In today's news roundup, an oil spill caused by a ship running aground has led Mauritius to declare an emergency, extreme monsoon rains leave much of Mumbai, India flooded, and astronauts return to Earth in NASA's first splashdown in 45 years.
Published in August 2020
Among the more unusual news stories recently…a designer creates a new shape for chocolate chips, a tourist breaks the toes of a 200-year-old statue, and Mickey Mouse signs tax checks in Rhode Island.
Three sailors were rescued from a remote island on Sunday after the emergency "SOS" message they marked on the sandy beach was spotted by a searching helicopter. The men, who had been missing for three days, are now safe at home.
Massive explosions have killed over 135 people and injured thousands in Beirut, the capital of Lebanon. The blasts have caused so much damage that the city is struggling to respond.
Scientists have woken up tiny life forms called microbes that are over 100 million years old. The microbes were found in samples pulled from deep under the sea floor beneath miles of ocean.
Ecuador is carefully watching a huge group of 260 Chinese fishing boats located just outside a special protected ocean area near the Galapagos Islands. The government is worried that the ships could threaten many endangered fish and sharks.
Schools are currently closed in 106 countries because of the coronavirus pandemic. The closings affect over 1 billion students. Many people are eager to change that, but there are serious challenges in the way.
In today's news roundup, a small group of Muslims taking part in a coronavirus-limited hajj in Saudi Arabia finish their journeys, and scientists discover the source for massive stones which make up Stonehenge.
Among the more unusual news stories recently…scientists discover exactly what makes armpits stink, an Elvis Presley imitator sets a new world record, and a fox gets caught stealing shoes.