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    Ten million kids 'may never return to school' after virus

    The coronavirus pandemic has caused an "unprecedented education emergency" with up to 9.7 million children affected by school closures at risk of never going back to class, Save the Children warned Monday. It said the economic fall-out of the crisis could force an extra 90 to 117 million children into poverty, with a knock-on effect on school admissions. At the same time, the charity warned the crisis could leave a shortfall of $77 billion in education budgets in low and middle income countries by the end of 2021.

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    Associated Press

    Trump rips private Texas border wall built by his supporters

    President Donald Trump on Sunday criticized a privately built border wall in South Texas that’s showing signs of erosion months after going up, saying it was “only done to make me look bad,” even though the wall was built after a months-long campaign by his supporters. The group that raised money online for the wall promoted itself as supporting Trump during a government shutdown that started in December 2018 because Congress wouldn’t fund Trump's demands for a border wall. Former Trump chief strategist Steve Bannon joined the group’s board and Trump ally Kris Kobach became its general counsel.

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    'Stay the F*** Off The Road': Cyclist Captures Confrontation With Driver

    A cyclist captured an altercation between himself, a fellow cyclist, and a motorist just off the A1A in Palm Beach, Florida, on July 7.Diego Broglia was cycling along the A1A when a driver in a white SUV came close to him and the group of cyclists he was with. Broglia followed the SUV into a parking lot where he and another cyclist had a verbal altercation with the driver.In the footage, the driver can be seen holding a gun in his hand before putting it in his pocket. The cyclists approached the driver, asking him to “just be careful.” The driver then tells the cyclists “No, I’m not being careful. Stay the f*** off the road,” as the cyclists argue he was too close as he passed them.According to several Florida bicycle road safety organizations, the minimum clearance for passing a cyclist in a vehicle is three feet..“I just wanted help him understand that he has to share his road and that we all want to get home safe to our families,” Broglia wrote on Facebook.“He just went really close to us and we all freaked out because his mirror could just wipe us out,” Broglia told Local 10. Credit: Diego Broglia via Storyful

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  • Entertainment

    Rock Band Great White Issues Apology After Performing Concert For Mask-less Audience

    The rock band Great White have released an apology after performing at an outdoor concert in Dickinson, North Dakota in front of a crowd of fans that were not wearing masks or adhering to social distancing rules at a time when cases of COVID-19 cases are surging across the country. The concert took place on […]

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  • World

    China to Sanction U.S. Senators Rubio, Cruz Over Xinjiang

    (Bloomberg) -- China announced sanctions against U.S. officials including Senators Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz, in a largely symbolic attempt to retaliate over Washington’s moves to punish Beijing for its treatment of ethnic minorities in the Xinjiang region.Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said sanctions against the four officials would begin Monday, without elaborating. Hua listed Rubio of Florida and Cruz of Texas -- both Republicans and high-profile critics of China -- as targets of the unspecified measures, in addition to Ambassador Sam Brownback, Representative Chris Smith and the Congressional-Executive Commission on China.“Xinjiang is China’s internal affairs and U.S has no right to interfere,” Hua said at a regular news briefing Monday in Beijing. “We urge the U.S. to immediately withdraw its wrong decisions, stop interfering in China’s internal affairs or undermining China’s interests. We will make further reactions based on the development of the situation.”The move comes after the U.S. sanctioned a top member of China’s ruling Communist Party and three other officials over alleged human rights abuses in Xinjiang, in the country’s far west. Beijing has repeatedly vowed retaliation over U.S. actions intended to support residents of Xinjiang, Hong Kong and Taiwan, accusing Washington of inappropriately interfering in China’s internal affairs.The individuals sanctioned by the U.S. include Chen Quanguo, a member of the 25-member Politburo who has overseen a crackdown in Xinjiang that the United Nations said had led to the detention of some 1 million Uighurs and members of other Muslim minority groups. China disputes the claim, saying it’s seeking to prevent extremism and that most people in what it calls education facilities had “graduated.”The tit-for-tat exchanges appeared calibrated to keep the disputes from further escalating and disrupting other aspects of ties between the world’s two largest economies, such as their “phase one” trade deal. The U.S. moves were largely symbolic, since both groups of U.S. and Chinese officials were unlikely to have much financial or legal exposure to each other’s countries.“This is an equivalent action targeting the main people responsible for what happened with sanctioning Chinese officials over Xinjiang,” said Bo Zhengyuan, partner at Beijing-based research firm Plenum. “The move gives the U.S. a sense of how China will react when potential sanctions related to the Hong Kong Autonomy Act is announced. Beijing has shown that it will hit back with proportional actions, which is worrisome as the HKAA includes sanctions on entities such as financial institutions.”Both U.S. President Donald Trump and China’s Xi Jinping have incentives to try to look tough after their trade war and the subsequent coronavirus outbreak hardened public opinions on both sides of the Pacific. Democrats including Trump’s presumptive opponent, former Vice President Joe Biden, have pledged support for tougher actions over Beijing’s efforts to rein in dissent in Xinjiang and the former British colony of Hong Kong.Urging SanctionsSenior administration officials had been pushing sanctions over Xinjiang for months, but Trump worried that they would complicate his trade deal. The U.S. decision marked the first time Washington has sanctioned a sitting Chinese official under the 2016 Global Magnitsky Human Rights Accountability Act, which gives the U.S. broad authority to impose human-rights sanctions on foreign officials.The list of U.S. officials targeted by China on Monday notably included no U.S. officials as senior as Chen. Rubio introduced the Senate version of U.S. legislation calling for sanctions against Xinjiang officials, one of several measures critical of China that Cruz has also supported.Brownback, the U.S.’s ambassador-at-large for international religious freedom, has been outspoken about Beijing’s clampdown in the region. Smith, a New Jersey Republican, is another prominent China critic in Congress.The Congressional-Executive Commission on China, a frequent target of criticism from Beijing, had earlier this year issued a report saying the country was using forced labor as part of an official policy to suppress and control its ethnic minorities. A bipartisan group of lawmakers introduced a bill that would ban goods made in Xinjiang under the presumption they had been produced using forced labor.“While the two sides may fight on certain issues, they will also cooperate when they need to,” said He Weiwen, a senior research fellow at the Center for China and Globalization in Beijing. “The two can fight and cooperate at the same time, though it does seems there is more fighting and less cooperation recently.”On Monday, Hua also dismissed a tweet reposted by the U.S. Embassy in Beijing including an image suggesting Chinese labor abuses in Xinjiang as “a badly made lie worth no refuting.”“We oppose they use such inferior lies to smear and attack China,” Hua said. “It shows some American people have no bottom line in attacking China.”(Updates with analyst quote in seventh paragraph.)For more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.comSubscribe now to stay ahead with the most trusted business news source.©2020 Bloomberg L.P.

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  • Lifestyle
    Southern Living

    Marinated Salads That Are Ready To Kick Up Dinner Time

    There’s nothing bland about these salads. If you’re looking for an easy way to bring a big old punch of flavor to the table, our marinated salads are the way to do it. From a classic marinated vegetable salad to a marinated cucumber salad with delicious pickled blackberries, the recipes in this collection are nothing short of dazzling. Of course, you can enjoy them year-round, but the summertime is when they’ll really shine. There’s nothing like a prep-ahead salad pulled from the fridge right as the rest of the meal comes off the grill. It’s easy, sure, but it’s also going to be one of the most requested dishes on your table. Pick one, pick them all, just make sure you serve up at least one of our marinated salads on a weekly basis. You won’t be sorry you did.

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