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Barcelona van attack kills 13

BARCELONA, Spain—A van veered onto a promenade and barrelled down the busy walkway in central Barcelona yesterday, swerving back and forth as it mowed down pedestrians and turned a picturesque tourist destination into a bloody killing zone.

Thirteen people were killed and 100 were injured, 15 of them seriously, in what authorities called a terrorist attack.

Birds cut down by kite flying on Indian Independence Day

NEW DELHI — The annual tradition of flying kites over the Indian capital on Independence Day takes a painful toll on birds that fall victim to their razor-sharp strings.

Workers at the Charity Birds Hospital see it happen every year mostly to pigeons but also to crows, eagles and parrots. The wounded populate cages lining the halls of the clinic’s emergency ward.

Trump defends Confederate statues, berates his critics

BRIDGEWATER, N.J. — With prominent Republicans openly questioning his competence and moral leadership, President Donald Trump burrowed deeper into the racially charged debate over Confederate memorials and lashed out at members of his own party in the latest controversy to engulf his presidency.

Austrians first in Europe to make bacon on industrial scale?

VIENNA — Austrians were making bacon thousands of years ago. And a researcher says they were probably the first in Europe to do it on an industrial scale.

Hans Reschreiter of Vienna’s Museum of Natural History says DNA traces from more than 6,000 pig bones at what was a prehistoric slaughter house near the Upper Austrian town of Hallstatt shows they are more than 3,000 years old.