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Born on July 18th 1918, Nelson Mandela spent 27 years in prison before becoming South Africa's first black president.⁠
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He described his time in jail as a long holiday, but he faced harsh conditions and was frequently kept in solitary confinement.⁠
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Mandela died in 2013 and this quote reflects his spirit of determination.⁠
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Click the link in our bio to read our obituary of the man who freed South Africa from apartheid.
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Born on July 18th 1918, Nelson Mandela spent 27 years in prison before becoming South Africa's first black president.⁠ ⁠ He described his time in jail as "a long holiday", but he faced harsh conditions and was frequently kept in solitary confinement.

How do you cool off in the sweltering Indian summer? By plunging into the deep waters of a stepwell (baoli), like this one in Delhi. ⁠
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India has thousands of stepwells (some up to 2,000 years old) but under British rule they fell into disrepair. Now, thanks to conservation efforts, a refreshing dip is possible once more. ⁠
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How do you cool off in the sweltering Indian summer? By plunging into the deep waters of a stepwell (baoli), like this one in Delhi. ⁠ ⁠ India has thousands of stepwells (some up to 2,000 years old) but under British rule they fell into disrepair. No

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The US economic expansion is now the longest on record.⁠
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If there’s one thing economists learned from the last financial crisis, however, it’s to refrain from celebrating long periods of growth.⁠
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And there are signs the party might be coming to an end.⁠
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Click the link in our bio to find out why.⁠
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The US economic expansion is now the longest on record.⁠ ⁠ If there’s one thing economists learned from the last financial crisis, however, it’s to refrain from celebrating long periods of growth.⁠ ⁠ And there are signs the party might be coming to a

Americans’ views are split over Donald Trump’s Twitter thread on July 14th telling Congresswomen to “go back” to the “places from which they came”.⁠
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YouGov asked a sample of 1,000 Americans to assess it on a sliding scale from “great” to “terrible”. Republicans rated it “good”, albeit a little worse than Mr Trump’s average tweets. Democrats judged it between “bad” and “terrible”, ranking it as one of his worst. ⁠
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#DonaldTrump #Republicans #Democrats #USpolitics #congresswomen #data
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Americans’ views are split over Donald Trump’s Twitter thread on July 14th telling Congresswomen to “go back” to the “places from which they came”.⁠ ⁠ YouGov asked a sample of 1,000 Americans to assess it on a sliding scale from “great” to “terrible”

Australia and the Netherlands say Russia is responsible for shooting down flight MH17 in 2014. The families of the 298 victims want justice—but which court can give it to them?
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Australia and the Netherlands say Russia is responsible for shooting down flight MH17 in 2014. The families of the 298 victims want justice—but which court can give it to them?

50 years to the day that the Apollo 11 mission carrying astronauts Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins blasted off, a partial lunar eclipse graced the night sky in Germany and other parts of the world. ⁠
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Credit: AFP/Felix Kästle #partiallunareclipse #moon #moonlanding #Apollo11 #stars
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50 years to the day that the Apollo 11 mission carrying astronauts Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins blasted off, a partial lunar eclipse graced the night sky in Germany and other parts of the world. ⁠ ⁠ Credit: AFP/Felix Kästle #partia

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Angela Merkel turns 65 on Wednesday—and there have been concerns about her health recently, following a series of public events at which she was seen shaking.⁠
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She has been the chancellor of Germany since 2005 but handed over leadership of her party last December.⁠
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In May we explained why she was taking her time to retire. Click the link in our bio to read that article.⁠
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Angela Merkel turns 65 on Wednesday—and there have been concerns about her health recently, following a series of public events at which she was seen shaking.⁠ ⁠ She has been the chancellor of Germany since 2005 but handed over leadership of her part

⁠North Korea's annual Arirang festival (also known as the Mass Games) is highly choreographed propaganda at its best. 
Despite reports that Kim Jong Un wasn't happy with the creators of this year's festival, the event is still taking place. Residents of the hermit kingdom can look forward to displays of mass calisthenics, patriotic songs and more. 
Credit: AP/Vincent Yu #gymnastics #dance #arts #culture #propaganda #NorthKorea⁠
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⁠North Korea's annual Arirang festival (also known as the Mass Games) is highly choreographed propaganda at its best. Despite reports that Kim Jong Un wasn't happy with the creators of this year's festival, the event is still taking place. Residents

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Cannabis is a big and flourishing business in America.⁠
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The industry was worth nearly $10bn in 2018, a figure that is projected to reach almost $45bn within five years.⁠
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There is a debate about whether usage will rise among young people as most states legalise the drug.⁠
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Do you think it has gone up or down? Click the link in our bio to find out if you’re right. ⁠
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Cannabis is a big and flourishing business in America.⁠ ⁠ The industry was worth nearly $10bn in 2018, a figure that is projected to reach almost $45bn within five years.⁠ ⁠ There is a debate about whether usage will rise among young people as most s

⁠More than 1000 people were killed in last year's South Asian monsoon. This year heavy rain, flooding and landslides have already displaced millions and killed more than 100 people. ⁠
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Almost a quarter of the world—1.76bn people—rely on this monsoon. Click the link in our bio to read find out what happens if it fails. ⁠
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Credit: AFP/Biju Boro #monsoon #rain #flooding #southAsia #India ⁠
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⁠More than 1000 people were killed in last year's South Asian monsoon. This year heavy rain, flooding and landslides have already displaced millions and killed more than 100 people. ⁠ ⁠ Almost a quarter of the world—1.76bn people—rely on this monsoon

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Many US prisons house inmates in overcrowded cells and inhumane conditions. ⁠
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Change is under way in New York, where the prisoner count has fallen by 30% since Bill de Blasio took office as mayor in 2014.  Now the city is rethinking the architecture of its jails, and looking for models to learn from. ⁠
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Click the link in our bio to find out how a jail in Denver offers lessons for criminal-justice reformers. ⁠
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Many US prisons house inmates in overcrowded cells and inhumane conditions. ⁠ ⁠ Change is under way in New York, where the prisoner count has fallen by 30% since Bill de Blasio took office as mayor in 2014. Now the city is rethinking the architectur

Weeks ago Donald Trump said that Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) would round up and deport “millions” of migrants, but recent raids were far smaller than advertised. The atmosphere still turned poisonous. There were demonstrations in several cities and mayors vowed city police would not co-operate. ⁠
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But Mr Trump has snatched the spotlight away by attacking four Democratic congresswomen (Rashida Tlaib, Ilhan Omar, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Ayanna Pressley) who had criticised the ill-treatment of migrants. ⁠
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The president told them to “go back” to countries they were from “originally”, which he called “the most corrupt and inept anywhere”. All four are US citizens, three born in America.⁠
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A new rule issued by the White House effectively prevents Latin Americans from claiming asylum at the southern border. Click the link in our bio to read more. ⁠
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Credit: UPI/Mike Theiler #immigration #borders #migrants #WhiteHouse #DonaldTrump #AOC
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Weeks ago Donald Trump said that Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) would round up and deport “millions” of migrants, but recent raids were far smaller than advertised. The atmosphere still turned poisonous. There were demonstrations in severa

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