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Tanzanian miner finds third rare tanzanite gem worth millions after record haul

Saniniu Laizer became an overnight millionaire in June after selling two record gemstones for $3.4 million

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Early Coronavirus Vaccine Supplies Likely Won’t Be Enough for Everyone at High Risk

Initial supplies of any successful coronavirus vaccines are now expected to fall short of what is needed even for high-priority groups like health-care workers, forcing drugmakers and U.S. officials to grapple with the thorny question of who should be first in line. Public-health officials estimate more than 100 million Americans, including doctors and nurses, other […]

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What Caused the Beirut Explosion? What We Know

A pair of explosions, the second much bigger than the first, struck the city of Beirut early Tuesday evening, killing at least 100 people, wounding more than 4,000 and causing widespread damage. The second blast sent a billowing, reddish plume high above the city’s port and created a shock wave that shattered glass for miles. […]

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Beirut Explosion Shatters Windows Across Lebanese Capital

Beirut, Lebanon (CNN)A large explosion ripped through the Lebanese capital Beirut on Tuesday, injuring people and smashing windows in buildings across the city. The source of the explosion was a major fire at a warehouse for firecrackers near the port in Beirut, the state-run National News Agency reported. Local news reported large numbers of wounded […]

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Navy’s first Black, female fighter pilot earns ‘Wings of Gold’

The Navy’s first known Black female strike fighter pilot, Lt. j.g. Madeline G. Swegle, earned her “Wings of Gold” on Friday. Swegle was designated as a naval aviator and awarded her gold naval aviator wings along with 25 classmates during a small ceremony at a Naval Air Station in Kingsville, Texas, the Navy announced Friday. The recognition marks […]

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The CDC Just Released a Report on Kids Spreading COVID-19

Since the start of the pandemic, researchers have been puzzled by how children are impacted by COVID-19. When the first cases of the virus were reported out of Wuhan, China, it seemed as though children weren’t even being infected. Soon after we learned that children could in fact contract the virus, though were less likely […]

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TikTok’s Chinese owner offers to forego stake to clinch U.S. deal – source

NEW YORK/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – China’s ByteDance has agreed to divest the U.S. operations of TikTok completely in a bid to save a deal with the White House, after President Donald Trump said on Friday he had decided to ban the popular short-video app, two people familiar with the matter said on Saturday. U.S. officials have […]

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Indian Billionaires Bet Big on Head Start in Coronavirus Vaccine Race

PUNE, India — In early May, an extremely well-sealed steel box arrived at the cold room of the Serum Institute of India, the world’s largest vaccine maker. Inside, packed in dry ice, sat a tiny 1-milliliter vial from Oxford, England, containing the cellular material for one of the world’s most promising coronavirus vaccines. Scientists in white […]

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Seven, Including Alaska State Lawmaker, Killed in Mid-Air Plane Collision

Seven people were killed Friday morning after two planes collided mid-air in Soldotna, Alaska, state officials said. One plane carried a single occupant: 67-year-old Alaska Rep. Gary Knopp, Alaska State Troopers (AST) confirmed in a statement. The other plane carried six people, including 57-year-old pilot Gregory Bell of Soldotna, 40-year-old travel guide David Rogers of Kansas and […]

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Wall Streeters see Amazon stock passing $4,000 in next year

Two days after Congress grilled Amazon on whether it was too big, Wall Street is cheering on the retail behemoth, predicting its very size and market dominance will push its stock to stratospheric heights. Analysts are raising their target prices for Amazon stock after the e-commerce giant posted blockbuster revenue for the three months from […]

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Boston Marathon Bomber’s Death Sentence Is Thrown Out by Court

A federal appeals court on Friday overturned the death sentence of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, who was convicted of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings, and ordered a new penalty-phase trial. The ruling, from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit, concluded that the presiding judge in the 2015 trial, George A. O’Toole Jr., “did not […]

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Ex-Marine gets nine years in a Russian jail over a drunken incident he cannot remember

MOSCOW —Former U.S. Marine Trevor Reed was convicted of endangering Russian police with violence and sentenced to nine years in prison by a Moscow court Thursday, over a drunken incident he does not remember. Reed, 29, traveled to Moscow last summer to spend time with his girlfriend Alina Tsybulnik and to study Russian. But a […]

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Dr. Fauci on why coronavirus is wreaking havoc on Black communities

