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Six-year-old Elijah was delighted to meet a new best friend, Ziggy the pup, for the first time in his San Jose, California, home. A teary Elijah, who has autism, can be seen hugging his dad Isaih in thanks before greeting the puppy, in the video uploaded to Twitter. “He has a really hard time making friends,” his mom Judie Apolinar told Storyful, “we always wanted to get him a dog so he would have a companion other than us (his parents).” Credit: Judie Apolinar via Storyful

A hyena at Denver Zoo made the most of recent hot temperatures at the zoo’s Predator Ridge enclosure by spinning around in a circle in a pool. According to zoo staff, Kelele had a case of the “zoomies” after she discovered a tasty bone at the bottom of the pool. Footage posted to the zoo’s Facebook page on July 21 shows an excited Kelele racing around in a circle. “How did this happen? On a particularly hot day, Kelele was just completely overjoyed at the presence of a tasty bone in his pool, and the result was just pure fun and excitement,” the zoo wrote. Credit: Denver Zoo via Storyful

Ireland’s Shane Lowry sealed his first major victory at the Open Championship on Sunday, July 21, sparking celebrations at Royal Portrush, where the event was held, and at his hometown golf club roughly 200 miles away. Fans crammed into the bar of the Esker Hills Golf Club in Tullamore, County Offaly, breaking into chants of “ole, ole, ole, ole” when it became clear Lowry was on the march to victory. Lowry spent his teenage years playing and practicing at Esker Hills, according to Irish broadcaster RTE. Credit: Gearoid Keegan via Storyful

US President Donald Trump dropped in on a MAGA-themed wedding while visiting his golf club in Bedminster, New Jersey, on July 20. Trump posed for photos with the newlyweds, before shaking the hand of the groom, PJ Mongelli, and kissing the bride, Nicole Marie, on the cheek. Meanwhile, the onlooking crowd broke into chants of “USA! USA!” and “Trump, Trump, Trump,” in the footage uploaded to Instagram by wedding guest Alicia Reddy. According to the New York Post, the couple got engaged in the same hotel in 2017. Credit: Alicia Reddy via Storyful

Pedro Cuccovillo had a peculiar interruption to his working day on July 22, when his boss drew his attention to the Sydney skyline, where two daredevils were making their way to the top of the AWA Tower. The two individuals can be seen taking pictures on the top of the 112-meter high communications tower in a video uploaded to Twitter by Cuccovillo. He told Storyful what he saw after he stopped recording: “They climbed all the way to the top literally holding on the antenna, a step away from death.” According to 9news, two teenagers have been arrested and taken into custody, however, at the time of writing, the New South Wales Police Force had not released a statement on the incident. Credit: Pedro Cuccovillo via Storyful

Scottish singer Lewis Capaldi left fans in stitches at the Scarborough Open Air Theatre on Saturday, July 20, when he paused his concert to take a toilet break. Capaldi, 22, entertained fans when he stopped his concert midway and took his microphone with him before narrating his trip to the bathroom. The singer quickly returned to the stage and continued his performance – much to the delight of fans. Credit: Martyn Harrison via Storyful

Horses ran in their paddock at River Ranch in Calliope, Queensland, as a dust devil swirled through the property on July 16. Ranch owner Katelyn Laing captured this video of the dust devil. She told Storyful that “It lasted approximately two minutes. Started in our paddock and traveled through our other paddocks. It fizzled out at the fence line.” She added, “We have been there 10 years and have never seen anything like it.” Dust devils can occur when hot air rises rapidly through cold air, forming a swirling vortex. 7News Australia reported that the dust devil in this video took place amid the driest conditions that the region has seen in many years. Credit: Katelyn Laing via Storyful

A passerby teamed up with police officers in Granite Falls, Minnesota, to help stop a runaway school bus after the driver had a medical emergency on Wednesday, July 17. According to the Yellow Medicine County Sheriff’s Office, officers received multiple calls about a school bus being driven on the wrong side of the road. Witnesses reported watching the bus hit several cars westbound on Highway 212. Yellow Medicine County deputies and Granite Falls police officers found the passenger-free bus traveling on the highway near County Road 5. The bus driver failed to stop for officers and authorities said they believed the driver was suffering a medical emergency. Deputies caught up with the bus two miles west of Granite Falls. One officer passed out the bus and provided flashing emergency lights in front, while slowing the bus down by bumping it with the rear of his vehicle and applying his brakes. Another officer followed the bus from behind. When the vehicle came to a stop, a passerby, Granite Falls fireman Greg Mayer, opened the door of the bus and helped bring it to a stop. This footage posted to the Yellow Medicine County Sheriff’s Office Facebook page shows the bus being driven down Highway 212 on the wrong side of the road. The clip shows officers slowing down the vehicle before Mayer jumps onto the bus and brings it to a halt. The driver, 70-year-old Brian Fuller, was transported to the Granite Falls Hospital. His condition is unknown. Credit: Yellow Medicine County Sheriff’s Office via Storyful

