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Talking about Beyoncé's Black Is King

A student, a professor and a film director react to Beyoncé's visual album, Black Is King.

U.K.'s Windsor Castle gardens temporarily open to the public

Windsor Castle, where Britain's Queen Elizabeth II spends many of her private weekends, is home to a stunning display of flowers and trees. Starting in early August and lasting a few weeks, the public will be allowed to get a rare look at the castle's beautiful gardens. Jericka Duncan reports.

Latin America Infrastructure Woes Add to Inequality

(Bloomberg Opinion) -- Latin America’s baleful infrastructure is only too familiar. So, too, are the opportunity costs of years of underinvestment and neglect in ports, roads, water works and the electricity grid. Just ask the almost two thirds of private companies in Argentina, Venezuela and Ecuador that the World Bank says are trying to do business amid chronic power failures.If the region fails to put more money into infrastructure, Latin America and the Caribbean could forfeit as much as 15% of potential gross domestic product growth over the next 10 years, Inter-American Bank (IADB) manag...

AP FACT CHECK: Trump misleads on mail ballots, virus vaccine

It was a week of relentless attacks by President Donald Trump and his allies on mail-in voting for the November election, and truth took a beating at every turn. Fearing a pandemic-induced surge in such voting will work against him, Trump persisted in arguing that fraud is rampant for mail-in ballots yet quite fine and safe for absentee votes, which are also mailed. Meanwhile, on the coronavirus, Trump painted a far rosier picture than his own health experts on when a vaccine could become available.

Census Bureau drop-outs complicate door-knocking efforts

Bob Garick was looking forward to being a field supervisor during the door-knocking phase of the 2020 census, but as the number of new coronavirus cases in Florida shot up last month, he changed his mind. With widespread home visits for the 2020 census set to begin next week, the Census Bureau is losing workers like Garick to pandemic fears. “Before, I thought it was my civic duty, to do my part, but now it’s like the health concerns are too great,” said Garick, 54, a software development director who is between jobs.

4 children identified among Air India Express plane crash casualties

Four children have been identified among the 16 passengers who died when an Air India Express flight crashed Friday in the southern Indian state of Kerala, an official said.

Survivors recount frantic efforts to escape deadly plane crash

The jetliner nosedived and cracked in two, leaving at least 18 dead and more than 120 injured.

Olympic athletes get creative to stay in top form for 2021 games

If not for the coronavirus pandemic, August 2020 would be seeing the closing ceremony of the Olympic games in Tokyo, Japan. The games have been postponed until summer 2021. Nancy Chen speaks to Olympic athletes about the creative ways they are pushing their limits and staying in top form for the delayed event.

Hundreds rally against detention of Thai protest leaders

Hundreds of demonstrators rallied in Thailand on Saturday, after police arrested two leading anti-government protest leaders in an apparent attempt to stifle growing political unrest

U.K. recalls 741,000 coronavirus test kits over safety concerns
U.K. recalls 741,000 coronavirus test kits over safety concerns

The government had on July 15 instructed the programme, run by the National Health Service (NHS), to stop using the kits, citing concerns that they may not meet required safety standards.

At least 8 soldiers dead in blast outside Somali army base

A car bomb exploded at the gates of a military base in Somalia's capital Saturday, killing at least eight soldiers and wounding 14 others, with the toll expected to rise, police said.

Spain’s runaway former king Juan Carlos lands in Abu Dhabi to stay in seven-star bolthole amid corruption scandal

SPAIN’S runaway former king has been pictured getting off a private jet before heading to a £10,000 presidential suite in one of the world’s most luxurious hotels. It’s reported 82-year-old Juan Carlos is staying at the seven-star Emirates Palace in Abu Dhabi after conflicting claims he was in the Dominican Republic and Portugal. Today news

Trump says Democrats are holding coronavirus relief bill 'hostage' – video

Donald Trump says he will act unilaterally to suspend payroll taxes for all Americans through the end of 2020 and possibly longer and extend supplemental unemployment benefits and other coronavirus aid if no deal can be reached with Democrats on a new spending bill. ‘If Democrats continue to hold this critical relief hostage I will act under my authority as president to get Americans the relief they need,’ Trump says on Friday during a news conference at his resort in Bedminster, New Jersey. He added that an executive order could be signed by the end of the week, without specifying whether he...

Man wants police to pay for car window they smashed during search

Police inquiry said it was unacceptable to return car to Ryan Colaço full of shards of glassA man who had his car window smashed by police when he was driving home from an interview about “racially motivated” stop-and-searches has demanded to be reimbursed for repairs after a police standards investigation ruled it was unacceptable for officers to have returned his vehicle full of shards of glass.News of the incident gained widespread attention after Ryan Colaço, 30, from east London, posted a video on social media and complained to City of London police about his treatment, days after he had...

