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United Nations will not support Washington

United Nations will not support Washington's unilateral move to reimpose UN sanctions on Iran, says organization's chief

Secretary-General said the UN will not support US push to restore sanctions against Tehran without the approval of the Security Council, where overwhelming majority of member states oppose Washington's efforts despite threats.
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US envoy says Russia must agree to arms control deal with no NATO scaleback, or else it’s ‘happy to modernize nukes without START’ - rt

US envoy says Russia must agree to arms control deal with no NATO scaleback, or else it’s ‘happy to modernize nukes without START’

The US has made Russia an offer it hopes she won’t refuse: accept a new arms control deal including no limits on NATO weapons in Europe, or deal with a modernized American nuclear arsenal on its doorstep.
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Then they came for the benches: Norway may cancel ‘PROBLEMATIC’ tribute to ‘racist’ botanist von Linne, who coined ‘Homo sapiens’ - rt

Then they came for the benches: Norway may cancel ‘PROBLEMATIC’ tribute to ‘racist’ botanist von Linne, who coined ‘Homo sapiens’

An Oslo park bench bearing the name of Carl von Linne, an 18th century Swedish scientist known as “the prince of botanists” and the founder of modern taxonomy, could be removed after local politicians have deemed him to be racist.
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‘Landlords don’t just wake up and think, “I want to evict my tenants today.”’ – National Residential Landlords Association’s Ben Beadle - channel 4

‘Landlords don’t just wake up and think, “I want to evict my tenants today.”’ – National Residential Landlords Association’s Ben Beadle

The ban on evicting tenants which was put in place because of the pandemic runs out in England and Wales today. 
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‘Black and brown people are pioneers of the arts, but we are disregarded and put to the side’ – Rocks actress Bukky Bakray - channel 4

‘Black and brown people are pioneers of the arts, but we are disregarded and put to the side’ – Rocks actress Bukky Bakray

A new film about a teenager abandoned by her mother is winning rave reviews with its honest portrayal of friendship.
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Health Secretary Matt Hancock warns the UK is at a ‘tipping point’ - channel 4

Health Secretary Matt Hancock warns the UK is at a ‘tipping point’

The recent jumps in daily Covid infection figures to their highest levels since May have led to the latest warnings from the Health Secretary. 
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Second AstraZeneca volunteer reportedly suffers rare neurological condition, but UK company says it’s not related to vaccine  - rt

Second AstraZeneca volunteer reportedly suffers rare neurological condition, but UK company says it’s not related to vaccine 

Two people have fallen ill during the trials of AstraZeneca’s coronavirus vaccine in the UK, the company’s internal papers revealed, and a source said they had both suffered from the same serious neurological disorder. 
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Rouhani says US ‘faces defeat’ as its attempt to reimpose UN sanctions on Iran met with international opposition - rt

Rouhani says US ‘faces defeat’ as its attempt to reimpose UN sanctions on Iran met with international opposition

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has expressed confidence that Washington’s bid to unilaterally reimpose UN sanctions on his country will fail, noting that even US allies oppose the decision.
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Two boys under 16 arrested after ‘being caught sexually assaulting woman’ - metro

Two boys under 16 arrested after ‘being caught sexually assaulting woman’

The boys were detained at the scene by witnesses who called the police.
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Triathlete gives up chance of winning medal after noticing rival go wrong way - metro

Triathlete gives up chance of winning medal after noticing rival go wrong way

'When I saw that he had missed the route, I just stopped. James deserved this medal.'
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UFO hunter claims to have discovered ‘16-meter tall alien robot’ in Area 51 Google Earth image - rt

UFO hunter claims to have discovered ‘16-meter tall alien robot’ in Area 51 Google Earth image

A self-proclaimed alien hunting expert believes he has discovered a 16-meter tall alien robot hiding out in extraterrestrial enthusiasts’ Mecca, the mysterious Area 51.
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Ministers worried Chris Whitty ‘will resign if his lockdown plan is ignored’ - metro

Ministers worried Chris Whitty ‘will resign if his lockdown plan is ignored’

Tory sources say Professor Chris Whitty has to be listened to as the fallout could be disastrous for the party.
metro - 15 hours ago
‘100% our fault’: Twitter apologizes for ‘racist’ photo-cropping algorithm as Team Woke scores another touchdown - rt

‘100% our fault’: Twitter apologizes for ‘racist’ photo-cropping algorithm as Team Woke scores another touchdown

A senior Twitter engineer has expressed contrition after a viral thread accused the platform’s photo-cropping algorithm of preferring white faces over black ones, in the latest example of ‘the woke’ eating their own.
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Berlin dodges police racism probe after cops caught sharing Nazi content, saying GERMAN PEOPLE need investigation instead - rt

Berlin dodges police racism probe after cops caught sharing Nazi content, saying GERMAN PEOPLE need investigation instead

Days after dozens of officers were suspended for sharing Nazi-related content online, the German interior minister stubbornly refuses to investigate racism in the police ranks, saying the entire society needs to be examined.
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Indian father of 5 girls cuts open pregnant wife’s belly to see if she was having a son - rt

Indian father of 5 girls cuts open pregnant wife’s belly to see if she was having a son

Police in India have revealed details of a horrifying case in which a father of five daughters allegedly slashed open his pregnant wife’s abdomen because he wanted to find out if she was going to have a son.
rt - 17 hours ago
Girl, 14, dies after being hit by car as two teenagers are arrested - metro

Girl, 14, dies after being hit by car as two teenagers are arrested

Two men, aged 18 and 19, were arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving after the crash in St Helens.
metro - 17 hours ago
No, don’t go back! Defector trying to cross back into North Korea blocked by South’s police - rt

