interpol elects South Korean Kim Jong-yang as its president, beating Russian candidate Alexander Prokopchuk.

Interpol elects a South Korean as president, rejecting the controversial Russian frontrunner.

2018 Iranian general strikes

Workers of the Haft Tappeh sugar mill company in the ancient city of Shush, southwest Iran, continued their strike and protests to the unpaid salaries for the 15th consecutive day.

Workers and Employees of the Haft Tappeh sugar mill company in the ancient city of Shush, southwest

Matthew Hedges

Matthew Hedges, a British academic student studying at Durham University, is sentenced to life imprisonment in the United Arab Emirates after being convicted of spying.

Matthew Hedges is found guilty of spying but his family say the verdict is based on a false confession.


A 27-year-old American Christian missionary is killed upon landing on North Sentinel Island in an effort to convert the indigenous Sentinelese people. He is the first person killed by the isolated islanders since two Indian nationals in 2006.

The isolated Sentinelese tribe of the Andaman islands has always resisted outside contact.

New York City

One person is killed and five people are injured in an auto wreck on New York City's Brooklyn Bridge, which sparked a fire that engulfed three vehicles.

An auto wreck on the Brooklyn Bridge killed one person Wednesday and sparked a fire that engulfed three vehicles and cut off a key New York City artery at the start of the morning commuting rush on one of the busiest travel days of the year. The fiery 7 a.m. crash on the Brooklyn-bound side...

Yemeni Civil War (2015–present)

A report by charity Save the Children estimates that 85,000 children died of starvation as a result of the war.

Save the Children condemns ‘preventable’ deaths of under-fives and calls for end to war

War in Afghanistan (2001–present)

The death toll in the suicide bomb attack at a gathering of religious scholars in Kabul rises to 55.

Afghan authorities were struggling on Wednesday to identify the group behind a s...