Record rainfall causes severe flooding in central China

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A row of more than a dozen purple buses are shown partially submerged by flood water.

Vehicles are inundated by flood water in Zhengzhou, Henan Province of China, July 21, 2021.

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China floods
Central China has seen its heaviest rainfall on record. At least a dozen people died trapped in a flooded underground subway and hundreds were eventually rescued. Soldiers evacuated 200,000 residents from Zhengzhou, a city of more than 10 million people. Weather authorities said that the city saw the amount of rain it usually gets in a year in just three days. Officials warned people to stay in a safe place and remain alert for updates.

Trump adviser
Former Trump adviser Tom Barrack has been arrested and charged with foreign lobbying on behalf of the United Arab Emirates. Federal prosecutors in New York said he tried to influence the foreign policy positions of the 2016 Trump presidential campaign and his incoming administration. Barrack was considered a top fundraiser for Trump’s campaign. He’s been charged with conspiracy, obstruction of justice and making multiple false statements to the FBI during a 2019 interview. A spokesman for Barrack said that he plans to plead not guilty.

UK warships
The UK says it will permanently deploy two warships in the Asia Pacific after its Queen Elizabeth aircraft carrier sails off to Asian waters in September. The defense ministry said the vessels will be assigned to the Indo-Pacific region, as the UK strengthens its security ties with Tokyo. China, the US and Japan are vying for influence in the region, with disputes over the South China Sea and concerns over Beijing’s territorial ambitions over Taiwan. The carrier strike group will also include stealth fighters and support ships.

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'Homeland and life': The chant to Cuba’s anti-government protests

Randy Malcom, from the Grammy-winning reggaetón duo Gente de Zona, helped write, and sang, a song that became a chant in recent anti-government protests across Cuba, and that reverses one of Castro’s most famous sayings: "Patria o muerte" or "Homeland or Death."

The song is called "Patria y vida," or “Homeland and life.” The duo collaborated with Cuban rapper Yotuel and members of the San Isidro Movement, a group of artists who live in Cuba and have been protesting government censorship since 2018.

Hawaiians highlight surfing's cultural roots as it makes its Olympic debut

Surfing is making its long-awaited debut this year at the Tokyo Olympics. In Hawaii, the sport's birthplace, many are celebrating. But others are concerned that the games’ big stage may cause people to lose sight of the roots of the sport and its enormous cultural importance to Native Hawaiians.

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Haiti's designated Prime Minister Ariel Henry, center, and interim Prime Minister Claude Joseph, right, pose for a group photo with other authorities in front of a portrait of late Haitian President Jovenel Moïse at at the National Pantheon Museum during

Haiti's designated Prime Minister Ariel Henry, center, and interim Prime Minister Claude Joseph, right, pose for a group photo with other authorities in front of a portrait of late Haitian President Jovenel Moïse at the National Pantheon Museum during a memorial service in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, July 20, 2021. 


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Following the assassination of Haiti’s president, it remained unclear who would take charge. On Tuesday, Haitian officials announced that interim Prime Minister Claude Joseph is stepping down and making way for Ariel Henry. Last year, many facilities run by US Immigration and Customs Enforcement became COVID-19 hot spots. Now, infections at these facilities are rising again. Also, for decades under the dictatorship of Omar al-Bashir, Sudan’s school curriculum was infused with Islamist ideology. The new government in Sudan set out to change that. And, with surfing making its debut at the Tokyo Olympic Games, some in Hawaii are working to highlight its roots.

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