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National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration(NEW YORK) -- Super Typhoon Soudelor, the biggest storm of the year, is barreling through the Pacific Ocean.

Here's what you need to know:

What makes this a record storm?

Soudelor reached a record low pressure of 900 millibars, making it the strongest storm of the year, according to the Japanese Meteorological Agency.

The previous lowest pressure was March's Super Typhoon Maysak, which was recorded at 910 millibars.

Where did the storm hit?

The typhoon first hit the U.S. island of Saipan, where a state of disaster and emergency has been declared.

Where's the storm going next?

Soudelor is heading west, toward Taipei. It may hit Japan's Ishigaki Island next, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

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JUNG YEON-JE/AFP/Getty Images(SEOUL, South Korea) — The widow of South Korea's ex-president Kim Dae-jung is visiting North Korea for a four-day trip.

Lee Hee-ho, 93, was personally invited by North Korean ruler Kim Jong-un and is accompanied by 18 delegation members, including professors and pro-unification activists, according to her late husband's foundation, Kim Dae-Jung Peace Center. The trip begins Wednesday and concludes on Saturday, Aug. 8.

Kim Dae-jung had spearheaded South Korea's active stance towards amending relations with the North. He had met with Kim Jong-un's late father Kim Jong-il in June 2000.

It is uncertain whether Lee will meet with Kim Jong-un, but hopes remain high that her visit might ease inter-Korean tensions as the two Koreas celebrate the 70th anniversary of liberation from Japan.

But the South Korean government has noted that her trip remains strictly civilian, and does not carry any official messages.

Lee is to visit a children’s hospital and nursery in Pyongyang. She will stay at a guesthouse for VIP guests in the capital. The last time she went to North Korea was in 2011 to offer condolences over Kim Jong-il’s death.

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Cambridge Jones/Getty Images(LONDON) -- Investigations involving high profile figures in the U.K. and pedophilia now include a former prime minister.

Five police forces are investigating whether the late former British Prime Minister Edward Heath was a pedophile after allegations of underage sexual abuse, including the rape of a 12-year-old boy.

The former prime minister served from 1970 to 1974, and was then ousted by Margaret Thatcher as the leader of the Conservative Party in 1975. Heath died in 2005.

The allegations fall among claims that high profile figures in the U.K. sexually abused children and covered up the crimes.

According to the BBC, one of the investigations happening is Operation Midland, looking into allegations of sexual abuse against boys by a group of powerful men in areas across southern England and London in the 1970's and 1980's.

Another investigation follows a brothel operator in Heath's home town who had a prosecution against her dropped when she threatened to expose him as a pedophile.

Heath has also been confirmed as a suspect by the States of Jersey Police in Operation Whistle, an ongoing investigation into alleged historical abuse on the Island of Jersey.

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iStock/Thinkstock(MOSCOW) -- A well-known Russian free diver is missing after her latest stunt.

One of the most highly regarded free divers, Natalia Molchanova, is now missing after she took a dive off the coast of Ibiza on Sunday and never resurfaced.

She was diving with friends for fun and without a diving tether.

“She was a free-diving superstar, and we all thought nothing could harm her,” Kimmo Lahtinen, the president of the global federation for free diving, known as AIDA, told The New York Times. “Nothing could happen to her, but, you know, we are playing with the ocean, and when you play with the ocean, you know who is the strongest one.”

The area where she was diving, two miles west of La Savina at Poniente de es Freus, is known to have unpredictable and powerful currents.

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iStock/Thinkstock(MUMBAI, India) -- A dozen people died from a building collapse near Mumbai, India.

Following days of heavy monsoon rain, a three-story building collapsed on the outskirts of Mumbai, causing rescue officials to rush to the scene.

Officials said 12 people had died from the collapse, and rescuers were only able to save a few people.

According to one official, the 50-year-old building had been declared "unsafe" by the government two years ago, yet it was still inhabited.

Many people living in or around Mumbai turn to living in old, unstable properties due to the city's high property and rent prices.

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iStock Editorial/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- All three of the major U.S. airlines have now banned the transport of hunting trophies from Africa in the wake of the outrage over the shooting death of a lion in Zimbabwe by a Minnesota dentist.

American Airlines was the latest to ban the practice, announcing Tuesday morning that while it does not serve the continent, the carrier will "no longer transport buffalo, elephant, leopard, lion or rhinoceros trophies."

Delta Air Lines said on Monday it would put an immediate worldwide ban in place, but noted that up until now, its policies had followed government regulations.

