2018

The year 2018 was a study in contrasts - marked by both historic loss and historic progress. Of the loss, we saw record-breaking natural disasters, such as the Camp Wildfire in California, displacing thousands of residents and celebrities while causing damages of $16.5 billion and 88 deaths.

The East Coast, meanwhile, suffered Hurricane Florence's record 34 inches of rainfall in North Carolina. The year wrapped up with December 22nd's tsunami in Indonesia's Sunda Strait, killing 430 people and injuring nearly 1,500. 2018 also marks the loss of several influential figures, such as former U.S. President George H.W. Bush, war-veteran-turned-senator John McCain, theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking, and entertainment icons such as "Queen of Soul" Aretha Franklin, and grandfather of Marvel Comics' Stan Lee. However, this year also saw tremendous progress - with U.S. unemployment rates dropping to their lowest since 1969, the Marine Corps seeing its first female infantry platoon commander, and Saudi Arabia lifting the ban on women driving. The UK saw its first wedding of a royal to a commoner with Prince Harry's marriage to actress Meghan Markle on May 19th. A historic summit between North and South Korea on April 27th led to a formal end of the Korean War, as the two countries unitedly welcomed the rest of the world to the 2018 Winter Olympics held in Pyeongchang. Back in the States, the Trump Administration's second year continued to be one of controversy, as surfacing allegations of Russian interference in the 2016 election cast a dark cloud over the 45th U.S. President. The entertainment industry was once again dominated by Disney subsidiary Marvel Entertainment - the release of "Avengers: Infinity War" holding record as the highest-grossing domestic opening weekend of all time following its April 27th release. During 2018 this third installment in the "Avengers" franchise ranked number 4 highest grossing film of all time, closely trailed by "Black Panther" at number 9, which released just a few months earlier on February 16th. The two films made for a combined box office total of some $3.3 billion. Despite numerous promising advances, the year's end concluded with Americans looking anxiously at the issue of climate change, with a poll in November revealing that 78% believe it to be the cause of increasingly extreme weather.

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Movies

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Rangasthalam

Rangasthalam

Directed by: Sukumar

Starring: Ram Charan, Samantha Ruth Prabhu, Aadhi, Jagapathi Babu

Incredibles 2

Incredibles 2

Directed by: Brad Bird

Starring: Craig T. Nelson, Holly Hunter, Sarah Vowell, Huck Milner

Isle of Dogs

Isle of Dogs

Directed by: Wes Anderson

Starring: Bryan Cranston, Koyu Rankin, Edward Norton, Bob Balaban

Deadpool 2

Deadpool 2

Directed by: David Leitch

Starring: Ryan Reynolds, Josh Brolin, Morena Baccarin, Julian Dennison

A Quiet Place

A Quiet Place

Directed by: John Krasinski

Starring: Emily Blunt, John Krasinski, Millicent Simmonds, Noah Jupe

Nobel Prize

Nobel Prizes

All Nobel Prize winners of 2018


Peace Prize

  • Denis Mukwege
  • Nadia Murad

Literature

  • Olga Tokarczuk

Physics

  • Arthur Ashkin
  • Gérard Mourou
  • Donna Strickland

Economic Sciences

  • William Nordhaus
  • Paul Romer

Chemistry

  • Frances H. Arnold
  • George P. Smith
  • Greg Winter

Physiology or Medicine

  • James P. Allison
  • Tasuku Honjo
world population

World Population

Demographic statistics of the year 2018


Population statistics

  • Total population: 7.6 billion (7,631,091,040 to be precise!)
  • Urban population: 4.2 billion, that is 55.0% of the total population of 2018 lives in cities
  • Yearly change: +83.0 million, corresponding to a percentage increase of +1.1%
  • Average density: 51.0 persons per km2
history

Historical Events

Which were the important events of 2018?


