A man exploded a small homemade bomb outside the U.S. Embassy in Beijing, injuring only himself on the hand. The man was identified only by his surname, Jiang, and is a 26-year-old Tongliao city native. The motive for his attack was not clear and the investigation is still ongoing. He was the only person involved in making the explosive device, which was crafted from fireworks and went off at about 1 p.m. Thursday.
Syrian mourners attended a mass funeral for at least 216 people killed in an attack coordinated by the Islamic State, the worst attack on the area since the country’s conflict began. Militants also kidnapped at least 18 people, at least 14 of which activists believe were women who are being used as hostages and sex slaves. The violence targeted the city of Sweida and surrounding villages, which are usually peaceful cities near the countryside. The mass funeral was held in Sweida where mourners dressed in black and gathered to pay their respects.
Albert Einstein’s theory of relativity has passed yet another test after more than a century since it was proposed. European researchers observed a fast-moving star traveling near a monstrous black hole. The black hole distorted the star’s light waves in a way that agrees with Einstein’s theory. The theory says the fabric of the universe is not simply space, but a more complex entity called space-time, which is warped by the presence of heavy objects. Black holes are a good way to test that idea, and so far, no one has been able to overthrow Einstein’s theory.
Mixed martial arts star Conor McGregor has been dismissed of all felony accounts for a disorderly conduct violation. As part of a plea deal, he will have to do 5 days of community service, pay restitution for the damage to the bus, and enter anger management evaluation.
A new Key & Peele episode called “French Restaurant” was released on Comedy Central’s YouTube channel that is #3 on Trending. The episode humorously depicts a man on a date who overplays his hand when he suggests that he’s knowledgeable about French cuisine.