The cruise ship Marella Discovery rescued 111 migrants from a boat off the coast of Pylos on the Greek Peloponnese Peninsula on July 20, according to the Hellenic Coast Guard. The coast guard said that the migrants, 68 men, 10 women, 29 underage boys and 4 underage girls, were brought to the town of Kalamata. Two operators of the boat carrying the migrants were arrested. Credit: Graham Bradley via Storyful

Puerto Rico Governor Ricardo Rossello announced late on July 21 that he will step down as head of his party and will not run for re-election in 2020, but stopped short of resigning as governor. Rossello made the announcement in a video message posted to Facebook. El Nuevo Dia reported that Rossello said he resigned as head of the New Progressive Party (NPP) to focus on leading the country, and looked forward to the process of impeachment, whose initial stages have begun in Puerto Rico’s legislature. Protesters have been calling for Rossello to resign following the release of 889 pages of private Telegram chats. The chats, between Rossello and 11 top aides and cabinet members, contained homophobic and misogynistic messages, and comes amid a corruption scandal. Puerto Rico’s Center for Investigative Journalism reported on July 17 that a “multi-million dollar corruption network” that they allege took place with Rossello’s knowledge and involved some of his closest aides. Credit: Ricardo Rossello via Storyful

After several days of hearing “spooky noises” on the roof of her Tucson, Arizona, home, Emily Ernst Lunne found the source of the disturbance: three bobcat kittens. The kittens can be seen playing on Lunne’s back wall in this video, uploaded to Facebook on July 16. Sharing an image of a fully grown bobcat to Facebook on July 13, Lunne wrote that the mom was also present, watching over the triplets. Credit: Emily Ernst Lunne via Storyful

California’s Sacramento Fire Department helped children cool off at a summer block party hosted by a Sacramento councilwoman on Saturday, July 20, spraying water down on them with a hose from the top of a ladder truck. The National Weather Service in Sacramento issued a high temperature forecast for Sacramento on July 20. Credit: Sacramento Fire Department via Storyful

Heavy rain and wind were reported in Mississippi on Saturday, July 20, as the National Weather Service warned of showers and thunderstorms throughout the day. This footage shows heavy rain and lashing winds at Baptist Hospital in Jackson on Saturday. Credit: Stephen Manning Austin ‏ via Storyful

Two people were injured after severe storms swept through Wisconsin on Saturday, July 20, according to local media reports. The Trempealeau County Sheriff’s Office said a woman was lacerated by flying glass and a man was struck by a falling tree. The National Weather Service (NWS) issued a tornado warning for Green Bay on Saturday and urged people to seek shelter. This footage video shows ducks on a road as heavy rain and winds whip through Hobart, Wisconsin, on Saturday. Credit: Vanya Koepke via Storyful

Two people were injured after severe storms swept through Wisconsin on Saturday, July 20, according to local media reports. The Trempealeau County Sheriff’s Office said a woman was lacerated by flying glass and a man was struck by a falling tree. The National Weather Service (NWS) issued a tornado warning for Green Bay on Saturday and urged people to seek shelter. This footage video shows heavy rain and winds in Green Bay, Wisconsin, on Saturday. Credit: Kariema Dashaena via Storyful

Iranian state media on July 20 published footage showing naval members of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) boarding the British-flagged Stena Impero tanker. The vessel was seized by the IRGC the day before in the Strait of Hormuz. The footage shows the Stena Impero being approached by several boats and a helicopter before people described by Iranian media as marines drop from a helicopter onto the vessel. The ship’s owner, Stena Bulk, had said on July 19 that the Stena Impero vessel was “approached by unidentified small crafts and a helicopter” while in international waters with 23 personnel on board, and was no longer under the control of the crew. Both Stena Bulk and Northern Marine Management had lost contact with the tanker, the statement said. Iran’s port and maritime authority said the vessel was being held at Bandar Abbas port in Hormozgan province and was seized after “reports of violations of international maritime law.” The UK’s Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt on July 20 said he had expressed “extreme disappointment” during a phone call with his Iranian counterpart Mohammad Javad Zarif, and said the actions showed “worrying signs Iran may be choosing a dangerous path of illegal and destabilising behaviour.” Zarif tweeted that Iran’s “action in the Persian Gulf is to uphold international maritime rules,” and said the “UK must cease being an accessory to #EconomicTerrorism of the US.” The 23 crew of the Stena Impero included Indian, Russian, Latvian, and Filipino nationals, according to both Stena Bulk and Iran’s port and maritime authority. Credit: Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) via Storyful

Lava and ash spewed from Mount Etna in Sicily, Italy, after it erupted on July 19, forcing the closure of two airports, according to local news outlets. Catania Airport was closed until 6.30 am the next morning, while Comiso Airport also grounded flights, reports said. Sky Italia reported that the July 19 eruption was characterized by “intense Strombolian activity from the summit craters”. Credit: Giuseppe Distefano via Storyful

