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Tears, prayer mark end to search for Florida condo survivors

SURFSIDE: A somber moment of silence marked the end of the two-week search for survivors of a Florida condominium collapse, as rescue workers stood at solemn attention and clergy members hugged a line of local officials while many of them sobbed. The painstaking search for survivors shifted to a recovery effort at midnight Wednesday after authorities said they had come ...

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England lifts quarantine rules for vaccinated residents

Credit: CC0 Public Domain UK residents returning to England from the United States and most European countries will soon no longer have to self-quarantine if fully vaccinated against COVID-19, the government announced Thursday. The quarantine change will start from July 19, when the government hopes to remove virtually all coronavirus restrictions in England. The travel industry hailed the step as ...

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Is it more infectious? Is it spreading in schools? This is what we know about the Delta variant and kids

by Margie Danchin, Archana Koirala, Fiona Russell and Philip Britton, The Conversation This transmission electron microscope image shows SARS-CoV-2 — also known as 2019-nCoV, the virus that causes COVID-19 — isolated from a patient in the US. Virus particles are shown emerging from the surface of cells cultured in the lab. The spikes on the outer edge of the virus ...

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China targeting Uyghur families to silence activists abroad, says Rights group

MUNICH: A pro-Uyghur group has strongly condemned the Chinese government’s practice of targeting the Uyghur “family space” in order to silence Uyghurs abroad. According to World Uyghur Congress (WUC), Chinese authorities have intensified their targeting of Uyghurs abroad, threatening to detain or imprison their family members in East Turkistan if they do not stop speaking out. “Tearing Uyghur families apart ...

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Why marijuana should not be banned for athletes

Credit: Unsplash/CC0 Public Domain U.S. Track and Field (USATF) confirmed Tuesday that Olympic hopeful Sha’Carri Richardson will not compete in Tokyo after she tested positive for THC, the active ingredient in marijuana. Since the breakout sprinter’s 30-day suspension was announced Friday, celebrities and lawmakers, including U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, have come to her defense, calling for the World Anti-doping Agency ...

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Children older than six and with reported allergic diseases are at greater risk of long COVID

Credit: Unsplash/CC0 Public Domain Researchers from ISARIC (International Severe Acute Respiratory and emerging Infection Consortium) pediatric long COVID working group in the UK, Sechenov University and Z.A. Bashlyaeva Children’s Municipal Clinical Hospital in Russia ran the largest study to date on children hospitalized with COVID 19. The study aimed to discover what the long-term effects are on children and adolescents ...

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Writing letters by hand is best technique for learning to read

Credit: CC0 Public Domain Though writing by hand is increasingly being eclipsed by the ease of computers, a new study finds we shouldn’t be so quick to throw away the pencils and paper: handwriting helps people learn certain skills surprisingly faster and significantly better than learning the same material through typing or watching videos. “The question out there for parents ...

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Boris Johnson: Britain has withdrawn nearly all its troops from Afghanistan | World News

LONDON: Most British troops have been pulled out of Afghanistan, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Thursday, ending its official role in a two-decades long conflict amid fears the departure of foreign soldiers could lead to a chaotic civil war. British forces were first deployed to Afghanistan in 2001 following the 9/11 attacks on the United States and played ...

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