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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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IMAGINE TV’s SAMIE KIM FALVEY ON WOMEN BREAKING INTO HOLLYWOOD: ‘YOU HAVE TO SWIM OUTSIDE YOUR LANE’

When Imagine TV president Samie Kim Falvey got her start in the entertainment business at ABC, she was one of very few women in the field and felt almost as if she’d “came in the side door.” But brushing off the so-called imposter syndrome led Falvey to a position at one of the top television […]

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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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First Out: New Music From Neon Trees, Dorian Electra, LP & More

As the summer months continue to race by, fans are still on the lookout for new music from queer talent. Billboard Pride is here to help with First Out, our weekly roundup of some of the best new weekly music releases from LGBTQ artists. From Neon Trees’ first new album in six years, to Dorian Electra’s mesmerizing new […]

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Here’s Who Won ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars’ 5

On Friday (July 24) evening, RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars season 5 crowned a winner-winner chicken dinner. After a performance to RuPaul’s “Clap Back” that found each finalist delivering their own lyrics and executing some seriously sickening choreo courtesy Billboard cover star Todrick Hall, the final three – Jujubee, Miz Cracker and Shea Couleé – lip synched to […]

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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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Kim Kardashian ‘putting on show of support before Kanye divorce’, source claims

Sources close to Kim Kardashian have hinted she will split with husband Kanye West – but not until the ‘time is right. earlier today, Kim addressed her husband’s ongoing mental health battles after he made a series of public digs at her. She explained she felt ‘powerless’ to help her husband as he ‘wasn’t a minor’ 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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As Disney World comes back, Florida posts another daily leap in COVID-19 cases

Florida confirmed its place as an emerging epicenter of the COVID pandemic in the United States on Friday by reporting its second sharpest daily rise in cases, while Walt Disney Co. prepared to reopen its flagship theme park in Orlando to the chagrin of some employees. Florida recorded 11,433 new coronavirus cases, the state health […]

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Scientists Are Focusing On How Immune System T cells Fight Coronavirus In Absence Of Antibodies

As scientists question whether the presence, or absence, of antibodies to the novel coronavirus can reliably determine immunity, some are looking to a different component of the immune system, known as T cells, for their role in protecting people in the pandemic. Recent studies show that some recovered patients who tested negative for coronavirus antibodies […]

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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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Elon Musk says,Tesla ‘very close’ to level 5 autonomous driving technology

U.S. electric vehicle maker Tesla Inc is “very close” to achieving level 5 autonomous driving technology, Chief Executive Elon Musk said on Thursday, referring to the capability to navigate roads without any driver input “I’m extremely confident that level 5 or essentially complete autonomy will happen and I think will happen very quickly,” Musk said […]

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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 […]

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‘Fortnite’ Will Host A July 4 Conversation On Race Featuring Killer Mike, Jemele Hill, And Lil Baby

Epic Games Fortnite is nothing short of a cultural phenomenon, and in recent months its impact has on that culture has gone far beyond just gaming. As the title evolves and grows it has turned from a genre-defining battle royale game into something much more, hosting movie trailers for massive movies such as the latest… […]