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Iran plane crash: 'Human error' to blame for downing of Ukrainian jet

Image caption The plane came down shortly after taking off from Tehran. Iran has said the misalignment of air defence equipment was responsible for the accidental downing of a Ukrainian passenger plane in January. In a report released on Saturday, the Civil Aviation Organisation of Iran (CAOI) blamed "human error" and poor military communication. All 176 people on board were killed when the plane was hit by two missiles shortly after take-off ... Full story

Civil War descendants in Brazil fly Confederate flags Washington Post

It’s one of history’s lesser-known episodes. After the Civil War, thousands of defeated Southerners came to Brazil to self-exile in a country that still practiced slavery. For decades, their descendants have thrown a massive party that now attracts thousands of people to the twin cities of Americana and Santa Bárbara d’Oeste to celebrate all things Dixie. The Confederate flag? Everywhere. Why do Brazilians and others around the world fly the ... Full story

President Donald J. Trump's America First Policies are Uplifting and Empowering Hispanic Americans House

Hispanic Americans are not only living the American Dream, but their incredible efforts are unlocking the American Dream for citizens all across our land. EMPOWERING HISPANIC AMERICANS: President Donald J. Trump is taking significant action to ensure Hispanic Americans continue to prosper and achieve the American Dream. - President Donald J. Trump is issuing an Executive Order focused on promoting the success of every member of America’s proud ... Full story

Florida reports over 15,000 COVID-19 cases in single-day record

FILE PHOTO: A sign informing about South Beach closure, to prevent the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), is seen ahead of the Fourth of July weekend, in Miami Beach, Florida, U.S., July 3, 2020. REUTERS/Elizabeth Feria/File Photo/File Photo. (Reuters) - Florida reported a record increase of more than 15,000 new cases of COVID-19 in a single day on Sunday as the growing outbreak forces state authorities to close some businesses and ... Full story

White House fires back at Mueller after op-ed, says Russia probe ‘wasted taxpayer dollars trying to undo an election’

The White House issued a response Sunday after former Special Counsel Robert Mueller published an op-ed in the Washington Post in which he defended the prosecution and conviction of political operative Roger Stone. President Trump commuted Stone’s sentence on Friday, just days before it was set to begin. Stone was convicted of seven counts of obstruction, witness tampering and making false statements to Congress in relation to Mueller’s Russia ... Full story

Hong Kong: Opposition primaries draw thousands despite security law fears

Image caption The vote will decide the opposition candidates for elections later this year. Hundreds of thousands of people in Hong Kong have voted in pro-democracy primaries, despite warnings that doing so may breach a new security law. The two-day vote will determine the opposition candidates for September's elections to the legislative council. But it is being widely viewed as a test of opposition to the controversial new law that took ... Full story

WHO reports record daily increase in global coronavirus cases, up over 230,000

FILE PHOTO: A woman wears a protective face mask outside at a shopping plaza after New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy said he would sign an executive order requiring people to wear face coverings outdoors to prevent a resurgence of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Edgewater, New Jersey, U.S., July 8, 2020. REUTERS/Mike Segar. (Reuters) - The World Health Organization reported a record increase in global coronavirus cases on Sunday, with the ... Full story

How to Trick Your Brain to Remember Almost Anything

Many people complain about having a terrible memory. Shopping lists, friends’ birthdays, statistics for an exam—they just don’t seem to stick in the brain. But memory isn’t as set in stone as you might imagine. With the right technique, you may well be able to remember almost anything at all. WIRED UK. This story originally appeared on WIRED UK . Nelson Dellis is a four-time USA Memory Champion and Grandmaster of Memory. Some of his feats of ... Full story

Xu Zhangrun: Outspoken professor freed after six days News

Image caption Xu Zhangrun was detained on Monday. An outspoken critic of China's rulers, Professor Xu Zhangrun, has been released after six days in police custody, friends say. The Beijing constitutional law professor was already under house arrest when he was detained on 6 July. He had criticised China's response to coronavirus and what he sees as a Mao-like cult of personality under China's current leader, Xi Jinping. The authorities have not ... Full story

Japan sees surge in online matchmaking during pandemic isolation

Support our journalism. Subscribe today. So the now-familiar tool of pandemic-era business — the video chat and those little windows — became an unexpected opportunity for Japan's Cupids for hire. Online matchmaking in Japan has become a rare upbeat counterpoint to the economic slowdowns, shutdowns and restrictions during the covid-19 crisis. Matchmaking agencies say the video encounters have proved to be a hit, removing the pressures of ... Full story

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