NOW: The parade of athletes is underway at the Tokyo 2020 Opening Ceremony

The floor of Olympic Stadium is lit before the start of the opening ceremony July 23, in Tokyo. David J. Phillip/AP It’s Friday, July 23. The Olympic Games are about to formally begin, and here’s what you need to know. It’s go time: A year after their scheduled start date, the Tokyo 2020 Olympics (they […]

Lebanon’s water system on brink of total collapse, says UN

More than 71% of the country’s population — over 4 million people including 1 million refugees — are at immediate risk of losing access to safe water, UNICEF said on Friday. Water pumping is expected to gradually cease across the country in the next four to six weeks, due to shortages in funding, fuel and […]

Tokyo Olympics 2020 Opening Ceremony: Live updates

Gwendolyn Berry holds her Activist Athlete T-shirt over her head during the metal ceremony at the US Olympic Track and Field Trials on June 26, in Eugene, Oregon. Charlie Riedel/AP US hammer thrower Gwen Berry co-signed an open letter to high-ranking International Olympic Committee (IOC) members, calling for amendments to the IOC rule that threatens […]

Tokyo’s expensive new Olympic Stadium will be mostly empty for the opening ceremony

It’s Friday, July 23. The Olympic Games are about to formally begin, and here’s what you need to know. It’s go time: A year after their scheduled start date, the Tokyo 2020 Olympics (they kept the 2020 branding) are set to begin. The Games officially kick off Friday night Japan time with the opening ceremony, […]

The rise in US Covid-19 hospitalizations is a self-inflicted wound, expert says | CNN

CNN —   Health experts blame the recent surges in Covid-19 cases on the low rate of vaccinations, and now the accelerating Delta variant is threatening to increase hospitalizations and deaths as well, an expert said. “This is a self-inflicted wound, because we can prevent all of those hospitalizations and deaths – or at least […]

Hundreds are still under evacuation orders as the nation’s largest wildfire chars nearly 400,000 acres

“It’s kind of a dubious honor,” said Marcus Kauffman, spokesperson for the Oregon Department of Forestry, referring to the fire which has charred nearly 400,000 acres, although firefighting crews have been able to contain 38% as of Thursday. “But it’s not all bad news,” he said. “In the last couple of days, the fire has […]

New Zealand-Australia travel bubble bursts

Sydney (CNN) — Quarantine-free travel from all Australian states and territories to New Zealand will be suspended, New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Covid-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins announced on July 23. The news comes as Australia continues to grapple with a Covid outbreak spreading through multiple states despite lockdowns. “Given the high level […]

Protesters and fans gather in Tokyo as Olympic torch relay reaches final leg

It’s Friday, July 23. The Olympic Games are about to formally begin, and here’s what you need to know. It’s go time: A year after their scheduled start date, the Tokyo 2020 Olympics (they kept the 2020 branding) are set to begin. The Games officially kick off Friday night Japan time with the opening ceremony, […]

Protesters and fans gather in Tokyo as Olympic torch relay reaches final leg

It’s Friday, July 23. The Olympic Games are about to formally begin, and here’s what you need to know. It’s go time: A year after their scheduled start date, the Tokyo 2020 Olympics (they kept the 2020 branding) are set to begin. The Games officially kick off Friday night Japan time with the opening ceremony, […]

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