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Ever Given reaches Rotterdam after Suez Canal debacle

On July 29, 2021Source: Deutsche Welle: DW.com - Top Stories
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The giant container ship finally arrived at its destination more than four months after being stuck for six days in the waterway that links Europe with Asia.

China names Xi ally, 'wolf warrior' as new ambassador to US

On July 29, 2021Source: Deutsche Welle: DW.com - Top Stories
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The new envoy has vowed to bring US-China ties "back on track" at a time when both sides are clashing on a wide range of issues, from trade and technology to human rights and foreign policy.

Alaska earthquake triggers tsunami warning in Pacific Ocean

On July 29, 2021Source: Deutsche Welle: DW.com - Top Stories
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The US Geological Survey said the quake measured 8.2, triggering a tsunami warning for the US Pacific territories of Guam and the Northern Mariana Islands.

Taliban attacks pose 'existential crisis' to Afghanistan: US watchdog

On July 29, 2021Source: Deutsche Welle: DW.com - Top Stories
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A surge in Taliban attacks could pose a real threat to the Afghan government and its "unprepared" security forces, according to a report by the US Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction.

Earth Overshoot Day moves forward by nearly a month

On July 29, 2021Source: Deutsche Welle: DW.com - Top Stories
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The COVID effect didn't last. Earth Overshoot Day, the day humanity exceeds its yearly allotment of the planet's biological assets, is nearly back to its record high. What can be done to ease the burden?

Coronavirus digest: Thailand sees record daily cases, deaths

On July 29, 2021Source: Deutsche Welle: DW.com - Top Stories
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COVID-19 infections have continued to climb in Thailand's worst outbreak since the pandemic started. Tokyo Olympics organizers also reported the highest increase in cases linked to the Games. Follow DW for the latest.

Israel tells France it is taking Pegasus allegations 'seriously'

On July 29, 2021Source: Deutsche Welle: DW.com - Top Stories
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Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz discussed the spying allegations concerning Pegasus, a software developed by Israeli cyber-surveillance company NSO, during a meeting with his French counterpart in Paris.

Nicaragua opposition nominates odd pair as election tag team

On July 29, 2021Source: Deutsche Welle: DW.com - Top Stories
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A former guerrilla chief and Miss Nicaragua 2017 are representing the opposition in the next presidential election amid a crackdown on President Daniel Ortega's contenders.

Tunisia: France urges 'rapid' PM appointment

On July 29, 2021Source: Deutsche Welle: DW.com - Top Stories
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France has joined Western voices in demanding Tunisia end the political turmoil, amid concerns over press freedom and the Tunisian opposition slamming what they have called a "coup."

