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A Forest Without A Tree

Fires caused by people are thankfully still relatively infrequent in the vast Yellowstone National Park, with just six to 10 per year. Most wildfires, such as the 1988 blazes that destroyed almost 40% of the park, are instead caused by lightning.

In 1994, driving through a recently burned patch, we could only imagine what that must have been like.

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More than seven million people are in need of shelter and emergency relief in Bangladesh after the country was hit by the worst flooding in living memory.

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Welcome to Thursday, where Putin plays good-cop/bad-cop with NATO, dictator Marcos’ son is sworn in as Philippines president and a rare portrait by Francis Bacon goes under the hammer. We also look at anti-abortion movements around the world celebrating — and mobilizing — following the historic Supreme Court ruling overturning Roe v. Wade.

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