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'Is This American-Style Civilization?': World Reacts To Presidential Debate

Permalink - Posted on 2020-09-30 19:34, modified at 21:59

A "national humiliation," said a U.K. paper. "Cacophonique," according to a French news channel. An Israeli news anchor tweeted "condolences to America," saying, "It is hard to stoop lower than this."


U.S. Statue Removals Inspire Indigenous People In Latin America To Topple Monuments

Permalink - Posted on 2020-09-30 14:04, modified at 17:54

The latest target was a statue of Sebastián de Belalcázar, a Spanish conquistador who founded two Colombian cities and led a military campaign that killed and enslaved thousands of Indigenous people.


Coronavirus World Map: Tracking The Spread Of The Outbreak

Permalink - Posted on 2020-09-30 12:50, modified at 13:18

A map of confirmed COVID-19 cases and deaths around the world. The respiratory disease has spread rapidly across six continents and has killed at least 1 million globally.


A Syrian Refugee Family's Resettlement In The U.S. Is Captured In Graphic Novel

Permalink - Posted on 2020-09-29 19:57, modified at 23:51

Welcome To The New World begins in 2016 when the Aldabaans arrive on election day — and wake up in Donald Trump's America. Author Jake Halpern began to document the newcomers in a comic strip.


With Glaciers Melting And Temps Soaring, Pakistan Pursues Big Action On Climate Change

Permalink - Posted on 2020-09-29 19:57, modified on 2020-09-30 00:52

A new electric vehicle policy. Renewable energy. 10 billion trees: Pakistan launches ambitious green policies. Will they succeed?


Kuwait's Emir, Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah, Dies At 91

Permalink - Posted on 2020-09-29 18:36, modified at 18:40

Sheikh Sabah spent four decades as foreign minister before becoming emir in 2006. He was known as a master diplomat who tried to mediate disputes in the volatile Gulf region.


'Russia Doesn't Have To Make Fake News': Biggest Election Threat Is Closer To Home

Permalink - Posted on 2020-09-29 18:11, modified at 23:51

National security officials say Russia is again trying to disrupt the election. But this time, it doesn't have to work so hard because Americans are spreading mistruths and doubts about the election.


Ruth Bader Ginsburg's Iconic Collar To Go On Display In Israel

Permalink - Posted on 2020-09-29 15:22, modified on 2020-09-30 11:59

The collar, one of the late justice's signature fashion accessories, as well as an autographed copy her book, My Own Words, will be exhibited at the Museum of the Jewish People in Tel Aviv.


How A Beloved Gemstone Became A Symbol Of Environmental Tragedy In Myanmar

Permalink - Posted on 2020-09-29 14:45, modified at 16:22

Decades of mining for jade has left the landscape desolate. Local activists want to make a change — but can they stand up to the powerful companies that dominate the industry?


Amnesty International Halts Work In India, Citing 'Witch-Hunt' By Government

Permalink - Posted on 2020-09-29 14:17, modified at 17:14

The human rights group says its work in India has come to "a grinding halt" after it learned earlier this month that the Indian government froze its bank accounts.


COVID-19 Deaths Top 1 Million Worldwide. How These 5 Nations Are Driving The Pandemic

Permalink - Posted on 2020-09-29 01:05, modified on 2020-09-30 14:23

Nine months after the first reported fatality in China last January, the world has hit a sobering milestone.


Uber Can Keep Operating In London, Magistrate Rules

Permalink - Posted on 2020-09-28 22:02, modified on 2020-09-30 14:23

Regulators had refused to renew Uber's license, finding its lax security controls had put passengers at risk. But a court found that Uber had fixed the problems and was fit to operate in the city.


Fighting Between Armenia And Azerbaijan Threatens To Spiral Into Full-Blown War

Permalink - Posted on 2020-09-28 19:47, modified on 2020-09-29 05:38

Dozens of service members on both sides reportedly have been killed in violence that began Sunday in the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region. The conflict has the potential to draw in NATO ally Turkey.


Violence Erupts Between Armenia And Azerbaijan Over Long-Disputed Region

Permalink - Posted on 2020-09-27 18:03, modified on 2020-09-28 12:09

Each country is blaming the other for initiating the conflict, which has reportedly left civilians dead on both sides. Armenia has declared martial law and mobilized its military.


New DOJ Filing: TikTok's Owner Is 'A Mouthpiece' Of Chinese Communist Party

Permalink - Posted on 2020-09-26 04:37, modified at 18:58

In a new court filing, the Trump administration offers its most thorough explanation to date of why it considers the hit video-sharing app a national security threat.


What Does It Take For A Palestinian American Baby To Travel From Israel To The U.S.?

Permalink - Posted on 2020-09-25 19:24, modified at 19:25

The Palestinian Authority has refused since May to register Palestinian births with Israel, so the infants are blocked from leaving the country, as one Palestinian American family recently learned.


Rio's Joyous Carnival, The World's Largest, Is Postponed Due To COVID-19

Permalink - Posted on 2020-09-25 19:09, modified at 19:25

The postponement will cause financial hardship for people who depend on the celebration — but "financial loss doesn't justify human loss," says one musician. Brazil has been hit hard by the virus.


Hero Rat Wins A Top Animal Award For Sniffing Out Land Mines

Permalink - Posted on 2020-09-25 17:17, modified at 22:29

In the last four years, the rat named Magawa has helped to clear over 1.5 million square feet of land. The animal has detected dozens of land mines in Cambodia and is believed to have saved lives.


Paris Police Suspect Terrorism In Attack Near Former 'Charlie Hebdo' Offices

Permalink - Posted on 2020-09-25 15:51, modified at 15:53

An arrest has been made in the incident outside the building where a dozen people were gunned down in 2015 in apparent retaliation for the publication of cartoons that satirized the Prophet Muhammad.


Kim Jong Un Says He's Sorry That North Korean Troops Killed A South Korean Man

Permalink - Posted on 2020-09-25 14:58, modified at 17:01

Pyongyang says an unidentified man was found in North Korean waters and that he murmured he was from South Korea but then stopped responding to soldiers' questions and appeared to try to flee.


Why The Pandemic Could Change The Way We Record Deaths

Permalink - Posted on 2020-09-25 14:00, modified at 20:00

Before COVID-19 came along, the world wasn't so great at counting deaths and understanding why people die. But the virus has propelled countries to ramp up their efforts.


Report: Satellite Images Reveal Suspected Detention Sites In China's Xinjiang Region

Permalink - Posted on 2020-09-24 22:18, modified on 2020-09-25 17:16

The centers have apparently been built and expanded since 2019, even as Chinese officials claimed most of the ethnic Uighurs and others sent to the facilities had "returned to society."