Patrolling Lithuania's border with Belarus

On July 28, 2021Source: Deutsche Welle: DW.com - Top Stories
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A growing number of African and Middle Eastern migrants have been illegally entering Lithuania from Belarus. The country says it is finding it hard to cope. Alexandra von Nahmen reports from the Lithuanian border.
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Victims' families from Sandy Hook elementary school sued Remington for the sale of the rifle.
Dusty Hill played bass for the iconic US blues rock band for more than five decades.
Ministers hope the rule change in England, Scotland and Wales will help reunite family and friends.
The Colorado officer was filmed striking a man with his gun, saying "if you move, I will shoot you".
Police are investigating abuse claims at a former school that sought to assimilate indigenous children.
Lake Tahoe: 6 confirmed dead in plane crash
Six deaths have been confirmed in the crash of a twin-engine jet near a golf course in the Lake Tahoe area, authorities said Wednesday.
- Louis Casiano
Los Angeles city council passes ordinance limiting homeless encampments amid frustration from residents
Los Angeles city leaders approved an ordinance Wednesday that would restrict homeless encampments in certain areas as the issue has become a flashpoint in parts of the city overrun with tents, crime trash and other quality of life issues.
- Paul Best
Pennsylvania man arrested in string of hit-and-runs that left one woman dead, others injured
A Pennsylvania man who authorities say intentionally targeted multiple people in a string of hit-and-runs that left one woman dead and others injured was arrested on Wednesday morning, Montgomery County District Attorney Kevin Steele announced.
- Caitlin McFall
Newsom's California pushes for masking indoors statewide regardless of vaccination status
The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) announced Wednesday that it recommends everyone dons a mask while indoors regardless of an individual’s vaccination status.
- Bradford Betz
New York City ‘McBandit’ robs McDonald’s, other stores, police say
New York City police are looking for a man accused of robbing a string of McDonald’s and other stores in the South Bronx area.
ZZ Top bass player and founding member Dusty Hill dies at age 72
Dusty Hill -- the long-serving bassist of American rock-blues band ZZ Top -- has died at the age of 72, his fellow band members announced on Facebook Wednesday.
Peru's Castillo assumes presidency, vows to bridge social divide
Pedro Castillo on Wednesday vowed to tackle what he said were persistent social divisions in Peru that dated back to colonial days as he was sworn in as the country's president, but pledged he would make no radical changes to the economy.
'This is how I'm going to die': Police testify at congressional hearing on Capitol riot
Four police officers delivered graphic, riveting testimony Tuesday about their violent clashes with rioters while defending the US Capitol on January 6, as a congressional panel launched its probe of the deadly insurrection.
Wikileaks founder Julian Assange stripped of Ecuadorian citizenship
Ecuador has revoked the citizenship of Julian Assange, the founder of Wikileaks who is currently in a British prison.
Gap between rich and poor nations widening due to unequal vaccine access, says IMF
While the global economy is still growing, the uneven distribution of vaccines is widening disparities as rich countries pick up speed and leave developing nations behind, the IMF warned Tuesday.
A vital Memphis bridge shut down since May due to a structural crack will partially open next week
A major bridge connecting Memphis, Tennessee, to Arkansas will open to traffic in one direction on Monday, more than two months after a crack forced its closure, Tennessee transportation officials said Wednesday.
FedEx facility shooter who killed 8 was not motivated by bias, officials say
Brandon Hole, the 19-year-old shooter who killed eight people in a FedEx facility earlier this year, was not motivated by racial bias or ideology, according to officials.
Man sentenced to life in case of student killed after she mistook car for Uber
A man was sentenced to life in prison Tuesday after a jury convicted him of murder in the 2019 killing of a South Carolina college student.
Biden stays close to home as he plots blue-collar focused presidential travel
Want to see President Joe Biden in person? Consider a move to Pennsylvania.
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As voters blame Biden policies for inflation spike, White House pushes massive infrastructure plan
Preview As new polls show a growing number of Americans blame President Joe Biden’s policies for inflation that’s surged the fastest since 2008, the US Senate is moving ahead with a $1 trillion bipartisan infrastructure spending bill. Read Full Article at RT.com
- RT
It pays to hold out? NYC mayor dangles $100 ‘incentive’ before those who give in and get Covid-19 jab at city sites
Preview New York’s mayor has opted to put away the stick and reveal a stash of new carrots — $100 prepaid debit cards for those who get the Covid-19 jab - despite a slew of previous incentives somehow failing to grab their attention. Read Full Article at RT.com
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Mask or no mask? Biden covers up to meet Belarus activist, goes bare-faced in Pennsylvania crowd
Preview US President Joe Biden put on a mask to meet with Belarus opposition figure Svetlana Tikhanovskaya at the White House, but took it off on a trip to Pennsylvania, where he mingled with a crowd to promote his economic plan. Read Full Article at RT.com
- RT
Google mandates vaccines for employees returning to office
Preview Tech giant Google has declared that all of its employees returning to work in its offices will need to be vaccinated. Google’s decision comes as President Joe Biden mulls mandatory shots for all federal workers. Read Full Article at RT.com
- RT
‘You’re counting it wrong’: Readers blast New York Times for putting US at top of Olympic medal rankings
Preview The New York Times claims the US is leading in the Tokyo Olympics, deliberately using the total medals won as its methodology. Numerous readers quickly pointed out that gold medals matter more, both officially and traditionally. Read Full Article at RT.com
6 Vacation Rentals for a Russian Trip to Remember
by Alexandra Tyan (The Moscow Times)

This article originally appeared at The Moscow Times

Want to make your Russian holiday even more memorable? Avoid the hotels and try one of these unusual rooms for rent.

Little Britain in St. Petersburg 

If you are traveling from the UK and not quite ready to immerse yourself fully and immediately into Russian culture, "Penny Lane" will soften the culture shock.

Democracy Is Fraud! - We Need Monarchy! - Hugely Popular Russian Priest on Top TV Show (Dmitry Smirnov)
by Mark Boden ()

Dmitry Smirnov is one of the best known priests in Russia and has a very large following. He is ubiquitous on television, radio, and YouTube, where his videos frequently get 100s of 1000s of views on his channel. (Russian only).

A Homosexual Affair and the Tsar's Anger - Was Tchaikovsky's Early Death a Suicide?
by Dr. Paul Kindlon ()

Theories abound concerning the precise cause of Russian composer Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s death. Perhaps the best article on this subject was produced for the BBC by Dr Marina Frolova- Walker.

FUNNY: Viral Russian Parody of Smash Hit 'Hideaway' Depicts Typical Village Life (Music Video)
by RI Staff ()

And on a lighter note ...

