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The Islamist group the Taliban attacked a government building in Kabul, Afghanistan, on July 1 with bombs and gunfire, killing at least 40 people and injuring more than 100. All five attackers were killed in the ensuing 7-hour standoff. The attack occurred in the middle of the day, during rush hour, while children were in nearby schools. At least some of the dead were children, and another 51 students were injured.

The attack occurred the day after peace negotiations between the US...


Temperatures in Western Europe rose above 100°F, starting on June 26, causing health warnings to be issued in Spain, France, Belgium, Germany, Switzerland, Italy and Czechia. In France, some cities canceled school during the hottest days, and the cities of Paris and Lyon limited traffic to the least-polluting cars and trucks to reduce smog, which can trap heat.

A second heat wave struck Central and Western Europe on July 24, with temperatures breaking all-time highs in Paris (108....


Health authorities in the Philippines issued a national dengue alert on July 16 after more than 450 people in the country had died of the disease since Jan. 1, 2019. Overall, in that time, there had been roughly 100,000 diagnosed cases, an increase of 85% from the same period in 2018.

Dengue is a mosquito-borne viral disease which typically causes flu-like symptoms, with fever and joint pain. Dengue infections can progress into severe dengue, which causes dangerously high fevers and...


In the Philippines’ Batanes Province, two earthquakes, measuring 5.4 and 5.9 in magnitude, struck in succession on July 27, killing at least eight people and injuring more than 60.

Batanes, an archipelago consisting of 10 islands, three of which are populated, is the country’s northernmost province.


Monsoon rains caused flooding in Nepal, India and Bangladesh in mid-July, killing at least 153 people and displacing almost six million others. In northeastern India, the state of Assam experienced the worst of the flooding, leaving thousands who were not able to evacuate stranded without food or clean water.

Monsoon season in South Asia typically lasts from June to September, with catastrophic floods a regular occurrence.

Nearly 800,000 people were evacuated from cities in the southwest of Japan’s main Kyushu Island on July 3 due to the threat of landslides caused by heavy rains. The largest city in the region, Kagoshima, ordered the evacuation of its entire population of 606,800. Some minor landslides did occur, but, due to the precautions taken by authorities, there were no injuries reported in the region.


A sudden storm occurred in northern Greece on July 10, with winds of more than 60 miles per hour plus hailstones. At least seven people were killed and more than 100, injured. The storm struck without warning in the early evening, when many people were at the beach or dining outdoors at cafés. It lasted about 20 minutes.

A volcano on Stromboli, an island off the coast of Italy, erupted on July 3, killing one person, a hiker, and injuring one other. The eruption, which occurred on the west side of the island, caused fires and a heavy ashfall across the popular tourist spot but caused no other damage.

Stromboli is one of the most active volcanoes on Earth, having been in a state of constant eruption since 1932. However, that continual eruption is usually not explosive.