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American undersea explorer Victor Vescovo sets a new world record for the deepest ever sea dive at 10,972 m in the Pacific Ocean's Mariana Trench. Several unusual things are discovered at the bottom, including four new species of prawn-like crustaceans, a new species of snailfish, strange brightly coloured rocky outcrops and a plastic bag.

An American explorer finds plastic waste on the seafloor while breaking the record for the deepest ever dive.

2019 Guatemalan general election

The Constitutional Court determines that Zury Ríos has a constitutional impediment to be a presidential candidate and leaves her out of the electoral contest. Her constitutional impediment is for being the daughter of former dictator Efraín Ríos Montt.

2019 Philippine general election

Voters in the Philippines go to the polls to elect new members of the Senate of the Philippines and House of Representatives of the Philippines, as well as various other local positions.

The police reported scattered incidents of violence and voter intimidation as Filipinos began voting Monday to decide control of the Senate.

Supreme Court of the United States

The Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) rules in "Franchise Tax Board of California v. Hyatt", that a state cannot be sued in another state's court, overturning a 40-year-old precedent. The 5-4 decision overrules the "Nevada v. Hall" "stare decisis" set in 1979 which allowed private suits from one state to be brought in another state's court.

The decision overrules a 40-year precedent and perhaps foreshadows an argument over the viability of other high court decisions.

Russian interference in the 2016 United States elections

Trump's U.S. Attorney General William Barr appoints Republican U.S. Attorney for the District of Connecticut John Durham to investigate the origins of the Crossfire Hurricane and Special Counsel investigations, and any criminality that may have occurred.

The attorney general has asked the U.S. attorney in Connecticut, John Durham, to review the origins of the Russia investigation

2019 college admissions bribery scandal

Actress Felicity Huffman pleads guilty to conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services mail fraud and admits to paying $15,000 for a proctor to change her daughter's SAT answers.

The Oscar-nominated actress admitted to paying $15,000 for a proctor to change her daughter's SAT answers.

Casa Rosada

A 36-year-old man is arrested just outside Casa Rosada in Argentina, armed with a handgun, after requesting to hold an interview with President Mauricio Macri.

Swedish

Prosecutors in Sweden reopen the rape allegation investigation against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange. Swedish prosecutors mention their intent to seek extradition of Assange from the United Kingdom after he has served his 50-week prison sentence for skipping bail.

Prosecutors reopen an investigation into a rape allegation made against the Wikileaks co-founder in 2010.

Dispute over the presidency

Venezuelan National Assembly leader Juan Guaidó formally requests help from the United States Southern Command (SOUTHCOM) for "strategic and operational planning" against the government of Nicolás Maduro.

Formal request for a meeting is the closest the Guaidó camp has come to requesting US military intervention to help oust Maduro

China–United States trade war

China announces its intent to increase tariffs from 10% to 25% on $60 billion worth of imports from the United States effective June 1, 2019.

The move follows President Donald Trump's decision to hike tariffs on $200 billion in Chinese goods.

Iran–United Kingdom relations

An Iranian woman is sentenced to 10 years in prison for suspected spying for the United Kingdom. A judiciary spokesman alleged that she was recruited by the British Council's Iran desk.

Sightseeing planes

Four people are killed when two sightseeing planes, with a total of 14 Royal Princess ship tourists, collide near Ketchikan, Alaska. Multiple people were rescued though two others are missing.

The Coast Guard said four people were killed when the floatplanes carrying cruise ship tourists collided

Gulf of Oman incident

The United States Maritime Administration (MARAD) issues a new alert to all ships passing Fujairah, off the coast of the United Arab Emirates on the Gulf of Oman over "acts of sabotage" amid heightened regional tensions between the United States and Iran.

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The Latest on alleged sabotage of ships off the coast of the United Arab Emirates (all times local): 7:30 a.m. Saudi Arabia's energy minister says...