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CIA Director Says He Is Escalating Efforts To Solve ‘Havana Syndrome’ Mystery

In an NPR interview, William Burns says he has appointed a senior officer who led the hunt for Osama bin Laden to head the investigation…

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Australia’s Male Olympics Chief Lectured A Female Premier. It Didn’t Go Over Well

“You are going to the opening ceremony,” Australian Olympics chief John Coates told Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk. “None of you are staying behind and hiding…

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China Has Rejected A WHO Plan For Further Investigation Into The Origins Of COVID-19

Chinese officials say they cannot support a second phase of a study into the origins of the pandemic, including new investigation into the theory that…

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At The Tokyo Olympics, Several Volunteers Take It On Themselves To Create Origami

In a corner of the convention center where journalists from around the world are working, volunteers diligently fold origami paper into beautiful and elaborate designs….

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A Lonely Olympics For Athletes Competing To Be Champions

In Tokyo there is reduced excitement about the Summer Olympics which have been marred by rising coronavirus infections. Many athletes feel muted and isolated as…

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Another Olympic Opening Ceremony Hitch — The Director Is Fired For Holocaust Comments

It’s another setback for the troubled event on the same week that the ceremony’s composer was forced out. Still, the show will go on tomorrow,…

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The First U.S. Athlete Expected To Compete In The Olympics Tests Positive In Japan

USA Volleyball said an athlete has tested positive for the coronavirus. The case is widely reported to be men’s beach volleyball player Taylor Crabb. (Image…

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French High School Grads Are Getting 300 Euros To Help Revive Culture Post-Pandemic

France is experimenting with a pre-paid “Culture Pass” for 18-year-olds. President Emmanuel Macron has said he hopes the program will aid a post-pandemic cultural revival….

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Time For Caution Amid COVID-19 Surge And Breakthrough Cases

It’s an unsettling moment in the pandemic as cases rise, Delta sweeps and more reports are made of breakthrough cases. Here are the latest recommendations…

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Chinese Tourists Throng ‘Red Tourism’ Sites To Mark Communist Party Centennial

The officially designated Communist Party historical sites venerate Mao Zedong and, increasingly, the country’s current leader, Xi Jinping. Tourists sometimes do manual labor and dress…

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After A Long Wait, Peru Has A New President-Elect

NPR’s Ailsa Chang speaks with Peruvian journalist Gustavo Gorriti about the outcome of the recent presidential elections and what it means for the country’s future….

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Afghans Face Deportation From Turkey After Trying To Flee Taliban Occupation

A group of 16 Afghans who tried to go to Russia via Turkey are face deportation back to their home country — a plight faced…

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Torrential Downpour Continues In China’s ‘Once-In-5,000-Year Rainstorm’

Heavy rain continues to fall in China’s Henan province, causing the worst flooding in recorded history. So far, the government says 25 people have died…

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Tokyo Reports Its Highest COVID-19 Numbers Since January As First Olympic Games Start

“There is an urgent need to prepare crisis management systems for hospital care,” the the Tokyo Metropolitan Government says. (Image credit: Yuichi Yamazaki/Getty Images) Source:…

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Athletes At The Tokyo Olympics Are Being Given Condoms, And Warnings Not To Use Them

Organizers of the Tokyo Olympics ordered 160,000 condoms to be handed out to athletes in the Olympic village. Under COVID-19 protocols, athletes are technically banned…

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Men’s Spending Habits Result In More Carbon Emissions Than Women’s, A Study Finds

Men spend their money on greenhouse gas-emitting goods and services, such as meat and fuel, at a much higher rate than women, Swedish researchers found….

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Players Take A Knee At Tokyo Olympics As The First Competitions Kick Off

“We want to fight all forms of discrimination and as a group of women we wanted to kneel against it,” said Steph Houghton, a co-captain…

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A Women’s Beach Handball Team Is Fined For Not Wanting To Wear Bikini Bottoms

Athletes on the Norwegian women’s beach handball team are being punished for wearing shorts, facing fines over “a case of improper clothing.” (Image credit: Ilnar…

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China Blasts Dam To Divert Massive Flooding That Has Killed At Least 25

Severe flooding overwhelmed the capital of Henan, one of China’s most heavily populated provinces, trapping residents in the subway system and stranding them at schools,…

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Sweden Defeats The U.S. Women’s Soccer Team In An Olympic Stadium With No Fans

The U.S, ranked number one and the reigning World Cup champions, played a familiar foe: Sweden. And unfortunately for the U.S., it was a familiar…

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Australia To Host The Olympics For The Third Time In 2032 After Brisbane Wins Its Bid

This will be Australia’s third time hosting the Olympic Games after Melbourne in 1956 and Sydney in 2000. (Image credit: Toru Hanai/AP) Source: https://www.npr.org/sections/tokyo-olympics-live-updates/2021/07/21/1018699263/australia-to-host-the-olympics-for-the-third-time-in-2032-after-brisbane-wins-it Droolin’…

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India’s Pandemic Death Toll Estimated At About 4 Million: 10 Times The Official Count

That’s the number of “excess deaths” from January 2020 to June 2021, reflecting the true toll of COVID-19, say researchers in a new study. What…

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