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Belarus: Alexander Lukashenko sworn in as president, state media reports

After weeks of protest surrounding the disputed August election, the inauguration was unexpectedly brought forward. Belarus state media report that it took place in a secret ceremony.

Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko has been sworn in for a sixth term, the official news agency Beltra reported Wednesday.

The inauguration took place in secret and with no prior announcement. Hundreds of top government officials were reportedly present for the ceremony held in the capital, Minsk.

The ceremony would normally have been publicized in advance as a major state occasion. However, Lukashenko’s disputed election victory on August 9th has unleashed weeks of mass protest across Belarus. 

Lukashenko has been in power for 26 years, and the opposition says the election was rigged...

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Tribute to the successful R8 LMS: the Audi R8 green hell

  • The racing car has won the 24 Hours on the Nürburgring five times since 2012
  • Edition model pays tribute to the legendary victories in the “Green Hell”
  • Paint finish in Tioman green, interior with Alcantara and exclusive contrasting stitching
  • V10 naturally aspirated engine with 620 PS, zero to 100 km/h (62.1 mph) in 3.1 seconds

The Audi R8 LMS has notched up five overall victories since 2012 in the 24 Hours on the Nürburgring – the “Green Hell” –, which is regarded as one of the world’s toughest and most popular endurance races. As a tribute to the great success story, Audi Sport GmbH is presenting a limited special edition of the road sports car at this year’s race on the Nürburgring – the R8 green hell

“We are synonymous with high performance – in both series prod...

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‘That’s So Gay’: How ‘PEN15’ Nailed the Heartbreaking Experience of the Closeted Y2K Middle-Schooler

There’s something that happens when watching PEN15, especially if you are a millennial, especially if you were 13 years old in the year 2000, especially if you can recite with perfect inflection the spoken-word monologue in Mandy Moore’s “Candy.”

You look at stars, creators, and writers Maya Erskine and Anna Konkle playing a game of M.A.S.H. while gossiping over their see-through landline phones. You take in the constellations of orthodontia at their class pool party, akin to reading a dental star chart. You cringe as they call each other “slut bags,” as if they have any idea what the insult means...

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Joe Biden’s economic plan: Will it convince American voters?

The Democratic White House nominee is polling ahead of Trump, but the president is seen as stronger on the economy. Joe Biden has six weeks to convince voters he can beat the pandemic and turnaround America’s fortunes.

Four years ago, Donald Trump promised working class Americans the unthinkable. The return of manufacturing jobs that for nearly a hundred years had cemented the US as the world’s largest economy, but over the past two decades had been lost to the likes of China and Mexico.

Despite questionable success in boosting domestic production in his first term, Trump’s protectionist stance deeply resonated with voters, thanks to catchy slogans like “America First” and “Make America Great Again.”

It’s no surprise, then, that his Democratic rival Joe Biden has pledged to restore US ma...

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Kayleigh McEnany Struggles to Defend Trump Claim That COVID ‘Affects Virtually Nobody’

The first question White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany fielded during Tuesday’s press conference was not about the Supreme Court fight, but rather about the milestone of 200,000 deaths from COVID-19 that the United States has now reached.

CNN’s Jim Acosta began by asking: “What do you say to Americans who are outraged over this and blame this administration for so many lives lost in this country?” After McEnany responded by saying that the number of dead Americans could have reached two million by now, Acosta specifically brought up the president’s most recent attempt to downplay the severity of the coronavirus.

At his Monday evening rally in Ohio, the president told supporters that the virus “really affects” elderly people with heart problems and basically “nobody” yo...

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Australia: 380 stranded whales have died, rescuers say

Rescuers believe it is the largest number of stranding-related deaths ever recorded in Australia. Around 30 whales beached off the west coast of Tasmania are thought to still be alive.

Around 380 pilot whales stranded on the remote west coast of Tasmaniahave died, rescuers said Wednesday.

At least 30 of the stranded whales are still alive, and 50 have already been rescued, Nic Deka, Tasmania Parks and Wildlife Service manager, told reporters on Wednesday. 

Around 270 whales became stranded in three locations near Macquarie Harbour on Monday. On Wednesday, another 200 beached whales were spotted by air less than 10 kilometers (6 miles) to the south.

“From the air, they didn’t look to be in a condition that would warrant rescue,” Deka said. “Most of them appeared to be dead.”


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Scholastic Provides Educators with Flexible, Award-Winning Digital Solutions for Virtual Learning in 2020–21 Academic Year

As school districts nationwide begin the 2020–21 academic year, whether in person, remotely, or following a hybrid model, access to high-quality, flexible digital literacy resources is more critical than ever before. Amidst this shift, Scholastic is meeting the needs of nearly 50,000 educators nationwide with a suite of award-winning personalized learning programs designed to fit varying schedules and implementation models with equitable learning opportunities and robust analytics: Scholastic F.I.R.ST. for grades pre-K–2, Scholastic W.O.R.D. for grades K–5, and Scholastic Literacy Pro for grades K–8. In August, Digital Promise recognized Scholastic F.I.R.S.T. and Scholastic W.O.R.D. with Research-Based Design product certification, verifying for parents and educators that these ...

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Facebook Busts China-Linked Disinfo Campaign That Snared U.S. Users

Facebook booted a China-linked disinformation campaign that hyped up the People’s Republic to audiences in Southeast Asia and the U.S., according to a company investigation released on Tuesday.

In a Tuesday press conference, Facebook’s head of cybersecurity policy, Nathaniel Gleicher, said the network focused mostly on regional issues to audiences speaking Chinese, Filipino, and English.

The network briefly strayed into U.S. politics with posts both criticizing and supporting President Donald Trump, former Vice President Joe Biden, and former South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg.

The inauthentic network centered around a cluster of “55 Facebook accounts, 11 Pages, 9 Groups and 6 Instagram accounts,” according to Facebook...

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EU aims to reform asylum policy

Only a handful of EU member states are ready to accept asylum-seekers. Now, the European Commission is trying to reform the bloc’s asylum rules, but few of its proposals seem to break new ground.

The European Commission will table a plan on Wednesday aiming to reform the bloc’s asylum system and organize a fair redistribution of asylum-seekers across the EU. It’s the latest in a series of similar, albeit unsuccessful, reform attempts made in 2015 and 2016.

The recent blaze that destroyed the overcrowded Moria refugee camp on the Greek island of Lesbos, EU diplomats have said, has lent the debate new urgency. European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen wants to scrap and replace the existing Dublin Agreement that governs where people can apply for asylum in the EU.

But with unanimo...

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