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- Bek Air Flight 2100 crashes near Almaty, Kazakhstan, killing at least 12 people and injuring 54 others.
- A court in Saudi Arabia sentences five people to death for the 2018 killing of Jamal Khashoggi (pictured).
- In the Netherlands, the supreme court upholds a ruling that the government must meet established emissions reduction milestones, creating the first legal precedent on the impact of climate change on human rights.
Today in History
- 1460 – Wars of the Roses: Richard of York was killed and his army destroyed in the Battle of Wakefield at Sandal Magna in West Yorkshire, England.
- 1702 – Queen Anne's War: James Moore, the British colonial governor of Carolina, abandoned a siege against St. Augustine in Spanish Florida, retreating to Charles Town in disgrace.
- 1903 – In the deadliest single-building fire in United States history, the Iroquois Theatre fire in Chicago claimed over 600 lives.
- 1954 – The Finnish National Bureau of Investigation was established to consolidate criminal investigation and intelligence into a single agency.
- 2009 – Pro-government counter-demonstrators held rallies (pictured) in several Iranian cities in response to recent anti-government protests held on the holy day of Ashura.
Did You Know?
- ... that Idham Azis (pictured), the chief of the Indonesian National Police, succeeded in enrolling at the national police academy on his third attempt?
- ... that Lynn Family Stadium shares its namesake with another stadium in the same city?
- ... that Marco Streng's Genesis Group has a bitcoin mine in Iceland?
- ... that HMS Melpomene missed the Battle of Trafalgar, but arrived in time to tow away damaged enemy vessels?
- ... that medical scholar Ronald Grossarth-Maticek directed a long-term study involving 30,000 people from 18,000 households, spanning more than 20 years?
- ... that the songs on the Kabir Singh soundtrack album, including "Tujhe Kitna Chahne Lage" ('I have begun to really love you'), have been described as "saccharine rock"?
- ... that Mexican drug lord María Antonieta Rodríguez Mata controlled a drug trafficking ring that extended across Colombia, Guatemala, Mexico, and the U.S.?
- ... that in baseball, it is not against the rules to steal signs?
Today's Featured Article
The Turn of the Screw is a British television film based on Henry James's 1898 ghost story of the same name. Commissioned and produced by the BBC, it was first broadcast on 30 December 2009, on BBC One. The novella was adapted for the screen by Sandy Welch, and the film was directed by Tim Fywell. Although generally true to the tone and story of James's work, the film is set in the 1920s instead of the 1840s. The story is told in flashbacks during consultations between the institutionalised Ann, played by Michelle Dockery (pictured), and a psychiatrist, Dr Fisher (Dan Stevens). Ann tells how she was hired by an aristocrat (Mark Umbers) to care for the orphans Miles (Josef Lindsay) and Flora (Eva Sayer) at their home, Bly House. Ann soon begins to see unknown figures around the manor, and seeks an explanation. Though the film generally received a positive response, critics disagreed over whether it retained the novella's much-discussed ambiguity. (Full article...)
Today's Featured Picture
Actinidia chinensis is a fruit-producing vine, one of some 40 related species of the genus Actinidia, native to China. The species is a variety closely related to Actinidia deliciosa, and is the source of the common commercial kiwifruit. The plant is a vigorous climbing shrub native to China where it grows in thick oak forests, particularly on slopes and the sides of ravines. Kiwifruit were originally gathered from the wild in China for local consumption and first grown commercially in New Zealand. They are now the subject of international trade.
This picture shows a few A. chinensis kiwifruit growing on a branch in Austins Ferry, in the Australian state of Tasmania. The fruit colour may vary from green to lime green or gold, depending on breeding.
Photograph credit: John Harrison
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