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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

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

New York court sides with publisher of explosive book by President Trump?s niece Mary

A New York court on Wednesday lifted a temporary restraining order against the publication of a book by President Trump’s niece, enabling publisher Simon & Schuster to continue printing and distributing the explosive insider account by Mary L. Trump. Support our journalism. Subscribe today. President Trump’s brother, Robert, filed a petition last week asking that Mary Trump and the publisher be prevented from publishing the book, citing a ... 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

Judge blocks Trump's border asylum restriction, saying it was enacted illegally

Trump admin. proposes new asylum rules. A federal judge ordered the Trump administration on Tuesday to stop enforcing an immigration rule that disqualifies most non-Mexican migrants from asylum at the U.S. southern border, saying the broad restriction was enacted unlawfully in the summer of 2019. Judge Timothy Kelly of the U.S. District Court in Washington said he moved to strike down the regulation, a joint effort by the Departments of Justice ... 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

How cartoons are chronicling the battle between mask wearers and Trump

Dave Whamond was in a shop the other day in his native Alberta, Canada, when — cartoonist that he is — he was struck by the visual scene surrounding him. “I was the only one wearing a mask in a store full of people,” Whamond says. “One person looked at me, shook their heads and chuckled to themselves. Of course, my glasses were fogging up so that didn’t help — still haven’t mastered that one. Support our journalism. Subscribe today. “I can see ... Full story

Coronavirus: Ireland sees rise in percentage of cases coming from international travel

There has been a significant increase in the percentage of Covid-19 cases in Ireland which have come from international travel, the country's health minister has said. Stephen Donnelly said that in the last few months, about 2% of new cases came from international travel and that had "gone up to 17% in the last week". He was talking about the issue of so-called travel airbridges. From Wednesday, EU borders will be reopened to 15 non-EU ... Full story