Chinese Police Dynamite Christian Megachurch

Chinese Police Dynamite Christian Megachurch

On Tuesday, officers of the People’s Armed Police, a state paramilitary organization, detonated explosives in the church’s underground sanctuary and destroyed the rest of the building, according to ChinaAid, an American watchdog group that monitors religious freedom in China. “The...
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Snow in the Sahara Creates White-Capped Dunes of Eerie Beauty

Snow in the Sahara Creates White-Capped Dunes of Eerie Beauty

“The Sahara is as large as the United States, and there are very few weather stations,” he added. “So it’s ridiculous to say that this is the first, second, third time it snowed, as nobody would know how many times...
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Death Toll Reaches 64 After Migrants’ Dinghy Sinks in Mediterranean

Death Toll Reaches 64 After Migrants’ Dinghy Sinks in Mediterranean

Mr. Di Giacomo said smugglers must be held accountable for their role in the deaths. “If you let an unseaworthy dinghy with 150 people sail, that could never handle all of these people,” Mr. Di Giacomo said. “With this sea,...
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As Iran Erupts in Protest, Tehran Is Notably Quiet

As Iran Erupts in Protest, Tehran Is Notably Quiet

There have been some gatherings, but relatively few and drawing only a few hundred at a time, a lack of interest that has confounded many residents. About 500 people have been arrested in Tehran, a figure that pales in comparison...
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The ‘Nuclear Button’ Explained: For Starters, There’s No Button

The ‘Nuclear Button’ Explained: For Starters, There’s No Button

Richard M. Nixon told advisers during the Vietnam War that he wanted the North Vietnamese to believe he was an unpredictable “madman” who could not be restrained “when he’s angry, and he has his hand on the nuclear button.” During...
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Hurricane Maria Does ‘Mind-Boggling’ Damage to Dominica, Leader Says

Hurricane Maria Does ‘Mind-Boggling’ Damage to Dominica, Leader Says

Early reports suggested that the neighboring islands of Guadeloupe and Martinique had not been as badly hit as Dominica, though at least one person was killed on Guadeloupe, by a falling tree, officials in the French overseas territory reported. Officials...
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The United Nations Explained: Its Purpose, Power and Problems

The United Nations Explained: Its Purpose, Power and Problems

High Ideals on Human Rights In 1948, the United Nations proclaimed the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. These include the right to not be enslaved, the right to free expression and the right to seek from other countries asylum from...
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Floating Tar, Dead Fish: Oil Spill Threatens Greek Beaches

Floating Tar, Dead Fish: Oil Spill Threatens Greek Beaches

Since then, three private antipollution vessels have cleaned up more than 180 metric tons of fuel from Glyfada’s four beaches. Just this summer, one of the beaches had been recognized by the Foundation for Environmental Education as a Blue Flag...
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The Breakdown: ‘Tiny Home’: Affordable, Stylish — but a Bit Too Easy to Steal

The Breakdown: ‘Tiny Home’: Affordable, Stylish — but a Bit Too Easy to Steal

Photo A “tiny home” prototype was stolen from Canberra and driven more than 900 miles before the police recovered it. Credit Facebook/Smartdeck, via Storyful SYDNEY, Australia — Australia’s housing affordability crisis took a strange turn this week, af...
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The Breakdown: Girls in Western Australia Gain Right to Wear Pants and Shorts to School

The Breakdown: Girls in Western Australia Gain Right to Wear Pants and Shorts to School

The dress code made it difficult to participate in athletic activities, Sofia said. “I think it’s really unfair that my brothers have been allowed to wear shorts, and all through primary school I haven’t been allowed to except when I...
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ISIS Loses Another City to U.S.-Backed Iraqi Forces

ISIS Loses Another City to U.S.-Backed Iraqi Forces

With each military victory against the Islamic State comes the realization that Iraq is far from being at peace. As Iraqi security forces were mopping up in Tal Afar on Monday, an Islamic State car bomb struck a vegetable market...
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