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2019 Guatemalan general election

The Attorney General and the International Commission against Impunity in Guatemala (CICIG) present a new case of corruption involving the current Economy Minister Acisclo Valladares Urruela, the presidential candidate Estuardo Galdámez of the ruling party National Convergence Front and seven deputies. They also request the revocation of the immunity of these politicians to proceed with their arrest. Galdámez is the sixth presidential candidate who has a process for possible acts of corruption.

2019 Turkish local elections

After a narrow victory of Turkey's main opposition party CHP against Recep Tayyip Erdoğan's AKP in Istanbul's mayoral election last month, Turkey’s Supreme Electoral Council annulled the results and ordered a rerun of the election for the mayor of Istanbul.

The electoral authorities’ decision annuls a devastating defeat for President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his party, and raises the prospect of social unrest.

China–United States trade war

Chinese stocks are down, falling more than 5 percent as of midday, following U.S. President Donald Trump's threats to raise tariffs against Chinese-made goods on Sunday. The current negotiations for a new deal between the two countries, originally planned for Wednesday, are now in question. U.S. stock futures fell sharply as well.

Mr Trump's vow to hike tariffs raises pressure on China ahead of trade talks due to resume this week.

Global Assessment Report on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services

The United Nations Global Assessment Report on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services reports that, due to human activity, the Earth's biodiversity has suffered a catastrophic decline that is unprecedented in human history.

"Protecting biodiversity amounts to protecting humanity," says UNESCO Director-General Audrey Azoulay, who warns that species are being lost at an alarming rate.


A fuel tanker lorry overturns and explodes near the airport in Niamey, Niger, killing at least 58 people.

People had gathered to collect fuel from the overturned lorry near the capital, Niamey.

Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor

The first child of Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, is born; the boy is seventh in line to the British throne.

The newborn, the first interracial baby in the monarchy’s recent history, is seventh in line to the British throne behind his father, Prince Harry.

Syrian Civil War

The Syrian Arab Army launches a ground offensive against HTS and NFL-held areas in northern Hama and southern Idlib, after six days of intensive airstrikes on the region.

Syrian rebels backed by Turkey said on Monday that Moscow and its Syrian governm...