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The outgoing European Council president urges British voters not to "give up" on stopping Brexit.

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Nagasaki marks 75th anniversary of atomic bombing with a plea to world leaders
Japan Nagasaki Anniversary

The Japanese city of Nagasaki on Sunday marked the 75th anniversary of the U.S. atomic bombing, with the mayor and dwindling survivors urging world leaders including their own to do more for a nuclear weapons ban.

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Bikers descend on South Dakota for massive rally — with scant COVID-19 precautions
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The coronavirus may be changing the world, but there aren't many signs of the pandemic at the massive annual motorcycle rally being held this week at a small city along Interstate 90 in western South Dakota.

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Lebanon PM calls for early elections to quell unrest over deadly Beirut blast
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Security forces fired tear gas and clashed with stone-throwing demonstrators Saturday in Beirut, and a group of protesters stormed the Foreign Ministry amid mounting fury over this week's explosion that devastated much of the city and killed nearly 160 people.

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Hong Kong, Chinese officials jeer at U.S. sanctions over security law
Hong Kong China US

Hong Kong's leader and China's top representative in the city took pot shots at the U.S. on Saturday after the Trump administration sanctioned them and nine other officials for allegedly cracking down on freedom and undermining the local autonomy of the former British colony.

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The massive explosion in Beirut in photos
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Tuesday's enormous explosion at Beirut port killed nearly 150 people, injured more than 5,000 and caused a huge swath of destruction in the Lebanese capital. Experts believe the blast is linked to 2,750 tonnes of ammonium nitrate that was stored in a warehouse at the port. Click here for a look at the incredible and tragic aftermath.

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Brazil's COVID-19 deaths top 100,000 as outbreak show no signs of relenting
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Brazil surpassed a grim milestone on Saturday — 100,000 deaths from COVID-19. And five months after the first reported case, the country is showing no signs of crushing the disease.

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Mauritius declares emergency as stranded ship spills fuel
Mauritius oil spill

The Indian Ocean island of Mauritius has declared a "state of environmental emergency" after a Japanese-owned ship that ran aground offshore began spilling tonnes of fuel.

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At least 17 dead in plane crash in southwestern India
INDIA CRASH

At least 17 people were killed and more than 100 injured when an Air India Express passenger plane repatriating Indians stranded by the COVID-19 pandemic overshot the runway in heavy rain near the southern city of Calicut, officials said.

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The U.S. election won't be resolved on election night. Here's why
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The United States is lumbering toward a perfect electoral storm that could test the foundations of a democracy already battered by partisan loathing. At the eye of this storm: mail-in ballots

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Ship that delivered explosive material to Beirut port was never supposed to stop there, says captain
Lebanon Explosion

The chemicals that went up in flames in Beirut's deadliest peace-time explosion arrived in the Lebanese capital seven years ago on a leaky Russian-leased cargo ship that, according to its captain, should never have stopped there.

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China sentences 4th Canadian to death on drug charges in 2 years
CHINA-HONGKONG/SECURITY-CANADA

China has sentenced a fourth Canadian citizen to death on drug charges in less than two years following a sharp downturn in ties over the arrest of an executive of Chinese tech giant Huawei.

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Rescuers in Lebanon recover more bodies days after massive explosion
APTOPIX Lebanon Explosion

Rescue teams pulled more bodies from the rubble of Beirut's port Friday, nearly three days after a massive explosion sent a wave of destruction through Lebanon's capital, killing nearly 150 people and wounding thousands.

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NASA drops 'colonial' nicknames for distant cosmic objects
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A nebula and a pair of galaxies will now be referred to by a string of numbers as NASA reviews “insensitive” and “actively harmful” nicknames.

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Seth Rogen's Israel comments highlight fraught diaspora ties
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Comments from comedian Seth Rogen about Jewish culture and Israel has sparked an uproar by American Jews, and sparked an international spat.

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U.S. slaps sanctions on Carrie Lam, other Hong Kong officials
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The U.S. on Friday imposed sanctions on Hong Kong officials — including Carrie Lam, the pro-China leader of the government — accusing them of undermining autonomy and restricting freedom of expression and assembly in the former British colony.