No, don’t go back! Defector trying to cross back into North Korea blocked by South’s police

Seoul police arrested a man who braved the heavily fortified border to return to North Korea after spending two years in the capitalist South. A similar but successful crossing recently triggered a Covid-19 alert in the North.
rt - 18 hours ago
Monstrous black holes, the size of 100 billion suns, could help shed light on dark matter mystery - rt

Monstrous black holes, the size of 100 billion suns, could help shed light on dark matter mystery

A new study has suggested that “stupendously large” black holes may exist, which harbor the mass of 100 billion suns. The discovery of such an enormous region of spacetime could shed light on the mystery of dark matter.
rt - 18 hours ago
US faces ‘more’ isolation after ‘null & void’ move to unilaterally reimpose UN sanctions, Tehran warns - rt

US faces ‘more’ isolation after ‘null & void’ move to unilaterally reimpose UN sanctions, Tehran warns

Tehran has rebuked Washington’s decision to unilaterally reimpose UN sanctions on the Islamic Republic, predicting that the move will damage the US’ standing in the international community.
rt - 21 hours ago
John Turner, Canada

John Turner, Canada's prime minister who succeeded Trudeau Sr. before shortly losing elections, dies at age 91

Former Canadian Prime Minister John Turner, who presided over one of the most crushing defeats in the history of the country's Liberal Party, died Saturday at his home in Toronto at the age of 91.
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Teachers Are Making Their Own Gravestones and Coffins to Protest Going Back to School

Teachers Are Making Their Own Gravestones and Coffins to Protest Going Back to School

vice - 1 month ago

Teachers being pushed to go back to their schools are demonstrating their resistance in graphic and grim ways, including mock gravestones, makeshift coffins, and writing their own early obituaries.

As districts prepare to start the new school year with remote or in-person learning (or a mix of both), school staff and faculty fear the reopening plans risk more outbreaks of COVID-19 amid massive regional spikes as the United States approaches 5 million positive cases and 156,000 deaths. 

“I do not want to put my students or myself in harm’s way,” Chicago elementary school teacher Andrea Parker told Reuters on Monday. “I do not want to be an experiment.” Chicago schools plan to start with a hybrid learning system that requires teachers and school staff to be on campus for four days a week, according to the Chicago Sun-Times. (Currently, the positive testing rate in Chicago is hovering around 5 percent, according to city data.)

In New York City, hundreds of demonstrators including teachers and students protested Mayor Bill de Blasio’s school reopening plan, which calls for a mix of in-person and remote learning beginning next month so long as positive tests stay below 3 percent. Protesters carried makeshift coffins and a yellow guillotine labeled “DOE.” 

“Children cannot focus on schoolwork if their family members or teachers are in the hospital or dying,” Brooklyn kindergarten teacher Frankie Cook told the New York Post. 

In Wisconsin, a National Day of Resistance caravan on Monday demanded that schools move to virtual learning for the fall semester, with teachers from all over the state gathering in the capital of Madison to protest the rush to reopen schools. Art teachers from across the state made mock gravestones for cars in their caravan, including one that read, “RIP Grandma, caught COVID helping kids with homework.”

On Monday, a Wisconsin Republican legislator accused Democratic Gov. Tony Evers of secretly plotting to issue a statewide mandate for virtual learning for the fall semester. Evers denied it, saying local districts should be left to make their own decisions. 

“We have districts marching teachers and students into an unsafe position in which teachers and students are likely to contract COVID,” Racine (Wisconsin) Educators United president Angelina Cruz told Madison.com. (Racine has decided on virtual learning for at least the first quarter of the school year.) “It is unsafe, because our schools are not fully funded in a way that can address all of the safety concerns we have.”

American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten, whose union is one of the two major national teachers’ unions in the United States with more than 1.7 million members, said in July that the union would support “safety strikes” by its locals, declaring: “Nothing is off the table.” National Education Association President Lily Eskelsen Garcia, whose union represents more than 3 million members, didn’t commit to supporting strikes but echoed a similar sentiment in a statement to Newsweek

Generally speaking, Republicans leaders including President Donald Trump and governors such as Arizona’s Doug Ducey have pushed for schools to reopen in person, even threatening a loss of public funding if they don’t; Dr. Anthony Fauci, a bogeyman of the right who serves on Trump’s coronavirus task force, said on Monday that the default position of schools should be to reopen. 

There are already indications that outbreaks are a foregone conclusion, however: in Gwinnett County Public Schools, the largest school district in the hard-hit state of Georgia, said on Sunday that it has 260 employees who’ve already tested positive for COVID-19 or come into contact with someone who has. 

After initially offering a hybrid of in-person and remote learning for the fall, the county reversed course; schools will open with remote learning for students on August 12, but teachers were ordered back to school on July 29 with no work from home option, according to CNN. At least one elementary school teacher in the district has already resigned. 

Other schools in Georgia have chosen to open, however, after Governor Brian Kemp issued a recommendation last month to start in-person classes because, he claimed, it’s safer for students "from a nutrition standpoint, child abuse, human trafficking." After a huge spike early in the summer—Georgia was one of the earliest states in the country to allow businesses to reopen—Georgia has had nearly 180,000 positive coronavirus cases and more than 3,700 deaths.

Cover: Protesters carry a makeshift coffin representing potential death students and educators face, while a coalition of activists, educators, parents, and students protest to stop the in-person reopening of New York City public schools amidst the COVID-19 pandemic in New York City on August 3, 2020. (Photo by Gabriele Holtermann/Sipa USA)(Sipa via AP Images)

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