28th September, 2020
DISMISSED: US President Donald Trump, a New York Times report that he paid no federal income taxes in 10 of the past 15 years - and just $US750 in 2016, as "fake news" saying he pays a lot in state income taxes.
KILLED: According to reports, at least 23 military personnel and civilians - and 100 injured - in clashes between Armenia and Azerbaijan in the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region, internationally recognised as part of Azerbaijan but controlled by ethnic Armenians.
ARRESTED: Hundreds more people in Minsk, Belarus, where a reported 100,000 people took to the streets as protests over the disputed August election results passed 50 consecutive days.

 

25th September, 2020
CLAIMED: By South Korea's defence ministry, that a South Korean official has been shot dead and his body burned by North Korean troops - an act it has described as "brutal".
SEIZED: Following a court order in Russia, the apartment of opposition leader Alexei Navalny, who was recentlty discharged from a Berlin hospital after being treated for Novichok nerve agent poisoning, and his bank accounts frozen, according to his spokesperson.
DIED: Former Australian cricketer Dean Jones, at the age of 59, of a heart-attack while in Mumbai, India.

 

24th September, 2020
PROTESTS: In the US, after a Kentucky grand jury brought no charges against Louisville police for the fatal shooting of Black woman Breonna Taylor during a drug raid gone wrong; one officer was charged with "wanton endangerment" for firing into a neighbour's apartment during the raid.
SWORN IN: Alexander Lukashenko, for a new term as president, in a surprise inauguration; it comes despite six weeks of mass protests against the official results of the 9th August election.
UNVEILED: Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, an "ambitious" expansive legislative agenda to help the country recover from the coronavirus pandemic.

 

23rd September, 2020
ANNOUNCED: China, that its greenhouse gas emissions will peak in the next decade with a new long-term goal of carbon neutrality by 2060.
ELECTED: Former rebel military commander Ishmael Toroama as President of Bougainville, an autonomous region in the South Pacific; he is set to lead talks seeking independence from Papua New Guinea.
ANNOUNCED: By the Australian Government, a $A3.5 billion upgrade to the National Broadband Network which will be completed by 2023.

 

22nd September, 2020
PASSING: The US, the grim milestone of 200,000 deaths as a result of a coronavirus pandemic; meanwhile the UK is considering a second national lockdown amid an accelerating coronavirus outbreak.
RULED: An Israeli court, that former Australian school principal Malka Leifer should be extradited to Australia to face sexual abuse charges.
DEMANDED: By Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny, the return of the clothes he was wearing when he fell into a coma last month (which Berlin has said was the result of Novichok poisoning), accusing Russia of withholding evidence.

 

21st September, 2020
LEAKED: More than 2,500 US Treasury documents - known as the 'FinCEN Files' - showing the world's banks alerted watchdogs to about $US2 trillion worth of suspicious transactions between 1999 and 2017.
PROTESTS: Involving thousands of people in the Thai capital of Bangkok, demanding the resignation of Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha, Parliament to be dissolved and reforms to the monarchy.
COMMEMORATED: Those who died 80 years ago in the Battle of Britain during World War II with a special service at Westminster Abbey in London.
EXHUMED: Some 27 sarcophagi, buried more than 2,500 years ago, from a newly-discovered well at Saqqara, south of Cairo, in Egypt.

 

18th September, 2020
NAMED: Mohamed Hussein Roble as the new Prime Minister of Somalia by President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed; he replaces Hassan Ali Khaire, who was sacked in July after a power struggle with the President.
STARTED:
 Barbados, the process of becoming a republic and replacing Queen Elizabeth II as the country's head-of-state.
DETECTED: The nerve agent Novichok on a hotel room water bottle where poisoned Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny stayed in the Siberian city of Tomsk, suggesting he was poisoned there and not at the city's airport as first thought, according to Navalny's aides.

 

17th September, 2020
ELECTED: Yoshihide Suga, as Japan's new Prime Minister for eight years, by the country's lower house of parliament; it follows the resignation of his predecessor Shinzo Abe due to ill-health.
ACCUSED:
Venezuelan security forces and allies groups, of human rights violations including killings and torture, amounting to crimes against humanity, by UN investigators following a fact-finding mission.
CONVICTED: In France, Lamine Diack, the former president of the International Association of Athletics Federations, of running a clique that covered up Russian doping in return for bribes worth millions of dollars; he was sentenced to at least two years in jail.
FLOODING: In the south-east US as a result of Hurricane Sally which made landfall on Wednesday in Alabama.

 

16th September, 2020
HELD: At the White House, a ceremony to mark the normalisation of relations between Israel and Gulf states, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain; US President Donald Trump hailed the event as the "dawn of a new Middle East".
SETTLED: A wrongful death lawsuit in  the US with the family of Black woman Breonna Taylor who was shot to death by police during a raid on her apartment in March in Louisville., Kentucky, to receive $US12 million; the settlement will be accompanied by police reforms.
CHARGED: With negligent homicide, Rafael Vasquez, aged 46, who was the back-up safety driver behind the wheel of a self-driving Uber Technologies' test vehicle that struck and killed a woman in Tempe, Arizona, in 2018; Vasquez has pleaded not guilty.

 

15th September, 2020
GIVEN: Russian President Vladimir Putin - a $US1.5 billion loan to Belarus in a gesture of support for its leader Alexander Lukashenko; it comes as mass protests continue with 100,000 demonstrating in Minsk on Sunday.
CALLED: Germany and France on Russia to investigate the poisoning of Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny after laboratories in France and Sweden independently confirmed that he was poisoned with nerve agent Novichok.
FOUND: In acid clouds on Venus, a gas called phosphine that could indicate microbes living in the atmosphere by researchers observing the planet through telescopes.

 

14th September, 2020
KILLED: At least 33 people in wildfires on the west coast of the US in the past week with further people still missing.
RESUMED: The Oxford University/AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine trial after it suspended trials last week after a side-effect was reported in the UK trials. 
KILLED: Rieli Franciscato, a top expert on isolated Amazon tribes in Brazil, by an arrow fired as he approached an Indigenous group in the west state of Rondonia, according to reports.

 

11th September, 2020
"SUBSTANTIALLY DESTROYED": Several small towns in the US state of Oregon after wildfires swept through; Governor Kate Brown said the state could see the greatest loss of life and property from wildfires in its history.
ABLAZE: Parts of Beirut's port again after another fire broke out causing some residents to flee; it comes after a massive 4th August explosion in which about 190 people were killed and thousands injured. 
RESIGNING: Mining company Rio Tinto's CEO Jean-Sebastien Jacques, "by mutual agreement" along with some other executives; it comes after the destruction of Aboriginal heritage sites by the company.

 

10th September, 2020
DESTROYED: By fire, the main camp for migrants on the Greek Island of Lesbos, leaving 13,000 in desperate need for shelter.
ACCUSED: Australia, of "blatant irrational behaviour" by China's Foreign Ministry amid allegations Australian national security agencies had "raided" the homes of four Chinese state media reporters in June; the claims comes after two Australian journalists were repatriated from China this week after concerns about their security.
NOMINATED: US President Donald Trump for the Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts in bringing peace to the Middle East, by anti-immigrant Norwegian legislator Christian Tybring-Gjedde.

 

9th September, 2020
TIGHTENING: Coronavirus restrictions in England - including a ban on gatherings of more than six - after a spike in COVID-19 infections.
TESTIFIED: Two soldiers who deserted from Myanmar’s army on video that they were instructed by commanding officers to “shoot all that you see and that you hear” in villages where minority Rohingya Muslims lived, according to human rights group Fortify Rights.
PAUSED: The AstraZeneca/Oxford University coronavirus vaccine trial after a participant had an adverse reaction in the UK.

 

8th September, 2020
DEMANDED: By the EU, the release of all political prisoners being held in detention in Belarus; it comes as authorities make mass arrests of people protesting against Alexander Lukashenko's regime and key opposition figure Maria Kolesnikova goes missing.
RECALLED: From China back to Australia, two journalists amid concerns over security after they were questioned by members of China's Ministry of State Security.
REJECTED: In a UK court, a bid to further delay a hearing - already paused for months due to the coronavirus pandemic - considering whether WikiLeaks' founder Julian Assange can be extradited to the US who accuse him of conspiring to hack government computers and of violating an espionage law.

 

7th September, 2020
KILLED: At least 24 people after a gas leak lead to a series of explosion in a mosque in Dhaka, Bangladesh; at least 37 people were injured in the blast.
ARRESTED: More than 100 people in Minsk, Belarus, as thousands attended protests against President Alexander Lukashenko for the fourth weekend in a row.
DISQUALIFIED: World number one tennis player Novak Djokovic from the US Open after a line judge was accidentally struck by a ball he hit in frustration; Djokovic immediately expressed concern and has apologised to the injured woman.

 

4th September, 2020
MISSING: More than 40 crew after a ship carrying almost 6,000 cattle en-route from New Zealand to China capsized in the East China Sea.
DETECTED: By rescue workers in Beirut, Lebanon, signs of life in rubble a month after an explosion in the city's port killed some 190 people and injured thousands.
FOUND: A massive online library of terror group Islamic State propaganda by UK-based researchers.

 

3rd September, 2020
CONCLUDED: That Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny was "without doubt" poisoned by Novichok nerve agent, according to the German Government.
SANCTIONED: International Criminal Court staff - including chief prosecutor Fatou Bensouda - by the US after accusations by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo that the court was making "illegitimate attempts to subject Americans to its jurisdiction". The ICC is currently investigating whether US forces committed war crimes in Afghanistan.
DETECTED: Gravitational waves from a collision of two black holes, the largest collision ever detected.

 

2nd September, 2020
VISITED: US President Donald Trump, the US city of Kenosha, Wisconsin, where there have been riots following the police shooting of Black man Jacob Blake on 23rd August.
REPUBLISHED: French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, caricatures of the Islamic prophet Mohammed, which sparked outrage among Muslims around the world in 2006. It comes as a trial starts involving alleged accomplices involved in an attack against the magazine's offices in Paris in 2015 in which 12 people were killed.
DIED: Notorious Khmer Rouge commander, Comrade Duch - who was convicted of war crimes, at the age of 77.

 

1st September, 2020
TOPPED: More than six million coronavirus cases in the US, a figure which accounts for almost a quarter of the world's known cases.
DETAINED: In China, Cheng Lei, an Australian citizen and anchor of Chinese broadcaster CGTN, two weeks ago, according to Australia's foreign ministry.
DIED: Former Indian President Pranab Mukherjee, at age 84 due to a lung infection; his death comes weeks after he was diagnosed with COVID‑19.

 

31st August, 2020
SHOT DEAD: A man in the US city of Portland on Saturday as pro-Trump supporters clashed with Black Lives Matter protestors.
RIOTS: In the southern Swedish city of Malmo on Saturday after far-right activists burnt a copy of the Quran.
DIED: US actor Chadwick Boseman - celebrated for his role as Marvel's Black Panther - at the age of 43 after a battle with cancer.

 

28th August, 2020
KILLED: At least four people as Hurricane Laura destroyed buildings and flipped trucks in the south-west of the US state of Louisiana.
ORDERED: The mandatory wearing of facemasks across Paris, France, in response to a surging number of coronavirus infections.
WILLING: Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison, to consider repatriating convicted Christchurch terrorist Brenton Harrison Tarrant, to serve his sentence, life without parole, in his home country of Australia.

 

27th August, 2020
SHOT DEAD: Two people in the US town of Kenosha, Wisconsin, after another night of protests following the police shooting of Black man Jacob Blake on Sunday; a teenager has been charged with homicide in relation to the two deaths.
ARRESTED: In Hong Kong, 16 people including two opposition politicians on charges in relation to anti-government protests last year.
GRANTING: Iran, access to International Atomic Energy Agency inspectors to two suspected former nuclear sites.

 

26th August, 2020
DECLARED: Free of wild polio, the continent of Africa, by the Africa Regional Certification Commission.
DISMISSED: By the Kremlin, accusations that President Vladimir Putin had sanctioned the poisoning of critic Alexei Navalny. Doctors in Germany, where Navalny is in hospital, have said it was probable that Navalny had been poisoned.
CONFIRMED: By Jamaica's health ministry, that champion sprinter Usain Bolt has tested positive to COVID-19.

 

25th August, 2020
FIRST: Confirmed case, in Hong Kong, of a man catching COVID-19 for the second time; researchers say it is the first documented case of reinfection.
BOMBINGS: In Jolo, in the southern Philippines, killing at least 14 people, on Monday.
TRAPPED: Scores of people after the collapse of a five storey apartment building in the western Indian town of Mahad.

 

24th August, 2020
PROTESTING: Tens of thousands of people who once again hit the streets of Minsk, capital of Belarus, on Sunday, calling for the removal of President Alexander Lukashenko who claimed victory in a election two weeks ago.
EVACUATIONS: Across the Caribbean and southern US as Hurricane Marco and Tropical Storm Laura brought high winds and rough seas on the weekend.
KILLED: At least 13 people in a crush which occurred when police in Lima, Peru, raided a nightclub they said was violating coronavirus restrictions

 

21st August, 2020
IN A COMA: Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny, who is in the intensive care unit of a Siberian hospital after he started feeling ill on a plane; his spokesperson said it is suspected some tea he drank was poisoned; a Kremlin spokesman said such claims still needed to be proved by lab tests.
CHARGED: Steve Bannon, former chief strategist for US President Donald Trump, with fraud offences relating to a fundraising campaign in support of the building of the US-Mexican border wall; Bannon has pleaded not guilty.
ABLAZE: Large tracts of northern California with tens of thousands evacuated, after lightning strikes sparked more than 360 fires.

 

20th August, 2020
ORDERED: A clampdown on unrest in Belarus' capital of Minsk, President Alexander Lukashenko, after 10 days of street protests and strikes triggered by a disputed election.
RULED: A New Zealand court, that the first nine days of a hard lockdown put in place by the government earlier this year requiring people to isolate at home was justified, but unlawful.
PLEADED: Guilty, former FBI lawyer Kevin Clinesmith to falsifying a document as part of the bureau's early-stage probe into whether President Donald Trump's 2016 campaign colluded with the Russian Government.

 

19th August, 2020
DETAINED: Mali's President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita and top government officials including Prime Minister Boubou Cisse by mutinous soldiers in the capital Bamako in what some see as a coup attempt.
RULED: A UN-back tribunal, convicting one member of the Hezbollah militant group and acquitting three others over the 2005 assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri.
SUSPENDED: By US Postmaster-General Louis DeJoy, all changes to mail services until after the November US presidential election; it comes after an outcry from critics including Democrats that the changes would favour US President Donald Trump in the election.

 

18th August, 2020
URGED: The FBI, to open an inquiry into allegations US Postmaster General Louis DeJoy has slowed mail delivery in an attempt to influence the outcome of the upcoming US presidential election, by Democratic Congressmen Ted Lieu and Hakeem Jeffries.
URGED: The Afghan Government - by nations including Australia and France - not to free all of a final batch of prisoners demanded by Taliban militants as a pre-cursor to peace talks.
CONFIRMED: Spain's ex-king, Juan Carlos, is in the United Arab Emirates; the news comes after the former king - whose finances are under scrutiny in a corruption probe - announced on 3rd August that he was leaving Spain.

 

17th August, 2020
PROTEST: In Thailand's capital of Bangkok - the biggest in years, calling for reforms to the monarchy and demonstrating against the arrest of student leaders; Royalists have held counter demonstrations.
ATTACKED: A seaside hotel in Somalia by Islamic militant group Al-Shabaab, with 15 dead and 20 more injured.
DIED: Robert Trump, younger brother of US President Donald Trump, at the age of 71; in announcing his death, the President described his brother as his "best friend".

 

14th August, 2020
AGREED: A deal brokered by the Trump administration which normalises diplomatic relations between Israel and the United Arab Emirates in which Israel has agreed to suspend annexation of the West Bank.
FLOODS: In Bangladesh, with a third of the nation underwater and more than 160 people killed.
PROTESTS: Continuing in Belarus after Sunday's disputed election in which officials said President Alexander Lukashenko won a sixth term.

 

13th August, 2020
SEIZED: The key port town of Mocimboa da Praia in Mozambique by militants linked to the so-called Islamic State, the latest in a string of towns taken by militants in recent months.
DERAILED: A passenger train on Scotland's east coast, killing three including the driver, and injuring six.
DISCOVERED: A new species of dinosaur, related to the Tyrannosaurus rex, on a beach on the Isle of Wight in the UK.

 

12th August, 2020
FLED: Belarus to Lithuania, opposition candidate Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya after she refused to recognise Sunday's official election result which saw President Alexander Lukashenko win a sixth term - according to reports; her flight comes amid a massive police crackdown on protests in Belarus.
CHOSEN: Kamala Harris, as the running mate for US Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden.
OFFERED: Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte, to personally participate in trials of a new coronavirus vaccine granted approved in Russia this week.

 

10th August, 2020
CO-SIGNED: A joint letter - Australia, New Zealand, Canada, the UK and the US - calling for Legislative Council elections, which were scheduled to be held in September, to go ahead and for disqualified candidates to be reinstated.
KILLED: Eight people - including six French aid workers - in an attack by gunmen in Niger's Koure region.
RELEASING: The Afghan Government, some 400 Taliban prisoners, in a bid to restart peace talks.

 

7th August, 2020
DECLARED: Victory in the Sri Lankan parliamentary election, President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, with brother Mahinda Rajapaksal, caretaker Prime Minister since November, expected to be installed in that role.
SUEING: For the National Rifle Association to be dissolved in the US; New York state Attorney-General Letitia James over allegations concerning mis-spending. 
APOLOGISED: An Austrian tourist who accidentally snapped off part of the foot of a 19th-century sculpture by Antonio Canova in the Gypsotheca Antonio Canova museum in the northern village of Possagno.

 

6th August, 2020
RULED: The Supreme Court in Brazil, that President Jair Bolsonaro’s government must adopt measures to stop the spread of COVID-19 among the country’s Indigenous communities.
RELEASED: After 27 years in a Chinese prison, Zhang Yuhan, after he was acquitted of murder of two young boys in 1993; Zhang maintains he was tortured to confess to the murders.
REMOVED: From Facebook, another post from the page of US President Donald Trump, saying it contained false information; the post contained a clip of an interview the President gave to Fox News in which he said children were "almost immune" to COVID-19.

 

5th August, 2020
TALKS: Between a World Health Organization team sent to China for preliminary investigations into the origins of the coronavirus and scientists in Wuhan.
ORDERED: By Colombia's Supreme Court, the detention of former president Álvaro Uribe amid an investigation into allegations of witness tampering and fraud in relation to crimes committed during the nation’s 52-year civil war.
FLYING INTO SPACE: Billionaire Sir Richard Branson on a Virgin Galactic rocket ship early next year if two test flights go to plan, according to space tourism company Virgin Galactic Holdings Inc.

 

4th August, 2020
AIRSTRIKES: Launched from Israel into southern Syria targeting Syrian army sites after, according to Israeli military, suspected militants attempted to enter Israel to plant explosives.
WARNED: Against reopening schools in coronavirus hotspots in the US, top infectious diseases expert Dr Anthony Fauci. He said that while returning to school is the "default", there may be some areas where it would not be prudent to do so.
GOING INTO EXILE: Spain's former King Juan Carlos I after corruption allegations relating to a high-speed rail contract in Saudi Arabia have surfaced in recent weeks - the former king made the announcement in a letter but did not say to which country he was going.

 

3rd August, 2020
BANNING?: TikTok in the US with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo saying US President Donald Trump will be taking action against Chinese-owned software that he believes pose a national security risk; his comments come after Trump said he would be banning TikTok.
SEIZED: In Papua New Guinea, more than 500 kilograms of cocaine destined for Australia, from a plane which had crashed as it tried to take off.
RETURNED: US astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley from the International Space Station after 64 days in the first crewed US water landing in 45 years. They returned on SpaceX's new Crew Dragon, the first commerical crewed mission to the ISS.

 

31st July, 2020
LAUNCHED: A NASA mission to carry the Perseverance rover to Mars with objectives including testing out equipment for future human missions and searching for traces of past Martian life.
BARRED: In Hong Kong, 12 pro-democracy candidates from standing in upcoming Legislative Council elections by authorities.
SENTENCED: To 11 years jail, a Ugandan poacher who admitted killing beloved mountain gorilla Rafiki in the Bwindi Impenetrable National Park earlier this year.

 

30th July, 2020
ARRESTED: Three men and one woman, aged 19 to 21 and all believed to be students, on charges of suspicion of inciting secession under Hong Kong's new national security law.
SHOT DEAD: Muslim man Tahir Shamim Ahmad on trial for blasphemy in a Pakistani court; the attacker was subsequently arrested.
CELEBRATING: Forty years of independence, the Pacific island nation of Vanuatu.
SOLVED: The mystery of where the monoliths that make up the ancient monument Stonehenge come from - a site called West Woods about 25 kilometres away.

 

29th July, 2020
INTRODUCED: Tough new measures in Hong Kong to counter coronavirus as leader Carrie Lam warns the city is on the brink of a large-scale outbreak.
FOUND: Guilty, of corruption in relation to a scandal involving the 1MDB investment fund, former Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak; he has been sentenced to 12 years jail and a $US49 million fine.
DISCOVERED: The site where Tree Roots, the painting many believe was Van Gogh's last masterpiece, was created - near the French village of Auvers-sur-Oise.

 

28th July, 2020
OUSTED: Somalia's Prime Minister Hassan Ali Khayre following a vote of no confidence in the nation's parliament; Mahdi Mohamed Guled has been appointed caretaker PM.
TESTED: Positive to coronavirus, US national security adviser Robert O'Brien; the White House has said there was no risk of exposure to US President Donald Trump.
RIOTS: In four of the largest prisons in Bolivia over claims of a lack of information about the deaths of inmates from coronavirus.

 

27th July, 2020
VACATED: Staff from the US consulate in Chengdu, China, following orders from the Chinese Government to close the premises; the move came after the US last week ordered the closure of China's Houston consulate over allegations China was stealing intellectual property, a charge it denies.
LAUNCHED: In South Africa, a probe into allegations of corruption around its coronavirus relief package.
DIED: Gone With The Wind star Olivia de Havilland at the age of 104; Regis Philbin, US talk show host, at the age of 88.

 

24th July, 2020
CANCELLED: US President Donald Trump, the Republican Party convention in Florida, as COVID-19 cases in the US pass four million.
CLASHES: Between police and protestors in the US city of Portland with Mayor Ted Wheeler among those tear-gassed by authorities.
LAUNCHED: A class action in Australia over the Ruby Princess COVID-19 breakout.

 

23rd July, 2020
ORDERED: By the US Government, the shut down of the Chinese consultate in the US city of Houston; China has condemned the move.
KILLED: Four aid workers and a security guard by Islamic extremists in north-east Nigeria, according to video seen by Reuters.
SEEN: Prince Philip in a rare public appearance by the 99-year-old royal at Windsor Castle.

 

22nd July, 2020
CONCLUDED: That the UK Government "badly underestimated" the Russian threat to the nation and the response it needed and that it failed to investigate where there was interference with the 2016 Brexit referendum, a UK parliamentary committee inquiry; Russian described the report as "Russiaphobia".
DISMISSED: New Zealand Immigration Minister Iain Lees-Galloway by Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern after allegations that he had an inappropriate relationship with a former staffer.
ENDED: A siege in Ukraine, in which 13 people were taken hostage on a bus, after President Volodymyr Zelenskiy spoke with the hostage-taker on the phone and agreed to endorse a 2005 animal rights documentary.

 

21st July, 2020
SUSPENDED: The UK, its extradition treaty with Hong Kong, following the introduction of a new national security law in the former colony, prompting a sharp response from China.
THREATENED: US President Donald Trump, to send more federal law enforcement officers to major US cities to quell ongoing protests.
FEARS: That polar bears could be extinct by the end of the century unless more is done to address climate change, according to a new study.

 

20th July, 2020
SUSPECTED: Arson as the cause of a fire at the 15th-century St Peter and St Paul Cathedral in French city of Nantes.
VOTING: In Syria, in the third parliamentary elections since the civil war began in March, 2011.
LAUNCHED: The 'Hope' probe to Mars in the first inter-planetary mission from an Arab nation, the United Arab Emirates, from a spaceport in Japan.

 

17th July, 2020
WARNED: The UN, that there could be an oil spill four times the size of 1989 Exxon Valdez disaster off Alaska if action is not taken immediately to address a deteriorating oil tanker, containing some 11 million barrels of oil, stranded off the coast of Yemen.
FLOODING: In central and eastern China, where at least 140 people have died, with several dams burst and 33 rivers at record highs.
TAKEN: The closest ever pictures of the Sun by a solar probe built by the European Space Agency and NASA.

 

16th July, 2020
HACKED: High profile Twitter accounts - including that of Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos, Bill Gates, Barack Obama, Joe Biden and Kanye West - in an apparent Bitcoin scam.
FLOODS: In South Sulawesi, Indonesia, killing at least 21 and forcing thousands to evacuate.
REMOVED: Graffiti from a London Underground train which happened to be the work of Banksy. The BBC reports that it was removed unknowingly by cleaners.

 

15th July, 2020
BANNED: The use of Huawei 5G equipment in the UK in a move which the UK Government says will delay the country's 5G roll-out by a year.
EXECUTED:
Convicted murderer Daniel Lewis Lee in Indiana in what was the first US federal execution in 17 years.
DENIED: Bail, Jeffrey Epstein's former girlfriend Ghislaine Maxwell, after she pleaded not guilty to allegations that she had recruited girls for the now deceased financier to sexually abuse.

 

14th July, 2020
DECLARED:
The US, that "most" of China's maritime claims in the South China Sea are "completely unlawful".
QUIT: New Zealand's Opposition Leader, Todd Muller, after just weeks in the job and months away from a general election, saying the role had taken a "heavy toll" on him.
RELEASED: Letters exchanged between Buckingham Palace and then-Australian Governor General Sir John Kerr at the time of Prime Minister Gough Whitlam's dismissal in 1975, by the National Archives of Australia following a court battle.

 

13th July, 2020
CAST: 
Symbolic votes, more than 600,000 Hong Kongers, in protest against the national security laws imposed by China.
BLAMED: The January crash of a Ukrainian airliner over Iran, killing 176 people, on a misaligned missile battery and miscommunication between Iranian soldiers and their commanders, in a report issued by Iran on 11th July.
EXPLOSION: Aboard amphibious assault vessel USS Bonhomme Richard while docked at its home port in San Diego, injuring 21 people.

 

10th July, 2020
RULED: The US Supreme Court that a New York prosecutor can obtain US President Donald Trump's tax records but not Democratic-led House of Representatives committees.
ANNOUNCED: Australia, that it will offer a path to permanent residency for thousands of Hong Kong citizens, while suspending its extradition agreement; China has announced its opposition to the moves.
FOUND: Dead, Park Won-soon, mayor of the South Korean capital of Seoul, after his daughter reported him missing.

 

9th July, 2020
DIED: Amadou Gon Coulibaly, Prime Minister of the Ivory Coast, having just returned from France where he received treatment for a heart condition.
BANNED: Students in Hong Kong from any political activity in schools; the move comes after thousands were involved in pro-democracy protests last year.
DIED: World champion snowboarder Alex 'Chumpy' Pullin while spear-fishing in Australia.

 

8th July, 2020
CONCLUDED: UN investigators, that Syrian pro-government forces and their jihadist opponents have "flagrantly violated" the laws of war during the battle for Idlib province in Syria.
KILLED: At least 21 people after a bus plunged into a reservoir in south-west China.
NOTIFIED: Authorities in the city of Bayan Nur in the Chinese region of Inner Mongolia, of an outbreak of bubonic plague with four reported cases; the WHO say the outbreak is being "well managed".

 

7th July, 2020
ISSUED: A warning from China's ambassador to the UK, Liu Xiaoming, that its offer of citizenship to up to three million Hong Kongers amounts to "gross interference".
TESTED: For coronavirus, Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro who has previously downplayed the impact of the virus.
DIED: Oscar-winning Italian composer Ennio Morricone, known for his work on soundtracks including that of Once Upon A Time in America and The Mission, at the age of 91.

 

6th July, 2020
PERMITTED: Italy, 180 migrants rescued from the Mediterranean Sea to disembark from a ship in Sicily after a stand-off that lasted more than a week.
KILLED: At least 20 people on Japan's southern island of Kyushu after torrential rain caused landslides and floods.
PULLED: From library shelves in Hong Kong, books by pro-democracy figures, according to reports.

 

3rd July, 2020
LANDSLIDE: At a jade mining site in Myanmar with at least 162 people killed and more than 50 injured.
CHARGED: In the US, Ghislaine Maxwell, former girlfriend of dead accused sex offender Jeffrey Epstein, over allegations she groomed minors for sexual abuse following an FBI investigation.
BURIED: Ethiopian singer Hachalu Hundessa, who was shot dead on Monday. His killing, a motive for which remains unclear, sparked unrest in Ethiopia's Oromia region with at least 81 people killed in clashes this week.

 

2nd July, 2020
CLEARED: By police in the US city of Seattle, an area that had been occupied by Black Lives Matter protestors following an executive order from Mayor Jenny Durkan.
RESIGNED: New Zealand Health Minister David Clark after criticism of the response to the coronavirus outbreak and his personal breaches of lockdown rules.
MYSTERY: Surrounding the deaths of hundreds of elephants in Botswana's Okavango Delta since the start of May.

 

1st July, 2020
REVEALED: The European Union, a list of 44 "safe" countries from which they will allow non-essential travel. They include Australia, Canada and South Korea but not the US or Russia.
FOUND: Guilty, former French Prime Minister Francois Fillon, of fraud. Fillon has been sentenced to five years in prison, three of which were suspended, and handed at €375,000 fine. His wife Penelope was found guilt as an accomplice.
EXPRESSED: Regret, Belgium's King Philippe, for the violence carried out by the country when it ruled Congo. Hours later a bust of King Leopold II - estimated by some to have been responsible for 10 million Congolese deaths - was removed from public display in Ghent.

 

30th June, 2020
ATTACKED: Pakistan's stock exchange in Karachi by four gunmen with several killed and others injured.
PASSED: Controverisial national security legislation in Hong Kong, according to reports, with details yet to be known.
PLEADED: Guilty, Joseph DeAngelo, known as the Golden State Killer, to 13 murders in a deal with US prosecutors under which he will be spared the death penalty.

 

29th June, 2020
ARRESTED: More than 50 people in Hong Kong after attending a "silent protest" against proposed new national security legislation.
SWORN IN: Lazarus Chakwera, as President of Malawi, after he defeated incumbent Peter Mutharika with 58.57 per cent of votes in last week's election. 
DEMANDED: India, that Pakistan extradite Sajid Mir, of the Pakistan-based Lashkar-e-Taiba group, who has been indicted over a series of attacks in Mumbai in 2008 which left 166 people dead.

 

26th June, 2020
GROUNDED: Some 150 pilots in Pakistan by the state-run airline which has accused them of cheating on exams; it comes after a crash that killed 97 people in Karachi last month has been blamed on "human error".
KILLED: More than 100 people in the northern Indian states of Bihar and Uttar Pradesh by dozens of lightning strikes, according to officials.
WON: Australia and New Zealand, hosting rights to the 2023 FIFA Women's World Cup.

 

25th June, 2020
INDICTED: On war crimes charges, the President of Kosovo, Hashim Thaci, by the Kosovo Specialist Prosecutor's Office in The Hague along with nine others with regard to their role in the country's 1998-99 independence war with Serbia.
DISMISSED: The case against former Trump national security advisor Michael Flynn, by the US Circuit Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia; the ruling comes despite Flynn's guilty plea for lying to the FBI during special counsel Robert Mueller's Russia investigation.
ATTRIBUTED: To human error, the crash of an airliner in Karachi last month in which 97 people died, according to Pakistan's aviation minister.

 

24th June, 2020
EXPELLED: From India, dozens of Pakistani diplomats amid accusations of spying and dealing with terrorists, as tensions continue between the two nations.
REINSTALLED: Speakers, by Noth Korea at the border with South Korea, prompting speculation a new propaganda battle could be about to start with South Korea's military now reportedly considering similar measures.
DISCOVERED: A wide circle of previously unknown deep pits surrounding an ancient settlement near the pre-historic monument of Stonehenge in England.

 

23rd June, 2020
BARRED: Saudi Arabia, international pilgrims from entering the country to make the Islamic pilgrimage known as the Hajj due to the coronavirus pandemic. A limited number of locals will be permitted to take part.
INVESTIGATING: Scientists, whether the dwarf planet Pluto has an ocean under its surface.
DIED: Hollywood director Joel Schumacher, known for movies such as Batman Forever and St Elmo's Fire, at the age of 80.

 

22nd June, 2020
KILLED: Three people in a stabbing rampage in the UK town of Reading in what police have deemed a terrorist attack. A single suspect has been arrested.
ERUPTING: Indonesia's most active volcano Mount Merapi on the island of Java with several villages covered in ash.
GREEN LIT: By a judge in the US, the publication of former national security advisor John Bolton's "tell all" book about the Trump administration.

 

18th June, 2020
RAISED: China's emergency warning level to "extremely grave" - its second highest level - after an outbreak of COVID-19 in Beijing with more than 130 new cases since last week.
CHARGED: Former Atlanta policeman Garrett Rolfe with offences including felony murder over the shooting death of Rayshard Brooks outside a Wendy's in the city last week.
STEPPING UP: Evariste Ndayishimiye as the new President of Burundi following the sudden death of Pierre Nkurunziza last week.

 

17th June, 2020
KILLED: At least 20 Indian soldiers in a brawl with Chinese military at the dsiputed border between the two countries, according to the Indian Army.
SIGNED: US President Donald Trump, an executive order on police reform in the US. The move follows weeks of Black Lives Matter protests.
GOING AHEAD: Without fans, tennis event the US Open, says New York's Governor Andrew Cuomo.

