Wildlife photographer Marc Mol was at a river in Zambia's South Luangwa National Park when he captured something surely wrought by the blood moon: a stand-off between armies of hippos and crocodiles. A massive herd of hippos stumbled upon over a hundred sunbathing crocodiles, and it resulted in a battle for the very heart and soul of the animal kingdom. Although the action was a little hard to track, Mol reported only one fatality—a hippo who lost his life protecting his hippo brothers. His hippobrotamuses, if you will ... Discuss

 

Very scary, very sad news out of the eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk, which has been taken over by pro-Russian militants. Reports are saying that Jews are being forced to register with their government, provide a list of property they own and pay a registration fee "or else have their citizenship revoked, face deportation and see their assets confiscated." The information was printed on leaflets and distributed to the city's synagogue, all bearing the name of Denis Pushilin, who's styling himself as the chairman of Donetsk's interim (maybe) government. The leaflet said the registration was necessitated by leaders in the local Jewish community who supported Stepan Bandera, who fought for Ukrainian independence at the end of World War II. "We don't know if these notifications were distributed by pro-Russian activists or someone else, but it's serious that it exists," Olga Reznikova, a 32-year-old Jewish resident of Donetsk, told USA Today. "The text reminds of the fascists in 1941" ...

Update: Pushilin has denied any connection with the flyers. Whether they were distributed by a rogue faction of his government, a pro-Russia splinter group or someone else altogether remains unclear. Secretary of State John Kerry says that his department is taking the leaflets seriously, saying "In the year 2014, after all of the miles traveled and all of the journey of history, this is not just intolerable—it's grotesque. It is beyond unacceptable." Discuss

 

This week, the Islamic militant group Boko Haram abducted more than 100 girls from schools in Nigeria, though according to some reports, many are now free. The details are still unclear as to how they were freed—some had escaped following their kidnapping, and the military was involved in a rescue attempt—and at least one person has been arrested. Some reports say that as many as eight of the girls are still missing. Boko Haram—whose name means "western education is sin” regularly carry out attacks on students and Christians. Earlier this year, more than 120,000 young students were sent home after frequent attacks on schools. The group has also been blamed for a recent bus station bombing in the capital of Nigeria that killed dozens ... Discuss

 

You may remember a few weeks back, when a likely-exaggerated news story came out, reporting that all the men in North Korea would soon be required to get the signature hair cut of dictator Kim Jong-un. A salon in London thought it’d capitalize on the ridiculousness of Kim’s regime by making fun of his haircut, with a poster advertising a new promotion. Evidently, officials from the North Korean embassy didn’t think it was very funny. According to the shop’s manager, two very serious men in suits, who indentified themselves as North Korean officials, came by and demanded that the poster be removed. Police in the U.K. confirmed to The Guardian that they had been contacted by both the shop owner and the North Korean embassy about the incident, but for now, the poster remains up at the shop. Even though the jab at Kim Jong-un was meant as a light-hearted joke, the dictator’s authoritarian rule in the reclusive country is very real—and very serious. Hundreds of thousands remained locked up in horrific conditions in secretive prison camps, and extreme punishment of anti-government behavior remains widespread ... Discuss

 

Rescue teams are still searching the waters of the Yellow Sea for survivors of the ferry accident that has left at least three dead. Though 164 have been rescued, as many as 292 remain missing. The boat was mostly filled with students and teachers from a local high school who were going on a trip to a nearby resort island. The U.S. Navy, who had a vessel in the area, also dispatched rescue teams to the site. Officials are not certain what caused the boat to sink so rapidly ... Discuss