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Beirut explosion: Donors pledge aid for Lebanon but want reform
World leaders promise an aid package after the huge Beirut blast, as clashes again erupt in the city.

BBC apologises over racial slur used in news report
Director general Tony Hall apologises a day after Radio 1Xtra DJ Sideman quit over use of the slur.

Coronavirus: Moral duty to get all children back in school - Boris Johnson
Boris Johnson wants schools in England to be the last sector to close in any future local lockdowns.

UK weather: Coastguard issues new warning after busiest day in four years
It comes as many head to the coast on another hot day, with highs of 33.5C in southern England.

Hong Kong elections: UK and allies condemn moves to 'undermine democracy'
Five foreign ministers say they are "gravely concerned" by the barring of candidates from elections.

French wildlife tourists among eight killed in Niger by gunmen
They were in a region which draws visitors to the last giraffe herds in West Africa.

Labour MP Dawn Butler says racism led to police car stop
Dawn Butler says she was pulled over by two police cars while travelling through east London.

Coronavirus: Brazil passes 100,000 deaths as outbreak shows no sign of easing
The Covid-19 outbreak shows no sign of easing but cities have already reopened shops and restaurants.

Coronavirus: Fix contact tracing or shut pubs, Mayor Andy Burnham says
Greater Manchester's mayor says the Covid test-and-trace system needs to be "fixed urgently".

Belarus election: President Lukashenko set to claim landslide win
An exit poll for state TV shows a huge victory for Alexander Lukashenko but opposition cries foul.

Oxford Street stabbing: Three arrested over teen death
Jeremy Menesses died after he was stabbed on Market Place near to London's Oxford Street.

Poole amputee soldier makes history on Matterhorn summit
Neil Heritage becomes the first above-the-knee double amputee to reach the summit of the Matterhorn.

Beirut explosion: Barber shop staff haunted by moment blast hit
Staff at a barber shop rocked by the Beirut explosion say they're haunted by flashbacks.

Coronavirus: Winchester teenager films lockdown documentary
Teenager Octavia Sanger is releasing her first documentary on an international streaming service.

Police officer run over by thieves backs 'Andrew's Law'
PC Gaz Phillips who nearly died just days before PC Andrew Harper is supporting his widow's campaign for tougher sentences.

Hiroshima and Nagasaki: 75th anniversary of atomic bombings
It is 75 years since the US dropped atomic bombs on the two Japanese cities, leading to WW2's end.

ICYMI: Dog pool party, and whales v surfers
Video stories, which might have passed you by, in our weekly feature: In Case You Missed It.

Black Lives Matter: Campaign for black businesses has been 'extraordinary'
A campaign to support businesses run by black people has had an "extraordinary effect" on sales.

Your pictures on the theme of 'open spaces'
A selection of pictures from our readers on the theme of "open spaces".

Why the French are 'European champions' at abandoning pets
Tens of thousands of pets are abandoned every summer in France. What's behind this sad phenomenon?

Coronavirus: Fact-checking fake stories in Africa
We've taken a look into some of the most widely-shared false stories about the pandemic across Africa.

Coronavirus: Parents 'petrifying' choice on lockdown heart op
Brayden Bull's parents were caught between the risks of both Covid-19 or an operation in lockdown.

US election 2020: What is the electoral college?
How does the US electoral college elect the president?

Coronavirus pandemic: Tracking the global outbreak
Key charts and maps explaining how the respiratory virus has spread around the world.

Coronavirus: How fishing trade transformed to survive lockdown
The coronavirus pandemic is forcing the fishing industry to diversify to stay in business.

Coronavirus: India is turning to faster tests to meet targets
With coronavirus cases rising sharply, India has turned to rapid testing kits. But how reliable are they?

Verstappen wins at Silverstone after Mercedes struggle
Red Bull's Max Verstappen takes a sensational surprise victory in the 70th Anniversary Grand Prix to bring Mercedes' domination to an end.

Kilmarnock 1-1 Celtic: Chris Burke penalty holds the champions
Chris Burke's penalty cancels out Ryan Christie's opener as reigning champions Celtic draw away to Kilmarnock.

Stokes to miss remainder of Pakistan series for family reasons
England all-rounder Ben Stokes will miss the remainder of the Test series against Pakistan for family reasons, it has been announced.

