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SpaceX's Falcon Heavy launches successfully from Kennedy Space Center carrying Arabsat-6A to orbit. All three boosters landed successfully, marking the first time that all three boosters of a Falcon Heavy landed without failure.

SpaceX's Falcon Heavy rocket, the most powerful vehicle flying today, just passed a key milestone by launching its first-ever mission for a paying customer.


Israel's "Beresheet" lunar lander crashes at Mare Serenitatis on the surface of the Moon. The crash resulted from a failure in the lander's main engine, resulting in the total loss of the spacecraft.

The failure of the landing highlighted the risks of a fast and cheap approach to space exploration.

Michael Avenatti

Michael Avenatti is charged by a federal grand jury in California on 36 counts, including embezzlement, wire fraud, tax evasion, bankruptcy fraud and bank fraud connected to his alleged theft of tens of millions of dollars from several clients.

A federal grand jury indictment filed late Wednesday charges high-profile attorney Michael Avenatti with a host of fraud and tax offenses that allege, among other things, that he stole millions of dollars from clients and millions of dollars of employment taxes that his coffee company should have paid to the Internal Revenue Service.

African-American church

Police in Louisiana arrest Holden Matthews, a suspect in arson at three historically African-American churches in the past weeks which the NAACP flagged as hate crimes. Matthews is the son of a local deputy sheriff. He has ties to black metal music and commented on memes about musician Varg Vikernes, a neo-Nazi who boasted about burning churches in Norway and was imprisoned for arson and murder, but researchers are unsure if they prove hate was his motive.

Police arrested the 21-year-old son of a deputy sheriff in connection to fires at three historically black churches in one Louisiana Parish in just 10 days


WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is arrested in London after Ecuador withdraws asylum. He is later found guilty of breaching bail in 2012 by a British court, however he faces likely extradition to the United States over allegations he conspired with former US military analyst Chelsea Manning to acquire classified U.S. government files.

Assange arrested following the withdrawal of asylum by the Ecuadorian government

Abortion in South Korea

The Constitutional Court of Korea rules that the 1953 abortion ban is unconstitutional.

The Constitutional Court ruled Thursday that the current abortion law is inconsistent with the Constitution and called for its amendment, in a landmark decision that signals a major change in various aspects of society. It ruled that an outright ban on abortion is against the Constitution and called for a legislative change to partially allow the termination...

North Korea

North Korea appoints Choe Ryong-hae as President of the Presidium of the Supreme People's Assembly, the country's nominal head of state, replacing Kim Yong-nam after 21 years. Kim Jae-ryong becomes premier.

2019 Australian federal election

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison calls an election for 18 May.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison and Opposition leader Bill Shorten make their first official pitches to voters on day one of the federal election campaign. Follow live.

2018–19 Sudanese protests

The army forms an interim council, with First Vice President Lt. General Ahmed Awad Ibn Auf as the leader. President al-Bashir is reported to have stepped down.

The military says it has arrested President Omar al-Bashir, but protest organisers dismiss the move.

2018–19 Sudanese protests

The Sudanese military surrounds the presidential palace in the capital Khartoum, and takes over state media buildings amid protests against President Omar al-Bashir. Several senior ministers are reportedly arrested, including former Defense Minister Abdel Rahim Mohammed Hussein.

The military surrounded and entered state TV and radio stations