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Genome editing

A Chinese scientist claims to be the first person to edit the genome of a human baby, by targeting an immune-receptor which is used by HIV (CCR5). This has provoked denial from the hospital and international outcry.

A Chinese scientist has claimed that a pair of twin girls were born having had their genes altered using CRISPR gene-editing, representing a controversial step forward with the technology. But the hospital named by the scientist denies involvement and experts worldwide have voiced outrage.

Exploration of Mars

The NASA robotic lander "InSight" lands safely on the Elysium Planitia plain of Mars to study the geology of the red planet.

Killing of Jamal Khashoggi

Human rights activists in Tunisia stage protests against a planned visit by Saudi Arabia Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman over the killing of Saudi Arabia journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

Tunisian rights groups have planned demonstrations in front of the Presidency in Carthage, during Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman's arrival in Tunis on Tuesday.

George Soros

George Soros' Open Society Foundations says it will cease operations in Turkey, stating that "baseless claims" in the media and a government investigation into its alleged role in the Gezi Park protests make its work impossible.

George Soros's Open Society Foundation said on Monday it would cease operat...


A court in Milan, Italy, examines evidence submitted by the campaign group Global Witness, that alleges bribery around the attribution of the OPL 245 oil prospecting license in 2011 led to a loss for the Nigerian state estimated at US$6 billion.

The oil giants Eni and Shell are accused of knowing a deal for an oilfield would involve others paying bribes.

Trial of 6ix9ine

American rapper 6ix9ine pleads not guilty to racketeering and firearms charges and is denied bail as his trial date is set for September 4, 2019.

Tekashi 6ix9ine limped into Manhattan court on Monday to plead not guilty to charges that he’s a violent, drug-dealing gang member — as his lawyer revealed that he was transferred to another jail because of “threats” from his co-defendants.

United Arab Emirates–United Kingdom relations

Matthew Hedges, the British student who was sentenced last week by a judge in the United Arab Emirates to life in prison on espionage charges, is pardoned and released by authorities. The UAE maintains that he was an MI6 agent.

The conviction of Mr. Hedges, and his sentence of life in prison, had been met with outrage in Britain.

UH-1 Iroquois

A UH-1 Iroquois military helicopter crashes during a training flight in the Sancaktepe district of Istanbul, Turkey, killing four soldiers and leaving one wounded.

History of General Motors

General Motors announces it will cease production at the Oshawa Car Assembly in Oshawa, Lordstown Assembly in Lordstown, Ohio, and the Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly in Detroit. Two transmission plants, the Baltimore Transmission in Baltimore and the Warren Transmission in Warren, Michigan, are also expected to stop production.

GM's Alison 1000 HD truck transmission and 6-speed automatic will both see their production runs end.

Cinema of Italy

Italian director Bernardo Bertolucci, whose film "The Last Emperor" won nine Oscars, dies of lung cancer.

Film director acclaimed for Last Tango in Paris and the Oscar-winning The Last Emperor

Somali Civil War

A car bomb explodes in the capital Mogadishu, killing at least six people.

Somalia hit by two violent attacks Monday, one killing an Islamic cleric and 17 of his followers for playing music and a second killing at least six people in a car bomb blast in the capital, Mogadishu.

Somali Civil War

An Islamic cleric and 17 of his followers are killed by Al-Shabaab militants for playing music during their religious sessions.

Somali rebels al-Shabab claimed responsibility for the attack

Israeli–Palestinian conflict

Three Israel Defense Forces soldiers are wounded, one moderately and two lightly, in a vehicle-ramming attack in the West Bank. The assailant was shot dead by one of the soldiers.

A Palestinian was shot dead while carrying out a car-ramming attack on Monday that injured three Israeli soldiers in the occupied West Bank, the Israeli military said. The military said one of the soldiers sustained moderate injuries and the other two were slightly hurt when the Palestinian crashed

War in Afghanistan (2001–present)

Taliban insurgents ambush a police convoy in the western Farah Province, killing 20 officers, including the newly appointed provincial police chief.

An attack

The Verkhovna Rada approves the introduction of martial law in 10 oblasts of Ukraine for a period of 30 days.

Authorities can now restrict public rallies and regulate the media amid rising tension with Russia.

An attack

The Kerch Strait is re-opened to commercial shipping.

Russia resisted international calls on Monday to release three Ukrainian naval s...

An attack

Russia asks for an urgent meeting of the United Nations Security Council to convene.

The meeting is tentatively scheduled for 19:00 Moscow time