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Multiple arrests as Hong Kong demonstrators retake protest camp

Police used batons and pepper spray against protesters shielding themselves with umbrellas on a normally busy main road in the bustling Mongkok district, but were forced into a partial retreat as the sun began to rise, to cheers from the crowd.<p>Activists rushed to rebuild makeshift barricades in an …

Pope Faces Key Test With Vote On Divorcees And Gays

The vote and accompanying message to the world's Catholics will close a special synod of bishops from around the world which has seen conservatives clash publicly with liberals over a Francis-backed drive to reform the Church by softening its approach to sinners.<p>A preliminary report on Monday made …

Houthis, Sunni supporters clash in central Yemen | Reuters

SANAA (Reuters) - Yemeni Shi’ite Houthi fighters and supporters of the Sunni Muslim party Islah clashed in central Yemen on Saturday, residents and local officials said, another sign of sectarian warfare in the violence-prone country that borders Saudi Arabia.<p>Saturday’s fighting in the town of …

Hong Kong: violence flares again as protesters reoccupy streets

Police make 26 arrests during clashes in Mongkok district but are forced into partial retreat by protesters<p>Riot police clashed violently with pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong on Saturday as demonstrators reoccupied a camp mostly cleared the previous day, leading to multiple arrests and …

These Time-Lapse Maps That Show How Much The World Has Changed In The Last 30 Years Are Completely Jarring

Earth Engine brings together trillions of scientific measurements dating back over 40 years, and Google gives researchers, scientists, and nations the tools to analyze this data to detect changes and trends.<p>Using Landsat satellite imagery from 1984 to 2012, the team was able to create half a dozen …