Events

  • 01 Jan Kashmir conflict: An armed standoff between Indian security forces and Kashimiri rebels at a paramilitary base ends after 36 hours and leaves eight people dead. (Al Jazeera)
  • 02 Jan Weinstein effect: Vice Media suspends two of its top executives as it investigates allegations made against them. (ABC News)
  • 03 Jan Boko Haram insurgency: A suicide bomber attacks a mosque in Gamboru, Nigeria, killing 11 people. (Deutsche Welle)
  • 04 Jan Afghanistan War: A suicide bomber attack near a group of security personnel investigating illegal drugs and alcohol dealing in Kabul, Afghanistan, kills at least 20, wounding another 27 policemen. The Islamic State claims responsibility for the attack. (The New York Times) (AP via Time)
  • 05 Jan Northern Rakhine State clashes: ARSA insurgents, using small arms and homemade land mines, ambush a Burmese military convoy in the village of Turaing. Three members of Myanmar's security forces are reportedly wounded. (BBC) (The Guardian)
  • 06 Jan Casamance conflict: Gunmen kill 13 people near the town of Ziguinchor, Senegal. (France 24)
  • 07 Jan Syrian Civil War: An explosion at the headquarters of the Chechen-led Ajnad al-Kavkaz rebel group in Idlib, Syria, kills at least 23 people, while several people remain unaccounted for, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. (BBC)
  • 08 Jan Pharmaceutical company Pfizer discontinues research into treating patients with Alzheimer's disease and Parkinson's disease. (The Telegraph)
  • 09 Jan Steve Bannon steps down as executive chairman of Breitbart News amid a dispute with U.S. President Donald Trump over comments he made about the Trump family in Michael Wolff's Fire and Fury. (BBC)
  • 10 Jan Colombian conflict: After failing to reach agreement on an extension of the 101-day ceasefire, hostilities resume between Colombia's government and ELN forces. (Colombia Reports)
  • 11 Jan Israeli–Palestinian conflict: Two 16-year-old Palestinians are shot and killed in separate clashes with the Israeli army. (The Washington Post)
  • 12 Jan Women's rights in Saudi Arabia, Mohammad bin Salman, Saudi Vision 2030: For the first time, Saudi Arabia allows women to spectate at football matches, part of an easing of strict rules on gender separation by the ultra-conservative Muslim country. (BBC)
  • 13 Jan A search for missing children is underway after a boat capsized off the Indian coast near Dahanu, Maharashtra. Two bodies have been recovered. (BBC)
  • 14 Jan Palestinian tunnel warfare in the Gaza Strip, Blockade of the Gaza Strip: The Israel Defense Forces report the complete destruction of an underground tunnel dug by Hamas under the Kerem Shalom crossing. Israel shut down the crossing before its jets bombed the tunnel opening in Gaza Saturday night. The crossing remains closed. (Ynetnews), (CNN)
  • 15 Jan Iraqi insurgency (2017–present), January 2018 Baghdad bombings: A double suicide bombing kills at least 35 people and injures over 90 in Baghdad, Iraq. (BBC)
  • 16 Jan Aftermath of the Caracas helicopter incident: The Venezuelan government confirms that Óscar Pérez, the rogue pilot responsible for the Caracas helicopter incident in June 2017, was killed in a firefight with the Venezuelan Army yesterday. Two police officers and seven people from Pérez's group were killed, and six members of Pérez's group were arrested. (CNN) (teleSUR)
  • 17 Jan Two Americans and two Canadians are abducted by unknown gunmen in Kaduna State, Nigeria. Two police officers are killed after engaging in a firefight with the abductors. (Reuters)
  • 18 Jan The Emirates airline announces an order for up to 36 Airbus A380s. Emirates is already the aircraft's largest operator, with a fleet of over 100. (BBC)
  • 19 Jan Turkish military intervention in Afrin: With a cross-border artillery bombardment into the Afrin Canton, Turkey starts its announced military campaign to "destroy" the Syrian Kurdish YPG group. (Reuters)
  • 20 Jan Syrian Civil War: Northwestern Syria campaign (October 2017–present): The Syrian Army seizes control of the strategic Abu al-Duhur Military Airbase in Idlib Governorate. (Reuters)
  • 21 Jan Six insurgents kill at least 18 people, including 4 Afghans and 14 foreigners, in a 13-hour gun battle. The Afghan Interior Ministry says that the siege ended when the last gunman was shot dead. NATO reports that "no foreign troops" died. The Taliban claim that they sent five suicide bombers armed with hand grenades and AK-47 assault rifles. The Afghan government blames the attack on the Pakistan-based Haqqani network. (CBS News), (AP via NBC News), (BBC)
  • 22 Jan Seven people die in clashes between security forces and worshippers taking part in an Ethiopian Orthodox religious ceremony marking Timkat (Epiphany) in Woldiya, Amhara, Ethiopia, over the weekend. (Reuters)
  • 23 Jan Libyan Civil War (2014–present): A double car bombing in Benghazi, Libya, kills at least 33 people and wounds "dozens" of others. The victims include both military personnel and civilians, according to local officials. (Reuters)
  • 24 Jan War in Afghanistan (2001–present): 2018 Save The Children Jalalabad attack: Attackers detonate explosives before storming the offices of the Save the Children charity in the eastern Afghan city of Jalalabad. (BBC)
  • 25 Jan Thirteen civilians travelling from Burkina Faso are killed after their vehicle struck a landmine near the village of Boni in Mali's Mopti Region. (Reuters) (AFP via Daily Sabah)
  • 26 Jan Syrian Civil War: President of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdoğan says the Afrin offensive, as announced, is now to turn east, towards Manbij and the border with Iraq. (Reuters)
  • 27 Jan 2018 Kabul ambulance bombing: A suicide bomber in an ambulance packed with explosives kills at least 102 people and wounds 158 outside a hospital in Kabul, Afghanistan. (The Washington Post)
  • 28 Jan Yemeni Crisis (2011–present): Battle of Aden (2018): United Arab Emirates-backed Southern Transitional Council (STC) fighters seize control of government buildings in the southern Yemeni city of Aden, after clashing with forces loyal to President Abdrabbuh Mansur Hadi. At least 10 people are reportedly killed and 30 wounded. Yemeni Prime Minister Ahmed Obeid bin Daghr accuses the separatists of mounting a coup. (BBC) (Al Jazeera)
  • 29 Jan Bus plunge: A bus plunges into the Bhairab River after falling off a bridge in Murshidabad district, West Bengal, India, killing at least 36 people. The late response by rescuers to save passengers leads to violence between local residents and police. (BBC)
  • 30 Jan Yemeni Civil War (2015–present): Battle of Aden (2018): The Southern Transitional Council (STC) takes control of the Yemeni port city of Aden following two days of fierce fighting in the city which has left dozens dead. Yemeni Prime Minister Ahmed Obeid bin Daghr, and members of the President Abdrabbuh Mansur Hadi-led government are confined to the presidential palace which has been surrounded. (Reuters)
  • 31 Jan War in Afghanistan (2001–present): A BBC study finds that, as of October 2017[update], the Taliban presently maintains control of or has some territorial presence in 70% of Afghanistan, with full control of 14 districts (totaling 4% of the country) and demonstrating an open physical militant presence in 263 others (encompassing the remaining 66% of the group's occupied territory). (Reuters)
  • 01 Feb Persecution of Muslims in Myanmar: The existence of five mass graves in northern Rakhine State is confirmed by the Associated Press through multiple eyewitness testimonies and video evidence. Many of the bodies in the graves were Rohingya victims of the Gu Dar Pyin massacre. (The Associated Press)
  • 02 Feb China–United Kingdom relations: Amid a perceived erosion of freedoms in Hong Kong, British Prime Minister Theresa May concludes a three-day visit to China, said to have generated £9 billion in trade deals. (Hong Kong Free Press)
  • 03 Feb The London-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reports that unidentified rebel factions have shot down a Russian Sukhoi Su-25 jet over the Idlib Governorate, near Maarrat al-Nu'man, also killing its pilot. The pilot had escaped with his parachute but was killed on the ground while he fought with a pistol to evade capture. No groups claim responsibility. Russia's Ministry of Defence corroborates this version of events. (Deutsche Welle)
  • 04 Feb The Cabinet of Israel decides to legalize a previously unauthorized outpost "deep inside the [occupied] West Bank", Havat Gilad, allegedly in reaction to the recent killing of an Israeli rabbi there. (Voice of America)
  • 05 Feb Israeli–Palestinian conflict: 2018 Ariel stabbing: An Israeli rabbi is stabbed to death by an Israeli Arab outside the Israeli-occupied West Bank settlement of Ariel. (Reuters)
  • 06 Feb 2018 Hualien earthquake: Multiple earthquakes, including a magnitude 6.4 earthquake, strike near Hualien City, Taiwan. At least 9 people are killed and over 250 are injured, with extensive damage to many structures in the city. (The Independent)
  • 07 Feb Israeli involvement in the Syrian Civil War: Syrian state media say that Israeli warplanes attacked a military position in Jamraya, Rif Dimashq Governorate, from Lebanese airspace, with the Syrian Air Defense Force intercepting most of the missiles. The target is rumored to be a weapon research facility. (Xinhua)
  • 08 Feb American-led intervention in the Syrian Civil War: Syria and the Russian Federation once again state that the United States' military presence in Syria is "illegal". United States and US-backed forces now have control of about a quarter of Syrian territory. (The Washington Post)
  • 09 Feb Trinity Mirror agrees to buy British publishing group Northern & Shell from Richard Desmond for £126.7 million. The deal gives Trinity Mirror ownership of the Daily Express and Daily Star newspapers. (The Guardian)
  • 10 Feb The Israeli Army says that it shot down a Syrian UAV manufactured in Iran and, in response, it bombed the Tiyas Military Airbase in Homs Governorate, Syria, where it was launched from. (Reuters)
  • 11 Feb Saratov Airlines Flight 703: An Antonov An-148 of Saratov Airlines with 71 people on board crashes shortly after take-off from Domodedovo Airport, Moscow, Russia. The TASS agency cites an emergency source stating that none of the 65 passengers and 6 crew members has survived. (BBC) (Reuters via The Daily Star)
  • 12 Feb Drone strikes in Pakistan: Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) confirms its deputy leader Khalid Mehsud has been killed in a U.S. drone strike in North Waziristan, near the border with Afghanistan. (BBC)
  • 13 Feb United Airlines Flight 1175 traveling to Honolulu from San Francisco lands safely at Honolulu International Airport, Hawaii, after the pilots call for an emergency landing because of a loss of the engine cowling. (CBS12)
  • 14 Feb Syrian Civil War: Russian aircraft carry out airstrikes in Ma'arrat Hurma village in Idlib, Syria, killing seven civilians and injuring 10 others. (TRT World)
  • 15 Feb War in Afghanistan: The United Nations report that in 2017, more than 10,000 Afghan civilians were killed or wounded in the war. (Deutsche Welle)
  • 16 Feb Boko Haram insurgency: Three suicide bombers kill at least 20 people at a fish market in Konduga, Borno, Nigeria. (The Guardian)
  • 17 Feb Earthquakes in 2018: 2018 Oaxaca earthquake: A military helicopter surveying the damage, carrying the Governor of Oaxaca Alejandro Murat Hinojosa and Mexico's Secretary of the Interior Alfonso Navarrete Prida, crashes over Jamiltepec, killing 13 people on the ground. These deaths are the only known ones related to the earthquake reported so far. (CNN)Earthquakes in the British Isles: A magnitude 4.4 earthquake, the strongest in the United Kingdom for ten years, occurs at Swansea. (BBC)
  • 18 Feb 2018 Kizlyar church shooting: A gunman kills five people and wounds several others at a church in Kizlyar, Dagestan, Russia. Police later shoot and kill him. (BBC)
