Congressman Justin Amash announces that he will leave the Freedom Caucus, weeks after calling for the impeachment of President Donald Trump.

Nechirvan Barzani

Nechirvan Barzani is sworn in as the new President of Iraqi Kurdistan. In his first speech as President, Barzani says he will seek to improve ties with Baghdad, and create a joint-security plan to prevent ISIL from re-emerging in the region.

Internal conflict in Myanmar

Two hundred Myanmar Army troops surround Pauktawbyin monastery in Rakhine State, demanding that they be allowed entry to search for Arakan Army insurgents possibly hiding in an IDP camp within the monastery. The head monk initially refused, saying that they would only allow inspections by people in civilian clothes, but later permitted their entry.

They say that ethnic army soldiers are hiding among the displaced civilians sheltering there.

Boston Red Sox

Former Boston Red Sox star David Ortiz returns to Boston to recover from a shooting in the Dominican Republic.

The baseball star is continuing to receive treatment after he was shot in the back at nearly point-blank range Sunday night

Rape in India

An Indian court convicts six men in the 2018 rape and murder of an eight-year-old girl near Kathua in the state of Jammu and Kashmir. Three of the men are given life sentences while the other three, found guilty of destroying evidence, receive five-year prison terms.

Three of the men were sentenced to life, while the other three were given five-year prison terms for their roles in the January 2018 crime that horrified the country and sparked nationwide protests.

McStay family murder

In San Bernardino, California, Charles "Chase" Merritt is found guilty of four counts of murder in the 2013 deaths of the McStay family.

Charles "Chase" Merritt is accused of bludgeoning the McStay family and burying them in shallow graves in the Mojave Desert.

Phase-out of lightweight plastic bags

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announces that Canada will ban all single-use plastics as early as 2021 in a bid to significantly reduce plastic pollution.

The Canadian initiative will be modelled on similar legislation passed by the EU last year.

2019 New York City helicopter crash

A helicopter crashes onto the roof of the AXA Equitable Center in New York City, killing the pilot.

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo said there was no indication the accident was linked to terrorism.

Earthquakes in 2019

A magnitude 4.0 earthquake is reported in Northeast Ohio. No damage has been reported.

Residents across a wide swath of Northeast Ohio reported feeling an earthquake Monday morning.


A man died and 15 others are injured after an accidental explosion at the building of the Comune in Rocca di Papa, Italy. Emanuele Crestini, the mayor of the city, was critically injured and died ten days later for his injuries, bringing the death toll to two.

Defense contractors

Defense contractors United Technologies and Raytheon agree to merge into a combined company that would generate $74 billion in annual sales, making it the second-largest aerospace and defense company in the U.S.

Defense stocks were on the move Monday after Raytheon and United Technologies agreed to merge. Three experts weigh in.


The Vatican issues a teaching instruction, "Male and Female He Created Them", which criticizes the theory of gender as being more complex than the binary division of sexes. The document draws criticism from LGBT groups.

The document speaks of an "educational crisis" in the church when teaching sexuality and gender.

Boko Haram

Boko Haram militants attacked the town of Darak in Cameroon’s Far North Region bordering Lake Chad, killing 21 soldiers and 16 civilians. Several Boko Haram attackers were also killed.

Another attack

An attack on a village near the town of Sangha in central Mali kills 95 Dogon villagers. The mayor of nearby Bankass blames local Fulani.

A local official says the bodies of the dead have been burned in the village in central Mali.