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Trump issues bans on China's TikTok, WeChat, stoking tension with Beijing
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U.S. President Donald Trump on Thursday unveiled sweeping bans on U.S. transactions with China's ByteDance, owner of video-sharing app TikTok, and Tencent, operator of messenger app WeChat, in a major escalation of tensions with Beijing.

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Kanye West presidential campaign enablers appear focused on siphoning off Biden support
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Kanye West's unlikely White House bid is getting help qualifying for presidential ballots in key states from Republicans around the United States, fuelling suspicions he's being pushed to run by allies of President Donald Trump hoping to siphon support from Joe Biden.

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Playing electoral defence, Trump claims Biden opposes God
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U.S. President Donald Trump billed his trip to Ohio Thursday as a chance to promote economic recovery, but he quickly pivoted to a deeply personal attack on Joe Biden, even questioning without foundation the former vice-president's faith in God.

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U.S. added 1.8M jobs in July as recovery from COVID-19 continues, but slowly
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U.S. employment growth slowed considerably in July amid a resurgence in new COVID-19 infections, offering the clearest evidence yet that the economy's recovery from the recession caused by the pandemic was faltering.

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U.S. lawmakers from both parties sound alarm on Postal Service changes blamed for delays
Election 2020 Voting Worries

Both Democrats and Republicans are calling on the U.S. Postal Service to immediately reverse operational changes imposed by the new Republican postmaster general that they say are causing delays in deliveries across the country just as big volume increases are expected for mail-in election voting.

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Protesters In Beirut Storm Foreign Ministry Amid Fury Over Massive Blast
Activists in Lebanon blame politicians' corruption and negligence for the blast that killed nearly 160 and left thousands injured. ... read more


Uighur Man Sends Secret Video, Text Messages From Inside Chinese Detention Center: Reports
The footage and messages offer a terrifying glimpse into the allegedly unsanitary and inhumane conditions inside China’s so-called “re-education centers.” ... read more


A Sweetheart Deal: Germany To Exempt Unmarried Couples From COVID-19 Border Controls
Only a few other European countries have done so. ... read more


At Least 16 Dead, Dozens Injured After Air India Plane Skids Off Runway
The Boeing 737 split in two while landing Friday in heavy rain in southern India. ... read more


Prince Harry Says Social Media Is Stoking A 'Crisis Of Hate'
And now the Duke of Sussex is advocating for change. ... read more


India Hits New Coronavirus Milestone: 2 Million Cases
More than 62,500 cases were reported in the past 24 hours. ... read more


Covid-19: Govt Says Herd Immunity Not An Option For India. This Is What It Means
Health ministry said herd immunity "cannot be a strategic choice or option" given the size of India’s population. ... read more


Rookie Police Dog Proves He's A Very Good Boy During First Shift
Max, a 2-year-old German shepherd, was "crucial" to finding a missing mother and her young son in Wales, the police inspector said. ... read more


Tourist's 19th-Century Statue Photo-Op Goes Horribly Wrong
“It was irresponsible behavior on my part," the man admitted of the incident, which was caught on a surveillance camera at a museum in Italy. ... read more


In A Horrific Instant, A Burst That Ravaged Beirut
A wave of destructive energy shot across Lebanon’s capital. ... read more


How Ammonium Nitrate Might Be To Blame For Beirut's Deadly Blast
More than 130 people died in an explosion in the Lebanese port city. ... read more


Lebanese Bride Almost Hit By Explosion While Filming Wedding Video
Israa Seblani said the shockwave from the blast nearly blew her off her feet. ... read more


Lebanon's People Don’t Want To Be Resilient Anymore. They Want Change.
The Beirut explosions ripped through a fragile society already struggling with a financial crisis and the coronavirus pandemic. ... read more


Lebanon Putting Some Beirut Port Officials On House Arrest After Explosion
The explosion at Beirut's port killed at least 100 people and wounded thousands. ... read more


Meghan Markle Wins Temporary Victory In Ongoing Privacy Lawsuit
The Duchess of Sussex can keep anonymous the identities of five friends who spoke out on her behalf, a judge ruled Wednesday. ... read more


