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INDIA – Paralympian ranked third in the world
Devendra Jhajharia broke his own record in the Paralympic Games in Rio. The paralympian, husband, and father of two children is now ranked third in the world for the men’s javelin throw. Not only did he beat his own record, but he also won India’s second gold medal in the Paralympic Games.

With files from BBC News

UNITED KINGDOM – It won’t be easy for Britons get into the EU

Following Britain’s vote to exit the EU, Brexit negotiations have begun to show what this departure might look like. Reports have indicated that France and Germany are in support of an arrangement similar to the Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) in the United States, which requires a $14-visa for those wishing to travel to and from the US. Later this year, the European Commission will release its report on the “EU travel information and authorization system” (Etias), similar to ESTA. As Britain will no longer be part of the EU, experts suggest that Britons may require a similar visa to travel within the Schengen zone, along with their passports, saying goodbye to free travel across European borders.

With files from The Guardian


NEW ZEALAND – Firefighters perform haka at 9/11 ceremony

Firefighters from New Zealand attended the Memorial Firefighter Stair Climb in honour of over 300 firefighters who perished in the tragic 9/11 attack, and the 57 New Zealand firefighters who have died on duty. This year marks the 15th anniversary since the attack in 2001. At the top of the Stair Climb, the firefighters performed the traditional Maori dance, descended from the Indigenous Polynesian people of New Zealand. The powerful chant was often performed in times of war, and is now typically seen at ceremonies, sporting matches, and weddings.

With files from Yahoo New Zealand and Tourism News Zealand