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George H. W. Bush

Former U.S. President George H. W. Bush dies of Parkinsonism at the age of 94, at about 10:10 p.m. CST.

The patriarch of a political dynasty, Bush was the last World War II vet to serve in the Oval Office. His son George W. called him "one of the greatest one-term presidents in the nation's history."

Brexit negotiations

Sam Gyimah resigns as British Minister of State for the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy in protest to Prime Minister Theresa May's Brexit withdrawal deal.

Universities minister quits and pledges to vote against PM’s proposal in parliament

Supreme Court of Canada

The Supreme Court of Canada says that Vice Media reporter Ben Makuch must give the Royal Canadian Mounted Police material he gathered for stories about an accused Islamic State terrorist.

A Vice Media reporter will have to hand over records of his conversations with an alleged ISIS member to the police following a unanimous Supreme Court of Canada ruling upholding a lower court's decision regarding the work of reporter Ben Makuch.


Nigerian police killed 104 cattle thieves in operations in the north-western state of Zamfara.

President Emmerson Mnangagwa will launch the $46m project which will replace the colonial-era building - and more.

2018 G20 Buenos Aires summit

The United States, Canada and Mexico sign the United States–Mexico–Canada Agreement in Buenos Aires, replacing the North American Free Trade Agreement.

The United States, Canada and Mexico signed a trade deal championed by President Donald Trump to replace the quarter-century-old NAFTA pact, capping a year of negotiations and offering a glimmer of certainty amid rising global tensions over trade.

Russia–Ukraine relations

Ukraine bans Russian men aged between 16 and 60 from entering the country following the imposition of martial law. President Petro Poroshenko says the ban is to prevent the formation of "private armies" in Ukraine. Russia says it does not plan to retaliate.

The measure is part of martial law imposed in 10 regions, amid fears of a Russian land invasion.

North Korea–South Korea relations

A South Korean train arrives towards Panmun Station and crosses the DMZ border for the first time since 2008, when a South Korean cargo train operated five times a week.

The project to link the two countries’ rail networks can only go ahead if sanctions are lifted.

Marriott International

Marriott International discloses that its Starwood Hotel brand had been subject to a data breach.

If you've stayed at a Starwood hotel in recent years, there's a good chance you're impacted by a massive data breach that potentially exposed the personal data of about 500 million guests.

Tornadoes of 2018

A severe storm system brings tornado watches and warnings throughout the U.S. states of Oklahoma, Texas, Arkansas, and Missouri. A "large and dangerous" tornado is confirmed near Gore, Oklahoma. Several other tornadoes are seen by storm chasers.

Severe weather has hit Northwest Arkansas and the River Valley.

2018 Anchorage earthquake

A magnitude 7.0 earthquake hits Alaska, with the epicenter in Anchorage. Severe damage is reported.

Massive quake rocks buildings in Anchorage, causing damage to roads and sending office workers running out to the streets