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Brexit Showdown Looms As MPs Prepare To Return To Parliament

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said Monday that he doesn't want an election amid the Brexit crisis and issued a rallying cry to lawmakers to back him in securing a Brexit deal.

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'I'm Just For Animals': The Veterinarian Who Rescues Animals From Conflict Zones

Dr. Amir Khalil, a veterinarian with the animal rescue charity Four Paws International, carries a sedated coyote at a zoo in Rafah in the Gaza Strip, during the evacuation of animals in April.

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The Pope Walks Into An Elevator. He Gets Stuck For 25 Minutes.

Pope Francis delivers his blessing during the noon prayer from the window of his studio overlooking St.Peter's Square on Sunday. Francis told the crowd that before his address, he had been stuck in an elevator for 25 minutes, causing him to be late.

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In Venezuela, A Rum-Maker Gives Gang Members A Way Out — Via Rugby

Young men practice rugby at Hacienda Santa Teresa, an estate belonging to a Venezuelan rum company. The estate serves as a practice field for neighboring communities of Aragua state, using rugby to help at-risk youths stay away from criminal life and violence.

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In Venezuela, A Rum-Maker Gives Gang Members A Way Out — Via Rugby[hhmc]


Whatever Happened To ... The Farmers Who Danced In The Mud For The 'Kiki Challenge'?

Farmers Anil Geela, left, and Pilli Tirupati do their version of the Kiki Challenge, dancing to Drake's song "In My Feelings." In the mud. With oxen.

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In Defiance Of Ban, Hong Kong Protesters Return To Streets And Clash With Police

Police shoot pepper spray as they try to detain protesters inside a train at Prince Edward station in Hong Kong Saturday.

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Nearly 4 Weeks Into India's Clampdown, Kashmiris Describe Protests, Jail, Uncertainty

An Indian paramilitary soldier asks a Kashmiri couple on motorcycle to leave at a temporary checkpoint during restrictions in Srinagar, Indian-controlled Kashmir, on Friday.

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Nearly 4 Weeks Into India's Clampdown, Kashmiris Describe Protests, Jail, Uncertainty[hhmc]


Police Bear Brunt Of Public Anger As Hong Kong Refuses To Accept Protesters' Demands

Riot police fire tear gas at protesters in Hong Kong on Aug. 25.

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Police Bear Brunt Of Public Anger As Hong Kong Refuses To Accept Protesters' Demands[hhmc]


Brexit Watch: Why The Move To Suspend U.K. Parliament Matters

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson maneuvered Wednesday to give his political opponents less time to block a no-deal Brexit split from Europe before the Oct. 31 withdrawal deadline, winning Queen Elizabeth II's approval to suspend Parliament.

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Australia Says Great Barrier Reef Has 'Very Poor' Outlook, Climate Change To Blame

The Australian federal government has downgraded its long-term outlook of the Great Barrier Reef to "very poor," and it says that climate change is the most significant threat.

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The Key Role Pakistan Is Playing In U.S.-Taliban Talks

Pakistan's Prime Minister Imran Khan meets U.S. Special Envoy Zalmay Khalilzad (left) in Islamabad on Aug. 1. Khalilzad met Khan ahead of peace talks in Qatar with the Taliban.

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The Key Role Pakistan Is Playing In U.S.-Taliban Talks[hhmc]


Hurricane Dorian Grows Into Category 4 Storm As It Heads Toward Bahamas, U.S.

Water was sold out at a grocery store in North Miami, Fla., on Friday as residents heeded warnings to stockpile a week's worth of food and supplies before Hurricane Dorian arrives on Monday.

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U.S. Criticizes South Korea After Seoul Scraps Intelligence-Sharing Pact With Tokyo

Protesters hold placards reading 'No Abe!' earlier this month during a demonstration against Japan's removal of South Korea from a list of trusted trading partners in Seoul.

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U.S. Criticizes South Korea After Seoul Scraps Intelligence-Sharing Pact With Tokyo[hhmc]


Hong Kong Democracy Activists Arrested Ahead Of Planned March

Joshua Wong speaks to protesters outside police headquarters in Hong Kong on June 21.

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Former FARC Leaders Announce 'New Stage Of Fighting,' Upending Colombia's Peace Deal


China Intercepts WeChat Texts From U.S. And Abroad, Researcher Says

Owned by Tencent, one of China's biggest companies, the WeChat app has more than 1 billion monthly users in China, and now serves users outside the country, too.

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