 

16th June, 2020
REOPENING: Borders, EU nations with France and Germany the latest to do so.
WITHDRAWN: The US Food and Drug Administration, anti-malaria drug hydroxychloroquine as a treatment for coronavirus, despite President Donald Trump's endorsement of the drug.
TO CLOSE: A maternity ward in a hospital in the Afghan capital of Kabul which has been run by Médecins Sans Frontières; it comes after 24 women, children and babies were killed in an attack by gunmen on 12th May.

 

15th June, 2020
KILLED: Dozens of soldiers and civilians in twin attacks in Nigeria - on the garrison town of Monguno and a village in Nganzai - by Islamic extremists on Saturday, according to reports. It comes days after more than 80 people were killed in an attack on the town of Gubio.
REVIEWING: The UK Government, social distancing rules as the number of coronavirus cases fall. 
CLAIMED: That the ban on protests at Olympic Games, including kneeling in support of anti-racism, is a breach of human rights, the Global Athlete group.

 

12th June, 2020
AUTHORISED: By US President Donald Trump, sanctions against International Criminal Court employees involved in an investigation into whether US forces committed war crimes in Afghanistan.
TO BE QUESTIONED: Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte by prosecutors in northern Italy after relatives of COVID-19 victims demanded an inquiry into allegations of negligence surrounding the government's response to the coronavirus crisis.
FOUND: A stolen Banksy work - a tribute to the 130 victims of the 2015 terror attacks at the Bataclan music hall in Paris - at a property in the Italian countryside.

 

11th June, 2020
RULED OUT: Renaming US military bases named after Confederate leaders - by US President Donald Trump; it comes as protestors have destroyed statues of Italian explorer and coloniser Christopher Columbus in three US cities while car racing organisation NASCAR has banned the Confederate flag.
CALLED: Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison for police to charge people attending Black Lives Matter protests in breach of coronavirus-related restrictions.
EXPECTED: Nepal's parliament, to formally approve a revised map of the country, including three areas it disputes with India; the move has also stirred tensions with China.

 

10th June, 2020
BACK-TRACKED: The Brazilian Government on its decision not to publish detailed coronavirus data following a ruling by the country's Supreme Court.
DIED: Burundi's President Pierre Nkurunziza, aged 55, has died after suffering a cardiac arrest. 
MARKING: With little public fanfare, the 99th birthday of Prince Philip, husband of Queen Elizabeth II.

 

9th June, 2020
CUTTING: 
North Korea, all communications with South Korea amid a controversy over defector groups sending leaflets into the country.
HIT BACK: Lawyers for Prince Andrew overclaims that he was not cooperating with US prosecutors investigating the late financier Jeffrey Epstein, suggesting the prosecutors were seeking publicity rather than his help.
DIED: US singer Bonnie Pointer, one of the Grammy Award-winning Pointer Sisters, at the age of 69.

 

5th June, 2020
DECLARED: A state of emergency by Russian President Vladimir Putin after an estimated 21,000 tonnes of diesel fuel spilled from a power plant storage facility in Siberia.
RETRACTED: The findings of a study which found that there was an increased risk of death for those taking anti-malaria drug hydroxychloroquine to combat coronavirus by three of its four authors; the World Health Organization said it will resume trials suspended when the study was published.
SCUFFLES: Between police and protestors at an unauthorised vigil in Hong Kong marking the anniversary of the Tiananmen Square violence in China in 1989.

 

4th June, 2020
RECESSION: In Australia, according to Treasurer John Frydenburg, after Australian Bureau of Statistics data showed the economy contracted 0.3 per cent in the three months to the end of March.
ADMITTED: Anders Tegnell, the man behind Sweden's controversial decision not to impose a strict lockdown in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, that there have been too many deaths - now at more than 4,500 - in the nation.
IDENTIFIED: A new suspect - an unnamed German man who is currently in prison - in 2007 disappearance of three-year-old Madeleine McCann, UK and German police have announced.

 

3rd June, 2020
BRACING: For the impact of Cyclone Nisarga, the city of Mumbai, on India's west coast. The storm comes just two weeks after Cyclone Amphan hit the country's east coast. 
ATTACKED: A mosque in the Afghan capital of Kabul with a bomb killing at least two people, according to reports.
TRANSFORMING: The home where Adolf Hitler was born in Braunau am Inn, Austria, into a police station with officials saying it would hopefully "neutralise" the space.

 

2nd June, 2020
DENIED: Police in Hong Kong, an application for a vigil to be held in Hong Kong to mark the anniversary of the Tiananmen Square massacre for the first time in 30 years on the basis it would violate social distancing rules.
EASED: In South Africa, a range of restrictions introduced as part of measures to combat coronavirus including the sale of alcohol.
DISPLAYS: Of fireworks seen in Japan in a move aimed at lifting the spirits of people in the coronavirus pandemic.

 

1st June, 2020
ATTACKED: A cattle market in eastern Burkina Faso by gunmen on motorbikes with reports up to 30 people have been killed.
ARRIVED: On the International Space Station, two US astronauts who took an historic journey aboard the SpaceX Dragon capsule to the ISS - the first time a privately built and owned spacecraft has done so.
SEEN: Queen Elizabeth II riding a horse in the grounds of Windsor Castle in her first public appearance since the coronavirus lockdown.

 

29th May, 2020
DEPLOYED: The National Guard to the US city of Minneapolis as rioting in response to the death of black man George Floyd while in police custody has seen clashes with police, burned buildings and looting.
CONVICTED: In Rwanda, Ladislas Ntaganzwa, of orchestrating the killing of about 20,000 people during the country's 1994 genocide.
REINTRODUCED: Tougher social distancing restrictions in Seoul, South Korea, after a rise in coronavirus infections.

 

28th May, 2020
CLASHES: Between police and protestors on the streets of the US city of Minneapolis after four officers were sacked over an incident, captured on film, in which an officer held down black man George Floyd with his knee on his neck. Floyd died in hospital shortly afterwards.
ASKED: Iranian legislators, by Hassan Rouhani to create a bill to prevent violence against women in Iran; it comes after a teenage girl was killed in an alleged so-called honour killing, sparking widespread anger.
POSTPONED: Thanks to poor weather, the launch of a SpaceX mission to carry two US astronauts to the International Space Station in the first private sector mission to the station. The launch is now scheduled for Saturday.

 

27th May, 2020
SACKED: Four Minneapolis police officers over an incident in which an officer was filmed with his knee on the neck of an unarmed black man's who subsequently died in hospital.
ACCUSED: Of "completely stifling free speech" - Twitter, by US President Donald Trump after the social media network flagged some of his tweets with a fact-check warning.
RULED: An Israeli court, that Malka Leifer, is mentally fit to be extradited to Australia to face child sex abuse charges.

 

 

26th May, 2020
SUSPENDED: The World Health Organization, its testing of the malaria drug hydroxychloroquine in coronavirus patients due to safety concerns.
LIFTED: In Japan, a state of emergency, enacted because of the coronavirus pandemic.
FIRST: Public appearance in two months, by presumptive US Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden; Biden was wearing a mask in contrast to US President Donald Trump who has refused to do so.

 

25th May, 2020
ARRESTED: Peter O'Neill, former Prime Minister of Papua New Guinea, over allegations of corruption.
INVESTIGATING: The Philippines, the apparent suicide of a maid who died on Sunday after an incident at a shelter run by its embassy in Beirut for Filipino workers waiting to return home after losing their jobs in the coronavirus pandemic.
SHAKEN: The New Zealand capital of Wellington by a 5.8 magnitude earthquake; Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern continued with a live TV interview during the quake.

 

22nd May, 2020
RISING: Concerns in Hong Kong after China announced plans to propose new national security legislation for the former British colony, a move which pro-democracy activists have called a "knock-out blow".
PULLING OUT: The US, from the Open Skies Treaty that permits unarmed observation flights over each other's territory, saying Russia has repeatedly violated its terms.
CLEARED: UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson over allegations of misconduct concenring his relationship with US tech entrepreneur Jennifer Arcuri, while he was Mayor of London.

 

21st May, 2020
ACCUSED: China, by US President Donald Trump, of being responsible for "mass worldwide killing" because of its "incompetent" response to the coronavirus outbreak.
RULED: A US court that a salvage firm can cut into the wreck of the RMS Titanic and retrieve a Marconi wireless set despite opposition from US and UK governments.
OBSERVED: For the first time, the formation of a new planet using the European Southern Observatory's Very Large Telescope in Chile.

 

20th May, 2020
RESIGNED: Lesotho's Prime Minister Thomas Thabane, three months after police named him and his current wife as suspects in the murder of his former wife.
EVACUATED: Millions of people in India and Bangladesh from coastal areas ahead of a super cyclone, Amphan, which is approaching from the Bay of Bengal.
REUNITED: Chinese man Mao Yin, who was abducted as a two-year-old 32 years ago, with his family in Xi'an after a tipoff to police enabled them to locate him.

 

19th May, 2020
SWORN-IN: Israel's new coalition government after three elections with Benjamin Netanyahu to continue as Prime Minister for 18 months before handing the job to rival Benny Gantz.
ERUPTED: A brawl in the Hong Kong legislature, the second this month, as pro-Beijing lawmakers push forward a bill that will criminalise abuse of China's national anthem.
CONFIRMED: US President Donald Trump, that he has been taking anti-malarial drug hydroxychloroquine as a coronavirus preventative despite a lack of evidence it can be used to combat the virus.

 

18th May, 2020
SIGNED: Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and his rival Abdullah Abdullah, a power-sharing deal, bringing to an end months of political stalemate.
INJURED: Eleven firefighters after an explosion at a hash oil manufacturing plant in downtown Los Angeles.
LAUNCHED: The X-37B space plane from Cape Canaveral in the US on Sunday on its sixth space mission.

 

15th May, 2020
LIFTED: A state of emergency in Japan due to a sharp downturn in new coronavirus infections.
CLAIMED: By Taiwan, that the World Health Organization conspired with China to keep its representatives out of meetings.
FLYING HOME: Two giant pandas from Calgary Zoo back to China due to a bamboo shortage caused by coronavirus restrictions.

 

14th May, 2020
REINSTATING: Complete lockdown, Lebanon, following a reported spike in coronavirus cases, reversing measures that have phased out lockdowns since March.
"VERY LIKELY": The UK is in a "significant recession", according to Chancellor Rishi Sunak.
KILLED: Scores of people in mass alcohol poisoning incidents in Mexico.

 

13th May, 2020
RISEN: The number of coronavirus infections in Russia to more than 230,000, now the second highest after the US.
UNDER INVESTIGATION: The Georgia prosecutors who first handled the fatal shooting of Ahmaud Arbery (before charges were filed more than two months later) for their conduct in the case.
TESTED: For coronavirus, Australian Treasurer Josh Frydenberg, after a coughing fit in Federal Parliament; the test was negative.

 

12th May, 2020
ORDERED: In a decree by Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, the miltary onto the streets for the next five years in a bid to combat worsening crime in the nation.
DEPLOYED: Brazil, the military to protect the Amazon rainforest in response to surging deforestation.
DIED: Jerry Stiller, US comedian and actor - and father of actor Ben Stiller - at the age of 92.

 

11th May, 2020
SELF-ISOLATING: US Vice-President Mike Pence after an aide tested positive for coronavirus last week. Some coronavirus taskforce members including key advisor Dr Anthony Fauci are also in self-imposed isolation.
CLASHES: Between police and pro-democracy protestors in Hong Kong after protestors gathered in mall after permission for a Mother's Day march was denied.
FREED: Italian aid worker Silvia Romano, 25, who was abducted from in Kenya in November, 2018, by extremists believed to be part of the al-Shabaab terror group.

 

8th May, 2020
KILLED: At least 11 people and hundreds hospitalised after a chemical gas leak in the southern Indian city of Vishakhapatnam.
MARKING: The 75th anniversary of VE (Victory in Europe) Day, marking the end of World War II in Europe, in various nations including Germany where Berliners have been given an unprecedented public holiday on 8th May.
DROPPING: The US Department of Justice, charges of lying to the FBI against former US national security advisor Michael Flynn.

 

7th May, 2020
ABOLISHING: 
In Saudi Arabia, the death penalty for those who committed crimes as minors, according to the state-backed Human Rights Commission.
KILLED: Riyaz Naikoo, a top rebel commander in disputed Kashmir, by Indian government forces.
DISCOVERED: The closest ever black hole to Earth, only 40 kilometres in diameter and located at a distance of about 1,000 light years, by observers at the European Southern Observatory.

 

6th May, 2020
ENGULFED:
By fire, a skyscraper - Abbco Tower - in the city of Sharjah in the United Arab Emirates.
DENIED: By Donald Trump, that the US Government had any role in what Venezuelan officials described as a failed armed incursion on the weekend which led to the arrest of two US "mercenaries".
LAUNCHED: From China, a newly designed spacecraft - which was unmanned but which can carry six astronauts - aboard a Long March 5B rocket.

 

5th May, 2020
CLAIMED: 
Former US special forces soldier Jordan Goudreau that he was behind an amphibious raid into Venezuela on the weekend and that it was ongoing; Venezuela has said the attempted "invasion" was foiled.
DELAYED: WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange's extradition case in Britain until September after his defence team voiced concerns he would not be able to attend in person.
WON: The Pulitzer Prize for fiction, US author Colson Whitehead, for The Nickel Boys, becoming only the fourth writer to win it twice.

 

4th May, 2020
EXCHANGED: 
Gunfire between North and South Korea across the Demilitarized Zone on the weekend; US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has categorised the incident as an "accident".
INVESTIGATING: Authorities in Afghanistan, reports that Afghan migrants drowned after being tortured and pushed into a border river by Iranian border guards.
CLAIMED: The Venezuelan Government, that it had foiled an attempted sea incursion by "terrorist mercenaries" from Colombia.

 

1st May, 2020
DEBUNKED: By the US intelligence community, the theory that COVID-19 was man-made, with the Office of the Director of National Intelligence saying it was not man-made or genetically modified.
SELECTED: 
Jeff Bezos' Blue Origin and Elon Musk's SpaceX to build new lunar landers for NASA.
DIED: South African anti-apartheid activist and ally of Nelson Mandela, Denis Goldberg, at the age of 87 in his home near Cape Town.

 

30th April, 2020
DIED: At least 38 people after fire broke out at a construction site in the city of Incheon, South Korea.
RIOTS:
In Lebanon after protests over economic hardship erupted into violence in Tripoli and other cities with at least one person killed.
ANNOUNCED: By UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson and partner Carrie Symonds, the birth of a "healthy baby boy" in London.

 

29th April, 2020
KILLED: At least 40 people after a fuel tanker exploded during fighting in the Syrian town of Afrin, according to reports from Turkey.
ENDORSED:
Joe Biden, by former US Secretary of State and presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, as the Democratic nominee for the upcoming US presidential election.
MARKING: In Australia, the 250th anniversary of the landing of English Captain James Cook at Botany Bay in Sydney, Australia, on 29th April, 1770.

 

28th April, 2020
STOPPED: Community transmission of the coronavirus in New Zealand, according to Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern who said the virus was "currently" eliminated.
SPIKED: 
Calls to some US emergency hotlines about disinfectants. It comes after US President Donald Trump suggested ingesting disinfectant last week to counter the coronavirus, comments he later said were sarcastic. The President, who has been strongly criticised for the comments, said he took no responsibility for the increase in calls.
RECOMMENCED: Restoration work on Paris' Notre Dame Cathedral, devastated by fire a year ago, after it was halted during the country's coronavirus lockdown.

 

27th April, 2020
EASING: Lockdowns in nations including Italy, which will lft some curbs from 4th May, and Spain, where children have been allowed outside for the first time in six weeks.
ANNOUNCED: By separatist forces in Yemen, that they were establishing a self-ruled administration in regions of the country under their control, a move that effectively ends a peace deal reached last November.
RETURNING: To work on Monday, UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson, two weeks after he was admitted to intensive care in hospital with coronavirus.

 

24th April, 2020
OPENED: In Germany, the trial of two men accused of committing crimes against humanity for the Syrian state in what is thought to be the first case around the world looking at the use of torture under President Bashar al-Assad's rule.
KILLED: At least seven people in the US states of Texas and Oklahoma in severe storms and tornadoes.
RELEASED: The Rolling Stones, their first original single since 2012 - Living in a Ghost Town.

 

23rd April, 2020
SUSPENDED: For 60 days, immigration into the US under an executive order signed by US President Donald Trump.
DEPLOYED: In South Africa, some 70,000 extra troops to help enforce a coronavirus lockdown.
LAUNCHED: Its first military satellite, Iran, according to the nation's Islamic Revolution Guard Corps.

 

22nd April, 2020
DISMISSED: As speculation by South Korea's government, reports that North Korean leader Kim Jong-un is gravely ill after a major heart operation.
RISEN: Again, the death toll in Canada's worst mass shooting, now to 23 A suspect, 51-year-old Gabriel Wortman, died following the 12 hour rampage in the Canadian province of Nova Scotia.
FORMED: A new government in Vanuatu, led by Prime Minister Bob Loughman, a month after national elections.

 

21st April, 2020
DEAL: Agreed in Israel between Benjamin Netanyahu and Benny Gantz to form a coalition government under which they will alternately serve a year-and-a-half each as Prime Minister.
RISEN: The death toll in Canada's worst mass shooting to 19. A suspect, 51-year-old Gabriel Wortman, died following the 12 hour rampage in the Canadian province of Nova Scotia.
ENTERING: Voluntary administration, Australian airline Virgin Australia with the jobs of at least 15,000 airline workers and connected supply chain workers in doubt.

 

20th April, 2020
KILLED: At least 16 people, including a police officer, in a 12 hour shooting rampage in the Canadian province of Nova Scotia. The suspected gunman, named as Gabriel Wortman, a 51-year-old dental worker, reportedly died after being arrested.
TENSIONS: Rising between the US and Iran following incidents in which the US said Iranian vessels had harassed six of its shops in the Persian Gulf last week. 
PLANNING: In Spain, to allow children outside from 27th April in a loosening of lockdown rules.

 

17th April, 2020
RESCUED: Almost 400 Rohingya refugees by the Bangladesh coastguard after they had spent weeks at sea in an unsuccessful bid to reach Malaysia.
EXPANDED: In Japan, the state of emergency to a national level in response to the coronavirus outbreak which has killed almost 200 people and infected some 9,000 in the country.
INTRODUCING: Facebook, measures to inform users when they have read harmful information on the coronavirus that was subsequently removed by moderators.

 

16th April, 2020
FAILED: Israeli Opposition leader Benny Gantz, to form a coalition government by a deadline, after talks with Benjamin Netanyahu stalled. It opens a 21 day period in which the Knesset can now vote to nominate any candidate to be Prime Minister.
RUNG OUT: The bell of Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris to mark a year since fire ravaged the iconic structure.
OPENED: In Australia, a Royal Commission into the bushfires which raved large swatches of the country in recent months.

 

15th April, 2020
DESCRIBED: The economic decline caused by the coronavirus outbreak as the worst since the Great Depression of the 1930s - the International Monetary Fund, which expects the global economy to contract by three per cent this year.
ENDORSED: Joe Biden as Democratic Party nominee for this year's presidential race, former US President Barack Obama.
MOSTLY OUT: Wildfires which had threatened the decommissioned Chernobyl nuclear power plant thanks to rain, according to officials in Ukraine.

 

14th April, 2020
KILLED: At least 30 people in the US as tornadoes and severe storms tore through the country's south and east, leaving more than a million people without power.
ENDORSED: US Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden, by Bernie Sanders who suspended his campaign last week.
DIED: Tim Brooke-Taylor, one of the stars of 70s British TV show The Goodies, at the age of 79 from coronavirus.

 

9th April, 2020
PASSED: In the Australian Parliament, a financial stimulus package under which the wages of six million people will be subsidised for at least the next six months in response to the coronavirus crisis.
DISMISSED: In a California appeals court, a criminal case against a Mexican megachurch leader, Naasón Joaquín García - the self-proclaimed apostle of La Luz del Mundo, on charges of child rape and human trafficking, due to procedural issues.
IMPROVING: The condition of UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who went into intensive care in a London hospital this week as he battled coronavirus.

 

8th April, 2020
FALTERING: Talks between the Taliban and the Afghan Government over disagreement on a US-brokered agreement under which Taliban prisoners would be released.
STABLE: UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson who remains in intensive care in a London hospital after contracting coronavirus.
RESIGNED: Acting US Navy Secretary Thomas Modly after his controversial handling of a coronavirus outbreak on an aircraft carrier.

 

7th April, 2020
RULED OUT: The World Health Organization, that Africa will be a testing ground for the coronavirus vaccine, after a suggestion from two French doctors sparked outrage around the world.
LABELLED: A Russian nationalist while supremacist group - the Russian Imperialist Movement - as a terrorist organisation, by the US Government for the first time.
POSITIVE: A tiger, Nadia, in New York City's Bronx Zoo to coronavirus in what is believed to be the first case of an animal infected in the US.

 

6th April, 2020
ADMITTED: To hospital, UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson, 10 days after testing positive to coronavirus, with suffering persistent symptoms. It comes as Queen Elizabeth II delivered a rare televised address to the UK and Commonwealth in which she expressed hopes the coronavirus crisis will prove "this generation is as strong as any".
BRACING: Vanuatu, as category 5 Cyclone Harold bears down on the Pacific island nation.
LAUNCHED: A terror investigation in France after two people were killed and five more injured when a lone attacker stabbed people in the community in Romans-sur-Isère, near Grenoble, on 4th April. A suspect has been arrested.

 

3rd April, 2020
OVERTURNED: In a Pakistani court, the convictions of three men in connection to the 2002 kidnapping and murder of Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl. A fourth man has his death sentence reduced to seven years in prison, according to his lawyer.
REACHED: Jobless claims in the US, a new record of more than 6.6 million in the week to 28th March as coronavirus measures bite.
RULED: The European Court of Justice that Poland, Hungary and the Czech Republic broke EU law by refusing to take in refugees under an agreement to assist Italy and Greece.

 

2nd April, 2020
CANCELLED: The Wimbledon tennis championships for the first time since World War II as a result of the coronavirus crisis.
POSTPONED: Climate summit COP26, which was to be held in Glasgow in November, to 2021 due to the COVID-19 outbreak.
DIED: Top South African HIV scientist Gita Ramjee, due to COVID-19-related complications.

 

1st April, 2020
OFFERED: The US, that it will lift tough sanctions targeting Venezuela if President Nicolás Maduro steps aside and leaders agree to a power-sharing deal.
PASSED: In Hungary, a controversial "coronavirus bill" which allows Prime Minister Viktor Orban to rule by decree, effectively suspending democracy the EU member nation.
APOLOGISED: The Malaysian Government after it issued advice for women during the country's coronavirus lockdown which included avoiding nagging.

 

31st March, 2020
ANNOUNCED: That the Tokyo Olympic Games will hold its opening ceremony on 23rd July, 2021.
DEVELOPED: A new blood test that can detect more than 50 types of cancer, according to reports.
STOLEN: Vincent van Gogh's painting The Parsonage Garden at Nuenen in Spring 1884 from the Singer Laren museum near Amsterdam which was closed due to the coronavirus crisis.

 

30th March, 2020
EXPLODED: A medical evacuation plane as it took off from the Philippine capital of Manila, killing all eight passengers and crew.
FIRED: North Korea, what appeared to be two short-range ballistic missiles into the ocean off its east coast on Sunday in a move South Korea described as "inappropriate" during the coronavirus pandemic.
MOVED: According to reports, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, to Los Angeles with plans to make it their permanent home.

 

27th March, 2020
ANNOUNCED: By G20 leaders, that they would inject $US5 trillion into the global economy in response to the coronavirus crisis.
INDICTED: In absentia in the US, Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro and a dozen other Venezuelan officials on charges of narco-terrorism.
CEASEFIRE: Declared for a fortnight by a separatist militia in Cameroon as a "gesture of goodwill" to allow testing for the coronavirus.

 

26th March, 2020
CHANGED: His plea, to guilty, Australian Brenton Tarrant who is accused of murdering 51 people in the terror attacks on two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, in March last year.
ATTACKED: By gunmen, a Sikh religious complex in the Afghan capital Kabul with at least 25 killed. The so-called Islamic State has claimed responsibility.
DIED: Former FBI agent Robert Levinson, who disappeared in Iran 13 years ago, in Iranian custody according to his family who say he was on an unauthorised CIA mission when he was captured.

 

25th March, 2020
TOTAL LOCKDOWN: In India, in response to the coronavirus pandemic affecting 1.3 billion people and sparking panic-buying in shops.
FOUND: Dead, 64 people from Ethiopia inside a freight container in north-west Mozambique along with dozens of survivors.
DIED: Asterix The Gaul co-creator Albert Uderzo in Paris at the age of 92.

 

24th March, 2020
POSSIBLE: Delays to a vote which would, if passed, allow Russian President Vladimir Putin to stay in office for a fifth - or possibly even sixth - term due to the coronavirus outbreak.
KILLED: Twenty-three prisoners in the Colombian capital of Bogota in what authorities say was a mass break-out attempt but which detainees describe as a crackdown on a prisoner protest which had been prompted by fears over coronavirus.
ACQUITTED: Former Scottish First Minister and key pro-independence figure Alex Salmond of multiple sex offences against nine women.

 

23rd March, 2020
WIDESPREAD VIOLENCE: In the West African nation of Guinea in response to a referendum which opponents believe President Alpha Conde wants to use to extend his time in office.
SHAKEN: The Croatian city of Zagreb by a 5.3 magnitude earthquake by the strongest quake to affect the city in 140 years.
DIED: US country music singer/songwriter Kenny Rogers at the age of 81.

 

20th March, 2020
CALLED OFF: The planned G7 meeting at Camp David in June, by US President Donald Trump; leaders will meet via videoconference instead.
QUIT: Hawaii congresswoman, Tulsi Gabbard, out of the US Democratic presidential race. She was the last woman in the contest.
FIRST: Monarch to be diagnosed with the coronavirus, Prince Albert of Monaco.

 

19th March, 2020
CLOSING:
 Plunged, the UK pound to its lowest level against the dollar in more than 30 years.
WON: Joe Biden, US Democratic primaries in Florida, Illinois and Arizona, giving him an almost unbeatable lead over rival Bernie Sanders.
MANHUNT: In South Africa after one of its top rhino poaching investigators, Lt Col Leroy Brewer, was killed in an ambush.

 

18th March, 2020
TALKS:
 Between Turkey and European leaders over the issue of refugees attempting to enter Europe after fleeing the ongoing war in Syria.
EXPELLING: US journalists representing three major US newspapers from China; it comes after US President Donald Trump imposed limits on the number of Chinese citizens who could work as journalists in the US.
FOUND: Guilty, Hashem Abedi, brother of dead Manchester Arena bomber Salman Abedi, of the murder of 22 people and helping to plan the deadly terror attack which took place in May, 2017, in a UK court.

 

17th March, 2020
CUT:
 The US Federal Reserve, interest rates to nearly zero in the US.
FINED: US tech giant Apple a record €1.1billion by the French competition regulator for what it sees as anti-competitive practices.
DISCOVERED: That a collection of what were believed to be Dead Sea Scroll fragments in the Washington DC-based Museum of the Bible are fake following a six month investigation.

 

16th March, 2020
ASKED:
Israeli Opposition Leader Benny Gantz to form a new government, by President Reuven Rivlin. It comes after Gantz won the support of two key parties following the 2nd March election.
RESCINDED:
 By Spain's King King Felipe VI, the annual grant given to his scandal-hit father Juan Carlos.
STOLEN: Anthony Van Dyck's 17th century artwork A Soldier On Horseback from a University of Oxford art gallery.

 

13th March, 2020
CRASHED: Stockmarkets in US and UK in the worst one-day fall since 1987 on Thursday with travel companies experiencing some of the biggest falls on the back of US President Donald Trump's 30 day ban on travellers from mainland Europe entering the US.
MANHUNT:
 In Papua New Guinea where gunmen opened fire in a village in the country's remote highlands, killing 10 including three children.
ATTACKED: A military base in Iraq by rockets on Wednesday with two US military personnel and one Briton killed while dozens more US soldiers were wound and have been evacuated.

 

12th March, 2020
SENTENCED: Disgraced film producer Harvey Weinstein to 23 years in prison for sexual assault and rape; the defence is expected to file an appeal.
WON: US Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden, four of six states on Tuesday, over rival Bernie Sanders putting the former Vice President on track to face-off against US President Donald Trump in November.
ON TRIAL: In the Hungarian capital of Budapest, the captain of a cruise ship that collided with a small tour boat on the Danube River, killing 28 people last May.

 

11th March, 2020
SIGNED: A decree by Afghan President Ashraf Ghani to release 1,500 Taliban prisoners while the Taliban have said they will release 1,000 Afghan Government troops in response; peace talks are to take place in parallel with the releases.
BACKED: By Russian President Vladimir Putin, a proposed constitutional amendment which would allow him to seek another two terms as president; under the current constitution he is required to step down in 2024.
KILLED: Two rare white giraffes by poachers in north-east Kenya, according to conservationists.

 

10th March, 2020
BEGAN: The US, withdrawing troops from Afghanistan, as part of a peace deal with the Taliban signed on 29th February. Meanwhile, two rival Afghan politicians have both held presidential inauguration ceremonies following a disputed election in September.
LAUNCHED: At the behest of World Vision Australia, an independent KPMG investigation into allegations of "inappropriate conduct" involving printing contracts following claims aired in Nine Media newspapers this week. 
WON: Led Zepplin, a long-running copyright dispute over claims involving the opening riff to the song Stairway to Heaven, in a US appeals court which ruled the band did not steal the riff.

 

9th March, 2020
REPLACED: By Donald Trump, acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney with congressman Mark Meadows - Meadows will be the fourth chief-of-staff in the three years of the Trump presidency.
COLLAPSED: A five storey building in the Chinese city of Quanzhou being used to quarantine coronavirus victims, killing 10 while others remain trapped.
DESTROYED: A volunteer-run community centre on the Greek island of Lesbos, the second installation for migrants to burn down on the island in a week; the fire came amidst rising tensions over an increase in migrants crossing to Greece from Turkey.

 

6th March, 2020
AGREED: Between Russia and Turkey, a ceasefire in north-western Syria which is home to Idlib, the last rebel stronghold in Syria.
RULED: The International Criminal Court, in favour of an investigation into possible war crimes in Afghanistan perpetrated by US, Afghan and Taliban forces; US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has condemned the ruling as "reckless".
DIED: Former US Secretary-General and Peruvian Prime Minister Javier Perez de Cuellar, at the age of 100.
DROPPED OUT: Elizabeth Warren, of the race for the Democratic Party nomination in the US presidential election.

 

5th March, 2020
KILLED: At least 23 people with dozens more missing after landslides in Brazil after a storm hit the country's south-eastern coast.
AIR STRIKE: On Taliban positions in Afghanistan by US forces; it comes despite a reduction in violence agreement ahead of peace talks between the US and Taliban next week.
DROPPED OUT: Billionaire Michael Bloomberg, of the race for the Democratic Party nomination in the US presidential election. Bloomberg is now swinging his support behind Joe Biden.

 

4th March, 2020
FIGHTING: Resumed in Afghanistan after the Taliban ended a partial truce between government troops ahead of peace talks scheduled for next week; it comes after the Afghan Government raised objections to a prisoner swap which was part of an agreement between the US and Taliban.
ERUPTED: Indonesia's most active volcano, Mount Merapi, on the island of Java with reports of a six kilometre high ash cloud and the closure of the airport in Solo.
FREED: Temporarily, more than 50,000 prisoners in Iran as part of measures to combat the spread of coronavirus.

 

3rd March, 2020
TO WIN: The Israeli election, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, over rival Benny Gantz in the country's third election in 11 months, according to exit polls which also suggest Netanyahu will be one seat short of a majority in the Knesset. 
CLASHED: With the Greek coast guard, would-be migrants as thousands attempted to cross from Turkey to Europe after Turkey announced it was easing restrictions on those wishing to cross to Europe.
WITHDRAWN: US senator Amy Klobuchar, out of the race for the Democratic Party's nomination for president, with plans to endorse rival and former Vice President Joe Biden.

 

2nd March, 2020
SHOT DOWN: Two Syrian warplanes by Turkish forces over Idlib; it comes after 33 Turkish soldiers were killed in an airstrike by Russian-backed Syrian forces last week.
SWORN-IN: Muhyiddin Yassin as the Prime Minister of Malaysia after Malaysia's King decided he had the majority support of parliamentarians. Former PM Mahathir Mohamad is reportedly planning a no confldence vote in parliament in response.
DROPPED OUT: Pete Buttigieg, former mayor of South Bend, Indiana, of the race for the Democratic Party's nomination for president.

 

28th February, 2020
KILLED: At least 22 Turkish troops in an airstrike by the Syrian regime in Idlib, Syria, according to Turkish officials.
RULED: Illegal, by a UK court, the proposed third runway for London's Heathrow Airport, on environmental grounds.
ANNOUNCED: The Canadian Government, that it will no longer provide security for Prince Harry and his wife Meghan once the couple are no longer working members of the British royal family in the coming weeks.

 

27th February, 2020
WORST: Air quality - Bangladesh - of any country in the world in 2019 while India was home to 21 of the world's 30 most polluted cities, according to a study from IQ Air.
CLAIMED: That schools and hospitals were among targets in airstrikes by the Syrian regime and Russian allies in the Idlib region on Tuesday, according to human rights observers. At least 20 people were reportedly killed in the attacks.
MET: Teenage climate activist Greta Thunberg and Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai during a visit by Thunberg to Britain's University of Oxford to speak to students about climate change.