The Islamic Republic of Iran News Network (IRINN), a news channel operated by the state-owned Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting (IRIB), published footage on July 20 showing the British-flagged Stena Impero after its seizure by Iran. Iran’s port and maritime authority said the vessel was being held at Bandar Abbas port in Hormozgan province and was seized after “reports of violations of international maritime law.” The ship’s owner, Stena Bulk, said that the Stena Impero vessel was “approached by unidentified small crafts and a helicopter” while in international waters with 23 personnel on board. Both Stena Bulk and Northern Marine Management had lost contact with the tanker, the statement said. Among the 23 crew were 18 Indian nationals, while the other five were from Russia, Latvia, and the Philippines, Iran’s port and maritime authority said. Credit: IRIB via Storyful

A man in Altrincham had a lucky escape on July 19, when strong winds, from what the Met Office described as a tornado, sent a large tree branch crashing to the ground beside him. The tornado was first reported via a weather report from Manchester Airport. Visitors to the Royal Horticultural Society’s Tatton Park Flower Show spotted the cloud and posted video to social media. Residents in Hale shared images of the destruction caused by the strong winds, which tore roof tiles and metal off buildings and threw debris onto cars. Credit: Paul Knights via Storyful

A funnel cloud was spotted in Cheshire and Greater Manchester on July 19, where it damaged roofs and vehicles in the area. The funnel cloud was first reported via a weather report from Manchester Airport. The Met Office later shared video of the cloud, referring to it as "a "tornado"":https://twitter.com/metoffice/status/1152293955725398018. Visitors to the Royal Horticultural Society’s Tatton Park Flower Show spotted the cloud and posted video to social media. Residents in Mobberley shared of the destruction caused by the cloud, which uprooted trees and damaged buildings. Credit: Martin Kevill via Storyful

A rally held by Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe was met with protesters in Akihabara, Tokyo, on July 20, as the Liberal Democratic Party leader made a final plea to voters ahead of elections to the upper house of the National Diet on July 21. Anti-LDP demonstrators carried a multitude of signs which ranged in message, from depicting Abe alongside a swastika to demands for pensions to be returned. Videos from the scene show an anti-fascist flag being waved. Protesters clashed with police officers and a heavy security presence remained in place after Abe’s rally had ended, Nikkei’s live blog reported. Credit: Thoton via Storyful

Thousands of Moscow residents rallied on Sakharov Avenue, in the center of the Russian capital, on July 20 in support of barred opposition city-council candidates, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL) reported. Prominent opposition leaders attended or promoted the rally. Among them was Alexei Navalny on Instagram said he had not been at a rally of that size since 2012, and said he was “very happy that tens of thousands of Muscovites did not remain silent, did not swallow the humiliation, but went out to protest”. RFE/RL reported that candidates seeking to run for Moscow city-council seats in September had to submit 4,500 verifiable signatures of support by July 6 to the election commission. The commission claimed that many of the signatures were invalid. Credit: Alexander Buznikov via Storyful

The Iranian Students’ News Agency, a student-run news organization partially funded by the Iranian government, released video on Saturday, July 20, showing the British-flagged Stena Impero after its seizure by Iran. Iran’s port and maritime authority said the vessel was being held at Bandar Abbas port in Hormozgan province and was seized after “reports of violations of international maritime law.” The ship’s owner, Stena Bulk, said that the Stena Impero vessel was “approached by unidentified small crafts and a helicopter” while in international waters with 23 personnel on board. Both Stena Bulk and Northern Marine Management had lost contact with the tanker, the statement said. Credit: ISNA via Storyful

Summer seems to be shaping up nicely for Strawberry Moon and Comet, the last two goat kids of the year’s kidding season at Sunflower Farm Creamery in Cumberland, Maine. When they aren’t cavorting around their mother, Cinnamon, the Nigerian dwarf kids pass the days hanging out in a Radio Flyer wagon, nibbling on grass, and modeling coats, as this video shows. Owner Hope Hall posted the footage to YouTube on July 10, writing in the video description that “after 60 other kids, we were so relieved to have the last two out happy and healthy and super lovey.” Hall and her husband, Chris, own the Sunflower Farm Creamery, which produces cheese, yogurt, and caramels in addition to breeding Nigerian dwarf goats. Credit: Sunflower Farm Creamery via Storyful

Clip, clop, no time to stop! Bernese mountain dog Bruce Wayne didn’t waste any time when he led horse Harley around a yard in Tampa, Florida. Owner Meg DePalma captured this video of the duo on December 28, 2017, jokingly commenting to her dog, “Harley probably doesn’t want to go that fast!” DePalma told Storyful that Bruce Wayne was just one year old when the video was filmed in 2017. Credit: Meg DePalma via Storyful

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