Protesters march for fair pay for nurses and other NHS staff

More than 30 marches due on Saturday in recognition of work during coronavirus pandemicCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageHundreds of people have converged on central London to march for fair pay for NHS staff and recognition of their work during the pandemic.More than 30 marches across the UK are planned on Saturday as anger grows about an absence of action to match gestures such as weekly applause following deaths from coronavirus of healthcare workers.

Canada brewery apologises for 'Huruhuru' Maori beer name

The company said it used the Maori word "Huruhuru" to mean its beer was "as light as a feather".

Khabarovsk protests 5th week on: Smaller crowds, but thousands still turn out to back ex-Governor Furgal
Khabarovsk protests 5th week on: Smaller crowds, but thousands still turn out to back ex-Governor Furgal

Residents of Khabarovsk have taken to the streets once again in a continued show of support for former Governor Sergey Furgal, arrested in July on suspicion of ordering two successful murders, and a t...

Kerala plane crash: 'Black boxes' from Air India jet found

The Air India plane skidded off the runway and broke apart during bad weather in Kerala state.

Year’s worth of rain in a month: Monsoon floods devastate Mumbai

On July 15-16, the Indian city received 13.26 inches of rain. For comparison, average annual rainfall in Washington is 39.7 inches.

France's Saint-Tropez resort makes masks mandatory outdoors

The glamorous French Riviera resort of Saint-Tropez is requiring face masks outdoors starting Saturday, threatening to sober the mood in a place renowned for high-end, free-wheeling summer beach parties.

Floods, landslides in South Korea leave 26 dead as heavy rains continue
Floods, landslides in South Korea leave 26 dead as heavy rains continue

At least 26 people have died after 46 days of heavy rains in South Korea, with the country's longest monsoon in seven years causing more flooding, landslides and evacuations on Saturday.

AP PHOTOS: In flash, Beirut blast tore up thousands of homes

The gigantic explosion in Beirut on Tuesday tore through homes, blowing off doors and windows, toppling cupboards, and sent flying books, shelves, lamps and everything else. Within a few tragic seconds, more than a quarter of a million people of the Lebanese capital’s residents were left with homes unfit to live in.

Flooding in northeastern Ethiopia displaces nearly 20,000

An official in Ethiopia’s northeastern Afar region says heavy flooding has displaced some 20,000 people from their homes

Buffett buys back $5.1 billion in Berkshire Hathaway stock as operating earnings take hit from coronavirus

Berkshire announced it bought $5.1 billion of its own shares during the second quarter as the pandemic dented the conglomerate's operations.

Plane aborted first landing before skidding off runway, killing at least 17

An Air India Express plane crashed in the South Indian state of Kerala after skidding off the runway and breaking into two while landing at Kozhikode Calicut International Airport.

Show of solidarity after blast as Lebanon braces for protest
Show of solidarity after blast as Lebanon braces for protest

BEIRUT (AP) - Senior officials from the Middle East and Europe started arriving in Lebanon Saturday in a show of solidarity with the tiny country that suffered a deadly explosion this week which cause...

Deadline to register for Rhode Island's primary is Sunday

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - The deadline to register to vote in Rhode Island's Sept. 8 primary is Sunday. Secretary of State Nellie Gorbea said eligible residents can register online at vote.ri.gov. They can also download the form, print it out, and submit it to their local board of canvassers or ...

Mauritius declares emergency as stranded ship spills fuel

The Indian Ocean island of Mauritius has declared a "state of environmental emergency" after a Japanese-owned ship that ran aground offshore days ago began spilling tons of fuel.

Black Lives Matter group offers rural people 'insight into prejudice'

BLM in the Stix promotes online toolkit to encourage UK communities to take a standBlack Lives Matter activists have launched a toolkit designed to help rural communities across the UK to fight racism in their local area.Their campaign, BLM in the Stix, is aimed at building on the momentum of June and July, when more than 260 towns and cities held anti-racism protests, from Monmouth in south Wales to Shetland in Scotland. It offers rural communities support to take a stand against racism at a local level.

Flooding in northeastern Ethiopia displaces nearly 20,000

An official in Ethiopia’s northeastern Afar region says heavy flooding has displaced some 20,000 people from their homes

Beirut residents demand Lebanese government takes responsibility after explosion

Public anger is mounting in Beirut as residents there demand that the Lebanese government takes responsibility for a deadly blast that rocked the city. More than 150 people were killed and 5,000 others were injured when several tons of highly combustible ammonium nitrate exploded at a warehouse. Imtiaz Tab reports from Lebanon's capital city.

Hiroshima survivor remembers nuclear blast, 75 years later

75 years ago Sunday, the United States dropped the second of two atomic bombs on Japan in an effort to hasten the end of World War II, with what was the most powerful weapon ever employed in human history. The target was the port city of Nagasaki, after the first bomb was dropped on Hiroshima August 6. The two bombings killed more than 200,000 people. Ramy Inocenio spoke to a survivor of the Hiroshima blast.

