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Iran nuclear: 'Incident' at Natanz uranium enrichment facility

Image caption Natanz is Iran's largest uranium enrichment facility (file photo). Iran says there has been an "incident" at one of its nuclear facilities. Atomic Energy Organisation of Iran spokesman Behrouz Kamalvandi did not give details of what happened at the Natanz uranium enrichment plant. But he said the incident took place in a building that was under construction, and that there were no casualties or concerns about contamination. The ... Full story

Amazon fires at 13-year high in June

Image caption Fires raged across the Amazon in 2019 - as pictured - causing an outcry across the world. Fires in Brazil's Amazon rainforest rose by almost 20% in June - a 13-year high for the month, according to government data. With such an increase at the start of the dry season, there are concerns that this year's fires could surpass 2019's disastrous blazes. Activists say the coronavirus pandemic is exacerbating the problem. They believe ... Full story

Black families pay significantly higher property taxes Washington Post

Support our journalism. Subscribe today. African Americans have long said they bear a disproportionate burden for taxes that support local police, schools and parks, but nationwide measures of this type of systemic racism are hard to come by. To expose the structural and historical factors behind these discriminatory property tax assessments, the economists analyzed more than a decade of tax assessment and sales data for 118 million homes ... Full story

Khayelitsha: Cape Town police suspended for evicting naked man in South Africa

Image caption Local media say the man was having a bath when police seized him. Four police officers in Cape Town are to be suspended after dragging a naked man from a house in an eviction caught on video. Footage shows the man being thrown to the ground and stopped from re-entering the shack in Khayelitsha settlement. When he manages to break free and run into the home made of corrugated iron, its front wall is ripped off leaving him exposed. ... Full story

Vietnam protests Chinese military drills in South China Sea

FILE PHOTO: A crewman from the Vietnamese coastguard ship 8003 looks out at sea as Chinese coastguard vessels give chase to Vietnamese ships that came close to the Haiyang Shiyou 981, known in Vietnam as HD-981, oil rig in the South China Sea, July 15, 2014. REUTERS/Martin Petty. HANOI (Reuters) - Vietnam’s foreign ministry has lodged a complaint with China over military drills in the South China Sea that it said were “detrimental” to Beijing’s ... Full story

Taiwan advises its citizens to avoid Hong Kong after new law

TAIPEI (Reuters) - Taiwan citizens should avoid unnecessary visits to or transit through Hong Kong, Macau or mainland China after the passing of an “outrageous” national security law for the former British colony, a Taiwan government official said on Thursday. FILE PHOTO: Deputy Minister for Taiwan's Mainland Affairs Council, Chiu Chui-cheng, poses after an interview in Taipei, Taiwan May 3, 2019. REUTERS/James Pomfret/File Photo. The law, ... Full story

Explainer: How U.S. airlines are trying to stop COVID-19 on flights

CHICAGO (Reuters) - As some Americans prepare to travel for the July 4 holiday weekend, and airlines slowly ramp up service, the U.S. government has not changed rules for air travel during the pandemic, leaving airlines to implement their own measures. FILE PHOTO: A member of a ground crew walks past American Airlines planes parked at the gate during the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak at Ronald Reagan National Airport in Washington, ... Full story

Hundreds arrested as secret crime chat-room busted

A top-secret communications system used by criminals to trade drugs and guns has been "successfully penetrated", says the National Crime Agency. "Iconic" crime figures were among 746 arrests after messages on EncroChat were intercepted and decoded. More than two tonnes of drugs, several dozen guns and £54m in suspect cash have been seized, says the NCA. The NCA worked with forces across Europe on the UK's "biggest and most significant" law ... Full story

France to rename streets after African WW2 heroes

Image caption A French Algerian soldier guards captured German troops at Ste Marthe, southern France, August 1944. France's armed forces ministry has provided local authorities with a guide to 100 Africans who fought for France in World War Two, so that streets and squares may be named after them. France's reappraisal of its colonial past is fuelled by the global anti-racism protests and Black Lives Matter. There are many Senegalese and North ... Full story

France suspends Nato mission role amid Turkey row

Image caption France is suspending its role in Operation Sea Guardian, saying Turkey does not "respect" the Libya embargo. France has temporarily pulled out of a Nato security operation amid a major row with Turkey. The defence ministry said France had suspended its role in Operation Sea Guardian, accusing Turkey of violating an arms embargo against Libya. It comes weeks after Turkish ships allegedly targeted a French warship in the ... Full story