O'Sullivan through to quarter-finals with win over Ding
Five-time champion Ronnie O'Sullivan beats Ding Junhui 13-10 to reach the quarter-finals of the World Championship in Sheffield.

London 2012: Usain Bolt creates history & Nicola Adams boxes for gold - relive day 13
Relive the best of the action from day 13 of London 2012, including Usain Bolt in the 200m final and success in the ring for Nicola Adams and Katie Taylor.

Formula E: Jean-Eric Vergne wins as Antonio Felix da Costa is crowned champion
Watch highlights as Jean-Eric Vergne wins in Berlin with team-mate Antonio Felix da Costa finishing second, meaning he is crowned Formula E champion for the first time.

Coronavirus: What are the risks of opening schools?
Children seem to be at low risk from the disease, but can they still spread it?

Coronavirus: What are the UK's travel rules and which countries can you visit?
New rules mean people entering the UK from certain countries will not have to quarantine.

Coronavirus in the UK: How many confirmed cases are there in your area?
Key graphics explaining how coronavirus has spread in the UK and the government's response.

Coronavirus: What happens when the furlough scheme ends?
Almost 10 million people have accessed the scheme, which closes in October.

Coronavirus immunity: Can you catch it twice?
Immunity is the crucial question and understanding it will tell us how the pandemic will end.

Europe lockdown: New coronavirus curbs country by country
What are European countries doing to control new coronavirus outbreaks?

Coronavirus: What am I allowed to do in the hot weather this weekend?
Hot weather is expected across the UK this weekend, but how do you stay within the rules?

Coronavirus: Where can I now go on holiday in the UK?
Where can I go and what can do on a holiday in the UK?

Coronavirus: What is a recession?
The world faces the worst recession for 80 years. But what does that mean?

Coronavirus: What are the new lockdown rules for Preston and other areas?
Preston has become the latest place to impose restrictions. But how does a local lockdown work?

Coronavirus: What are the UK travel quarantine rules?
Belgium, Bahamas and Andorra are the latest places from where people must quarantine on arriving in the UK.

Coronavirus: What are social distancing and self-isolation rules?
Social distancing and lockdown rules are changing in England - but what can you now do?

Coronavirus: Can I get travel insurance and what are my travel rights?
As quarantine rules are relaxed, holidays are back on the agenda

Coronavirus: How to stay cool in a face mask as hot UK weather forecast
Temperatures are forecast to top 30C in some parts of the UK this weekend. Perhaps it is not the time you want to be partially covering your face.

Coronavirus cure: What progress are we making on treatments?
Teams around the world are looking into medicines for Covid-19 and scientists are starting to discover what works.

Coronavirus: How will schools reopen fully?
Schools are set to go back for the autumn term, but scientists say society may have to make trade-offs.

Coronavirus: How does test-and-trace work?
People who have been in close contact with someone found to have Covid-19 are now being traced.

The rise, fall, and rise of the status pineapple
For a couple of centuries, the British were in an unlikely frenzy for the exotic fruit.

First time buyers: The end of the bank of mum and dad?
Nationwide has taken away the option for parents to help first-time buyers with small deposits.

My Money: 'I eat biscuits like a naughty schoolboy'
Mark Bauwens from France takes us through his week during the coronavirus pandemic.

Lebanon: Why the country is in crisis
What has caused such anger across Lebanon - and why it is not going away.

‘Why I run with a car tyre on my back’
Ben runs in the Peak District to boost his mental health after a suicide attempt two years ago.


Trump walks out of news conference after being challenged on a lie he's told more than 150 times

CNN reporter: That was a historic fact-check moment
When fact-checked by a reporter about his false claim that he signed into law the Veterans Choice bill, President Donald Trump swiftly ended a news conference with reporters. CNN's Daniel Dale has more.

Europe's biggest countries are seeing Covid surges -- but not this one
A horrifying moment in the Covid-19 pandemic hit Italy on March 27, 2020, when the civil protection authorities announced that 969 people had died in just 24 hours. In the weeks before that, images of coffins stacked up in church parlors and being driven down the streets of the northern Italian town of Bergamo in a caravan of military trucks poured into the homes of Italians, by then locked down for nearly three weeks.