  • 19 Feb Syrian Civil War: Rif Dimashq offensive: Ahead of an expected ground offensive, Syrian Air Force strikes on rebel-held eastern Ghouta, near Damascus, kill at least 44 people, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. (France 24)
  • 20 Feb Syrian Civil War: Turkish military operation in Afrin: Pro-Syrian government forces are sent to help the Kurdish YPG fight against Turkey and the Turkish-backed Free Syrian Army in the Afrin Region. This action opens up a new front in the war. (The Independent)
  • 21 Feb Operation Barkhane: Two French soldiers are killed after their armoured vehicle hits a roadside bomb in Mali. (France 24)
  • 22 Feb Montenegrin police identify the perpetrator of a grenade attack on the U.S. embassy in Podgorica which occurred yesterday. According to authorities, he was a veteran of the Armed Forces of Yugoslavia. (BBC)
  • 23 Feb Syrian Civil War: Rif Dimashq offensive: Syrian government warplanes carry out a sixth day of airstrikes in the rebel-held Ghouta suburbs east of Damascus, killing 32 people as the death toll from a week of bombardment reaches over 400. (US News)
  • 24 Feb Somali Civil War (2009–present): February 2018 Mogadishu attack: Two car bombings near the presidential palace in Mogadishu, Somalia, kill at least 38 people. Al-Shabaab claim responsibility for the attacks. (BBC)
  • 25 Feb Syrian Civil War: Siege of eastern Ghouta: Government forces launch a ground and air offensive in eastern Ghouta despite the adoption of Resolution 2401 by the United Nations Security Council demanding a ceasefire in part of the area. (Al Jazeera)
  • 26 Feb Women's rights in Saudi Arabia: Saudi Arabia opens applications for women to join its armed forces for the first time. (BBC)
  • 27 Feb Foreign relations of North Korea: Five unnamed Western European security sources say that North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and his father Kim Jong-il used fraudulently obtained Brazilian passports in order to apply for visas to visit Western countries in the 1990s. (Reuters)
  • 28 Feb Kivu conflict: The death toll from clashes between militias in the Rutshuru Territory of the North Kivu province, DR Congo, rises to 23 people. The renewed violence has been ongoing since February 25. (New Vision)
  • 01 Mar Presidency of Donald Trump: U.S. President Donald Trump announces plans to impose tariffs on steel and aluminium imports. (BBC), (The Hill)
  • 02 Mar 2018 Ouagadougou attacks: A terrorist attack at the French embassy and military headquarters in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, leaves 28 people dead and at least 50 others injured. (BBC)
  • 03 Mar Israeli–Palestinian conflict: Gazan officials say Israeli soldiers killed a Palestinian farmer on his own land in the Gaza Strip. An Israeli military spokesperson said that he got too close to the border fence. (Oman Times)
  • 04 Mar 90th Academy Awards: The Shape of Water wins a leading four awards, including Best Picture, followed by Dunkirk, which won three awards. (CNBC)The ceremony records its lowest U.S. television audience in recorded history, according to Nielsen Holdings. (BBC)
  • 05 Mar Tongo Tongo ambush: ISIL releases purported footage of the October 2017 attack on American special forces in Tongo Tongo, Niger. (BBC)
  • 06 Mar Kamwina Nsapu rebellion: The UN Refugee Agency reports that more than 900,000 people have been displaced by the ongoing fighting in the central provinces of DR Congo between militias and government forces since 2016. (UNHCR)
  • 07 Mar 2018 Vienna stabbing: Two connected stabbings occurred in Vienna, Austria: three people were seriously injured outside a Japanese restaurant, and one man in a later stabbing. The perpetrator was arrested. (The Independent)
  • 08 Mar Turkish military operation in Afrin: The Turkish-backed Free Syrian Army seizes control of Jindires in Syria's Afrin District from the Kurdish YPG. The town is extensively destroyed by Turkish airstrikes, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. (Reuters) (France 24)
  • 09 Mar Media of the United Kingdom: British music journalism magazine New Musical Express (NME) issues its final print edition after 66 years, becoming a purely digital medium. (London Evening Standard)
  • 10 Mar Economy of the Democratic Republic of the Congo: Congolese President Joseph Kabila signs a law that increases taxes on mining and government royalties on international mining companies working in DR Congo, including on the mining of cobalt, despite the opposition from foreign companies. (BBC)
  • 11 Mar 2017–18 South Pacific cyclone season: Cyclone Hola makes landfall in New Zealand. (Newshub)
  • 12 Mar Acquisitions by Apple: Apple Inc. buys digital magazine subscription app Texture for an undisclosed sum. (CNBC)
  • 13 Mar Naxalite–Maoist insurgency: Maoists blow up a mine-protected vehicle of CRPF personnel with an IED, killing at least nine and injuring two others in Sukma district, Chhattisgarh, India. (Hindustan Times)
  • 14 Mar British physicist and cosmologist Stephen Hawking dies aged 76 at his home in Cambridge. (The Guardian) (The New York Times) (BBC)
  • 15 Mar Economy of the United States: The largest U.S. broadcaster, iHeartMedia, owner of 850 radio stations, files for chapter 11 bankruptcy after accumulating US$20 billion in debt. (CNN)Southeastern Grocers announces a plan to file for bankruptcy and close 94 of its locations. (CNN)
  • 16 Mar 2017–18 North Korea crisis: 2018 inter-Korean summit, North Korea–South Korea relations: South Korea states that they want high-level talks with North Korea before the summit. (Reuters)South Korea–United States relations: South Korea and the United States announce that the Foal Eagle and Key Resolve military drills will be scaled down and shortened. (The Malay Mail)
  • 17 Mar 2018 Philippine Piper PA-23 Apache crash: A Piper PA-23 passenger aircraft bound for Laoag International Airport in Ilocos Norte, Philippines, crashes upon take off from Plaridel Airport in Bulacan, killing all five people onboard as well as five on the ground. (Reuters) (Rappler)
  • 18 Mar Turkish military operation in Afrin: The Turkish Army and Free Syrian Army seize the Kurdish stronghold of Afrin from the YPG in northern Syria, raising the Turkish flag above the city centre. A statue of the Kurdish legendary figure, Kaveh the Blacksmith, is bulldozed by Turkish-backed forces. (BBC) (Reuters)
  • 19 Mar Turkish military operation in Afrin: The Turkish-backed Free Syrian Army rebels loot the Syrian city of Afrin. (BBC)
  • 20 Mar Syrian Civil War: A rocket fired from rebel-held Eastern Ghouta strikes a popular market in Damascus, killing at least 35 people, according to Syrian state TV SANA. (Reuters) (Channel News Asia)An airstrike in Eastern Ghouta kills two women and 15 children in an underground school. (BBC)
  • 21 Mar Saudi Arabian-led intervention in Yemen: Houthis claim to have shot down a Royal Saudi Air Force F-15 jet over Sa'da province, Yemen. (Sputnik News)
  • 22 Mar Somali Civil War (2009–present): A car bomb blast in Mogadishu, near the Weheliye hotel in the Somali capital, kills at least 14 people and injures 10 others. Al-Shabab claims responsibility for the blast. (AP via MSN)
  • 23 Mar Aftermath of the 2017 Parsons Green bombing: Convicted terrorist Ahmed Hassan Mohammed Ali is jailed for life in London for one count of attempted murder and one of causing an explosion with intent to endanger life. He will have to serve 34 years before becoming eligible for parole. (Surrey Advertiser)
  • 24 Mar Terrorism in Egypt: A bomb planted beneath a car explodes in Alexandria, Egypt, as a motorcade carrying the city's head of security passes by, killing at least two people. (The Telegraph)
  • 25 Mar Somali Civil War (2009–present): A car bomb claimed by Al-Shabab kills five people including the driver and wounds around ten others outside Somalia's Parliament, Interior Ministry, and Presidential Palace buildings in Mogadishu. (ABC)
  • 26 Mar Terrorism in the United Kingdom: Six alleged members of the banned neo-Nazi group National Action appear in court. One is accused of planning to kill MP Rosie Cooper and another is charged with inciting murder. (The Independent)
  • 27 Mar Terrorism in the United Kingdom: Old Bailey Justice Charles Haddon-Cave sentences convicted terrorist Umar Haque, who indoctrinated children he was teaching in London so that he could use them to commit attacks, to lifetime incarceration with parole eligibility only after 25 years. (The Evening Standard)
  • 28 Mar The Sentencing Council for England and Wales issues new guidelines increasing the penalties for terrorist offences. (The Financial Times), (The Law Gazette), (Sentencing Council for England and Wales) (The Times of India)
  • 29 Mar 2016 Berlin attack: Italian police arrest five Tunisians suspected of links to Anis Amri, perpetrator of the December 2016 terror attack in Germany. (Reuters)
  • 30 Mar Terrorism in Pakistan: A bomb targeting police in Dera Ismail Khan, Pakistan, kills three people and injures five others. (Geo News)
  • 31 Mar Terrorism in the United Kingdom: Police in London announce the arrest on March 29 of a 19-year-old man suspected of the commission, preparation, or instigation of acts of terrorism. (Time 107.5fm)
  • 01 Apr 2016–18 Kashmir unrest: Clashes in South Kashmir, India, kill two civilians, three soldiers, and 13 militants. (The Times of India)
  • 02 Apr 2018 Gaza border protests: Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud and United States President Donald Trump hold a telephone conversation discussing the incidents. (Business Standard)
  • 03 Apr Israeli Defence Minister Avigdor Liberman says the nation will maintain its tactics at the Gazan border of shooting anybody who approaches the fence, and calls on Hamas to cease hostilities in exchange for aid. (The Times of Israel)
  • 04 Apr Israeli–Palestinian conflict: Shin Bet and the Israeli Defence Forces announce the arrests of eleven suspected members of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad terror group off the Gazan coast suspected of planning an attack on the Israeli Navy. (Israel National News) (The Times of Israel)
  • 05 Apr 2018 Gaza border protests: The Israeli Defence Forces releases footage of a man fatally shot yesterday during an apparent attempt to breach the Gazan border fence. Israel says he was carrying an AK-47 and explosive devices including grenades, and accused Hamas of "playing with fire". (Ynet News)
  • 06 Apr 2018 Gaza border protests: United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres warns Israel to use "extreme caution" as further protests are held at the Gazan border. Israeli Defence Forces open fire again, killing at least seven Palestinians. (The Guardian)Protestors begin burning tyres at the border. (The Guardian)
  • 07 Apr Israeli troops shoot dead ten Palestinians near the Israel–Gaza barrier, including a Palestinian journalist, as protests continue. (BBC)
  • 08 Apr 2018 Douma chemical attack: The death toll from yesterday's suspected chemical weapons attack in Douma, Syria, rises to at least 70, according to the White Helmets group. The Syrian government and Russia deny the allegations of a chemical attack. (BBC)U.S. President Donald Trump warns Russia and Iran for backing Bashar al-Assad and calls him "Animal Assad". (Sky News)
  • 09 Apr 2018 Gaza border protests: Israel launches an investigation into a video appearing to show soldiers cheering as a Palestinian man is shot by an Israeli sniper through the Gazan border fence. (The Washington Post)The Palestinian Authority pays salaries to its West Bank staff but not to staff in the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip, amid growing disputes between the two groups. (The Sun Daily)
