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Largest pro-democracy protest yet in Hong Kong fills major park, spills into streets

iStock(HONG KONG) — Tens of thousands of protesters defied a rainstorm and the threat of more clashes with police on Sunday in one of the biggest pro-democracy demonstrations yet in Hong Kong.Demonstrators, whom police denied a permit to march, filled a major park and spilled into surrounding streets, which remained packed with protesters late into…read more »

Explosion at wedding in Afghanistan kills 63 and injures 182

Anadolu Agency/Getty Images(KABUL, Afghanistan) — An explosion at a wedding hall in the city of Kabul has killed 63 people and wounded 182, according Nasrat Rahimi, spokesperson for the Afghanistan Ministry of Interior Affairs.The blast happened at the Dubai City Wedding Hall in western Kabul as it was packed with revelers enjoying a wedding, many…read more »

Latest North Korea launch unlikely to break stalemate in US diplomatic talks

MicroStockHub/iStock(NEW YORK) — North Korea fired two short-range projectiles into the Sea of Japan early Friday morning according to South Korea’s military, marking North Korea’s sixth round of short-range missile testing in less than a month. The launch began just hours after North Korea rejected further dialogue with Seoul, citing its frustration with joint U.S.-South…read more »

Greenland responds to reports Trump talked about buying the territory

fpdress/iStock(WASHINGTON) — The Greenland Ministry of Foreign Affairs responded to reports that President Donald Trump had talked about the possibility of buying the territory.”Greenland is rich in valuable resources such as minerals, the purest water and ice, fish stocks, seafood, renewable energy and is a new frontier for adventure tourism,” the ministry’s account tweeted Thursday…read more »

Nepal proposes new Mount Everest permit rules, but efficacy is questioned

Koonyongyut/iStock(NEW YORK) — The Nepalese government proposed new requirements for climbers and guides to get permits to climb Mount Everest, following a deadly season on the world’s highest mountain.The proposed rules include requiring a climber to have reached the summit of at least one peak above 21,325 feet (6,500 meters), and requiring a guide company…read more »

July was the hottest month ever recorded on Earth in 140 years

rommma/iStock(NEW YORK) — Scorching temperatures this year broke records, including July becoming the hottest month ever recorded on Earth, scientists said Thursday. The average global temperature in July was 1.71 degrees above the 20th century average of 60.4 degrees, the hottest temperature that month since scientists began keeping track 140 years ago, according to meteorologists…read more »