Art

UN pledges to help Mali rebuild heritage sites damaged in conflict

UN pledges to help Mali rebuild heritage sites damaged in conflict

Image caption The area's distinct architecture helped it become a World Heritage Site in 1989. The UN's cultural organisation, Unesco, is backing a $1m (£767,000) plans to help restore the heritage of central Mali damaged by recent armed conflict. The Cliff of Bandiagara is famous for its homes carved into the rock as well as the traditional way of life. Unesco says inter-communal fighting has destroyed a number of villages in the area - also ... Full story

Education

What a 200-year-old experiment can teach anxious parents about home schooling | Education

What a 200-year-old experiment can teach anxious parents about home schooling | Education

or perhaps the first time in the history of modern education, millions of primary and secondary students may begin the school year from home. While pupils in England are due to return to in-person learning this September, uncertainty remains as cases rise, local lockdowns are implemented, and the scientific community warns that the government’s test and trace system is not up to the job of containing potential spikes caused by the return of ... Full story

Economics

Apple is not interested in buying TikTok

Apple is not interested in buying TikTok

Apple says it’s not interested in acquiring TikTok, despite an Axios report that named the company as a potential buyer for the embattled social network. The company tells The Verge that there are no talks at present to acquire TikTok, and it has no plans to pursue such a deal. Notably, Axios sourced the information to figures outside of Apple, who reportedly had knowledge of ongoing talks. Microsoft announced on Sunday that it was in talks to ... Full story

Entertainment

Emma Smreker scours used books for mementos and gives them to the original owners

Emma Smreker scours used books for mementos and gives them to the original owners

Most often, she finds plane tickets, receipts, dried flowers, business cards, newspaper clippings, recipes, coupons and other miscellaneous items used as bookmarks. Smreker has also found — to her alarm — used tissues. But on occasion, Smreker unearths misplaced gems: photographs that tell a story, a poignant poem or a letter that never got sent. “I have a fascination with old things because you feel like you’re holding a time capsule,” Smreker ... Full story

Health

Obesity not defined by weight, says new Canada guideline

Obesity not defined by weight, says new Canada guideline

Obesity should be defined by a person's health - not just their weight, says a new Canadian clinical guideline. It also advises doctors to go beyond simply recommending diet and exercise. Instead, they should focus on the root causes of weight gain and take a holistic approach to health. The guideline, which was published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal on Tuesday, specifically admonished weight-related stigma against patients in ... Full story

Law

Former Colombian President Uribe says high court orders his detention

Former Colombian President Uribe says high court orders his detention

BOGOTA (Reuters) - Former Colombian President Alvaro Uribe said on Tuesday the Supreme Court had ordered his detention amid an investigation into alleged witness tampering and fraud. FILE PHOTO: Colombia's former president Alvaro Uribe, speaks during a news conference after a private hearing at Supreme Court of Justice, in Bogota, Colombia October 8, 2019. REUTERS/Luisa Gonzalez. Uribe, a mentor of President Ivan Duque who now serves as a ... Full story

Living

Edward Hopper and American Solitude

Edward Hopper and American Solitude

I’ve been thinking a lot about Edward Hopper . So have other stay-at-homes, I notice online. The visual bard of American solitude—not loneliness, a maudlin projection—speaks to our isolated states these days with fortuitous poignance. But he is always doing that, pandemic or no pandemic. Aloneness is his great theme, symbolizing America: insecure selfhoods in a country that is only abstractly a nation. “E pluribus unum,” a magnificent ideal, ... Full story

Politics

Three people have been charged for Twitter’s huge hack, and a Florida teen is in jail

Three people have been charged for Twitter’s huge hack, and a Florida teen is in jail

Early on July 31st, the FBI, IRS, US Secret Service, and Florida law enforcement placed 17-year-old Graham Clark of Tampa, Florida, under arrest. He’s accused of being the “mastermind” behind the biggest security and privacy breach in Twitter’s history , one that took over the accounts of President Barack Obama, Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden, Bill Gates, Elon Musk, Kanye West, Apple, and more to perpetrate a huge bitcoin scam on ... Full story

Sport

Massive explosion rocks Beirut, at least 50 reported dead

Massive explosion rocks Beirut, at least 50 reported dead

LONDON -- Beirut, the capital of Lebanon, was rocked by a massive explosion on Tuesday evening, with footage from the ground showing significant damage and plumes of smoke rising above the city. Two explosions occurred in Beirut's port, according to the Agence France-Presse. Firefighters were seen battling flames at the scene of the blast, which was a warehouse, officials said. It is not yet known what caused the explosions. The Lebanese health ... Full story

Technology

Huge explosions rock Beirut with widespread damage, injuries

Huge explosions rock Beirut with widespread damage, injuries

People help a man wounded in a massive explosion in Beirut, Lebanon, Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2020. Massive explosions rocked downtown Beirut on Tuesday, flattening much of the port, damaging buildings and blowing out windows and doors as a giant mushroom cloud rose above the capital. Witnesses saw many people injured by flying glass and debris. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar). 1 of 7. People help a man wounded in a massive explosion in Beirut, Lebanon, ... Full story