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Beijing is getting ready to put on a massive military parade. 

The Chinese Communist Party has done these types of processions before. After all, that’s sort of the purpose of the grand plaza of central Beijing’s Tiananmen Square. 

But Thursday will be the first time the Chinese government pulls out all the stops to mark the end of the Chinese People’s War of Resistance Against Japan. 

In the West, we call it World War II. 

REUTERS/Leonhard Foeger

A train station in Hungary is the latest place where the migrant crisis is playing out.

Hungarian officials have closed the Keleti station to stop migrants from continuing their journey in Europe. Many started their journey in Greece or Italy and want to get to Germany.

But for now, the trains aren't going anywhere.

Nazi gold train fever is spreading across Poland

8 hours ago
Kacper Pempel/Reuters

There's a case of gold fever in Poland. A pair of treasure hunters reportedly located a Nazi-era train filled with gold — and it's causing quite a stir.

But when sorting fact from fiction in this story, the BBC’s Adam Easton says there’s not a scrap of documentary evidence that this train actually exists. But the legend does have longevity, dating back to the end of World War II.

L.E. Baskow/Reuters

Gerard Depardeiu, Steven Seagal, Mickey Rourke — and now Limp Bizkit front man Fred Durst, all have something in common: Russia.

In an interview Tuesday with Russian radio station Rock FM, Durst said that he wants to become a Russian citizen. But, apparently, he needs some help.

“I wouldn’t mind getting a Russian passport,” Durst said according to Russian media. “If you have communication with the relevant authorities, which could assist with obtaining it — share.”

So who was McKinley and why did he have a mountain?

Sep 1, 2015
Derek Ramsey 

The US government has officially renamed the tallest mountain in North America. What was previously Mount McKinley, in Alaska, is now Denali. Denali is one of the ancient Native American names for the mountain.

Who was William McKinley?

William McKinley was the 25th president of the United States, and famously had absolutely nothing to do with Alaska. He was one of four sitting presidents to be assassinated.