Year 2018 in photos

Author Lilian Galstyan

19:44 31/12/2018

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19:00 World
Anarchist group claims December attack on Athens church

The group, which calls itself the ‘Iconoclastic Sect’, made the claim on a Spanish web page, and said December’s attack outside the Saint Dionysios church in the heavily policed, upmarket Kolonaki neighborhood, was just the start.

18:16 World
Chicago officer sentenced for murdering black teen Laquan McDonald

Video of Van Dyke firing repeatedly at the 17-year-old was released a year later, and led to street protests.

17:34 World
Indian woman, 60, chased to her death off rooftop by gang of monkeys

Savitri Devi was sitting with her daughter-in-law Renu in Uttar Pradesh’s Balrampur district when they were attacked by the primates, local police said.

15:45 World
The 20 photographs of the week

Gunfire and explosions in Nairobi, fast food at the White House, a great white shark off the coast of Oahu and the Australian Open tennis – the week captured by the world’s best photojournalists.

15:29 World
Thousands march beside coffin of killed Gdansk mayor

Poles mourn the critic of the ruling party’s anti-immigration policies Pawel Adamowicz who was stabbed at a charity event.

15:13 World
Tunisian union calls new nationwide strike to press wage demands

Rail, bus and air traffic and all services stopped in Tunisia and street protests drew thousands on Thursday in a one-day nationwide strike to challenge the government’s refusal to raise salaries.

14:26 World
Justin and Hailey Bieber are tying the knot again

But this time, they're doing it in the sunshine and inviting a bunch of their friends and family, including another very famous couple.

14:02 World
Supermarket retailer Casino to sell six stores to rival Leclerc

Earlier this week, Casino reported a slight slowdown in revenue growth during the fourth-quarter as anti-government protests in France impacted its business, although Casino kept its overall financial targets.

13:41 World
Mexican pipeline blast during fuel raid kills at least 21

Mexican television footage showed flames leaping into the night sky in the municipality of Tlahuelilpan, in Hidalgo state north of Mexico City, as people screamed and cried for help.

13:28 World
Saudi Arabia gives women full control over childbirth procedures

This includes decisions on how they want to deliver and whether they want to undergo a Caesarean section or any other surgical procedure.

12:43 World
Vogue sorry for misidentifying journalist Noor Tagouri

The 24-year-old said she was "heartbroken and devastated" after discovering that Noor Bukhari's name had been printed next to her picture.

12:02 World
FBI employees turn to food banks, outside work as shutdown drags on

In Dallas, Newark, New Jersey, and Washington, the FBI has set up or planned for areas where employees can drop off non-perishable food items for other employees to pick up, according to multiple law enforcement officials.

11:38 World
American journalist who works for Iranian TV held as material witness

Hashemi, a prominent anchor for Iranian state-funded Press TV, was arrested Sunday at the St. Louis international airport, where she was filming a documentary on Black Lives Matter, the Iranian broadcaster and her family said.

11:16 World
Arizona: Four women convicted after leaving food and water in desert for migrants

Federal judge finds activists guilty of entering a national wildlife refuge without a permit to give aid to migrants.

10:27 World
Australian minister for women to quit politics at election

Women in Australia make half of the population, but they make up less than a quarter of federal politicians in the Liberal party, the senior partner in the governing coalition.

10:00 World
Mexican pipeline blast during fuel raid kills at least 21

Mexican television footage showed flames leaping into the night sky in the municipality of Tlahuelilpan, in Hidalgo state north of Mexico City, as people screamed and cried for help.

20:00 World
Zimbabwe cuts internet indefinitely amid violent crackdown

The country's largest mobile operator - Econet - says it has been ordered to cut services until further notice.

18:16 World
Zambian villagers await outcome of UK mining firm's pollution case appeal

Vedanta Resources in fresh appeal to have water contamination claim brought by 1,800 people heard in Zambia.

17:00 World
Nearly 1,000 caravan migrants start process of entering Mexico from Guatemala

A new process instituted by Mexico means that migrants will have to wait five days for their paperwork to be processed before entering the country.

16:38 World
New tunnels dug in frantic search for Spain toddler trapped in well

Yulen Garcia, also identified as Julen Rosello in other media reports, was with his parents, José Rosello and Vicky García, Sunday afternoon at a park in the mountainous area near the town of Totalan.

