PICS: The international events that marked 2018

From the Russian spy poisoning saga to the Brexit deal: A roundup of 2018’s most important international events.

From a spy drama that poisoned ties between Russia and the West to major US turnarounds under President Donald Trump, here are some of the major events that marked 2018.

PICS: The international events that marked 2018
PICS: The international events that marked 2018

PICS: The international events that marked 2018

From the Russian spy poisoning saga to the Brexit deal: A roundup of 2018’s most important international events.

China investigates second Canadian over ‘harming’ national security

China investigates second Canadian over ‘harming’ national security

Michael Kovrig, a former Canadian diplomat, was detained by Chinese state security on Monday in Beijing.
What next for Brexit as May wins leadership battle?

What next for Brexit as May wins leadership battle?

What happens to the Brexit process now Prime Minister Theresa May has defeated Wednesday’s challenge to her leadership?
Theresa May wins confidence vote in London

Theresa May wins confidence vote in London

She was informed of a no-confidence motion after returning late Tuesday from a tour of European capitals in an attempt to salvage her Brexit deal.
Ex-lawyer blasts Trump as he gets sentenced to three years

Ex-lawyer blasts Trump as he gets sentenced to three years

‘It was my duty to cover up his dirty deeds,’ Cohen said as he pleaded for leniency before US District Judge William H. Pauley III.
Eight dead in fireworks blast at Mexico church

Eight dead in fireworks blast at Mexico church

A massive fireworks explosion during a procession at a Mexican church killed eight people Tuesday and left some 50 wounded, authorities said.
Theresa May to face no-confidence vote

Theresa May to face no-confidence vote

The UK prime minister delayed a key vote on her Brexit deal in a desperate move that may now lead to her departure.
Gunman on run after killing three at France’s Christmas market

Gunman on run after killing three at France’s Christmas market

Several areas neighbouring the Christmas market were sealed off on Tuesday night and residents were being told to stay indoors.
From ‘Queen of soul’ to ‘Mother of the nation’, here are some of notable deaths in 2018

From ‘Queen of soul’ to ‘Mother of the nation’, here are some of notable deaths in 2018

On April 2, anti-apartheid icon Winnie Madikizela-Mandela died in hospital aged 81 and after a long illness.
One killed, six wounded in Strasbourg shooting: police

One killed, six wounded in Strasbourg shooting: police

The gunman who fired the shots near the city’s Christmas market is on the run, police said.
Trump ‘tantrum’ threatens US government shutdown

Trump ‘tantrum’ threatens US government shutdown

Democrats said they won’t give millions for Trump to build his border wall, which he claims will prevent ‘large scale crime and disease’.
US nuns who stole money to gamble in Vegas face criminal charges

US nuns who stole money to gamble in Vegas face criminal charges

Sisters Mary Margaret Kreuper and Lana Chang, who are said to be best friends, reportedly embezzled the huge sum over the course of a decade.
May postpones Brexit vote, heads to Europe to try and save her deal

May postpones Brexit vote, heads to Europe to try and save her deal

May delayed a parliamentary vote on her deal to avoid a crushing defeat, and has since arrived in Germany to meet with Angela Merkel.
Twitter warns global users their tweets violate Pakistani law

Twitter warns global users their tweets violate Pakistani law

The country has previously threatened to block Twitter if the company did not remove content its government found offensive.
Nuns ask for prayers after stealing $500K from school funds to gamble in Vegas

Nuns ask for prayers after stealing $500K from school funds to gamble in Vegas

The school’s pastor says they would not pursue criminal proceedings against the pair.
Macron hikes minimum wage to appease ‘yellow vest’ protesters

Macron hikes minimum wage to appease ‘yellow vest’ protesters

The French president also rolled back most of an unpopular increase in taxes on pensioners which was introduced by his government.
Colombian police bust Israeli child sex network

Colombian police bust Israeli child sex network

Agents have broken up ‘an Israeli mafia that exploited and used girls, adolescents and women as sex slaves in Colombia’.
Trump claims hush payments during 2016 campaign were legal

Trump claims hush payments during 2016 campaign were legal

Trump denied the payments to former lovers constituted a violation of US campaign financing laws.
UN to adopt migration pact at meeting hit by withdrawals

UN to adopt migration pact at meeting hit by withdrawals

The US on Friday took a fresh swipe at the pact, labelling it ‘an effort by the United Nations to advance global governance at the expense of the sovereign right of states’.
Stampede at Italian nightclub kills six, injures dozens

Stampede at Italian nightclub kills six, injures dozens

The victims include five people under the age of 18 and an adult woman who accompanied her daughter to the concert. 
German town puts Elvis on traffic lights

German town puts Elvis on traffic lights

German towns and cities have a lively tradition in customising traffic lights, often to pay tribute to a famous resident.
Hundreds arrested in Paris ‘yellow vest’ protests

Hundreds arrested in Paris ‘yellow vest’ protests

The movement has snowballed into a wider revolt against President Emmanuel Macron’s economic policies and his top-down approach to power.
CNN offices evacuated after bomb scare

CNN offices evacuated after bomb scare

No explosives were found after news broke and the network continued broadcasting on Skype.
CNN offices evacuated after bomb threat

CNN offices evacuated after bomb threat

The bureau was previously evacuated in October after a package with an explosive device was discovered.
White House knew in advance about Huawei exec’s arrest

White House knew in advance about Huawei exec’s arrest

The arrest has cast a shadow over Trump’s summit with Xi Jinping, with China demanding Meng’s release and saying she has not violated any laws.
Assange cleared to leave Ecuador embassy in London

Assange cleared to leave Ecuador embassy in London

The WikiLeaks founder took refuge in the embassy in 2012 to avoid extradition to Sweden for questioning in two alleged cases of sexual assault.

 

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