March 15, 2018 ongoing
April 13: Armed bandits (Mars) storm a mining site (Saturn) in the northwestern Nigerian state of Zamfara, killing 26 people, including 16 illegal gold miners.
April 6: UN Security-General António Guterres warns Israel to use ‘extreme caution’ (Saturn) as further protests are held at the Gazan border. Israeli Defence Forces (Mars) kill at least 9 Palestinians.
The United States imposes sanctions (Saturn) on twelve Russian owned companies, a Russian arms exporter, and a bank. The US cites Russia’s malign activity including meddling in the 2016 election and military engagements (Mars) in Ukraine, Crimea, and Syria, among others.
Wall Street plunges (Saturn) 2.3 % (572 points) on fears of a trade war.
April 5: Russia accuses Britain of inventing a ‘fake story’ (Neptune) and warns it is ‘playing with fire’ (Mars) over its accusations that Moscow is to blame for poisoning a former Russian spy and his daughter.
Donald Trump instructs US trade officials to consider $US100 billion ($130 billion) in additional tariffs (Saturn) on China, fuelling an already heated trade dispute (Mars) between the world’s two biggest economies.
April 4: The Trump Administration announces 25 per cent tariffs (Saturn) on 1,300 types of industrial technology, transport and medical products from China in a bid to force changes to Beijing’s intellectual property practices.
Beijing responds by imposing tariffs (Saturn) on a range of goods, including soybeans, airplanes and automobiles.
April 3: China’s new defense minister, General Wei Fenghe, says his visit to Russia is a signal to the United States about the increasingly close military ties (Mars) between Moscow and Beijing.
April 2/3: The White House criticizes China after it imposed retaliatory tariffs (Mars-Saturn) against the US on a range of goods, including pork and wine and global share markets take a dive (Saturn).
April 2: China rolls out new tariffs (Saturn) on meat, fruit, wine and other products from the United States in retaliation (Mars) against taxes on imported steel and aluminium.
April 1: Clashes (Mars) in South Kashmir, India, kill two civilians, three soldiers, and 13 militants (Mars).
Cyclone Josie (Saturn) impacts Fiji killing at least four people and causing major flooding (Saturn) and loss of property (Saturn).
March 31: The Syrian Army (Mars) declares that rebel fighters (Mars) have vacated (Saturn) the towns of Arbeen, Zamalka, Jobar and Ein Tarma in Eastern Ghouta. Douma is facing an ultimatum. Most of the area around Damascus is now under government control.
March 30: At least 16 Palestinians are killed (Mars) and hundreds injured by Israeli security forces (Mars-Saturn) confronting one of the largest Palestinian demonstrations along the Israel-Gaza border in recent years.
March 29: Russia expels 60 US diplomats and closes the St Petersburg consulate in a tit-for-tat response to US action over a spy poisoning case in the UK.
A Palestinian farmer (Saturn) is killed by Israeli artillery fire (Mars) in Gaza, hours before a major protest by Palestinians along the border is due to start.
March 28: The governments of China and North Korea both confirm that North Korean leader Kim Jong-un met with Chinese President Xi Jingping in Beijing during the past four days.
A fire (Mars) in a police station (Mars) in Venezuela kills at least 68 people.
March 26: In a response to the poisoning of an ex-spy in Britain more than 20 countries expel more than 100 Russian diplomats. America kicked out 60 diplomats and will close the Russian consulate in Seattle. It was the largest expulsion of Russian intelligence officers in history.
March 25: A fire (Mars) at a shopping mall in Kemenova, Siberia kills at least 64 people with many injured. Mars was conjunction Saturn in the sky.
In Cape Town, South Africa, Australian cricketer, Cameron Bancroft (Mars) is caught by television cameras tampering with the ball. The incident erupts into a major scandal engulfing the Australian cricket team.
March 24: Scared (Saturn) of gun violence (Mars) huge gun-control rallies sweep America as thousands join ‘March for our Lives’.
March 22: Donald Trump signs a presidential memorandum that will impose tariffs (Saturn) on up $60 billion of imports (house 9) from China sparking fears (Saturn) of a trade war (Mars).
In response Wall Street falls heavily by 724 points – 2.9% (Saturn).
Trump replaces national security advisor (Saturn), HR McMaster with John Bolton.
March 21: Civilians and fighters (Mars) are fleeing (Saturn) out of Harasta, a bomb battered (Mars) town in Eastern Ghouta. Rebels are preparing to surrender (Saturn).
Boris Johnson says Vladimir Putin will use the World Cup like Hitler (Mars) used the Olympics to bolster his image escalating tensions between Britain and Russia. Russia is furious (Mars).
In response to a scandal involving Facebook Mark Zuckerberg admits the social network ‘made mistakes’ (Saturn) that led to millions of Facebook users having their data exploited by a political consultancy. He describes the privacy scandal engulfing Facebook as a major breach of trust (Saturn).
March 20: The Weinstein Company files for a chapter 11 bankruptcy (Saturn).
Sudan, the last known male Northern white rhinoceros (Saturn), dies in captivity, leaving two females as the only surviving members of the subspecies.
March 18/19: The Turkish Army and Free Syrian Army (Mars) seize the Kurdish stronghold of Afrin from the YPG in northern Syria. After raising the Turkish flag above the city centre they bulldoze a statue of the Kurdish legendary figure, Kaveh the Blacksmith, and loot (Mars) the city.
March 17: In response to the UK’s decision to expel 23 Russian diplomats Russia expels 23 British diplomats and closes the Consulate-General of the United Kingdom in Saint Petersburg. Mars was conjunction Saturn in the sky.
March 15: The Trump Administration imposes financial (Jupiter) sanctions (Saturn) on 19 Russian nationals, including 12 of those indicted in the Special Counsel Investigation.
March 14: The United Kingdom expels 23 Russian diplomats (house 5) and cuts off all top-level ties with Russia following a military-grade nerve agent attack which Prime Minister Theresa May described as an ‘unlawful use of force (Mars) by the Russian state against the United Kingdom’. Ms May announced the potential freezing (Saturn) of Russian state assets that pose a security threat (Saturn), new laws (house 9) to counter hostile (Mars) state activity and said British ministers and royals would not attend the football World Cup in Russia later this year.
This deterioration in relations between the two global powers signals the start of a cold-war.
School students throughout the United States demanding the right to be educated in safety (Saturn) participate in a walkout protest against gun violence (Mars).
Toys R Us closes (Saturn) all its stores in the US and UK with a loss (Saturn) of 36,000 jobs.