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George Vella

George Vella is sworn in as the new President of Malta succeeding Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca.

Cannabis in Guam

Governor Lou Leon Guerrero signs a bill into law, legalizing the recreational use of cannabis.

Guam's Gov. Lou Leon Guerrero (D) on Thursday signed a bill legalizing recreational marijuana in the territory into law.

Two New Zealand mosques

The Australian Parliament passes a law which makes it illegal for Internet platforms and service providers to host videos of "abhorrent violent conduct" without "expeditiously" removing them.

Labor supports legislation in response to Christchurch shooting that threatens jail for executives, despite media companies’ concerns


A rapidly spreading wildfire in Gangwon Province, South Korea, kills two people, injures 11 others, and forces the evacuation of thousands of civilians.

Boeing 737 MAX groundings

The Ethiopian government releases a preliminary report on the investigation into the crash of Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302.

The crash of Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 has brought huge pressure on Boeing to prove that its new Max series of passenger jets is safe


Belarusian authorities begin demolishing crosses with bulldozers at the Byelorussian Soviet Socialist Republic-era mass grave site Kurapaty on the outskirts of Minsk, where at least 30,000 people were executed by the NKVD's secret police in the 1930s and 1940s. The bulldozing is widely condemned in Belarus.

Police cordoned off the Kuropaty mass grave as bulldozers removed dozens of crosses.

Libyan Civil War (2014–present)

Libyan National Army forces continue to advance on the Libyan capital Tripoli, capturing the city of Gharyan, with only light resistance reported. General Khalifa Haftar has ordered the LNA to seize control of Tripoli, prompting the Tripoli-based Presidential Council to declare a general mobilization.

Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar says forces’ move will ‘shake the lands under the feet of the unjust bunch’