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Participants wave rainbow flags during the Korea Queer Culture Festival 2022 in central Seoul, South Korea, July 16, 2022.


Hard Numbers: Small step for gay rights in South Korea, floods in Brazil, Botswana’s endangered rhinos, India’s heat warning, Roald Dahl rewrites

1: For the first time, a South Korean court recognized the rights of a gay couple after the Health Insurance Service denied the two men spousal coverage. A lower court originally ruled against the couple, but an appellate judge determined that denying the couple coverage was discriminatory despite the fact that South Korea does not recognize same-sex marriage. The case could now be heard by the Supreme Court.

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US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi meets Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelensky in Kyiv.

EYEPRESS via Reuters Connect

What We're Watching: Pelosi in Kyiv, Indian scorcher, Modi tours Europe

Pelosi visits Ukraine — will Biden go next?

Over the weekend, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi became the highest-level US official to visit Ukraine since Russia launched its invasion. Pelosi met with President Volodymyr Zelensky on Sunday amid growing pressure from Kyiv for President Joe Biden to travel to the country, which Zelensky feels would be a symbolic show of US support for Ukraine. Biden has so far been non-committal, but Pelosi's trip is arguably more significant at this time, given that Biden wants the US Congress to approve $33 billion in additional aid for Ukraine. Meanwhile, a long-awaited operation was underway to evacuate 100,000 people trapped in a steel plant in Mariupol, the only part of the besieged Ukrainian port city not yet occupied by the Russians. The UN is coordinating safe passage with the Red Cross for the evacuees to reach Zaporizhzhia.

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Sydney sizzles with hottest Nov night

November 30, 2020 5:00 AM

SYDNEY • Sydney recorded its hottest November night as Australia's largest city suffered through a weekend heatwave that saw daytime temperatures peak above 40 deg C.

Sydney's new suburbs are too hot for people to live in

September 16, 2020 8:53 AM

SYDNEY (BLOOMBERG) - Out west of Sydney it gets hot. Really hot. Like 50 deg C hot. Stand in a car park and the radiant heat from the tarmac can push the mercury to 80 deg C-approaching the temperature of a slow cooker.

Northern Chinese province issues 'red alert' due to heat, corn crop at risk

July 04, 2019 9:52 AM

SHANGHAI (REUTERS) - The northern Chinese province of Hebei issued an extreme heat 'red alert' on Thursday (July 4), with temperatures set to soar beyond 40 Celsius (104 Fahrenheit) in its major cities and putting the area's corn crop at risk, the local government said.

Searing heatwave kills 76 in India's Bihar state

June 18, 2019 5:00 AM

NEW DELHI • At least 76 people died as a blistering heatwave swept through India's eastern state of Bihar over the weekend, officials said yesterday.

Scorching heatwave kills 76 in India's Bihar state, schools ordered to shut temporarily

June 17, 2019 5:24 PM

NEW DELHI (DPA) - At least 76 people have died as a blistering heatwave swept through India's eastern state of Bihar on the weekend, officials said Monday (June 17).

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