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Wednesday, July 28, 2021

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Ireland’s COVID-19 Vaccination Program to Include 12- to 15-Year Olds

Irish Health Minister Stephen Donnelly confirmed on July 27 that the vaccination program in the Republic will extend to those aged 12 to 15 years. "We are continuing to see an increase in cases of COVID-19 among our young people, and vaccination, along with continued adherence to the public health...

Brazilian Italo Ferreira, American Carissa Moore Win First-Ever Olympic Gold Medals in Surfing

Brazilian Italo Ferreira and American Carissa Moore made history after winning the first-ever Olympic gold medals in surfing on July 27 at the Tokyo Games. Reigning World Surf League champion Ferreira won first place with a score of 15.4 at the men's event in surfing at the Tsurigasaki Beach in...

Canadian Police Reveal Decade-Long Investigation into Sexual Abuse Claims at Former Residential School

The Royal Canadian Mountain Police (RCMP) revealed on July 27 that they have been investigating sexual abuse allegations at a former residential school in Sagkeeng First Nation for the past decade. The RCMP in the Manitoba province said in a statement that they began looking into the allegations at the...

First Person Charged Under Hong Kong’s National Security Law Found Guilty

The first person charged and tried under the controversial national security law in Hong Kong has been found guilty in a landmark ruling that sets the precedent for future cases under the law. The Hong Kong High Court found Tong Ying-kit, 24, guilty of terrorism for crashing his motorbike into...

Wildfire Rages Through Forest Near Athens

A wildfire swept through a hillside forest north of Athens on July 27, seriously damaging at least a dozen homes and cars before being contained. The fire started in the morning and ripped through the pine forest, affecting the towns of Dionysos, Stamata, and Rodopoli and prompting authorities to evacuate...

57 Dead After Migrant Boat Sinks in Mediterranean Sea Near Libya

At least 57 migrants died after a boat capsized in the Mediterranean Sea off the Libyan coast, according to the International Organization for Migration (IOM). "According to survivors brought to shore by fishermen, at least 20 women and two children were among those who drowned," IOM Spokesperson Safa Msehli said...

Officers Deliver Emotional Testimony at First Capitol Riot Select Committee Hearing

The House Select Committee investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol riot held its first high-profile hearing on July 27 with emotional testimonies from four law enforcement officers who experienced the mob violence firsthand. The four officers recalled the assault they faced during the riot from the pro-Trumb mob, including being attacked...

Atlanta-Area Spa Shooter Pleads Guilty to Four Counts of Murder

Atlanta-area spa shooter Robert Aaron Long, who was accused of killing eight people, pleaded guilty to four counts of murder in Cherokee County on July 27. Long, 22, admitted to killing four Cherokee County victims — Xiaojie "Emily" Tan, 49; Daoyou Feng, 44; Delaina Yaun, 33; and Paul Michels, 54. In...

Iranian Parliament Postpones Internet Restriction Bill

Iran’s parliament has decided to postpone its review of the controversial internet bill, which opponents say will lead to more stringent internet restrictions, on Monday.  The bill titled “Protecting Users in Cyberspace and Organizing Social Media” has gained criticism over fears it would further limit internet access in Iran where...

Facebook Has Officially Discontinued the Oculus Rift Line

Facebook stated that users of the newest Oculus kit will be merged into a single Facebook account and that support for existing Oculus account users would be phased out by 2023. New users were instantly needed to have a Facebook account to log in and access material for the virtual...