China ‘Seals Off’ Town After Man Dies of Bubonic Plague

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A Chinese town has been sealed off and 151 people placed in quarantine since last week after a man died of bubonic plague, state media said Tuesday.

The 30,000 people living in Yumen in the northwestern province of Gansu are not being allowed to leave, and police at roadblocks on its perimeter are telling motorists to find alternative routes, state broadcaster China Central Television (CCTV) said.

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The Most Unusual Guns in the World

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If you spend very much time in gun shops, at gun shows, or at online gun auctions, you soon discover that there are some really bizarre guns out there. Some of them have peculiar mechanisms, some of them have unusual designs, and some of them are just plain kooky for a variety of reasons.

Here are some of the most unusual guns I have run across during my time as a weapons collector. I will continue to add to this listing as I stumble upon other strange firearms. Please keep in mind that this list is subjective—a gun that I find fascinatingly strange might be unimpressive to someone else. Similarly, there may be a gun out there that you think is wacky that I have missed.

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North Korea Appeals to White House to Halt Release of US Comedy Film

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‘The Interview’, released later this year, tells the tale of a group of journalists tasked with assassinating Kim Jong-un

'The Interview', due to be released in October, is a Hollywood comedy blockbuster that mocks Kim Jong-un

Pyongyang has written to the White House to demand that President Barack Obama intervene to halt the release of ‘The Interview’, a Hollywood comedy blockbuster that pokes fun at Dear Leader Kim Jong-un.

The movie, which is scheduled to be released in October, stars Seth Rogen and James Franco as television journalists who are sent to North Korea to assassinate Kim Jong-un.

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U.S. Airlines Cancel All Flights to Israel for 24 Hours

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An M-75 rocket launched toward Israel by the military wing of Hamas in the Gaza strip

An M-75 rocket launched toward Israel by the military wing of Hamas in the Gaza strip

Danger from missiles has prompted U.S. airlines to scrap flights to Israel. The move comes after the Federal Aviation Administration told U.S. airlines on Tuesday to stop flying to Tel Aviv’s Ben Gurion Airport for 24 hours after a rocket strike landed about one mile from the airport on Tuesday morning. The order applies only to U.S. carriers.

Delta Air Lines (DAL) and United (UAL) suspended flights to Tel Aviv to ensure passengers’ safety as the conflict between Israel and Hamas grinds on, with rockets fired from Gaza countered in the skies by missiles fromIsrael’s Iron Dome defense systemAmerican Airlines (AAL) also canceled its Tuesday night flight from Philadelphia to Tel Aviv. “We are monitoring the situation,” American spokesman Casey Norton said.

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MH17 Tributes in Moscow: ‘Forgive us.’ Dozens of Tributes Have Been Left Outside the Dutch Embassy by Russians Citizens

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Outside the Dutch Embassy in Moscow, people have left flowers and cuddly toys at a makeshift memorial for the lives lost in a conflict-scarred corner of eastern Ukraine.

Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 fell from the sky in Donetsk on Thursday, killing all aboard. Of the 298 people killed, 193 — nearly two-thirds — were Dutch citizens.

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Great Barrier Reef ‘In Worst State Since Records Began’

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Great Barrier Reef

The Great Barrier Reef is facing threats from coastal development, such as a massive port-related dredging project at Abbot Point, farm run-off and poor water quality. Photograph: Brandon D Cole/Corbis

The Great Barrier Reef is in the worst state it’s been in since records began and will be “pretty ugly” within 40 years, Australian scientists say.

A Senate committee is investigating how the Australian and Queensland governments have managed the reef, with Unesco to decide next year whether to list it as a world heritage site in danger.

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