Black, Indigenous and Latinx communities have been hit hardest by the coronavirus. Black Americans, according to the CDC, are 2.5 times more likely to die from COVID-19 compared to their White counterparts. Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s top infectious disease doctor, sat down with BET to speak about why minority communities have such a high number of infections, […]

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‘Giant of a man’: Three former presidents to attend John Lewis’ funeral in Atlanta

ATLANTA – Three former presidents are expected to attend the funeral Thursday for civil rights icon John Lewis, a remarkable nod of respect from the highest level of government. Former president George W. Bush and Bill Clinton will attend, sources confirmed to USA TODAY. So will Barack Obama, who is expected to deliver a eulogy, the Atlanta Journal […]

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Kenya Airways Pilots Urge President to Save National Carrier

Kenya Airways Plc’s decision to freeze expansion plans will hurt the East African nation’s economy and its relevance as a regional aviation hub, according to a pilot’s lobby.https://products.gobankingrates.com/r/d9360ea31bf06ea8b9d0ef49288e28fb A plan to fire staff will affect more than 4,000 families who depend on the national carrier directly and about 620,000 others who rely on the aviation […]

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Japan’s air force faces a ‘relentless’ burden, imposed by China

Japanese fighter pilot Lt. Col. Takamichi Shirota says his country is under increasing pressure from the air. Analysts say it’s a pressure faced by few other nations. More than twice a day, Japanese fighter pilots hear a siren blare, bolt up from their ready-room seats, run to their jets, and scream aloft, ready to intercept […]

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The Ellen DeGeneres Show Is Under Investigation Amid Toxic Work Environment Claims

The Ellen DeGeneres Show is under internal investigation at WarnerMedia. Staff have claimed the show is a “toxic work environment” and that they regularly experience microaggressions, racism, and bullying from producers. Looks like an internal investigation is finally being conducted on The Ellen DeGeneres Show following multiple allegations of the work environment being completely toxic. Variety reports that WarnerMedia is investigating […]

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CRUISE SHIP WITH 1,200 GUESTS SETS SAIL FOR THE FIRST TIME SINCE INDUSTRY SHUTDOWN

The (first) ship has sailed. A German vessel operated by travel giant TUI Cruises, is testing the cruise industry waters as it becomes the first large cruise ship to resume operations, following months of shutdowns amid the coronavirus pandemic. According to German public broadcaster DW, the Mein Schiff 2 (My Ship 2), set sail late Friday […]

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ON THIS DAY IN SPACE! JULY 25, 1984: COSMONAUT SVETLANA SAVITSKAYA MAKES THE 1ST SPACEWALK BY A WOMAN

On July 25, 1984, the Russian cosmonaut Svetlana Savitskaya became the first woman to embark on a spacewalk, also known as an extravehicular activity (EVA).  She spent three hours and 35 minutes doing welding experiments outside Russia’s Salyut 7 space station with her colleague Vladimir Dzhanibekov. They were cutting and welding metal and testing out […]

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SINGAPOREAN PLEADS GUILTY TO ACTING AS ILLEGAL CHINA AGENT: U.S.

(Bloomberg) — A Singaporean man pleaded guilty to acting as an illegal agent for Chinese intelligence in the U.S., according to a statement posted Friday on the U.S. Department of Justice website. Jun Wei Yeo, also known as Dickson Yeo, admitted that he provided valuable information to Chinese intelligence and knowingly recruited others in the U.S. to […]

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THIS SCULPTURE AT CIA HEADQUATERS HOLDS ONE OF THE WORLD’S MOST FAMOUS UNSOLVED MYSTERIES

(CNN) In the middle of CIA headquarters, there sits a sculpture that contains a secret code that has stumped top cryptologists for decades. In the late 1980s, artist Jim Sanborn was commissioned to create a sculpture to be displayed at CIA headquarters in Langley, Virginia. Knowing some of the world’s top intelligence officials would see […]

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U.S. coronavirus cases pass four million in rapid acceleration

The total number of coronavirus cases reported in the United States passed 4 million on Thursday, reflecting a rapid acceleration of infections detected in the country since the first case was recorded on Jan. 21, a Reuters tally showed. It took the country 98 days to reach 1 million cases, but just 16 days to […]

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World leaders to send videos instead of traveling to U.N. in September

