Kashmir’s open-air classes offer stunning solution to lockdown

Schools across India are struggling to teach online as the pandemic forces them to stay shut. But this town in Indian-administered Kashmir has found a novel solution, reports Abid Bhatt. Every morning, students in Doodpathri, a town in Budgam district, walk past streams and bridges, and up the hill to their new classroom: a picturesque spot with the snow-capped Himalayas as a backdrop. The outdoor school is a breather for both parents and children after months of a grinding lockdown to slow down Covid-19 infections. The state has reported more…

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Greenback returns: How dollar stores came back to Cuba

Image caption Benito Morejón made sure to join the queue early Benito Morejón arrived at the supermarket before dawn to claim a spot near the front of the queue. The supermarket in Havana is one of a number of shops opened by the Cuban government on the island in which basic food and hygiene products can be paid for with the currency of its ideological enemy: the US dollar. When the police eventually opened the gates several hours later, he was fourth in a line that stretched back hundreds of…

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Are US cities seeing a surge in violent crime as Trump claims?

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption New York City saw more than 200 shootings in June President Donald Trump has said US cities are seeing a spike in crime, as he sends in federal law enforcement agents to tackle the situation. He has denounced a string of Democrat-run cities which are “plagued by violent crime”. GETTY New York, Chicago, Philadelphia, Detroit, Baltimore and all of these – Oakland is a mess. We’re not going to let this happen in our country. We’ve looked at violent crime, and found it’s down…

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Nasa SpaceX crew return: Astronauts set for ocean splashdown

Image copyright NASA Image caption Bob Behnken (L) and Doug Hurley (R) launched to the space station at the end of May US astronauts Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken have undocked their Dragon Endeavour capsule from the space station to begin their return to Earth. The pair are expected to splash down off the coast of Florida just after 14:40 local time (19:40 BST) on Sunday. A successful landing would mean America once again has a fully serviceable, fully certified means of getting its own people into orbit and back.…

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Samsung Electronics to halt production at its last computer factory in China : worldnews

This is the best tl;dr I could make, original reduced by 59%. (I’m a bot) SEOUL – Samsung Electronics Co will halt operations of its last computer factory in China, the South Korean tech giant said on Saturday, the latest manufacturer to shift production from the world’s second-biggest economy. Around half the 1,700 employees on contract at Samsung Electronics Suzhou Computer will be affected, excluding those involved in research and development, the South China Morning Post reported on Friday, citing a notice to Samsung staff. Samsung shut its last smartphone…

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An underwater webcam in the port of Miami has become a lockdown sensation.

Marine biologist and artist Colin Foord set up a webcam in the industrial port of Miami, in the city’s busiest shipping canal. Since February the Coral City Camera has documented more than 100 fish species. Foord calls it an “underwater campfire that we can all sit around”. It became a sensation during lockdown, thanks in part to its undisputed star, a tailless doctorfish called Oval. Listen to the podcast of ‘The coral crusaders: finding beauty in a murky world’ on BBC World Service ‘Outlook’. Produced by Clayton Conn, Alice Goia,…

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Conservative MP arrested on suspicion of rape : worldnews

This is the best tl;dr I could make, original reduced by 61%. (I’m a bot) The Met Police said the allegations relate to four separate incidents alleged to have taken place between July 2019 and January 2020. “On Friday, 31 July, the Metropolitan Police Service received allegations relating to four separate incidents involving allegations of sexual offences and assault,” the force said in a statement. A Conservative Party spokesman said: “We take all allegations of this nature extremely seriously. As this matter is now in the hands of the police…

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Brazil Bolsonaro: Facebook told to block accounts of president’s supporters

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Several of Mr Bolsonaro’s supporters are accused of spreading fake news via social media Facebook has complied with an order by Brazil’s Supreme Court to block the accounts of a dozen top allies of far-right President Jair Bolsonaro. The group are accused of spreading fake news against judges. However, the social media giant said the measure was a threat to freedom of speech, and said it would appeal against the order. Its platform has been used to call for a military coup to shut down…

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