 

26th February, 2020
KILLED: Thirteen people in violence in New Delhi between those supporting India's new controversial citizenship law and those against it; it's the deadliest clashes the Indian capital has seen in decades.
DIED: Hosni Mubarak, who held power in Egypt for more than 30 years until he was ousted in 2011, in a Cairo hospital at the age of 91.
APOLOGISED: Opera singer Placido Domingo to women who accused him of sexual harassment after an investigation by the American Guild of Musical Artists found he had behaved inappropriately with female performers.

 

25th February, 2020
RESIGNED: Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad following the 94-year-old's return to power in 2018. It is not yet clear who will be the next Prime Minister.
GUILTY: Former movie producer Harvey Weinstein, 67, of sexual assault and rape. He was acquitted of other more serious charges which would have carried a life sentence.
DIED: Pioneering African-American NASA mathematician Katherine Johnson, whose story was portrayed in the film Hidden Figures, at the age of 101.

 

24th February, 2020
UNDERWAY: A week-long period of violence reduction in Afghanistan ahead of the planned signing of a peace agreement between the Taliban and US on 29th February.
VISITING: India, US President Donald Trump in a two day visit during which he will meet with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
MARCHED: Thousands of people in the German city of Hanau, mourning the victims of last week's mass shooting in which nine people died.

 

21st February, 2020
SENTENCED: To 40 months in prison, Roger Stone, a long-time advisor and ally to US President Donald Trump, on charges including lying to Congress. 
ACCUSED: Russia's military intelligence service, of being behind a massive cyber-attack on Georgia, last year, according to Georgia, the UK and the US.
ANNOUNCED: By Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison, a Royal Commission into the recent bushfires which killed 33 and razed an area the size of South Korea.

 

20th February, 2020
CLAIMED: In a London court, that US President Donald Trump offered to pardon WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange if he said that Russia had nothing to do with WikiLeaks' publication of Democratic Party emails in 2016.
PARDONED: Former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich - serving a 14 year sentence for corruption changes, by US President Donald Trump. He was among 11 people pardoned by the President.
SET: 31st March as the date on which Prince Harry and his wife Meghan will end royal duties, according to reports.

 

19th February, 2020
RE-ELECTED: Incumbent Ashraf Ghani as President of Afghanistan following a disputed election - but his main rival Abdullah Abdullah has rejected the "illegal" result and vowed to form his own government.
CROSSED: Locust swarms into South Sudan having already ravaged crops in a number of East African nations.
QUALIFIED: Billionaire Michael Bloomberg, to take part in debate as part of the nomination process for the Democratic Party in the US presidential election thanks to a new poll showing 19 per cent of people supported his bid.

 

18th February, 2020
KILLED: At least 20 people after Nigerian refugees queuing for food aid and money in south-eastern Niger stampeded.
GRANTED: By India's Supreme Court, equal rights to women serving in the army.
PLEDGED: $US10 billion to fight climate change by Amazon boss Jeff Bezos - the amount represents almost eight per cent of his fortune.

 

17th February, 2020
FLOODS: In England and Wales with a record number of flood warnings and alerts issued on Sunday and 'major incidents' declared in parts as the UK is battered by Storm Dennis.
KILLED: Fifteen children after fire tore through a US church-run orphanage located just south of Port-au-Prince in Haiti.
DISMISSED: By a federal court in Australia, a challenge by the ABC to warrants which the Australian Federal Police relied upon to raid ABC offices last year with regard to files linked to a series of 2017 reports known as "The Afghan Files".

 

13th February, 2020
QUIT: Sajid Javid as the UK's Chancellor of the Exchequer amid a cabinet reshuffle which also saw Attorney-General Geoffrey Cox being asked to resign and and Northern Ireland Secretary Julian Smith replaced.
PASSED: In the US Senate, legislation which limits US President Donald Trump's capacity to attack Iran without congressional approval; Trump has said he will veto it. It comes after Qassem Soleimani, a top Iranian general, was killed in an air strike by the President.
ANNOUNCED: US Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, a "pretty important breakthrough" in peace talks with the Taliban in Afghanistan.

 

13th February, 2020
VOTED: Italy's Senate, to put far-right leader Matteo Salvini, who has previously served as the country's interior minister, on trial over charges of holding migrants at sea.
WON: Senator Bernie Sanders, the Democratic Party's New Hampshire primary with former mayor Pete Buttigieg second and Senator Amy Klobuchar third.
RECOGNISED: 112-year-old Japanese man Chitetsu Watanabe as the world's oldest living man.

 

12th February, 2020
WARNING: The UN, that the displacement caused by fighting in Syria in the past 10 weeks is the worst since the conflict began nine years ago.
AGREED: Sudan, to hand over former autocratic president Omar al-Bashir to the International Criminal Court for war crimes, including mass killings, in Darfur.
LAUNCHED: From Cape Canaveral in the US Europe and NASA's Solar Orbiter on a mission to capture images of the Sun's poles.

 

11th February, 2020
SURGING: Sinn Fein, in an historic result in Ireland's general election. No party is predicted to win enough seats for a majority.
REJECTED: By Democrats, President Donald Trump's $US4.8 trillion budget plan for the coming fiscal year, after they said it betrayed his promise to protect popular health and safety-net programs.
TAKING: Scotland, steps to hold another referendum on independence, according to First Minister Nicola Sturgeon in the wake of Brexit.

 

10th February, 2020
GUNNED DOWN: At least 26 people with 57 more injured in the north-east town of Nakhon Ratchasima on Saturday in Thailand's worst shooting incident. The gunman, a soldier who opened fire first at a military base and then at a mall, was killed.
FLEEING: Into Kyrgyzstan, scores of people from ethnic violence in Kazakhstan's Jambyl region in which at least 10 people died and 39 people were injured on Friday.
OUSTED: US Army Lieutenant Colonel Alexander Vindman and US Ambassador to the European Union, Gordon Sondland, from the Trump Administration following the President's acquittal last week. Both men provided what was described as "damaging" testimony about Trump in Democratic-led congressional hearings.

 

7th February, 2020
ISSUED: By a South African court, an arrest warrant for former President Jacob Zuma after he failed to appear in court where he is facing corruption changes, citing medical grounds.
DERAILED: A high speed train near the northern Italian city of Lodi, killing two drivers.
SET: A new record for the longest continuous stay in space by a woman, by US astronaut Christina Koch, who returned to Earth on Thusrday after a 328 day mission aboard the International Space Station.

 

6th February, 2020
KILLED: At least 38 people - including than 30 rescue workers - after two avalanches in eastern Turkey. Meanwhile, still in Turkey, at least three people reportedly died after a plane skidded off a runway.
FIRED: By the US, an unarmed intercontinental ballistic missile from an Air Force basein California - home to the new US Space Force - in a test flight.
DIED: "Golden age" of Hollywood actor Kirk Douglas, at the age of 103, star of films like Spartacus and The Vikings.

 

5th February, 2020
LEADING: Pete Buttigieg in early results from the Democratic Party's Iowa caucases, the first primary contest to be held in the 2020 US election.
CHARGED: In the southern African kingdom of Lesotho, Maesaiah Thabane, wife of Prime Minister Thomas Thabane, with the murder of his previous spouse.
APPOINTING: Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison, a permanent independent commissioner to investigate suicides of defence force veterans.

 

4th February, 2020
COMMENCED: In the US, the Iowa caucases as Democrats start to vote on their nominee to run in the US presidential election in November.
ANNULLED: Last year's election results in Malawi which saw President Peter Mutharika narrowly re-elected, by the nation's constitutional court. A new vote will now be held in the next few months.
WON: 1917, best film at the BAFTAs. Renee Zellweger won leading actress for her role in Judy, Joaquin Phoenix for his role in Joker.

 

3rd February, 2020
DECLARED: As terrorism, an incident in Streatham in south London in which a man stabbed three people before being shot dead by police.
PROTESTS: Continuing in Iraq after Mohammed Tawfiq Allawi was named Prime Minister, despite his promise to meet the protestors' demands. Allawai now has a month to form a new government.
RESIGNED: Bridget McKenzie, former Australian Sports Minister and Deputy Leader of the National Party, from her leadership roles on Sunday after an independent audit found money from a A$100 million sport development fund was used to target votes ahead of last year's federal election.

 

31st January, 2020
KILLED: Six Indigenous people after armed men raided an isolated Nicaraguan nature reserve in an attack linked to raging land disputes. 10 other Indigenous people were kidnapped.
LEGALISED: Growing and possession of small amounts of cannabis in the Australian Capital Territory as new laws come into effect. 
BLOWN OVER: A section of US President Donald Trump's newly installed wall along the US-Mexico border in strong winds.

 

30th January, 2020
PARDONED: American-Israeli woman Naama Issachar, jailed in Russia on drugs charges, by President Vladimir Putin.
SEEKING: Teenage Swedish climate change activist Greta Thunberg, to trademark her name to prevent misuse.
WON: US teen Billie Eilish, all top four Grammy Awards on Sunday, including the award for best album, song, record of the year and best new artist.

 

29th January, 2020
UNVEILED: The US Middle East peace plan, US President Donald Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, in the White House, with Netanyahu calling it an "historic day". Palestinians have rejected the plan.
SIGNED: Controversial former Australian rugby player Israel Folau, by France's Catalan Dragons to play rugby league in Europe.
ISSUED: Tsunami warnings and evacuations as a magnitude 7.7 earthquake struck between Jamaica, the Cayman Islands and Cuba in the Caribbean Sea.

 

28th January, 2020
CRASHED: In Taliban-controlled territory in Afghanistan, a US military plane reportedly carrying less than 10 people. US officials have dismissed Taliban-claims they brought the plane down as false.
CLAIMED: By US attorney Geoffrey Berman that Prince Andrew has provided "zero co-operation" to an inquiry into late sex offender Jeffrey Epstein.
ADMITTED: Belgium's former King Albert II, who abdicated from the throne in 2013, that he fathered a child during an extramarital affair in the 1960s. The admission follows the result of a court-ordered DNA test.

 

27th January, 2020
FLOODS: In Brazil's Minas Gerais state, with at least 30 people killed - many buried in landslides or washed away by rushing water - over the weekend. At least 17 others are missing.
RISEN: The death toll from a magnitude 6.8 earthquake in eastern Turkey late on Friday to at least 36.
RAIDED: A military camp in Mali by suspected Islamist militants early on Sunday, killing at least 20 members of the country's security forces.
DIED: US basketball great Kobe Bryant along with his 13-year-old daughter Gianna and seven other people in a helicopter crash in California.

 

24th January, 2020
MOVED: The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists' symbolic "Doomsday Clock", from two minutes to 100 seconds to midnight, the closest it's ever been to global catastrophe, thanks to the combined threats of nuclear war and climate change.
KILLED: Three US men, the crew of a waterbombing Lockheed C-130 plane, when it crashed while fighting fires in the Australian state of New South Wales.
HEARD: The "voice" of a 3,000-year-old Egyptian mummy after scientists were able to recreate a sound made by Egyptian priest Nesyamun by producing a 3-D printed voice box.

 

23rd January, 2020
ADMITTED: Iran, that it fired not one but two missiles at a Ukrainian airliner taking off from Tehran earlier this month, killing all 176 on board.
DEMANDED: UN human rights experts into allegations that Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman hacked Amazon boss Jeff Bezos's phone.
DIED: Monty Python star Terry Jones at the age of 77 after contracting a rare form of dementia.

 

22nd January, 2020
ANNOUNCED: A new government in Lebanon with Hassan Diab to serve as Prime Minister. The country, which is facing its worst financial crisis in decades and ongoing mass protests, has been without an effective government since Saad al-Hariri resigned as Prime Minister in October.
RISEN: The number of coronavirus cases worldwide - including the first confirmed US case - to almost 300 with six deaths. The virus has spread from the Chinese city of Wuhan.
JAILED: Meng Hongwei, former Interpol head, in China for 13-and-a-half years for abuse of official positions and receiving bribes.

 

21st January, 2020
CONFIRMED: That a new strain of coronavirus, currently at the centre of an outbreak in China, can be passed from person to person. More than 200 cases have so far been detected around the world and three people have died. The World Health Organisation will this week consider whether the outrbreak constittues a new international health emergency.
COLLAPSED: Norway's government after the populist Progress Party pulled out of the governing coalition. Conservative Prime Minister Erna Solberg plans to remain in office as head of a minority government.
ACKNOWLEDGED: For the first time, Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, that more than 20,000 people who disappeared during the country's civil war are dead.

 

20th January, 2020
INJURED: More than 370 people in Beirut during violent clashes between security forces and protestors on Saturday night. Protests, sparked by a 'Whatsapp tax' have been ongoing since October.
KILLED: At least 80 Yemeni Government soldiers in a missle attack on a miltary training camp in Marib province on Saturday. Yemeni President Abdrabbuh Mansour Hadi has condemned the attack as "cowardly".
ESCAPED: At least 75 inmates from a Paraguayan prison near Brazil border after digging a tunnel with the suspected aid of prison staff.

 

17th January, 2020
FOUND: That the US Trump administration broke the law when it withheld aid to Ukraine last year after it had been approved by Congress, according to independent congressional watchdog the Government Accountability Office. Meanwhile, US Senators have sworn to be impartial during the impeachment trial of US President Donald Trump.
KILLED: At least 21 civilians in airstrikes in Idlib in the last opposition-held province in Syria, according to reports. The attacks come despite a ceasefire.
APPEARED: Prince Harry in his first public appearance since announcing he and wife Meghan were "stepping back" from senior royal duties; his attendance at the draw for the 2021 Rugby League World Cup - to be played in the UK - was also his last public appearance before the step back takes effect.

 

16th January, 2020
HANDED OVER: Articles of impeachment against US President Donald Trump to the US Senate after a resolution to do so passed in the House of Representatives, 228 to 193.
SIGNED: US and China, a deal to ease trade tensions between the nations.
NAMED: Francesca Di Giovanni, to the post of under-secretary with the Vatican's Secretariat of State; she becomes the first woman to hold such a high-ranking post - equivalent to a deputy foreign minister - in the Vatican.

 

15th January, 2020
AVALANCHES: Across the disputed territory of Kashmir with at least 59 killed in Pakistan and 10 in India.
CENSORING: Facebook, posts in support of slain Iranian General Qassem Soleimani, saying such posts violate US sanction laws.
RESIGNED: Will Hodgman, Premier of the Australian state of Tasmania, saying it was the "right time" for new leadership.

 

14th January, 2020
THROWN OUT: The death sentence imposed for charges of treason on former Pakistan president, Pervez Musharraf, by the Lahore High Court which declared the legal process unconstitutional. Musharraf is not in Pakistan.
LANDSLIDE: Win, by Tsai Ing-wen of the Democratic Progressive Party, in Taiwan's election over the weekend defeating pro-Beijing rival Han Kuo-yu, of the Kuomintang. China has rebuked several nations, including the US, UK and Japan, for congratulating Tsai on the result.
RESISTED: German engineering firm Siemens, calls from activists not to help in the development of the controversial Adani coal mine in Queensland, Australia.

 

10th January, 2020
PASSED: In the UK, a bill authorising the country's departure from the European Union at the end of January in a 330 to 231 vote.
VOTED: The US House of Representatives for a largely symbolic resolution which seeks to limit President Donald Trump's ability to go to war on Iran.
TASKED: Queen Elizabeth II and Princes Charles and William, their staff to find a solution to the crisis facing Britain's royal family after Prince Harry and his wife Meghan announced this week they would be "stepping back" from being senior royals and seeking financial independence.

 

9th January, 2020
BLACKOUT: For about two-thirds of the island of Puerto Rico following a 6.4 magnitude quake on Tuesday. At least one man was killed and dozens of homes destroyed.
ADMITTED: Satoshi Uematsu, a former employee at a Japanese care home near Tokyo, that he killed 19 disabled people. But the 29-year-old has pleaded not guilty, claiming he is mentally ill.
ANNOUNCED: Prince Harry and his wife Meghan, that they are stepping back from being "senior" royals and will work to become financially independent.

 

8th January, 2020
KILLED: At least 56 people in a stampede in Iran as tens of thousands of mourners packed streets for the funeral elite Quds Force commander Qassem Soleimani, assassinated in a US drone strike in Iraq last week.
FORCED: His way into Venezuela's National Assembly, opposition leader Juan Guaido after he was blocked from doing so earlier this week. Guaido sat in the chair of the assembly president and was sworn into that office. Earlier this week, pro-government members swore in Luis Parra to the same post.
SHAKEN: Puerto Rico, by a magnitude 6.5 earthquake on Tuesday morning; at least one person has been reported killed.

 

7th January, 2020
DENIED: The US, that it was withdrawing from Iraq after a leaked letter from a US general there suggested the possibility of a withdrawal. The denial comes amid rising tensions in the region after Iranian commander Qassem Soleimani was killed in a US airstrike in Iraq.
CHARGED: Disgraced Hollywood film industry mogul Harvey Weinstein with sexual offences in Los Angeles; the charges were announced as he faced a trial in New York on charges of rape.
JAILED: For life, 36-year-old Indonesian student Reynhard Sinaga, named as the most prolific rapist in British legal history, for more than 150 offences including rapes.

 

6th January, 2020
TAKING ACTION: Authorities in the Indonesian capital of Jakarta, to ward off disease in the wake of floods which have now killed at least 60 and displaced hundreds of thousands.
KILLED: Three Americans - including a member of the US military and two contractors - in an attack by terror group al-Shabaab on a military base in Kenya. Five militants were said to have died in the attack.
MYSTERY: Surrounding an outbreak of a respiratory illness that has affected dozens of people in China's Wuhan province which authorities have said is not Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (known as SARS).

 

3rd January, 2020
ISSUED: Interpol, a warrant for the arrest of ex-Nissan boss Carlos Ghosn, who went to Lebanon on Christmas Eve despite facing trial in Japan for alleged financial misconduct.
RISEN: Death toll from floods in Jakarta to at least 21.
OUT: Julian Castro, of the race to be named Democratic presidential candidate for the 2020 US election.

 

2nd January, 2020
WITHDRAWN: Protestors who had stormed the perimeter of the US Embassy in Baghdad in response to US missile strikes on Iranian-backed camps that killed at least 25 people.
DECLARED: North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, that there were no grounds for North Korea to be bound any longer by a self-declared moratorium on testing nuclear bombs and intercontinental ballistic missiles.
FLOODS: In the Indonesian capital of Jakarta, with thousands forced to evacuate and at least nine people killed.

 

31st December, 2019
AIR STRIKES: Carried out by the US on Iranian-backed militia camps in Iraq; it comes after a US contractor was killed in a missle attack in Iraq. Iraq has condemned the strikes which reportedly killed at least 25 people.
SENTENCED: To death, 29 members of Sudan's intelligence service over the killing of a teacher during protests that led to the overthrow of former President Omar al-Bashir.
RISEN: The death toll from a truck bomb attack in Mogadishu, Somalia, to at least 90.

 

30th December, 2019
KILLED: More than 70 people when a truck bomb exploded at a security checkpoint in the Somali capital of Mogadishu on Saturday in one of the worst attacks in Somalia in recent history.
LIFTED: A state of emergency in Samoa six weeks after it was imposed as authorities say a measles outbreak is now under control. Some 81 people died in the outbreak.
ANNOUNCED: Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison, compensation payments for volunteer firefighters in New South Wales' prolonged bushfire crisis.

 

24th December, 2019
SENTENCED: A Saudi Arabian court, five people to death over the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi who was murdered in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul last year. Critics - including Agnes Callamard, UN special rapporteur on extrajudicial executions - have described the trial as a "mockery", saying the masterminds of the killing have be allowed to walk free.
REVEALED: Catholic Order, the Legionaries of Christ, that 175 minors were abused by 33 priests since its inception in 1941, according to a report.
FIRED: Dennis Muilenburg, the CEO of Boeing, in a bid to restore confidence in the company after two deadly crashes involving its 737 Max plane.

 

23rd December, 2019
APPOINTED: Former tourism minister Manuel Marrero Cruz as Cuba's first prime minister since 1976, a post previously abolished when previous Prime Minister Fidel Castro's title was changed to president.
SUSPENDED: UK supermarket chain Tesco, a Chinese supplier of Christmas cards after a message was found in one of the cards stating they were produced using forced labour.
RISEN: The death toll from the White Island (Whakaari) volcano eruption in New Zealand to 17.

 

20th December, 2019
OPENED: UK Parliament, Queen Elizabeth II, with the Queen's Speech outlining the re-elected Conservative Government's plan to take the UK out of the European Union on 31st January. Other initiatives including health system and law and order reforms.
KILLED: Two people after a gunman opened fire near the headquarters of Russia's intelligence agency, the FSB, in Moscow. The shooter was believed to have been killed.
TO APPEAL: Russian, its four year ban from international sport including next year's Olympic Games handed down by the World Anti-Doping Agency after it found Russia had manipulated doping laboratory data to cover up past offences.

 

19th December, 2019
CONCEDED: Authorities in New Zealand, that the bodies of two White Island volcano victims may never be found. The official toll from the disaster stands at 18 with two still missing, presumed dead.
ISSUED: In Bolivia, a warrant for the arrest of former President Evo Morales, who is accused of sedition and terrorism. Morales, who has denied the claims, is in Argentina where he has been granted political asylum.
DECLARED: In the Australian state of New South Wales, a state of emergency for the next seven days as firefighters brace for a heatwave.

 

18th December, 2019
SENTENCED: To death, former Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf, on charges of high treason and subverting the constitution by the country's anti-terrorism court. Musharraf, who has called the case "baseless" is in self-imposed exile, reportedly in Dubai.
SPREADING: Protests in India over a new law which offers religious minorities - including Christians and Hindus - being persecuted in neighbouring countries a path to citizenship but which excludes Muslims. At least 100 people have been injured in clashes with police.
PREMIERED: The final film, The Rise of Skywalker, bring to an end the main long-running Star Wars saga.

 

17th December, 2019
TO BE HALTED: Temporarily, production of Boeing's 737 Max airliner, in January; it comes after the model was grounded following two deadly crashes in Ethiopia and Indonesia earlier this year in which more than 300 people were killed.
WELCOMED: By UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson, 190 new Conservative lawmakers to the UK Parliament following last week's election.
STOLEN: Jewellery worth an estimated $US64 million from British heiress Tamara Ecclestone.

 

16th December, 2019
SENTENCED: To two years detention, Sudan's former president Omar al-Bashir, over corruption charges, by a court in Sudan.
CALLED: For Chilean police and soldiers to be prosecuted for human rights violations against protestors, by a report released by the UN Human Rights Office.
PROTESTS: In the Indian capital of New Delhi over a controversial new law which entitles non-Muslims migrants from three Muslim-majority countries to citizenship if they are facing religious persecution.

 

13th December, 2019
ATTACKED: An army base in Niger with at least 71 soldiers killed and others injured; the perpetrators at this stage remain unknown.
CHARGED: Some 250 lawyers with treason in Pakistan after a mob stormed a hospital in the city of Lahore and led medical staff to leave patients unattended, resulting in three deaths and others injured.
FOUND: Cave art in Indonesia which researchers have reportedly dated to almost 44,000 years ago - making it the earlier known pictorial record of story-telling, according to a study published on Wednesday.

 

12th December, 2019
KILLED: At least six people, including two assailants, after an attack on a Jewish supermarket in New Jersey, the US; the motive has not yet been confirmed but Jersey City's mayor has tweeted that "hate and anti-Semitism" have no place in the city.
NAMED: Teen Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg as TIME's 'Person of the Year' - the youngest person to ever win the honour.
FOUND: Debris believed to be from an Chilean Air Force plane which, carrying 38 people, disappeared en route from Punta Arenas to an Antarctic base on Monday.

 

10th December, 2019
BANNED: Russia, from competing in the 2020 Olympics and 2022 soccer World Cup following a ruling from the World Anti-Doping Agency executive committee. It concluded Moscow had tampered with evidence that could have helped identify drug cheats.
CHOSEN: Sanna Marin, Finland's Transport and Communications Minister, as the country's next Prime Minister following the resignation of Antti Rinne - at just 34, she will become the world's youngest serving prime minister.
CLAIMED: That Uighur detainees in China have now "graduated" and have the "freedom to come and go" from camps in the north-west province of Xinjiang, according to the territory's Governor.

 

9th December, 2019
KILLED: More than 40 people after fire broke out at a factory located in a crowded market in central New Delhi, India.
BEING TREATED: As a terrorist attack, the fatal shooting of three sailors at a UN naval base in Pensecola, Florida, by a Saudi national who was training at the base.
DIED: Caroll Spinney, the puppeteer and voice of Sesame Street characters Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch, at the age of 85, on Sunday. 

 

6th December, 2019
MOVING FORWARD: The impeachment of US President Donald Trump, according to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, with the drafting of formal articles.
BIGGEST: Strike in decades in France with transport stopped, schools closed, and thousands of workers walking off the job as they demand President Emmanuel Macron abandon plans to overhaul the country's pension system.
SHOOTING: At the Hawaii's Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard by a US sailor who killed two people before killing himself; it comes three days before the anniversary of the 1941 Japanese attack.

 

5th December, 2019
KILLED: Tetsu Nakamura, head of Peace Japan Medical Services, and five others following an attack on their vehicle in Jalalabad in eastern Afghanistan.
CREATING: In France, a national anti-hate crime office following the discovery of anti-Semitic graffiti at a Jewish cemetery in the country's east.
RISEN: The death toll from Typhoon Kammuri in The Philippines to at least 17.

 

3rd December, 2019
BRACED: The Philippines, for the impact of Typhoon Kammuri - the 20th typhoon to hit the country this year - after it made landfall on the east coast and began moving through Quezon province.
BANNED: US military visits to Hong Kong, by China in response for the passing of a bill supporting protestors.
BLOCKED: A request from the US Justice Department to overturn a decision that temporarily stalled plans for executing four convicted murderers; by the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.

 

2nd December, 2019
ACCEPTED: Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi's resignation by the country's parliament after weeks of unrest in which an estimated 400 people have been killed.
TO RESIGN: Malta's Prime Minister, Joseph Muscat, in the new year amid a crisis over the murder of journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia.
ADDED: Facebook, a correction to a user's post, at the request of the Singapore Government under a "fake news law" introduced last month.

 

29th November, 2019
KILLED: More than 40 people in Iraq in clashes with security forces in the cities of Nasiriya, Najaf and Baghdad which have also left hundreds injured. Protests demanding more jobs, an end to corruption and better public services broke out in the nation last month.
CLEARED: Former UK South Yorkshire Police Chief Superintendant David Duckenfield over the deaths of 95 people who died in at crowd crush at Hillsborough Stadium in 1989. A 96th death wasn't included at the trial because of time limitations.
VISITED: Afghanistan, US President Donald Trump, to celebrate Thanksgiving with some of the 13,000 US soldiers there.

 

28th November, 2019
KILLED: Thirteen French soldiers after a helicopter crash during a combat mission in Mali - France's worst single loss of troops in 36 years.
RISING: Death toll from a 6.4 magnitude earthquake in Albania to at least 30.
DIED: Expat Australian writer and broadcaster Clive James, at the age of 80, in Cambridge on Sunday.

 

27th November, 2019
SHAKEN: Albania after a 6.4 magnitude earthquake struck about 34 kilometres north-west of the capital Tirana, kiiling at least 18.
RELEASED: Three US men - Alfred Chestnut, Andrew Stewart and Ransom Watkins - after being falsely convicted and sentenced to life in prison in 1984 over the murder of a 14-year-old boy in Maryland a year earlier.
DENIED: UK Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn that anti-Semitism has risen in the party under his leadership; it comes after the UK's Chief Rabbi, Ephraim Mirvis, accused him of allowing "poison" to take root in the party.

 

26th November, 2019
RESIGNED: Brian Hartzer, CEO of Westpac Bank in Australia, amid ongoing pressure over a money laundring scandal involving the bank.
STOLEN: 18th century Baroque jewellery from Dresden's Green Vault Museum in Germany with a reported value of up to €1 billion.
JAILED: Two Catholic priests in Argentina to more than 40 years in prison over the sexual abuse of deaf children at a church-run school.

 

25th November, 2019
KILLED: At least 26 people after a small passenger plane crashed into the city of Goma, shortly after take-off, in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
INVESTIGATING: Australian spy agency ASIO, reports of a Chinese plot to install an agent in the Australian Parliament.
OPENED FIRE: Iraqi security forces on protestors near the southern Iraqi city of Basra on Sunday with reports at least two have been killed and more than 50 injured.

 

22nd November, 2019
CHARGED: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu with corruption offences. Netanyahu has said he will not resign and has described the charges as an "attempted coup".
LAUNCHED: Brazil's far-right President Jair Bolsonaro, a new political party, the Alliance for Brazil (APB), after leaving the Social Liberal Party (PSL).
FOUND: Some 145 graves underneath a high school in Tampa, Florida, after ground-penetrating radar was used following advice some 250 people, many of them African Americans, were buried there.

 

21st November, 2019
TESTIFIED: Gordon Sondland, US ambassador to the EU, at the US impeachment inquiry that he "followed the President's orders" to work with Trump's personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani, who was pushing Ukraine to carry out two investigations that would benefit Trump politically.
ANNOUNCED: Benny Gantz, leader of Israel's Blue and White party, that he has been unable to form a coalition government. Legislators now have 21 days to nominate a candidate with majority support.
WITHDRAWS: Prince Andrew, from public duties for the "foreseeable future", after a BBC interview about his friendship with late US financier and accused sex offender Jeffrey Epstein which was widely criticised as "disastrous".

 

20th November, 2019
DROPPED: A preliminary rape investigation into WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange by Swedish authorities, citing the fact that corroborating evidence had weakened considerably due to the period of time elapsed.
BUSTED: An international crime gang alleged to have stolen artefacts from archaeological sites in southern Italy, by Italian police. Some 10,000 objects have been recovered.
ACCUSED: Australian banking giant Westpac of more than 23 million breaches of anti-money laundering and counter-terrorism finance laws involving more than $A11 billion of transactions, by financial intelligence agency Austrac.

 

19th November, 2019
CHANGED: The US, its position on Israel's right to build settlements in the occupied West Bank, finding that it was not illegal "per se"; the move has been welcomed by Israel and condemned by Palestinians.
SHUT DOWN: The internet in Iran as protests over fuel prices and against the ruling regime spread.
ANNOUNCED: The Australian Government, a review of its foreign aid recipients in a move welcomed by humanitarian aid advocates who also say the amount should be raised.

 

18th November, 2019
CLASHES: Between demonstrators and security forces in Iranian cities including Tehran; the protests were initially sparked by an increase in petrol prices.
DECLARED: In Samoa, a state of emergency as a measles outbreak worsens; schools have been closed and public gatherings limited.
ELECTED: Gotabaya Rajapaksa, a retired lieutenant colonel who oversaw the defeat of the Tamil Tigers a decade ago, as the new President of Sri Lanka, after his main rival Sajith Premadasa conceded defeat.

 

15th November, 2019
REVEALED: That an international inquiry into the 2014 downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 - in which all 298 people aboard were killed - believes high-level Russian officials were directing separatists in eastern Ukraine who are linked to the attack.
KILLED: Two teenage students - and three injured - after a 16-year-old gunman opened fire at a secondary school in California. A suspect is in custody.
DECLARED: Herself President of Bolivia, opposition Senator Jeanine Anez - her move came after the abrupt resignation of Evo Morales who has since received political asylum in Mexico.

 

14th November, 2019
COMMENCED: In the US, public hearings in the impeachment inquiry against US President Donald Trump.
DIDN'T HAPPEN: A planned exchange of American Kevin King and Australian Timothy Weeks, both professors kidnapped in Afghanistan in 2016, for two senior Taliban commanders and a leader of the Haqqani militant group, accoridng to a diplomat and former Afghan official.
FIGHTING: Continuing between Israel and militants in Gaza after an Israeli air-strike killed a Palestinian Islamic Jihad commander earlier this week.

 

13th November, 2019
RELEASING: American Kevin King and Australian Timothy Weeks, both professors kidnapped in 2016, from captivity at the hands of the Taliban. Afghan President Ashraf Ghani said the two will be released in exchange for the release of two senior Taliban commanders and a leader of the Haqqani militant group.
ARRIVED: In Mexico where he had been granted asylum, former Bolivian President Evo Morales, who said he had left his country because he feared for his life. 
REINSTATED: Denmark, checks at border crossings with Sweden, after a spate of bombings and shootings in the Copenhagen area which Danish authorities believe were carried out by Swedish gangs.

 

12th November, 2019
FILED: Gambia, a genocide case against Myanmar over its treatment of Rohingya Muslims at the International Court of Justice.
FLOODS: In South Yorkshire in the UK with hundreds of homes flooded and thousands evacuated.
FOUND DEAD: James Le Mesurier, co-founder of the Mayday Rescue group - an organisation that trained the "White Helmets" emergency response group to perform rescue work in rebel areas during the Syrian civil war - in Istanbul.

 

11th November, 2019
TO RESIGN: Bolivia's President Evo Morales after the military called on him to do so amid ongoing protests over the results of a disputed 20th October election.
EVACUATED: Millions of people in India and Bangladesh after Cyclone Bulbul smashed into the nations' coasts, killing at least 20.
MARKED: In Germany, the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall.

 

8th November, 2019
SENTENCED: To 30 years in prison, former Congolese military leader Bosco Ntaganda, by the International Criminal Court, for crimes including murder, rape and conscripting child soldiers. It is the longest sentence ever handed down by the court.
THWARTED: Sam Rainsy, a former Cambodian finance minister and leader of the opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party, in his attempt to return to Cambodia after he was prevented from boarding a flight to Bangkok in Paris.
KILLED: Thirty-seven workers after a convoy associated with Canadian gold mining company Semafo was ambushed in eastern Burkina Faso. Some 60 others were wounded in the attack.

 

7th November, 2019
ACCUSED: Two former Twitter employees, by US prosecutors, of spying for Saudi Arabia.
APPROVED: By Israel's government, a controversial plan to build a cable car network on Jerusalem's Old City to transport people to the Western Wall.
IMPOSED: China, a curfew and playing time limits on under 18s with regard to gaming online.

