August 4th, 2021

World News

Head of group for exiled Belarusians found hanged in Ukraine

By Yuras Karmanau, The Associated Press on August 3rd, 2021

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) – A Belarusian activist who ran a group in Ukraine helping Belarusians fleeing persecution was found dead in the Ukrainian capital, Kyiv, local police said Tuesday. Vitaly Shishov, leader of the Kyiv-based Belarusian House in Ukraine, was found hanged in one of the city’s parks not far from his home, police said ... Read More »

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Tanks but no tanks! German fined for WWII weapons arsenal

By The Associated Press on August 3rd, 2021

BERLIN (AP) – A German court on Tuesday convicted an 84-year-old man of illegal weapons possession for having a personal arsenal that included a Panther tank, a flak cannon and multiple other items of World War II-era military equipment. The state district in the northern city of Kiel handed the man a suspended prison sentence ... Read More »

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Belarusian activist found hanged in Ukraine

By The Associated Press on August 3rd, 2021

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) – A Belarusian activist who ran a group in Ukraine helping Belarusians fleeing persecution was found dead in the Ukrainian capital, Kyiv, local police said Tuesday. Vitaly Shishov, leader of the Kyiv-based Belarusian House in Ukraine, was found hanged in one of the city’s parks not far from his home, police said ... Read More »

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Children stopped at border likely hit record-high in July

By Elliot Spagat, The Associated Press on August 2nd, 2021

SAN DIEGO (AP) – The number of children traveling alone who were picked up at the Mexican border by U.S. immigration authorities likely hit an all-time high in July, and the number of people who came in families likely reached its second-highest total on record, a U.S. official said Monday, citing preliminary government figures. The ... Read More »

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Judge denies new trial request in Mollie Tibbetts case

By David Pitt, The Associated Press on August 2nd, 2021

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – A judge on Monday rejected a convicted man’s request for a new trial in the 2018 killing of University of Iowa student Mollie Tibbetts, whose body was found in a cornfield weeks after she disappeared while out for a run near her small hometown. Judge Joel Yates’ ruling cleared the ... Read More »

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US hits 70% vaccination rate — a month late, amid a surge

By Mike Catalini, The Associated Press on August 2nd, 2021

The U.S. on Monday finally reached President Joe Biden’s goal of getting at least one COVID-19 shot in the arms of 70% of American adults — a month late and amid a fierce surge by the delta variant that is swamping hospitals and leading to new mask rules and mandatory vaccinations around the country. Louisiana ... Read More »

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Mask mandate reinstated in San Francisco Bay Area amid surge

By The Associated Press on August 2nd, 2021

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – Health officials in San Francisco and six other Bay Area counties announced Monday that they are reinstating a mast mandate for all indoor settings as COVID-19 infections surge because of the highly contagious delta variant. The order applies to everyone, regardless of vaccination status and starts on Tuesday. In line with ... Read More »

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Citing Taliban violence, US expands Afghan refugee program

By Matthew Lee, The Associated Press on August 2nd, 2021

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Biden administration on Monday expanded its efforts to evacuate at-risk Afghan citizens from Afghanistan as Taliban violence increases ahead there of the U.S. military pullout at the end of the month. The State Department said it is widening the scope of Afghans eligible for refugee status in United States to include ... Read More »

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Death toll jumps to more than 300 in recent China flooding

By The Associated Press on August 2nd, 2021

BEIJING (AP) – Chinese authorities have announced a large jump in the death toll from recent floods. The Henan provincial government said Monday that 302 people died and 50 remain missing... Read More »

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Tourists flee as wildfires threaten Turkish beach resorts

By Zeynep Bilginsoy, The Associated Press on August 1st, 2021

ISTANBUL (AP) – Wildfires raged Sunday near Turkey’s holiday beach destinations of Antalya and Mugla as the discovery of more bodies caused the death toll to rise to eight. Residents and tourists fled the danger in small boats while the coast guard and two navy ships waited out at sea in case a bigger evacuation ... Read More »

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Turkey evacuates panicked tourists by boat from wildfires

By The Associated Press on July 31st, 2021

ISTANBUL (AP) – Panicked tourists in Turkey hurried to the seashore to wait for rescue boats Saturday after being told to evacuate some hotels in the Aegean resort of Bodrum due to the dangers posed by nearby wildfires, Turkish media reported. Coast guard units were leading the operation and authorities asked private boats and yachts ... Read More »

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