Living through Japan's hottest summer on record

BBC World News - Thu, 06/30/2022 - 16:23
Japan is experiencing record-breaking heat - and summer has hardly begun.
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Sri Lanka fuel crisis: Waiting for days to get fuel

BBC World News - Thu, 06/30/2022 - 16:22
Even taxi drivers and car salesmen are forced into two-day mile-long queues for petrol in Sri Lanka.
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Life inside the Dutch earthquake zone

BBC World News - Thu, 06/30/2022 - 16:19
Homes damaged by gas extraction are propped up with wooden beams while residents suffer health issues.
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Russia's elite 331st paras regiment fight for public support

BBC World News - Thu, 06/30/2022 - 16:16
In the thick of the Donbas battle, the paras regiment is trapped in a conflict that is costing many lives.
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Xi Jinping in Hong Kong to mark 25 years of handover

BBC World News - Thu, 06/30/2022 - 16:07
Chinese leader Xi Jinping will attend in what is his first trip outside mainland China since early 2020.
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Missing Cryptoqueen: FBI adds Ruja Ignatova to top ten most wanted

BBC World News - Thu, 06/30/2022 - 16:03
Ruja Ignatova is accused of defrauding victims out of $4bn (£3.2bn) through a cryptocurrency scam.
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Assam: 'I saw my husband die as flood water rose around us'

BBC World News - Thu, 06/30/2022 - 16:02
Millions in India’s Assam state are struggling to piece together their lives after devastating floods.
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How flowers are 'put to sleep' for long sea voyages

BBC World News - Thu, 06/30/2022 - 16:01
Kenya's flower exporters are switching to sea freight as new tech helps keep flowers fresh at sea.
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US delegation unable to secure release of Americans detained in Venezuela

CNN World News - Thu, 06/30/2022 - 14:47
A US delegation that traveled to Venezuela this week was unable to secure the release of any of the Americans detained there.
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EU agrees rules to tame 'Wild West' crypto market

CNN World News - Thu, 06/30/2022 - 14:33
The European Union has agreed on ground-breaking rules for regulating crypto assets, EU lawmakers said on Thursday, as the rout in bitcoin piles pressure on authorities to rein in the sector.
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A Texas woman accused in a pro cyclist's death is arrested in Costa Rica

NPR - Thu, 06/30/2022 - 14:31
The U.S. Marshals Service said that Kaitlin Marie Armstrong (shown), who is suspected in the fatal shooting of professional cyclist Anna Moriah Wilson at an Austin, Texas, home, has been arrested in Costa Rica.

Kaitlin Marie Armstrong (shown), suspected in the fatal shooting of professional cyclist Anna Moriah Wilson at an Austin home, has been arrested in Costa Rica, the U.S. Marshals Service said Thursday.

(Image credit: U.S. Marshals Service via AP, File)

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Russia-Ukraine war: What happened today (June 30)

NPR - Thu, 06/30/2022 - 14:01

A roundup of key developments and the latest in-depth coverage of Russia's invasion of Ukraine.

(Image credit: Alexey Furman/Getty Images)

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A Nato summit in Madrid for hawks

BBC World News - Thu, 06/30/2022 - 13:52
The BBC's Frank Gardner speaks to Nato leaders during the first summit since Russia invaded Ukraine.
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Hells Angels figurehead Sonny Barger dies at 83

NPR - Thu, 06/30/2022 - 13:38
Ralph "Sonny" Barger and his wife Sharon are shown after his release on $100,000 bond in San Francisco, Aug. 1, 1980.

Barger's death was announced on his Facebook page late Wednesday.

(Image credit: Robert Houston/AP)

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Poll Shows Warnock Leading Walker, Abrams Tied With Kemp, in Georgia Races

TruthOut - Thu, 06/30/2022 - 13:30

A Quinnipiac University poll published on Wednesday suggests that Democratic candidates running for Senate and governor in Georgia are faring much better than they were just a few months ago — and are on possible paths to victory come November.

The poll asked voters which candidates they’d prefer to vote for if the election were being held today. In the governor’s race, Democratic challenger Stacey Abrams tied with Republican Gov. Brian Kemp, in a rematch of their 2018 gubernatorial race in which Abrams narrowly (and controversially) lost.