 

6th November, 2019
CLASHES: Between protestors and security forces in Iraq with at least 13 protestors shot dead on Monday and early Tuesday, the latest of hundreds of people killed since protests broke out in early October.
FREED: More than 250 captives from an illegal detention centre in a mosque in Ibadan in the south-western Nigerian state of Oyo.
MARKING: This week, the 50th anniversary of US TV show Sesame Street which first aired on 10th November, 1969.

 

5th November, 2019
AGREED: To the terms of the world's largest free trade agreement, the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership, 15 Asian nations - including China, Japan, South Korea and Australia. India has refused to join.
STARTED: The formal process that will see the US withdraw from the Paris Agreement on climate change; the US has claimed the accord places an "unfair economic burden" on the country.
RELEASED: More than 400 prisoners in the US state of Oklahoma on Monday in the largest commutation in US history.

 

4th November, 2019
CONTINUING: Iran, its ban on talks with the US, according to Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei in comments made as the nation marks the  40th anniversary of the seizure of the US embassy in Tehran.
MEETING: South-East Asian leaders in Thailand for the Association of Southeast Asian Nations summit. Talks are centring on the China-backed Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership which would create the world's largest trading bloc.
DECLARED: A public health emergency in the Indian capital of New Delhi after air pollution hit "unbearable" levels.

 

1st November, 2019
KILLED: At least 74 people after a fire on a train travelling between Karachi and Rawalpindi in Pakistan; the fire has been blamed on the explosion of a gas cylinder brought on board for cooking.
PASSED: A vote to formally proceed with an impeachment inquiry against US President Donald Trump in the Democrat-controlled House of Representatives; not a single Republican voted for the resolution.
CHANGED: The status of Indian Kashmir just after midnight on Wednesday with the region now split into two federal territories; it follows an August vote in the Indian parliament.

 

31st October, 2019
BANNING: All political advertising worldwide on social media platform Twitter, according to CEO Jack Dorsey.
PULLED OUT: Chile from hosting the 2019 APEC and UN climate summits as widespread protests over inequality continue in the country.
CLOSED: All 32 of the the glass bridges, walkways and viewing decks in the Chinese province of Hebei since March over safety concerns, state media has revealed.

 

30th October, 2019
RESIGNED: Lebanon's Prime Minister Saad Hariri following widespread protests calling for reforms in the country.
DISQUALIFIED: Hong Kong pro-democracy activist Joshua Wong from standing in upcoming district elections by authorities.
RECOGNISED: By the US House of Representatives the mass killing of Armenians by Ottoman Turks during World War I as "genocide".

 

29th October, 2019
RULED OUT: By Bolivian opposition leader Carlos Mesa, any negotiations with President Evo Morales to bring to an end the country’s political crisis which has seen strikes close roads, schools and businesses.
ONGOING: Battle in California to contain wildfires which have led to the evacuations of hundreds of thousands and which left millions without power over the weekend.
ELECTED: Leftist Alberto Fernandez as the new President of Argentina; Brazil's right-wing President Jair Bolsonaro has been conspicious in his refusal to send congratulations.

 

28th October, 2019
JOINED: Tens of thousands of people, in a human chain stretching across the 170 kilometre wide country in a statement of national unity; it comes as protestors have been demanding reforms in the nation.
EVACUATED: 200,000 people - including 180,000 people in Sonoma County alone - in California because of wildfires which have already destroyed dozens of homes.
DIED: John Conyers, the longest serving black Congressman in the US, at his home in Detroit at the age of 90. He had resigned in December, 2017, after sexual harassment allegations.

 

25th October, 2019
ACCUSED: Turkey, by the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces, of launching a new offensive against three villages in north-eastern Syria despite a truce; Russia has said the deal hammered out this week under which Kurdish forces will withdraw, was going ahead smoothly.
CONFIRMED: That the 39 people - eight women and 31 men - who were found dead in a truck near London this week were Chinese nationals.
WAITING: People wanting to climb Australia's Uluru on the final day before a ban on doing so comes into effect, as the site was closed in the morning due to high winds.

 

24th October, 2019
DECLARED: US President Donald Trump, that a "permanent ceasefire" had been achieved in northern Syria following Turkey's military offensive; he also announced plans to lift sanctions on Turkey.
MOVING: Controversially, the body of Spanish dictator Francisco Franco, from the Valley of the Fallen to his family's mausoleum outside Madrid, on Thursday.
CLAIMED: By Google, that it had achieved 'quantum supremacy' - the ability of an advanced computer to successfully perform a task that has previously defeated the world's most powerful standard computers. Rival IBM has reportedly questioned the claim.

 

23rd October, 2019
AGREED: A deal between Turkey and Russia under which they will conduct joint patrols in northern Syria where Turkey had launched military action against the Kurds last week; the news comes just ahead of the expiry of a US-brokered ceasefire.
RIOTS: In Bolivia, including looting, after electoral authorities announced vote counting showed incumbent President Evo Morales was close to avoiding a runoff election in a bid for his fourth term.
UNVEILED: By the world's richest man, Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, plans for a 'national team' to build a lander that will take US astronauts to the Moon in 2024.

 

22nd October, 2019
RISING: Death toll from people who have died in increasingly violent protests over the cost of living in Chile with at least 11 now killed.
COMMENCED: Voting in Canada's federal election as Prime Minister Justin Trudeau vies for a second term.
STRIPPED: Of her titles and rank, Sineenat Wongvajirapakdi, royal consort of Thailand's King Vajiralongkorn, for "misbehaviour and disloyalty against the monarch", according to a statement released Monday.

 

21st October, 2019
PROTESTS: In Lebanon - the largest anti-government demonstrations in years, initially triggered in part by a tax on calls on messaging services but now including calls for widespread reform.
GUNFIGHT: Between Indian and Pakistani soldiers in Kashmir on Sunday with at least nine people, including civilians and military personnel, killed.
DESIGNATED: Part of an international dark sky reserve, the night sky above parts of the English counties of Wiltshire, Dorset, Hampshire and Somerset.

 

18th October, 2019
AGREED: Turkey, that it will "pause" its operations in northern Syria for a five day ceasefire to allow Kurdish forces to withdraw from the Turkey-declared "safe zone"; the announcement came after talks with the US.
WON: Venezuela, a seat on the UN Human Rights Council, despite widespread concern and criticism over the country's recent human rights record.
ARRESTED: Hundreds of people around the world after a joint operation targeting a dark web site described as one of the largest child pornography operations ever encountered; at least 23 underage victims have been rescued.

 

16th October, 2019
ONGOING: Protests in the Catalonia region of Spain, leading to clashes with police, after nine Catalan separatist leaders were sentenced to prison on Monday.
ISSUED: An arrest warrant for former Papua New Guinea Prime Minister Peter O'Neill over corruption allegations which he has previously labelled a "witch hunt".
FOUND: In the Netherlands, a family of six locked in a secret room in an isolated farm; another man has been arrested.

 

15th October, 2019
SENTENCED: Nine Catalan separatist leaders, to between nine and 13 years, for sedition over their role in the region's failed 2017 bid for independence in a landmark court ruling in Spain.
DELIVERED: Queen Elizabeth II, a speech to the British Parliament in which she outlined the UK Government's agenda including its plan to ensure Brexit on 31st October.
ARRIVED: Prince William and his wife Kate in Pakistan for a five day visit.
CORRECTION: Yesterday's moment said the US was withdrawing all troops from Syria; it should have said 'more'.

 

14th October, 2019
WITHDRAWING: More troops out of Syria, the US, after the Turkish military launched an offensive in northern Syria last week; it comes after US troops earlier withdraw from the country's north.
CLAIMED: Victory in Poland's general election on Sunday, the ruling  Law and Justice party (PiS).
DIED: Richard Tracey, QC, chairman of Australia's royal commission into aged care, of cancer in California on Friday following his diagnosis only seven weeks earlier.

 

10th October, 2019
PROTESTING: Thousands of people in Quito, the capital of Ecuador, demanding economic reforms and the resignation of President Lenin Moreno; clashes with security forces have reportedly resulted in the deaths of at least two people.
JOINED: Climate change protestors in London, UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson's father, Stanley Johnson; it comes after the PM called for the demostrators to leave.
VOWED: Australia and The Netherlands, to pursue criminal convictions for those responsible for the downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 that killed 298 people even if it takes many years.

 

9th October, 2019
ATTACKED: A position of the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces along the Syria-Turkish border, by Turkey's military with Turkish officials saying Turkey is ready to advance into north-eastern Syria; the move comes after US President Donald Trump ordered the withdrawal of US troops there.
SUSPENDED: UK Parliament, by Prime Minister Boris Johnson, so a new session can begin with the Queen's Speech outlining the government's objectives on Monday; meanwhile, a source has told the BBC following a phone call between Johnson and German Chancellor Angela Merkel that a Brexit deal was "essentially impossible".
LOST: Up to 30 homes in the Australian state of New South Wales as bushfires tore through part of the state's north around the communities of Rappville and Ewingar.

 

8th October, 2019
PROTESTS: In numerous cities around the world as thousands of people, under the banner of Extinction Rebellion, call for greater action to address climate change. The protests are expected to be the first under a two week campaign.
ANNOUNCED: US President Donald Trump, plans to withdraw US forces from northern Syria, citing the costs of supporting Kurdish militia. The US has said it expects Turkey to soon invade northern Syria, a move which has renewed fears Kurdish fighters, who have been allied with the US against Islamic State, will be slaughtered.
REMOVED: Five grandchildren of Swedish King Carl XVI Gustaf from the Royal House, meaning they will no longer have the title of royal highness and are not expected to perform official royal duties, interpreted as a move to limit the number of royal family members paid for official duties.

 

7th October, 2019
TOPPED: More than 100, the number of protesters who have died in clashes with security forces in the Iraqi capital of Baghdad over the past week; protesters have been demanding an end to corruption, unemployment and the lack of basic services among other things.
UNDERWAY: A manhunt in the US after four people were shot dead and five others wounded in a Kansas City bar.
MARCHED: In Scotland, tens of thousands of people in support of Scottish independence, along Edinburgh's Royal Mile.

 

4th October, 2019
STABBED: Fatally, four police officers at police headquarters in Paris by a co-worker who was then shot dead at the scene.
CHARGED: With rioting and assaulting a police officer, student Tony Tsang, who was shot in the chest at close range by a police officer during clashes between police and protestors in Hong Kong on Tuesday; the move has sparked further protests.
CALLED: US President Donald Trump for China to investigate former Democrat Vice-President and presidential candidate Joe Biden and his son Hunter in public statements to reporters.

 

3rd October, 2019
FIRED: A suspected submarine ballistic missile in a test by North Korea; the move comes a day after news that the country was resuming nuclear-related talks with the US.
KILLED: At least four people following the collapse of a bridge over a busy fishing port in Taiwan; two more people are missing and 10 people are in hospital.
CANCELLED: Campaign events, US presidential candidate Bernie Sanders, after having an unexpected heart procedure following the discovery an artery was blocked.

 

2nd October, 2019
ATTACKED: Two army camps in central Mali, by suspected jihadists on Monday, leaving 25 dead and 60 missing, according to the Malian Government, in one of the worst attacks seen in an ongoing fight with Islamic extremist groups in the nation.
DROPPED: In Australia, by the Reserve Bank, the official cash rate to an all-time low of 0.75 per cent.
SUING: The publisher of the UK's Mail on Sunday, Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, after the newspaper published a handwritten letter she had sent to her estranged father.

 

1st October, 2019
MARKING: With a massive military parade in Beijing, the 70th anniversary of Communist Party rule in China.
KILLED: More than 100 people in flooding in the Indian states of Uttar Pradesh and Bihar. 
REVEALED: That US President Donald Trump asked Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison for the country's help in investigating the origins of the Mueller investigation into Russian election interference, according to reports.

 

30th September, 2019
RIOTS: At the severely overcrowded Moria refugee camp on the Greek Island of Lesbos with at least one person killed.
RESCUED: Almost 500 men and boys from a Kaduna complex being used as an Islamic school and correctional facility which police allege was a place of slavery.
PLUNGED: Support for Austria's far-right Freedom party in the latest national elections on Sunday with the party's former allies, the conservative People's Party led by Chancellor Sebastian Kurz, winning what has been described as a "clear victory".

 

27th September, 2019
FACED: Hong Kong residents at a public 'dialogue session', Chief Executive Carrie Lam; the moves comes after 16 weeks of protests in the city.
ANNOUNCING: The Australian Government, a new $A100 support package for communities and farmers affected by drought.
DIED: Former French President Jacques Chirac at age 86.

 

26th September, 2019
ASKED: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to form the country's next government by President Reuven Rivlin after last week's general election - the second this year - ended in deadlock and Netanyahu and rival Benny Gantz failed to make a deal to form a unity government.
LEGALISED: Possession and use of small amounts of cannabis in the Australian Capital Territory - the first Australian state or territory to do so. Meanwhile, New South Wales became the latest Australian state to decriminalise abortion after a bill passed in the state's lower house with several amendments.
MET: Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, and four-month-old Baby Archie with Archbishop Desmond Tutu during their first official tour of South Africa as a family.

 

25th September, 2019
SHAKEN: Eastern Pakistan in a 5.8 magnitude earthquake close to the city of Mirpur in Pakistan-administered Kashmir; at least 19 people have died and more than 300 injured.
WON: Google, a fight over stronger 'right to be forgotten' rules, after a European Court of Justice ruling which said it does not have to remove links to sensitive personal data.
SUPPORTED: A Spanish court, the government's plan to move the remains of dictator Francisco Franco from a state mausoleum to a less controversial location.

 

24th September, 2019
STRANDED: Some 600,000 people worldwide after the world's oldest travel firm, UK-based Thomas Cook, collapses, sparking the biggest peacetime repatriation effort in British history.
ERUPTED: Violence following independence protests in the Indonesian province of Papua with reports buildings have been set alight and at least four killed, including three students and a soldier.
DEFENDED: US President Donald Trump, a phone call to Ukraine's new President Volodymyr Zelenskiy, in which he has admitted discussing Democratic presidential rival Joe Biden and his son Hunter, saying his comments were "largely" around "the fact that we don't want our people, like vice-president Biden and his son, creating to [sic] the corruption already in the Ukraine". Media reports have claimed Trump asked Zelenskiy to investigate Biden.

 

23rd September, 2019
PRAISED: Each other, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and US President Donald Trump, at a rally before some 50,000 people at a stadium in Houston on Sunday.
EXPECTED: The release of a British-flagged, Swedish owned tanker detained by Iran's Revolutionary Guards on 19th July in the Strait of Hormuz, according to reports. Meanwhile, Iran has issued a warning for foreign forces to stay out of the gulf.
HELD: A "funeral march" for the Pizol glacier in Switzerland on Sunday after data shows it has lost at least 80 per cent of its volume since 2006.

 

20th September, 2019
WARNED: The US by Iran against any offensive action in the wake of last weekend's attacks on Saudi Arabian oil installations as the US said it was building a coalition to deter Iranian threats.
KILLED: At least 20 people after a truck bomb was detonated outside a hospital in southern Afghanistan. The Taliban claimed responsbility.
DIED: Tunisia's former President Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali, in exile in Saudi Arabia, aged 83.

 

19th September, 2019
PRODUCED: Saudi Arabia, what it says is the wreckage of drones and cruise missiles used in weekend attacks on oil facilities. It says the weapons, and the direction from which they were fired, proves Iranian involvement. Yemen's Iran-aligned Houthi rebels have said they were behind the attacks.
BANNED: India, e-cigarettes, with penalties of up to three years in prison and heavy fines for repeat offenders.
LIFTED: Indonesia, the age at which women can marry, by three years to 19-years-old, in a move to combat child marriage.

 

18th September, 2019
KILLED: At least 48 people in two separate attacks in Afghanistan including an election rally in Charikar in which at least 26 died when a suicide bomber detonated explosives. The second attack took place in Kabul.
UNCERTAINTY: In Israel, after exit polls from the country's second general election in five months suggest the result remains too close to call.
CONFIRMED: Iran, that it has detained three Australians including two travel bloggers, Jolie King and Mark Firkin, arrested for allegedly taking pictures in military areas and a third - presumed to be academic Kylie Moore-Gilbert - for allegedly spying for a third country.

 

17th September, 2019
STATED: By Turkey's President, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, that up to three million Syrian refugees could return to their country to live in a "safe zone" in the north which is being established in cooperation in the US.
ABANDONED: UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson, a joint press conference with Luxembourg's Prime Minister Xavier Bettel following Brexit discussions, leaving Bettel to hold the conference with an empty lectern.
CHANGED: The Solomon Islands, from supporting Taiwan to supporting China; the Taiwanese Government says it will terminate diplomatic relations with the island nation in response.

 

16th September, 2019
ACCUSED: Iran, by the US, of being behind drone attacks on Saudi Arabian oil facilities on Saturday; Iran has dismissed the claims while Iranian-backed Houthi rebels in Yemen have claimed responsibility.
CONFIRMED: US President Donald Trump, that Hamza bin Laden, son of deceased al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden, was killed in a US anti-terrorism operation in the Afghanistan-Pakistan region.
BOYCOTTING: Australia's Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with Disability, a growing number of disability advocates over claims two commissioners have a perceived conflict of interest.

 

13th September, 2019
DENIED: UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson, that he lied to Queen Elizabeth II with regard to the advice he gave her concerning the five week suspension of the UK Parliament; it comes after Scotland's highest civil court ruled on Wednesday that the shutdown was unlawful.
DROPPED: The official number of missing in the Bahamas following Hurricane Dorian, to 1,300 from the 2,500 named earlier this week.
DIED: Former Indonesian President BJ Habibie in Jakarta on Wednesday at the age of 83 after undergoing treatment for heart problems. Meanwhile Tonga's Prime Minister Akilisi Pohiva has died at the age of 78 in New Zealand after being flown to hospital there.

 

12th September, 2019
RULED: Scotland's Court of Session, that UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson's suspension of parliament was a breach of the constitution.
CALLED: By Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, a general election for 21st October in Canada.
DETECTED: Water vapour on a planet known as K2-18b, located 110 light years away in the constellation of Leo.

 

11th September, 2019
SACKED: According to US President Donald Trump, John Bolton, national security advisor, with the President saying he disagreed with many of Bolton's suggestions. John Bolton has said he offered to resign.
ANNOUNCED: His resignation, John Bercow, from the role of Speaker in the UK House of Commons and as an MP at the next election or the Brexit deadline of 31st October - whichever comes first.
STAMPEDED: Thousands of Shia Muslim pilgrims during a holy day commemoration in the Iraqi city of Karbala, killing at least 31 people with another 100 injured.

 

10th September, 2019
LOST: British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, another parliamentary vote in an attempt to call a general election ahead of the Brexit deadline of 31st October. Parliament is now expected to be suspended for five weeks.
ASSESSING: Damage in the Tokyo metropolitan area after Typhoon Faxai hit the area on Monday morning, bringing with it record-breaking wind. One person is reported to have died and dozens more been injured.
GROUNDED: Almost all British Airways flights over a dispute with pilots involving pay.

 

9th September, 2019
CANCELLED: Secret peace talks between the US and the Taliban at Camp David, by US President Donald Trump after the Taliban revealed it was behind an attack in which a US soldier died.
APPEAL: Protestors in Hong Kong to US President Donald Trump to "liberate Hong Kong" in ongoing protests including a peaceful march outside the US Consulate; the protests are continuing despite the Hong Kong Government's promise to formally withdraw a much-opposed extradition bill.
ADVISED: Hundreds of thousands of people in the greater Tokyo area as Typhoon Faxai made landfall near the Japanese capital with wind speeds of up to 210kph.

 

6th September, 2019
RISING: Death toll in the Bahamas to at least 20 as the extent of the damage to islands in the north of the Caribbean archipelago become known.
RESIGNED: As a minister and MP, Jo Johnson, the younger brother to UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson who had backed the remain campaign in 2016, saying he was "torn between family loyalty and the national interest".
KILLED: At least 10 people after a car bomb exploded in the Afghan capital of Kabul.

 

5th September, 2019
THWARTED: British MP Boris Johnson, in his intention to call a snap election after parliament voted 298 for and 56 against (with Labour abstaining); the move came after parliament voted in favour of a bill to force him to seek a Brexit delay rather than leave the EU with 'no deal'. 
SIGNALLED: Iran, that it is lifting all limits on nuclear research and development program; it's the latest step in reducing the country's commitments under the 2015 nuclear deal.
ANNOUNCED: US President Donald Trump, that the US Government will dedicate almost $US2 billion in grants to state and local governments to be used in battling the country's opioid epidemic.

 

4th September, 2019
VOTED: British MPs, 328 to 301, to take control of Parliament in order to bring forwward a bill to force UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson to delay Brexit unless MPs backed new deal or a no deal exit. In response, Johnson has tabled a motion which would allow an election to be held.
CONDEMNED: A wave of looting and violence in South Africa mostly targeting foreigners in which five people have died, by President Cyril Ramaphosa, who said there was no justification for it.
CONFIRMED: That 34 passengers died after a recreational dive boat caught fire off Santa Cruz Island in California earlier this week.

 

3rd September, 2019
BATTERED: The Bahamas by Hurricane Dorian, with reports at least five people have died and as many as 13,000 homes destroyed. The stormj has been downgraded to category four.
FEARED: That up to 34 people have died after a recreational dive boat caught fire off Santa Cruz island in southern California. Eight have been confirmed dead and 26 are still missing.
AGREED: The US, to withdraw 5,400 troops from Afghanistan in the next 20 months, under an in-principle deal with the Taliban.

 

30th August, 2019
MARKING: Twenty years since Timor-Leste voted for independence from Indonesia in a UN-sanctioned poll on 30th August, 1999.
ALLEGED: Villagers in Indian-administered Kashmir, that they have been subjected to torture by members of the Indian Army in the wake of the Indian Government's decision to strip the region of its autonomy, according to a BBC story. The army has called the claims "baseless".
CANCELLED: US President Donald Trump, a trip to Poland, as Hurricane Dorian bears down on the Florida coast; a state of emergency has been declared in parts of the state.

 

29th August, 2019
AGREED: The formation of a new coalition government in Italy, by the centre-left Democratic Party and populist Five Star Movement, with Giuseppe Conte to stay on as Prime Minister.
ANNOUNCED: Australian universities will be required to work with security agencies to guard against undue foreign interference.
REVEALED: That amateur metal detectorists found a hoard of more than 2,000 coins, dating from around 1066 and valued at up to £5 million, in southern England.

 

28th August, 2019
BRACING: Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic after the US National Hurricane Center issued a hurricane watch and tropical storm warnings for Caribbean nations.
AGREED: Nations, to limit the sale of wild elephants captured in Zimbabwe and Botswana at a conference in Geneva.
LAUNCHED: SpaceX's prototype Mars rocket 'Starhopper' in south Texas in its final - and successful - test.

 

27th August, 2019
NAMED: A site in East Kalimantan province on the island of Borneo as Indonesia's next capital city, replacing Jakarta, by President Joko Widodo.
CLARIFIED: The White House, that First Lady Melania Trump has not had secret meetings with North Korean leader, Kim Jong-un, after comments by President Donald Trump that the First Lady had "gotten to know" him.
SEEKING: Federal prosecutors in the US, the death penalty for the Robert Bowers, the man charged with the killing of 11 people at a Pittsburgh synagogue in October, 2018.

 

26th August, 2019
INTENSIFYING: Clashes between protestors and police in Hong Kong with reports a police officer fired a live round for the first time in countering the protests; other tactics included use of water cannon and tear gas.
ATTENDED: Side-line talks at the G7 summit in Biarritz, France, Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif; reports suggest that many at the summit, including the US delegation, were surprised by the visit.
OUSTED: Nauru's President Baron Waqa from his seat during national elections on Saturday.

 

23rd August, 2019
OUT: Iceland's Prime Minister Katrin Jakobsdottir, when US Vice-President Mike Pence visits her nation in early September, citing prior commitments; it comes after US President Donald Trump announced he was postponing a visit to Denmark after he was told Greenland was not for sale.
KILLED: Four people with 100 more injured after being struck by lightning during a thunderstorm in Poland's south.
CLOSED: A ride at a German theme park following complaints a new ride resembled spinning swastikas - illegal in the country.

 

22nd August, 2019
PERMITTED: A ship carrying more than 80 would-be migrants rescued from the Mediterranean Sea to dock in Sicily after a 19 day stand-off.
DEPLOYED: By Indonesia, 1,000 security personnel to the province of West Papua following protests and violence.
DECLARED: The World Health Organization, that micro-plastics in drinking water pose a "minimal" health risk to humans at current levels.

 

21st August, 2019
RESIGNED: Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte after an attack on his Interior Minister Matteo Salvini whom he accused of putting his own interests ahead of the government's.
KILLED: By a sniper, a man who had hijacked a bus and taken 37 people hostage in Brazil. The man had freed six of the hostages before the fatal shot.
TAKING: Pakistan, the dispute over Kashmir, to the International Court of Justice; it comes after India revoked Kashmir's special autonomous status.

 

20th August, 2019
EVACUATED: Thousands of people as an out-of-control bushfire rages on Gran Canaria, one of Spain's Canary Islands, in what has been described as an "unprecedented environmental tragedy".
RESUMED: Building work on Notre Dame Cathedral after it was suspended due to fears of lead contamination; the cathedral was badly damaged in a fire earlier this year.
CONFIRMED: The UK Government, that EU free movement rules, allowing EU citizens to live in the UK, would end immediately on 31st October under a 'no deal' Brexit.

 

19th August, 2019
KILLED: Dozens of people attending wedding celebrations in the Afghan capital after the event was targeted by a suicide bomber.
DESTROYED: Large parts of a slum in Bangladesh's capital of Dhaka in a fire which has reportedly left some 50,000 people homeless.
RELEASED: An Iranian tanker, by Gibraltar, after it was seized in July on suspicion of carrying oil to Syria in violation of EU sanctions.

 

16th August, 2019
REJECTED: By North Korea, further peace talks with South Korea; the move follows a speech by South Korea President Moon Jae-in in which he pledged to bring in unification by 2045.
RAN INTO: Jewish protestors outside an immigration detention in the US state of Rhode Island; several people were reportedly hospitalised.
BARRED: Israel, two members of the US Congress - Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib - from entering the country next week under a law blocking entrance to foreigners who call for a boycott targeting Israel.

 

15th August, 2019
PLUNGED: The Dow Jones index, by 800 points or three per cent, in its worst day of trading for 2019 after warnings of a recession.
DETERMINED: Canada's ethics commissioner Mario Dion, that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau violated federal conflict of interest rules in the handling of a corruption inquiry.
APOLOGISED: Tencent Video, China's largest video-streaming platform, for mistakenly sending a message to subscribers saying Typhoon Lekima had killed everyone in Shandong province; officials say the national death toll from the typhoon had reached 56 on Wednesday.

 

14th August, 2019
ONGOING: Protests in Hong Kong airport, causing widespread disruption to flights and resulting in some violent confrontations with police.
EVACUATED: The Russian town of Nyonoksa near the White Sea following an explosion during a rocket test at a nearby naval weapons range last Thursday during which five scientists were killed. State nuclear agency Rosatom has conceded the incident involved nuclear materials.
CHARGED: Almazbek Atambayev, the former President of Kyrgyzstan, with murder and plotting a government coup following a police raid on his house last week during which an officer was killed.

 

13th August, 2019
SHUT DOWN: Of Hong Kong airport on Monday as thousands of protestors descended on terminal buildings with scores of flights cancelled.
ENCOURAGING: Results from a trial of two drugs which gave people infected with Ebola significantly improved rates of survival.
BURIED: Five Russian nuclear scientists who died during what US officials believe was a botched missile test in the country's north last week.

 

12th August, 2019
RISING: Death toll from floods in India with more than 150 people confirmed killed as heavy monsoon rains wreak havoc.
FOUND: Dead in his New York jail cell, disgraced US financier Jeffrey Epstein, who had been charged with sex trafficking; victims are demanding answers surrounding the circumstances of his death.
ARRESTED: A suspect in a shooting at a mosque in Norway's capital of Oslo after he was overpowered by congregation members. 

 

9th August, 2019
CALLED: For new elections in Italy, Deputy Prime Minister Matteo Salvini, after declaring the governing coalition to be unworkable.
ARRESTED: Almost 700 mostly Latino workers at seven chicken processing plants in the US state of Mississippi in the largest immigration raid in the country in at least 10 years.
CELEBRATING: Beatles fans, as the world marks 50 years since the iconic photograph of the 'Fab Four' crossing London's Abbey Road (an image which appeared on the cover of the album of the same name) was taken on 8th August, 1969.

 

8th August, 2019
EXPELLED: India's Ambassador to Pakistan, by the Pakistani Government; the move comes after India this week stripped its portion of the contested Kashmir region of special status that allowed it to make its own laws.
VISITED: US President Donald Trump, the cities of El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio, where mass shootings occurred last weekend killing more than 30 people in total; the visits came amid ongoing protests over his administration's gun and migrant policies.
FOUND: In Canada, the bodies of two men suspected of the murder of Sydney man Lucas Fowler, 23, his girlfriend Chynna Deese, 24, and Leonard Dyck, 64; the find follows a massive manhunt.

 

7th August, 2019
WARNED: Protestors in Hong Kong, by Chinese authorities, that they should not under-estimate the resolve of the Chinese Government and that "to play with fire" will backfire on them. It comes after nine weeks of anti-government protests.
DECLARED: A national dengue fever epidemic in the Philippines after at least 622 deaths so far this year.
DIED: Nobel Prize-winning author Toni Morrison, in the US, at the age of 88.

 

6th August, 2019
KILLED: More than 20 people after a car bomb exploded next to cancer hospital in central Cairo. Egyptian authorities have blamed an Islamic extremist group.
ARRESTED: More than 100 people after more clashes between police and protestors in Hong Kong in what has been described as the worst violence yet. A general strike was called on Monday.
WORST: Trading day of the year on the US Dow Jones Industrial Average which sank by almost three per cent; the drop comes as US President Donald Trump renewed his attacks on China including that it was using unfair trading practices.

 

5th August, 2019
CLAIMED: Iran, that Revolutionary Guard soldiers had seized another foreign oil tanker in the Persian Gulf and detained seven crew.
BLACKED-OUT: Tens of millions of people in the Indonesian capital of Jakarta on Sunday in a failure reportedly due to technical issues.
COMMEMORATED: In Australia, 75 years since the 'Cowra breakout' during World War II in which four Australian soldiers and 234 Japanese prisoners were killed.
DIED:
Cambodian Nuon Chea, known as 'Brother Number Two', who was the Khmer Rouge's chief ideologist, at the age of 93; he was imprisoned to life in prison last year after being found guilty of genocide.

 

2nd August, 2019
FIRED: More missiles in tests, North Korea, according to South Korean military. It's the third launch of projectiles by North Korea in eight days.
SENT: A message to protestors in Hong Kong by the Chinese People's Liberation Army which released a three minute video showing a military drill in which soldiers conducted "anti-riot" exercises.
EVACUATED: The 6,500 residents of the English town of Whaley Bridge in Derbyshire after a dam partially collapsed following heavy rains and flooding.

 

1st August, 2019
ORDERED IN: The Russian Army to tackle massive wildfires in Siberia and other eastern regions with about three million hectares affected.
DEAD: According to media reports, Osama bin Laden's son Hamza.
CHARGED: In Hong Kong, 44 people with rioting offences following Sunday's protest. Those charged include more than a dozen students.

 

31st July, 2019
FIRED: Two short-range ballstic missles, North Korea, on Wednesday following an earlier launch last week, according to reports. Both missiles landed in the sea.
REQUESTED: A forced marriage protection order in the UK's High Court by Princess Haya Bint al-Hussein, the estranged wife of Dubai's ruler, Sheikh Mohammed Al Maktoum.
FOUND: By a Californian jury, that US singer Katy Perry plagiarised Christian rapper In Marcus Gray, who records as Flame, in her song Dark Horse.

 

30th July, 2019
KILLED: At least 57 prisoners at a prison in Altamira in Brazil's Para state in clashes between rival gangs; it comes after more than 50 prisoners were killed in gang fighting in a prison in Amazonas state in May.
SHOT: More than a dozen people, including three, two of whom were children, who died after 19-year-old Santino William Legan opened fire at a garlic festival in Gilroy, California, on Monday. Legan was fatally shot by police at the scene.
FEARS: That he may have been poisoned, Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny, who has been discharged from hospital after he was rushed there on Sunday and subsequently treated for symptoms of an acute allergy.

 

29th July, 2019
KILLED: At least 65 mourners after suspected Boko Haram fighters opened fire on people at a funeral in Nigeria's Borno state.
CHAOS: In Hong Kong streets on Sunday amid ongoing - and increasingly violent - clashes between police and protestors.
STEPPING DOWN: Dan Coats, the US director of national intelligence, in mid-August with Congressman John Ratcliffe to be nominated as his replacement.

 

26th July, 2019
FEARS: That up to 115 people, including women and children, have died after boats they were in capsized in the Mediterranean off Libya as they attempted to cross to Europe in what has been described as the worst tragedy in the sea this year.
REINSTATING: Use of the death penalty in federal cases in the US according to Attorney-General William Barr with executions of five death row inmates scheduled. The last federal execution took place in 2003. 
SWELTERING: Europe, in a heatwave which is seeing record temperatures in countries including the UK, France, Germany and Belgium.

 

25th July, 2019
FIRED: By North Korea, two short range missiles from its east coast into the sea in its first missile test since North Korean leader King Jong-un and US President Donald Trump agreed to continue stalled talks on denuclearisation, according to reports.
WARNED: In a white paper released by China's government, that it will not renounce the use of force to reunify Taiwan with the mainland.
KILLED: Eight people in mob attacks in Bangladesh after false rumours about child abductions spread online, according to police.

