Around the World in 60 Seconds: Today's top stories


Here’s a brief look at some of the top news stories around the world for Aug. 3, 2015.

Death penalty on table for movie theater shooter James Holmes

Despite arguments from James Holmes's defense that mental illness was behind the deadly mass shooting he perpetrated at an Aurora, Illinois, movie theater in 2012, jurors have "unanimously" agreed to consider the death penalty. Holmes pleaded not guilty but was convicted.

[Read more from CNN]

Obama: Clean Power Plan 'most important step we have ever taken' against climate change

In a speech detailing the new Clean Power Plan in Washington, D.C., on Monday, President Barack Obama called reducing climate change a "moral obligation." To be implemented by U.S. states, it seeks to reduce the country's carbon emissions by one-third by 2030.

[Read more from BBC]

China demanding U.S. return wealthy refugee

Beijing is reportedly putting pressure on the Obama Administration to hand over businessman Ling Wancheng, who recently fled to the United States. Politically connected to the highest levels of the Chinese government, he could pose a significant security threat to his country if he defects to the U.S.

[Read more from The New York Times]

Scientists: Yes, you can taste fat

Confirming long-held suspicions, scientists have confirmed that human taste buds can detect the flavor of fat. The researchers, whose work is published in the journal "Chemical Senses," named the particular flavor "Oleogustus" and compare the sensation of tasting it to "eating oxidized oil."

[Read more from FOX News]

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