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2017–18 United States political sexual scandals

Eric C. Bauman resigns as California Democratic Party chairman after accusations of sexual misconduct and inappropriate behavior toward party staff members and activists.

California Democratic Party Chairman Eric Bauman, leader of one of the most influential political forces in the nation, said Thursday he intended to resign after allegations of sexual misconduct and inappropriate behavior toward party staff members and activists.

Georgian presidential election, 2018

Voters in Georgia elect Salome Zurabishvili as president. She will be the first woman elected to hold the position when she assumes office on 16 December 2018.

Salome Zurabishvili pledges a balanced approach from Georgia towards Russia and the West.

Taiwanese President

Former Taiwanese President Lee Teng-hui is rushed to Taipei Veterans General Hospital after falling and hitting his head.

Lee, 95, hit his head during the fall.Former President Lee Teng-hui fell at home Thursday but the 95-year-old retired leader was conscious after his transfer to hospital, according to doctors.

Samuel Little

Convicted murderer Samuel Little confesses to murdering 90 women between 1970 and 2005, making him one of the most prolific serial killers in U.S. history. The Federal Bureau of Investigation has confirmed 34 of his confessions and are now working to confirm the others.

Samuel Little, 78, has shared information with the FBI about murdering women over several decades.

Deutsche Bank

German police raid Deutsche Bank's offices in Frankfurt in connection with money laundering allegations that two staff members helped clients set up off-shore businesses as tax havens. Police officers, prosecutors and tax inspectors search six of the bank's offices and seize numerous written and electronic business documents. Deutsche Bank says the investigation stems from the 2016 Panama Papers leak.

German police search Deutsche Bank's offices in Frankfurt amid allegations of money laundering against the country's flagship lender.

Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election

Michael Cohen, former personal lawyer for U.S. President Donald Trump and The Trump Organization, pleads guilty to lying to Congress about Trump's Russian business contacts.

Special counsel Robert Mueller has reached a tentative deal with Michael Cohen, the former personal attorney for President Donald Trump, sources told ABC News.

2018 G20 Buenos Aires summit

After Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Wednesday the meeting between U.S. President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin during the summit is still on, while flying to Argentina, President Trump tweets that, after conferring with his top National Security advisers, he decided to cancel the meeting, adding that it was not a good time since Russia has not returned the ships and sailors to Ukraine. Less than an hour earlier, Trump said that he would "probably" meet Putin and that he believed it was "a good time to have the meeting."

Trump told The Washington Post on Tuesday that he might cancel his meeting with Putin after Russia seized three Ukrainian naval ships last weekend.

2018 G20 Buenos Aires summit

An emergency landing delays German chancellor Angela Merkel's arrival at the summit due to a complete shutdown of the onboard-ground communication system aboard the official Airbus A340-313 "Konrad Adenauer".

Germany's chancellor misses the start of the meeting in Argentina after her flight had to turn back.

Russia–NATO relations

The Belgian Air Component informs on Twitter that yesterday, Belgian F-16s operating in the Baltic region for NATO's Baltic Air Policing mission, "intercepted" Russian Flanker jets, allegedly because they had no flight plan.

Russia–Ukraine relations

Ukraine's Infrastructure Minister Volodymyr Omelyan says the ports of Berdiansk and Mariupol are effectively under blockade as Russia refuses to let any Ukrainian vessels leave or enter the Sea of Azov. President Petro Poroshenko calls on NATO to send warships to patrol the Sea of Azov.

Kiev asks for western presence in sea it shares with Russia, saying Putin is blocking ports


CNN announces it has severed ties with liberal commentator Marc Lamont Hill after he gives a U.N. speech advocating for Palestinian rights in which he used the phrase, "free Palestine from the river to the sea".

CNN said Thursday that it had severed ties with contributor Marc Lamont Hill following controversial comments the liberal pundit made about Israel.


The German chemical and pharmaceutical company Bayer is to cut 12,000 jobs by the end of 2021 as part of an overhaul following its acquisition of Monsanto earlier in 2018.

Bayer plans to slash thousands of jobs as part of a corporate overhaul following its acquisition of Monsanto.


Reggae music is added to the UNESCO Representative list of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.

The U.N. agency named the uniquely Jamaican musical genre one of the world's cultural treasures on Thursday.

Vietjet Air

Vietjet Air flight VJ 356 crashed upon landing at Buon Ma Thuot International Airport while carrying 207 passenger and crew. Six people were injured but all survived.

207 hành khách phải sơ tán bằng 4 cửa thoát hiểm do hai bánh trước của máy bay gặp sự cố lúc hạ cánh.