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Global markets plunged sharply Monday, following concerns of a Chinese economic slowdown. Oil in London dropped below $45 a barrel for the first time since March 2009 on concerns that Chinese demand is slowing as supply swells.
Activists and government officials said Sunday that Islamic State militants set off a large number of explosives at a temple in ancient ruins in Palmyra, Syria.
Negotiations between North and South Korean are now in the third day following a North Korean landmine maiming two South Korean soldiers and the South retaliating with propaganda broadcasts.
Britain reopened its embassy in Tehran Monday four years after it was stormed by protesters.
Three Americans and a Briton who subdued an attacker on a train Friday afternoon were awarded the Legion d’Honneur, France’s highest honor, by French President François Hollande on Monday.
“The sheer number of militant suspects combined with a widening field of potential targets have presented European officials with what they concede is a nearly insurmountable surveillance task.”
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will not attend a Chinese military parade next week to commemorate the end of World War II.
“By 8:42 — 69 minutes after the first report — a county of slightly more than 200,000 people had recorded eight overdoses, all believed to be caused by heroin. There would be a total of 16 overdoses in 24 hours and 25 over two days. Three people died. Many of the others were saved by a recent decision to equip every first responder with the fast-acting antidote naloxone.”
As minimum wages rise in some jurisdictions, restaurants are abandoning tipping in favor of raising wages across the entire workforce.