 

24th July, 2019
FIRED: South Korean aircraft, about 360 rounds of ammunition in warning shots at a Russian military aircraft which South Korea said entered its airspace.
DIED: Controversial former Chinese Premier Li Peng at the age of 90 on Monday night, according to Chinese media.
SECOND: Podium snub given to Chinese swimmer Sun Yang after he won another gold medal at the world swimming championships - Australia's Mack Horton was the first to refuse to share the podium with the accused drug cheat this week, he's now been followed by British swimmer Duncan Scott.

 

23rd July, 2019
CLAIMED: The Iranian Government, that it has arrested 17 people recruited by the CIA as spies with some of them sentenced to death; US President Donald Trump has dismissed the news as "totally false".
CLOSED: Voting in the UK's Conservative Party for the country's next Prime Minister with former Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson the favourite over current Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt.
DEFENDED: In Hong Kong, the actions of police which opposition figures says were suspiciously slow to react when unidentified armed men attacked pro-democracy protestors at a train station.

 

22nd July, 2019
WEIGHING UP: The UK Government, its response after the Iranian military seized a British ship on Friday in apparent retaliation for the British seizure of an Iranian tanker two weeks ago.
CLASHES: Again in Hong Kong between protestors and police as another mass rally of pro-democracy supporters took to the streets. Police used tear gas and fired rubber bullets.
TOPPLED: The film Avatar from its position as the highest grossing film of all time by Avengers: Endgame, the earnings from which have now topped $US2.79 billion.

 

19th July, 2019
DOWNED: An Iranian drone, by the USS Boxer, in the Strait of Hormuz after the aircraft threatened the vessel and flew within 900 metres of it, according to the US military.
DENOUNCED: By the Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, the jail conditions of drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman - sentenced to life plus 30 years in prison in the US this week for running a murderous drug trafficking enterprise - as "inhumane".
FOUND: In South Australia, a message-in-a-bottle which was sent 50 years ago by Paul Gilmore as he sailed with his family from the UK to Melbourne in 1969.

 

18th July, 2019
SENTENCED: Mexican drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, once the world's richest man, to life plus 30 years in a US court for running a criminal enterprise that smuggled tonnes of drugs into the US.
MARKED: The fifth anniversary of the shooting down of Malaysian Airlines Flight 17 over eastern Ukraine in which 298 people died with families of those killed continuing to call for justice for their loved ones.
DROPPED: All criminal charges against US actor Kevin Spacey over claims he sexually assaulted an 18-year-old man in Massachusetts in 2016.

 

17th July, 2019
VOTED: The US House of Representatives to condemn "racist comments" made by US President Donald Trump on Twitter against four congresswomen of colour.
COLLAPSED: A four storey building in the Indian city of Mumbai, killling at least four with dozens more feared trapped.
VOTED: The European Parliament, 383 to 327 in favour of German defence minister Ursula von der Leyen becoming the next (and first woman) European Commission president.

 

16th July, 2019
RISING: Death toll from floods in Nepal, India and Bangladesh with more than 130 now killed and some four million displaced.
STATED: By the EU's foreign policy chief, Federica Mogherini, that Iran's recent breaches of the 2015 nuclear deal are not sigtnificant and can be reversed.
CONTROVERSY: Over England's first ever World Cricket Cup win with claims umpires may have incorrectly awarded England a run.

 

15th July, 2019
CLASHES: Between police and protestors, in Paris which has seen the worst clashes since March, and, in Hong Kong, where ongoing protests over a controversial extradition bill resulted in violence.
MORE: Leaked emails from the UK's former ambassador to the US, Sir Kim Darroch, in which he said US President Donald Trump had pulled out of the Iran nuclear deal due to "spite".
WON: England, its first ever World Cricket Cup over New Zealand in a tight game which came down to a boundary countback.

 

12th July, 2019
LAUNCHED: The United Nations Human Rights Council, an investigation into mass killings during Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte's so-called "war on drugs" which the Philippines Government says has seen about 6,600 people killed in shootouts with police.
ABANDONED: Plans by the US Trump administration to add a question on citizenship status to the 2020 US census questionnaire; instead Trump said he had directed officials to obtain the information through an executive order for government agencies.
INCREASED: The alert level for British ships operating in the Persian Gulf, after a Royal Navy warship trained its guns on Iranian gunboats attempting to disrupt the passage of an Isle of Man flagged ship on Tuesday.

 

11th July, 2019
RESIGNED: The UK Ambassador to Washington, DC, Sir Kim Darroch, after comments he made describing the Trump administration as "inept" - which sparked a strong backlash from the US President - were leaked to the press.
ANNOUNCED: By Ukraine's President, Volodymyr Zelensky, that Chernobyl, site of the world's worst nuclear accident, will be turned into a tourist site.
LINKED: Cancer and sugary drinks with a new French study published in the British Medical Journal suggesting consumption may increase the risk.

 

10th July, 2019
KILLED: At least 15 women and children in a tribal-related massacre in Papua New Guinea's Hela province, according to reports.
DENIED: By Australian student Alek Sigley, allegations from North Korea that he was a spy. Sigley was detained in late June in North Korea and then expelled suddenly last week.
DIED: Ross Perot, tech billionaire and former US presidential candidate, at the age of 89.

 

8th July, 2019
WON: In a landslide, Greece's opposition conservatives in snap elections on Sunday with Prime Minister elect Kyriakos Mitsotakis saying he had a clear mandate for change.
WARNED: Iran, that it will shortly boost its uranium enrichment above the cap set by the 2015 nuclear deal; the announcement prompted a warning from US President Donald Trump for Iran to "be careful".
WON: For the fourth time, the women's soccer World Cup, by the US, 2-0 over The Netherlands.

 

4th July, 2019
RELEASED: From detention in North Korea, Australian student Alek Sigley who flew to Japan to join his Japanese wife; the Australian Government has warned him not to return to North Korea.
CLAIMED: In a UN report, that Venezuelan security forces are sending death squads to murder young men - the report will be presented to the UN Human Rights Council in Brussels on Friday.
FEARS: For dozens of migrants who are missing after their boat capsized off the coast of Tunisia.

 

3rd July, 2019
ARRESTED: Sri Lanka's police chief, Pujith Jayasundara, and former defence secretary, Hemasiri Fernando, over allegations of negligence in the lead-up to the Easter Sunday bombings that killed more than 250 people at churches and hotels.
DIED: Fourteen Russian sailors after a fire on a navy research submarine, according to Russia's Defence Ministry.
SOLD: For £735,000, a long-lost 900-year-old Lewis Chessman piece at auction following its recent rediscovery.

 

2nd July, 2019
KILLED: Six people with more than 100 more wounded after Taliban fighters detonated a truck bomb near the Afghan Defence Ministry in Kabul on Monday and fighters then opened fire on rescuers, leading to a seven hour battle with security forces.
DAMAGED: Hong Kong's parliament after it was stormed by protestors on Monday; the protestors had occupied the building for three hours before police regained control.
CONFIRMED: By the UN's nuclear watchdog, the International Atomic Energy Agency, that Iran has now amassed more low-enriched uranium than permitted under the 2015 nuclear deal with world governments.

 

1st July, 2019
MASS PROTESTS: In Sudan, demonstrating against military rule, with reports of at least seven deaths and scores of injuries.
CLASHES: Between police and protestors in Hong Kong on the anniversary of the handover of the territory from Britain to China.
SWORN IN: Australia's 27th Governor-General, David Hurley, former Governor of New South Wales and Defence Force chief; he succeeds Sir Peter Cosgrove.
RETURNED: Dutch master Jan van Huysum's still-life painting, Vase of Flowers, to Florence after it disappeared following World War II and resurfaced in private hands in Germany in 1991.

 

27th June, 2019
MET: Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison with US President Donald Trump over dinner on the sidelines of the G20 meeting in Japan.
DEBATES: Among Democratic presidential hopefuls in the US with healthcare and migration among subjects discussed.
MISSING: In North Korea, 29-year-old Australian student and tour guide Alek Sigley, believed to be the only Australian living in the country.

 

27th June, 2019
GATHERING: In Japan for the G20, world leaders including US President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping with the US-China trade war to be among topics for discussion.
ERUPTING: The Mount Ulawun in Papua New Guinea, forcing more than 5,000 people to flee, according to reports.
SEEKING: The Australian Government, clarification over reports an Australian university student has been detained in North Korea.

 

26th June, 2019
WAR OF WORDS: Between US President Donald Trump and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani in which Rouhani critisised new sanctions as indicative of a "mentally retarded" White House and Trump said the "ignorant and insulting" statement showed Iran's leaders "do not understand reality" and threatened "obliteration".
REVEALED: The date when the UK's next Prime Minister - expected to be either Boris Johnson or Jeremy Hunt - will be announced as 23rd July.
TO BE BANNED: From next year in the Australian state of Victoria, use of mobile phones by students expect where a medical condition means a phone is needed.

 

25th June, 2019
SIGNED: US President Donald Trump, an executive order imposing new financial-related sanctions on Iran targeting the nation's Supreme Leader and associates.
WON: For the first time in 25 years, the city of Istanbul in a hotly contested mayoral election, by Turkish opposition parties over Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. 
HIDING: Eleven Republican senators in the US state of Oregon in a bid to block a vote on a plan to address carbon emissions.

 

24th June, 2019
PROTESTS: By hundreds of thousands in the Czech Republic, calling for the resignation of Prime Minister Andrej Babis over allegations of fraud.
THWARTED: A coup in Ethiopia in which the country's military head was killed by his bodyguard, according to Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed.
JOINED: Some 400 pilots in a class action against US plane manufacturer Boeing over what they allege was a cover-up of the 737 MAX's "known desgn flaws".

 

21st June, 2019
CLAIMED: By Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad that Russia is being made a scapegoat for the downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17; it comes after international investigation team said three Russians and one Ukrainian will face murder charges for the deaths of the 298 people aboard the plane which was downed over easterm Ukraine in 2014.
MEETING: Chinese President Xi Jinping and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un in Pyongyang during the first visit by a Chinese leader to North Korea in 14 years.
REMAINING: Just Boris Johnson and foreign minister Jeremy Hunt in the race to become the UK's next Prime Minister following a final ballot of Conservative MPs. The decision will now be put to party members.

 

20th June, 2019
NAMED: Four suspects - three Russians and a Ukrainian - who will face murder changes for the deaths of 298 people aboard Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17, shot down over eastern Ukraine in 2014.
LAUNCHED: In New Zealand, a six month gun buy-back scheme targeting weapons prohibited in the wake of attacks on two Christchurch mosques.
CLASHED: Hundreds of Chinese and Bangladeshi workers at the site of a Chinese-funded power plant in Bangladesh with more than 1,000 police officers required to restore calm.

 

19th June, 2019
BACKED DOWN: Hong Kong's leader Carrie Lam on a bill that would allow extradition to China, a bill which sparked mass protests in the city in recent days, with Lam now acknowledging its "unlikely" to pass.
ATTACKED: Unknown gunmen on motorcycles, two villages in central Mali, killing at least 41 people.
LAUNCHING: His campaign for re-election as US President in 2020, Donald Trump, in Florida. Meanwhile, Patrick Shanahan, Trump's choice for defence secretary has withdrawn.

 

18th June, 2019
MOVING: 1,000 more troops to the Middle East, the US, which is citing concerns over a threat from Iran.
VISITING: North Korea for a two day state visit later this week, Chinese President Xi Jinping to meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un; Xi will be the first Chinese leader to visit the country in 14 years.
DIED: Heiress and fashion icon Gloria Vanderbilt, mother of US CNN anchor Anderson Cooper, in the US at the age of 95.

 

17th June, 2019
ACKNOWLEDGES: By Sudan's ruling military, that "outrageous" human rights violations were committed while dispersing protestors outside military headquarters in Khartoum calling for a transition to civilian rule. Protestors alleged more than 100 people were killed in the nation during a crackdown last week.
AFFECTED: Tens of millions of people by a power outage in the South American nations of Argentina, Paraguay and Uruguay.
NAMED: By Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, a 30-year-old settlement in the Golan Heights previously known as Bruchim, after US President Donald Trump.

 

14th June, 2019
BLAMED: Iran, by the US, for attacks on two oil tankers, which forced the crews to abandon the ships in the Gulf of Oman amid rising tensions in the region.
PLEADED: Australian Brenton Tarrant, not guilty to 92 charges - including 51 of murder, 40 of attempted murder and one of engaging in a terrorist act - stemming from a massacre in two Christchurch mosques in New Zealand in March.
RECEIVED: By British Home Secretary Sajid Javid, an extradition request to send WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange to the US.

 

13th June, 2019
EXPECTED: That protestors will return to Hong Kong streets after clashes with police on Wednesday amid protests over a proposed law to allow extradition to China.
CONFIRMED: That the latest Ebola outbreak has moved beyond the Democratic Republic of Congo into Uganda with two cases found there.
KICKED OFF: His bid to become the next UK Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, a former Mayor of London and the favourite for the top job.

 

12th June, 2019
UNDERWAY: In Hong Kong, more mass protests and strikes, as a proposed law allowing extradition to China goes to a second reading in the Legislative Council.
FREED: In Nicaragua, more than 100 political prisoners under a new amnesty for people arrested in recent anti-government protests.
AGREED: To resume talks, protest and military leaders in Sudan after they broke off following a crackdown on protestors earlier this month which saw dozens killed.

 

11th June, 2019
KILLED: At least 95 Dogon people in an attack on their village by Fulani people in Mali, according to reports. 
VOWED: Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam to push ahead with amendments to laws allowing suspects to be extradited to mainland China despite the move prompting the city's biggest protest on Sunday since its handover from British to Chinese rule in 1997.
SMASHED: Into the roof of a Manhattan skyscraper, a helicopter, with the pilot believed to have been killed.

 

7th June, 2019
RETURNED: To power as Prime Minister of Thailand, the incumbent, General Prayut Chan-o-cha, following a vote in the combined Houses of Parliament. General Prayut first appointed himself as PM after leading a 2014 coup. 
SUSPENDED: Sudan, from the African Union, after a violent paramilitary crackdown against pro-democracy protestors has left what opposition activists say is more than 100 dead.
CONVICTED: In Germany, Niels Hoegel, of murdering 85 people while working as a nurse between 2000 and 2005, making him the country's worst post-World War II-serial killer.

 

6th June, 2019
CLIMBED: The death toll in Sudan with reports at least 100 people have now been killed by a paramilitary unit in the capital of Khartoum since Monday.
OUTCRY: Over police raids on the headquarters of Australian national broadcaster ABC on Wednesday and a News Limited journalist's home on Tuesday on relation to several stories on different issues but all based on leaked government documents.
LAUNCHED: By China, the first rocket from a ship at sea. It was carrying two communications satellites.

 

5th June, 2019
MET: Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison with Queen Elizabeth II in London; meanwhile US President Donald Trump continues his three day state visit in London amid large protests.
RELEASED: Hundreds of women and children from a camp in Syria established for family members of so-called Islamic State fighters.
KILLED: At least 30 people during a crackdown on protestors in Sudan on Monday.
FOUND: One of the missing five pieces belonging to the 900 year-old Lewis Chessmen set in a Scottish antique dealer's drawer. It's to be sold at auction with expectations it could bring as much as £1 million.

 

4th June, 2019
COMMEMORATING: Thirty years since the Chinese Government's 1989 bloody crackdown on protesting students in Tiananmen Square.
DINED: US President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump with Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham House in the first day of his state visit to the UK; Trump, meanwhile, has been engaging in a war of words with London's Mayor Sadiq Khan.
SPOTTED: What is believed to be five bodies in India's Himalayas where eight climbers were missing attempting to climb India's second-highest peak Nanda Devi.

 

3rd June, 2019
ARRIVING: In the UK on Monday, US President Donald Trump on his first state visit during which he will meet with Queen Elizabeth II and political leaders.
CRASHED: A cruise ship into a dock in Venice with five women injured as they tried to flee.
MISSING: Eight climbers in India's Himalayas as they attempted to climb India's second-highest peak Nanda Devi after reports on an avalanche on their proposed route.

 

31st May, 2019
ANNOUNCED: US President Donald Trump that he will impose tariffs on all imported Mexican goods in what he says is an effort to stop illegal immigration.
ARRESTED: The captain of a boat involved in a collision which saw a tourist boat carrying many South Korean tourists capsize on the River Danube in the Hungarian capital of Budapest. Seven people have been confirmed killed with some 21 others still missing.
MISSED: WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, an appearance via a video link from the prison where he is serving time for skipping bail at a extradition-related hearing in London, due to poor health.

 

30th May, 2019
ANNOUNCED:
 A new election will be held in Israel after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu failed to form a government; the unprecented move - sparked by a parliamentary vote - comes just weeks after April elections.
SUMMONED: To court, UK prime ministerial aspirant Boris Johnson, to answer a private prosecution surrounding allegations he lied to the British public over Brexit.
CAPSIZED: A tourist boat on the Danube River in Budapest with seven people confirmed dead and many missing. The passengers were mostly tourists from South Korea.

 

29th May, 2019
RECORDED:
More than 500 tornadoes in the US in the past 30 days with one man killed and several injured in western Ohio as well as flooding and widespread damage in various other states.
ORDERED: By the Malaysian Government, that it will send several thousands tonnes of imported plastic waste back to the countries they come from.
PLEDGED: Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos' ex-wife, MacKenzie, to give half of her $US36 billion fortune to charity.

 

28th May, 2019
SUNK:
A boat on Lake Mai-Ndombe in the west of the Democratic Republic of Congo, with at least 45 dead with some 200 still missing.
FOUND: Dead, at least 42 prisoners, apparently from hanging, in separate prisons in northern Brazil, a day after 15 prisoners were killed during gang clashes.
DIED: Malaysia's last Sumatran male rhino, leaving Iman, a female, the only surviving member of the subspecies in the country.

 

27th May, 2019
GAINS: 
By both left and right fringe parties in early projections from the European elections.
ANNOUNCED: Anthony Albanese is the next Opposition Leader following Labor's defeat at the recent Australian election; meanwhile Prime Minister Scott Morrison has unveiled his new cabinet with just a few new faces including Ken Wyatt as Indigenous Affairs Minister.
VISITING: Japan, US President Donald Trump, in a state visit in which he and Japanese PM Abe Shinzo have played golf, watched a sumo wrestling match and eaten together.

 

24th May, 2019
UNVEILED:
17 new charges against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange by the US Justice Department which allege he unlawfully published the names of classified sources and conspired with Chelsea Manning to obtain access to classified information.
RETURNED: An honorary degree to Oxford University, Brunei's Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah following a backlash over proposals to introduce the death penalty for gay sex and adultery in Brunei.
DIED: UK-based writer Judith Kerr, author of celebrated children's book The Tiger Who Came To Tea, at the age of 95.

 

23rd May, 2019
KILLED: 
At least six people as protests against the recent presidential result in Indonesia turned violent; police have arrested more than 250 people.
REQUESTED: Japan's Prime Minister Abe Shinzo that Japanese people be referred to by their surname first in keeping with Japanese custom.
SEEN: Over southern Australia, a meteor said to be no more than marble-sized, blazing across the sky on Tuesday night before landing in the ocean south of the continent.

 

22nd May, 2019
SET OUT: 
A "new deal" for the UK's departure from the EU, by Prime Minister Theresa May, which includes a possible second referendum, in a bid to break the Britain's parliamentary impasse on Brexit.
EASED: US trade restrictions on Chinese telco Huawei to minimise disruption for customers; it comes after the US blocked the company from buying US goods last week in an escalating trade war between China and the US.
DIED: Formula 1 icon Niki Lauder, at the age of 70, having undergone a lung transplant last August.

 

21st May, 2019
ANNOUNCED: Google, that it would suspend business operations with Chinese firm Huawei; the move comes after US President Donald Trump barred US companies from using telecommunications equipment from firms posing a national security risk.
CALLED: A snap election in Ukraine by newly elected President (and former TV comedian) Volodymyr Zelenskiy; the move prompted the resignation of Prime Minister Volodymyr Groysman.
FOUND: By an anonymous Australian prospector, a 1.4 kilogram gold nugget in Western Australia's goldfields.

 

20th May, 2019
INJURED: At least 16 people, including South African tourists, after an explosion targeting a tourist bus near the pyramids in Egypt.
RALLIED: Tens of thousands of protestors voicing their opposition to right-wing populism and nationalism in a number of European cities ahead of the European parliamentary elections later this month.
ON COURSE: Exit polls suggest, India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Bharatiya Janata Party to win the country's general election with official results to be announced on 23rd May.

 

17th May, 2019
ANNOUNCED: That the UK Prime Minister Theresa May will announce her departure from the office in the first week of June; meanwhile, Boris Johnson said he would be running for leadership of the Conservative Party.
ARRESTED: Leader of the Basque militant separatist group ETA, José Antonio Urruticoetxea Bengoetxea - widely known by the alias Josu Ternera, after 17 years on the run, in the French Alps, according to Spanish authorities.
SMASHED: A cybercrime network, GozNym, operating from Eastern Europe, according to Europol.

 

16th May, 2019
SIGNED: An executive order by US President Donald Trump declaring a national emergency and banning US companies from using telecommunications equipment made by firms deemed to pose a national security risk.
LAUNCHED: The Christchurch Call to Action, a push by New Zealand and France to encourage tech companies and nations to work together to end the use of social media in terrorist incidents; the US has declined to support the call.
SUSPENDED: Talks on moving Sudan to civlian rule, for three days, by the country's military rulers who are demanding protestors clear roadblocks.

 

15th May, 2019
EXTENDED: A curfew in Sri Lanka after two nights of anti-Muslim violence in the wake of the Easter Sunday bombings during which rioters have torched Muslim-owned businesses and vandalised mosques. One man was killed and more than 60 have been arrested.
KILLED: Four people in a mid-air collision between two sight-seeing planes off the coast of the US state of Alaska.
AIMING: NASA's Artemis Project, to land the first woman on the Moon within five years.

 

14th May, 2019
PLUNGED: The Dow Jones in the US in its worst trading day since early January after China set it would impose new tariffs on US imports in the latest salvo in the trade war between the two nations.
REOPENING: Swedish protestors, an investigation into a rape allegation against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, who has previously denied the change. Assange is currently serving 50 weeks in a UK prison for breaching bail conditions.
DIED: Iconic US actor Doris Day, famous for her musicals during the 1950s and 1960s and later in life, her animal advocacy, at the age of 97.

 

13th May, 2019
RE-ELECTED: Cyril Ramaphosa, as South Africa's President, for another five year term as the African National Congress easily won the country's general election - but with a smaller share of the vote.
CLOSED: A 38 metre slide linking two streets in the Spanish town of Estepona - the longest urban slide in Spain - just 24 hours after it was opened following reports of injuries.
LANDED: Safely, a Myanmar National Airlines plane, without front wheels at Mandalay airport after the wheels failed to deploy.

 

10th May, 2019
TALKS: Between the US and China in an attempt to resolve a dispute over trade; they come against the backdrop of the US about to introduce new tariffs on Chinese imports.
FIRED: By North Korea, what are believed to be two short-range missiles in a test, according to South Korean military; it's the second such launch in five days.
UNVEILED: By Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, concepts for a new lunar lander spacecraft with the aim of taking equipment and people to the Moon by 2024.

 

9th May, 2019
ASSERTED: Executive privilege, by US President Donald Trump, to block release of the full report by Special Counsel Robert Mueller into Russian interference in the 2016 US election. Meanwhile, a Congressional committee voted to recommend the House of Representatives hold Attorney-General William Barr in contempt for failing for release the report.
KILLED: At least 10 people after a bomb exploded at a famous Sufi shrine in Lahore, eastern Pakistan. The attack was claimed by an offshoot of the Pakistani Taliban.
NAMED: The newborn son of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle as Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor.

 

8th May, 2019
WITHDRAWING: Partially, Iran, from a nuclear deal signed by world powers, a year after US President Donald Trump pulled out of the 2015 agreement.
ACCEPTED: The UK Government, that the UK will take part in the upcoming European elections on 23rd May, despite hopes of a Brexit deal.
SIMULATING: Scientists, including experts from NASA and the European Space Agency, how the Earth would fare in the face of a catastophic asteroid threat.

 

7th May, 2019
CEASEFIRE: Agreed between Israel and militant Palestinian groups after two days of violence in which at least four Israelis and 25 Palestinians were reported as killed.
KILLED: At least 58 people near Niger's capital of Niamey after a fuel tanker overturned and exploded.
WELCOMED: A son, Meghan Markle and Prince Harry, who was born at 5.26am on Monday. The baby, seventh in line to the British throne, is yet to be named.

 

6th May, 2019
KILLED: At least 41 people as a Russian Aeroflot jet exploded into flames on landing at Moscow's main airport on Sunday.
CROWNED: In an elaborate ceremony, Thailand's new King Maha Vajiralongkorn; it's the nation's first such coronation for almost 70 years.
EXTENDED: A moratorium on the death penalty with regard to laws banning gay sex, adultery and rape in the nation of Brunei; the move follows a global outcry.

 

3rd May, 2019
EVACUATED: Some 1.2 million people in India's Orissa state as Cyclone Fani bears down.
ACCUSED: US Attorney-General William Barr of lying to Congress about his interactions with special counsel Robert Mueller after he concluded his investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 US election, by House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi.
DIED: Peter Mayhew the actor famous for playing Chewbacca in the Star Wars saga in his North Texas home on 30th April at the age of 74.

 

2nd May, 2019
CLASHES: Between police and protestors during annual May Day rallies in Paris with reports of 200 arrested and some minor injuries.
SENTENCED: Wikileaks founder Julian Assange, to 50 weeks in prison for skipping bail in 2012, after facing the possibility of extradition to Sweden over a rape allegation. Assange spent the next seven years in Ecuador's London embassy.
SACKED: UK Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson, by Prime Minister Theresa May, after saying an investigation had showed he was responsible for a National Security Council leak; Williamson has denied the claim.

 

1st May, 2019
CALLED ON: The military in Venezuela to oust President Nicolas Maduro, by opposition leader Juan Guaido, as protestors took to the streets in the capital of Caracas.
GUILTY: Former Minneapolis police officer Mohamed Noor, 33, of third-degree murder for killing 40-year-old Australian Justine Ruszczyk Damond outside her home after responding to her report of a possible sexual assault nearby in 2017.
DISCOVERED: An antidote to the sting of the deadly box jellyfish, by researchers at Australia's Sydney University.

 

30th April, 2019
APPEARED: Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, leader of the so-called Islamic State, in a video in which he vows to seek revenge for its loss of territory. IS reportedly says the video was shot in April.
PROPOSED: By Indonesian President Joko Widodo, that he will move the nation's capital from Jakarta and the island of Java.
RESIGNED: US Deputy Attorney-General Rod Rosenstein, who appointed special counsel Robert Mueller to investigate connections between Russia and the Trump campaign.

 

29th April, 2019
CLAIMED: Victory in Spain's general election, the governing Socialists, amid a surge in votes for the far-right.
PROTESTS: In Hong Kong, involving thousands of people, over demands proposed extradition rules allowing for people to be sent to mainland China for trial be dumped.
SMASHED: Previous box office records, Avengers: Endgame, making $US1.2 in global box office takings in just five days.

 

26th April, 2019
LANDED: Cyclone Kenneth in northern Mozambique, just weeks after the country was devastated by Cyclone Idai.
TALKED: North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and Russian President Vladimir Putin at a meeting in Russia described as "positive". Meanwhile, it has emerged that North Korea reportedly demanded $US2 million in medical costs before releasing college student Otto Warmbier in 2017. Warmbier, who was in a coma, died soon after his return to the US.
ANNOUNCED: Officially, former US Vice President Joe Biden, that's he's standing for the Democratic nomination ahead of the 2020 presidential election.

 

24th April, 2019
TO MEET: North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and Russian President Vladimir Putin in Russia in the first such meeting since denuclearisation talks between North Korea and the US stalled.
BEHEADED: In Saudi Arabia, 37 citizens in a mass execution for alleged terrorism-related crimes.
DETECTED: By NASA probe, InSight, what scientists believe may be a Marsquake, the first time a seismic tremor has been recorded on another planet.

 

23rd April, 2019
WON: Ukraine's presidential election, actor and comedian Volodymyr Zelenskiy over incumbent Petro Poroshenko.
DEMANDED: By the US, that all buyers of Iranian oil stop doing so by 1st May or face sanctions.
SHAKEN: The Philippines main island of Luzon early on Monday by a magnitude 6.1 earthquake, killing at least eight and damaging buildings.

 

18th April, 2019
CLAIMED: North Korea, that it had tested a new type of tactical guided weapon; the first public weapons test since the second US-North Korean summit ended prematurely in Hanoi in February.
ON TRACK: To win Indonesia's presidential race, incumbent President Joko Widodo, according to preliminary election results.
DIED: Peru's former president Alan Garcia after shooting himself as police arrived at his house with a warrant for his arrest in connection with a bribery scandal. Garcia had denied the charges against him.

 

17th April, 2019
APPROVED: Constitutional changes in Egypt, by the country's parliament, which could see President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi allowed to stay in power until 2030, well beyond 2022 when his second four year term ends. The proposal must now go to a referendum.
OPENED: The polls in the Indonesian election, the world's largest single day election, in which incumbent President Joko Widodo is facing off against ex-general Prabowo Subianto.
ON SALE: The fossilised remains of an infant Tyrannosaurus rex, on eBay, for $US2.95 million; the sale has prompted an outcry among paleontologists.

 

16th April, 2019
WON: A special Pulitzer Prize, the Capital Gazette in the US state of Maryland for its coverage of a mass shooting in its own newsroom in which five staff were slain.
ANNOUNCED: Former Massachusetts Governor Bill Weld, that he will challenge US President Donald Trump for the Republican nomination in 2020; he's the first to do so.
BLOCKED: Access to a series of well-known landmarks in London, climate change protestors calling for a greater government response to the issue in an action that organisers say could last for days. Police have made some arrests.

 

15th April, 2019
SEEKING: The Red Cross, information about the abduction of three staff - New Zealander Louisa Akavi, and Syrians Alaa Rajab and Nabil Bakdounes - who were kidnapped in Syria in October, 2013. It is the organisation's first detailed statement on the abductions.
DEBATED: An empty podium, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko after his rival, TV personality and comedian Volodymyr Zelensky, failed to appear.
WON: US golfer Tiger Woods, the US Masters, after an 11 year winning drought. It takes to 15 his major title wins.

 

12th April, 2019
ARRESTED: Australian-born founder of WikiLeaks, Julian Assange, who was dragged out of the Ecuadorian Embassy in London on Thursday and subsequently convicted of skipping bail in a matter which dates from 2012 when he took refuge in the embassy to avoid extradition to Sweden over a sexual assault investigation that was later dropped.
WON: Australian actor Geoffrey Rush, a defamation case against Sydney's The Daily Telegraph, over reports which accused him of "inappropriate behaviour" towards a female co-star. He has been awarded $850,000 in damages and may receive millions more in lost earnings.
CRASHED: Israeli spacecraft Beresheet - the first privately funded mission to the Moon, on the lunar surface, after its main engine apparently failed.

 

11th April, 2019
AGREED: By EU leaders and UK Prime Minister Theresa May to extend Brexit to 31st October with a review to be held in June.
PASSED: New gun laws in New Zealand banning semi-automatic weapons, high capacity magazines, and some shotguns, 119 to one. The new laws follow the mass shootings in Christchurch last month in which 50 people were killed.
REVEALED: The first photograph of a black hole which was captured by the Event Horizon Telescope.

 

10th April, 2019
EXPECTED: European leaders, to grant another extension to the Brexit deadline in a meeting to be held on Wednesday following a request from British Prime Minister Theresa May. 
BLOCKED: By a judge, the US Trump administration's policy to return asylum seekers to Mexico while their claims are processed.
CLAIMED: Victory in the Israeli election, both Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and opposition leader Benny Gantz, with exit polls suggesting no clear winner has emerged.

 

8th April, 2019
CLAIMED: That the international airport in Tripoli, Libya, has been seized by forces loyal to militia commander General Khalifa Hifter who is not aligned with the country's UN-recognised government.
ANNOUNCED: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that he will annex Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank if he wins another term as PM.
EXPECTED: That the first ever photograph of a black hole may be unveiled by the US National Science Foundation this week.

 

5th April, 2019
ORDERED: A mental assessment for 28-year-old Australian Brenton Tarrant, charged with 50 counts of murder in relation to the mass killing at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, last month.
APOLOGISED: Belgium, for the forced removal of thousands of children born to mixed-race couples during its colonial-era rule of the Democratic Republic of Congo, Burundi, and Rwanda.
FOUND: In the North Sea, a shipwreck dating from 1540 - the oldest so far discovered - by Dutch researchers.

 

4th April, 2019
NOT GUILTY: The plea entered by former Malaysia Prime Minister Najib Razak who is accused of corruption linked to a multibillion-dollar scandal that brought down his government.
PLEDGED: Former US Vice President Joe Biden to be "more mindful" about physical contact with women after a controversy erupted over past interactions with them.
REVEALED: In a magazine interview by Bjorn Ulvaeus of Swedish band ABBA, that the band could release two new songs this year, their first for 35 years.

 

3rd April, 2019
KILLED: At least 25 people and another 400 injured in Nepal after a powerful pre-monsoonal storm struck villages in the Bara district, south of Kathmandu. The death toll is likely to rise.
STEPPED DOWN:
Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika after 20 years in power, according to state media; the 82-year-old had previously announced he would not be restanding for election.
RETURNING: British Prime Minister Theresa May to the EU, to ask for another extension to the Brexit process beyond the deadline of 12th April after the House of Commons failed to agree on an alternative plan to her Brexit deal.

