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Global warming

The World Meteorological Organization reports that average global carbon dioxide concentrations rose to 405.5 parts per million in 2017. They say this level was not seen since at least 3 million years ago.

GENEVA (AP) — The U.N.'s weather organization says greenhouse gas levels in the atmosphere climbed to a new record level last year, warning that "the window of opportunity" to act against climate change is nearly closed. The World Meteorological Organization says globally-averaged concentrations of carbon-dioxide reached 405.5 parts per million in 2017, up s...

Me Too movement in South Korea

Lee Jae-rock, a South Korean pastor and leader of Manmin Central Church, is sentenced to 15 years in prison over 42 counts of sexual harassment and sexual assault against eight of his followers. According to the Seoul Central District Court, the victims could not resist his advances "due to their absolute faith in the infallibility of the accused."

The leader of a controversial South Korean church who promoted chastity to his 130,000 followers has been sentenced to 15 years in prison after being found guilty of multiple counts of sexual assault and harassment.


Chinese state media report that five people are killed and 18 others are injured after a car plowed into children outside a primary school in Huludao, Liaoning, China.

The driver was taken into custody after the crash around noon in the coastal city of Huludao in Liaoning province, state broadcaster CCTV said.

2017 Jewish Community Center bomb threats

An Israeli-American man, Michael Kadar, is sentenced to 10 years in prison in Israel for making 2,000 hoax bomb threats that forced evacuations of Jewish community centers in the United States. The threats, made by phone and email in 2016 and 2017, raised concern that antisemitism was on the rise in the United States.

United States

The United States urges their allies not to use Huawei network equipment, reportedly out of national security concerns.

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Brexit negotiations

Spain threatens to vote against if there is no agreement on Gibraltar by which it demands new guarantees.

Madrid is still insisting the divorce deal is reopened to add new guarantees on Gibraltar, a British territory on the southern Spanish coast, ahead of an EU summit to seal the Brexit divorce on Sunday.

Brexit negotiations

President of the European Council Donald Tusk says there is agreement "in principle" on a political deal that can be endorsed at an EU summit.

Britain and European Union political leaders have agreed in principle to a text setting out their future relationship that can be endorsed by EU leaders at a summit, European Council President Donald Tusk has said.

Foreign relations of Denmark

Denmark suspends future weapons export licenses to Saudi Arabia in response to the killing of Jamal Khashoggi and the Saudi Arabian-led intervention in Yemen.

Denmark has suspended future approvals of weapons and military equipment exports...

Dog meat

South Korea shuts down the country's largest dog meat slaughterhouse. The move is lauded by animal rights activists.

South Korea has shut down its largest dog slaughterhouse in a move hailed by animal rights campaigners as a major blow against the country's canine meat trade.


A 500 km dust storm, that engulfed parts of Australia’s outback, reaches Sydney.

The storm turns skies orange and prompts health warnings, before delaying flights in Sydney.

Leaning Tower of Pisa

The Leaning Tower of Pisa Surveillance Group reports the structure is leaning less, by 4 cm over the past two decades.

"It's as if it's had two centuries taken off its age," says one expert monitoring the Italian icon.