Both candidates received 48 percent support from respondents in the poll. When it came to favorability ratings, however, Abrams did better — Kemp garnered a net honesty rating of +6 points among Georgia voters, while Abrams’s rating was +10 points, for example. When asked whether each candidate cares about the average Georgian, Abrams again did better, attaining a net +16 points on the question, compared to Kemp’s rating of +9 points.

Meanwhile, in the Senate race, incumbent Democratic Sen. Raphael Warnock — who won a close race in a special election in 2020 — is breaking away from his Republican opponent, former NFL player Herschel Walker. In Quinnipiac University’s January poll, the two candidates were in a statistical tie, with Walker leading Warnock by 1 point. Now, however, Warnock leads Walker by double-digits.

If the election were held today, 54 percent of Georgia voters would opt to reelect Warnock, while 44 percent would prefer Walker, the poll found.

Walker’s support is likely dwindling due to a number of controversies he has been involved in over the past several weeks, including falsely claiming that he once worked in law enforcement and claiming to have never heard former President Donald Trump’s lies about the 2020 election being stolen in Georgia. It was also discovered in the run-up to the Quinnipiac poll that Walker, who has frequently criticized fathers who are absent in their children’s lives, is himself the father of three children that he has not previously acknowledged, beyond the one son he has spoken about from a past marriage.

The poll also asked about Georgians’ opinions on President Joe Biden. According to the survey, Biden has an approval rating of only 33 percent among residents in the state, with 60 percent of voters saying that they currently have a negative view of his job performance.

Those low numbers are typically a bad sign for an incumbent president’s political party in midterm races, but as the Quinnipiac poll shows, Biden’s low approval is not necessarily affecting other Democratic candidates.

Indeed, in a nationwide NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist poll released earlier this week, Biden also fared poorly, attaining a 40 percent approval rating and a 53 percent disapproval grade. Still, when asked who they would vote for in a generic congressional vote, respondents were more likely to say that they’d vote for a Democratic candidate (48 percent) than a Republican one (41 percent).

Democrats are hopeful that polls like these mean they’ll be able to retain control of both houses of Congress, in spite of it being a midterm election year that conventional wisdom says Republicans will likely win. Many experts have said that in order to win elections, Democrats should embrace more progressive ideas than Biden, as both Warnock and Abrams have done in their Georgia races.

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A mummified baby mammoth was found in Canada with intact hair, skin and tusks

NPR - Thu, 06/30/2022 - 13:20

The calf, believed to be female, was buried for more than 30,000 years in ancestral land of the Trʼondëk Hwëchʼin, whose elders named her Nun cho ga, which means "big baby animal" in the Hän language.

(Image credit: Government of Yukon)

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Saudi-backed LIV Golf series faces 9/11 protest as it begins first tournament on US soil

CNN World News - Thu, 06/30/2022 - 13:16
The Saudi-backed LIV Golf Invitational Series arrived in Oregon for its first tournament on US soil Thursday and faced protests from 9/11 survivors and victims' families who criticized golfers for working with Saudi Arabia, who they say was complicit in the 2001 terrorist attacks.
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FDA says COVID boosters for the fall must target newer omicron types

NPR - Thu, 06/30/2022 - 13:05
A nurse fills a syringe with a COVID-19 vaccine in the Staten Island borough of New York on April 8, 2021. The Food and Drug Administration on Thursday recommended that COVID booster shots be modified to better match more recent variants of the coronavirus.

With immunity waning and the super-contagious omicron family of variants getting better at dodging protection, the Food and Drug Administration decided boosters intended for fall needed an update.

(Image credit: Mary Altaffer/AP)

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Election deniers have taken their fraud theories on tour — to nearly every state

NPR - Thu, 06/30/2022 - 12:52
 NPR tracked four key influencers who appeared at at least 308 events in 45 states and the District of Columbia, often with elected officials, candidates, and grassroots organizations.

Even as the Jan. 6 hearings play out, election misinformation keeps spreading. NPR tracked four leaders preaching false information about election fraud at hundreds of grassroots events nationwide.

(Image credit: Nick McMillan/NPR)

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