 

2nd April, 2019
CHALLENGED: Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's rule in local elections with opposition figures winning control of the capital, Ankara, and possibly Istanbul in a poll widely considered a referendum on his response to the nation's economic crisis.
ANNOUNCED: Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, that he will step down before his term expires on 28th April, according to state media.
UNVEILED: The name of the new Japanese imperial era as 'Reiwa'; it will begin on 1st May when Japanese Emperor Akihito abdicates in favour of Crown Prince Naruhito.

 

1st April, 2019
WON: The most votes in the first round of the presidential elections in Ukraine - comic Volodymyr Zelenskiy, who plays the president on TV.
ELECTED: Zuzana Caputova as Slovakia's first female president.
ANNOUNCED: The US city of New Orleans, that it will apologise for the 1891 lynching of 12 Italian-Americans on 12th April.

 

29th March, 2019
COMMEMORATED: At a service in Christchurch attended by New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison, two weeks since a gunman killed 50 people at two mosques.
KILLED: At least 19 people after fire tore through a 22 storey Dhaka office block on Thursday.
BANNED: From holding public office in Venezuela for 15 years, opposition leader Juan Guaidó - who declared himself interim president in January, by the state financial controller; meaning Guaidó ostensibly cannot stand for re-election in the National Assembly at the end of his current term in office.

 

28th March, 2019
REJECTED: By the UK Parliament, eight alternative options for Brexit; the indicative votes came after UK Prime Minister Theresa May offered to resign if her deal was delivered.
HIJACKED: A merchant ship off the coast of Libya by more than 100 people the ship's crew had rescued from the Mediterranean after those rescued became aware the ship was returning them to Libya.
REVEALED: That low oil levels were the cause of engine problems which resulted in partial evacuation of a cruise ship off the coast of Norway last weekend.

 

27th March, 2019
URGED: That Algeria's President Abdelaziz Bouteflika be declared unfit to rule by the country's army chief of staff, Lieutenant General Ahmed Gaed Salah. The President has already announced he will not be standing in the next election, which has been delayed.
DROPPED: Charges against Empire star Jussie Smollett for allegedly staging a racist and homophobic attack on himself. The move has sparked an outcry from city officials in Chicago.
RECOVERED: A Picasso worth $US28 million by a Dutch art detective, 20 years after it was stolen from a yacht off the coast of France.

 

26th March, 2019
DELAYED: The release of results from Thailand's weekend parliamentary elections after concerns over irregularities.
SEIZED: Control of the UK Parliament for a day, by MPs from the government, in an effort to try and find a way through the Brexit crisis.
LAUNCHED: In New Zealand, a Royal Commission into events leading up to the Christchurch terror attack in which 50 people were killed at two mosques.

 

25th March, 2019
RELEASED: A summary of US Special Counsel Robert Mueller's report into Russian meddling in the 2016 US presidential election by US Attorney-General William Barr. According to the summary, the report found there was no evidence US President Donald Trump or his campaign had colluded with Russia. The document said the report also didn't conclude Trump had obstructed justice but nor did it exonerate him.
RETURNED: To power, New South Wales Premier Gladys Berejiklian's Liberal-National coalition government in a state election.
MAYDAY: Issued by a Viking Sky cruise ship on Saturday after it had engine trouble in rough seas off Norway's west coast. About 500 people of the almost 1,400 on board were air-lifted off the ship before it managed to reach port at Molde.

 

22nd March, 2019
SUNK: A ferry in the Tigris River in the Iraqi city of Mosul with almost 100 people reported killed including women and children.
AGREED: EU leaders to delaying Brexit with a new deadline of 22nd May if UK Prime Minister Theresa May can get the support of MPs; otherwise the UK will be held to an earlier date of 12th April.
MARKING: With a mass Muslim prayer service in Hagley Park in the New Zealand city of Christchurch, a week since 50 people were killed in two mosques in a terror attack there.

 

21st March, 2019
INCREASED: The sentence handed down to ex-Bosnian Serb political leader Radovan Karadzic from 40 years to life in prison following an appeal; he was convicted over the 1995 massacre of 8,000 Muslim men and boys at Srebrenica.
CLAIMED: Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan that comments he made in the wake of the Christchurch terror attack in which he referred to the Gallipoli campaign while denouncing anti-Islamic sentiment - and which provoked outrage in Australia and New Zealand - were "taken out of context".
ESCAPED: More than 50 schoolchildren in Milan, Italy, after their bus was allegedly hijacked by its driver and then set alight. The driver was arrested.

 

20th March, 2019
ASKING: The EU to postpone Brexit - British Prime Minister Theresa May - with sources saying she will be asking for a new date of 30th June as well as  the option of a longer delay.
OUTRAGE: Over comments made by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in the wake of the Christchurch terror attack in which he referred to the Gallipoli campaign while denouncing anti-Islamic sentiment; Australia's Prime Minister Scott Morrison labelled the comments "highly offensive" and summoned the Turkish ambassador.
QUIT: Tsunekazu Takeda, head of Japan's Olympic Committee - which is hosting the 2020 games, over corruption allegations.

 

19th March, 2019
SHOOTING: Involving a lone gunman in the Dutch city of Utrecht with three people killed and five wounded; a 37-year-old suspect has been arrested.
BLOCKED: By the UK Speaker of the House of Commons, John Bercow, a third vote on British Prime Minister Theresa May's Brexit deal with the EU.
STEPPED DOWN: Warner Bros CEO Kevin Tsujihara following sexual misconduct claims.

 

18th March, 2019
MEETING: New Zealand's cabinet to discuss tightening the country's gun laws in the wake of Friday's terror attack in which 50 people were killed and scores more injured in two Christchurch mosques.
KILLED: At least 50 people in Indonesia following floods in Papua and a landslide on the island of Lombok.
RIOTS: In Paris, with rioters setting fire to a bank and ransacking stores, in a new flare-up for violence as part of the ongoing "yellow vest" protests in France.

 

15th March, 2019
REQUESTED: By UK MPs, that the Brexit deadline be extended. Prime Minister Theresa May will now put the request to seek an extension to 30th June - well beyond the 29th March deadline - to the EU.
KILLED: At least eight people in a building collapse in Lagos, Nigeria. At least 37 people were rescued from the remains of the building which housed residences, commercial premises, and a school and nursery.
REJECTED: By the US Senate, President Donald Trump's declaration of a national emergency to obtain more funding to build a "wall" on the US-Mexican border; Trump has already tweeted that he will use his power of "veto" to overturn their decision.

 

14th March, 2019
VOTED: UK MPs in a symbolic vote supporting a motion against a no-deal Brexit; it comes after the House of Commons rejected British Prime Minister Theresa May's latest Brexit agreement.
GROUNDED: Boeing MAX 737 series aircraft in the US - the latest country to make the move after a fatal plane crash in Ethiopia on Sunday killed all 157 on board; Boeing has recommended the entire global fleet of the planes be grounded.
ADDED: An additional three-and-a-half years to the sentence of Paul Manafort, former campaign chairman for US President Donald Trump, on conspiracy charges. Manafort will now spend a total of seven-and-a-half years behind bars.

 

13th March, 2019
REJECTED: British Prime Minister Theresa May's revised Brexit withdrawal deal by the UK Parliament's House of Commons in a 242 to 391 vote.
ASKED: By Venezuela's Chief Prosecutor Tarek Saab, the Supreme Court to investigate opposition leader Juan Guaidó for allegedly sabotaging the country's electrical system.
CHARGED: Some 40 people including actor Felicity Huffman in scheme to help students cheat on college entrance exams in the US, according to unsealed court records.

 

12th March, 2019
AGREED: "Legally binding" changes to the Brexit deal by British Prime Minister Theresa May and European Commission President Claude Juncker which must now go to the UK Parliament.
POSTPONED: April elections in Algeria as President Abdelaziz Bouteflika says he will not run for a fifth term in office.
MARKED: In the UK, 70 years since the creation of the Commonwealth of Nations at a multi-faith service in Westminster Abbey.

 

8th March, 2019
SENTENCED: US President Donald Trump's former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, to 47 months in jail for tax and bank fraud.
VOTED: The US House of Representatives, 407-23, to approve a resolution condemning anti-Semitism, anti-Muslim discrimination and other forms of bigotry.
EXPRESSED: Regret, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, for the handling of a political scandal that has cost two cabinet ministers.
LOST: Power, in most states in Venezuela, in an outage the authorities blamed on anti-government saboteurs.

 

7th March, 2019
CAPTURED: Hundreds of Islamic State fighters attempting to escape from Baghouz, the last land the group holds in Syria, by US-backed forces.
HIT: A 10 year high of $621 billion, the US trade deficit, dealing a blow to US President Donald Trump's plan to reduce it.
ON DISPLAY: Once "lost" writings of Albert Einstein at Israel's Hebrew University, many of which have never been seen before by the public.

 

6th March, 2019
LAUNCHED: In the UK, a counter-terrorism investigation after three packages containing small explosive devices were found near key transport hubs in London.
CONFIRMED: That she's not running in the 2020 US president election, former Democrat candidate Hillary Clinton. Michael Bloomberg has also ruled himself out.
NAMED: Kylie Jenner, as the world's youngest self-made billionaire by Forbes.

 

5th March, 2019
RESIGNED: Canadian Treasury Board President Jane Philpott, saying she has lost confidence in the government of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's handling of a corruption inquiry.
KILLED: At least 23 people, including children, after a tornado swept through Lee County in the US state of Alabama.
DIED: Actor Luke Perry at the age of 52 in Los Angeles after suffering a stroke.

 

4th March, 2019
ANNOUNCED: Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika that he will run again but not serve a full term, despite mass protests in recent days.
CANCELLED: Joint large scale US-South Korean military exercises, days after a summit between US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un collapsed.
SUING: The Canadian Government, Meng Wanzhou, chief financial officer of China tech giant Huawei, over her arrest at Vancouver Airport last year at the request of the US, claiming her civil rights were breached.

 

1st March, 2019
COLLAPSED: A second summit between US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un with a war of words over the reasons why.
TO BE INDICTED: Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, the country's Attorney-General has announced, on corruption charges relating to allegations of receiving gifts; Netanyahu has denied any wrong-doing.
TO BE RELEASED: An Indian pilot captured by Pakistan's military after his plane was shot down in Kashmir; Pakistan's President Imran Khan said the move is being taken as a "peace gesture".

 

28th February, 2019
CAPTURED: An Indian pilot who flew one of two planes shot down by Pakistan's military on Wednesday; Pakistan's military have since released several videos of the pilot.
MET: In Hanoi, US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un with the summit continuing today.
NAMED: Former journalist and magazine editor Ita Buttrose as the next chairperson of Australia's ABC by Prime Minister Scott Morrison, in a decision which has to be confirmed by the Governor-General.

 

27th February, 2019
LAUNCHED: By India, airstrikes in Pakistan which it said was targeting militant camp; it followed an attack in Indian-administered Kashmir that killed 46 policemen. Pakistan said no infrastructure was damaged in the raid but that it would respond.
RE-ELECTED: According to official results, Muhammadu Buhari as President of Nigeria for a second, four year term; opposition figures have rejected the result.
ARRIVED: In Hanoi, US President Donald Trump ahead of his second meeting with North Korean leader, Kim Jong-un.

 

26th February, 2019
DELAYED: By US President Donald Trump, the introduction of increased tariffs on Chinese products, saying there had been "substantial progress" in talks between the two nations.
QUIT: Suddenly, Iran's foreign minister, Javad Zarif, offering an apology for his inability to continue service.
COMMITTED: The Australian Government, up to $1.4 billion in funding for the Snowy Hydro 2.0 power generation scheme.

 

25th February, 2019
KILLED: 
At least 39 people in Nigeria in violence which took place as the nation went to the polls on the weekend.
CLASHES: On the borders of Venezuela as the opposition tries to bring in humanitarian aid in moves resisted by forces loyal to President Nicolas Maduro; at least two people have reportedly been killed.
BOARDED: North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, a train which will take him to his second summit with US President Donald Trump; this time it's being held in Hanoi, Vietnam.

 

22nd February, 2019
TO CLOSE:
Venezuela's border with Brazil on the orders of President Nicolas Maduro as a fight with opposition leaders over allowing humanitarian aid into the country escalates. Maduro denies there is a humanitarian crisis in Venezuela.
SENTENCED: In Melbourne's Supreme Court, to a minimum of 46 years in prison, James Gargasoulas, for the killing of six people and injuring of 27 others when he drove his car through pedestrians in the city's CBD in early 2017.
REDISCOVERED: The world's largest bee on a remote Indonesian island, 38 years after it was last seen.
TOUCHED DOWN: Japan's Hayabusa-2 probe on the asteroid Ryugu.

 

21st February, 2019
GATHERING: 
In Vatican City, Catholic Church cardinals and bishops from around the world for a three day summit on the church's sex abuse crisis.
JOINED: A group of eight now ex-Labour Party politicians in the UK in a new independent group in Parliament, three Conservative pro-EU MPs over what they say is the UK Government's "disastrous" handling of Brexit.
EVACUATING: Civilians as US-backed fighters prepare to take the last pocket of Syria controlled by the so-called Islamic State in the village of Baghouz.

 

20th February, 2019
PROTESTS:
Against a spate of anti-Semitic attacks in France, thousands of people in Paris and other cities.
STRIPPED: Of UK citizenship, Shamima Begum, a teenager who left her London home in 2015 to join the so-called Islamic State in Syria.
DIED: German fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld in Paris at the age of 85.

 

19th February, 2019
URGED: 
Venezuela's military, to abandon its support for President Nicolas Maduro, by US President Donald Trump in a speech in Miami.
ARRESTED: Former Maldives president, Abdulla Yameen, over accusations of money laundering; he denies the allegations.
QUIT: Britain's Labour Party, seven MPs, over a range of issues including the party's approach to Brexit and what they claim is its failure to address anti-Semitism within the body.

 

18th February, 2019
FINALISED: 
The Yemeni Government and Houthi rebels, agreement on the first phase of a withdrawal from the port city of Hodeidah, a key location for getting humanitarian aid into the country.
POSTPONED: Nigeria's general election - scheduled to be held on Saturday - by a week with election officials citing "logistical" reasons.
ANNOUNCED: By Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison that the computer servers of the country's major political parties have come under a "sophisticated" cyber attack.

 

15th February, 2019
AGREED:
US President Donald Trump to a new border security bill to avert another US Government shutdown; meantime, the White House has confirmed he intends to declare a national emergency to obtain funding for a "wall" on the US-Mexican border.
KILLED: Some 40 paramilitary police in a car bomb attack in Indian-administered Kashmir in the deadliest assault on Indian forces in Kashmir since 1989; a Pakistan-based Islamist terror group has claimed responsibility.
SEEKING ASYLUM: According to reports, the former President of Nauru Sprent Dabwido, in Australia so he can receive treatment for cancer.

 

14th February, 2019
ATTACKED:
By a suicide bomber, a bus in Iran carrying Revolutionary Guards, killing at least 27 close to the border with Pakistan.
ADVERTISED: The Sri Lankan Government, for executioners, after President Maithripala Sirisena told Parliament the country would resume hangings for those convicted of drug offences. The last execution in Sri Lanka took place 43 years ago.
PRONOUNCED DEAD: NASA's Opportunity rover on Mars, eight months after it went silent and 15 years after it landed on the planet.

 

13th February, 2019
GUILTY:
Notorious Mexcian drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, of running a massive drug trafficking operation in a US court; he now faces life in prison.
PASSED: In Australia, a bill concerning refugee medical transfers in what amounted to an historic defeat for government MPs in the House of Representatives on Tuesday (the bill was subsequently passed in the Senate); Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison has said as a result he will reopen immigration detention facilities on Christmas Island.
ESCAPED: All 78 inmates of a prison in southern Haiti amid anti-government protests in the country; the country's national police force is investigating.

 

12th February, 2019
MARKED: 
With state-organised rallies involving huge crowds in Iran's capital of Tehran, 40 years since the country's Islamic revolution.
RETURNING: To Australia, footballer and refugee Hakeem al-Araibi, after being released from a Thai jail when prosecutors there withdrew a case to extradite him to Bahrain where he faces a 10 year prison sentence for an arson attack; he denies the charges.
RECEIVED: Kim Phuc, known as "napalm girl" thanks to a famous photograph of her running down a road with severe burns taken during the Vietnam War, a prize in Germany for her peace work.

 

11th February, 2019
ANNOUNCED: In the US, US Democratic Senator Elizabeth Warren, her campaign to be the next US president.
PROTEST: 
By supporters of conservative and centrist parties in the Spanish capital of Madrid, against government plans to hold talks with Catalan separatists.
UNVEILING: A $78 million commitment by Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison to protect women and children against domestic violence.

 

8th February, 2019
RECALLED: The French Ambassador to Italy for talks after Italian Deputy Prime Minister Luigi Di Maio meet with French "yellow vest" protestors near Paris on Tuesday in a situation described by France as "unprecedented" since World War II.
RESIGNED: National Australia Bank chairman Ken Henry and CEO Andrew Thorburn after they were personally criticised in the final report of Australia's banking Royal Commission.
RULED: 
A German court that Facebook change its data collection practices after finding the company abused its market dominance.

 

7th February, 2019
CONFIRMED: By US President Donald Trump during his State of the Union address, that he will be meeting North Korea leader Kim Jong-un for a second time later this month, this time in Vietnam.
JAILED: A Danish-born Jehovah's Witness in Russia following his conviction of organising the activities of a banned extremist organisation - Jehovah's Witnesses have been so designated by Russia's Supreme Court.
BLOCKADED:
A bridge on the western border of Venezuela by troops in what seems an attempt to prevent aid organised by opposition leaders from entering the nation.

 

6th February, 2019
ANNOUNCED: Russia, that it is planning to develop new missile systems after it followed the US in suspending involvement in the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty which banned them from using short and medium-range missiles.
RISEN: The official death toll from a dam collapse in south-eastern Brazil, to 134 with almost 200 people still unaccounted for.
VISITED: 
For the first time, an unnamed new volcanic island in Tonga - created during an eruption in 2015 - by NASA scientists.

 

5th February, 2019
HANDED DOWN: The findings of Australia's Royal Commission into the banking sector with 76 recommendations and potential criminal breaches referred to authorities.
WARNED: Assessments from the Pentagon and the State Department released this week, that there could be a resurgence of the so-called Islamic State in Syria within months.
COMMEMORATED: In Victoria, 10 years since the Black Saturday bushfires claimed the lives of 173 people, at a special service at Melbourne's Royal Exhibition Centre.

 

4th February, 2019
EVACUATED: Hundreds of people in the Australian city of Townsville as flood waters inundate homes; meanwhile, in the nation's south more homes have been lost to bushfires in the states of Tasmania and Victoria.
SENDING: The US, aid to Venezuela following a request from opposition leader Juan Guaido, who has declared himself interim president in defiance of Nicolas Maduro.
FOUND: Some 50 mummies in a tomb south of Cairo spanning the period from the fourth century BC to just before the birth of Jesus.

 

1st February, 2019
AGREED: A date and place for the next meeting between US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un with details yet to released.
FORMED: A new government in Lebanon headed by Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri after months of uncertainty following elections last May.
WON: Australia's richest literary prize, the $100,00 Victorian Prize for Literature, by Manus Island asylum seeker Behrouz Boochani for his novel No Friend But the Mountains: Writing from Manus Prison, written using WhatsApp.

 

31st January, 2019
FACING: Millions of people in the US Midwest, extreme cold temperatures as the mercury dips as low as -41 degrees Celsius in places.
CLOSED: More than 400 schools in the Thai capital of Bangkok due to toxic smog.
CLAIMED: By prosecutors in the US Mueller inquiry, that Russian hackers obtained and leaked online evidence gathered by the inquiry in an effort to discredit it.

 

30th January, 2019
VOTED: UK MPs in favour of Prime Minister Theresa May holding new talks with the EU to renegotiate the Brexit deal with regard to the Irish border; the EU has already ruled out a renegotiation.
PLEADED: Trump ally Roger Stone, not guilty, to charges that he attempted to obstruct a congressional investigation into claims Russia meddled in the US 2016 presidential election.
ARRESTED: Five people in connection with the collapse of a dam in Brazil which has killed at least 65 people; they include three employees of the mine and two other engineers.

 

29th January, 2019
ACCUSED: By the US Justice Department, China's Huawei Technologies as well as some subsidiaries and chief financial officer Meng Wanzhou of conspiring to steal trade secrets.
RETURNING: To work, US Government employees after the partial shutdown; meanwhile, US President Donald Trump and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi have agreed he will give his State of the Union address on 5th February.
GROWING: International recognition of Juan Guaidó as interim new President of Venezuela in place of Nicolas Maduro with the US, UK, and Australia among the more than 20 nations which have now done so.

 

25th January, 2019
CHARGED: Former Scottish First Minister, Alex Salmond, with numerous sexual offences including sexual assault, attempted rape and indecent assault; Salmond has declared his innocence.
SWORN IN: Opposition leader Felix Tshisekedi as the new president of the Democratic Republic of Congo; he succeeds Joseph Kabila in the country's first transfer of power through an election since independence 59 years ago.
RECOGNISED: Opposition figure Juan Guaidó as interim new President of Venezuela by the US, leading Nicolas Maduro to cut ties between the countries.
FOUND: The grave of British explorer Matthew Flinders, who circumnavigated Australia between 1801 and 1803, beneath Euston railway station in London.

 

23rd January, 2019
RULED: 
The US Supreme Court, that the Trump administration can restrict military service by transgender men and women as court challenges continue.
PROMISED: Zimbabwe's President Emmerson Mnangagwa, that violence by security forces would be investigated; it comes after a security crackdown after widepsread unrest over the economy which has reportedly resulted in at least 12 deaths and hundreds of injuries.
UNREST: In the Venezuelan capital of Caracas after the arrests of more than two dozen national guardsmen accused of plotting a coup against President Nicolas Maduro.

 

22nd January, 2019
ATTACKED: An Afghan military base in the central Maidan Wardak province on Monday morning, by Taliban fighters with some reports saying more than 100 people were killed.
CONDEMNED: By the UN, the killing on Sunday of 10 UN peace-keepers in an attack by an al-Qaeda-linked Islamist group in the north of Mali.
SEEN: In Europe and the Americas, an eclipse known as a "super blood wolf moon" in the early hours of Monday morning.

 

21st January, 2019
EXPLODED: A gasoline pipeline in central Mexico, killing at least 79 people and injuring dozens more on Friday evening. The section of pipeline has reportedly been a gathering place for fuel thieves.
CLASHES: Between protestors and police outside the Greek Parliament in Athens, over a proposed deal to recognise the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia as 'North Macedonia'.
DIED: The world's oldest man - Japan's Masazo Nonaka - at age 113.

 

18th January, 2019
KILLED: At least 10 people with scores more injured after a car bomb exploded outside a police training school in Bogatá, Colombia.
IDENTIFIED: More children who had been separated from parents in US immigration detention than the 2,737 previously thought, according to the US Office of Inspector General at the US Department of Health and Human Services.
URGED: The Democratic Republic of Congo to delay the full release of presidential election results by the African Union which said it has "serious doubts" about the results released last week which declared Opposition candidate Felix Tshisekedi the winner.

 

17th January, 2019
SURVIVED: UK Prime Minister Theresa May's government, a no confidence vote in the House of Commons - 325 to 306 - in the wake of Parliament's rejection of her government's Brexit deal.
KILLED: At least 18 people - including three US soldiers - in a suicide bomb attack in the Kurdish-held town of Manbij in Syria, according to reports.
SPOTTED: An almost 100 metre wide spinning disc of ice in the Presumpscot River in the US city of Westbrook.

 

16th January, 2019
REJECTED: By UK MPs, following a 432-202 vote in the House of Commons, Prime Minister Theresa May's agreement on the Brexit exit process with EU leaders; the move has prompted the tabling of a no confidence motion by Opposition Leader Jeremy Corbyn.
KILLED: At least seven people in an attack by militants on a hotel in the Kenyan capital of Nairobi; the attack has been claimed by terror group al-Shabaab.
CLASHES: In Zimbabwe between police and people protesting after the government increased petrol prices; several have reportedly been killed and some 200 arrested.

 

15th January, 2019
CALLED: For a vote recount in the disputed Democratic Republic of Congo's presidential election by neighbouring nations.
DENIED: US President Donald Trump, that he worked for Russia, dismissing such claims as a "big fat hoax".
GATHERED: Thousands of people in the Polish city of Gdansk to remember Mayor Pawel Adamowicz after he was stabbed to death on Sunday at a charity event.

 

14th January, 2019
DENOUNCED:
 Attacks on journalists covering ongoing "yellow vest" protests in Paris, by French media organisations.
"INSULTED": US President Donald Trump by the question of whether he has ever worked for Russia after a report that law enforcement officials had investigated the possibility.
CLASHED: Garment workers with police in Bangladesh as the workers continue to protest over low wages.

 

11th January, 2019
DECLARED: Felix Tshisekedi as winner of the 30th December presidential election in the Democratic Republic of Congo by the country's electoral commission, prompting runner-up Martin Fayulu to call it an "electoral coup" and Catholic Church officials to say the result did not reflect polling station data.
THREATENED:
 US President Donal Trump to declare a "national emergency" to end the impasse between himself and Democrats over the US Government shutdown.
REVEALED: That the huge Easter Island statues are located where they are because of their proximity to fresh water, accoridng to a US study.

 

10th January, 2019
WALKED OUT: US President Donal Trump on discussions with Democrats over the partial US Government shutdown and his proposal for a Mexican border wall, calling the meeting a "waste of time" after they again refused funding for the barrier; Democrats accused him of a "temper tantrum".
ONGOING: Protests in Sudan against the rule of President Omar al-Bashir which first erupted last month and have seen dozens killed.
CHARGED: A 48-year-old Australlian man after dozens of suspicious packages were sent to consulates and embassies in Canberra, Sydney and Melbourne.

 

8th January, 2019
QUIT: World Bank president, Jim Yong Kim, after six years in the post, three years ahead of his term's expiry. No reason was given.
THWARTED: An attempted military coup in Gabon, according to government officials, in which army officers had declared on radio that President Ali Bongo was too ill to continue in power.
WON: Bohemian Rhapsody, best picture at the Golden Globes with star Rami Malek (who played Freddie Mercury) winning best actor; Glenn Close won best actress for her role in The Wife.

 

7th January, 2019
VIOLENCE: Again on the streets of Paris with clashes between protestors and police as more so-called "yellow vest" protests took place across France on the weekend.
ABDICATED: Malaysian King Sultan Muhammad V, after just two years on the throne, amid reports that he married a Russian woman.
KILLED: At least 30 people in Afghanistan after a makeshift gold mine collapsed in the country's north-east.

 

4th January, 2019
DOWN: Apple shares in the US, closing almost 10 per cent lower on Thursday after chief executive Tim Cook blamed a slowturn in sales in China for falling revenues.
LANDED: China's national space agency, an unmanned craft, Chang'e 4, on the "dark side" of the Moon.
SEEKING: By coastguards in the North Sea, some 270 containers, some of which contain chemicals, which fell off a cargo ship during a storm.

 

3rd January, 2019
LANDSLIDE: 
In West Java, destroying Sirnaresmi village and killing at least 15 people.
CRASHED: A passenger train in Denmark, killing at least six, after it was suspected to have been struck by cargo from another train in the country's worst railway accident in 30 years.
WITHDRAWN: The US and Israel from the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO).

 

2nd January, 2019
KILLED: 
At least four people after a car was driven into a crowd in Germany in what authorities have said was a deliberate attack on foreignors.
QUIT: Greg Burke, Holy See Press Office director, and his deputy, Paloma García Ovejero, with Burke saying they thought it was best for Pope Francis to be "completely free to assemble a new team".
ADMITTED: Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte, that he sexually assaulted a maid when a teenager, in a speech in which he was also attacking the Catholic Church.
SNAPPED: Images of Ultima Thule, the farthest object from Earth ever photographed, by NASA's New Horizons probe.

 

31st December, 2018
SECURED:
Sheikh Hasina, her third consecutive term as Bangladesh's Prime Minister, following a landslide victory, according to the country's electoral commission. It comes despite violence and opposition claims of intimidation and vote rigging.
KILLED: By Egyptian military forces, some 40 suspected terrorist militants. It comes in the wake of the bombing of a Vietnamese tourist bus near the Giza Pyramids in which four people were killed and 10 more injured on Friday.
PROMISED: North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, in a letter to South Korea, that he will meet regularly with South Korean President Moon Jae-in in 2019 to discuss denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula.

 

24th December, 2018
SHUTDOWN:
Some sections of the US Goverment after Democrats resisted US President Donald Trump's demand for $US5 billion to build a wall along the border with Mexico.
ORDERED: Under legislation passed by the Ukrainian Parliament, that the Ukrainian Orthodox Church changes its name to reflect its ties to Moscow. It comes after some clerics move to set up an independent Orthodox Church in Ukraine.
LEAVING: US Defence Secretary James Mattis the Trump administration earlier than expected after the US President announced his replacement would start on 1st January, two months earlier than expected.

 

21st December, 2018
RETIRING:
US Defence Secretary Jim Mattis, saying he was stepping down so US President Donald Trump could appoint someone whose views are more aligned with the President's.
SHUT DOWN: Gatwick Airport near London after large drones appeared near the runway and forced flights to be cancelled in what has been called a "deliberate" act; troops have been called in to assist police.
DECLARED: A "catastrophe", a hailstorm which struck Sydney on Thursday by the Insurance Council of Australia which led to a flood of claims.

 

20th December, 2018
WITHDRAWING:
Some 2,000 US troops from Syria as US President Donald Trump declares the so-called Islamic State has been defeated.
ISSUED: An arrest warrant for the former first lady of Zimbabwe, Grace Mugabe, in South Africa over an alleged assault in Johannesburg last year.
WARNING: Issued by the Royal Geographical Society against so-called 'volcano tourism', in a report which says some tourists who try to get close to exploding volcanos fail to understand the risks.

 

19th December, 2018
QUIT:
Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel following pressure after a coalition partner quit following his support for the UN global compact on immigration.
DISSOLVING: US President Donald Trump's charitable foundation, under court supervision, after a legal agreement; it comes amid a lawsuit alleging funds were misused.
DIED: US actor turned director Penny Marshall - who came to fame starring in TV show Laverne & Shirley - at the age of 75 in LA.

 

18th December, 2018
SET: 
The week of 14th January for the UK Parliament's vote on the Brexit agreement, by UK Prime Minister Theresa May.
TO PAY: A one-off sum to the 1,000 mostly Jewish survivors who were evacuated from Nazi Germany as children to Britain - known as the 'kindertransport' - by the German Government.
DISCOVERED: A dwarf planet, nicknamed 'Farout' by astronomers, which is the as yet farthest known object in our solar system.

 

17th December, 2018
CONCLUDED: Climate change talks in Katowice, Poland, with agreement on transparent rules to govern national efforts to cut emissions and curb global warming.
REINSTATED:
Ranil Wickremesinghe, as Sri Lanka's Prime Minister, two months after he was deposed by President Maithripala Sirisena.
FOUND: An intact 4,400-year-old tomb of a high priest in the pyramid complex of Saqqara, south of Cairo.

 

14th December, 2018
HANDSHAKE: Between guards representing North and South Korea after both countries dismantled 11 guardposts inside the Demilitarised Zone between the two nations.
KILLED:
By police, the man believed to be responsible for the murder of three people near a market in Strasbourg, France.
CRASHED: A high speed train in the Turkish capital of Ankara leaving at least nine people dead and scores more injured.

 

13th December, 2018
SURVIVED: British Prime Minister Theresa May, a Brexit policy-driven Conservative Party leadership spill by a vote of 200 to 117.
SENTENCED: To three year's prison, Michael Cohen, former personal lawyer to US President Donald Trump, for his role in making illegal payments to women to help the President's 2016 election campaign and for lying to Congress about a Trump construction project in Russia.
ONGOING: A massive manhunt in France for a suspected extremist believed to be behind a shooting spree near a Christmas market in Strasbourg which left two dead, one more brain dead and 12 injured.

 

12th December, 2018
KILLED: Four people and 11 injuredi in what authorities have called a terrorist attack after a gunman opened fire at a Christmas market in Strasbourg in eastern France. A man hunt is underway.
ANNOUNCED: The Australian Government, that Adelaide will be home to the country's new space agency.
CONFIRMATION: That the Voyager 2 spacecraft, 41 years after it was launched and more than 18 billion kilometres from Earth, has entered interstellar space, by NASA.

 

11th December, 2018
AGREED: An historic global compact to address the migration crisis around the world by 164 nations.
POSTPONED: By UK Prime Minister Theresa May, a parliamentary vote on her Brexit deal with EU leaders, after she admitted it would be rejected.
TO RAISE: The minimum wage in France, President Emmanuel Macron has announced; the move, along with tax cuts for pensioners and other concessions, comes after ongoing protests over rising living costs.
RESIGNED: Urjit Patel, India's central bank governor, citing personal reasons; it comes amid a rift between the Reserve Bank of India and Prime Minister Narendra Modi's government.

 

10th December, 2018
IN CUSTODY: Some 1,200 people after more rioting in Paris in which some 71 people were injured; it came after tens of thousands of "yellow vest" protestors again took to the streets in France over the weekend.
PROTESTED:
 Tens of thousands of Hindus in the Indian capital of Delhi, calling for a temple to be built on a contested site in the northern city of Ayodhya.
EXPECTING: Her 37th child, Wisdom the Laysan albatross, who is believed to be at least 68-years-old and the oldest-known wild bird in the world.

 

7th December, 2018
CLOSING: Tourist sites in Paris this weekend including the Eiffel Tower and Louvre as authorities fear more violence in the wake of recent riots.
ARRESTED:
 Chinese company Huawei's chief financial officer, Meng Wanzhou, in Canada, where she is facing extradition to the US over reports she violated US sanctions on Iran.
DIED: Pete Shelley, lead singer of UK punk band the Buzzcocks, of a suspected heart attack in Estonia at age 63.