  • 10 Apr Syrian Civil War: 2018 Douma chemical attack: Anonymous U.S. officials say the United States is considering a multinational military response against Syrian government forces, with experts saying that France, the United Kingdom, and Middle Eastern allies would be considered to help. (Reuters)Eurocontrol warns airlines to operate with care over the Mediterranean Sea owing to planned airstrikes in Syria. (Reuters)
  • 11 Apr Yemeni Crisis (2011–present): The Royal Saudi Air Defense intercepts a ballistic missile fired from Yemen over the Saudi capital Riyadh that caused panic among residents. Houthis say they fired several Burkan-2 missiles at targets in Saudi Arabia, including Saudi Aramco oil facilities. Separately, Saudi Air Defenses shoot down two Houthi-operated Qasef-1 drones near the border. (Reuters) (Middle East Eye)
  • 12 Apr Poisoning of Sergei and Yulia Skripal: The Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons states it agrees with UK authorities on their analysis of the identity of the toxic chemical used against the Skripals. The UK identifies the substance as a Novichok nerve agent, of a type developed by Russia. (BBC) (OPCW)
  • 13 Apr The British government issues a statement saying it is "highly likely" the Assad regime used chemical weapons on its own people, and that since such an action could not go unchallenged, Britain would work with United States and France to coordinate an international response, without specifying what measures the United Kingdom would take. (CNN)
  • 14 Apr Syrian Civil War: 2018 bombing of Damascus and Homs: The United States, France, and the United Kingdom target chemical weapon sites and other Syrian military sites with missile strikes on early Saturday morning Syrian time (EET), in response to the Douma chemical attack. (The Washington Post) (BBC)Russia calls for an emergency meeting of the United Nations Security Council as it considers supplying S-300 missile systems to Syria. (Reuters)
  • 15 Apr Poisoning of Yulia and Sergei Skripal: UK Leader of the Opposition Jeremy Corbyn of Labour asks to see "incontrovertible evidence" before accepting Russia was responsible. Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson responds, saying it is "quite extraordinary" to question Russian involvement. (BBC News)
  • 16 Apr Terrorism in Israel: Petah Tikva resident Zohar Zuaretz is indicted on counterterror charges for far right social media posts in which he spoke of killing Arabs. (The Times of Israel)Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman declares the Iliya Institute, a Jerusalem community centre, to be a terror organisation operating on behalf of the Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine. (The Jerusalem Post)
  • 17 Apr Syrian Civil War: American-led intervention in the Syrian Civil War: U.S. President Donald Trump and his administration are considering replacing the U.S. military forces in Syria with a regional Arab force. (Haaretz)
  • 18 Apr Syrian Civil War: Israeli involvement in the Syrian Civil War: It is revealed a recent airstrike mounted by Israel against an airbase in Syria targeted an Iranian Tor missile air defence system. (Haaretz)
  • 19 Apr Syrian Civil War: Iraqi Air Force F-16 jets attack an Islamic State explosives factory and other positions inside Syria near the city of Hajin in coordination with the Syrian Armed Forces. (Reuters)
  • 20 Apr Syrian Civil War: ISIL agrees to hand over control of Yarmouk Camp in southern Damascus to the Syrian Army in return for safe passage to ISIL-held territory in the Syrian Desert, bringing the predominantly Palestinian refugee district under government control for the first time since 2012. (The Washington Post)
  • 21 Apr 2018 Gaza border protests: Ambassador to the United Nations for Palestine Riyad Mansour says diplomats will ask the UN to probe the violence. (The Washington Post)
  • 22 Apr 2018 Gaza border protests: Rival Hamas and Fatah members clash in the Gaza Strip at a tent set up by the family of Mohammed Ayoub, 14, to receive condolences on his death in the protests. Hamas later dismantles the tent and orders all present to leave. (The Times of Israel)
  • 23 Apr 2018 Gaza border protests: Two more Palestinian protestors, aged 18 and 20, die from wounds sustained in clashes at the Israeli–Gazan border. Both were shot by Israeli troops. (US News)
  • 24 Apr 2018 Gaza border protests: The Israel Defense Forces detain two alleged terrorists attempting to cross the Gaza border into Israeli territory armed with a knife and a grenade. (Israel National News)
  • 25 Apr Ahmed Abu Hussein, aged 24, becomes the second journalist killed while covering protests at the Israel–Gaza border. Hussein was hospitalized in Gaza after being shot by Israeli Defence Forces two weeks prior while wearing a press jacket. (The Jerusalem Post)
  • 26 Apr The United Nations reports the discovery of five "likely" mass graves in Blukwa Centre and Maze/Waliba in Ituri, Democratic Republic of Congo. (News24)
  • 27 Apr United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein asks Israel to refrain from using lethal force as protests enter their fifth week. The Israeli Defence Forces open fire again, including use of live ammunition. (Haaretz) (The Washington Post)
  • 28 Apr Israel launches airstrikes on Hamas ships in Gaza's port and a Hamas building in Deir al-Balah in response to the ongoing, and sometimes violent, protests. (Ynetnews)
  • 29 Apr The Israel Defense Forces arrest a suspected Hamas member caught tampering with equipment at the Karni Crossing on the Israeli-Gazan border. (Haaretz)
  • 30 Apr Journalists killed during the War in Afghanistan (2001–present): BBC Pashto reporter Ahmad Shah is shot dead in the eastern province of Khost. (BBC)
  • 01 May Human rights violations during the Syrian Civil War: ISIL releases an execution video showing a prisoner being killed by explosives in Yarmouk Camp, Damascus. (Metro)
  • 02 May Basque conflict: Basque separatist group ETA (Euskadi Ta Askatasuna), which waged an insurgency against Spain between 1959 and 2011, announces its complete dissolution. (The Guardian)
  • 03 May A Palestinian man was arrested by Israel Defence Forces (IDF) while attempting to damage the security fence around the northern Gaza Strip. He was shot and injured during the arrest, and is now receiving medical treatment at Soroka Medical Center. (The Times of Israel)
  • 04 May Basque conflict: In Cambo-les-Bains, France, ETA performs its final act of dissolution in the presence of politicians such as Gerry Adams, Jonathan Powell, Brian Currin and Cuauhtémoc Cárdenas. (El País)Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy reminds a crowd to remember the 853 victims of the conflict and reaffirms that there will be no impunity for the violence perpetrated by ETA during its 60-year history. (El País)
  • 05 May An explosion in Deir al-Balah, Gaza, kills six Palestinians. Hamas and the Israel Defense Forces both deny responsibility and blame each other for the blast. (BBC)
  • 06 May The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) open fire on a group of Palestinian men trying to sabotage the Israeli-Gazan border fence, killing three and injuring two others. The IDF also attacks a Hamas outpost near the border, stating that the location was used to launch incendiary kites and other objects in an attempt to burn Israeli fields. (The Jerusalem Post)
  • 07 May Yemeni Civil War (2015–present): Airstrikes by the Saudi-led coalition destroy the Presidential Palace in Sana'a, Yemen, with at least six killed and 30 injuries reported, coalition officials claim they had targeted high-ranking Houthi officials. (Yahoo! News)
  • 08 May Colombian conflict: A war crimes tribunal in Colombia begins investigating atrocities during the war which began in the 1960s. (al-Jazeera)
  • 09 May Terrorism in Indonesia: Prisoners at a detention centre for terrorists in Jakarta revolt, killing five officers and taking a sixth hostage. Negotiators accept a demand for an audience between the rioters and Aman Abdurrahman, an inmate who is the head of ISIL in the country. (The Wall Street Journal)
  • 10 May 2018 Gaza border protests: The Hamas-run Ministry of Health says that 2,064 unarmed protesters were shot with live gunshots, 1,094 suffered gas suffocation serious enough for hospitalization. [http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2018-05/11/c_137172334.htm (Xinhuanet)Senior Hamas member Yehiyeh Sinwar suggests that tens of thousands of Palestinian protestors may try to cross the border fence between Israel and the Gaza Strip. (ABC News)
  • 11 May The Israel Defense Forces again open fire with tear gas and live ammunition on Palestinian protesters, following 6 weeks of protests. One person is killed and 146 others wounded, with some protesters throwing stones and burning tyres. (The Independent)
  • 12 May Burundian unrest (2015–present): 26 people are killed in Cibitoke Province, Burundi. The country's security minister attributes the attack on civilians in their houses to an unnamed "terrorist group". (AP via The Los Angeles Times)
  • 13 May Terrorism in Indonesia: Surabaya bombings: At least 13 people are killed and more than 40 others wounded after a series of suicide bombings at three churches in Surabaya, Indonesia. (CNN) (AP via The London Free Press)
  • 14 May Surabaya bombings: An Indonesian family believed to be connected to the terrorist group Jamaah Ansharut Daulah attacks police headquarters in Surabaya. The attack kills all four perpetrators and injures the perpetrator's daughter, six civilians, and four police officers. (ABC News)
  • 15 May 2018 Gaza border protests: The Israeli Army reports some 4,000 Palestinians hold violent protests in five locations along the Gaza border, throwing Molotov cocktails at troops and burning tires. The Israeli Army kills two protesters and injures more than 100 others using live fire and tear gas. (The Jerusalem Post)
  • 16 May War in Afghanistan (2001–present): Battle of Farah: Taliban forces claim to have taken control of the western city of Farah after two days of fighting. It is the second provincial capital to be temporarily taken over, after a similar assault on Kunduz in 2015. (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)
  • 17 May International military intervention against ISIL: Denmark announces the partial withdrawal of its special forces from Iraq following the collapse of ISIL in the country. (Channel News Asia)
  • 18 May Santa Fe High School shooting: A school shooting takes place at Santa Fe High School in Texas, United States. Eight students and two teachers are killed and thirteen others are injured. (KTRK-TV), (BBC)
  • 19 May Russian military intervention in Ukraine: Ukraine's Joint Forces Operation says Russian-led militants have mounted 43 attacks on Ukrainian troops in Donbas in the past 24 hours, using artillery systems and 120mm and 82mm mortars 10 times, with no casualties among the Ukrainian servicemen. According to intelligence data, two militants are killed and three others wounded. (UNIAN)
  • 20 May 2018 lower Puna eruption: Lava continues spewing from fissures on Kilauea, Hawaii, reaching the Pacific Ocean and critically injuring one person. (CNN) (1 News Now)
  • 21 May Economy of Japan: Sony agrees to a $2.3 billion deal where they will buy a controlling interest in EMI Music Publishing. The deal will mean that Sony would indirectly own 90% of the music publisher and its two million songs. (BBC)
  • 22 May Syrian Civil War: Southern Damascus offensive (April–May 2018): Syrian government forces declare Damascus and its surroundings "completely safe" for the first time since 2011, after taking Yarmouk Camp and Hajar al-Aswad from ISIL. (CBS News)
  • 23 May Transport in Iran: Iranian truck owners and drivers start striking in seven provinces to protest poor working conditions. (VOA) (The Washington Post)
  • 24 May Mississauga restaurant bombing: Fifteen people are injured after two suspects detonate an improvised explosive device at a restaurant in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada. The suspects immediately fled the scene. (Reuters), (BBC)
