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American oil execs, held 2 years, go to trial in Venezuela

A Venezuela court has launched the trial of six American oil executives accused of corruption charges over two years ago

What we know about the Beirut explosion – video explainer

On Tuesday evening, a massive explosion ripped across Beirut, killing at least 150 people and injuring thousands more. The scale of the damage was immense, with buildings miles from the port lying in ruin.

The Guardian's international correspondent Michael Safi looks at the cause of the blast and the impact it has had on Lebanon, a country already on the brink of financial collapse

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Lousiana court denies life sentence appeal for black man who tried to steal hedge clippers

Fair Wayne Bryant was sentenced to life in prison in 1997 for attempted simple burglary, and justices rejected his recent appeal

A black man in Louisiana will continue to serve a life sentence in prison for trying to steal hedge clippers after the state supreme court denied a request to review his sentence.

Fair Wayne Bryant was convicted in 1997 of attempted simple burglary.

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Canada to retaliate dollar for dollar after US announces 10% tariff on aluminum

Canada to impose C$3.6bn in tariffs as Chrystia Freeland says: ‘Any American who buys a can of beer … will suffer’

Canada has announced that it will retaliate dollar for dollar – to the tune of C$3.6bn – after the US announced a 10% tariff on Canadian aluminum.

Donald Trump announced the new aluminum tariffs on Thursday at a campaign stop at a Whirlpool appliance plant in Ohio, accusing Canada of taking advantage of its trade relationship with the US.

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The Simple Joys of Tamarind

Sweet, sour and tender under its brittle shell, the fruit’s pulp is equally at home in desserts and savory dishes.

Eye candy: More than 50,000 pink flamingos mass in France

An unusually high number of pink flamingos have amassed in the wetlands of southern France along with their offspring

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Elon Musk gives SpaceX employees the day off after successful week of missions

SpaceX employees were given the day off on Friday, CNBC has learned, as a reward for a historic week

What if Your Home Could Be Mobile, but Also You Could Park It?

A start-up rethinks a little about how to live.

Targeted bonuses, retraining and skills-based hiring could help boost economy, according to...

Racial inequalities are pervasive in corporate America. Closing the racial wealth gap could boost the economy between $1 trillion and $1.5 trillion, or 4% to 6% of GDP, according to McKinsey & Co. McKinsey partner and ex-NFL player Jason Wright suggests bold solutions to racial inequality in the workplace.

Lorenzo Wilson Milam, Guru of Community Radio, Is Dead at 86

He helped start noncommercial stations in the 1960s and ’70s, offering an eclectic mix of music and talk. His goal: to change the world.

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Stocks making the biggest moves midday: FedEx, T-Mobile, Uber & more

Check out the companies making headlines in midday trading.

UK plan to use navy to stop migrant crossings is unlawful, lawyers warn

Home secretary tells MPs she obtained legal advice that sending in the navy would be permitted

Priti Patel’s plans to use the navy to tackle the growing number of migrants crossing the Channel from northern France would be unlawful and dangerous, lawyers have warned.

Thursday was a record day for small boat crossings, with 235 people identified in 17 separate incidents. More than 2,000 people are said to have entered the country by this route in June – more than four times the known total of 500 for the whole of 2018.

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The unemployment rate fell in July. Here's why that's important

The unemployment rate, typically a measure of financial hardship, fell to 10.2% in July.

Travelling to France from the UK: your rights on refunds and insurance

All you need to know about flights and holidays should the FCO impose a quarantine on arrivals from France

The UK government has said that travellers from Belgium, Andorra and the Bahamas will face quarantine when they arrive in the UK – and there are concerns that France could be the next country on that list.

France is a huge destination for UK holidaymakers, and many have breaks lined up there over the next few weeks. Unlike for trips to Spain, many travellers will have arranged their travel and accommodation separately, which will make getting a refund more complicated.

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Five months on, and EU health workers can’t bear to contemplate a second Covid-19 wave

When the Guardian spoke to staff in March they had no time for reflection. So what do they think of the new surge now?

During the initial peak of Spain’s Covid-19 pandemic in the spring, the virus displayed an unexpected mercy. In its spread, ferocity and awful novelty, it left health workers too tired and overwhelmed to look beyond the next few hours.

“There’s no time to get angry or to wonder why things have been organised the way they have been,” Sara Gayoso, an A&E doctor at El Escorial hospital near Madrid, told the Guardian at the end of March.

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BTS announces US theater premiere of 'Break the Silence' film

BTS is set to bring its latest film to movie theaters next month, a plan that will depend on which venues actually are open.

'The Secret Garden' yields a less appealing version of the children's classic

"The Secret Garden" is one of the more enduring titles in children's literature, having been adapted for the screen multiple times, including a splendid 1993 version. That's the backdrop to the latest movie based on Frances Hodgson Burnett's novel, which makes puzzling choices in harvesting the material, mostly providing an incentive to go back and watch the last one again.