'Everything is gone.' Flooding is bad news for the world's second-largest economy

New York Times: White House reached out to South Dakota governor about adding Trump to Mount Rushmore
White House aides reached out to South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem last year about the process of adding additional presidents to Mount Rushmore, the New York Times reported.

US tops 5 million recorded Covid-19 cases
The US is nearing five million cases of coronavirus since the start of the pandemic -- and as experts have highlighted in the past, the true number of infections could be many times higher.

John King breaks down latest trends in US Covid-19 cases
CNN's John King breaks down the latest coronavirus numbers in the US, where cases are trending up in six states and down in 25.

Presidential candidate flees her apartment on eve of election in Belarus
The main opposition candidate in Belarus' Sunday presidential election went into hiding the night before challenging longtime leader Alexander Lukashenko, who is seeking his sixth term.

After a White man repeatedly erased girl's 'Black Lives Matter' chalk drawing in front of her home, neighbors stepped in to show support
Every day for nearly a week, Manette Sharick and her 3-year-old daughter, Zhuri, drew "Black Lives Matter" in chalk across the sidewalk outside their home in Concord, California.

The Beirut catastrophe is the most flagrant declaration of a paradigm of dysfunction

In a shocking plea, a former aide confesses to killing an Arkansas state senator
The suspect in the killing of former Arkansas state Sen. Linda Collins-Smith has pleaded guilty -- a shocking twist to a case that rocked the small community of Pocahontas.

Must-watch videos of the week

Testers: Some commonly used coronavirus masks don't offer much protection
Schools are reopening, amusement parks are welcoming back visitors, and outdoor dining is the new way to eat out. But despite the signs that life is returning back to normal, the coronavirus pandemic has gone nowhere.

North Carolina's strongest earthquake in 94 years shakes area along Virginia border
A 5.1-magnitude earthquake hit about 2 miles from the town of Sparta, North Carolina, early Sunday, along the state's border with Virginia, according to the preliminary report from the US Geological Survey.

Shy Trump voters are likely a myth, but polls aren't perfect
Poll of the week: A new Monmouth University poll from Iowa finds President Donald Trump at 48% to former Vice President Joe Biden's 45% among registered voters. That result is within the margin of error, and the race becomes even tighter (a tie or just 2 points separating the candidates) among two different likely voter models.

Indian politician tests positive for Covid-19 after endorsing spiced snack he claimed could fight virus

Doctor: Biker rally a potential 'super spreader' event
CNN medical analyst Dr. Jonathan Reiner weighs in on the annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally in South Dakota. This year's gathering is expected to draw about 250,000 people from across the country, and Reiner says it has the potential to be a "super spreader" event.

These are the twins whose first-time reaction to hearing Phil Collins has captured the internet
The almost eight-minute long video begins with Tim Williams and his twin brother, Fred, sitting side by side.

Verstappen outfoxes Mercedes duo to win anniversary Grand Prix
Max Verstappen stunned the Mercedes duo of world champion Lewis Hamilton and pole sitter Valtteri Bottas to claim victory in the 70th Anniversary Grand Prix at Silverstone on Sunday.

Can New York's Attorney General take down one of the most feared forces in American politics?
You don't bring a knife to a gun fight.

Gandhi's glasses, worth more than $19,000, were left hanging out of an auctioneer's letterbox
A pair of spectacles thought to belong to Indian independence leader Mahatma Gandhi are set to be auctioned for more than $19,000 -- after being left "hanging out" of a letterbox on a busy industrial estate.

Be careful what you wish for, Mr. President
On Wednesday, the Trump campaign sent a letter to the Commission on Presidential Debates asking for an earlier match-up to be added to the fall schedule.

Officers on leave after shooting at car full of minors
Two police officers in Georgia are on administrative leave, pending the outcome of an investigation, after shooting at five minors during a vehicle stop, a news release from Waycross Police said.

Frances Allen, pioneering computer scientist, is dead at the age of 88
Frances "Fran" Allen, a computer scientist who became a pioneer in the world of computing for her work on compiler research, died on August 4, her 88th birthday, according to an announcement from IBM.