  • 25 May Noblesville West Middle School shooting: A shooting at the Noblesville West Middle School in Noblesville, Indiana, United States, leaves two people injured. One suspect is in custody. (Business Insider)
  • 26 May 2018 lower Puna eruption: Several more properties are destroyed as Kīlauea continues to erupt. (Newsweek)
  • 27 May Politics of Japan: Former Japanese Prime Minister Yasuhiro Nakasone celebrates his 100th birthday. (Reuters)
  • 28 May Foreign relations of Poland: Poland's Minister of Defence Mariusz Błaszczak says he recently talked with U.S. officials in Washington D.C. about permanently stationing thousands of U.S. troops in Poland as a deterrent against Russia. (AP via Business Insider)
  • 29 May 2018 Liège attack: Three people, including two police officers, are killed in Liège, Belgium, and four police officers are injured in a shooting. The gunman took a woman hostage, but was later killed by police. (BBC) (The Guardian)
  • 30 May Ukrainian crisis: Arkady Babchenko, who was reportedly assassinated yesterday in Kiev, Ukraine, appears on live television stating that the assassination was staged. (BBC)
  • 31 May 2018 Nicaraguan protests: Catholic bishops cancel the planned Episcopal Conference talks with the government after protests against Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega turn violent. According to the Nicaraguan Human Rights Center, pro-government armed groups killed 11 people. (Reuters)
  • 01 Jun Economy of Brazil: Pedro Parente, the head of Brazil Petrobras, resigns among protests related to diesel fuel prices. (BBC)
  • 02 Jun Artificial intelligence arms race: Google reports that they will not renew a contract with the U.S. military to develop machine learning algorithms for drones. (BBC)
  • 03 Jun Cattle raiding: Cattle thieves are reported to have killed 23 people in Zamfara, Nigeria. (BBC)
  • 04 Jun War in Afghanistan (2001–present): A suicide bombing at a gathering of clerics in Kabul leaves seven people dead. The religious gathering had earlier issued a fatwa against suicide bombings. (Time)
  • 05 Jun Expansion of Heathrow Airport: The Cabinet of the United Kingdom approves a controversial third runway at London's Heathrow Airport. (Sky News)
  • 06 Jun Syrian Civil War: The Syrian government re-opens the Homs–Hama highway after it was closed for seven years. (Reuters)
  • 07 Jun Economy of the United Kingdom: House of Fraser announces that it intends to close 31 of its 59 stores, including its flagship store on London's Oxford Street. (BBC)
  • 08 Jun 2018 Gaza border protests: On Quds Day – the last Friday of Ramadan – thousands of Palestinians protest near the Gaza border fence. Israeli troops fire live rounds and tear gas, killing four people and injuring over 600. (AP via CBS News)
  • 09 Jun War in Afghanistan: The Taliban announce a three-day Eid ceasefire with the Afghan authorities, according to Pajhwok Afghan News. On Thursday, President Ashraf Ghani announced a ceasefire with the Taliban from June 12–19. (TASS) (Reuters)
  • 10 Jun Terrorism in Iraq: A warehouse holding ballot boxes from elections last month burns down in Baghdad. Several politicians say the fire was a criminal act aimed at destabilising the state following a disputed election result. (BBC)
  • 11 Jun Economy of the United Kingdom: British retail chain Poundworld, which employs thousands of people, collapses into administration. (BBC)
  • 12 Jun Indo-Pakistani wars and conflicts, India–Pakistan relations: India states that four soldiers are killed after Pakistan fires shots at Kashmir. (ABC News)
  • 13 Jun Yemeni Civil War (2015–present): Battle of Hudaida (2018): Saudi-led coalition forces begin an operation to take control of the Yemeni port city of Al Hudaydah, which has been held by the Houthis since 2015. (BBC News)
  • 14 Jun Turkish general election, 2018: Three people are killed and eight wounded in Suruç, Turkey, after election campaigning turned into riots. (Reuters via MSN)
  • 15 Jun War in North-West Pakistan: The Afghan Ministry of Defense reports that Mullah Fazlullah, the emir of the Pakistani Taliban, was killed in Kunar province by an U.S. drone strike two days prior on June 13. (NBC News)
  • 16 Jun Yemeni Civil War (2015–present): Battle of Al Hudaydah: Saudi Arabian-led coalition troops seize control of Hodeida International Airport in Al Hudaydah after driving out Houthi forces. Around 280 people have been reportedly killed in the last four days inside the Yemeni port city. (Sky News)
  • 17 Jun Boko Haram insurgency: Twin suicide bombings in Damboa, Nigeria, leave at least 31 people dead. The explosions are reportedly followed by rockets fired from outside the town. (BBC)
  • 18 Jun Gaza–Israel conflict: A Palestinian man dies while tampering with the Israel–Gaza border's automated defences, which detonate. (Reuters)
  • 19 Jun Floods in Abidjan, Ivory Coast killed 20 people and destroyed several houses and roads. (Reuters)
  • 20 Jun Sinking of MV Sinar Bangun: The MV Sinar Bangun, a ferry designed to hold 43 people, sinks at Tigaras port in Lake Toba, North Sumatra, leaving 192 reported missing. (ABC News)
  • 21 Jun North Korea–United States relations, North Korea and weapons of mass destruction: The United States announces that North Korea will destroy the Sohae Satellite Launching Station missile test site. (Straits Times)
  • 22 Jun A BNSF Railway freight train with 33 oil tanker cars derails in Lyon County, Iowa; some of the crude leaks into the rain-swollen Rock River. A mandatory evacuation was ordered; there are no injuries. (Des Moines Register)
  • 23 Jun Eastern Daraa offensive (June 2018): The Syrian government launches a ground offensive in the eastern part of the southern province of Daraa. (Gulf Times)
  • 24 Jun Eastern Daraa offensive (June 2018): Russian warplanes provide air cover for the offensive for the first time. (Reuters)
  • 25 Jun Following the suicide of a teenage boy from Radcliffe, Greater Manchester in England police issue a public statement and the coroner sends notices to schools warning of the game Doki Doki Literature Club!. (MSN)
  • 26 Jun Syrian Civil War: Eastern Daraa offensive (June 2018): Syrian Army troops and Liwa al-Quds militiamen seize control of the strategic town of Busra al-Harir in the southern Daraa Governorate. Around 45,000 people have been displaced in the region due to recent fighting. (BBC)Syrian state media reports two Israeli missiles struck targets near Damascus International Airport overnight, including an Iranian cargo plane which had just landed. (Al Jazeera)
  • 27 Jun Shares in African international airline Fastjet fall by 72% amid equity talks amongst shareholders, with the airline warning that trading may be suspended entirely and the company liquidated if a solution is not found. (BBC)
  • 28 Jun 2018 UY Aviation King Air C90 crash: A light aircraft crashes in the Ghatkopar district of Mumbai, India, killing all four occupants and one person on the ground. (NDTV) (BBC)
  • 29 Jun BAE Systems is awarded a £19.6bn contract to build nine next-generation Hunter-class frigates for the Royal Australian Navy with construction expected to begin in 2020. (BBC)
  • 30 Jun 2017–18 Iranian protests: A peaceful protest over a water shortage in the southern Iran city of Khorramshahr turns violent after clashes between police and protesters. (CNN)
  • 01 Jul A bus skids off a mountain road into a 700-foot (210 m)–deep ravine in Uttarakhand, India, killing at least 48 people. (Sky News)
  • 02 Jul Crossing the Ditch: New Zealander Scott Donaldson becomes the first solo kayaker to successfully cross the Tasman Sea. After 62 days at sea, he landed in Ngāmotu Beach, New Plymouth, at 8.44 pm local time (08:44 UTC). (The New Zealand Herald)
  • 03 Jul Syrian Civil War: The son of ISIL leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi is killed in a suicide attack mission in Homs, western Syria, or in a Russian bombing of a cave. (VOA News)
  • 04 Jul Israeli–Palestinian conflict: Clashes break out between Israeli security forces and Bedouin residents in Khan al-Ahmar, West Bank, as Israeli bulldozers prepare to demolish the village. The Supreme Court of Israel ruled that its residents could be evicted on May 24, while such relocation is considered illegal under international humanitarian law. (Reuters)
  • 05 Jul Fireworks accidents and incidents: Two explosions at fireworks workshops in Tultepec, Mexico, kill at least 19 people, including rescue workers, and injure dozens more. Tultepec is home to a major fireworks industry. (Reuters)
  • 06 Jul The wreckage of Nazi German submarine U-966, which was sunk in November 1943, is discovered off the coast of Galicia, Spain. (BBC)
  • 07 Jul 2018 Phuket boat capsizing: The death toll from a tourist boat accident off the coast of Thailand's Phuket Island climbs to 41, with 15 people still missing. (Reuters)
  • 08 Jul Syrian Civil War: The Syrian Air Defense Force damages an Israeli aircraft and thwarts an Israeli missile strike on the Tiyas Military Airbase (T-4 Airbase) in the Homs Governorate. (Reuters)
  • 09 Jul 2018 Japan floods: The death toll from heavy rains in Japan rises to 126, with over 86 people still reported missing. (Japan Today)
  • 10 Jul Television in Iran: A film on IRIB TV1 showing social media users being scolded and tearfully apologizing for promoting dance online angers reformists. (AFP via Yahoo! News)
  • 11 Jul War in Afghanistan: According to officials, an attack by the Taliban near Kunduz kills 29 Afghan Army soldiers. Air strikes kill dozens of militants elsewhere in the country. (Reuters)
  • 12 Jul 2018 Japan floods: The death toll from heavy rains in Japan rises to 209 and 28 missing. (Reuters)
  • 13 Jul 2018 Mastung suicide bombing; Pakistani general election, 2018: A suicide bomb attack near Mastung, Pakistan, kills 129 people, including political party candidate Siraj Raisani, during a political campaign. This is the third consecutive attack on a political rally. (RTÉ.ie)
  • 14 Jul Iranian intervention in Iraq (2014–present): Iran's Revolutionary Guards kill three would-be saboteurs and wound another in Kermanshah, near the Iraq border, before seizing their equipment. A volunteer on Iran's side is also killed. (Reuters via Yahoo! News)
  • 15 Jul 2015–2018 Iraqi protests: Demonstrations in Muthanna Province, Iraq, leave 16 protesters killed or injured and 33 others arrested. (Iraqi News)
  • 16 Jul 2015–2018 Iraqi protests: Demonstrations across Iraq leave dozens of people dead and cause mass unrest. (Iraqi News) (The Jerusalem Post) (The Wall Street Journal)
  • 17 Jul Gaza–Israel conflict, 2018 Gaza border protests: The Israel Defense Forces are instructed to prepare for a large-scale military offensive in Gaza if demands for Hamas to halt the launches of flaming kites, incendiary devices and rocket attacks are not met by Friday. (The Times of Israel)
  • 18 Jul Syrian Civil War: Siege of al-Fu'ah and Kafriya: The evacuations of Shia towns Al-Fu'ah and Kafriya in the northern Idlib Governorate begin, as part of a deal between rebel forces and the Syrian government. (Al Jazeera)
  • 19 Jul 2015–2018 Iraqi protests: Protests that began last week in Iraq continue amid widespread anger over poor public services, high unemployment, and pollution. (CNBC)
  • 20 Jul 2018 Gaza border protests: The Israel Defense Forces engage in a gunfight with Hamas' military wing after an Israeli soldier is killed by a Palestinian sniper; four Hamas members are killed. Israel responds to the incident with strikes on Hamas targets across Gaza. (BBC) (The New York Times)Three rockets are fired at Israeli communities from Gaza. Two of them are intercepted by the Iron Dome. (CNN)
  • 21 Jul Fiat Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne resigns due to failing health and is replaced by Jeep CEO Mike Manley.
