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Timeline 2010-2019: United States&Canada, Latin America, Europe, Africa&Asia

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2017 *US bombs Syria.

*Trump fires FBI director James Comey, precipitating Mueller investigation. Russophobia epidemic.

*Trump signs largest ever tax cut since 1986.

*White supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia leads to three deaths. Term alt-right enters popular consciousness.

*Film producer Harvey Weinstein accused of sexual harassment, marking beginning of the MeToo movement.

*Canada's new prime minister Trudeau Jr welcomes 30,000 Syrian refugees (vs US zilch) but goes ahead with

sale of weaponized Light Armoured Vehicles (LAVs) to Saudi Arabia, despite overwhelming opposition.

*SpaceX engages in first reflight of orbital class rocket, which can land vertically on a platform in its goal.

2018 *Donald Trump meets with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un in Singapore.

*Democrats retake House, Republicans keep Senate, 4 self-proclaimed socialist Democrat congresswomen.

*Gunman kills 17 people and injures 17 at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland,Florida.

*California's state commission approved plan requiring solar panels for all residential buildings starting in 2020.

*Woman in Tempe first recorded death in accident involving robot vehicle.

*US copyright begins to expire, starting with all works from 1923.

*Mars Insight probe launched to study into early geological processes that shaped Mars. Solar system's rocky inner planets share common ancestry that began with process called accretion. As each body increased in size, its interior heated up and evolved to become a terrestrial planet with a core, mantle and crust. Despite this common ancestry, each terrestrial planet later shaped and molded through as yet poorly understood process "differentiation".

*New Horizons probe arrives at Kuiper Belt Object 2014 MU69, near Neptune. Nicknamed Ultima Thule, farthest and most primitive object in Solar System visited by a spacecraft.

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