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Indian and Chinese soldiers skirmished along a disputed border in the Ladakh region of Kashmir on June 15. At least 20 Indian soldiers were killed and 45 Chinese soldiers were killed or injured (China has not released official numbers of casualties). It was the first casualties from military actions between the two countries along that border in 45 years. According to both countries, no firearms were used in the fighting, as a treaty between them bans guns from the region.

Though the...

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Angry over defectors in South Korea floating balloons carrying literature over the border, North Korea destroyed most avenues of communication with South Korea, severing hotlines on June 8 and then, on June 16, blowing up a joint liaison office in the city of Kaesong, near the border with South Korea. The office had been built by South Korea in 2018 as a place to hold high-level meetings between the two countries.

Much of the recent activity has been ordered by Kim Yo Jong, the sister...

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The UN-recognized government of Libya, the Government of National Accord (GNA), regained complete control of the capital city, Tripoli, on June 4, 14 months after a rebel force, the Libyan National Army (LNA), had taken over the eastern portion of the city.

Led by Khalifa Haftar, a former general under Muammar Gaddafi, the LNA is the armed forces of the House of Representatives, the formerly UN-recognized government that still controls most of the northeastern parts of the country....

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More than 150 Pakistan International Airlines pilots were grounded on June 25 after it was discovered that their pilot’s licenses were either fraudulent or had been gained through cheating on the license test.

A Pakistan International Airlines flight crashed in a neighborhood near the airport in Lahore on May 22 during a second landing attempt, killing 97 people. The investigators of that crash released their findings on June 24, blaming it on human error. They said the pilot...

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An earthquake measuring 7.4 in magnitude occurred along the coast of the state of Oaxaca, Mexico, on June 23, killing at least six people, all found in one house that collapsed in the city of Oaxaca. It was felt 435 miles away in Mexico City. More than 400 aftershocks were recorded, the strongest being 4.6 in magnitude.

Temperatures in the Siberian town of Verkhoyansk, 57 miles north of the Arctic Circle, reached 100° Fahrenheit on June 22, the first time a triple-digit temperature has ever been recorded within the Arctic Circle. The average summer high in Verkhoyansk is 64°F. (Verkhoyansk is also where the coldest temperature for the Arctic was recorded, -90°F, in 1892.)

Throughout the months of March, April and May 2020, temperatures north of the Arctic Circle were averaging 50°F...

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An ebola outbreak in northeastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) that began in August 2018 was declared, on June 25, to be over after no new cases had been discovered since April 27. However, a newer outbreak of ebola, which began on June 1, 2020, is still ongoing in the country’s northwest.

During the course of the northeastern outbreak, more than 2,200 people died of the disease, making it the worst ebola outbreak ever in the DRC and the second-worst outbreak to occur...

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The US Department of State posts up-to-date travel advisories on every country and many territories, ranking each 1 (Exercise Normal Precautions), 2 (Exercise Increased Caution), 3 (Reconsider Travel) or 4 (Do Not Travel). Note: A country’s regions are also ranked and may have different rankings than the country as a whole. Visit travel.state.gov and click on “Travel Advisories” at the top of the page.

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