Many Countries See The Pandemic As A Crisis. Authoritarians Spot An Opportunity.
Autocratic leaders have obscured coronavirus data, cracked down on doctors and reporters, and used the health crisis to further erode democracies worldwide. ... read more


Huge Explosions In Beirut Kill At Least 100, Injure Nearly 4,000
Highly explosive material caused at least one of the blasts in the port of Lebanon's capital city, an official said. Many people were still missing early Wednesday. ... read more


WHO Chief Warns There May Never Be A 'Silver Bullet' For Coronavirus
The director of the World Health Organization urged people to practice “the basics of public health" to stop outbreaks of COVID-19. ... read more


Spain's Former King Leaving Country Amid Financial Scandal
The country's prime minister recently said he found the developments about King Juan Carlos I ― including investigations in Spain and Switzerland ― “disturbing.” ... read more


Coronavirus Live Updates: Stay Up To Date On The Latest News About The Pandemic
Stay up to date as we cover the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and its effects across the world. ... read more


Belarus election: President Lukashenko faces toughest test in years
President Lukashenko is seeking a sixth term in office as Belarus votes after a series of protests. ... read more


Spain's ex-King Juan Carlos lands in Abu Dhabi: reports
A photograph appears to show Spain's former monarch landing in Abu Dhabi after leaving his country. ... read more


Eleven die in fire in Czech Republic tower block
Six died in the building, and another five were killed after jumping from the 11th floor. ... read more


Coronavirus: Masks made mandatory in parts of Paris as infections rise
People will be required to wear face masks outdoors in busy areas of the French capital from Monday. ... read more


UK seeks navy help over migrant Channel crossings
More than 500 people have been intercepted crossing the English Channel in recent days. ... read more


New restrictions for three Irish counties
Movement restrictions in Kildare, Laois and Offaly could be applied elsewhere, health official warns. ... read more


Cheeky boar leaves nudist grunting in laptop chase
Photos of a naked Berlin man chasing a wild boar to get his stolen laptop back go viral. ... read more


Protests shake up Belarus presidential election
Big rallies against Alexander Lukashenko show that many in Belarus are fed up with his leadership. ... read more


Europe lockdown: New coronavirus curbs country by country
What are European countries doing to control new coronavirus outbreaks? ... read more


The islands that want tourists as well as fish
The Faroe Islands are trying to reduce their dependence on fishing industries. ... read more


Coronavirus: How to stay cool in a face mask as hot UK weather forecast
Temperatures are forecast to top 30C in some parts of the UK this weekend. Perhaps it is not the time you want to be partially covering your face. ... read more


Holiday shock: 'We were stopped from boarding our Greece flight'
Some UK holidaymakers are being caught out by new passenger forms now required to travel to Greece. ... read more


Coronavirus: What are the UK travel quarantine rules?
Belgium, Bahamas and Andorra are the latest places from where people must quarantine on arriving in the UK. ... read more


Tourist posing for photo breaks 19th Century Antonio Canova sculpture
A tourist has accidentally broken the toes of a historic artwork while visiting a museum in Italy. ... read more


Genoa bridge 'like a white vessel crossing the valley'
Architect Renzo Piano on his new design for the replacement for the collapsed Morandi Bridge. ... read more


Coronavirus: Tracking new outbreaks in the sewers
Around 15,000 new cases of the disease have been reported in Spain in the past week. ... read more


Coronavirus: Brits, Balearics and battered businesses
Ibiza's nightclub scene has been hit hard by coronavirus, leaving people in need of support. ... read more


Coronavirus: Ibiza boss reacts to UK quarantine regulations
O Beach Ibiza boss, Tony Truman, based on the island for 20 years, explains how the new rules are impacting plans. ... read more


Coronavirus: Johnson says signs of a second wave showing in Europe
The Prime Minister has defended the decision to make travellers returning from Spain quarantine for 14-days. ... read more


Did Columbus 'discover' America? Teachers re-examine how history is taught
"There's a decided push for us to really begin to re-examine our own biases and how we approach things in our classroom," one educator said. ... read more