Trump adviser: Additional $600 is a disincentive to go back to work
Larry Kudlow, director of the National Economic Council, and CNN's Poppy Harlow get into a heated exchange over unemployment benefits.

66 NFL players have opted out over virus concerns. What this means for the 2020 season
For a full-contact sport like football -- in which it's virtually impossible to avoid being close to others, even under the strictest guidelines -- it is all but certain more players will test positive for the coronavirus, experts say.

There's a move to get Hollywood's most prolific actor a star on the Walk of Fame
There's a move to give actor James Hong the recognition he deserves.

Governor warns people against seeing Covid-19 tests as unreliable after he received a false positive
Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine on Sunday warned Americans against seeing coronavirus tests as unreliable days after he received a false positive result before a scheduled meeting with President Donald Trump.

See large chunk of glacier at risk of falling
Dozens of people have been evacuated from a valley in northern Italy amid fears that a section of ice the size of a football field could collapse from a glacier.

Why the gig economy is a scam
If you are like me, right now you're relying heavily on the people who work for app-based delivery companies to keep you safer from the coronavirus.

This New Zealand city has an official wizard
On a sunny autumn afternoon, two wizards in long, black robes and pointed hats sat down for coffee in one of New Zealand's biggest cities.

Suspension dropped for teen who took photo of crowd at school
The mother of a student who was suspended after posting a photo on Twitter that showed her high school's crowded hallways this week tells CNN that her daughter's suspension has been reversed.

Does BP's conversion signal the end of Big Oil?
The plunge in oil demand caused by the pandemic won't fix the climate crisis. But it could force the oil industry to accelerate a shift away from fossil fuels as executives try to carve out a future in clean energy.

Tutankhamun's last legacy emerges near the pyramids
For almost a century, King Tutankhamun has been the poster boy for Ancient Egypt. His death mask was sublimely, breathtakingly crafted over 3,300 years ago from 24 pounds of beaten gold, with eyeliner of lapis lazuli and eyes of quartz and obsidian.

Meet 'Mad Hatterpillar,' the caterpillar that uses its old heads for defense
In the dense eucalyptus forests of Australia, deadheads forage leaves and wriggle their bodies around. No, these aren't Grateful Dead fanatics stranded since the psychedelic shows of the 1970s.

Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway earnings jumped 87% as it recovers from the pandemic
Berkshire Hathaway is recovering from a rough start to a year in which it was hard hit by the coronavirus. Its second quarter earnings, released Saturday morning, were up almost 87% from last year, and a big turnaround from its huge first quarter loss.

Remains recovered from New Orleans hotel, almost 10 months after collapse
The remains of a construction worker have been recovered from the collapsed Hard Rock hotel in New Orleans, Mayor LaToya Cantrell said Saturday, 10 months after the disaster.

Joe Biden predicts there will be an electric Corvette and he's probably right
Joe Biden's campaign recently released a video ad of the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee showing off his classic Corvette.

A retirement community shoots for 1,006 cards for a woman turning 106
106 cards for 106 years of life.

Anderson Cooper and Leslie Jordan look at actor's baby photos
CNN's Anderson Cooper asks actor Leslie Jordan about his baby photos that he's been posting online during quarantine. Watch Full Circle every Monday, Tuesday, and Friday at 6pm ET.

A police dog found a missing mom and her baby during his first shift on the force
A missing mother and her 1-year-old baby were found after a very good boy named Max discovered them on the edge of a ravine.

Why Michelle Obama opening up about depression is a big deal for Black women
Michelle Obama recently revealed that because of the pandemic and racial injustice in the US, she has been experiencing low-grade depression.

The US President abruptly left after being challenged on a lie he's told more than 150 times
President Donald Trump abruptly ended a Saturday news conference after a reporter challenged him on a lie about veterans health care he has told more than 150 times.

Trump thinks he's been given vast new powers. Now he's going to use them
The good news is that President Donald Trump is aiming to help Americans hurt by the coronavirus pandemic, signing executive actions to extend expanded unemployment benefits and a moratorium on evictions.

Pelosi calls Trump's executive actions 'absurdly unconstitutional'
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Sunday called President Donald Trump's executive actions on coronavirus relief "absurdly unconstitutional."