"Prior to this ban, Delta’s strict acceptance policy called for absolute compliance with all government regulations regarding protected species," a spokesman said. "Delta will also review acceptance policies of other hunting trophies with appropriate government agencies and other organizations supporting legal shipments."

United Airlines said that, according to records, it has not shipped any such trophies in the past.

Some international carriers have held policies against transporting “trophies” since before the debate over the recent lion death.

Virgin Atlantic banned such transport "as part of our ethical cargo policy adopted a number of years ago" and it goes so far as to include endangered species and shark fins "and any animals for research purposes," spokeswoman Harriet Bevis said.

There are at least half a dozen airlines that have international flights to and from Africa that have not clarified their hunting trophy policy.

British Airways, Air France, Air Canada, Jet Blue, Swiss Air and KLM have not responded to ABC News' request for comment.

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iStock/Thinkstock(JERUSALEM) -- Israeli police have made their first arrest in connection to the firebombing of a West Bank home that killed a Palestinian toddler last Friday.

Meir Ettinger, 23, was well known to Israeli police before his arrest. He's a former settler that was banned from living in the West Bank for his alleged involvement in previous attacks on Palestinians.

Investigators say they found a manifesto by Ettinger showing he leads a radical and religious anarchist group that aims to overthrow the Israeli government and attack not just Palestinians, but also Christians.

Authorities want to know if Ettinger helped plan Friday's deadly arson attack. No charges have been filed against him yet.

Ettinger's lawyers insist he's innocent.

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Titanic Beach Lara(NEW YORK) — For the Titanic super fan, recreation dinners just won't cut it. There was the Titanic Memorial cruise of 2012, but that was a one-time deal.

What are enthusiasts of the doomed ship to do between now and the launch of Titanic II?

Book a night at Turkey's Titanic Hotel, of course.

Titanic Beach LaraThe Titanic Beach Lara is an all-inclusive resort in Antalya on the Mediterranean.

Titanic Beach LaraSome of the 589 "cruise style resort rooms" have sea views (just like a cruise ship) and all have private balconies. Some even have circular-style windows. There are four restaurants and seven bars, including a bowling alley, pool bar and disco.

Titanic Beach Lara

Despite what some might call a bizarre homage to a tragic event, overall the hotel gets great reviews on TripAdvisor. It gets 4.5 of 5 stars and past guests love the service and overall cleanliness.

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Lintao Zhang/Getty Images(BEIJING) -- Residents in Beijing were treated to a rare sight Monday evening.

After hours of rainfall, a rainbow appeared -- an uncommon site in the smog-ridden city.

Locals took to social media in the hours that followed, uploading thousands of images and sharing their delight, the BBC reports.

"To us living in China, it was so rare and beautiful to see," a user on Weibo, China's version of Twitter, said. "It's definitely not something we see very often."

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iStock/Thinkstock(TOULOUSE, France) -- The world may soon know if a piece of wreckage recently found on an island is part of the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370.

Liow Tiong Lai, Malaysia's transport minister, said on Monday the verification process for the flaperon found on Réunion last week will begin on Wednesday in France.

Spokesman for the minister, Lim Chau Leng, told ABC News that Malaysia is seeking help from nearby territories such as Magadascar and Mauritius to see if they find any debris.

According to engineers, the flaperon belongs to a Boeing 777, the same plane as MH370.

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iStock/Thinkstock(BULAWAYO, Zimbabwe) -- Amid the backlash over Cecil the lion’s death, a second American doctor is now under fire for allegedly illegal lion hunting, but Idaho big game hunters Sabrina Corgatelli and Aaron Neilson strongly defended legal trophy hunting, saying it helps with conservation.

“I'm a passionate lion hunter, have been for 20 years,” Neilson told Nightline in a Skype interview from South Africa. “[People] think it’s about the trophy and being able to take this trophy home and mount it in our trophy room that is not what it’s about. It’s about the pursuit and the adventure of the hunt. That is why we hunt."

Another doctor has also been accused of illegally shooting and killing a lion with a bow and arrow in April.

The accusations after Minnesota dentist Dr. Walter Palmer was accused of illegally killing Zimbabwe’s famous lion, Cecil. Zimbabwe has since suspended bow and arrow hunting, as well as the hunting of lions, leopards and elephants near Hwange National Park.

Both doctors have been the subject of enormous public outrage, which has forced the controversy of big game hunting back into the spotlight.