 

3rd December, 2018
CONSIDERING: French authorities - imposing a state of emergency as riots broke out in Paris with more than 130 people reportedly injured and more than 400 arrested. The riots follow nationwide protests since mid-November against taxes on fuel and rising living costs.
RECOMMENDED:
 Police in Israel, that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu be indicted on bribery charges; Netanyahu has denied any wrong-doing. 
SWORN IN: Left-wing populist Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, as Mexico's new President.

 

30th November, 2018
ADMITTED: Lying to Congress, former personal lawyer to US President Donald Trump, in a surprise appearance in a New York courtroom; the move sparked a strong reaction from Mr Trump who branded Cohen as a "liar" and "weak person".
CANCELLED:
 A meeting between US President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin at the G20, by Mr Trump who cited the crisis over Ukraine as the reason.
REVEALED: British MP Lloyd Russell-Moyle, the first to reveal to Parliament that he has HIV.

 

29th November, 2018
GATHERING: In Buenos Aires, world leaders for the G20 Leaders' Summit between 30th November and 1st December.
DEFENDED:
 Ivanka Trump, daughter of US President Donald Trump, her use of a private email account, saying it cannot be compared to former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server.
INVESTIGATING: The Dutch national railway, Nederlandse Spoorwegen, how it can pay individual reparations for its role in the mass deportation of Jews in World War II.

 

28th November, 2018
RISEN: Global CO2 emissions for the first time in four years in 2017, according to the UN Emissions Gap Report.
DEFENDED:
 By US President Donald Trump, the actions of border agents in using tear gas at the country's border with Mexico to repel a crowd of migrants, which included children as well as people throwing rocks.
DIED: The creator of SpongeBob SquarePants, Stephen Hillenburg, at the age of 57 from motor neurone disease ALS.

 

27th November, 2018
LANDED: NASA's InSight lander on Mars where it will spend the next 24 months collecting data.
DECLARED:
 Martial law in Ukraine by the country's Parliament following the seizure of three of its navy ships by Russia earlier this week.
PARDONED: And released, British academic Matthew Hedges by the United Arab Emirates after he was sentenced to life in prison for spying, allegations his supporters have rejected.

 

26th November, 2018
SEIZED: Three Ukrainaian naval ships by Russia after firing on them in the Black Sea off the coast of Russian-annexed Crimea; the move has prompted calls for calm from the EU and NATO.
ENDORSED:
 By EU leaders, an agreement on the withdrawal of the UK from the body next year and a document outlining post Brexit relations between the UK and EU.
LANDSLIDE: Win, for the Labor Party in the Australian state of Victoria in a state election which saw Premier Daniel Andrews' government returned to power for a second term.

 

23rd November, 2018
AGREED: Between the UK and EU, a "political declaration" on Brexit, outlining how trade, security and other issues will work post-Brexit; it follows an earlier draft agreement on the terms surrounding the UK's exit from the EU on 29th March next year.
DENIED:
 By US President Donald Trump, that the CIA blamed Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman for ordering the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
SENTENCED: To 10 years jail in Israel, an unnamed US-Israeli man for making some 2,000 hoax bomb threats to organisations in various countries.

 

22nd November, 2018
REVEALED: That US President Donald Trump's daughter Ivanka used a private email account to message government officials, by The Washington Post; the revelation has prompted comparisons with the situation involving then Democrat presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.
ELECTED:
South Korea's Kim Jong-yang as president of international crime fighting body Interpol after a number of countries expressed concern over alternative candidate Russian Alexander Prokopchuk.
NOT GUILTY: David Eastman, of the murder of Australian Federal Police Assistant Commissioner Colin Winchester in 1989, after spending 19 years in jail; it followed a retrial in the Australian Capital Territory.

 

21st November, 2018
CONCERNS: Raised over the possible appointment of former Russian interior ministry official and pro-Putin Alexander Prokopchuk as the next president of international crime-fighting body Interpol, prompting some calls for the establishment of a new international body.
ARRESTED:
 The chairman of Japanese car giant Nissan, Carlos Ghosn, amid allegations he under-reported his income for several years.
RELEASE: Expected, of the so-called 'Bali Nine''s Renae Lawrence, from an Indonesian prison after serving a 13 year sentence for drug smuggling.

 

20th November, 2018
FLED: About 4,000 people as Guatemala's Volcano of Fire erupts.
RESTORED: White House press pass of CNN correspondent Jim Acosta following a judge's order. But the White House has announced new rules governing press conferences.
FIRST: "Ground-scaper" hotel in the world, dug 88 metres into the ground, has opened in Shanghai in China.

 

19th November, 2018
FAILED: The APEC Summit, to release a final communique, for the first time in its history with deep divisions between the US and China over trade.
SEEKING: Asylum from Uruguay, Peru's former president, Alan Garcia, who sought sanctuary at the country's embassy in Peru after being barred from leaving the country following accusations he took bribes.
PROTESTED: Tens of thousands of French people on the weekend over rising fuel prices; more than 400 were injured and more than 150 arrested after clashes with police.

 

16th November, 2018
RESIGNED: Two UK cabinet ministers, including Brexit Secretary Dominic Raab, and four other Conservative Party figures, after British Prime Minister Theresa May announced her draft Brexit deal which will now go to Parliament.
VIOLENCE: Broke out in the Sri Lankan Parliament as MPs came to blows, a day after a no-confidence vote against Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa's Government was passed.
FIRST: Shinzo Abe, Japanese Prime Minister to visit the northern Australian city of Darwin, bombed by the Japanese during World War II, for a meeting with Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison.

 

15th November, 2018
SECURED: The UK cabinet's support, by Prime Minister Theresa May, to take the draft Brexit deal to Parliament.
BACKED: By Fox News, rival network CNN, after it launched a lawsuit against the White House after it revoked press credentials of correspondent Jim Acosta.
FOUND?: The lost city of Tenea - believed to have been founded by captives taken in the Trojan War - in southern Greece.

 

14th November, 2018
AGREED: According to reports, a draft deal between the UK and EU on Brexit, which is now expected to be presented to the UK Cabinet.
IMPLEMENTED: An Egyptian-brokered ceasefire between Israel and Palestinian militant groups including Hamas following two days of violence, the worst outbreak since 2014.
OPENED: Polls in a general election in the Pacific island nation of Fiji, the second election since a 2006 coup.

 

13th November, 2018
RISING: Death toll from wildfires in Califormia to at least 31 with more than 200 people still missing.
STRIPPED: Myanmar's leader Aung San Suu Kyi of Amnesty International's Ambassador of Conscience Award which it gave her in 2009; the organisation has done so because of her failure to speak up for Rohingya Muslims.
DIED: Marvel Comics creator Stan Lee, at the age of 95.

 

12th November, 2018
MARKED: Around the world, the end of World War I on 11th November, 1918.
BURNING: Wildfires around Malibu in California, with at least 25 people killed and thousands of homes destroyed including those of some well-known celebrities such as actor Gerard Butler.
DECLARED: The Democratic Republic of Congo's Ebola outbreak - which has killed almost 200 people since August - as the country's "worst ever", by the health ministry.

 

9th November, 2018
KILLED: Twelve people after a gunman opened fire in a Californian bar. The gunman, identified as a former US Marine, is believed to have then turned the gun on himself.
SUSPENDED: From reporting at the White House, CNN correspondent Jim Acosta after an exchange of words with US President Donald Trump at a press conference where the White House says he "put his hands on" an intern who was trying to take the microphone from him. White House press secretary Sarah Sanders has subsequently been accused of releasing a doctored video of the incident.
COMMEMORATING: Eighty years since the Kristallnacht - "The night of broken glass" - in Germany in 1938 in which Jewish homes and businesses were attacked.

 

8th November, 2018
LOST: Control of the US House of Representatives by the Republicans to the Democrats in the US midterm elections while at the same time the Republican hold on the Senate was strengthened.
APOLOGISED 1: South Korea for the rape of women by soldiers sent to put down an anti-government uprising in the city of Gwangju in 1980
APOLOGISED 2: Canada for turning away a ship of more than 900 Jews trying to flee Nazi Germany in 1939.

 

7th November, 2018
VOTED: The US in midterm elections with record voter turnout numbers expected.
BROKEN OUT: A brawl in the South African Parliament following accusations of racism among legislators.
SUING: Boy Scouts of America by the Girl Scouts of the United States of America after the former announced a name switch to Scouts BSA from next year.

 

6th November, 2018
KIDNAPPED: Some 79 children and two staff from a school in western Cameroon; the kidnapping is suspected of being linked to a separatist movement.
WARNING: US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, that the US will apply "relentless" pressure upon Iran unless it changes course.
KILLED: A 33-year-old Victorian man in a shark attack off Queensland's Whitsunday Islands; the third attack in the area since September.

 

5th November, 2018
KILLED: At least 29 people after a weekend of wild weather in Italy, including two families killed by flooding in Sicily.
REJECTED: Independence from France, the Pacific territory of New Caledonia in a vote which saw 56.4 per cent choose to remain part of France and 43.6 vote for independence.
FIRST: Person to swim around the 2,800 kilometre coastline of Britain - Ross Edgley, in a 157 day record swim.

 

2nd November, 2018
WALKED OUT: Staff at Google offices around the world in protest at the company's handling of the issue of sexual harassment.
PERMITTED: In the UK, the use of medical cannabis under prescriptions obtainable only under strict conditions.
DISCOVERED: Bones of a female under the Vatican's embassy in Rome prompting speculation they could be those of one of two 15-year-old girls who went missing in 1983.

 

1st November, 2018
REVEALED: By Turkey, an official account of how officials there believe dissident Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi was killed, saying he was "choked to death" immediately on entering the Saudi consultate in Istanbul and subsequently dismembered.
WALKING: Three paralysed men after doctors in Switzerland inserted an electrical device in their back to boost signals from their spinal cord.
UNVEILED: In Gujurat, India, the world's tallest statue; of Indian independence leader Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, it stands 182 metres high and reportedly cost $US430 million to build.

 

31st October, 2018
ACCUSED: Iran's intelligence services, by Denmark, of planning to assassinate an Iranian activist on Danish soil. Iran has dismissed the allegations.
VISITED: The scene of the Pittsburgh synagogue shooting, US President Donald Trump, amid protests. The visit came as mourners attended the first of the 11 victims' funerals.
DIED: Notorious Boston mobster James "Whitey" Bulger after an attack by an inmate in a West Virginia prison.

 

30th October, 2018
ANNOUNCED: By German Chancellor Angela Merkel, that she will step down at the end of her fourth term in 2021.
SENDING: US President Donald Trump, 5,200 troops and military equipment to the country's southern border, in a bid to stop a migrant "caravan" of Central Americans from crossing into the US.
REFUSING: Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe to leave office after he and the cabinet were sacked by President Maithripala Sirisena who also suspended Parliament in moves which have plunged the country into a political crisis.

 

29th October, 2018
ELECTED: As Brazil's new president, former army captain and far-right candidate Jair Bolsonaro.
NAMED: The 11 people killed when a gunman stormed a Pittsburgh synagogue in the US on Saturday. The suspected gunman, Robert Bowers, 46, of Pittsburgh is in custody.
KILLED: Five people, including Leicester City Football Club owner, Thai billionaire Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha, in a helicopter crash near the club's home ground.

 

26th October, 2018
REVEALED: By the FBI, a growing list of people sent suspect packages including former Vice President Joe Biden and actor Robert De Niro. It comes after suspect packages were intercepted after being sent to the Obamas, Clintons, CNN and others.
FIRST: Female president in Ethiopia (and currently Africa's only female head of state), Sahle-Work Zewde following her election by the nation's parliament.
FOUND: In the Black Sea, the oldest intact shipwreck in the world, a Greek merchant ship dating from more than 2,400 years ago.

 

25th October, 2018
INTERCEPTED: In the US, suspected pipe bombs sent to Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton and other high profile democrats as well as CNN through the mail.
AGREED: By the European Parliament, a ban on single-use plastic bags from 2021.
FREED: Reportedly, Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar - one of the founding members of the Taliban, from detention in Pakistan. He was arrested in Karachi eight years ago.

 

24th October, 2018
MET: The son of slain Saudi Arabian journalist Jamal Khashoggi with the Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman who is accused of orchestrating his father's death, in a staged event in Riyadh.
PLANNED: A meeting between US President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin in Paris next month; it comes amid an ongoing dispute over a key nuclear arms treaty.
FOR SALE: The late physicist Professor Stephen Hawking's wheelchair and thesis as part of an upcoming auction at Christie's.

 

23rd October, 2018
TO CUT: US aid to Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador after US President Donald Trump accused them of not stopping the so-called "caravan of migrants" from leaving their countries in a bid to reach the US.
CONFIRMED: That 11 children and their families have been transferred off Nauru, where they were living under the Australian Government's offshore asylum seeker detention policy, for medical attention. It comes amid ongoing calls to remove all people held on Nauru under the policy.
TRIAL: Of "flying taxis" to begin in Singapore in second half of 2019.

 

22nd October, 2018
BLAMED: By Saudi Arabian officials, the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, on a "rogue operation"; Khashoggi was last seen entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on 2nd October.
DERAILED: A train in Taiwan, killing 18 and injuring scores more.
CROSSED: Into Mexico, a migrant caravan of several thousand people from Guatemala, as they advance toward the US border.

 

19th October, 2018
WARNED: The US, that consequences will be "severe" if it is confirmed that Saudi Arabia ordered the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi with US President Donald Trump saying he presumes Khashoggi is dead.
READY: The EU, to extend the proposed length of the post-Brexit transition period beyond 21 months if the UK requires it.
CREATING: Scientists in China, reportedly, an artificial moon bright enough to replace streetlights in the city of Chengdu by 2020.

 

18th October, 2018
KILLED: Some 19 people in an attack on a college in Russian-annexed Crimea by a gunman who detonated an explosive device before shooting others and himself.
LEGALISED: The sale of marijuana, in Canada, which becomes the first country in the world to do so.
RETIRED: At age 84, Carroll Spinney, the puppeteer who has portrayed characters including Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch, on US TV show Sesame Street for almost 50 years.

 

17th October, 2018
SPARKED: Strong reactions around the world, a suggestion from Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison that Australia was considering moving its Israel embassy to Jerusalem from Tel Aviv; it comes after the US controversially moved its embassy earlier this year.
REVEALED: By the US military, that it believes an air strike in central Somalia on Friday killed some 60 al-Shabaab militants.
DIED: Ian Kiernan, environmental campaigner and founder of Clean Up Australia, at the age of 78 after being diagnosed with cancer in July.

 

16th October, 2018
SUGGESTED: US President Donald Trump that "rogue killers" could be behind the disappearance of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi in Turkey; Turkish officials believe Khashoggi was murdered in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul but the claim has been denied by the Saudis.
DIED: Billionaire Paul Allen, co-founder of Microsoft (with Bill Gates), at the age of 65 from cancer.
REVEALED: Kensington Palace, that Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, are currently on their first tour to Australia, are expecting their first child.

 

15th October, 2018
PROTESTED: Tens of thousands in Berlin against racism and discrimination at a time when there are rising concerns over the influence of the far-right in Germany.
UNCERTAINTY: As concerns over what happens on the Irish border prove a difficult issue in Brexit negotiations, leading the British Government to propose a temporary customs union with the EU.
MARRIED: Princess Eugenie, grand-daughter of Queen Elizabeth II, to Jack Brooksbank in a ceremony at Windsor Castle. Meanwhile, newly weds Prince Harry and Meghan have embarked on their first official visit to Australia.

 

12th October, 2018
KILLED: At least 10 people after floods on the Spanish island of Mallorca; meanwhile at least six people have died after Hurricane Michael made landfall on the US east coast this week on the Florida Panhandle.
ANNOUNCED: In Malaysia, plans to abolish the death penalty via a new bill to be tabled at the next parliamentary sitting.
ABORTED: A Russian flight to the International Space Station after the Soyuz rocket made an emergency landing soon after takeoff due to a thruster problem. The Russian and American on board were reportedly fine after the accident.

 

11th October, 2018
LANDFALL: In the US state of Florida, category 4 Hurricane Michael, the fiercest hurricane ever to hit the state's so-called "panhandle". 
SHAKEN: The remote island of New Britain, Papua New Guinea, in a magnitude 7.0 earthquake. The impacts are as yet remain unknown.
LEGALISED: In China, "vocational training centres" which observers claim are actually mass internment camps, for Uighur Muslims in western Xinjiang.

 

10th October, 2018
INVITED: Pope Francis to North Korea in an invitation from Kim Jong-un which will be delivered by South Korean President Moon Jae-in when he meets the Pope next week.
RESIGNED: Nikki Haley as US Ambassador to the UN in a move to take effect from the end of the year.
FLEEING: Tens of thousands of people ahead of Hurricane Michael which is expected to make landfall in Florida on Wednesday.

 

9th October, 2018
DEMANDED: By Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, that Saudi Arabia must prove a missing journalist Jamal Khashoggi was not murdered after he entered the Saudi consulate in Istanbul last week. He hasn't been seen since.
CONTROVERSY: In Australia over plans to project images advertising a horse race on the Sydney Opera House with more than 230,000 people now signing a petition opposing the decision.
SHUTTING DOWN: Much of the Google+ social network after the data of up to 500,000 users was exposed and may have been accessible by third parties.

 

8th October, 2018
SWORN IN: 
Brett Kavanaugh to the US Supreme Court after the US Senate confirmed his nomination - 50 to 48 votes - following a contentious nomination process.
ANNOUNCED: In China, an investigation into Meng Hongwei, head of international law enforcement body Interpol, by the country's anti-corruption watchdog; the news comes after Mr Meng was reported missing.
WON: Far right candidate Jair Bolsonaro, the first round of the presidential election in Brazil.
KILLED: Twenty people, including a newly wed couple and two pedestrians, when a limousine containing 18 people crashed in New York state.

 

5th October, 2018
ACCUSED:
Russian spies of involvement in a series of cyber plots across the globe by Western nations - including Canada, the UK, Netherlands, US, Malaysia and Brazil - with charges leveled in the US against seven agents. Russia has dismissed the accusations.
CONCLUDED: The week long FBI investigation into US Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh with senators able to access it behind closed doors.
WELCOMED: Heavy rain, by farmers in drought-affected New South Wales.

 

4th October, 2018
CRITICISED:
US President Donald Trump by fellow Republicans including Senators Jeff Flake and Susan Collins after he made fun of Christine Blasey Ford for not remembering details of an incident in the early 1980s in which she alleges US Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her. 
ARRESTED: Malaysia's former First Lady Rosmah Mansor on money laundering charges.
TESTED: The 'Presidential Alert' emergency communication system in the US; reaching some 225 million mobile phones.

 

3rd October, 2018
TOPPED:
 1,300, the death toll from the earthquake and tsunami which struck central Sulawesi late last week.
DETECTED: By the Pentagon, envelopes suspected to contain the poisin ricin, which had been addressed to US Defence Secretary Jim Mattis and Admiral John Richardson.
WON: The Nobel Prize for Physics; Canadian Donna Strickland, who becomes only the third woman to win the award and the first in 55 years (she shares it with Arthur Ashkin, from the US, and Gerard Mourou, from France).

 

2nd October, 2018
PROTESTS:
 In cities and towns across Catalonia in Spain, marking a year since a controversial referendum on independence.
UNDERWAY: A week long FBI investigation into sexual assault allegations against US Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh on the orders of US President Donald Trump.
VISITING: Africa, for the first time, US First Lady Melania Trump, taking in Ghana, Malawi, Kenya and Egypt.

 

1st October, 2018
PROTESTS: 
In Brazil, against far-right presidential candidate - and front-runner - Jair Bolsanaro with tens of thousands turning out across the country.
POUNDED:
 South-west Japan, by Typhoon Trami, leaving one dead and scores injured.
SHUNNED: Voters in Macedonia, a referendum on changing the country's name to Northern Macedonia, with preliminary results showing a less than 50 per cent cent turn-out meaning the result may not be legally valid.

 

28th September, 2018
FOILED:
 A "major terrorist attack" in The Netherlands with the arrest of seven men over an alleged plot involving guns and explosives.
FILED: A lawsuit by the US Securities and Exchange Commission accusing Elon Musk of securities fraud, claiming he had lied when he tweeted that he had the funding to take Tesla private.
NOMINATED: Dr Kirstin Ferguson as acting chair of the ABC by Prime Minister Scott Morrison.

 

27th September, 2018
ACCUSED:
 US Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, by a third woman of sexual misconduct; Kavanaugh has again denied the allegations.
NAMED: In the UK media, one of the men wanted by Britain for the nerve agent attack on former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter, as a Russian colonel, Anatoliy Vladimirovich Chepiga.
UPHELD: The legality of Aadhaar, the world's largest biometric database which holds the details of more than a billion people, by India's Supreme Court which has ruled it does not violate citizen's privacy rights.

 

26th September, 2018
SENTENCED:
 US comedian Bill Cosby to three to 10 years after being found guilty of drugging and sexually assaulting a woman at his home in 2004.
ACCUSED: Iran, of "sowing chaos, death, destruction", by US President Donald Trump in his address to the UN General Assembly in New York.
FIRST: Baby issued with a (mock) security pass at the United Nations, New Zealand's Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern's three-month-old daughter Neve Te Aroha.

 

25th September, 2018
SURVIVED:
 An Indonesian teenager, 49 days adrift at sea, according to reports, after the floating fishing trap he was looking after slipped its moorings.
DISMISSED: By US Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, calls to step aside after a second women has accused him of sexual misconduct decades ago.
SUGGESTED: By Australia's Prime Minister Scott Morrison, a new national public holiday to celebrate Australia's Indigenous peoples; the comments came as he rejected ongoing calls to move the date of Australia Day from 26th January.

 

24th September, 2018
LANDSLIDES:
 In The Philippines, killing at least 70 people. The disasters come in the wake of Typhoon Mangkhut which tore across the northern part of the country earlier this month.
KILLED: At least 25 people, after four gunmen opened fire on a military parade in the Iranian city of Ahvaz on Saturday.
RELEASED: Australian film-maker Matthew Ricketson after Cambodian authorities pardoned him after an expionage conviction and immediately deported him back to Australia; the conviction had prompted a global outcry.
SACKED: Michelle Guthrie, managing director of Australian national broadcaster ABC, midway through her term.

 

21st September, 2018
REINSTATED:
 Russia's anti-doping agency following a three year suspension by the World Anti-Doping Agency following a doping and cover-up scandal in a move opposed by many leading athletes and other anti-doping bodies.
CAPSIZED: A ferry on Lake Victoria in Tanzania with at least 44 people drowned and dozens more feared killed.
FOUND: By astronomers, an exoplanet which is reminiscient of planet Vulcan in the TV and film series, Star Trek, located in a solar system about 16 light years from Earth.

 

20th September, 2018
CONCLUDED: A summit between South Korean President Moon Jae-in with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un in Pyongyang with mass games and speeches as well as, according to the South, commitment from the North to dismantle missile facilities if the US takes reciprocal action.
DENIED: US President Donald Trump, that he has an Attorney-General in a newspaper interview, despite Jeff Sessions being in the role.
RELEASED: Former Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and his daughter Maryam, from prison, after a court suspended their sentences for corruption.

 

19th September, 2018
WARNED: By NGO Save the Children, that a total of 5.2 million children in Yemen now face famine.
RESPONDED: China, to the recent US tariffs, with the imposition of tariffs of its own on about $US60 billion of goods imported from the US.
BLAMED: By Russia, Israel, for an incident in which a Syrian missle shot down a Russian reconnaissance plane over the Mediterreanean Sea, killing all 15 on board, saying it was caught in crossfire as four Israeli jets attacked Syrian targets. Israel said it holds the Syrian Government responsible.

 

18th September, 2018
ANNOUNCED: Ten per cent tariffs on $US200 billion of Chinese imports by US President Donald Trump. Tech companies were spared.
MEETING: South Korean President Moon Jae-in with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un in the North Korean capital of Pyongyang in a three day summit - the first such meeting in more than a decade.
REVEALED: The first private passenger to book a round the Moon flight with Elon Musk's company SpaceX, as 42-year-old Japanese billionaire, entrepreneur and online fashion tycoon Yusaku Maezawa.

 

17th September, 2018
ANNOUNCED: By Australia's Prime Minister, Scott Morrison, a Royal Commission into the country's aged care system.
IDENTIFIED: Herself, as Christine Blasey Ford, after claiming she was sexually assaulted by US Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh when they were teenagers in the early 1980s.
THREATENED: Japan, to leave the International Whaling Commission, after it was prevented from resuming commercial whaling in the Southern Ocean.

 

14th September, 2018
RISING: Death toll to 11 with another 44 people injured after a vehicle was driven into a crowd in central China. A suspect was taken into custody.
EVACUATED: Homes in three towns north of Boston in the US after a series of explosions related to their gas supply.
REMEMBERED: Kofi Annan, former UN secretary-general, by world leaders and dignataries at a state funeral in Ghana. Annan died on 18th August in Switzerland at the age of 80.

 

13th September, 2018
VOTED: The European Parliament, to pursue what has been described as "unprecedented" disciplinary action against Hungary over alleged breaches of the EU's core values.
BRACING: The Philippines as Typhoon Mangkhut bears down, with evacuations ordered and emergency workers on standby.
SUMMONED: By Pope Francis, the presidents of every Catholic bishops' conference worldwide, to the Vatican in February for a summit to discuss preventing clergy sex abuse and protecting children.

 

12th September, 2018
UPROAR: Around the world over a cartoon by Australian cartoonist Mark Knight depicting tennis player Serena Williams during her outburst at the US Open final; accusations it is racist have been denied by Knight.
PULLED OUT: Jailed former Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva; of next month's presidential election in the South American country. It follows a court ruling he is ineligible to stand.
LARGEST: Ever war games involving Russian military underway in the country. Thousands of Chinese troops are also involved.

 

11th September, 2018
THREATENED: Sanctions against International Criminal Court officials who take part in any investigation into the role of US military and intelligence staff or the role of US allies, by US national security advisor John Bolton.
DISPLACED: Some 30,000 Syrian civlians from Idlib amid expectations of an imminent assault by Syrian Government and Russian forces.
ASKED: North Korean leader Kim Jong-un for another meeting with US President Donald Trump, in a letter.

 

10th September, 2018
PREDICTED: That Sweden's national elections could result in a hung parliament amid gains by the anti-immigration, far-right Sweden Democrats.
MARKED: In North Korea, the 70th anniversary of the country's founding with a military parade.
FINED: Tennis player Serena Williams after an extraordinary on-court outburst in the US Open final in which she accused the umpire of double standards and sexism. The game was won by Naomi Osaka on Japan.

 

7th September, 2018
SHAKEN: The Japanese island of Hokkaido in a magnitude 6.7 earthquake, killing at least nine people and injuring about 30, as it triggered landslides and cut power.
OVERTURNED: A law banning gay sex in India, by the country's Supreme Court in a unanimous judgement.
MOVED: By Paraguay, its embassy, back to Tel Aviv from Jerusalem. Israel recalled its ambassador from Paraguay in response.
DIED: US actor Burt Reynolds at the age of 82.

 

6th September, 2018
ISSUED: Arrest warrants for two Russian men by the UK in relation to the nerve-agent poisoning of ex-spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia in Salisbury.
PUBLISHED: An op-ed in The New York Times by an anonymous Trump administration official who says they are among the "Resistance", a group in the administration actively working to thwart the President, saying at the root of the problem is his "amorality".
ADMITTED: By the Japanese Government, that a worker at the Fukushima nuclear power plant, destroyed by an earthquake and tsunami in March, 2011, died of radiation exposure.

 

5th September, 2018
LASHED: The west coast of Japan's main island of Honshu by Typhoon Jebi with at least eight dead and more than 150 injured and damage in cities including Kobe and Osaka.
SCRAPPED: By Australia's Prime Minister Scott Morrison, plans to raise the retirement age to 70. It will be raised to 67 in 2023 but no higher.
FOUND: A pair of ruby slippers worn by Judy Garland in the film, The Wizard of Oz, 13 years after they were stolen from a US museum.

 

4th September, 2018
MEETING: Of numerous heads of African nations along with Chinese leadership in a two day summit expected to focus on China's global infrastructure program known as the 'Belt and Road' initiative.
DESTROYED: The National Museum of Brazil, located in the 200-year-old former Imperial Palace in Rio de Janiero and containing the largest collection of historic artefacts in Latin America, in a fire, sparking angry protests.
ATTENDED: By tens of thousands, an anti-racism concert in the eastern German of Chemnitz in the wake of recent far-right protests which followed the revelation that a Syrian and an Iraqi were suspects in a fatal stabbing more than a week ago.

 

3rd September, 2018
OPPOSED: The European Union to key parts of UK Prime Minister Theresa May's proposals for a trade deal between the two entities, according to the EU's chief Brexit negotiator, Michel Barnier.
ENDED: By the US, funding to UN Palestinian refugee aid agency, the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA), leaving a reported funding gap of $US217 million.
STARTED: Former Chilean President Michelle Bachelet, a torture survivor herself, as UN Human Rights High Commissioner.

 

31st August, 2018
VOICED: Alarm, UN human rights experts, over alleged political education camps for Muslim Uighurs in China, calliong for the immediate release of those detained on grounds of China characterises as "countering terrorism".
THREATENED: US President Donald Trump, to pull out of the World Trade Organization if the body doesn't change the way it treats the US.
COMMEMORATED: US Senator John McCain, who died last Saturday at the age of 81, after a battle with brain cancer, at an Arizona church in a service led by former US Vice-President Joe Biden.

 

30th August, 2018
CLASHED: British and French fishermen in a confrontation in the French channel off the coast of Normandy over rights to harvest scallops.
REQUESTED: The early release of a $US50 billion loan from the International Monetary Fund, by the Argentine Government as it faces an economic crisis.
REMOVED: A golden statue of Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan from an arts festival in Germany after protests.

 

29th August, 2018
INDICATED: By UK Prime Minister Theresa May, that she would fight a leadership bid by former Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson.
DELIVERED: Iran's Parliament, a rare rebuke to President Hassan Rouhani as they voted to reject his explanation of the country's economic crisis.
UNDER FIRE: Australia's Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton over his intervention to help a French au pair into the country in November, 2015.

 

28th August, 2018
TERMINATING: The North American Free Trade Agreement, by US President Donald Trump, who is pursuing new deals with Mexico and Canada.
PROTESTS: By rival groups in the east German city of Chemnitz, resulting in several injuries including reported assaults on migrants, following the stabbing death of a 35-year-old carpenter on Sunday.
REVEALED: That some of the world's most senior Orthodox Christian figures have reportedly been the target of Russian hackers in attempts to steal their private correspondance.

 

27th August, 2018
KILLED:
 Three people, including a suspect who reportedly died from self-inflicted wounds, after a gunman opened fire at a video game tournament in Jacksonville, Florida. 
SWORN IN: Zimbabwe's new Prime Minister Emmerson Mnangagwa following a divisive election which resulted in violence on the streets of Harare.
DIED: US playwright Neil Simon, at the age of 91, in New York City.

 

24th August, 2018
EXPECTED:
 A change of Prime Minister in Australia with a leadership spill is scheduled to take place around noon.
CHARGED: In Uganda, MP and pop star Bobi Wine (real name Robert Kyagulanyi), with treason in a civilian court following his release from military detention.
UNVEILED: A retro-looking electric car by Russian manufacturer Kalashnikov, famous for manufacturing the AK-47 assault rifle.

 

23rd August, 2018
TURMOIL:
 In Australian politics as Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull faces a leadership challenge from former minister Peter Dutton with numerous ministers resigning their portfolios and speculation Scott Morrison will run against Dutton in any spill.
THREATENED: Hawaii, by category 4 Hurricane Lane, which will track "dangerously close" to the islands over the next few days.
CLAIMED: In a report by the International Atomic Energy Agency that North Korea is continuing to develop its nuclear weapons programme.

 

22nd August, 2018
GUILTY:
 Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort, on eight financial crime charges; meanwhile Michael Cohen, former personal lawyer to US President Donald Trump, has pleaded guilty to campaign finance violations, bank fraud and tax evasion as part of a plea deal.
INTRODUCED: In Venezuela, a new currency - the "sovereign bolivar" - to deal with runaway inflation; the country has also been rocked by a 7.3 magnitude earthquake.
AGREED: Peace talks will be held in Russia, involving the Taliban and nations including China, Iran and Pakistan, in September.

 

21st August, 2018
SURVIVED: Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, a leadership spill, with defeated challenger Peter Dutton resigning as Home Affairs Minister.
KILLED:
 At least 10 hikers in southern Italy after flash-flooding.
FOUND: Direct evidence of water ice at the bottom of craters on the surface of the Moon.

 

20th August, 2018
TRAVELLING: To North Korea, a group of elderly South Koreans, to see relatives they have not seen since the Korean War in the 1950s, in the first such initiative involving the two Koreas in three years.
PANIC:
 On the Indonesian island of Lombok following a magnitude 6.9 tremor, with two reported deaths. It comes in the wake of another 6.9 quake which killed at least 460 people two weeks ago.
DIED: Australian artist Charles Blackman, best known for his 'Alice in Wonderland' series, at the age of 90.

 

17th August, 2018
FLOODED: Parts of Kerala state in southern India as a result of monsoon rains with more than 100 people reportedly killed and some 150,000 left homeless.
LASHED OUT:
 US President Donald Trump after more than 350 US newspapers ran editorials responding to attacks on mainstream media, writing on Twitter that the "fake news media is the opposition party".
DIED: Former Indian Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee, at the age of 93.

 

16th August, 2018
KILLED: At least 48 people with scores more injured when a suicide bomber detonated a bomb in a tuition centre in the Afghanistan capital of Kabul.
CLIMBING:
 Death toll from the collapse of a highway bridge in Genoa, Italy, to at least 39.
PASSED: In New Zealand, a law banning sales of existing houses to foreigners in a bid to make homes more affordable.

