Despite dense fog, SpaceX successfully launches the Canadian Space Agency's RADARSAT Constellation satellites on a Falcon 9 rocket from Vandenberg Air Force Base.

It was a brisk, foggy morning in California but SpaceX pulled off another successful launch and landing

List of nearest exoplanets

A study on exoplanet populations combining decades of data from several different observatories detects 118 possible exoplanets orbiting nearby red dwarfs, including new discoveries around nearby stars Wolf 359, Lacaille 9352, Struve 2398 B, and Luyten's Star.

The most abundant stars in the Galaxy, M dwarfs, are very commonly hosts to diverse systems of low-mass planets. Their abundancy implies that the general occurrence rate of planets is dominated by their occurrence rate around such M dwarfs. In this article, we combine the M dwarf surveys conducted with the HIRES/Keck, PFS/Magellan, HARPS/ESO, and UVES/VLT in...

Bolivarian diaspora

The Peruvian Catholic Church urges the government of that country to continue receiving Venezuelan immigrants. He also expressed concern about the "increase in the negative perception of migrants." This, after the president Martín Vizcarra decided to demand visa and passport for Venezuelan citizens who wish to enter Peru.

Operation Car Wash

More text messages between judge Sérgio Moro and prosecutor Deltan Dallagnol are leaked, implicating Vice-President of the Supreme Federal Court Luiz Fux in illicit collaboration between Brazilian judges and Car Wash's team of prosecutors.

Attorney General

The House Oversight Committee votes to hold Attorney General William Barr and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross in contempt after U.S. President Donald Trump asserted executive privilege over materials related to the committee's census investigation.

President Donald Trump has asserted privilege over census materials subpoenaed by the House Oversight Committee, Democrats vote for contempt.

Media freedom in Russia

Russian authorities detain hundreds of protesters, including "Novaya Gazeta" journalist and protest organizer Ilya Azar and other reporters, at an "unauthorized march" in Moscow demanding punishment for police who detained anti-corruption journalist Ivan Golunov. Golunov's charges were dropped and he was released yesterday at which time Interior Minister Vladimir Kolokoltsev said some officers who had taken part in his detention were suspended pending an investigation.

Protesters want those involved in detaining anti-corruption reporter Ivan Golunov to be punished.

Hong Kong extradition law controversy

The Legislative Council delays "to a later time" the second reading of the new legislation on extradition as thousands of protesters, who blocked key roads around government buildings, were confronted by police in riot gear using pepper spray. Despite widespread opposition, the government had said it will continue to push for passage.

Hong Kong authorities delay the second reading of a bill allowing extradition to China.

Abortion in the United States by state

Illinois Governor J. B. Pritzker signs abortion rights law making the procedure a "fundamental right" for pregnant individuals in the state.

Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker signed a sweeping new abortion rights law Wednesday morning.

Same-sex marriage in Ecuador

The Supreme Court of Ecuador legalizes same-sex marriage.

Ecuador's highest court has authorised same-sex marriage in a landmark case seeking to expand LGBT rights in the small South American nation.

2019 college admissions bribery scandal

Former Stanford University sailing coach John Vandemoer is sentenced to two-years probation, with the first six months to be served under house arrest. Vandemoer is the first person to be sentenced among the 50 individuals indicted on federal charges related to the U.S. college admissions bribery scheme.

Former Stanford University sailing coach John Vandemoer was spared prison Wednesday for his role in the college admissions scandal.


Two Canadian women who were abducted in Ghana are rescued by Ghanaian police.

The two Canadian women who were rescued this morning after being abducted in Ghana last week have been identified.

Trial of Catalonia independence leaders

The trial of the leaders involved in the Catalan declaration of independence ends and is remitted to decision. A verdict is not expected until after August.

In Spain today, the trial of a group of Catalonian separatist leaders will end. The trial itself started in February, but the road into the court system for the activists started long before then.


Reuters reports, on the basis of an unnamed "senior administration" source, that the administration of U.S. President Donald Trump is pressuring the government of Saudi Arabia to show some progress in its investigation of the murder of Jamal Khashoggi before the one-year anniversary in October.

The Trump administration is pressing Saudi Arabia to show "tangible progres...

Japan–United States relations

Japan offers to mediate between Iran and the U.S.; officials say the Japanese government hopes to rescue the landmark 2015 international nuclear deal.

Iran will ask Japan to mediate between Tehran and Washington to ease oil sanctio...

Kivu Ebola epidemic

Wellcome Trust director Dr. Jeremy Farrar says the Ebola outbreak in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo, which has killed 1,400 people since August 2018, is the worst since the 2013–2016 outbreak in West Africa and shows "no sign of stopping". Uganda reported its first two deaths.

The head of a major medical charity says the spread of Ebola in the DRC shows no signs of stopping.

Indian Air Force An-32 crash

The wreckage of An-32 aircraft was found in Arunachal Pradesh with all 13 people on board killed.

A team of Indian Air Force recovered An-32 black box from accident site in Arunachal Pradesh.

Bolivarian diaspora

A speedboat carrying migrants reportedly sinks off the coast of Venezuela "en route" to Curaçao, making it the third migrant boat leaving Venezuela to sink in as many months, with over 50 people missing.

A boat carrying 32 people sank on its way to the island at Curaçao, a politician says.

China–United States trade war

Chinese telecommunications and electronics company Huawei cancels its new laptop launch. A Huawei executive said the company has been "unable to supply the PC" because of the U.S. trade blacklist and may have to scrap the project.

Reported move could hit Huawei Technologies’ ability to run phone operating system

Terrorism in Australia

Clavell brothers rammed a police car and then lunged at police with a knife and a tomahawk before they were shot on Wednesday afternoon by Victorian police.

Sudanese protests

Sudanese military and opposition leaders agree to resume talks that broke down after a violent crackdown on protesters earlier in June. The military also agrees to release political prisoners, while the opposition agrees to end its campaign of strikes and civil disobedience.

Protest and military leaders will return to the negotiating table soon, an Ethiopian mediator says.

Insurgency in Jammu and Kashmir

Militants kill five Indian paramilitary police in Anantnag district. Three paramilitaries, a local policeman and a woman bystander are wounded, and one militant is killed.

Three security personnel were injured when a Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) patrol team was fired upon by terrorists in Jammu and Kashmir's Anantnag.

Was attacked

A ballistic missile fired by Houthi forces strikes the arrivals hall at Abha International Airport in Saudi Arabia, injuring 26 people.

A missile fired by Houthi rebels in Yemen struck the arrivals hall of an airport in southwestern Saudi Arabia on Wednesday, injuring 26 people, a Saudi official said.