Corgatelli has been dealing with negative comments herself after posting a series of photos on her Facebook page and Instagram account showing her and Neilson's various kills, including a warthog, a crocodile, a wildebeest, an impala and a giraffe, during what they say was a legal hunting trip in South Africa's Kruger National Park.

In the giraffe photo posted on Facebook, Corgatelli is standing next to the animal with its neck wrapped around towards her. “I couldn't be any happier!! My emotion after getting him was a feeling I will never forget,” she wrote.

“So many people are calling me a poacher because they don’t even think it’s legal to hunt giraffe,” Corgatelli added. “So before you speak make sure you know what you are speaking about.”

Corgatelli said she has received numerous negative comments on her photos, including death threats against her, Neilson and their son, but both defended their African hunt.

"People like to claim that hunters like us are hunting endangered species when that is absolutely factually incorrect,” Neilson said.

Neither Neilson nor Corgatelli condone what Palmer and Seski did if their hunts were in fact illegal, as Zimbabwe officials have claimed.

Palmer has acknowledged killing Cecil but said that the hunt was done legally.

When done legally, Neilson insisted that hunting in Africa helps with conservation because big game hunters pay national parks thousands of dollars to hunt lions and other wild animals, generating revenue for the parks so they can provide the animals protection from habitat loss and poachers.

“It’s not about the few lions that are killed every year by sports hunters. It’s about the tens of thousands of acres of habitat that are lost every year,” Neilson said. “Hunting absolutely is the only tool right now that’s paying for the vast majority of the wildlife conservation throughout the continent of Africa... We might take a small surplus of [lions], but without what we’re doing there won’t be any of them at all.”

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iStock/Thinkstock(ROME) -- Italian police decode a cheesy method of communication used by the mafia.

Using hidden cameras and microphones, police in Sicily cracked a code used by members of the Sicilian mafia, leading to the arrests of 11 suspects.

The secret code centered around cheese and sheep, allowing mafia members to communicate with their boss.

One of the suspects arrested, 77-year-old Vito Gondola, would say something along the lines of "I've put the ricotta cheese aside for you, come by to get it," alerting members to a note under a rock.

Other phrases included "the sheep need shearing" and "the hay is ready."

Sicilian mafia boss Matteo Messina Denaro remains on the lam, and has been since 1993.

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iStock/Thinkstock(ISTANBUL) -- Are Turkey's attacks on Kurdish rebels hurting more than they're helping?

Since last month, Turkey has continued to target Kurdish rebels in northern Iraq, and in the process the country may acutally be helping ISIS.

The strikes have so far reportedly killed more than 250 gunmen, while also killing several Turkish soldiers and policemen.

The Kurdish fighter group known as the PKK, was responsible for recent attacks in Turkey within the past few weeks.

However the PKK as well as other Kurdish fighters in Syria have gone after ISIS in Iraq for years, gaining major ground over the terrorists and even receiving air support from the U.S.

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GALI TIBBON/AFP/Getty Images(JERUSALEM) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is following through on his promise to crackdown on Jewish extremists who carry out terror attacks against Palestinians after last week’s firebombing in the West Bank that killed a Palestinian toddler.

Netanyahu’s security cabinet has approved holding Jewish terror suspects in administrative detention.

The controversial policy of jailing suspects without charging them had only applied to Palestinian terror suspects. Now Jewish extremists can be held in custody without trial, provided the Attorney General approves.

Civil rights groups in Israel repeated their opposition, saying it denies detainees of civil liberties and due process.

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State Dept photo(DOHA, Qatar) — Leading Gulf Arab States say they are onboard with the Iran nuclear deal after Secretary of State John Kerry offered U.S. support for a regional ballistic missile defense system.

Kerry met with wary foreign ministers of the Gulf Cooperation Council, six Sunni-ruled Arab nations concerned about Shiite Iran’s assertiveness in the region, Monday in Doha.

Speaking after the meeting, Kerry said the U.S. will expedite arms transfers and offer special forces training and work with the nations to combat terror groups in Syria and Iraq.

“We focused on a wide range of very specific regional challenges, including the fight against Daesh, al Qaeda, other violent extremists,” he said.

“We discussed for example, our work on an integrative ballistic missile defense capability and expediting certain arms transfers. We also discussed enhancing our cooperation on combating violent extremism,” he added.

Last week the State Department authorized the sale of $5.4 billion in anti-ballistic missiles and another $500 million in ammunition to Saudi Arabia, one of the GCC nations.

“We agreed to talk about how to integrate the region’s anti-ballistic missile defenses based on some of the activities in other countries,” Kerry said.

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