A firefighter controls a hotspot of the Maria Fire, in Santa Paula, Ventura County, California, on Saturday. Photo: Apu Gomes/AFP via Getty Images
California firefighters have spent days battling wildfires in challenging, dry conditions that have forced the evacuation of tens of thousands of people.
The big picture: Firefighters have even faced hurricane-strength winds in some places. California's governor has declared a state of emergency, and some 3 million people have been affected by power shut-offs, per the New York Times. This is what firefighters have been up against, in photos.
Smoke from Australia's deadly wildfires blanketed the state capitals of Sydney and Adelaide as air quality exceeded "hazardous" levels on Thursday, the BBC reports.
Why it matters: Thousands of people have fled the fires. Per News.com.au, much of the country is on high fire alert, as blazes rage across all six of Australia's states. Six people have died in the bushfires in the eastern states of Queensland and New South Wales.
Two powerful storm systems are leaving the Thanksgiving plans of millions of people in disarray across the United States.
The big picture: The systems have caused transport chaos after triggering heavy snowstorms, rainfall, a "bomb cyclone" with hurricane-force winds and tornadoes in some parts of the country. Here's what's been unfolding, in photos.
Pro-democracy activists blocked roads, trashed shopping malls and vandalized public transportation across Hong Kong on Sunday, while riot police fired tear gas to break up demonstrations, Reuters reports.
Why it matters: Sunday's protests mark the 24th consecutive weekend of anti-government protests, coming just two weeks before the Chinese-controlled city holds district council elections.