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Jul-Aug-Sep 2018

Jul 5 ... Lithuania becomes the 36th member of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development.

Jul 6 ... Scott Pruitt resigns as administrator for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Agencies are investigations him for assorted management scandals.

Jul 9 ... Trump nominates Brett Kavanaugh, a DC Appellate Court judge to replace retiring Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy.

Jul 13 ... Special counsel Robert Mueller indicts twelve Russian intelligence officers, alleging that they engaged in a "sustained effort" to hack Democratic Party emails and computer networks".

Jul 15 ... Trump remarks during a CBS interview, "Now you wouldn’t think of the European Union, but they’re a foe."

Jul 21 ... Trump tweets that Russian interference in the 2016 US elections is "all a big hoax".

Jul 26 ... Heavy wildfires in Greece leave 87 dead and more than a hundred buildings destroyed.

Jul 30 ... Christine Blasey Ford, a psychology professor, sends a letter to her senator, Diane Feinstein (D-CA) accusing Brett Kavanaugh of a sexual assault in the summer of 1982, 36 years ago, when she was sixteen and Kavanaugh seventeen.

Aug 2 ... Pope Frances declares the death penalty unacceptable in all cases.

Aug 2 ... Reporting by Japan's Yomiuri Shimbun describes Tokyo Medical University having tampered with female entrance exams in order to keep the female acceptance less than 30 percent.

Aug 7 ... The United States reimposes sanctions on Iran.

Aug 14 ... A bridge in Genao collapses killing at least 39 people and injuring 15.

Aug 16 ... World's first floating dairy farm opens in Merwehaven harbor, Rotterdam, the Netherlands, with 40 cows milked by robots.

Aug 21 ... Trump's personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, pleads guilty to charges including illegal payment at the direction of Trump to women with whom Trump had affairs. A federal court convicts former Trump campaign chairman, Paul Manafort on eight counts of fraud.

Aug 26 ... Emmerson Mnangagwa is sworn in as President of Zimbabwe after a power struggle with the wife of the former dictator Robert Mugabe, who was ousted by a military coup in November.

Sep 3 ... International condemnation follows Myanmar sentencing two Reuters journalists to seven years in prison. The two were investigating reports of mass graves.

Sep 4 ... The United Nations reports that a ceasefire has been agreed upon by non-governmental militias fighting in Tripoli.

Sep 5 ... Paraguay announces that in the interest of peace in the Middle East it will move its embassy in Israel from Jerusalem back to Tel Aviv. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu orders the closure of Israel's embassy in Paraguay.

Sep 5 ... Eleven nations of Latin America announce together that they will all admit Venezuelan migrants without the required travel documents.

Sep 6 ... The Supreme Court of India decriminalizes homosexuality.

Sep 8 ... Iran's judiciary executes three Iranian Kurdish prisoners. Amnesty International alleges that their trials were unfair due to the denial of legal counsel and confessions obtained through torture.

Sep 12 ... Chile allows people older than fourteen to change their name and gender on official documents.

Sep 12 ... A man plows his car into a crowd of people at a busy square in Hengyang, Hunan, China. He exits his vehicle and stabs bystanders. Eleven people are killed and 44 others injured. Police identify him as a convicted drug dealer and thief who said that "he wanted to take revenge on society".

Sep 15 ... It's World Cleanup Day. Millions of people worldwide are planning to take part in removing plastic and other types of waste from coastlines, rivers, parks, cities, and trails.

Sep 24 ... Hong Kong bans the pro-independence Hong Kong National Party, the first ban on a political party since Britain turned the territory over to China in 1997.

Sep 25 ... Trump addresses the United Nations General Assembly and draws laughter when he says that his "administration has accomplished more than almost any administration in the history of the United States - so true". Trump comments that he had not expected such a reaction.

Sep 27 ... Christine Blasey Ford testifies before the US Senate Judiciary Committee and describes Kavanaugh's alleged assault back in 1982. Kavanaugh testifies and describes the accusations against him as a "political hit" by left-wing activists and Democrats, saying he faced retaliation "on behalf of the Clintons" for his work on the Starr Report against Bill Clinton. Kavanaugh has been described as drunk during the encounter, and psychologists describe alcohol as causing loss of memory of episodes, but the public remains confused by what appears to be the truth-telling of both.


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