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A tract of the Amazon jungle burns as it is cleared by loggers and farmers in Porto Velho, Brazil Aug 24, 2019. REUTERS/Ueslei Marcelino
Europe becomes climate champion as Amazon burns

Macron bluntly criticized Brazil’s leader this week and threatened to kill a major trade deal between Europe and Brazil

A surprising path to the Ivy League

Frank Bruni would like to introduce the readers to Wadzi

Ascot Racecourse, Ascot, Britain - June 20, 2019 Britain's Prince Andrew arrives by horse and carriage on ladies day REUTERS

Prince Andrew denies knowing of Epstein sex crimes

He never saw or suspected any sex crimes during their long friendship, the prince said in a statement

Private ambulances in Tehran. For wealthy Iranians, hiring an ambulance as one’s own private car has become the latest trend in a country with no shortage of frustrating traffic jams. The New York Times

Iran cracks down on use of
ambulances to beat traffic

Celebrities ride ambulances to avoid choking traffic that can turn a 10-minute ride into a two-hour trek

FILE Photo: A man uses a vaporiser in San Francisco, Calif, Jun 20, 2019. A person in Illinois has died from a mysterious lung illness apparently associated with an unknown vaping product, public health officials said in August. The New York Times

First vape death reported in US

An Illinois patient has died following a respiratory illness linked to vaping. Health officials offered few details about the circumstances

Relatives console Zahida Jan, whose said her brother had been detained since early August, in the Kashmiri city of Pulwama, Aug 17, 2019. Local officials say that at least 2,000 Kashmiris were rounded up by the federal security forces in the days right before and right after the Indian government unilaterally stripped away Kashmir's autonomy. The New York Times

Over 2,000 Kashmiris rounded up with no recourse

Politicians, business owners, activists, teachers, and students as young as 14 are among those detained

French President Emmanuel Macron and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson speak during a meeting at the Elysee Palace in Paris, France, August 22, 2019. Christophe Petit Tesson/Pool via REUTERS

Johnson puts his feet up in Macron's palace

He is filmed joking to the cameras and briefly resting his foot on a coffee table at the Elysee palace

A photo provided by NASA shows astronaut Anne McClain during a spacewalk at the International Space Station on Mar 22, 2019. NASA is examining a claim that McClain improperly accessed the bank account of her estranged spouse from the Space Station. The New York Times

How a bitter divorce battle on earth led to a 'space crime'

NASA is examining a claim that an astronaut improperly accessed the bank account of her estranged spouse from the Space Station

Taylor Swift returns to mostly interior concerns on her new album, “Lover.” The New York Times

Swift emerges from darkness unbroken on ‘Lover’

Her seventh album is a recalibration, playing to her old strengths while hinting at new paths forward

China frees UK’s HK consulate member

He had been detained in mainland China during a business trip to Shenzhen

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President Emmanuel Macron of France puts an arm around President Donald Trump before the opening dinner of the G-7 summit in Biarritz, France, Aug. 24, 2019. (Erin Schaff/The New York Times)

Trump says he can force US firms out of China

He cites a national security law that mainly targets terrorists, drug traffickers and pariah states like Iran, Syria and North Korea

Demonstrators react after police used tear gas during a protest against G7 summit, in Bayonne. REUTERS

Squabbles erupt as G7 leaders open summit

Summit coincides with escalating US-China trade war while disputes on trade, climate may eclipse Macron's agenda

Priyanka Chopra to remain as UN ambassador

She retains the right to speak in her personal capacity, says UN