World leaders will send videos instead of physically gathering at the United Nations in September due to the coronavirus pandemic, the General Assembly decided on Wednesday, a move that paves the way for people wary of traveling to the United States – like North Korean ruler Kim Jong Un – to participate. The annual high-level […]

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Airbnb approached about blank-check company merger for public listing: CEO

 Home rental startup Airbnb has been approached about going public through a merger with a blank-check acquisition company, a novel way of listing on the stock market that is gaining traction, co-founder and chief executive Brian Chesky said on Wednesday. “We’ve been approached by some people that have presented us some opportunities,” Chesky said in […]

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Donald Trump says he’s done more for black people than ‘anyone since Abraham Lincoln’

Donald Trump has hit back after his presidential election opponent Joe Biden branded him the “first racist” to hold the office. Biden had fielded a question from a healthcare worker concerned about the Republican president calling the coronavirus pandemic the “China virus.” He responded by saying it was “absolutely sickening” how Trump “deals with people based on […]

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Christians must enter politics to instill sanity, dignity – Christian Council Chairman

Rev. Dr. Boafo was speaking to journalists after going through the registration process at the offices of the Adentan Municipal Electoral Commission (EC) in Accra Wednesday. Call on Christians, MuslimsHe believed that when Christians took such positions, they would bring the Christian values to bear on the activities of their political parties and ultimately on […]

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Asantehene chastises Bantamahene Baffour Owusu Amankwatia VI over land issues

There was tension at the Manhyia Palace on Wednesday, July 22, 2020, when the Asantehene, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II sat in state over the issue. It had been confirmed to the Asantehene that Baffour Owusu Amankwatia VI had trespassed on the Kumasi Race Course land for the construction of shops without permission from the Asantehene. It had […]

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Chinese hackers charged by Justice Department with trying to steal US coronavirus research

The Department of Justice announced Tuesday it has charged two Chinese hackers with trying to steal U.S. COVID-19 research as well as other sensitive information from businesses and government agencies.null The 11-count indictment against Li Xiaoyu, 34, and Dong Jiazhi, 31, alleges the Chinese nationals hacked into the computer systems of hundreds of companies, government organizations as well as individual dissidents and clergy. […]

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Hydroxychloroquine could save up to 100,000 lives if used for COVID-19: Yale epidemiology professor

Dr. Harvey Risch, an epidemiology professor at Yale School of Public Health, said on Tuesday that he thinks hydroxychloroquine could save 75,000 to 100,000 lives if the drug is widely used to treat coronavirus. “There are many doctors that I’ve gotten hostile remarks about saying that all the evidence is bad for it and, in fact, that is not […]

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Chevron to buy Noble Energy in $5 billion deal

Oil major Chevron Corp said on Monday it agreed to buy Noble Energy Inc in an all-stock deal, valuing the Houston-based oil and gas producer at $5 billion. The offer values Noble at $10.38 a share or 0.1191 Chevron share, a 7.5% premium to Noble’s Friday close. The deal would value Noble at roughly $13 […]

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When the U.S. sneezes, the world catches a cold. What happens when it has severe COVID-19?

During a blue-sky moment in 2018 near the end of a decade-long economic expansion, it was the United States that helped pull the world along as the extra cash from tax cuts and government spending flowed through domestic and global markets. But if it was U.S. policy that pushed the world higher then, it is […]

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On Eve Of Bankruptcy, U.S. Firms Shower Execs With Bonuses

Nearly a third of more than 40 large companies seeking U.S. bankruptcy protection during the coronavirus pandemic awarded bonuses to executives within a month of filing their cases, according to a Reuters analysis of securities filings and court records. Under a 2005 bankruptcy law, companies are banned, with few exceptions, from paying executives retention bonuses […]

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U.S. immigration officials spread coronavirus with detainee transfers

Public health specialists have for months warned the U.S. government that shuffling detainees among immigration detention centers will expose people to COVID-19 and help spread the disease. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has continued the practice, saying it is taking all necessary precautions. It turns out the health specialists were right, according to a […]

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U.S. aircraft carriers return to South China Sea amid rising tensions

For the second time in two weeks, the United States has deployed two aircraft carriers to the South China Sea, the U.S. Navy said on Friday, as China and the United States accuse each other of stoking tensions in the region. The USS Nimitz and USS Ronald Reagan carried out operations and military exercises in […]

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British Airways Retires 747 Fleet Early Because Of Coronavirus Woes