Trump signs executive orders on coronavirus economic relief
Democrats promised last week to file a legal challenge if the president acted through executive order to circumvent Congress, which has the constitutional authority to determine federal spending. ... read more


I'm an ER doctor. Here's a troubling reason patients ignore COVID-19 advice.
Doctors aren't infallible, but our commitment and ability to constantly learn and update our findings highlights precisely why science is so valuable. ... read more


Nation hits 5 million coronavirus cases with few signs of slowing
Dr. Gabe Kelen of Johns Hopkins Medicine said the pandemic does not appear to have peaked in the U.S. ... read more


California pastor threatens to defy coronavirus court order
A 7-year-old boy in Georgia who had no underlying health conditions had a seizure in the shower and was rushed to an emergency room. He later died at the hospital. ... read more


Racism and the body: Why racism is a 'death sentence' for Black Americans
COVID-19 has made it impossible to ignore the ways that discrimination drives health disparities among Black Americans. It’s an issue that Former First Lady Michelle Obama even acknowledged publicly. In the final episode of “Positive Spin,” host Liz Plank speaks to an epidemiologist, protestors and writer Jamil Smith on this current breaking point. ... read more


When can we expect a safe, reliable vaccine? Here's where the science stands
The urgency of the pandemic means vaccine researchers are shortening downtime between trial phases and collaborating in ways rarely seen in what can be a competitive field. ... read more


$800 a week to test employees for COVID-19. Could rapid, cheap tests help?
Experts say antigen tests could be used by businesses and universities where there is a demand for frequent, rapid testing. ... read more


Lawmakers plead with Trump admin to declassify more about 2020 meddling
They say the information must be released soon so voters can protect themselves ahead of an election just three months away. ... read more


'An insidious ploy': Trump admin's decision to cut census short could have dire consequences
Undercounting populations like Black Americans and Native tribes could skew the balance of power in the U.S. for years to come. ... read more


Three women unite to unseat Europe's 'last dictator'
"I am not in politics for power. I am in it for justice," said Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya who is running against Belarusian president Alexander Lukaschenko. ... read more


Tear gas, clashes in Beirut amid fury over massive blast
The staggering devastation from the explosion this week came on top of an economic and financial crisis. ... read more


'The virus took hold': Teacher writes own obituary to protest reopening schools
"She returned to work, did her best to handle all the roles," the mock obituary says, "educator, COVID-security guard, human shield ... but the workload weakened her, and the virus took hold." ... read more


Colleges are closing suddenly — highlighting government's failure to protect students
Schools at risk of shutting down are supposed to prepare transition plans. But students are often left scrambling to find new ways to finish their degrees. ... read more


How higher education's own choices left it vulnerable to the pandemic crisis
Many colleges and universities left themselves exposed to the coronavirus crisis through decisions made well before the pandemic, experts say. ... read more


Colleges take different approaches to tracking COVID-19 as students return to campus
UNC-Chapel Hill recently launched a COVID-19 dashboard to report tests and cases. But critics fear it won’t be able to prevent an outbreak. ... read more


Coronavirus Confessions: Share your anonymous stories about child care, dating and more
Social distancing, self-isolation and quarantining. Share your anonymous stories in the time of COVID-19. ... read more


Their job didn't even exist 10 years ago. Now, these virtual cameramen entertain millions.
There are no players on a field, the cameras are digital and the slow-motion replays may feature an armor-clad ape attacking a hamster in a mechanical suit. ... read more


Shop with authors: Books on Black resilience
Authors Vashti Harrison and Renee Watson on why Black resilience and joy in books can improve all children’s understanding of others’ everyday lives. ... read more


Biden closing in on final decision on vice presidential running mate
The presumptive Democratic nominee could announce a final decision by the middle of next week or sooner, although sources say his only real deadline is the convention, which starts Aug. 17. ... read more


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Did Columbus 'discover' America? Teachers re-examine how history is taught
"There's a decided push for us to really begin to re-examine our own biases and how we approach things in our classroom," one educator said. ... read more


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Trump signs executive orders on coronavirus economic relief
Democrats promised last week to file a legal challenge if the president acted through executive order to circumvent Congress, which has the constitutional authority to determine federal spending. ... read more


