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'Defiant message' as North Korea's Kim rides white horse on sacred mountain

Aides to Kim Jong Un are convinced the North Korean leader plans "a great operation", state media said on Wednesday in a report that included lavish descriptions and images of the leader riding a white horse up North Korea's most sacred mountain. In the photos released by state news agency KCNA, Kim is seen riding alone on a large white horse through snowy fields and woods on Mt Paektu, the spiritual homeland of the Kim dynasty. "His march on horseback in Mt Paektu is a great event of weighty importance in the history of the Korean revolution," KCNA said.

Florida girl, 1, dies in hot car, the 50th death of 2019, according to one national tracker
Florida girl, 1, dies in hot car, the 50th death of 2019, according to one national tracker

The death of a 1-year-old Florida girl Monday marked the 50th case of a child dying in a hot car this year, according to KidsandCars.org.

Pay freeze at the U.N.? Trump administration owes the United Nations $1 billion
Pay freeze at the U.N.? Trump administration owes the United Nations $1 billion

Trump brushed aside a warning from the U.N. that the organization risks being unable to pay its staff and bills if member countries don't chip in.

View Photos of the 2020 Dodge Charger Widebody
View Photos of the 2020 Dodge Charger Widebody

Would Donald Trump shoot migrants in the leg? That
Would Donald Trump shoot migrants in the leg? That's no joke. It's dangerous rhetoric

The notion of shooting foreigners to keep them from reaching the U.S. border is appalling. Donald Trump should've condemned it. Who will call it out?

Pope urges bold action to protect the Amazon at start of divisive synod
Pope urges bold action to protect the Amazon at start of divisive synod

Pope Francis has urged Roman Catholic Church leaders to make bold changes to better protect the Amazon and its indigenous people at the start of a three-week meeting that could become one of the most controversial moments in his papacy. The Pope celebrated an opening Mass in St Peter's Basilica on Sunday, where he criticised a "new colonialism" that puts profit ahead of protecting the environment.   He prayed that God's "daring prudence" would inspire religious representatives to spread the Catholic faith while remaining open to change.     "If everything continues as it was, if we spend our days content that 'this is the way things have always been done,' then the gift...

Pope urges compassion in elevating 13 likeminded cardinals
Pope urges compassion in elevating 13 likeminded cardinals

Pope Francis added 13 new cardinals to the top of the Catholic hierarchy on Saturday, telling them they must show God's compassion to those who suffer to be faithful to their ministry. Francis presided over the ceremony in St. Peter's Basilica, elevating churchmen who share his pastoral concerns at a time when his pontificate is under fire from conservatives within the College of Cardinals itself. Among the 13 are 10 cardinals who are under age 80 and therefore eligible to vote in a conclave, increasing the likelihood that a future pope might end up looking an awful lot like the current one.

Saudi Arabia allows foreign men and women to share hotel rooms
Saudi Arabia allows foreign men and women to share hotel rooms

Saudi Arabia is allowing foreign men and women to rent hotel rooms together without proving they are related, after the conservative Muslim kingdom launched a new tourist visa regime to attract holidaymakers. Women, including Saudis, are also permitted to rent hotel rooms by themselves, in a break with previous regulations. The moves appear to pave the way for unaccompanied women to travel more easily and for unmarried foreign visitors to stay together in the Gulf state, where sex outside of marriage is banned.


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