British Airways, the world’s largest operator of Boeing 747s, will retire its entire jumbo jet fleet with immediate effect after the novel coronavirus pandemic sent air travel into freefall. For over 50-years, Boeing’s “Queen of the Skies” has been the world’s most easily recognised jetliner with its humped fuselage and four engines, but its days […]

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Twitter hacking spree alarms experts concerned about the platform’s security

The extraordinary hacking spree that hit Twitter on Wednesday, leading it to briefly muzzle some of its most widely followed accounts, is drawing questions about the platform’s security and resilience in the run-up to the U.S. presidential election. Twitter said late Wednesday hackers obtained control of employee credentials to hijack accounts including those of Democratic […]

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Russian scientists hail results of COVID-19 vaccine trial

Russian scientists hailed the results of their first clinical trial of a potential coronavirus vaccine on Wednesday, saying it had been proved safe and that volunteers had developed an immune response. Speaking to a crowded room without wearing masks, three of 18 volunteers monitored over a month at the Sechenov University said they all had […]

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Electric car maker Fisker to go public through SPAC deal at $2.9 billion valuation

Electric car maker Fisker will go public through a merger with a blank-check company backed by alternative investment manager Apollo Global Management Inc at a valuation of $2.9 billion, the companies said on Monday. Reuters reported last week that the special-purpose acquisition company, Spartan Energy Acquisition Corp , was leading a bidding war among blank-check […]

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UK Bans Huawei From 5G, Angering China And Pleasing Trump

Prime Minister Boris Johnson is set to ban Huawei from Britain’s 5G network on Tuesday, angering China but delighting U.S. President Donald Trump by signalling that the world’s biggest telecoms equipment maker is no longer welcome in the West. The United States has pushed Johnson to reverse his January decision to grant Huawei a limited […]

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Delta CEO Says Air Travel ‘at a stall’ Amid Resurgent Virus, Recovery Over Two Years Away

Delta Air Lines warned on Tuesday it will be more than two years before the industry sees a sustainable recovery from the “staggering” impact of the coronavirus pandemic, with demand largely tracking the curve of infections in different places. “We’re at a stall right now,” CEO Ed Bastian told Reuters, saying demand that built up […]

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TikTok’s U.S. Users Should Prepare For Life Without The Video App

Ty Gibson, 20, of Greensboro, North Carolina, brushed off speculation last week on TikTok that his favorite video sharing platform was going to be banned. By Thursday, users panicked after a glitch on the service erased video views, a measure of video popularity. Suddenly, news reports of U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s threats to […]

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WHO Sets Up Panel To Review Handling Of COVID-19 Pandemic

The World Health Organization (WHO) said on Thursday that it was setting up an independent panel to review its handling of the COVID-19 pandemic and the response by governments. The announcement follows strong criticism by U.S. President Donald Trump’s administration, which accused the WHO of being “China-centric”, and U.S. formal notification on Tuesday that it […]

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Eight Feared Dead As Two Planes Collide In Idaho

Two bodies were recovered and six other people are believed to have been killed when two planes collided in the air and crashed into the Coeur d’Alene Lake in Idaho, local police said late on Sunday. “Initial reports are, there were a total of eight passengers and crew on the two planes, but that is […]

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I’m trying to teach my kids the alphabet Instead Of Making A Vaccine

It’s tough to do any useful work when you’re stuck at home, struggling to home-school bickering kids, let alone when you’re trying to produce a COVID-19 vaccine. British drugmaker AstraZeneca had spent years preparing for a pandemic, but when the moment finally came it was caught cold on a crucial front: stressed parents working from […]

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Kanye West To Run For U.S Presidential Position And He Has The Support OF Elon Musk Of Tesla

– American rapper Kanye West, a vocal supporter of U.S. President Donald Trump, announced on Saturday that he would run for president in 2020 in an apparent challenge to Trump and his presumptive Democratic rival, former Vice President Joe Biden We must now realize the promise of America by trusting God, unifying our vision and […]

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Two Protesters In Seattle Hit By Car, One Dies And The Other In ICU

Two female protesters in Seattle were hit on Saturday by a speeding car that drove into a crowd demonstrating on an interstate highway, causing injuries that led to the death of one, while leaving the other in serious condition. Seattle has been the scene of numerous protests, some on interstate highways, since the May 25 […]