Howard Ashman gets a well-deserved tribute in the Disney+ doc 'Howard'

Disney honors one of its own with "Howard," an emotional documentary tribute to the late "The Little Mermaid," "Beauty and the Beast" and "Aladdin" lyricist Howard Ashman. Teamed with composer Alan Menken, nobody did more to put the studio's animation back on the map, making his loss to AIDS in the midst of that run all the more poignant.

Eurovision Song Contest is coming to America

One of the world's most popular singing competitions is headed to the United States.

How 'The Matrix' is a trans story, according to Netflix and co-director

Netflix has posted a Twitter thread explaining the trans themes in "The Matrix," after one of its co-directors confirmed earlier this week that the movie was an allegory for gender transition.

Wayne Fontana: 1960s pop star dies at 74

He found stardom on both sides of the Atlantic in the 1960s with songs including Game Of Love.

'Dirty Dancing' is getting a sequel

Because nobody puts Baby in a corner.

The Matrix is a 'trans metaphor', Lilly Wachowski says

Lilly Wachowski, who came out as trans in 2016, says the "world wasn't quite ready" in 1999.

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In These Immersive Shows, the Jury Is In (Your Home)

Sifting evidence and debating whodunit with strangers turns out to be an especially successful way for theater to be enjoyed from a laptop.

Booking Holdings CEO: Seeing in a increase in alternative accommodations

Glenn Fogel, Booking Holdings CEO, sits down with CNBC's Seema Mody to discuss the company's quarterly earnings and the state of the travel industry amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Why You Should Write Postcards, Even From Home

A postcard functions outside the language of chats, emails, calls and letters.

Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion Take Control, and 10 More New Songs

Hear tracks by Jamila Woods, Chika, beabadoobee and others.

ETF Spotlight: Uber shares falling after bookings, revenue decline

CNBC's Kayla Tausche reports on Uber's stock price falling after a revenue loss and how it's dragging on the travel tech ETF.

Leaving Gun Towers and Barbed Wire for a Healing House

Susan Burton, an advocate for formerly incarcerated women, is racing against the clock to shelter those freed early because of the surge of coronavirus cases in prisons.

Ethel Smyth, a Composer Long Unheard, Is Recorded Anew

“The Prison” — her last major piece, premiered in 1931 — comes out on disc for the first time.

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Washington N.F.L. Owner Dan Snyder Sues Media Company for Defamation

Snyder claimed in a lawsuit that an Indian website’s posts were “malicious criminal allegations.” It is his first public strike after a wave of attacks on his operation of the team.

We Know Little About David Silva. That’s How He Wanted It.

The glowing testimonies to the Manchester City playmaker as he departs the Premier League have focused on his play, not his personality. That was by design.

The Weird, Disturbing (and Comforting) Return of Pro Sports

The swirl of conflicting emotions about the return of sports, and whether it will last, seems apt for these turbulent times of pandemic and social unrest.

This Is Not a Desk Chair

The pandemic has put video game equipment in unusually high demand. The gaming chair is ascendant.

Serena Williams Resumes Her Pursuit of Margaret Court's Grand Slam Record

After the coronavirus paused the tours, Williams will return at an event in Kentucky as she gears up for the U.S. Open, her next opportunity to tie Margaret Court’s Grand Slam singles title record.

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Covid-19 Live Updates: Global Tracker

Lawmakers and White House officials are still divided over pandemic aid as a program to help small businesses is set to end. The Ohio governor tested positive — and then negative — for the virus.

Coronavirus Live Updates

Lawmakers and White House officials are still divided over pandemic aid as a program to help small businesses is set to end. The Ohio governor tested positive — and then negative — for the virus.

A Star Went Supernova in 1987. Where Is It Now?

Astronomers might have found the ultradense remnant of an explosion that wracked a nearby galaxy.

Climate change: Lockdown has 'negligible' effect on temperatures

New research says that the lockdown, by itself, will make little difference to climate change.

Climate change: UK peat emissions could cancel forest benefits

UK peatland emissions could cancel out all carbon reductions from new and existing forests.

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What is Tencent?

The Chinese firm's investments include Fortnite, Tesla and Universal Music - but it's under fire in the US.

Trump Swings Against TikTok, WeChat

President Trump signed executive orders against two popular China-based apps. Let me try to explain.

The worst appears to be past for the TV advertising market

The worst appears to be in the past for the TV advertising market, but a comeback from the effects of Covid-19 will likely be gradual.

Atlassian tells employees they can work from home indefinitely

Atlassian is going further than Facebook and Google in giving its employees flexibility. The shift away from offices could also help with hiring.

Facebook removes QAnon conspiracy group with 200,000 members

Facebook has joined Twitter and TikTok in taking action against QAnon conspiracy-theory content.

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