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I'm an ER doctor. Here's a troubling reason patients ignore COVID-19 advice.
Doctors aren't infallible, but our commitment and ability to constantly learn and update our findings highlights precisely why science is so valuable. ... read more


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Nation hits 5 million coronavirus cases with few signs of slowing
Dr. Gabe Kelen of Johns Hopkins Medicine said the pandemic does not appear to have peaked in the U.S. ... read more


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California pastor threatens to defy coronavirus court order
A 7-year-old boy in Georgia who had no underlying health conditions had a seizure in the shower and was rushed to an emergency room. He later died at the hospital. ... read more


Racism and the body: Why racism is a 'death sentence' for Black Americans
COVID-19 has made it impossible to ignore the ways that discrimination drives health disparities among Black Americans. It’s an issue that Former First Lady Michelle Obama even acknowledged publicly. In the final episode of “Positive Spin,” host Liz Plank speaks to an epidemiologist, protestors and writer Jamil Smith on this current breaking point. ... read more


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When can we expect a safe, reliable vaccine? Here's where the science stands
The urgency of the pandemic means vaccine researchers are shortening downtime between trial phases and collaborating in ways rarely seen in what can be a competitive field. ... read more


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$800 a week to test employees for COVID-19. Could rapid, cheap tests help?
Experts say antigen tests could be used by businesses and universities where there is a demand for frequent, rapid testing. ... read more


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Lawmakers plead with Trump admin to declassify more about 2020 meddling
They say the information must be released soon so voters can protect themselves ahead of an election just three months away. ... read more


https://media3.s-nbcnews.com/i/newscms/2020_32/3402879/200807-census-al-0927_45944c3a855ed5a688a2c480a5047a8f.jpg
'An insidious ploy': Trump admin's decision to cut census short could have dire consequences
Undercounting populations like Black Americans and Native tribes could skew the balance of power in the U.S. for years to come. ... read more


https://media4.s-nbcnews.com/i/newscms/2020_32/3402558/200806-belarus-elections-al-0911_5a770b14e94e9cb17535410cfb15d864.jpg
Three women unite to unseat Europe's 'last dictator'
"I am not in politics for power. I am in it for justice," said Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya who is running against Belarusian president Alexander Lukaschenko. ... read more


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Tear gas, clashes in Beirut amid fury over massive blast
The staggering devastation from the explosion this week came on top of an economic and financial crisis. ... read more


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'The virus took hold': Teacher writes own obituary to protest reopening schools
"She returned to work, did her best to handle all the roles," the mock obituary says, "educator, COVID-security guard, human shield ... but the workload weakened her, and the virus took hold." ... read more


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Colleges are closing suddenly — highlighting government's failure to protect students
Schools at risk of shutting down are supposed to prepare transition plans. But students are often left scrambling to find new ways to finish their degrees. ... read more


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How higher education's own choices left it vulnerable to the pandemic crisis
Many colleges and universities left themselves exposed to the coronavirus crisis through decisions made well before the pandemic, experts say. ... read more


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Colleges take different approaches to tracking COVID-19 as students return to campus
UNC-Chapel Hill recently launched a COVID-19 dashboard to report tests and cases. But critics fear it won’t be able to prevent an outbreak. ... read more


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Coronavirus Confessions: Share your anonymous stories about child care, dating and more
Social distancing, self-isolation and quarantining. Share your anonymous stories in the time of COVID-19. ... read more


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Their job didn't even exist 10 years ago. Now, these virtual cameramen entertain millions.
There are no players on a field, the cameras are digital and the slow-motion replays may feature an armor-clad ape attacking a hamster in a mechanical suit. ... read more


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Shop with authors: Books on Black resilience
Authors Vashti Harrison and Renee Watson on why Black resilience and joy in books can improve all children’s understanding of others’ everyday lives. ... read more


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Biden closing in on final decision on vice presidential running mate
The presumptive Democratic nominee could announce a final decision by the middle of next week or sooner, although sources say his only real deadline is the convention, which starts Aug. 17. ... read more


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