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Rescuers search for missing people at the Yellow River Stone Forest in northwest China's Gansu Province on May 23. Photo: Xinhua via Getty Images

Nearly two dozen ultramarathon runners died after hail, freezing wind and rain unexpectedly struck a race in northwest China this weekend, the New York Times reports.

Driving the news: Two of China's top ultrarunners were among those who died after enduring the extreme conditions during the 62-mile Huanghe Shilin Mountain Marathon. Eight of the participants ended up hospitalized and 151 were safely rescued, officials said.

  • The deaths are being investigated by the Gansu Province government following outrage in China and accusations that local officials were unprepared to host the event, the Times reports.

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May 22, 2021 - World

3 dead, more than 30 injured after 2 earthquakes hit China

Firefighters set up temporary tents for people displaced by an overnight earthquake in China. Photo: STR/AFP via Getty Images

At least three people died and another 36 people are injured after two separate earthquakes hit China on early Saturday, AP reports.

The state of play: The first earthquake had a magnitude of 6.1 and hit southern China, in the Yunnan province. Hours later, approximately 620 miles north, a 7.3-magnitude earthquake hit central China in Qinghai province, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

28 U.S. citizens depart Afghanistan on Qatar Airways flight

Passengers board a Qatar Airways aircraft bound to Qatar at the airport in Kabul on September 10, 2021. Photo: Aamir Qureshi/AFP via Getty Images

The State Department on Saturday confirmed that a Qatar Airways charter flight left Kabul on Friday with 28 U.S. citizens and seven lawful permanent residents on board.

The big picture: Friday's flight is the third such airlift by Qatar Airways since the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan, AP reports.

Updated 4 hours ago - Politics & Policy

Smaller than expected "Justice for J6" rally met with large police presence

Police officers watch as demonstrators gather for the "Justice for J6" rally in Washington, D.C., on Sept. 18, 2021. Photo: Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/AFP via Getty Images

A few hundred demonstrators were met by a heavy law enforcement presence on Saturday at the "Justice for J6" rally outside the fenced-off U.S. Capitol, AP reports.

The latest: Four people were arrested at the rally, including one person with a gun, one with a knife and two with outstanding warrants, per the U.S. Capitol Police.