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A man armed with a knife stabbed multiple people in London on Nov. 30, killing two at a conference at Fishmongers’ Hall before running onto London Bridge, where he was restrained and disarmed by members of the public. The man was shot and killed by police, who were concerned about what appeared to be a bomb vest he was wearing. It turned out to be fake. 

The man was identified as a person who had been imprisoned in 2012 for plotting terrorist acts. He served less than half...

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The World Health Organization (WHO) declared the measles outbreak occurring in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) to be the world’s largest and fastest-moving on Nov. 21. 

According to WHO’s numbers, at least 250,000 people in the DRC had been infected in 2019 by the time of the declaration, resulting in almost 5,000 deaths. It has spread to every province in the country. Through November, the number of deaths from measles in the country in 2019 alone was more...

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In Albania, an earthquake measuring 6.4 in magnitude occurred 21 miles northwest of the capital, Tirana, on Nov. 26. At least 27 people were killed and more than 650 were injured, with those numbers expected to rise as rescue crews continued to search for survivors in collapsed buildings. Aftershocks measuring up to 5.6 followed, further damaging buildings. 

Due to the quake, the Albanian government canceled Independence Day celebration plans, scheduled for Nov. 28, instead...

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An earthquake measuring 5.9 in magnitude struck the province of East Azerbaijan, in northwestern Iran, on Nov. 8, killing at least five people and injuring hundreds of others. Local news sources reported that the majority of the injuries were caused by crowds of people rushing into the streets during the quake rather than by damage from the quake itself.

A record number of bushfires occurred in New South Wales and Queensland, Australia, in November, with more than 120 individual fires identified. As of press time, six people had been killed and more than 2.9 million acres had been burnt, including hundreds of homes.

Air pollution due to the fires caused hazardous conditions in Sydney and Adelaide in late November, with air quality reaching “hazardous” levels multiple times. Heat wave and drought conditions persisted in...

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Air pollution in Delhi, India, reached “severe” levels on multiple days in November. On the Air Quality Index (AQI), which measures the levels of particulate matter smaller than 2.5 micrometers in diameter within a cubic meter of air, measurements regularly exceeded 500, the lower limit of “severe,” according to the World Health Organization. In some areas of Delhi, levels of 999 were measured, the highest possible on the AQI.

Due to the extreme air pollution,...

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Historically high tides in Venice in mid-November left more than 80% of the city’s surface underwater. On Nov. 13, the high tide was only 7 centimeters lower than the highest water level ever recorded in the city. Because of the flooding, a few cruise ships canceled port calls.

According to the mayor of Venice, the cost to repair water damage to the city’s historical buildings could reach more than €1 billion.

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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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