  • 22 Jul War in Afghanistan (2001–present): An ISIL suicide bomber kills 14 people and wounds over 60 others at a police checkpoint near Hamid Karzai International Airport. The attack coincides with Afghan Vice President Abdul Rashid Dostum returning to Afghanistan after more than a year in exile in Turkey. Dostum and his entourage are unwounded. (The Wall Street Journal)
  • 23 Jul 2018 Attica wildfires: Wildfires in east and west Attica, Greece, kill at least 76 people, leave another 172 injured, and burn hundreds of houses and vehicles, prompting a state of emergency. The Greek government requests help from European Union countries. (Reuters) (Sky News)
  • 24 Jul Israeli–Syrian military incidents during the Syrian Civil War: The Israel Defense Forces shoot down a Syrian Air Force jet near the Golan Heights after it reportedly crosses into the UNDOF zone near Israeli border. (BBC)
  • 25 Jul Syrian Civil War: 2018 As-Suwayda attacks: Coordinated suicide bombings and shootings carried out by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant in As-Suwayda, Syria, kill 215 people and injure more than 200 others. (Reuters)
  • 26 Jul Facebook stocks drop 20% (US$118 billion), setting a record as the biggest single stock market loss in one day, and marking the first time that a stock lost over $100 billion in one day. (CNBC)
  • 27 Jul Proposed acquisition of 21st Century Fox by Disney: 21st Century Fox share holders approve a $71.3 billion merger with The Walt Disney Company. (Variety)
  • 28 Jul Ground breaking on the Barack Obama Presidential Center in Jackson Park, Illinois, is pushed back again until all federal approvals are completed, which will not be until 2019. (Chicago Sun Times)
  • 29 Jul 2018 Pacific typhoon season: Typhoon Jongdari hits central and western Japan, injuring at least 21 people and cutting power to tens of thousands of homes. The typhoon is the latest in the series of weather events to affect the country, following devastating floods and a fatal heat wave earlier in the month. (BBC)
  • 30 Jul Syrian Civil War: 2018 Southern Syria offensive: The Syrian Army seizes control of Al-Shajara, described as ISIL's "main bastion" in the Daraa Governorate. (The New Arab)The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) reports that ISIL militants are holding more than 30 Druze women and children hostage following last week's attacks on Druze villages in the As-Suwayda Governorate. (BBC)
  • 31 Jul Terrorism in Tajikistan, Terrorist incidents linked to ISIL: ISIL claims responsibility for an attack in Tajikistan that occurred two days prior and left four cycling tourists dead. (CBS News)
  • 01 Aug The Eiffel Tower in Paris shuts down after workers go on a strike over ticketing changes. (Upi)
  • 02 Aug Saudi Arabian-led intervention in Yemen, Battle of Al Hudaydah: Alleged Saudi-led coalition airstrikes on a fish market and hospital entrance kill at least 20 people in Al Hudaydah, Yemen. A Saudi spokesman denies that its jets were in the area at the time, and blames rebels instead. (BBC)
  • 03 Aug War in Afghanistan (2001–present): A suicide bomb attack at a Shi'ite mosque in Gardez, Afghanistan, kills at least 29 people and wounds at least 40 others. There is no immediate claim for the attack. (Reuters) (The Express Tribune)
  • 04 Aug Caracas drone explosions: Venezuela President Nicolás Maduro survives what he claims is an assassination attempt involving drones while speaking at a military event in Caracas. Eight people are injured. (BBC)
  • 05 Aug War in Afghanistan (2001–present): A Taliban suicide bomber kills three Czech soldiers on a routine patrol in Charikar, Afghanistan. A U.S. soldier and two Afghan troops are also injured in the bombing. (BBC)
  • 06 Aug 2018 European heat wave: A heat wave in Spain kills nine people. (Público)A heat wave in Genoa, Italy, kills seven people. (Genova24)
  • 07 Aug Caracas drone explosions, Colombia–Venezuela relations: Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro says that he has "hard evidence" that the Colombian government planned and executed an attempted assassination attack on him on Saturday, and that he will release it later in the day. (Al Jazeera)
  • 08 Aug Academy Awards: The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announces new changes to the Oscars, including possibly a shorter ceremony, and a new category called "Most Popular Film". (Huffington Post)
  • 09 Aug Yemeni Civil War (2015–present): At least 43 people, mostly children, are killed in an airstrike on a bus at a market in Dahyan, Sa'da, by the Saudi-led coalition, while more than 60 are injured. The coalition calls the strike a "legitimate military action" against the Houthis, accusing them of using children as human shields. (The Guardian)
  • 10 Aug War in Afghanistan, Ghazni offensive: A large-scale military offensive is launched by the Taliban in a bid to overrun the southeastern city of Ghazni, a provincial capital on the Kabul–Kandahar Highway. They manage to take control of a part of the city. (The New York Times)
  • 11 Aug War in Afghanistan, Ghazni offensive: Fighting continues around the city of Ghazni. (Reuters)
  • 12 Aug August 2018 Lombok earthquake: The BNPB spokesperson Sutopo Purwo Nugroho confirmed that the death toll from the earthquake in Lombok rises to 436. (Tempo.co)
  • 13 Aug War in Afghanistan: More than 100 Afghan soldiers and police, 13 civilians and hundreds of Taliban are killed during the ongoing offensive in Ghazni. (BBC)The Taliban captures Camp Chenaya, an Afghan Army base in Ghormach District, Faryab Province. (Voice of America)
  • 14 Aug Norma Azucena Rodríguez Zamora, a recently elected member of the Congress of Mexico, is kidnapped by gunmen in Hidalgo State. (BBC)
  • 15 Aug War in Afghanistan: At least 48 people, mostly students, are killed and a further 67 are injured in a suicide bomb attack at an education centre in Kabul. The Taliban denies any involvement. (BBC)The Taliban attacks two units of Afghan security forces in the Baghlan-e-Markazi district of Baghlan Province, killing at least 39 soldiers and police officers. (SFGate)
  • 16 Aug 2018 Washington Veterans Day Parade: The United States Department of Defense postpones President Donald Trump's military parade, which was slated to take place on 10 November, until 2019. The estimates for the parade's cost have risen from $12 million to $92 million. (ABC News) (Market Watch)
  • 17 Aug 2018 Gaza border protests: Around 20,000 Palestinians protest near the Israel–Gaza barrier. Medical sources say that Israel Defense Forces killed two people and wounded at least 270 others, 50 of them with live bullets. (Reuters)
  • 18 Aug Russian president Vladimir Putin attends the wedding of Austrian foreign minister Karin Kneissl (FPÖ) and businessman Wolfgang Malinger. (BBC)
  • 19 Aug Earthquakes in 2018: A deep-focus earthquake of magnitude 8.2 (the strongest recorded in 2018) strikes the South Pacific Ocean near Fiji. No threat of tsunami is immediately detected. (KATU)
  • 20 Aug Terrorism in Europe: An officer fatally shoots a man in Cornellà, Barcelona, Spain, after he storms into a Mossos d'Esquadra police station with a knife. Police are treating the incident as an attempted terrorist attack. (BBC)
  • 21 Aug War in Afghanistan: Mortars are fired at the diplomatic quarter of Kabul during a speech by President Ashraf Ghani. After several hours of fighting, including a helicopter attack on a building behind the Id Gah Mosque, police say the attackers are dead and four people are wounded. (BBC)
  • 22 Aug Senior industry sources say that the previously announced initial public offering of Saudi Aramco has been halted. (Reuters)
  • 23 Aug 2018 China–United States trade war: American tariffs of 25% on approximately $16 billion worth of Chinese goods come into effect. China immediately responds with equivalent tariffs of its own. (Reuters)
  • 24 Aug The Spanish government passes a decree which amends the Historical Memory Law to allow the government to exhume Francisco Franco's remains from the Valle de los Caídos. (The Independent)
  • 25 Aug A 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO is sold for $48.4 million at an auction in California, making it the most expensive car ever sold through auction. (Bloomberg)
  • 26 Aug War in Afghanistan: Afghan authorities say that, in a joint ground and air operation on Saturday night, Afghan and foreign forces killed the head of ISIL/K, along with ten other members of the militant group. (Reuters) (CNN)
  • 27 Aug United States free-trade agreements, Mexico–United States relations: The United States and Mexico reach common ground on key trade terms in the North American Free Trade Agreement. Canada has yet to sign off on the agreement. (BBC) (Reuters)
  • 28 Aug A suspected improvised explosive device planted by the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters explodes at a town festival in Isulan, Sultan Kudarat, Philippines, killing two people and injuring 35 others. (Rappler)
  • 29 Aug A 7.1 magnitude earthquake hits the Loyalty Islands, New Caledonia. (Stuff)
  • 30 Aug Economy of Argentina: Argentina hikes interest rate to 60%, the highest in the world, as its currency plunges. (CNN)
  • 31 Aug War in Donbass: The leader of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic, Alexander Zakharchenko, is killed in a blast at a café in Donetsk. (BBC)
  • 01 Sep Dahyan air strike, Yemeni Civil War (2015–present): Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates say that the bombing of a school bus in Yemen by Saudi Arabian aircraft, which killed 51 people, was "unjustified". (Al Jazeera)
  • 02 Sep A suicide bomber attacks a government building in Mogadishu, Somalia, and causes the collapse of an adjacent school. Three deaths and 14 injuries are reported. (BBC)
  • 03 Sep Libyan Civil War (2014–present): More than 40 people, including civilians, have died in clashes in the Libyan city of Tripoli. (BBC)
  • 04 Sep 2015–2018 Iraqi protests: Seven people are killed and more than 30 are injured during a rally in Basra, Iraq after security forces opened fire. (Yeni Şafak English)
  • 05 Sep War in Afghanistan (2001–present): A Suicide attack at a wrestling club in a Hazara Shi’ite neighborhood of the Afghan capital Kabul and a second explosion apparently targeting emergency services and journalists kills at least 20 people and wounds 70 others. (Reuters)
  • 06 Sep Approximately two million Ford F150 trucks are recalled due to a manufacturing error which can cause the seat belt pretensioner to ignite the vehicle. (NPR)
  • 07 Sep Syrian Civil War: The presidents of Russia and Iran disagree with the Turkish president's proposal for a ceasefire in Idlib after meeting in Tehran, because it would not include the Islamist militants those nations aim to defeat. (Reuters)
  • 08 Sep Taliban insurgents attacked a checkpoint in the western province of Afghanistan of Herat killing 9 and injuring 6 the militants suffered 10 losses as well. (VOA)
  • 09 Sep War in Afghanistan: Dozens of people are killed in four separate attacks by the Taliban. An army base is destroyed in Baghlan Province. (The New York Times)
  • 10 Sep Syrian Civil War: The Netherlands halts funding of the Syrian opposition and police forces, saying the chances of them winning the war are "extremely limited". Dutch support for the White Helmets will also end in December 2018. (Dutchnews.nl)
  • 11 Sep 2018 Atlantic hurricane season, Hurricane Florence: The Donald Trump campaign cancels a rally for Missouri ahead of Hurricane Florence, which is expected to make landfall on the East Coast. (Politico)The North Carolina Tar Heels football game against the UCF Knights and the North Carolina State Wolfpack game against the West Virginia Mountaineers are cancelled due to Hurricane Florence. (Orlando Sentinel) (Sporting News)
  • 12 Sep War in Afghanistan: The death toll from yesterday's suicide attack on protesters in eastern Afghanistan rises to 68. (Al Jazeera)
