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* U.S. Germany Vow United Front On China, Russia

* WHO Chief Calls On China To Cooperate With Covid Investigation

* Severe Flood Sweeps Belgium Germany

* Tennessee Vaccine Officials Story Reveals An Ugly Truth About GOP And Children's Rights

* Alabama Military Base Orders Troops To Show Vaccination Proof

* Schumer Points Out No Republicans Voted For Bill That Expanded Child Tax Credit Payments

* Facebook Advertisers Cross-App Cross Site Tracking Rejected 

* Angela Merkel Mourns Victims Of Deadly Floods In Germany

* French Government Tightens Rules To Access Public Spaces 

* 'Wither Away And Die'  U.S. Pacific North West Heat Wave Bakes Wheat, Fruit Crops

* This Is The Worst Inflation Since The 1970's And The Stage Is Being Set For The Total Collapse Of The U.S. Economy

* Moderna's Next Act Is Using mRNA Against Flu, Zika, HIV, And Cancer

* Obama's Health Secretary Unvaccinated Americans Should Not BE Allowed To Work, Have Kids Near Them

* Gen. Mark Milley Compared Trump Supporters To Nazi's

* The U.S. Surgeon General Is Calling Covid 19 Misinformation An Urgent Threat

* The Delta Variant Message To Anti-Vaxxers It's Your Funeral

* For South Africa To Survive We Must Publicly Hold Everyone Accountable

* Bernie Sanders Goes In Depth On What's In Democrats $3.5 Trillion Spending Plan

* IRS Sends Child Tax Credit Payments To Families

* Biden On Infrastructure Negotiations: 'I Don't Think It's Dead. I think It's Still Alive'

* WAIC 2021 Robot Expo In China Latest Robotics And AI Developments  

 

 

U.S., Germany Vow United Front On China, Russia

President Joe Biden and German Chancellor Angela Merkel vowed to work together to defend against Russian aggression and stand up to anti-democratic actions by China.

 

 

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WHO Chief Calls On China To Cooperate With Covid Investigation

 

Jul.15 -- The World Health Organization’s director general called on China to cooperate in a second phase of studying the origins of the coronavirus as the pandemic rages on around the world. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus spoke at a media briefing Thursday. 

 

 

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At Least 40 Dead After Severe Flooding Sweeps Through Parts of Europe

 

More than 30 people have died and dozens are still missing in western Germany following torrential rain and flooding overnight Wednesday.

One of the hardest-hit areas was the wine-growing, hilly Eifel region in the state of Rhineland-Palatinate. Six houses collapsed in the village of Schuld, and authorities say another 25 buildings in the village are at risk of caving in.

In response to offers of help from the public, Koblenz Police have asked people to stay away from the Eifel's Ahrweiler region, but to upload any footage of the floods to social media to help them locate the missing. Authorities in Koblenz tweeted Thursday morning that 18 people had died in the region. Read More 

 

More than 30 people have died and dozens were missing Thursday in Germany and Belgium as heavy flooding turned streams and streets into raging torrents that swept away cars and caused houses to collapse.

 

 

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Tennessee Vaccine Official's Story Reveals An Ugly Truth About GOP And Children's Rights

 

The Donald Trump-fueled descent of the GOP into a party of reality-rejectingscience-denying conspiracy theorists is well-documented, and a growing phenomenon, as the extreme factions of the party overtake or push out the relatively few moderate Republicans remaining. And almost nowhere is the enduring harm of the Trump years more apparent than in the American right's response to the Covid-19 vaccine. Vaccinations, long rightly heralded as miracles of modern medicine that have saved millions of lives, are suddenly ideologically divisive along party lines. Read More 

 

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Alabama Military Base Orders Troops To Show Vaccination Proof As Covid-19 Concerns Mount

 

In one of the most aggressive military efforts to combat rising Covid-19 infections, the commanding general of the Army base at Fort Rucker, Alabama, issued new orders Tuesday that for the first time will compel servicemembers to show proof of vaccination to their leaders.