One of upsides of life in Russia is the rich sense of humor here.  

Here's a parody of "Hideaway" by Canadian pop diva Kiezsa, (original video below) which gave the previously unknown starlet an astounding 90 million views on Youtube within 3 months of its release in February 2014.

Why the Martyred Tsar Nicholas II Is One of the Most Important Figures Ever
by Fr. Zechariah Lynch (Russian Faith)

The Tsar-Martyr Nicholas II is, I would contend, one of the most significant saints of the past century and of our “modern” times.

Clearly, every saint is of incalculable worth; yet there have been certain saints throughout the course of human history that occupy such a standing that their actions on the providential path which God ordained for them have vast implications for the world. Other examples would be St. Constantine and St. Vladimir.

- Sam Levin (now) and Joan E Greve (earlier)
US Senate votes to proceed on ‘historic’ $1.2tn infrastructure bill – as it happened
Senate hits necessary 60 votes to overcome filibuster‘Moron’: Pelosi heaps disdain on McCarthy for criticizing mask guidanceNew mask guidance prompted by evidence vaccinated can spread Delta

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That’s all for today, thanks for following along. Some key links and events from the day:

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The president on the Senate voting to proceed on the $1.2tn infrastructure bill:

We’ve reached a historic deal on infrastructure, folks. The Bipartisan Infrastructure Deal is the largest infrastructure bill in a century. It will grow the economy, create good-paying jobs, and set America on a path to win the future.

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- Associated Press
Chemical leak at Houston facility leaves two dead and 30 people hospitalized

About 100,000 pounds of an acetic acid mixture – which can severely burn skin and is toxic if inhaled – was released

A large chemical leak at a plant in the Houston area has killed two people and left 30 people hospitalized, officials have said.

A statement from the LyondellBasell company said that about 100,000 pounds (45,359 kilograms) of a mixture that primarily included acetic acid was released in the leak that started Tuesday evening at its La Porte Complex. The company said that the “all clear” was given early Wednesday, and that the leak had been isolated and contained.

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- Reuters
Jared Kushner set to move away from politics and launch investment firm
Trump’s former adviser to launch firm in Miami, sources sayKushner to publish book next year about White House role

Jared Kushner, a top adviser to former Donald Trump, plans to launch an investment firm in coming months, a move that will take him away from politics for the foreseeable future, sources familiar with the plan said on Wednesday.

Kushner, the former chief executive of Kushner Companies, who served as the Republican president’s senior adviser in the White House, is in the final stages of launching an investment firm called Affinity Partners that will be headquartered in Miami.

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- Richard Luscombe
Remington offers $33m to settle lawsuit by families of Sandy Hook massacre

Families brought the case to demonstrate to banks and insurers that gun manufacturers are a risky business

The manufacturer of an assault rifle used to kill 20 schoolchildren and six adults in the 2012 Sandy Hook massacre has offered $33m to settle lawsuits from the families of nine of the victims.

If accepted, the proposal by Remington would mean each of the families would receive $3.66m, substantially less than the sums they were seeking. In a February court filing, lawyers estimated the wrongful death claims likely totalled in excess of $225m, rising above $1bn with punitive damages.

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- Associated Press
California movie theater shooting leaves one woman dead and TikTok influencer injured

Man arrested in connection with Corona shooting, which occurred at a showing of the horror movie The Forever Purge

Police have arrested a man in connection with a shooting that killed an 18-year-old woman and seriously wounded a 19-year-old man as they watched The Forever Purge at a southern California movie theater.

Authorities say there is no known motive for the violence and that the shooting Monday appeared to be “an unprovoked attack”.