  • 13 Sep September 2018 inter-Korean summit, North Korea–South Korea relations: The heads of Samsung, Hyundai, SK and LG will attend the third Inter-Korean summit between South Korean President Moon Jae-in and North Korea leader Kim Jong-un in Pyongyang next week. (UPI)
  • 14 Sep Syrian Civil War: Residents in Idlib, the last Syrian opposition-held territory, demonstrate against President Bashar Assad's government. (ABC News)
  • 15 Sep Nine civilians are killed in twin attacks carried out by Islamist militants in eastern Burkina Faso. (The Sydney Morning Herald)
  • 16 Sep The Sunspot Solar Observatory in New Mexico is set to reopen on Monday after being closed due to "an on-going law enforcement investigation of criminal activity that occurred at Sacramento Peak" in which "a suspect in the investigation potentially posed a threat to the safety of local staff and residents". (CNET)
  • 17 Sep Russia and Turkey announce a demilitarized zone in Syria's Idlib Governorate and rule out any military operations. (The Independent)
  • 18 Sep Syria missile strikes (September 2018): News emerges that the Russian Ilyushin Il-20 aircraft with fourteen people on board, missing since Monday over the Mediterranean Sea, was shot down. Russia accuses Israel of not giving enough warning before launching its attacks, causing Syria to shoot the plane down. (BBC) (ABC News)
  • 19 Sep Oromo–Somali clashes: The death toll from the recent spike in ethnic violence in Ethiopia rises to 58. Thousands are still protesting against the killings in the capital Addis Ababa. (Yahoo News)
  • 20 Sep Mercury Prize: The band Wolf Alice wins the 2018 Hyundai Mercury Prize for its album Visions of a Life. (The Guardian)
  • 21 Sep Libyan Civil War (2014–present), Battle of Tripoli (2018): The death toll from recent clashes in Tripoli rises to 96. The clashes, which began on August 26, 2018, have also left 444 wounded and 16 missing. (The Washington Post)
  • 22 Sep 2018 Ahvaz military parade attack: Four unknown gunmen, wearing military uniforms, open fire during a military parade to commemorate the Iran–Iraq War in Ahvaz, Khuzestan, Iran, killing 25 people and wounding up to 60. Both the Islamic State and Ahvaz National Resistance claim responsibility. (Reuters)
  • 23 Sep Rebels kill 23 civilians and four soldiers in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The attack was near an Ebola epidemic in the town of Beni in eastern Congo. (Reuters)
  • 24 Sep Syria missile strikes (September 2018): Russian officials state that the country will send S-300 air-defense missile system to Syria within two weeks following the downing of Russian aircraft in Syria. Russia also stated it will commence jamming radar and satellite signals of planes that attack Syrian territory from the Mediterranean. (The Washington Post) (The National)
  • 25 Sep Inspire Brands announces its purchase of fast food chain Sonic Drive-In for US$2.3 billion. (USA Today)
  • 26 Sep Battle of Tripoli (2018): A ceasefire has ended heavy fighting in Tripoli that has killed over 100 people in a month from different militias. (Fox News)
  • 27 Sep Justin Milne resigns as chairman of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation following allegations that he interfered in the broadcaster's employment and editorial practices on behalf of former prime minister Malcolm Turnbull. (The Sydney Morning Herald)
  • 28 Sep 2018 Gaza border protests: Six Palestinians, including a 12-year-old, are killed by IDF fire in Gaza border clashes. (Haaretz)
  • 29 Sep 2018 Sulawesi earthquake and tsunami: More than 408 people are confirmed dead and at least 540 injured after a tsunami triggered by a magnitude 7.5 earthquake which hit Palu and Donggala, Indonesia, on Friday. (BBC)
  • 30 Sep 2018 Sulawesi earthquake and tsunami: At least 844 people are now known to have died in the Indonesian earthquake and tsunami. (CNN)
  • 01 Oct 2018 Eastern Euphrates missile strike: Iran fires six ballistic missiles from its own territory at ISIL targets near the Euphrates river valley in eastern Syria, in response to the Ahvaz military parade attack. (The Independent)
  • 02 Oct War in Afghanistan (2001–present), Afghan parliamentary election, 2018: A suicide bomber kills 13 people and injures more than 30 others at an election rally in Nangarhar Province, Afghanistan. (BBC)
  • 03 Oct Toys "R" Us lenders cancel the bankruptcy auction of its brand name and other intellectual property assets and instead plan to revive the Toys "R" Us and Babies "R" Us brand names. (CNBC)
  • 04 Oct India–Russia relations: Russian President Vladimir Putin arrives in India for a summit meeting with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. (The Times of India)
  • 05 Oct The Swedish Academy names two new members: Swedish supreme court justice Eric Runesson, and Swedish-Iranian writer and poet Jila Mossaed. (Reuters)
  • 06 Oct Israeli–Palestinian conflict: Defense Minister of Israel Avigdor Lieberman says that Israel will reduce the fishing zone off the Gaza Strip from 9 nautical miles (17 km; 10 mi) to 6 nautical miles (11 km; 6.9 mi) as a reaction to the weekly Gaza border protests. Three Palestinians were killed in yesterday's protest, in which over 20,000 protestors took part. (Al Jazeera)
  • 07 Oct War in Afghanistan: Afghan officials say that the Taliban destroyed highway bridges in Maidan Wardak Province, cutting off road traffic between the capital Kabul and the provinces of Ghazni, Zabul and Kandahar. Electricity was cut off in four provinces, and fighting was reported in Ghazni Province. At least ten Afghan police officers were killed. Parliamentary elections are scheduled to be held in two weeks. (AP via Tampa Times) (Reuters via The National)
  • 08 Oct Libyan Civil War (2014–present); Terrorism in Egypt: A Libyan National Army operation in Derna results in the capturing of Hesham Ashmawy, one of Egypt's most wanted militants. (BBC)
  • 09 Oct American Music Awards of 2018: American singer Taylor Swift wins four trophies, including Artist of the Year, and holds 23 American Music Awards, beating Whitney Houston. (BBC News) (Sky News)
  • 10 Oct At least 51 people are killed when a bus traveling from the Kenyan capital Nairobi to Kisumu veers off the road and overturns. (BBC)
  • 11 Oct At least 41 people are killed after a river bursts its bank in Bududa, Uganda. Many more are injured and dozens are displaced. (BBC)
  • 12 Oct Wedding of Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank: Princess Eugenie marries Jack Brooksbank at St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle, in the second British royal wedding in 2018. (Today)
  • 13 Oct War in Afghanistan: A motorcycle rigged with explosives is detonated at an election rally in northeastern Afghanistan, killing at least 14 people, including civilians and security forces. (ABC News)
  • 14 Oct Óscar Romero, the Roman Catholic Archbishop of San Salvador assassinated while celebrating Mass in 1980, is canonized by Pope Francis. Six other canonizations, including that of Pope Paul VI, are also announced. (BBC)
  • 15 Oct 2018 Cologne attack: At least three people are injured after a man firebombs a fast-food restaurant in the Cologne main station and takes a woman hostage. The woman is later rescued by German counter-terrorism units. (The Guardian) (Washington Post)
  • 16 Oct Somali Civil War (2009–present): The United States Africa Command (AFRICOM) says that a U.S. airstrike has killed around 60 al-Shabaab militants near Harardhere in central Somalia. (BBC)
  • 17 Oct Palestinians in the Gaza Strip launch two rockets at Israel, one landing in the southern city of Beersheba, causing serious damage to a house but no injuries, and the other landing in the sea. (The Times of Israel)
  • 18 Oct War in Afghanistan: Afghan general and Kandahar police chief Abdul Raziq Achakzai is assassinated by one of his bodyguards during a high-level meeting inside the governor's compound with U.S. general Austin S. Miller. Gen. Miller escaped unharmed according to officials while the governor was critically injured. The Taliban claims responsibility. (BBC)
  • 19 Oct 136 years after beginning construction, the Sagrada Família in Barcelona receives a building permit to complete construction. (CNN) (Newser)
  • 20 Oct Four U.S. tourists are killed in Costa Rica after a rafting accident on a swollen river. (BBC)
  • 21 Oct 2018 Yilan train derailment: At least 18 people are killed and 187 are injured after a train derails in Yilan County, Taiwan. (BBC)
  • 22 Oct After nine years of construction, China is expected to open the world's longest sea bridge, Hong Kong–Zhuhai–Macau Bridge, at a ceremony in Hong Kong. (Business Insider)
  • 23 Oct Ancient Black Sea shipwrecks: The discovery of a Classical Greek trading ship thought to date to approximately 400 BC is reported by a team of scientists working in the Black Sea. It is the oldest known intact shipwreck. (BBC)
  • 24 Oct 2018 Sulawesi earthquake and tsunami: Authorities lower the casualty numbers for the September 28 earthquake and tsunami to 2,256 dead, 10,679 injured, and 1,075 still missing. (reliefweb)
  • 25 Oct The United Kingdom opens all combat roles in the British Armed Forces, including special forces, to women for the first time. (Reuters)
  • 26 Oct 2018 Gaza border protests: Israel responds to 40 Palestinian rockets with 80 air strikes on what Israel states are Iranian and Hamas-controlled weapon factories in Gaza. An Egypt-meditated ceasefire is announced by Islamic Jihad soon afterward. (Reuters)
  • 27 Oct Pittsburgh synagogue shooting: A gunman opens fire at a synagogue in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, killing at least 11 people. (BBC), (CBC)
  • 28 Oct Pittsburgh synagogue shooting: American online payments system company PayPal bans American social media site Gab, known for its association with the alt-right movement, while Joyent, Gab's American hosting provider, states that they will terminate their service tomorrow. The move comes after it was revealed that the suspect in yesterday's 11 deaths, Robert Bowers, was an active member on the social network. (CNET)
  • 29 Oct Syrian Civil War: The National Museum of Damascus reopens to the public six years after it was closed due to the war. (BBC)
  • 30 Oct 2018 Pacific typhoon season: Typhoon Yutu causes landslides in the Philippines, leaving at least four people killed and thirty-one others trapped. (Reuters)
  • 31 Oct A seventeen-year-old local student, who studied at a nearby polytechnic school, detonates an explosive device inside a Federal Security Service building in Arkhangelsk, Russia, killing himself and wounding three FSB officers. The agency is Russia's primary state security agency and a successor to the KGB. (Meduza)
  • 01 Nov 2018 Pacific typhoon season: The death toll from landslides and floods caused by Typhoon Yutu in the Philippines rises to 15 people. One man died in Hong Kong, China. (News.com.au), (Asia Times)
  • 02 Nov Unknown attackers kill Maulana Sami-ul-Haq, a former Pakistani senator widely known as the "Father of the Taliban", at his residence in Rawalpindi. (Geo TV), (Reuters)
  • 03 Nov War in Afghanistan: An Afghan commando in Kabul kills Major Brent Taylor of the Utah National Guard, who was also the mayor of North Ogden, Utah. (The New York Times)
  • 04 Nov 2018 Minya bus attack: Egyptian Police kill 19 Islamist militants accused of involvement in an attack on Coptic Christians in central Egypt two days ago. (BBC)
  • 05 Nov Anglophone Crisis: A kidnapping occurs at a school in Bamenda, the capital of the North-West region of Cameroon, with at least seventy-eight students and three staff taken, including the principal. The Anglophone Crisis is a conflict between separatists and the government of Cameroon. (BBC)
  • 06 Nov Demographics of Colombia: With the previous Colombia census thirteen years ago, the National Administrative Department of Statistics registered 45.5 million Colombians and legal foreign residents living in the country. This latest census reveals that there are five million fewer people in Colombia than previously estimated. (El Tiempo)
