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2019 Guatemalan general election

The Constitutional Court ruled that former Attorney General Thelma Aldana can not participate as a presidential candidate and leaves her out of the elections. Aldana was one of the favorites to succeed the current President Jimmy Morales.

Presidency of Jair Bolsonaro

President Bolsonaro expresses support for comedian Danilo Gentili who was sentenced to six months in prison for a sexually graphic rant against a congresswoman, saying that she was a transexual or a prostitute.

Presidency of Jair Bolsonaro

Hundreds of thousands of students, schoolteachers, and university professors hold demonstrations across Brazil's biggest cities in opposition to large cuts in the education budget. From Dallas, Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro calls demonstrators "stupid."

2019 Andorran parliamentary election

Xavier Espot Zamora is elected the new Prime Minister by the General Council, succeeding Antoni Martí.


Fijian Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama asks developed nations, especially the United States, to help fight climate change to "prevent the current crisis from escalating into total chaos."

Larger economies must increase climate finance for small developing countries in the fight against climate change, Fiji's prime minister says.

Abortion in the United States by state

The Governor of Alabama Kay Ivey signs the Human Life Protection Act into law, effective six months after signing, bans all abortions in the state of Alabama, except when "abortion is necessary in order to prevent a serious health risk" to the woman according to the bill's text. The law reclassifies abortion as a Class A felony and attempted abortion as a Class C felony.

The new law is the most restrictive anti-abortion measure passed in the United States since Roe v. Wade was decided in 1973

San Francisco

San Francisco becomes the first U.S. city to ban the use of facial recognition systems by law enforcement.

The city voted against the emerging technology amid fears of invasion of privacy and unreliability.

Christchurch Call summit

Representatives from 17 world governments and various U.S. technology companies meet in Paris to support a set of anti-terrorism guidelines called the "Christchurch Call to Action" drafted by the governments of France and New Zealand. The White House expressed support for the "overall goals reflected" in this pledge, but refused to back it, citing freedom of speech concerns.

Jacinda Ardern's 'Christchurch Call' has been signed by world leaders and tech companies in Paris.

Germany–Iraq relations

Germany and the Netherlands suspend military training mission in Iraq citing escalating tensions in the region with Iran.

Germany's Bundeswehr has halted its military training exercises in Iraq amid heightened tensions in the region. The US has put troops on high alert and removed nonemergency diplomatic staff from Baghdad and Erbil.

Iraq–United States relations

The United States Department of State orders all non-emergency, non-essential government employees at the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad and Erbil consulate office to leave Iraq amid heightened tensions in the Persian Gulf between the United States and Iran.

Washington ordered the departure of non-emergency government employees from Iraq...

Pacific Islands Forum

United Nations Secretary General António Guterres says Pacific island nations are "running out of time" in regards to climate change and global warming effects.

Pacific Island leaders have asked the UN Secretary General to tell the world their region is running out of time. At a meeting with António Guterres in Fiji on Wednesday,...

Hudson River

A helicopter with only the pilot onboard crashes into the Hudson River shortly after taking off from the West 30th Street Heliport in New York City injuring the pilot and the dockworker on the ground.

A helicopter went into the water of the Hudson River around 1:20 p.m. on Wednesday, near 30th Street helipad.

The Jeremy Kyle Show

"The Jeremy Kyle Show", one of the United Kingdom's most watched reality television programmes, is cancelled by ITV Studios following the suicide of a male guest shortly after taking part in the programme. The show has long been criticised for its style, with many describing it as poverty porn.

The programme has been permanently cancelled after the death of a guest who took part in the show.


Militants kill at least 17 Niger Armed Forces troops in an ambush near the Malian border. Another 11 soldiers are missing; six others have been evacuated to a hospital. No group has claimed responsibility.

The attack happened near the village of Tongo Tongo where four US troops were killed in 2017.