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Trump administration dismissals and resignations

Jeff Sessions asked to resign as United States Attorney General at the request of President Donald Trump. Matthew Whitaker, Sessions' chief of staff, is appointed acting Attorney General.

Matthew Whitaker, Trump’s interim replacement for attorney general, is longtime critic of special counsel

Thousand Oaks shooting

At least 12 people, including a police sergeant, are killed while ten others are injured by a gunman at the Thousand Oaks Borderline Bar and Grill in Thousand Oaks, California at around 11:15 PM PST (UTC-8). The gunman committed suicide at the end of the attack after a stand-off with police.

Police say the suspect is dead after a shooting at a busy college country music night.

Asia Bibi blasphemy case

Pakistani Christian woman Asia Bibi, sentenced to death by hanging in 2010 and recently acquitted, is released from prison. Bibi has reportedly boarded a plane; however, its destination was not known. Several countries have offered her asylum.

Some reports say she has boarded a plane but it is unclear where it was going.


An unidentified attacker fatally shoots Benjamin Ramos, a Philippines lawyer opposing President Rodrigo Duterte's war on drugs, in Kabankalan.

The lawyer, Benjamin Ramos, was shot by men on a motorcycle after being put on a watchlist by the police and military.


A pair of buses collide on a road between Harare and Rusape, Zimbabwe, killing at least 47 people.


Authorities find the bodies of two other men in the two collapsed buildings in Marseille, France, two days ago, bringing the death toll to six.

Premiership of Justin Trudeau

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau issues an apology for the country's role in turning away the St. Louis, a ship carrying over 900 Jewish refugees fleeing persecution in Nazi Germany.

The ship was forced to return to Europe and 254 of the refugees later died in concentration camps.

Jean-Claude Arnault

Jayne Svenungsson announces she is leaving the Swedish Academy, the body that awards the Nobel Prize in Literature. She is the eighth person to quit amid sex abuse and financial crime scandals at the exclusive group.

A member of the academy that awards the Nobel Prize in Literature said Wednesday she is leaving the body, the latest person to quit amid sex abuse and financial crimes scandals at the exclusive group.