Europe

Heat wave is returning this week

Another stifling heat wave is on tap this week for large portions of Europe, including most of France, Spain, Portugal and Britain. Unlike the first heat wave at the end of June and into early July, this hot weather is likely to also affect Scandinavia, which experienced extreme heat and related wildfires last year. As of Monday, France was predicting that Paris' all-time high temperature of 104.7 degrees will fall on Thursday.

New Zealand

More new restrictions on gun ownership

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern on Monday announced plans for sweeping new restrictions on gun ownership, the second such wave of changes since a deadly shooting at two mosques in Christchurch earlier this year. The changes include a mandatory gun registry and a ban on gun purchases by foreign visitors. The prime minister announced a ban on semi-automatic weapons six days after the attack on March 15.

Syria

Airstrikes hit busy market, killing at least 16

An airstrike struck a busy market in a rebel-held town in northwestern Syria on Monday, killing at least 16 people, according to opposition activists and a war monitoring group. The airstrike took place in the town of Maaret al-Numan, wounding more than 30 people. The region has been pounded with intensive airstrikes on a daily basis as Syrian troops, backed by Russian air cover, try to push their way into the enclave near the Turkish border.

New York

State law banning cat declawing signed

New York became the first U.S. state to ban the declawing of cats Monday, joining most of Europe, several Canadian provinces and a growing list of American cities that already prohibit a procedure animal advocates call cruel and unnecessary. Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed the ban. Supporters predict it will lead to similar proposals across the country.

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