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World Magnetic Model

The location of the magnetic north pole is updated one year early due to its increasingly rapid movement toward Siberia from the Canadian Arctic at a rate of 55 kilometers (34 miles) per year.

Due to changes in Earth’s magnetic field, NCEI has released an out-of-cycle World Magnetic Model to ensure safe navigation.

Highway tunnel

After numerous cost overruns and delays, a 1.8 mi highway tunnel in Seattle, Washington, U.S., opens to traffic, becoming the largest road tunnel in the contiguous United States. It was bored using Bertha, the world's largest tunnel boring machine.


25-year-old Australian footballer and refugee from Bahrain, Hakeem al-Araibi, is ordered to defend an extradition order back to Bahrain in a Bangkok court, after being detained upon arrival in Thailand for his honeymoon with his wife in November 2018. International community is treating it as a human rights issue; a campaign to free al-Araibi and return him to Australia is growing.

With his feet shackled together as he arrived at court, Hakeem Al-Araibi begged Thai authorities not to send him back to Bahrain.

2019 Venezuelan presidential crisis

Several European Union states, including the United Kingdom, Germany, Portugal and Spain, officially recognize Juan Guaidó as interim President of Venezuela after Nicolás Maduro rejects the European ultimatum to call a new snap election. Other European Union countries, such as Greece and Ireland, stop short of recognizing Guaidó, while Italy's leading coalition party, the 5 Star Movement, declares that it is not "for the EU to tell another nation what to do".

Venezuela's embattled President, Nicolás Maduro, rejects an EU deadline to call snap elections.


German airline Germania declares bankruptcy and ceases operations, cancelling all flights immediately.

Holiday airline Germania collapsed on Tuesday, succumbing to wider sectoral woes...

Somali Civil War (2009–present)

A Maltese port manager is killed at a fish market in Puntland by Al-Shabaab militants disguised as fishermen.

Islamist group al-Shabab says it carried out the attack in the port run by Dubai company DP World.

Somali Civil War (2009–present)

A car bomb kills 11 people and injures 10 others in an attack on a mall in Mogadishu, Somalia.

A car bomb exploded at a crowded shopping mall in Mogadishu, the Somali capital on Monday morning, killing at least ten people and wounding dozens of others, police and witnesses said.

Iraqi insurgency (2017–present)

Seven Iranian pilgrims are wounded after their bus comes under attack by unidentified gunmen in central Iraq; one woman is described as being in serious condition.

BAGHDAD (AP) — Police and medical officials say seven Iranian Shiite pilgrims traveling in central Iraq were wounded when their bus came under attack by unidentified gunmen. The officials said late Sunday that the bus carrying 10 pilgrims was north of the capital of Baghdad when gunmen opened fire. They say the wounded passengers were taken to a hospital, in...