A fishing boat captain is dead and China is asking for a "responsible explanation," after an anti-ship missile was launched toward China from a Taiwanese Navy vessel Friday. Navy officials are apologizing for what they call an accident – a mistake made during a simulation drill.

The incident occurred Friday morning, when a 500-ton corvette that was sitting in the Zuoying Military Harbor launched a supersonic missile that streaked nearly 40 nautical miles before hitting a Taiwanese boat that had been trawling for shrimp.

Can an airport ever be truly secure?

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Istanbul’s Ataturk International Airport is known for its tight security — security checks at the entrances, before you even get to the terminals and everyone, not just passengers, but friends and family picking up or dropping off, have to walk through metal detectors.

But the deadly attack in Istanbul this week raised questions about security measures and landside protection at airports across the world.

Particularly because it's a huge holiday weekend in the US — the Fourth of July — and a record 43 million people are expected to travel through airports in the US.

It’s the bloodiest day in British military history; one of the deadliest days of all time.

The First Day of the Battle of the Somme.  

“It was hell let loose, brother,” said one survivor, in an archive recording. “Hell let loose.”

At 7:28 a.m. on July 1, 1916, hundreds of whistles sounded, and the first troops climbed out of their trenches toward the German lines.

It was a disaster.

In many sectors, the attacking British soldiers were mowed down by machine guns before they’d gone a few yards.

Could Theresa May be the Thatcher Britain needs?

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This past week, UK politics has been insane.

Yes, a week after Brexit, it's a mess. And it doesn't look like anyone is rushing to clean things up. At the London pubs, all anyone seems to talk about is the referendum to leave the EU.

"At the moment there just seems to be widespread panic and confusion," says Laurie Penny with the New Statesman in London. "Conversations are about this and nothing else. But the conversation has shifted in the past week to what is happening at the top of government."

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Iraqis in the 120-degree heat of Basra were in no mood for rolling blackouts. When the power failed, taking down their air conditioners, many called authorities to complain.

But this was no accident. Three Turkish electricity barges in the harbor had just cut their feeds to the Basra power grid. 

Did you know the United Kingdom is one of the most generous countries in the world when it comes to aid for global health and development?

The amount given in 2015 was the equivalent of $18.7 billion in U.S. dollars. That's second only to the $31.08 billion from the United States. It's an impressive total given the comparative size of the two countries and their economies.

If you Google "Rio Olympics" right now, you won't see much about the athletes.

Paris was at the forefront of public bike-sharing schemes, and it now has electric car-sharing schemes and is something of a laboratory for mobility. As of today, motorists with cars built before 1997, and motorcycles built before 2000, will no longer be able to drive them in the city during daylight hours on weekdays.

Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo says keeping old cars out of the city will help lower pollution levels. But not everyone is happy about it.

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Donald Trump wants his old hairspray back.

The presumptive republican presidential nominee thinks his hairspray just hasn’t been the same since manufacturers had to phase out the use of CFC-based propellants a generation ago to help restore the Earth’s protective ozone layer.

He also thinks using those chemicals in the privacy of his own home wouldn’t harm the ozone layer.

Overnight in London, an honor guard stood vigil at the grave of the Unknown Warrior.

On Friday morning, across Great Britain, citizens observed a moment of silence.

And midday Friday, at a quiet field in northern France, British and French leaders paused amid a political crisis for a brief period of solidarity.

A group of gunmen attacked a cafe and have taken hostages in Bangladesh's capital, Dhaka, according to local media reports.

It's not clear whether there are any casualties or how many attackers might be involved.

The U.S State Department and local media say the cafe is in an upscale neighborhood called Gulshan that is home to many foreign embassies.

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What summer would be complete without some BBQ, especially on the Fourth of July? For many getting ready to grill, sausage is at the top of the shopping list.

But what's the story behind how sausages came to be — and where does the word sausage even come from?

Story behind sausages

Story behind sausages

Read Linda Rodriguez McRobbie's full story in Atlas Obscura.

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At the Carlos Beltran Baseball Academy in Puerto Rico, boys work out with shiny new equipment, weights and ropes. When they get sore, there are hot tubs to soak aching muscles — pretty different from how it was when Alex Diaz grew up.

“During the Monday to Friday, we just worked out with our parents, friends. Now, they have everything here,” said Diaz, who played eight seasons of Major League Baseball for various teams in the 1990s. “I got these facilities when I made it to the big leagues.”