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SpaceX successfully launches CRS-16 on its way to the International Space Station. The first stage crashes into the ocean near Cape Canaveral and is later recovered.

SpaceX's sixteenth Commercial Resupply Services mission (CRS-16) successfully launched a Dragon spacecraft to orbit, but the first stage didn't quite stick the landing.

Death and state funeral of George H. W. Bush

U.S. President Donald Trump and former U.S. Presidents George W. Bush, Jimmy Carter, Barack Obama, and Bill Clinton attend the ceremony alongside German chancellor Angela Merkel and Britain's Prince Charles.

World leaders gather for George HW Bush’s funeral at the Washington National Cathedral – follow the latest updates

Death and state funeral of George H. W. Bush

The casket for former U.S. President George H. W. Bush arrives at the National Cathedral.

Politics of Luxembourg

Xavier Bettel is sworn in for a second term as Prime Minister. His coalition government plans to make all public transport completely free by next summer, a world's first.

Train, tram and bus fares to be lifted next summer under coalition government plans

Claudia Sheinbaum

Claudia Sheinbaum takes office as Head of Government of Mexico City, becoming the first woman and first Jewish person to serve as Mexico City's mayor.

Like many other liberal, secular politicians around the world, Claudia Sheinbaum rarely identifies publicly as Jewish


The chief financial officer of Huawei, Meng Wanzhou, was arrested on 1 December in Vancouver, Canada. She faces extradition to the United States. Huawei says she faces unspecified charges.

The chief financial officer of Chinese tech giant Huawei has been arrested in Canada. She faces extradition to the United States.

US Marine Corp

A search and rescue operation is underway for 7 servicemen after an incident involving a US Marine Corp F-A-18 fighter jet and a KC-130 refueling aircraft off the coast of Japan.

A KC-130 and an F/A 18 were involved in a "mishap" in Japan, the US Marine Corps says.


Tsunami waves reportedly strike parts of New Caledonia and northern Vanuatu following a magnitude 7.5 earthquake centered near the Loyalty Islands.

There are reports of houses being damaged and destroyed on a remote island in Vanuatu's south, and residents say they didn't receive a tsunami warning.


Two people died while 18 others are injured when a tank truck caught fire and exploded in the city of Rieti, Italy.


The deputy governor of Sweden's central bank, the Riksbank, says that the country is likely to become a cashless society within the next three to five years.

Sweden is likely to become cashless within the next five years, the deputy gover...