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'If you croak we don't care': Brutality in Belarus

Victims of police brutality in Belarus have told the BBC about their experiences of the crackdown after the disputed re-election of President Alexander Lukashenko. There have been many complaints of police beatings and other abuses that may amount to torture. The opposition accuses Mr Lukashenko - in power for 26 years - of stealing victory on 9 August, in an election widely criticised for a lack of transparency and muzzling of dissent. ... Full story

U.S. Postal Service watchdog investigating reports of service disruptions: senator

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Postal Service Office of Inspector General is investigating reports of service disruptions and other issues raised by lawmakers, a spokeswoman for Senator Elizabeth Warren said on Friday. FILE PHOTO: A U.S. Postal Service worker wears a protective face mask during a delivery route on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., August 13, 2020. REUTERS/Sarah Silbiger. “We have learned that the United States Postal Service ... Full story

Argentine firm behind AstraZeneca COVID vaccine Latam production sees April/May launch

FILE PHOTO: The company logo for pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca is displayed on a screen on the floor at the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) in New York, U.S., April 8, 2019. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid. BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) - The Argentine biotech firm working on the production of 400 million doses of an AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine for Latin America said on Friday it could begin shipping the active substance of the product to Mexico for ... Full story

Marge Simpson uses her voice to call out Trump adviser

LOS ANGELES -- Marge Simpson has advice for a lawyer with the Trump campaign: Do not name call. In a clip posted Friday by Fox’s animated series “The Simpsons," matriarch Marge chided the attorney over a tweet comparing her voice to that of the Democratic vice presidential contender, Sen. Kamala Harris. “I usually don’t get into politics, but the president’s senior adviser, Jenna Ellis, just said Kamala Harris sounds like me,” Marge says in the ... Full story

South Africa crime rate plummets during lockdown

Image caption The police force has attributed the drop in crime to a controversial alcohol ban. Crime in South Africa dropped by up to 40% during the first three months of its lockdown, official figures show. The police minister said most types of crimes went down between April and June - including sexual assault and arson. He added that a controversial alcohol ban during the coronavirus lockdown had helped, but that attacks on liquor stores ... Full story

'Canary in the coal mine': Greenland ice has shrunk beyond return, study finds

(Reuters) - Greenland’s ice sheet may have shrunk past the point of return, with the ice likely to melt away no matter how quickly the world reduces climate-warming emissions, new research suggests. A fishing vessel sails in the ice fjord near Ilulissat, Greenland September 12, 2017. Picture taken September 12, 2017. REUTERS/Jacob Gronholt-Pedersen. Scientists studied data on 234 glaciers across the Arctic territory spanning 34 years through ... Full story

Israel-UAE deal could open up U.S. weapons sales to Gulf kingdom, experts say

FILE PHOTO: U.S. Ambassador to Israel David Friedman speaks during a briefing at The Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs in Jerusalem February 9, 2020. REUTERS/Amir Cohen/File Photo. WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Normalized diplomatic relations between Israel and the United Arab Emirates could pave the way for more U.S. weapons sales to the Gulf Arab country, according to experts. Israel and the UAE announced on Thursday that they will normalize ... Full story

Tropical Storm Kyle spins up off East Coast Post

Many Atlantic hurricane seasons don’t have 11 named storms in their entirety. But 2020 has already produced its 11th named storm, Kyle, which formed late Friday afternoon just off the Mid-Atlantic coast. It is the earliest 11th named storm on record. Support our journalism. Subscribe today. At 5 p.m. Friday, Kyle was centered about 185 miles southeast of Atlantic City, headed east-northeast at 17 mph, away from land. Kyle is a minimal tropical ... Full story

U.N. Security Council rejects U.S. bid to extend Iran arms embargo: Pompeo

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo holds a joint news conference with Austrian Foreign Minister Alexander Schallenberg in Vienna, Austria, August 14, 2020. REUTERS/Lisi Niesner/Pool. (Reuters) - The United Nations Security Council on Friday rejected a U.S. bid to extend an arms embargo on Iran, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said in a statement. The Security Council “rejected a reasonable resolution to extend the 13-year old arms embargo ... Full story

The fiery Indian student who ran a secret radio station for independence

Usha Mehta was just 22 when she went "underground" to run a secret radio station during India's fight for freedom from British colonial rule. BBC Gujarati's Parth Pandya and Ravi Parmar report. "Do or Die. We shall either free India or die in the attempt," Indian independence leader Mahatma Gandhi told fellow leaders on 8 August 1942. The now-famous speech launched the Quit India movement - and catapulted one young woman in the crowd, ... Full story