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Gravitational wave observations

LIGO and Virgo detect a gravitational wave from a galaxy 6 billion light-years away in the direction of Cassiopeia, with further details being released on April 10.

One week after LIGO switched back on, it has already detected the gravitational waves from another pair of merging black holes, marking the beginning of a new era of gravitational wave astronomy

David Saint-Jacques

David Saint-Jacques becomes the fourth Canadian astronaut to take part in a spacewalk and the first in 12 years as he begins a roughly seven-hour mission.

Canadian Space Agency robotics flight controllers will provide support to the astronauts from mission control in Houston.

2020 United States presidential election

U.S. Representative Eric Swalwell from California announces he is running for the Democratic Party's nomination to be President of the United States in the 2020 presidential election.

Rep. Eric Swalwell, D-Calif., an outspoken critic of President Trump, officially entered the 2020 White House race during his Monday appearance on “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.”

Trump administration dismissals and resignations

U.S. President Donald Trump terminates the employment of Randolph Alles, the Director of the United States Secret Service.

United States Secret Service director Randolph "Tex" Alles is being removed from his position, multiple administration officials tell CNN.

United States Secretary of State

United States Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announces the designation of the entirety of Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps as a Foreign Terrorist Organization (FTO), effective April 15. This will be the first time the United States has designated a part of another government as a terrorist organization.

"Today, the IRGC's era of plausible deniability is over," one senior administration official said

Richard Seeborg

U.S. district judge Richard Seeborg halts the Trump administration’s policy of sending some asylum seekers to Mexico while their cases are pending in the United States. The national injunction will take effect Friday.

A U.S. judge on Monday halted the Trump administration's policy of sending ...

2019 college admissions bribery scandal

American actress Felicity Huffman and 13 other defendants involved in a conspiracy regarding admission to prestigious colleges have agreed to plead guilty in the matter, prosecutors say. The 14 individuals are among 50 people accused of engaging in schemes that involved cheating on college entrance exams and paying $25 million in bribes to secure their children admission to well-known colleges.

By Nate Raymond BOSTON (Reuters) - Actress Felicity Huffman and 13 other people have agreed to plead guilty to participating in what prosecutors call the largest college admissions scam uncovered in U.S. history, federal prosecutors said on Monday. The 14 are among 50 people, including wealthy parents and college team coaches, accused by federal...

Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport in the United Kingdom releases a white paper proposing to set up an independent regulatory body which would require Internet companies to remove content and block websites considered harmful.

Apps and websites that do not protect their users may be fined or blocked under new proposals.


Nationwide protests against animal cruelty take place in Australia. In the city of Melbourne, protesters blocked a major intersection for four hours before it was dispatched by police; several people were arrested.

To commuters, they’re a nuisance, a roadblock between home and work.

The Nation

"The Nation"{{'s}} editor Katrina vanden Heuvel announces that she will step down as editor after 24 years, on June 15, 2019.

After 24 years in charge of the left-leaning weekly’s editorial operations, the second woman to serve as its editor will give up running that role while continuing on as publisher.

War in Afghanistan

A roadside bomb kills three U.S. troops and one civilian contractor near Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan.

A roadside bomb kills three service members and a contractor near Bagram air base, north of Kabul.

Second Libyan Civil War

A warplane loyal to Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar, reported to be a MiG-23, strikes Mitiga International Airport, the only functional airport in Tripoli. A LNA spokesman says civilian planes were not targeted in the air raid.

Passengers reported to have been seen leaving terminal after strike by pro-Haftar forces

Second Libyan Civil War

One of the vice chairmen of the GNA Presidential Council, Ali Faraj Qatrani, defects to the Tobruk-based government.

Second Libyan Civil War

Forces loyal to the Government of National Accord retake Tripoli International Airport from the Libyan National Army.

Al-Bayda-based commander Khalifa Haftar last week launched military campaign to capture capital - Anadolu Agency