  • 07 Nov Jean-Claude Arnault, Postponement of the 2018 Nobel Prize in Literature: Jayne Svenungsson announces she is leaving the Swedish Academy, the body that awards the Nobel Prize in Literature. She is the eighth person to quit amid sex abuse and financial crime scandals at the exclusive group. (AP via The New York Times)
  • 08 Nov French authorities impound a Ryanair jet, because of payments owed to the European Union for illegal subsidies, at the Bordeaux–Mérignac Airport just before 149 London-bound passengers boarded. (AP)
  • 09 Nov War in Afghanistan: Officials say that an attack by the Taliban on an army outpost killed 10 soldiers and 7 policemen in Khwaja Ghar District after 7 policemen were killed in Farah yesterday. (AP via The Fresno Bee)
  • 10 Nov Presidential Medal of Freedom: Elvis Presley, Babe Ruth, Roger Staubach, Antonin Scalia, Orrin Hatch, doctor and philanthropist Miriam Adelson, and Alan Page are expected to be recipients for the Presidential Medal of Freedom award. (Entertainment Weekly), (The Washington Post)
  • 11 Nov Israel-Palestine confrontation (November 2018): Seven Palestinians, including commander Nour Baraka and three other militants, are killed during a raid by the Israel Defense Forces in the southeastern Gaza Strip, that was supported by air attacks. One IDF officer was killed and another was injured. Over a dozen rockets were subsequently fired from Gaza, three of which were shot down. (KUNA) (BBC) (Al Jazeera)
  • 12 Nov Israel and Hamas exchange missile fire with 300 rockets being launched from Gaza within the span of three hours. (The New York Times)
  • 13 Nov Amazon HQ2: Amazon announces it will split their second headquarters in New York City and National Landing in northern Virginia (outside Washington D.C.) (CNN)
  • 14 Nov Anglophone Crisis: The Cameroonian Armed Forces kill at least 30 Ambazonian separatists in two-days of intense clashes in Cameroon's English-speaking region. A mayor in Donga-Mantung is also shot dead. (Al Jazeera)
  • 15 Nov Kivu conflict: The United Nations announce that seven MONUSCO peacekeepers were killed in clashes with militia yesterday in Beni, North Kivu, Democratic Republic of the Congo. (Reuters)
  • 16 Nov Johnston Press, which owns i, The Scotsman, the Yorkshire Post and other UK newspapers, enters administration after failing to secure a buyer. It is set to be de-listed on the London Stock Exchange on 19 November 2018. (The Guardian)
  • 17 Nov Syrian Civil War: After months of fighting, Syrian government forces retake control of Tulul al-Safa in southern Syria from ISIL. (The New Arab)
  • 18 Nov Boko Haram fighters loyal to ISIS attacked a military base in the Nigerian town of Metele, killing at least 118 soldiers while at least 153 others were missing after the attack, the militants also seized tanks, armored vehicles, artillery, weapons, and ammunition (Reuters)
  • 19 Nov Nissan chairman and former CEO Carlos Ghosn is arrested in Japan for breaching the country's financial trading laws, prompting Nissan to recommend that he and director Greg Kelly step down for misconduct. Ghosn is also the chairman and CEO of Renault. (The Irish Times)
  • 20 Nov November 2018 Kabul attack: At least 50 people are killed and 83 others wounded in a suicide bombing on a Mawlid gathering in Kabul, Afghanistan. (BBC)
  • 21 Nov War in Afghanistan (2001–present): The death toll in the suicide bomb attack at a gathering of religious scholars in Kabul rises to 55. (Reuters)
  • 22 Nov The Leaning Tower of Pisa Surveillance Group reports the structure is leaning less, by 4 cm (1.6 in) over the past two decades. (BBC)
  • 23 Nov 2018 Karachi Chinese consulate attack: Four people are killed in an armed assault on the Chinese consulate in Karachi, Pakistan. Three attackers are also dead. The attack is claimed by the Balochistan Liberation Army. (CNN)
  • 24 Nov Syrian Civil War: Syrian state media report that more than 50 civilians are injured in a suspected poison gas attack by Syrian rebels on Aleppo. (The Sydney Morning Herald)
  • 25 Nov Russia stops three Ukrainian Navy vessels from passing under the Kerch Strait Bridge by blocking it with a cargo ship. Russia claims they violated her territorial waters and ignored warnings. The navy vessels and their crews are seized after shots were fired. Russia says three Ukrainians were wounded. According to Ukraine, six of their sailors are wounded. Ukraine denies their ships did anything wrong. (Reuters) (AP)
  • 26 Nov Kerch Strait incident: Russia asks for an urgent meeting of the United Nations Security Council to convene. (TASS)The Kerch Strait is re-opened to commercial shipping. (Reuters)Martial law in Ukraine: The Verkhovna Rada approves the introduction of martial law in 10 oblasts of Ukraine for a period of 30 days. (BBC)
  • 27 Nov War in Afghanistan (2001–present): Three U.S. troops are killed and three others are wounded in an IED blast near Ghazni, Afghanistan. (BBC)
  • 28 Nov A series of U.S. airstrikes kills at least 30 Afghan civilians, including 16 children, in Garmsir District, Helmand Province. Additional civilians were left wounded or buried in the rubble. The target of the strikes was a suspected Taliban compound. The United States' strategy aims to push the Taliban into talks. (Reuters)
  • 29 Nov Vietjet Air flight VJ 356 crashed upon landing at Buon Ma Thuot International Airport while carrying 207 passenger and crew. Six people were injured but all survived. (VnExpress)
  • 30 Nov 2018 Anchorage earthquake: A magnitude 7.0 earthquake hits Alaska, with the epicenter in Anchorage. Severe damage is reported. (USGS) (CBS News)
  • 01 Dec 2018 Anchorage earthquake: More than 1,000 aftershocks shake Alaska after a magnitude 7.0 earthquake knocked out power, ripped open roads and splintered buildings in Anchorage. (CNN) (Reuters)
  • 02 Dec War in Afghanistan (2001–present): A senior Taliban commander, Mullah Abdul Manan Akhund, is killed in a U.S. air strike in Afghanistan. (BBC)
  • 03 Dec Qatar announces that it is withdrawing from OPEC in January 2019, after almost 60 years of membership, to focus on natural gas production. (The Guardian)
  • 04 Dec Operation Northern Shield: Israel announces an operation to clear Hezbollah tunnels from Lebanon-Israeli border. (The Times of Israel)
  • 05 Dec The deputy governor of Sweden's central bank, the Riksbank, says that the country is likely to become a cashless society within the next three to five years. (Reuters)
  • 06 Dec A car bomb explodes near a police post in Chabahar, Iran. Two police officers are pronounced dead and around 40 people were wounded in the attack. Islamic militant group Ansar Al-Furqan claims responsibility. Iran accuses the perpetrators of being "foreign-backed terrorists". (Middle East Eye)
  • 07 Dec European migrant crisis: Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) rescue vessel Aquarius 2 ends migrant rescue operations in the Mediterranean Sea, citing sustained attacks on search and rescue by European governments, particularly Italy. (BBC)
  • 08 Dec Corinaldo stampede: Six people are killed and dozens more injured in a human stampede as frantic concertgoers try to exit a packed Lanterna Azzurra club in Corinaldo in Ancona Province, Marche, Italy, after pepper spray is reportedly fired inside the club. (BBC)
  • 09 Dec Two people die and 38 others are hospitalized after a fire erupted in a building in Reggio Emilia, Italy. (Gazzetta di Reggio)
  • 10 Dec The Governor of the Reserve Bank of India, Urjit Patel, resigns abruptly. (Reuters)
  • 11 Dec 2018 Strasbourg attack: A gunman kills two people and injures 14 others in a mass shooting in Strasbourg, France, during the annual Christmas market. The shooter flees the scene but is identified by police as a known extremist. The incident is being treated as an act of terrorism. (BBC) (The Daily Telegraph) (The Guardian)
  • 12 Dec War in Afghanistan (2001–present): The Afghan National Army abandons the western Shib Koh District after the government failed to resupply troops stationed there. The district, which borders Iran, is now effectively under Taliban control. (Reuters)The Taliban claims responsibility for a suicide bombing that killed 12 people, including 8 civilians in Kabul. (Tolo News)
  • 13 Dec Northern Mali conflict: Jihadists on motorcycles kill around 42 people in a series of attacks targeting Tuareg camps in Mali. (CBC News)
  • 14 Dec Syrian Civil War: The Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces seize control of Hajin, the last major town held by ISIL in Syria, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. (The Guardian)
  • 15 Dec Kashmir conflict: Indian soldiers and counterinsurgency police exchange gunfire with militants in the southern district of Pulwama, resulting in the deaths of one soldier and three militants. The soldiers then opened fire on a crowd of anti-government protesters who gathered after the battle, killing seven civilians and injuring 40 others. (The Independent)
  • 16 Dec 2018 Strasbourg attack: A Polish national who was wounded during a terrorist attack in Strasbourg, France, dies of his injuries, raising the death toll to five. (BBC)
  • 17 Dec Somali Civil War (2009–present): Six U.S. air strikes over the weekend kill at least 62 Al-Shabaab militants in Somalia, according to The Pentagon. (BBC)
  • 18 Dec Russian cargo vessel MV Kuzma Minin runs aground and then is refloated off Gyllyngvase, Cornwall, and taken to anchor in Falmouth Bay for inspection, according to the Maritime and Coastguard Agency. (BBC)
  • 19 Dec American intervention in Syria, Syrian Civil War: The Pentagon reports it has begun withdrawing U.S. troops from Syria, with a spokesperson saying that the coalition has liberated ISIL-held territory but also that the campaign is not over. (Reuters)
  • 20 Dec Parts of the Ventura Freeway in Southern California is renamed as “President Barack H. Obama Highway” in honor of former President Barack Obama. (Pasadena Star News) (ABC News)
  • 21 Dec Colombian conflict: Ecuadorian drug trafficker and FARC dissident Walter Arizala is killed in a joint police and military operation near Tumaco. Arízala was wanted for the murder of two Ecuadorian journalists earlier in the year. (BBC)
  • 22 Dec Somali Civil War: A car bomb near the presidential palace in Mogadishu kills at least 16 people and injures more than 20 others. (The Guardian)
  • 23 Dec Gatwick Airport drone incident: The two people arrested by police two days earlier are released without charges. (Reuters)
  • 24 Dec The Dow Jones Industrial Average drops 2.9%, its worst performance ever on Christmas Eve. (NPR)
  • 25 Dec War in Afghanistan: The Afghan health ministry says that yesterday's attack by a suicide bomber and three gunmen on a government building in Kabul killed at least 43 people. No group has claimed responsibility. (CBS News) (Daily Sabah)
  • 26 Dec U.S. President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump make an unannounced post-Christmas visit to troops at the Al Asad Airbase in Iraq, their first visit to a combat zone since taking office. (BBC) (The Washington Post)
  • 27 Dec Street battles between anti-government protesters and riot police in Sudan leave at least 19 people dead, including two policemen, as well as hundreds injured. Amnesty International puts the death toll at 37. (Al Jazeera)
  • 28 Dec Syrian Civil War: The Kurdish YPG calls on Syrian government troops to protect Manbij against what it calls a "Turkish invasion". (Reuters) (CNN)
  • 29 Dec In response to a roadside bombing that killed three Vietnamese tourists and an Egyptian tour guide the previous day, Egyptian police kill 40 suspected militants. (The New York Times)
  • 30 Dec War in Afghanistan: The Taliban reject peace talks with the Afghan government. (Reuters)
  • 31 Dec A bomb explosion outside a busy shopping mall in the city of Cotabato, Philippines, kills 2 people and injures 34 others. (CNN)