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Bahraini uprising of 2011

Bahrain's Court of Appeal rules that the former leader of the now outlawed Al-Wefaq party, Sheikh Ali Salman, will receive a life sentence over his conviction for 2011 spying for Qatar.

Sheikh Ali Salman was accused of spying for Qatar after Bahrain cut ties with the rival state.

Corruption in Ukraine

Kateryna Handzyuk, an anti-corruption activist, dies of the injuries that she suffered in an acid attack on 31 July in Kherson.

Prominent anti-corruption campaigner Kateryna Handzyuk suffered severe burns in the July attack.

2017–18 Spanish constitutional crisis

The leading judge presiding over the investigation of the 2017 Catalan independence referendum and the director of the Operation Anubis Juan Antonio Ramírez Sunyer dies suddenly at the age of 71.

New Caledonian independence referendum, 2018

New Caledonians vote against becoming an independent country from France.

The Pacific islands of New Caledonia vote to stay part of France, but by a tighter margin than expected.

Aromatic hydrocarbon

69.1 tonnes of C9 aromatic hydrocarbon are leaked into the ocean at a port in Quangang District, Quanzhou, China when a petrochemical company loads the cargo from its terminal into a chemical tanker and the aged hose coupling gasket breaks. Nearby aquaculture farms are contaminated, resulting in huge loss. Many fishermen and residents get sick from the leaked chemical, and 52 of them are hospitalized. Local authorities are accused of playing down the severity of the leakage. Discussion of the accident is suppressed on Weibo after the accident has become a hot topic. The company lies that the amount of leakage is 6.97 tonnes.

China’s Quanzhou Port suffered a major incident at one of its petrochemical terminals on Sunday, resulting in nearly seven tons of aromatic hydrocarbon being leaked into the ocean. According to a release from Quanzhou Port, the incident occurred in the early morning of Sunday when Fujian Donggang Petrochemical was loading the petrochemical cargo from its …

2018 European floods

Heavy floods affect Palermo in Sicily, Italy, killing twelve people. The total death toll of the floods and strong winds in the country rises to 31 people.

Ross Edgley

Ross Edgley becomes the first person to swim around Great Britain. The 1,780 mi swim lasted 156 days.

Ross Edgley, 33, consumed more than 500 bananas during his 1,780-mile journey around Great Britain.

2018 Minya bus attack

Egyptian Police kill 19 Islamist militants accused of involvement in an attack on Coptic Christians in central Egypt two days ago.