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Presidential Message on National Purple Heart Day, 2020 | The White House

General George Washington established the Purple Heart—then known as the Badge of Military Merit—238 years ago today to recognize meritorious service in action during our Nation’s war for independence. Today, the Purple Heart is reserved for military service members wounded or killed in action. On this day, we pay tribute to these men and women, who have suffered and sacrificed so much for our Nation. The Purple Heart medal, in its present ... Full story

Glacier collapse risk forces Italy Alps evacuation

Image caption The heatwave is accelerating the melting of Planpincieux glacier. Italian authorities have evacuated about 75 people, mostly tourists, from an Alpine valley as huge blocks of ice threaten to crash down from a glacier. Planpincieux glacier, in the Mont Blanc massif, has weakened because of intense summer heat alternating with night-time cold. It lies above Val Ferret valley, near Courmayeur ski resort. A local environmental risk ... Full story

Trump campaign ad manipulates three images to put Biden in a ‘basement’

“Deep in the heart of Delaware, Joe Biden sits in the heart of his basement. Alone. Hiding. Diminished. … Biden has no answers. And after five decades of failure, he never will.”. —Voice-over of Trump campaign ad “ Delaware, ” released Aug. 5. Support our journalism. Subscribe today. You can understand the frustration of the Trump campaign in the age of the coronavirus pandemic. The president can’t hold the big rallies he loves. And his ... Full story

Facebook removes QAnon conspiracy group with 200,000 members

Image caption This symbol and slogan has become an emblem of QAnon. Facebook has deleted a large group dedicated to sharing and discussing QAnon conspiracy theories. QAnon is a wide-ranging, unfounded conspiracy theory that a "deep state" network of powerful government, business and media figures are waging a secret war against Donald Trump. A Facebook spokeswoman said the group was removed for "repeatedly posting content that violated our ... Full story

You swine! German nudist chases wild boar that stole laptop

A nudist bather who chased a wild boar near a Berlin lake after it stole his laptop was applauded by onlookers after a successful pursuit. The photographer who captured the drama said the unidentified nudist was happy for him to share the images, which show him in bare-bottomed pursuit of the boar and her two piglets while fellow bathers look on in amusement. “Nature strikes back,” wrote Adele Landauer , a personal coach, on Facebook. “I showed ... Full story

Brace yourself: America is about to act really awkward about Biden’s female VP pick

Whatever you thought of Walter Mondale, his 1984 running-mate selection of Geraldine Ferraro was a big deal. “By choosing an American woman to run for our nation’s second-highest office, you send a powerful signal to all Americans,” Ferraro said in her speech at the Democrats’ nominating convention that July. “There are no doors we cannot unlock . . . If we can do this, we can do anything.”. Support our journalism. Subscribe today. Mondale lost ... Full story

Pfizer to make Gilead's COVID-19 treatment remdesivir

FILE PHOTO: A man walks past a sign outside Pfizer Headquarters in the Manhattan borough of New York City, New York, U.S., July 22, 2020. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri. (Reuters) - Pfizer Inc ( PFE.N ) said on Friday it signed a multi-year agreement to make Gilead Sciences Inc’s ( GILD.O ) antiviral drug remdesivir in a bid to ramp up supply of the COVID-19 treatment. Gilead is aiming to supply enough of the drug by the end of the year to treat more ... Full story

Vietnam PM says risk of widespread COVID-19 infection 'very high'

A man wearing a protective face mask looks at a smart phone amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, at the temple of literature in Hanoi, Vietnam August 7, 2020. REUTERS/Kham. HANOI (Reuters) - The risk of COVID-19 spreading widely in Vietnam is “very high”, its prime minister said on Friday, after a new outbreak in the central city of Danang late last month ended a three month run of no new domestic cases. Aggressive contact-tracing, ... Full story

Anthony Fauci’s neighbors are posting lawn signs to thank him

“I have been, for so long, a quiet, inconspicuous person in my neighborhood, and now there are signs up telling me that they love me,” Fauci marveled on Monday. “I think it’s great, but I certainly don’t let anything like that go to my head.”. Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, has become the subject of both adoration and controversy since the novel coronavirus pandemic made him the country’s most ... Full story

Swiss government signs agreement with Moderna for COVID-19 vaccine

FILE PHOTO: A sign marks the headquarters of Moderna Therapeutics, which is developing a vaccine against the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Cambridge, Massachusetts, U.S., May 18, 2020. REUTERS/Brian Snyder. ZURICH (Reuters) - Switzerland has signed an agreement with Moderna to secure early access to the COVID-19 vaccine the U.S. biotech company is developing, the government said on Friday. Switzerland will get 4.5 million doses of the ... Full story