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2019 South African general election

Voters in South Africa go to the polls to elect new members of the National Assembly and provincial legislatures.

Many question whether the president can outflank party rivals and root out the corruption that has come to define the party of Nelson Mandela, the African National Congress.

Special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation

The United States House Committee on the Judiciary votes to hold United States Attorney General William Barr in contempt of Congress after he failed to comply with a subpoena ordering him to provide them with the full, unredacted version of the Mueller Report last week. The full House will vote on the measure in the near future.

The House Judiciary Committee voted to hold Attorney General William P. Barr in contempt after President Trump asserted executive privilege over the full Mueller report.

Los Angeles

Girard Damien Saenz, 57, is arrested in Los Angeles on suspicion of unlawful transportation, and of selling an assault weapon, during an ATF raid on a Bel Air mansion owned by Cynthia Beck, mother of Gordon P. Getty's three youngest children. Authorities seize more than 1,000 weapons from the premises during the raid. He is released the following day on $50,000 bail.

More than 1,000 guns were seized after federal agents searched a home in Holmby Hills, authorities said. Officials had received information that a person was illegally manufacturing and selling guns there.

Asia Bibi blasphemy case

Asia Bibi, a Christian woman acquitted of blasphemy after spending eight years on death row, has left Pakistan for Canada to be reunited with her daughters.

Belizean–Guatemalan territorial dispute

In a referendum, 55.37% of the Belizean population voted in favor of allowing the International Court of Justice to adjudicate Belize's border dispute with its neighbor Guatemala.

Belizeans have voted to ask the United Nations world court to decide Guatemala&#...

Brazil–United States relations

U.S. President Donald Trump notifies the Congress that he will designate Brazil as a Major non-NATO ally in light of recent commitments to increase defense cooperation between both countries.

TO THE CONGRESS OF THE UNITED STATES: In accordance with section 517 of the Foreign Assistance Act of 1961, as amended (22 U.S.C. 2321k), I am providing notice of my intent to designate Brazil as a Major Non-NATO Ally. I am making this designation in recognition of the Government of Brazil’s recent commitments to increase defense cooperation with …

Cross-Strait relations

Taiwan passes a law under which spies from China would be subject to life imprisonment or even the death penalty.

TAIPEI (Kyodo) -- Chinese spies will be subject to Taiwan's newly amended law under which they could face the death penalty, local media reported on W

Nuclear program of Iran

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani sends letters to the P5+1 leaders of the United Kingdom, China, Russia, Germany, France and the European Union announcing the country's partial withdrawal from the 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action agreement. Furthermore, Iran announces that it will stop exporting uranium and heavy water from its nuclear program.

Regime outlines 2 immediate steps, says others will follow if other nations fail to draw up new "Win-Win" terms and conditions for the pact Trump abandoned

Prince Harry

Prince Harry and Meghan, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, name their son Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor.

Prince Harry and Meghan, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, have named their first child Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor

Syrian Civil War

Syrian government forces capture the town of Kafr Nabudah in an ongoing offensive, marking the first major territorial change between government and rebel forces since the start of the demilitarization agreement last year.

War in Afghanistan (2001–present)

Nine people were killed after the Taliban launches an attack on the Kabul offices of international non-governmental organization Counterpart International.

Humanitarian groups reel as Taliban attacks Counterpart International for 'promoting western culture', killing nine.

2019 Lahore bombing

A blast near the 11th-century Data Darbar Sufi shrine in Lahore, Pakistan, kills at least eleven people, half of them police officers.

Explosion reportedly targeted van carrying elite police officers as hundreds of pilgrims gathered at 11th century site