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2019 Guatemalan general election

The Attorney General files a request to withdraw immunity to the presidential candidate of National Unity of Hope, former First Lady Sandra Torres, for alleged crimes of illicit electoral financing. Torres said it was a political persecution of the former Attorney General and presidential candidate Thelma Aldana.

Game law

In a landmark decision, the Constitutional Court of Colombia rules to ban recreational hunting, citing environmental protection concerns.

2019 Venezuelan presidential crisis

The Venezuelan National Guard blocks off a bridge on the Colombia–Venezuela border with a tanker truck. The Venezuelan opposition had been planning to use the bridge to bring humanitarian aid into the country, while President Nicolás Maduro has rejected foreign aid, saying "we're not a nation of beggars".

Military forces have blocked a crossing on the Colombian border, the opposition says.

Accession of Macedonia to NATO

In Brussels, an accession protocol for joining NATO is signed between Jens Stoltenberg, Secretary General of NATO, and Nikola Dimitrov, foreign minister of the Republic of Macedonia.

2019 Philippines measles outbreak

The Philippines Department of Health declares a measles outbreak attributed to the drop in trust in vaccines due to the Dengvaxia controversy.


Fourteen people were killed, and fourteen others are injured when an eight-story apartment building collapsed in Istanbul, Turkey.

The death toll from Wednesday's collapse has risen to 14 - as a teenager is rescued alive.

Rio de Janeiro

Heavy rain hits Rio de Janeiro, leaving three people dead and two missing.

2018 Anchorage earthquake

Two aftershocks strike Anchorage, Alaska, the first a magnitude 4.1, and the second a magnitude 3.7, occurring 23 minutes later.

Both epicenters were at the southern end of a 20-mile “fault patch,” roughly positioned beneath Point MacKenzie.