A parched planet: Record-breaking heat blanketing four continents in July

People chill under a cooling mist spot in Tokyo on July 23, 2018. Searing hot temperatures are forecast for wide swaths of Japan and South Korea in a long-running heat wave.(Photo: The Associated Press) July has brought record-breaking heat to people around the world.   In the last 30 days, there have been 3,173 new daily maximum temperatures, 159 new hottest months and 53 new all-time highs worldwide, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. In the U.S. alone, there have been 1,566 new daily maximum temperatures, 86 new hottest months…

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'It’s healthier than other kinds of meat': North Koreans eat dog meat to beat the heat

Eric Talmadge, Associated Press Published 9:16 p.m. ET July 25, 2018 A dog waits to be rescued at a dog meat farm in Wonju, South Korea.(Photo: Meredith Lee, Humane Society International via AP Images) PYONGYANG, North Korea – In North Korea, summer is not a good time to be a dog. In the sizzling heat, North Korea’s biggest brewery is pumping out twice as much beer as usual, Pyongyang residents are lining up to get their “bingsu” – a syrupy treat made with shaved ice – and restaurants are serving…

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Islamic State claims Toronto shooting rampage; police not convinced

CLOSE A trauma specialist at St. Michael’s hospital in Toronto said her hospital has five patients who are in serious or critical condition and said three of the five underwent immediate lifesaving operations. (July 23) AP People light candles and leave photos of 18-year-old victim Reese Fallon at a memorial remembering the victims of a shooting in Toronto.(Photo: Mark Blinch, AP) The Islamic State group claimed responsibility Wednesday for a gunman’s rampage in Toronto that killed two people and wounded 13, but Police Chief Mark Saunders said there was no…

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Suicide blast kills 31 as Pakistan holds general elections

Imran Khan, head of Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf (PTI) speaks to journalists after casting his ballot at a polling station during general elections in Islamabad, Pakistan, July 25, 2018.(Photo: T. MUGHAL, EPA-EFE) ISLAMABAD – A suicide bomber struck outside a crowded polling station in Pakistan’s southwestern city of Quetta, killing 31 people as Pakistanis cast ballots Wednesday in a general election meant to lead to the nation’s third consecutive civilian government. The attack in Quetta, the provincial capital of Baluchistan, also wounded 35 people and several were reported to be in critical…

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