16:16 World
Aiia Maasarwe: Arrest over killing of Israeli student in Melbourne

The body of Aiia Maasarwe, 21, was found near La Trobe University in the city's north. She had taken a tram home late on Tuesday after a comedy show.

15:45 World
Australia swelters through record-breaking heatwave

An extreme heatwave has afflicted the nation since Saturday, causing wildlife deaths, bushfires and an increase in hospital admissions.

15:27 World
In search for survivors in Meghalaya’s rat hole mine, Navy divers find skeletons

Experts heel high Sulphur content in the mines may have led led to the decomposition of bodies. Forensic Experts have been called for DNA test to identify and match bodies.

15:01 World
AeroMexico's new 'DNA Discount' ad goes viral

The amount of the discount depends on the percentage of Mexican ancestry. For example, a person who has 15% Mexican heritage qualifies for 15% off.

14:02 World
Swedish Social Democrat leader Lofven confirmed as PM, challenges ahead

Lofven agreed an historic deal with the Centre, Liberal and Green parties last week, bringing together parties from the centre-right and centre-left in order to prevent the anti-immigration Sweden Democrats from having a voice in policy.

13:41 World
Gunmen kill Ghanaian journalist who helped expose soccer graft

Hussein-Suale was part of a team led by well-known undercover journalist Anas Aremeyaw Anas. Their crew is famous for a documentary last year that accused 77 referees and Ghana’s then soccer chief Kwesi Nyantakyi of taking bribes.

13:00 World
Nearly 400 migrants detained after crossing under fence into US

US Border Patrol officers stationed in the Yuma, Arizona, sector took about 375 migrants into custody on Monday after they had made it into the United States, one US official said, calling it an unusually large apprehension.

12:43 World
Bogotá blast: Deadly car bomb kills 20 in Colombian capital

Dozens more were injured in the blast which happened at 09:30 (14:30 GMT) on Thursday in the south of the city.

12:29 World
Sydney axe attacks: Woman jailed for wounding 7-Eleven customers

Evie Amati, 26, seriously wounded the man and woman at a 7-Eleven in Sydney in January 2017. She swung her axe at a third customer but did not injure him.

12:02 World
AeroMexico's new 'DNA Discount' ad goes viral

But as political tensions flare between Mexico and its northern neighbor the United States, one airline decided to be proactive.

11:38 World
Journalist who exposed soccer corruption in Ghana shot dead

Ahmed Hussein-Suale was near his home Wednesday in the Accra suburb of Madina when two men on a motorbike pulled up next to his car and shot him at close range, according to the lawyer, Kissi Agyebeng.

10:45 World
Asteroid strikes 'increase threefold over last 300m years'

Planet and moon have been hit by more asteroids in the past 290m years than at any time in previous billion.

10:27 World
Germany, China pledge to deepen pragmatic financial cooperation

Both sides reaffirm that “they will strengthen macroeconomic policy coordination and pragmatic cooperation in the fiscal and financial fields and expand strategic cooperation,” according to a joint statement issued at the end of their talks.

10:00 World
Ghosn received $9 million improperly from Mitsubishi-Nissan JV: companies

A joint investigation by the companies has found that Ghosn, ousted as chairman from both automakers, received the compensation without discussing it with the two other board members of the joint venture, Nissan CEO Hiroto Saikawa and Mitsubishi Motors CEO Osamu Masuko.

19:24 World
Wine is different from other alcohols, not responsible for binge drinking, French minister claims

The minister’s comments were deemed unhelpful by addiction experts as France is suffering from one of the highest rates of alcohol consumption in Europe, with wine being the most popular drink in the country.

18:38 World
Italian town of Sambuca in Sicily sells homes for a dollar

As of right now, you can buy a house on southern Italy's beautiful island of Sicily for less than the cost of an espresso.

17:27 World
Cai Dongjia: China's 'godfather of crystal meth' executed

Chinese media have described him as the "godfather of the village" who protected all its drug makers.

17:00 World
Why a pop idol's stand against her assault sparked outrage in Japan

Yamaguchi is a member of Niigata-based "idol group" NGT48, a sister group to the famous 48-member girl band AKB48. She claimed a member of her group had leaked her address to two male fans who assaulted her at home on December 8 last year.

16:38 World
Thailand deports Belarusian who offered dirt on alleged Trump-Russia ties

Anastasia Vashukevich and seven co-defendants had pleaded guilty Tuesday in a case related to holding a sex training seminar in Thailand without a work permit.

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