In a video posted on Facebook, Maj. Gen. David Francis said the move was necessary because of "rising rates" of Covid-19 cases in surrounding counties, as well as case rates on the base. The new rule, one of the most restrictive in the military, is largely aimed at unmasked military personnel. "If you are not wearing a mask, the leadership will be able to ask you as soldiers" to show proof of vaccination by showing a vaccination card, Francis said. Read More 

 

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Schumer Points Out No Republicans Voted For Bill That Expanded Child Tax Credit Payments

 

Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) speaks about the expanded child tax credit on the Senate floor. The credit was part of the American Rescue Plan, which did not receive any Republican votes.

 

 

 

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Facebook Advertisers' Cross-App, Cross-Site Tracking Rejected By Apple iPhone, iPad Users | FB Now Panicking!

 

Facebook advertisers and even Facebook Inc. itself are currently panicking since Apple fans, especially the iPhone and iPad users, are now rejecting their cross-app and cross-site tracking. 

In this photo illustration, the Facebook logo is displayed on a TV screen on September 09, 2019 in Paris, France. Several US states have launched antitrust investigations against web giants including Facebook and Google with the viewer their business practices, but also the collection and exploitation of personal data. 

It all began after Apple decided to release a new software update, which allows them to opt out of user data tracking in applications and websites. Facebook is not the only social media giant affected by the sudden system change. Even Instagram and other online platforms are affected. Because of this, Branch, an analytics firm, released a new data finding showing that only around 25% of iPhone and iPad users are opting into Facebook's cross-site and cross-app tracking. Read More 

 

 

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Angela Merkel Mourns Victims Of Deadly Floods In Germany

 

German Chancellor Angela Merkel expressed shock and sorrow Thursday at the deadly floods in her country, saying many people had died and pledging that everything would be done to find those still missing.

 

 

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French Government Tightens Rules To Access Public Spaces In A Bid To Encourage Covid Vaccinations

 

CNBC's Charlotte Reed reports on the announcements made by France's President Macron to encourage vaccination against Covid-19 in the country as cases surge due to the delta variant.

 

 

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Californians 'Fed Up' With COVID Restrictions: 'Enough Is Enough'

 

Melissa O'Connor, a San Diego mother of four, explains how the state's mandates are hurting small businesses.

 

 

 

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'Wither Away And Die:' U.S. Pacific Northwest Heat Wave Bakes Wheat, Fruit Crops

 

CHICAGO - An unprecedented heat wave and ongoing drought in the U.S. Pacific Northwest is damaging white wheat coveted by Asian buyers and forcing fruit farm workers to harvest in the middle of the night to salvage crops and avoid deadly heat. 

The extreme weather is another blow to farmers who have struggled with labor shortages and higher transportation costs during the pandemic and may further fuel global food inflation.

Cordell Kress, who farms in southeastern Idaho, expects his winter white wheat to produce about half as many bushels per acre as it does in a normal year when he begins to harvest next week, and he has already destroyed some of his withered canola and safflower oilseed crops.

The Pacific Northwest is the only part of the United States that grows soft white wheat used to make sponge cakes and noodles, and farmers were hoping to capitalize on high grain prices. Other countries including Australia and Canada grow white wheat, but the U.S. variety is especially prized by Asian buyers. Read More 

 

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This Is The Worst Inflation Since The 1970s, And The Stage Is Being Set For The Total Collapse Of The U.S. Economy

 

How does it feel to live in a country with double-digit inflation?  On Tuesday, the Bureau of Labor Statistics told us that the consumer price index has risen 5.4 percent over the past 12 months, and such a high number shocked a lot of people.  But in order to make a fair comparison to the past, we have to account for the fact that the way inflation is calculated has been changed literally dozens of times over the past several decades.  According to John Williams of shadowstats.com, if inflation was still calculated the way that it was back in 1990, the official rate of inflation over the past 12 months would be about 9 percent.  And if inflation was still calculated the way that it was back in 1980, the official rate of inflation over the past 12 months would be well into double-digits. Read More 

 

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Moderna’s Next Act Is Using mRNA Against Flu, Zika, HIV, And Cancer

 

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Obama’s Health Secretary: Unvaccinated Americans Should Not Be Allowed to Work, Have Kids Near Them

 

Former Obama administration Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius recently appeared on CNN’s “OutFront” with Erin Burnett. Sebelius argued that unvaccinated Americans are “impinging” on others’ rights.

