More people are running marathons than ever before. Why?

Lifestyle & Belief

Marathons around the world are filling up fast, and many are setting new records for participation. Runners and race directors across the globe share about why they choose to lace up.

University students across the globe protest the Israel-Hamas war 

Israel-Hamas war
A building is inundated with water on the far side of the Windsor Bridge at Windsor on the outskirts of Sydney, Australia

Sydney floods burden 50,000 around Australia’s largest city

Natural disasters
Labor Party leader Anthony Albanese, center back, celebrates with his partner partner Jodie Haydon, right, and Labor senate leader partner Penny Wong at a Labor Party event in Sydney, Australia

Albanese sworn in as PM in Australia ahead of Tokyo summit

A man is shown on his stand up paddle board with several boats docked in the distance along with Sydney's skyline.

Australia to lift 18-month COVID-19 travel ban next month

A pickup truck is shown flying the white and black Taliban flag in the distance with two people holding rifles in the nearground.

Thousands desperate to be evacuated from Afghanistan

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Top of The World: Tens of thousands of people remain stuck in Afghanistan, desperate to be evacuated following the Taliban’s takeover. And, Vice President Kamala Harris’ once low-risk trip to Asia has taken on new importance as she will attempt to reassure allies of American credibility. Also, health officials in Australia are warning that major cities like Sydney and Melbourne may be losing control of a COVID-19 outbreak fueled by the more contagious delta variant.

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, President of Afghanistan Ashraf Ghani and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell stand together at the Capitol

US and Afghan presidents to meet in Washington amid troop withdrawal

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President Joe Biden will meet with Afghan counterpart, President Ashraf Ghani, at the White House, as the two countries prepare for US troop withdrawal from Afghanistan. And, Australia’s largest city goes into partial lockdown over a spike in the COVID-19 delta variant in Sydney. Also, Palestinians are protesting the death of popular activist Nizar Banat while in Palestinian Authority custody.

A man is shown laying in a gurney with a medical professional at the head.

Melbourne struggles with second coronavirus spike; Former US Marine sentenced in Russia; UK’s largest pension fund to divest from fossil fuels

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Australia recorded its deadliest day of the coronavirus pandemic on Thursday as Melbourne grapples with a spike in coronovirus cases. And, former US Marine Trevor Reed has been sentenced to nine years in jail in Russia. And, the National Employment Savings Trust, the UK’s largest pension fund, announced it will begin divesting from fossil fuels.

Chemicals seized during Asia’s largest-ever drug bust in Myanmar. 

A massive Asian drug bust has stirred a fentanyl mystery

Global Politics

A recent bust on the Myanmar-China border was too massive to fit inside any room. The police had to spread out their haul in a pasture.

People protest, one woman with a sign "for my future kids my life matters"

Protests raise concerns of COVID-19 spread; Researchers retract hydroxycholorquine study

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Some governments have urged would-be protesters to move their activism out of the streets over fears of the novel coronavirus pandemic. Researchers retracted a study in the Lancet medical journal over risks of hydroxychloroquine. US President Donald Trump tweeted a letter calling demonstrators in Washington, DC, “terrorists.”