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Lawmakers in Mexico's lower chamber of Congress approve a constitutional reform that would allow for recall referendums to cut short the six-year presidential term limit; the measure still needs the approval of the Senate and the state legislatures.

Mexico's Lower House on Thursday approved a constitutional reform that woul...

National Emergency Concerning the Southern Border of the United States

U.S. President Donald Trump issues his first ever veto after Congress attempts to block his emergency declaration to fund construction of the wall along the Mexico–United States border.

The veto will send the legislation back to Congress, which most likely doesn’t have enough votes for an override, meaning the declaration of an emergency at the Mexican border will remain in effect.

2019 Algerian protests

The 2019 Algerian protests, the largest protests since the Algerian Civil War, have led the government to cancel the Presidential elections, to replace the Prime Minister, and to promise Abdelaziz Bouteflika would not run for re-election.

Volkswagen emissions scandal

The Securities and Exchange Commission alleges in a court filing that Volkswagen has "perpetrated a massive fraud" and repeatedly lied to U.S. investors in connection with diesel emissions.

Volkswagen said the SEC complaint "is legally and factually flawed."

North Korea and weapons of mass destruction

North Korea has reportedly threatened to suspend negotiations with the United States regarding nuclear weaponry, as well as resume related missile testing.

A senior North Korean diplomat said Kim Jong-un would soon decide whether to end its moratorium on nuclear and missile tests.

United States and the International Criminal Court

United States Secretary of State Mike Pompeo bars the entry of International Criminal Court investigators into the United States as part of the ICC's investigation into possible war crimes committed by the United States military in Afghanistan.

WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States will revoke or deny visas to International Criminal Court personnel seeking to investigate alleged war crimes and other abuses committed by U.S. forces in...


A U.S. appeals court denies TransCanada's request to lift an injunction preventing pre-construction work on the Keystone XL expansion from beginning. The company claims this will delay the project by a year.

TransCanada has lost a bid to remove an injunction preventing work on the Keystone XL pipeline, news that could delay construction work on the $8-billion US project for a year.

School strike for climate

Hundreds of thousands of students protest worldwide for climate change mitigation.

Demonstrations are stimulus to move forward, says Premier Conte. © ANSA

2019 Tel Aviv rocket strike

In response to a possible accidental launching of two rockets from the Gaza Strip towards Tel Aviv the day before, Israel launches hundreds of counter strikes directed at the town of Khan Yunis.

Early media reports said the rockets caused no damage or casualties.

Shooting in New Zealand

A gunman involved in the shootings of the two mosques is identified as Brenton Harrison Tarrant, a 28-year-old Australian man. A manifesto named after The Great Replacement conspiracy theory and a live stream of the attacks on Facebook was left by the shooter.

SYDNEY (AP) — The gunman behind at least one of the mosque shootings in New Zealand that left 49 people dead on Friday tried to make a few things clear in the manifesto he left behind: He is a...

Shooting in New Zealand

Four people—three men and one woman—are arrested in connection to the shootings, according to New Zealand Police Commissioner Mike Bush. It is later learned that one of them was an armed citizen trying to help police and was released.

The latest developments as a 28-year-old man is due to appear in court charged over the mass shootings in Christchurch.

Shooting in New Zealand

At least 50 people are killed and 50 others are injured during two attacks on mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand.

The 50th victim was found inside one of the two mosques, New Zealand's police commissioner said.