As the people of Beirut clean up, France's Macron urges world leaders to come together for Lebanon
French President Emmanuel Macron will bring together world leaders via video on Sunday to pledge aid to help Lebanon rebuild after the devastating explosion that ripped through its capital, Beirut, five days ago.

Coronavirus cases in the US are skyrocketing in children

Brazil passes 100,000 Covid-19 deaths
Brazil surpassed 100,000 deaths from Covid-19 on Saturday as cases exceeded 3 million, according to the latest numbers by the country's Health Ministry.

Japan's coronavirus fatigue fuels defiance in Tokyo
• Live updates: Germany records 1,000-plus infections for a third straight day

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Mauritius PM warns damaged ship leaking oil could split
Pravind Jugnauth says response crews bracing for the worst as nation battles an unprecedented environmental emergency.

Second day of protests as anger over Beirut explosion grows: Live
Two government ministers resign as world leaders pledge hundreds of millions of dollars at emergency donor conference.

Will the Beirut explosion cause a humanitarian disaster?
The enormous explosion has left hundreds of thousands of people homeless and hungry in the Lebanese capital.

UK coronavirus cases top 1,000 for first time in months: Live
US infections hit 5 million; 100,000 dead in Brazil; New Zealand marks 100 days without domestic transmission.

Flash floods on Greek island kill seven including baby
Rescuers searching for missing person as dozens are evacuated after storms devastate central island of Evia.

Coronavirus: All you need to know in under 500 words
Virus reported to have originated in China's Wuhan has killed more than 727,000 people and infected over 19 million.

Lukashenko set for landslide win in Belarus presidential election
Official exit poll gives strongman 79.7 percent of vote, with main challenger Svetlana Tikhanovskaya at 6.8 percent.

Tracking Africa's coronavirus cases
Experts warn fragile healthcare systems in many nations could be overwhelmed in the face of a severe COVID-19 outbreak.

Timeline: How the new coronavirus spread
More than 19.69 million coronavirus cases confirmed worldwide, with over 727,000 deaths and 11.9 million recoveries.

Gunmen kill 8 in Niger's Koure, including six French nationals
No claim of responsibility for attack that also killed a Nigerien guide and driver in wildlife park near town of Koure.

Coronavirus: All you need to know about symptoms and risks
Countries around the world step up efforts to tackle the new coronavirus that has killed hundreds of thousands.

What happens if you catch the new coronavirus?
What we know so far on what COVID-19 does to the human body in cases of infections and deaths.

Coronavirus pandemic: Which politicians and celebs are affected?
Top politicians, celebrities and sportspeople have been infected as governments take strict measures to curb the virus.

Coronavirus: What sporting events are affected by the pandemic?
As the virus spreads across the globe, sports bodies are cancelling or postponing events.

Coronavirus: Which countries have confirmed cases?
More than 19.67 million infections confirmed in 188 countries and territories, including more than 727,000 deaths.

ISIL will bounce back if Libya civil war doesn't end, study warns
US-based researcher says the armed group is 'regrouping' and remains a 'persistent' threat in the oil-rich nation.

BBC apologises over use of racial slur in news report
After public outcry, British broadcaster expresses regret for 'creating distress amongst many people'.

In Darfur, civilians pay price in new wave of deadly violence
Civilians in conflict-hit Sudanese region face attacks and arrests even after removal of ex-President Omar al-Bashir.

US, the world's hardest-hit country, reaches 5m coronavirus cases
The confirmed death toll from COVID-19 in the US stands at 162,455, also the biggest globally.

US health secretary's Taiwan visit angers China
Beijing warns US President Trump that the visit threatens peace and stability in the region.

Thailand protests heat up as economy worsens amid pandemic
Protesters in Thailand say the arrest of two leaders will not stop their campaign to force the government out.

Voting under way in Belarus as protests rattle Lukashenko
The 65-year-old leader is almost certain to win a sixth consecutive term in polls marked by crackdown on opposition.

A white majority for Trump and a Black VP for Biden
Why are white male voters sticking to Trump and why is Biden likely to choose a Black woman as his running mate?

How will Lebanon ever recover? | Start Here
How will the country recover from the devastating blast?

Furious Lebanese plan new protests over Beirut blast
Lebanese protesters say they will rally again after a night of demonstrations in which they stormed several ministries.

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