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Arizona man accused of striking cyclists charged with murder
An Arizona man already facing assault charges for allegedly plowing his truck into people participating in a bike race nearly six weeks ago has been charged with murder
Woman fatally stabbed while walking dog in Atlanta park
Atlanta police say a woman who was walking her dog in one of the city's most popular parks has been stabbed to death
Man charged with killing officer on reservation in Minnesota
A man has been charged in the killing of a Red Lake Nation police officer who was fatally shot while responding to a call to a residence on the tribe’s reservation in northwestern Minnesota
Univ. of Arkansas board backs plan to keep Fulbright statue
The University of Arkansas Board of Trustees has voted to keep a statue of the late Sen. J
Man pleads guilty to 4 Asian spa killings, sentenced to life
A man accused of killing eight people, most of them women of Asian descent, at massage businesses in Georgia has pleaded guilty to four of the murders
Trump Blasts Senate Republicans for ‘Terrible’ Infrastructure Deal
WASHINGTON (Sputnik) - Former US President Donald Trump blasted Senate Republicans for striking a deal with their Democratic counterparts on a near $1 trillion infrastructure package.
US Senate Votes to Go Forward on Hotly Contested $1 Trillion Infrastructure Bill
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) said Wednesday that he hoped to pass both the bipartisan infrastructure bill and a budget framework before lawmakers leave for their August recess on August 9. “It might take some long nights. It might eat into our weekends, but we are going to get the job done and we are on track," he said.
'Fancy Prison Cell': Take a Look at Kanye West's Makeshift Bedroom at the ATL Mercedes-Benz Stadium
Shortly after rapper Kanye West hosted a listening party for his new album "Donda" at Atlanta United's Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia, it was reported that the failed 2020 presidential hopeful actually converted parts of the downtown facility into a home studio and living space. Sources say Kanye plans to stay in Atlanta until August 6.
US Senators Introduce Bill to Bar Use of Federal Funds for Huawei, ZTE Purchases
WASHINGTON (Sputnik) - Bipartisan legislation has been introduced in the US Senate that would prohibit federal spending from the American Rescue Plan Act for purchases of Chinese telecommunications equipment, especially from Huawei and ZTE, Senator Tom Cotton's office said on Wednesday.
Biden Condemns Anti-Semitism as Swastika Found in US State Department Building
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken has already announced that the swastika incident will be investigated.
‘Living in a hell’: Afghan interpreters call for clarity, support amid Taliban threat
Despite announcement to fast-track their resettlement, interpreters and Canadian veterans say the Immigration Department is failing Afghans who worked with Canada.
NXIVM sex cult member who gave ‘credible testimony’ against leader avoids prison time
The judge also ordered Lauren Salzman to perform 300 hours of community service.
Facebook records double profit in Q2 thanks to online ad sales
However, Facebook said that it doesn't expect revenue to continue to grow at such a breakneck pace in the second half of the year.
Google rolls out COVID-19 vaccine mandate, delays workers’ return to office
The decision also affects tens of thousands of contractors who Google intends to continue to pay while access to its campuses remains limited due to COVID-19.
Fully vaccinated Canadians excluded from new U.K. quarantine exception rules
The U.K. announced Wednesday that fully vaccinated travellers in the U.S. or Europe will not have to quarantine on arrival to the country.
The party’s January 6th revisionism is a big step down a dark road
Surging covid infections and slow vaccinations in some states are caused by health illiteracy, not just partisanship
Though largely symbolic, the move is part of a transformation of America’s posture in the wider Middle East
The wrangling over it reflects how self-destructive American politics has become
In Miami as elsewhere, a house-price boom and a housing crisis could happen at the same time
Statue of York, Black hero on Lewis & Clark trip, toppled in Portland, Oregon

PORTLAND, Ore. — A statue in Portland, Oregon, commemorating York, an enslaved Black member of the Lewis and Clark expedition, has been toppled and damaged, officials said.

A spokesperson with Portland Parks and Recreation told KOIN 6 News that the bust was torn from its pedestal and significantly damaged Tuesday ...

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'We have the votes': Senate advances Biden's $1.2 trillion infrastructure deal

The Senate voted to advance President Biden’s $1.2 trillion infrastructure package on Wednesday, only hours after a bipartisan group of lawmakers finalized the deal. 

In a 67-32 vote, the chamber advanced the bill in a crucial test vote. The legislation cleared the 60-vote hurdle with 17 Republicans joining all 50 ...

- Jonathan J. Cooper
Ken Bennett, ex-Arizona secretary of state, to quit role in 2020 election audit

PHOENIX — Former Republican Secretary of State Ken Bennett said Wednesday that he plans to step down as the Arizona Senate’s liaison to the GOP-led audit of the 2020 election, dealing another blow to the credibility of the unprecedented partisan review.

Bennett has been barred from the building where audit ...

- Guy Taylor
U.S. breaks silence, condemns reports of demonstrators shot by Iranian security forces

The State Department on Wednesday condemned the use of violence to crush ongoing protests in Iran, breaking the Biden administration’s silence over a widening uprising against the Tehran government that has been unfolding this week in several cities across the country.

“The Iranian people have a right to voice their ...

- Alex Swoyer
Mo Brooks acted in personal capacity at Jan. 6 rally, Justice Department tells court

Rep. Mo Brooks suffered a setback in a federal lawsuit against him this week when the Justice Department said the Alabama Republican was not acting within his official capacity when he spoke at the Jan. 6 pro-Trump rally outside the White House.

Rep. Eric Swalwell, California Democrat, sued Mr. Brooks, ...