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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’

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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.
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‘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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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 - 19 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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Peru Just Fired Its Whole Cabinet in the Middle of a COVID-19 Surge

Peru Just Fired Its Whole Cabinet in the Middle of a COVID-19 Surge

vice - 1 month ago

LIMA, Peru — Peru is suddenly rudderless in its response to surging coronavirus cases after Congress voted the Cabinet out of office late Tuesday in a spat over university reform.

During the debate, lawmakers from across the political spectrum criticized the administration of President Martín Vizcarra for a range of alleged sins: from failing to take the pandemic seriously to bungling a rescue package for an economy paralyzed by one of Latin America’s strictest lockdowns.

But many observers accused Peru’s Congress of trying to undermine a government crackdown on the country’s lucrative but low-quality private universities. 

Prominent figures in several political parties own schools that have been targeted under the reform, while many lawmakers have charged large fees for supposedly teaching and researching at the universities.

In his recent newspaper column, Augosto Alvarez Rodrich, a normally restrained journalist who has previously chaired presidential debates, wrote: “With very few exceptions, members of Congress have shown themselves to be a band of unpresentable dunces, irremediable shit-for-brains, soulless nonentities, monkeys with an Uzi.”

Fernando Tuesta, a political scientist who chaired a government commission that recently proposed a series of political reforms to clean up politics, condemned the 54-37 vote in the 130-member single-chamber Congress as “the worst of politics.”

“All of this in the middle of the pandemic, in which the ministers were rushing to take up their jobs while the virus infects and kills people every day,” Tuesta said. “Congress’s irresponsibility is not just explained by the extreme mediocrity of its members but also by the high dose of mercantilist interests, above all in education.”

Many lawmakers had been targeting education minister Martín Benavides, who previously led SUNEDU, the new agency tasked with raising university standards.

SUNEDU had denied a license to Telesup, a university owned by a conservative evangelist who leads the Podemos Peru party. It also forced the César Vallejo University, belonging to the leader of the Alliance For Progress party (APP by its Spanish initials), into a series of reforms that have curbed its profits.

Podemos voted against the government, while APP, the largest party in Congress, abstained.

The move comes just as COVID-19 cases trend up again, following a partial reopening of the economy. They are now averaging around 5,000 per day, comparable to the previous high-water mark back in May. In total, Peru has had nearly 440,000 cases, the seventh-highest national total in the world.

Last week, the health minister Pilar Mazetti — who is now out of a job — had said that the country’s official death toll of 18,000 was a severe undercount and that the real number was more likely 43,000.

Her plain speaking had been viewed by many as a breath of fresh air as Peru scrambles to overhaul its healthcare from years of underfunding, including everything from a shortage of intensive care beds to an inadequate national system for registering deaths.

Under Peru’s unusual presidential-parliamentary hybrid system, cabinets must be approved by Congress. Vizcarra now has until Friday to name a new cabinet. In theory, he only needs to change his prime minister but could keep his other ministers. In practice, that would seem unlikely to fly with Congress.

In a defiant speech, Vizcarra, whose anti-corruption strategy has seen his approval ratings soar as high as 80%, accused lawmakers of toying “with the destiny of the country.” He added that the university reform was “not up for negotiation.” 

Cover: Alberto Alonso comforts his mother Candelaria Salvador crying over the coffin of her husband Joaquin Alonso, 58, who they said died of COVID-19, as they bury him at the cemetery "Martires 19 de Julio" in Comas on the outskirts of Lima, Peru, Tuesday, July 18, 2020. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)

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