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Thank You from His Holiness the Dalai Lama Lama

Dear Brothers and Sisters, I would like to thank you all for your greetings on the occasion of my 85th birthday, as well as those who took part in celebrating the day in many parts of the world. I am touched by your affection. I am in good health and look forward to live long to continue being of some service to humanity. In the world in which we live today, nations are no longer isolated and self-sufficient as they once were. We have all ... Full story

Dinosaur ancestors 'may have been tiny'

Dinosaurs are often thought of as giant creatures, but new research adds to evidence they started out small. The evidence comes from a newly described fossil relative found on Madagascar that lived some 237 million years ago and stood just 10cm tall. The specimen may also help clarify the currently murky origins of pterosaurs, the winged reptiles that ruled the skies at the time of the dinosaurs. The work appears in the Proceedings of the ... Full story

Tammy Duckworth slams Tucker Carlson for questioning her patriotism

Before launching a broadside against Sen. Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.), Fox News host Tucker Carlson acknowledged that it’s not easy to go after a Purple Heart recipient who lost both her legs while serving her country in Iraq. Support our journalism. Subscribe today. “You’re not supposed to criticize Tammy Duckworth in any way because she once served in the military,” Carlson said Monday night. That didn’t stop him from calling Duckworth, a ... Full story

Russian ice cream in 'gay propaganda' row

RUSSIAN ICE CREAM IN 'GAY PROPAGANDA' ROW Image caption Some in Russia saw this ice cream as promoting homosexuality. A Russian ice cream maker has been accused of promoting homosexuality after using a rainbow on its packaging . The head of Russia's official Union of Women said the image amounted to "propaganda" for gay and lesbian relations in a video conference with President Vladimir Putin. Homosexuality was decriminalised in Russia in 1993, ... Full story

Siberian temperatures hit June record, fires spread: EU data

GENEVA/MOSCOW (Reuters) - Temperatures in Arctic Siberia soared to a record average for June amid a heat wave that is stoking some of the worst wildfires the region has ever known, European Union (EU) data showed on Tuesday. A plume of smoke rises from wildfires near Kharbalakh, Russia, in this June 24, 2020 image supplied by Maxar Technologies. Copernicus Sentinel-2 Satellite Image/Maxar Technologies via REUTERS. Global temperatures last month ... Full story

Indiana black man said he was a victim of an 'attempted lynching' near Bloomington

Indiana authorities said Monday they are investigating a reported racist attack on a Bloomington black man, who said a group of white men pinned him to a tree, beat him and threatened to “get a noose” after accusing him and a friend of trespassing on private property on July 4. Support our journalism. Subscribe today. Vauhxx Booker, a member of the Monroe County Human Rights Commission, shared partial video footage of the incident near ... Full story

U.S. government awards Novavax $1.6 billion for coronavirus vaccine

CHICAGO (Reuters) - The U.S. government has awarded Novavax Inc $1.6 billion to cover testing, commercialization and manufacturing of a potential coronavirus vaccine in the United States, with the aim of delivering 100 million doses by January 2021. FILE PHOTO: A woman holds a small bottle labeled with a "Vaccine COVID-19" sticker and a medical syringe in this illustration taken April 10, 2020. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration/File Photo. The ... Full story

Indonesia imposes 10% VAT on Amazon, Google, Netflix and Spotify

JAKARTA (Reuters) - Indonesia imposed a 10% value-added tax on sales by technology firms including Amazon, Netflix, Spotify and Google on Tuesday, as spending patterns shift with increased remote working as a result of the coronavirus crisis, which has hit state finances. FILE PHOTO: The logo of Amazon is seen at the company logistics centre in Boves, France, November 5, 2019. REUTERS/Pascal Rossignol/File Photo. The Southeast Asian country’s ... Full story

Exclusive: Moderna spars with U.S. scientists over COVID-19 vaccine trials

(Reuters) - As the United States accelerates the search for a coronavirus vaccine, tensions have erupted between government scientists and Moderna Inc, one of the leading developers, Reuters has learned. FILE PHOTO: A sign marks the headquarters of Moderna Inc, which is developing a vaccine against the coronavirus, in Cambridge, Massachusetts, U.S., May 18, 2020. REUTERS/Brian Snyder/File Photo. The federal government is supporting Moderna’s ... Full story

Exclusive: U.S. government's boxed food aid promise falls short

CHICAGO (Reuters) - The U.S. government delivered far less food aid than it had pledged by the end of June, according to food bank managers and data from the agriculture department sent to Reuters, after it hired inexperienced companies to box food during the pandemic. FILE PHOTO: People wait in line at a food bank at St. Bartholomew Church, during the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in the Elmhurst section of Queens, New York ... Full story