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Interstellar Technologies

Interstellar Technologies successfully launches unmanned rocket MOMO-3 from its launch facility in Taiki, Hokkaido, becoming the first commercially developed Japanese rocket to reach the Kármán line.

An aerospace startup in Japan has successfully launched a rocket into space. It's the first privately developed Japanese spacecraft to reach orbit.

2019 North Indian Ocean cyclone season

Cyclone Fani starts affecting Bangladesh, where over a million people have been evacuated from the storm's path. Authorities say the cyclone has killed at least five people in Bangladesh and damaged over a thousand homes. At least twelve people have been killed in total by the cyclone.


Vajiralongkorn, King of Thailand since 2016, is officially crowned sovereign. His wife Suthida Tidjai, who he had married only three days prior, is declared Queen consort.

Turkish soldiers

Four Turkish soldiers were killed in an attack on their base in Iraq by Kurdish forces. Twenty PKK members were also killed in the attack.

Four Turkish soldiers and 20 armed assailants were killed on Friday in clashes b...

Gaza–Israel clashes (May 2019)

The Israeli Air Force carries out dozens of airstrikes on the Gaza Strip in response to a barrage of rockets fired by Hamas militants. The Turkish state-owned Anadolu Agency's media office in Gaza was among those hit by Israeli missiles, prompting outrage from Turkish officials.

Israeli forces have hit Turkey's state-run news agency in the Palestinian enclave Gaza. The attack is likely to increase tensions between Israel and Turkey.

North Korea and weapons of mass destruction

North Korea fires several short-range projectiles from the east coast city of Wonsan.

North Korea fires at least one short-range missile from the east coast city of Wonsan towards the east, with South Korean and US authorities analysing details of the missile.

Libyan Civil War

An attack on forces loyal to Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar in Sabha, Libya, kills at least nine people. ISIL claims responsibility.

Rest of World News: TRIPOLI: At least nine people were killed Saturday in an attack claimed by the Islamic State group targeting forces loyal to strongman Khalifa Haftar .