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2019 Venezuelan presidential crisis

All editions of Wikipedia are blocked in Venezuela by state-owned CANTV amid an ongoing political crisis.

The NetBlocks internet observatory has collected technical evidence of the blocking all editions of Wikipedia in Venezuela as of 12 January 2019. The restrictions are implemented by the largest telecommunications provider ...

Politics of Taiwan

Taiwanese premier William Lai announces his resignation and former premier Su Tseng-chang succeeds him.

Former premier Su Tseng-chang (蘇貞昌) is to be sworn in as the new premier on Monday, President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) said yesterday.

December 2018

The Congolese election commission announces that parties supporting outgoing president Joseph Kabila obtained the majority in the National Assembly.

Parties supporting outgoing Democratic Republic of Congo president Joseph Kabila won a majority in long-delayed legislative elections, according to an AFP tally of results released Saturday, as the opposition sought a recount of the disputed presidential poll. Pro-Kabila parties had passed the 250-seat

2020 United States presidential election

Joining several other Democrats in the race, Julian Castro, who served as Secretary of Housing and Urban Development from 2014 to 2017, announces his intention to run in the 2020 United States presidential election.

Former secretary of Housing and Urban Development Julián Castro officially announced his presidential bid in San Antonio on Saturday, beginning a campaign that will look to turn his uniquely American immigrant story into a direct repudiation of President Donald Trump.

United States federal government shutdown of 2018–2019

On its 22nd day, the federal government shutdown becomes the longest in American history overtaking the record previously set in 1995–1996.

US President Donald Trump is edging closer to declaring a national emergency to fund his long-promised border wall, as pressure mounts to find an escape hatch from the three-week impasse that has closed parts of the government, leaving hundreds of thousands of workers without pay.

2019 Gabonese coup d'état attempt

Gabon's president Ali Bongo Ondimba names Julien Nkoghe Bekale as the country's new prime minister after a failed coup that happened five days ago.

Gabon's President Ali Bongo, who has been out of the country for two months...


At least 17 are killed and 12 others are injured in a fire at a drug rehabilitation clinic in Guayaquil, Ecuador. Officials said the blaze took hold after patients set mattresses on fire in a bid to escape the facility.

Ecuador's president expresses his solidarity with the victims' families as officials say patients set fire to mattresses.


At least 21 miners die after a roof collapses in a coal mine in Shenmu, China.

Twenty-one miners die and 66 are rescued at the mine near Shenmu in China's Shaanxi province.

2019 Paris explosion

A large explosion caused by a suspected gas leak destroys a bakery in the 9th arrondissement of Paris, France. Four people are killed, and 40 others are injured.

Several victims are extracted by helicopter after a blast in a bakery overturns cars and blasts out the fronts of several shops.