Coronavirus: One man attending Ohio church service led to infection of 91 others

Ohio is asking worshippers to wear masks and observe social distancing

AP PHOTOS: In flash, Beirut blast tore up thousands of homes

The gigantic explosion in Beirut on Tuesday tore through homes, blowing off doors and windows, toppling cupboards, and sent flying books, shelves, lamps and everything else

Portland sees flashes of violence as protests continue
Portland sees flashes of violence as protests continue

Since George Floyd was killed in Minneapolis protests have occurred nightly for 70 days.

AP PHOTOS: In flash, Beirut blast tore up thousands of homes

The gigantic explosion in Beirut on Tuesday tore through homes, blowing off doors and windows, toppling cupboards, and sent flying books, shelves, lamps and everything else

Honk Hong fires back at "shameless" U.S. sanctions

China slammed the United States for imposing "barbarous" sanctions in response to Beijing's crackdown in Hong Kong.

Beirut explosion: Angry protesters set to take to streets

Lebanese furious with their political leaders after a massive explosion want to vent their fury.

Bison, other beasts return life to a former Soviet army base

Wild horses, bison and other big-hoofed animals once roamed freely in much of Europe. Now they are transforming a former military base outside the Czech capital in an ambitious project to improve biodiversity. Where occupying Soviet troops once held exercises, massive bovines called tauros and other heavy beasts now munch on the invasive plants that took over the base years ago.

How Nicola Sturgeon has secretly massaged Scotland’s coronavirus record

Nicola Sturgeon spent much of July telling anyone who would listen that the prevalence of coronavirus in England was “five times” higher than in Scotland. The figure was deployed to justify her refusal to rule out effectively closing the border by imposing quarantine on travellers from England, and her highly controversial move to set her a Scotland-only policy on air bridges, which airports warned put livelihoods at risk. The day after she first made the claim, masked nationalists in hazmat suits descended on the border near Berwick-upon-Tweed, shouting abuse at English “plague carriers”. Alo...

UK military asked to help stem Channel migrant crossings

Britain’s military says it has been asked by the government to help prevent people from trying to reach the U.K. from France in small boats

America's response to coronavirus has been a mess - and millions face destitution as a result
America's response to coronavirus has been a mess - and millions face destitution as a result

There is a crisis behind the coronavirus crisis in the US.

Tens of thousands in fresh anti-Kremlin rally

Tens of thousands of people took to the streets in Russia's Far East for a fifth consecutive weekend as anti-Kremlin rallies showed little sign of dying down on Saturday. The rallies in the city of some 600,000 people on the border with China is a major show of defiance against Moscow's policies and present a headache for President Vladimir Putin, observers say. The demonstrations were sparked by the sudden arrest of Khabarovsk's popular governor in a murder probe but has since acquired a wider, distinctly anti-Kremlin agenda.

Survivors of Air India Express crash say plane swayed violently
Survivors of Air India Express crash say plane swayed violently

The 2-year-old Boeing 737-800 flew from Dubai to Kozhikode, also called Calicut, in Kerala. There were 174 adult passengers, 10 infants, two pilots and four cabin crew on board.

Surrey fire service declares major incident after 100 homes evacuated

Residents describe wildfire that began on Chobham Common and spread to golf course Surrey fire and rescue service has declared a major incident as crews continue to battle a 40-hectare wildfire after up to 100 homes were reportedly evacuated as a precaution.The blaze started in Chobham Common on Friday amid soaring temperatures in the south-east and spread to Wentworth golf course, halting play in the Rose Ladies Series Grand Final tournament as competitors became within eyeshot of the fire.

Eight soldiers killed by al-Shabab suicide bomber in Mogadishu

At least 14 others wounded after attacker detonated an explosive-laded vehicle at the gates of an army base.

Lebanese man, daughter shot dead in Iran's capital

Iranian police have yet to issue an official statement on the Friday night incident reported by local media.

Murdoch's misinformation: COVID-19, China and climate change

Is Rupert Murdoch's media empire responsible for spreading deadly misinformation on COVID-19?

Survivors of deadly India crash say plane swayed violently

The plane swayed violently as it approached a hilltop runway drenched in monsoon rain, and moments later the special return flight for Indians stranded abroad by the pandemic skidded off, nosedived and cracked in two, leaving 18 dead and more than 120 injured.

Coronavirus: 2 employees of Tokyo Olympic organizers positive for COVID-19
Coronavirus: 2 employees of Tokyo Olympic organizers positive for COVID-19

The 2020 Tokyo Olympics have been put back to July 23, 2021 due to the pandemic. The original closing ceremony was to have been Sunday, Aug. 9.