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Climate change: Warming world will be 'devastating' for frozen peatlands

Image caption Melting permafrost in Alaska and other northern regions could unleash large amounts of warming gases from peatlands. The world's peatlands will become a large source of greenhouse gases as temperatures rise this century, say scientists. Right now, huge amounts of carbon are stored in boggy, often frozen regions stretching across northern parts of the world. But much of the permanently frozen land will thaw this century, say ... Full story

U.S. COVID-19 deaths drop for first time in four weeks

(Reuters) - The U.S. death toll from COVID-19 fell 16% to about 7,200 people last week, the first decline in deaths after four weeks of increases, according to a Reuters tally of state and county reports. FILE PHOTO: Phlebotomists wait to draw blood to test for antibodies against the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) at a pop-up testing and research site in Chelsea, Massachusetts, U.S., August 7, 2020. REUTERS/Brian Snyder. The country posted more ... Full story

Scared by Skopje flight, Finland to mandate COVID-19 tests for travellers

FILE PHOTO: Medical personnel wait for passengers at the coronavirus testing point of Helsinki-Vantaa Airport in Vantaa, Finland August 3, 2020. Roni Rekomaa/Lehtikuva via REUTERS. HELSINKI (Reuters) - Finland will introduce mandatory coronavirus tests and quarantines for travellers from certain high-risk countries, the minister in charge said on Monday, after 24 of 157 passengers arriving from Skopje in North Macedonia tested positive for ... Full story

Belarusian protester, reported dead, says he survived police beating

MOSCOW (Reuters) - A Belarusian protester who was reported to have died during bloody clashes with police after Sunday’s presidential election told Reuters he had survived a brutal police beating and that he expected to be detained shortly. FILE PHOTO: A law enforcement officer gestures next to a man laying on the ground during clashes with opposition supporters after polls closed at the presidential election in Minsk, Belarus, August 9, 2020. ... Full story

Janice Dean, who lost in-laws to coronavirus, says she was pulled from testifying at hearings on NY nursing home deaths

Fox News senior meteorologist Janice Dean , who recently lost her elderly in-laws to COVID-19 , told the “ Brian Kilmeade Show ” on Monday that she was taken off the list to testify at a hearing geared toward understanding why and how the pandemic took root in New York nursing homes. She said she believes New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo or his administration were behind the decision. “I was supposed to be on the list,” Dean said on Monday. “I ... Full story

Disney World to cut hours after reopening during the covid-19 pandemic

Disney’s already limited hours will reduce by one to two hours per day, depending on the park. Full story

Reddit CEO defends allowing Trump ads ahead of presidential election – TechCrunch

Reddit is gearing up to run ads for President Donald Trump ahead of the 2020 presidential election despite concerns from employees, TechCrunch has learned. Reddit CEO Steve Huffman addressed some of these employee concerns during an all-hands meeting last week, viewed by TechCrunch. “I know for many of you, [Trump] is simply a symbol of hate and there’s no getting around that — what he represents,” Huffman said. “And as a result, many of you ... Full story

Turkey's Halkbank says it is immune from U.S. prosecution in Iran sanctions case

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Halkbank on Monday urged the dismissal of a U.S. indictment accusing the state-owned Turkish lender of helping Iran evade American sanctions, saying it was immune from prosecution and that U.S. laws did not cover its alleged misconduct. FILE PHOTO: People walk past by a branch of Halkbank in central Istanbul, Turkey, October 16, 2019. REUTERS/Huseyin Aldemir. U.S. prosecutors have accused Halkbank of using money servicers ... Full story

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The Simple Joys of Tamarind

I wasn’t a terribly naughty child by any means, but I had my share of errant behavior that kept my parents busy. Summers seemed to bring out the best or the worst in me, depending on which side of the equation you viewed it. I loved climbing the tall, wide mango and tamarind trees in my neighborhood in Mumbai, India, then known as Bombay, to grab whatever fruit adorned their branches. If the pods lay higher and out of reach, as they most often ... Full story

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