She also argued that unvaccinated Americans should not be allowed to work or be around kids. Sebelius made the quite extraordinary and controversial claims on CNN. Watch:

“We’re in a situation where we have a wildly effective vaccine, multiple choices, lots available, free of charge, and we have folks who are just saying I won’t do it,” she said. “I think that it’s time to say to those folks, it’s fine if you don’t choose to get vaccinated. You may not come to work. You may not have access to a situation where you’re going to put my grandchildren in jeopardy. Where you might kill them, or you might put them in a situation where they’re going to carry the virus to someone in a high-risk position.” Read More 

 

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Gen. Mark Milley Compared Trump Supporters To Nazis: ‘These Are The Same People We Fought In World War II’

 

General Mark Milley, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, compared supporters of former President Donald Trump to Nazis, according to a new book.

Milley, who has been widely criticized for being “woke,” claimed that Trump was preaching “the gospel of the Führer” when he contested the results of the 2020 election and claimed that Trump had led the U.S. to the brink of its own “Reichstag moment,” a reference to an incident in 1933 that Nazi dictator Adolf Hitler used to consolidate political power in Germany. Read More

 

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The U.S. Surgeon General Is Calling COVID-19 Misinformation An 'Urgent Threat'

 

With about a third of adults in the U.S. still completely unvaccinated, and cases of COVID-19 on the rise, the U.S. surgeon general is calling for a war against "health misinformation."

On Thursday, Dr. Vivek Murthy released the first surgeon general's advisory of his time serving in the Biden administration, describing the "urgent threat" posed by the rise of false information around COVID-19 — one that continues to put "lives at risk" and prolong the pandemic. Read More 

 

 

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The Delta Variant's Message To Anti-Vaxxers: It's Your Funeral

The Delta variant is here. It's now responsible for the majority of COVID-19 infections in the United States and is driving a rapid rise in cases, not only in red states like Arkansas but in true blue New York City.

But while the Delta variant is much more contagious than either the original strain or the Alpha variant that first appeared in Britain, and has shown greater ability to infect vaccinated individuals, all the vaccines approved for use in the United States have so far proven highly effective in preventing severe disease and death.

So it's understandably maddening that much of the American right has decided this is the time to double down on making opposition to vaccination a central front in our endless culture war. Read More 

 

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For South Africa to survive, we must publicly hold everyone accountable

 

The violence of the past five days in two of our nine provinces has shown us, again, that there are continually important lessons to learn about our society. There’s a simple underlying message though: things must change or this pattern will repeat itself ad nauseam. One of the key lessons is that there must be legal accountability for the lawbreakers. 

It is obvious that the people who created, arranged and participated in the violence all broke the law. But, if they are held properly accountable — from those who fomented it, all the way to those who simply took part in it — it may be that the roots of our recovery as a nation lie in this violence. Read More 

 

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Bernie Sanders Goes In-Depth On What's In Democrats $3.5 Trillion Spending Plan

 

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), who is also chairman of the Budget Committee, released a video detailing what is in the new $3.5 Trillion spending plan Democrats have proposed.

 

 

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IRS Sends Child Tax Credit Payments To Families

 

Yahoo Finance’s Eric Duran reports on the arrival of the first set of monthly Child Tax Credit payments.

 

 

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Biden On Infrastructure Negotiations: 'I Don't Think It's Dead. I Think It's Still Alive'

 

President Biden provides an update on negotiations for the bipartisan infrastructure agreement. Republicans are bristling over Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer’s (D-N.Y.) hardball strategy to try to force them to finalize a bipartisan infrastructure deal in a matter of days.

 

 

WAIC 2021 - Robot Expo In China | Latest Robotics And Artificial Intelligence Developments

 

You're on PRO Robotics and in this video we talk about the WAIC 2021 Robot Expo. The latest developments in robots and artificial intelligence were presented at the Robot Expo in China. New drones, cities of the future, autonomous buses - all this and more you will learn from the high-tech news release.