 

15th August, 2018
DIED: At least 26 people after a major highway bridge collapsed in Genoa, Italy, with many others injured.
ARRESTED: A man in London on suspicion of terrorism offences after a vehicle crashed outside the Houses of Parliament, injuring several people.
MARKED: In South Korea and Taiwan, the first day to remember Japan's wartime use of 'comfort women', with the unveiling of monuments and protests.

 

14th August, 2018
BURIED: Dozens of children killed in a Saudi-led coalition attack on a bus in the city of Saada in Yemen last week, in a funeral attended by thousands. 
DECIDED: That Philip Wilson, former Catholic archbishop of Adelaide, will serve his 12 month sentence for concealing child sexual abuse in home detention.
LOST: Melbourne, its title as the "world's most liveable city" - decided by The Economist - to Vienna, Austria, after seven years in the top position.

 

13th August, 2018
KILLED: At least 39 - including women and children - after an explosion destroys two buildings in northern Syria.
PROTESTS: In the US marking a year since the protests by white supremacists in Charlottesville, Virginia, in which Heather Heyer was killed when a man drove his car into a group of counter protestors.
ON ITS WAY: To the Sun, NASA's Parker Solar Probe after launching on Sunday.

 

10th August, 2018
KILLED: Reportedly, dozens of people, including some 29 children, in an air strike by the Saudi-led coalition on a market in Yemen's Saada province. The coalition claims it was targeting missile launchers.
REJECTED: A bill to legalise abortion, by the Argentina's Senate, after a marathon debate.
CEASEFIRE: Reportedly agreed between Israel and Hamas after more than 24 hours of escalating hostilities.

 

9th August, 2018
TO IMPOSE: The US, new sanctions on Russia over the use of a nerve agent against ex-Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia in the UK in March; Russia has denied any involvement.
GRANTED: Citizenship in Thailand, three previously stateless boys and their soccer coach who were rescued from a flooded cave in the country's north last month.
COMMEMORATED: The centenary of the World War I Battle of Amiens - a key turning point in the war - at a ceremony in France.

 

8th August, 2018
SWORN IN: New Colombian President Iván Duque, on Tuesday, after a divisive election campaign.
SIGNED: A peace deal between Ethiopian Government and Oromo Liberation Front rebels, previously declared a terrorist movement, according to state television.
DECLARED: That the entire Australia state of New South Wales is officially in drought, along with other parts of eastern Australia.

 

7th August, 2018
SIGNED: A new ceasefire and power sharing deal by South Sudan's President Salva Kiir and rebel leader and Vice-President Riek Machar. 
WARNING: From researchers, that even if nations reach their CO2 targets, humanity could soon face a 'hothouse Earth' with extreme heat and rising seas.
ONGOING: Protests by tens thousands of students in the Bangladeshi capital of Dhaka as they demand road safety reforms.

 

6th August, 2018
PROTESTS: In Tel Aviv, Israel, by members of minority groups including the Druze, against the passing of a law that declares Israel the nation-state of the Jewish people and downgraded the status of the Arabic language.
ARRESTED: Six people who, according to the Venezuelan Government, were involved in an attempt to assassinate President Nicolas Maduro which employed drones.
KILLED: Twenty passengers and crew aboard a German, World War II-era plane when it crashed in the Swiss Alps on Saturday.

 

3rd August, 2018
DECLARED: Zimbabwe's Electoral Commission that incumbent Emmerson Mnangagwa has won the presidency.
PROTESTS: Involving thousands of students in Dhaka, Bangladesh, calling for justice and new road safety measures after two teenagers were killed by a speeding bus on Sunday.
FOUND: A 29-year-old Australian who had been missing for week after failing to retunr from a solo climb of Mount Aspiring on New Zealand's South Island.

 

2nd August, 2018
DEMANDED: US President Donald Trump, an end to the inquiry by Robert Mueller into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election, describing it as a "rigged witch hunt". 
DECLARED: A new outbreak of Ebola in the Democratic Republic of Congo just days after another in which 33 people died was declared over.
WON: The Fields Medal, described as the "Nobel Prize for mathematics", Prof Caucher Birkar of Cambridge University, Prof Akshay Venkatesh, an Australian based at Princeton and Stanford in the US, Prof Alessio Figalli, from ETH in Zurich and Prof Peter Scholze, from Bonn University.
STOLEN: Some of Sweden's crown jewels from the Strangnas Cathedral by thieves who escaped in a speedboat.

 

1st August, 2018
CLAIMED: By Zimbabwe's Opposition party, the MDC Alliance, that its candidate, Nelson Chamisa, has won Monday's presidential election. The electoral commission has urged patience as it counts the votes.
REJECTED: By Iran, the offer for talks between US President Donald Trump and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani with senior officials saying Mr Trump was "not trustworthy".
REVEALED: Former star of MASH, actor Alan Alda, that he has Parkinson's disease.

 

31st July, 2018
COUNTING: Has begun in Zimbabwe's first elections since the removal of former President Robert Mugabe.
READY: To meet Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, with no pre-conditions, says US President Donald Trump after the pair traded hostilities earlier this month.
IDENTIFIED: A body found in the French Alps in 2005 as that of a French skier Henri Le Masne who disappeared 64 years ago after skiing in a storm near the Matterhorn.

 

30th July, 2018
SHAKEN: The Indonesian island of Lombok in a 6.4 magnitude earthquake which killed at least 14 people, injured hundreds and damaged more than 1,000 buildings.
CLAIMED: Victory, Prime Minister Hun Sen's Cambodian People's Party in Cambodian general elections despite claims from critics that the election was a "sham".
EVACUATED: More than 50,000 people in northern California as forest fires kill six and destroy hundreds of buildings.

 

27th July, 2018
DECLARED: Victory in Pakistan's general election, Imran Khan's Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf, with it as yet unclear if the PTI would obtain a simple majority or have to form a coalition government.
COMING: The longest lunar eclipse in 100 years in the early hours of Saturday, 28th July (AEST), causing the Moon to glow red.
PERFORMED: Former Beatle Paul McCartney, a surprise gig at the Cavern Club in Liverpool, where the Beatles made their name more than 50 years ago.

 

26th July, 2018
ANNOUNCED: A proposed merger of Australian media entity Fairfax with Nine to create a new integrated media company.
FOUND: On Mars, indications there could be vast lake of liquid water below the planet's south pole.
KILLED: At least 31 people in a suicide bombing near a polling centre in the city of Quetta as Pakistanis go to the polls in a general election.

 

25th July, 2018
RISING: Death toll as a result of forest fires near Athens in Greece with at least 74 people killed and more than 200 injured.
WASHED AWAY: A number of villages in Laos after a dam wall collapsed in the country's south with several people confirmed dead and hundreds still missing. 
UNVEILED: By US President Donald Trump, a $US12 billion bail-out plan for farmers aimed at helping those affected by backlash from tariffs he has imposed on other nations.

 

24th July, 2018
BURNING: Forest fires near Athens in Greece with reports of at least 20 people killed and more than 100 injured.
IDENTIFIED: As Faisal Hussain, 29, a gunman who opened fire in a crowded restaurant precinct in the Canadian city of Toronto on Sunday, killing two people and wounding more than a dozen, before he was killed in as yet unclear circumstances.
SUING: The US city of Minneapolis and several police officers, by the family of late Australian woman Justine Damond Ruszczyk, for violating her civil rights when she was shot dead by a police officer in July last year.

 

23rd July, 2018
EVACUATED: By Israel, from south-western Syria to Jordan, hundreds of 'White Helmets' - members of a volunteer civil organisation which operates emergency rescue services in rebel held areas.
SURVIVED: A bomb which killed 14 people at Kabul's airport shortly after his arrival back in Afghanistan following a year in exile, controversial Afghan Vice-President Abdul Rashid Dostum.
MOURNING: In Missouri, the death of 17 people (including nine from the same family), killed when an amphibious boat capsized on Table Rock Lake.

 

20th July, 2018
INVITED: Vladimir Putin, to visit the US, by US President Donald Trump, later this year; it follows the much discussed meeting of the two leaders in Helsinki this week.
PASSED: A controversial new law in Israel which explicitly defines the country as the national home of the Jewish people with Jerusalem as its "united" capital.
REFUSED: A Turkish court, to allow the extradition of accused Islamic State terrorist Neil Prakash to Australia to face trial.

 

19th July, 2018
ENDED: A nationwide state of emergency in Turkey, imposed two years ago after a failed coup attempt and under which tens of thousands have been arrested or dismissed from their jobs, according to reports.
FIRST: Commercial flight between Ethiopia and Eritrea in 20 years; it was greeted with cheering and song as it landed in the Eritrean capital of Asmara.
RAGING: Wildfires in Sweden, including inside the Arctic Circle, prompting the nation to call for help in fighting the fires from the European Union.

 

18th July, 2018
TURNED BACK: Scores of displaced Syrian civilians who approached the border with Israel at Golan Heights pleading for sanctuary, by Israeli soldiers.
COMING INTO FORCE: A new international crime of "agression" - under which government and military leaders can be held responsible for invasions and major attacks - at the International Criminal Court, after 35 countries ratified the new offence.
PLOTTED: The orbits of 12 new moons discovered orbiting Jupiter.

 

17th July, 2018
MET: US President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki, Finland - Mr Trump's comments in a subsequent press conference sparked strong reactions in the US with former CIA director John  Brennan labelling his comments as "nothing short of treasonous".
WELCOMED: As heroes, the victorious French national soccer team by hundreds of thousands of fans with President Emmanual Macron awarding them the Légion d'Honneur.
TRIALLING: Usain Bolt, the world's fastest man, with Australian soccer team the Central Coast Mariners; meanwhile, Australian soccer great Tim Cahill has announced his retirement from the Socceroos.

 

16th July, 2018
WON: The FIFA World Cup, France, in a 4-2 victory, over Croatia, in the final in Moscow, sparking mass celebrations in the team's home country.
LABELLED: As the top "foe" of the US - the European Union, by President Donald Trump, along with other "foes" China and Russia, in an interview with CBS News ahead of his meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday.
PROTESTS: In southern Iraq amid widespread unrest over better public services and jobs. At least two protestors were reportedly killed.

 

13th July, 2018
RETAKEN: By Syrian Government forces, the rebel-held part of the city of Deraa where the revolt against President Bashar al-Assad first broke out.
CRITICISED: UK Prime Minister Theresa May's proposed Brexit deal, by US President Donald Trump in an interview with The Sun newspaper.
FIRST: Country - Ireland - to sell off its investments in fossil fuel companies after a bill was passed through the country's Parliament.

 

12th July, 2018
CALL: From US President Donald Trump for NATO members to double the amount they aim to spend on the military to four per cent of GDP.
INVITED: Macedonia, to join NATO, which would become the 30th nation to join the alliance.
DECIDED: That Croatia will play France in the World Cup final after beating England in a 2-1 extra time victory.

 

11th July, 2018
REJOICING: Across Thailand and around the world as the last of the 12 boys along with their coach, who were trapped in a cave system in Thailand's Chiang Rai province 18 days ago, were rescued after an international effort to save them.
RISING:
 Death toll in Japan from flooding and landslides - to at least 157 with dozens still missing.
ANNOUNCED: That the first Israeli spacecraft - and first privately funded unmanned mission - to land on the Moon will be launched in December.

 

10th July, 2018
RESIGNED: UK Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson in protest at the Government's plans for a close trading relationship with the European Union following Brexit; Jeremy Hunt has been appointed as his successor.
CONTINUING:
 Rescues of more of the 12 boys and a soccer coach from a system of caves in Chiang Rai province in Thailand where they have been trapped for more than 10 days.
AGREED: Eritrea and Ethiopia to end the state of war between the two nations and reestablish trade and diplomatic ties.
CHRISTENED: Prince Louis in a private ceremony in St James's Palace, London; the Queen was absent due to her busy schedule.

 

9th July, 2018
RESCUED: The first four of 12 boys and a soccer coach from a system of caves in Chiang Rai province in Thailand where they have been trapped for more than 10 days.
EVACUATING: Millions in Japan as floods and landslides in the country's west kill more than 65 people.
DIED: A woman who, along with her partner, was poisoned with the nerve agent Novichok in Wiltshire in southern England.
RESIGNED: David Davis, the UK Government's Brexit Secretary, on Sunday.

 

6th July, 2018
RESIGNED: Scott Pruitt, embattled administrator of the US Environmental Protection Agency; his resignation has been accepted by US President Donald Trump.
CAPSIZED: A boat carrying tourists off the island of Phuket in Thailand with 49 people still missing. 
EXECUTED: 
According to local media, Chizuo Matsumoto, former leader of the Aum Shinrikyo doomsday cult, that carried out a sarin gas attack on the Tokyo subway in 1995, killing 13.

 

5th July, 2018
CONFIRMED: That a British couple are critically ill after being found poisoned in their Wiltshire home on Saturday by Novichok, the same nerve agent used to poison ex-Russian spy Sergei Skripal.
FOUND: Some 25,000 archaeological artefacts, worth an estimated €40 million, excavated from sites in Italy in raids across Europe.
RELEASED:
Australian and former Rio Tinto executive Stern Hu from prison in China, eight years after he was convicted of bribery and industrial espionage.

 

4th July, 2018
ARRESTED: Former Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak in relation to alleged corruption offences.
FLEEING: Some 700 people from a village near Bali's Mount Agung after increased activity at the volcano.
DIED: 
A 76-year-old Japanese national while climbing Uluru in Central Australia, the 37th fatality at the site since records began. Traditional owners have asked people not to climb since the mid-1980s and a ban comes into effect in October next year.

 

3rd July, 2018
FOUND: Thirteen Thai boys, aged between 11 and 16, and their soccer coach in a partially flooded cave system in Chiang Rai province after being missing for nine days. Rescue operations are now underway.
DISPLACED: Some 270,000 people in south-west Syria as fighting escalates thanks to a Syrian army Russian-backed offensive to recapture rebel-held territory.
BRAWLED:
Members of the national Australian and Philippine basketball teams at a FIBA World Cup qualifying match in Bulacan leading to the match to be abandoned.

 

2nd July, 2018
PROTESTING:
Thousands of people in a reported 700 US gatherings across the US in response to President Donald Trump's immigration policies, including one which led to family separations.
KILLED: At least 19 people, mostly Sikhs, in a suicide bombing in the Afghan city of Jalalabad.
POISED: To win the presidency in Mexico, left-winger Andrés Manuel López Obrador in what would represent a major shift for the country.

 

29th June, 2018
KILLED:
At least five people when a gunman opened fire at a newspaper in Annapolis in the US state of Maryland. A suspect is in police custody.
RETURNING:
In France, national service for all 16-year-olds - with both mandatory and optional components; compulsory military service was scrapped in 1996.
CLOSED: The airport on the Indonesian island of Bali as the volcano Mt Agung erupts again, sending an ash cloud more than two kilometres into the air.

 

28th June, 2018
SUMMIT: 
To take place between US President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin at a yet to be announced location.
RAGING: 
Fires on moorland in north-west England as the country experiences a heatwave.
DIED: Patriarch of the musical Jackson family, Joe Jackson, at the age of 89. 

 

27th June, 2018
WAR OF WORDS: 
Between Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte and some MPs and Catholic bishops in the country after the President called God "stupid".
QUASHED:
On appeal, a death sentence given to Sudanese woman Noura Hussein for killing her husband as he tried to raped her, by an appeal court in Khartoum; the decision follows an international outcry.
LISTED: Route 66 in the US on the National Trust for Historic Preservation's list of 11 most-at-risk historic sites.

 

26th June, 2018
VISITING:
Israel; Prince William in an historic tour becoming the first official British Royal to visit the country and Palestinian Territories; Prince William flew in from a two-day visit to Jordan.
PROTESTS: 
In the Iranian capital of Tehran over the failing economy.
SEARCHING: In Thailand, for a dozen boys aged between 11 and 15, who haven't been seen since they entered a cave system with their coach in Chiang Rai province on Saturday afternoon.

 

25th June, 2018
RE-ELECTED: 
Recep Tayyip Erdogan as President of Turkey for a second term, according to initial results released by the state broadcaster; the main Opposition party is yet to concede.
CLASHES: Between Fulani herdsmen and farmers in Nigeria's Plateau state with at least 86 people reportedly killed since last Thursday.
PROTESTING: Tens of thousands in London, calling for the UK Government to hold a final public vote on the terms of Brexit.

 

22nd June, 2018
INTRODUCED:
Some €2.8 billion in EU tariffs on US goods, in retaliation against US President Donald Trump's trade policies.
PASSED: Through Australia's Parliament, a landmark $AUD144 billion income tax package, which Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said would lead to a "fairer" tax system.
BORN: A daughter to New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern in Auckland, who becomes just the second world leader to give birth in office (after Pakistan's then-prime minister Benazir Bhutto 28 years ago).

 

21st June, 2018
SIGNED:
By US President Donald Trump, an executive order to end the separation of migrant families which had occurred under a 'zero tolerance' approach.
MISSING: Some 180 people after a ferry sank earlier this week on Lake Toba in northern Sumatra, Indonesia.
PASSED: In Hungary by the government of Viktor Orban, legislation that bans lawyers and activists from helping asylum seekers.

 

20th June, 2018
WITHDRAWN: 
The US, from the UN Human Rights Council, citing the lack of reform within the body and its "chronic bias against Israel".
LEGALISED: In Canada, recreational use of marijuana, becoming the first G7 nation to do so.
DIED: Australian golfing great (and five time British open winner), Peter Thomson, at the age of 88.

 

19th June, 2018
ANNOUNCED: 
The creation of a new military 'Space Force' by US President Donald Trump to provide "American dominance in space".
ELECTED: Conservative Iván Duque as President of Colombia following an election on Sunday, the first since the end of the war with rebel group FARC.
REBUKED: A teenager in France for addressing President Emmanuel Macron informally as 'Manu', by the President during meeting at a ceremony commemorating General Charles De Gaulle's call for resistance during World War II.

 

18th June, 2018
BOMBINGS:
Two, at a mosque in Nigeria's Borno state on Saturday, killing at least 31 and wounding scores more; terror group Boko Haram is suspected of being behind the attacks.
DOCKED: The rescue ship Aquarius in the Spanish port of Valencia after the ship, carrying more than 600 people rescued from the Mediterranean Sea, was refused landing in both Italy and Malta.
SIGNED: The deal between Greece and what will now be known as North Macedonia after Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras survived a no confidence vote in Parliament on Saturday.

 

15th June, 2018
FILED:
A lawsuit by the State of New York against US President Donald Trump, his children and the Trump Foundation, alleging "illegal conduct" by the non-profit organisation. 
CONCLUDED: That former FBI Director James Comey made a "serious error of judgement" when he announced he was reopening an investigation into presidential candidate Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server just days before the 2016 election, by Inspector General Michael Horowitz in a 500 page report.
OPENED: The FIFA World Cup in Russia with an opening ceremony feauring Robbie Williams. Russia scored an upset victory over Saudi Arabia in the event's opener.

 

14th June, 2018
WAR OF WORDS: 
Between France and Italy after Italian Interior Minister Matteo Salvini refused entry to a ship which had rescued more than 600 would-be migrants from drowning in the Mediterranean Sea; the decision provoked a sharp response from France. Spain has said it would accept the ship.
REFUSED: Macedonian President, Gjorge Ivanov, to sign off on an agreement between Greece and Macedonia to rename the latter as the 'Republic of Northern Macedonia'.
ANNOUNCED: The 2026 FIFA World Cup will be held in the US, Canada and Mexico.

 

13th June, 2018
EXCHANGED: 
At their summit in Singapore, invitations for US President Donald Trump to visit North Korea and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un to visit the US.
RENAMED: Macedonia as the 'Republic of Northern Macedonia' following an agreement between the nation's government and Greece which ends a 27 year dispute.
ORDERED: By the International Criminal Court, the release of former Democratic Republic of Congo rebel leader and Vice-President Jean-Pierre Bemba, after his 2016 conviction on war crimes and crime against humanity was overturned.

 

12th June, 2018
MET: 
US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un in an historic summit on Singapore's Sentosa Island.
REFUSED: Italy and Malta, to allow a rescue ship carrying 600 asylum seekers picked up in the Mediterranean Sea, to dock. Spain said it would allow the ship to dock.
ATTACKED: Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau by US President Donald Trump as "very dishonest and weak" following what British Prime Minister Theresa May described as a "difficult" G7 meeting in Canada.

 

8th June, 2018
FIRST: 
Ever women-majority cabinet in Spain following the election of new Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez.
FOUND: New types of organic molecules capable of preserving life beneath the surface of Mars, by NASA's Curiosity rover.
CLAIMED: That the world's first 3D printed housing development will be built in The Netherlands with the first residents expected next year.

 

7th June, 2018
DROWNED: 
At least 46 migrants trying to cross from Somalia to Yemen, according to the UN.
GRANTED: By US President Donald Trump, a clemency plea for grandmother Alice Johnson, jailed on a non-violent drug charge in 1996, after her case was highlighted by Kim Kardashian West during a meeting with Mr Trump last week.
ORDERED: By the Iraqi Parliament, a manual recount of votes cast in last month's legislative elections following allegations of fraud.

 

6th June, 2018
RISING: 
Death toll from Guatemala's erupting Fuego volcano to at least 72 with expectations it will continue to rise as emergency workers search for bodies.
SCRAPPED: The swimsuit element of the Miss America pageant.
FOUND:
Dead in her New York apartment, US fashion designer Kate Spade, 55, in an apparent suicide.

 

5th June, 2018
RISEN: 
The death toll from the eruption of Guatemala's Fuego volcano to at least 62.
RULED OUT: Former US President Bill Clinton, that he needed to apologise to Monica Lewinsky in light of the #MeToo movement.
MARKED: 
Fifty years since the assassination of Senator Robert Kennedy, in Los Angeles, California.

 

4th June, 2018
DROWNED:
At least 46 would-be migrants after their boat sank off the coast of Tunisia en route to Africa in one of the worst migrant boat accidents in recent years. At least 67 others were rescued.
ERUPTED: Guatemala's Fuego volcano, killing at least seven and injuring hundreds.
NAMED:
By Pope Francis, Bishop Gregory O'Kelly, as apostolic administrator for Adelaide's archdiocese after Adelaide Archbishop Philip Wilson last month became the most senior Catholic cleric worldwide to be convicted of covering up child sex abuse.

 

1st June, 2018
IMPOSED: 
By the US, tariffs on imports of steel and aluminium from Canada, Mexico and EU nations; the move had sparked a sharp response from affected nations. 
AGREED: 
In italy, the formation of a new government to be led by Prime Minister-designate Giuseppe Conte after a dispute with President Sergio Mattarella over Mr Conte's choice of economy minister was settled in the choice of Giovanni Tria. 
FOUND:
 On Pluto, methane ice dunes, thanks to images obtained by Nasa's New Horizons mission in 2015.

 

31st May, 2018
REVEALED:
That the shooting murder of Russian journalist Arkady Babchecko in Kiev was faked as part of an operation by Ukrainian security services to expose a Russian assassination plot. 
MET: 
A senior North Korean official, General Kim Yong-chol, with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, in the US as preparations for a summit in Singapore apparently continue.
ANNOUNCED:
 By Singapore Airlines, that it will launch the world's longest commercial flight - a non-stop flight between Singapore and New York City of 18 hours, 45 minutes - in October.

 

30th May, 2018
SCRAPPED: 
TV show Roseanne, in the US and Australia, after star Roseanne Barr made a racist tweet about a former Obama advisor.
SHOT DEAD:
By police, a suspect who killed three people, including two police, in the Belgian city of Liege, in what a prosecutor has called a "terrorist incident".
CLOSED:
More than 8,000 Starbucks stores in the US so training can be provided to all staff about racism. It follows an incident in which two black men were wrongly arrested for "trespassing" at a store in Philadelphia.

 

29th May, 2018
APPOINTED: 
By Italian President Sergio Mattarella, former International Monetary Fund official Carlo Cottarelli, as interim Prime Minister of Italy. New elections are expected.
PROPOSED: 
A ban on single use plastic items, like straws and cutlery, in the European Union.
OFFERED: French citizenship, by President Emmanuel Macron, to 22-year-old Malian Mamoudou Gassama, nicknamed 'Spiderman', for climbing an apartment block to rescue of a child hanging off a balcony.

 

28th May, 2018
ON AGAIN?: 
The US-North Korean summit in Singapore after US and North Korean officials met in Panmunjom to prepare for the meeting.
FAILED: 
A bid to form a government in Italy after President Sergio Matarella vetoed PM-designate Giuseppe Conte's choice of economy minister leading to Mr Conte's withdrawal.
DENIED: That he has sexually assaulted any women, US actor Morgan Freeman, following claims of bad behaviour, saying "it is not right to equate horrific incidents of sexual assault with misplaced compliments or humour."

 

25th May, 2018
CALLED OFF: 
By US President Donald Trump, the proposed summit between him and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un in Singapore next month with Mr Trump citing North Korea's "open hostility" displayed in the North Korean's most recent statement.
CONCLUDED: 
That the Russian military was behind the downing of Malaysian Airline Flight MH-17 over Ukraine in 2014, killing 298 people, following a Joint Investigation Team inquiry based in The Netherlands.
APOLOGISED: Actor Morgan Freeman in the wake of sexual harassment claims by multiple women.

 

24th May, 2018
LAID OUT: 
By Iran, a series of conditions for European powers if they want Tehran to stay in the nuclear deal after the US exits.
CONSIDERING:
Banning plastic straws, New York City council.
DIED: Controversial US novelist Philip Roth at the age of 85.

 

23rd May, 2018
MARKED: 
A year since 22 people were killed in a bombing at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, UK.
APOLOGISED:
Facebook head Mark Zuckerberg to European Union politicians for a massive data leak, saying the organisation "didn't take a broad enough view of our responsibilities".
STANDING ASIDE: Catholic Archbishop of Adelaide Philip Wilson after he was found guilty on Tuesday of failing to inform police of allegations of child sexual abuse. He is yet to be sentenced.

 

22nd May, 2018
RECALLED: 
At least 14 ambassadors from Venezuela in protest after Nicolas Maduro claimed victory in the country's highly controversial presidential election.
ISSUING:
In Sweden, leaflets to citizens in how to cope if war breaks out. The leaflet doesn't specify where the threat may come from but commentators have suggested growing Russian agression may be the catalyst for the publication.
FOUND: A "hidden" inscription under a strip of tape on a 16th century drawing which says "From Michelangelo's hand". Experts, however, say it was most likely written by one of his students.

 

21st May, 2018
CLAIMED: 
That there have been "mass irregularities" in the Venezuelan presidential election as polls closed with only 30 per cent of the electorate voting.
DEMANDED: By US President Donald Trump, via Twitter, that the US Department of Justice investigate whether "FBI/DOJ infiltrated or surveilled the Trump Campaign for Political Purposes".
REACHED: 
The sea, the lava flow from the Kilauea volcano on the island of Hawaii. Dozens of properties have been destroyed and the first major injury - to the leg of a man - has been recorded from the lava.

 

18th May, 2018
RULED OUT: 
By US President Donald Trump, the so-called 'Libya model' in reference to the denuclearisation of North Korea.
REVEALED: That Chinese authorities in the province of Xinjiang have imprisoned thousands of Muslim Chinese in mass internment camps.
CONFIRMED: 
By the US Senate, that Gina Haspel will become the first female director of the CIA.

 

17th May, 2018
RAIDED: 
By Malaysian police, the home of former Prime Minister Najib Razak in connection with a corruption probe.
CHANGES: To the way in which live sheep are exported from Australia following a Federal Government-initiated review.
ANNOUNCED:
That Prince George and Princess Charlotte, the oldest two children of William and Kate, will both play roles in the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle on Saturday.

 

16th May, 2018
QUESTIONS: 
Over whether the summit between US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un takes place after North Korea cancelled a meeting with South Korea and said it was not interested in a "one-sided" demand for it to give up all its "nukes". 
ATTACKED: The western Afghanistan city of Farah, by Taliban fighters, forcing the governor to flee and officials into besieged compounds.
DIED:
US author Tom Wolfe, writer of The Bonfire of the Vanities and The Right Stuff, at age 88.

 

15th May, 2018
ELECTED: 
By the Catalan Parliament in Spain, Quim Torra as regional leader, heralding an end to seven months of direct rule from Madrid. 
CALLED: Kensington Palace in the UK, for "understanding and respect" following reports Meghan Markle's father will not attend her wedding this Saturday.
DIED: 
Actress Margo Kidder, who played Lois Lane in the Superman franchise of the 1970s and 1980s, at age 69.

 

14th May, 2018
VOTED: Iraqis, in the first national parliamentary elections since the defeat of the so-called Islamic State.
KILLED:
By police, a suspect in a terrorist attack in Paris which left one man dead and another four people injured late on Saturday.
CELEBRATING: People in Israel, after Netta Barzilai, representing Israel, won Eurovision.

 

11th May, 2018
REVEALED: In a tweet by US President Donald Trump, that his summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un will take place on 12th June in Singapore.
SWORN IN: Mahathir Mohamad as Malaysia's seventh Prime Minister following his surprise victory in a national election.
RAMPED UP: US pressure on Iran with new sanctions on individuals and companies tied to the country's Revolutionary Guard.

 

10th May, 2018
WON: Former Prime Minister Mahatir Mohamad, a majority in Malaysia's Parliament, ending 60 years of rule by the Barisan Nasional (National Front).
RELEASED: Three US citizens - Kim Dong-chul, Kim Hak-song and Tony Kim - by North Korea. They were being flown to a meeting with US President Donald Trump.
REPORTED: By Israel, that Iranian forces have fired rockets on its positions in the occupied Golan Heights; no casualties were recorded.

 

9th May, 2018
WITHDRAWING: The US from the Iran nuclear deal, following a decision from President Donald Trump who described it as a "hoorrible, one-sided deal".
RULED: Australia's High Court, that Labor Senator Katy Gallagher is ineligible to sit in Federal Parliament because she did not renounce her British citizenship in time for the 2016 election.
RETURNED: Ebola, to the Democratic Republic of Congo, with 17 deaths.

 

8th May, 2018
REPORTED: The UN, that at least 107 boys and men attending a religious ceremony were killed and wounded when Afghan Government forces opened fire in an operation near Kunduz last month.
SWORN IN: Vladimir Putin, for another six years as President of the Russian Federation.
GAINED: The Iranian-backed Hezbollah group, at least 43 seats in parliamentary elections in Lebanon; the main Western-backed faction headed by Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri lost a third of its seats.

 

7th May, 2018
WARNED: Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, that the US will have "historic regret" if President Donald Trump scraps the nuclear agreement between Iran, the US, China, Russia, Germany, Framce and the UK.
INJURED: Pakistan's Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal in an assassination attempt in the north-eastern city of Narowal.
RECOMMENDED: In a world first, that exercise become a prescribed component of care for cancer sufferers, by the Clinical Oncology Society of Australia.

 

4th May, 2018
BATTERED: Parts of north and western India by dust and rain storms, killing at least 90.
EXPELLED: From the US Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Bill Cosby and Roman Polanski.
PREPARING: Vanuatu, to permanently evacuate the 10,000 strong population of the island of Ambae as a volcano there spews thick ash.

 

3rd May, 2018
SHUTTING DOWN: Cambridge Analytica, the political consultancy at the centre of a Facebook data-sharing scandal.
APPOINTED: Former Test batsman Justin Langer as the new coach of the Australian cricket team which was recently at the centre of a ball-tampering scandal.
PASSED: In the US state of Hawaii, a new law banning sunscreens that contain chemicals harmful to ocean eco-systems.

 

2nd May, 2018
BOMBS: Exploded in the Nigerian town of Mubi in and around a mosque, killing at least 27 people.
CLASHED: In Paris between police and anarchists after violence broke out on the sidelines of annual May Day labour protests; hundreds have been arrested.
ANNOUNCED: By Mark Zuckerberg, plans to launch a dating service on Facebook.

 

1st May, 2018
KILLED: More than 30 people - including nine journalists - in two suicide bombings in Kabul, Afghanistan. Another journalist was shot dead in a separate incident near the border with Pakistan.
ANNOUNCED: By Syria's Assad's regime, that Syrians have just weeks to register and prove they own homes in the country - a decision which could have significant impacts on refugees.
POISED: Armenia's Parliament, to elect opposition leader Nikol Pashinyan as the next Prime Minister after former PM Serzh Sargsyan resigned following weeks of protests.

 

30th April, 2018
RESIGNED: UK Home Secretary Amber Rudd after saying she "inadvertently misled" MPs over targets for removing illegal immigrants from the country.
DIED: Alfie Evans, the British toddler at the centre of a long-running legal battle over his treatment between his parents and doctors.
DISCOVERED: By the Terrus museum in Elne, France, that more than 80 works it had purchased which were originally attributed to artist Etienne Terrus, are fakes.

 

27th April, 2018
MEETING: North Korean leader Kim Jong-un with South Korean President Moon Jae-In at the Peace House in South Korea; it is the first time a North Korean leader has crossed into the south since the Korean War.
CONFIRMED: Former CIA head, Mike Pompeo, as US Secretary of State by the US Senate.
GUILTY: US actor Bill Cosby, of drugging and molesting a woman 14 years ago. Cosby remains on bail until sentencing.

 

26th April, 2018
ADDRESSED: The US Congress, French President Emmanuel Macron during a visit to the US, telling law-makers to reject fear and nationalism.
WORN: Jewish skullcaps, thousands of non-Jewish Germans, in a nationwide statement of solidarity with the Germany's Jewish community amid growing concerns over anti-Semitism.
UNVEILED: The first statue commemorating a female - in this case women's suffragist leader Millicent Fawett - in London's Parliament Square.

 

24th April, 2018
RESIGNED: Prime Minister Serzh Sargsyan of Armenia after mass protests.
ADMITTED: To intensive care, former US President George HW Bush; it comes just days after the 93-year-old buried his wife, Barbara.
BORN: A son to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, brother to Prince George and Princess Charlotte.