Ethiopia plants more than 350 million trees in 12 hours

(CNN)Ethiopia planted more than 353 million trees in 12 hours on Monday, which officials believe is a world record. Monday’s challenge had encouraged citizens in Africa’s second most populous nation to plant 200 million trees in one day. In 2017, India set the world record when around 1.5 million volunteers planted 66 million in 12 […]

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How China is slowly expanding its power in Africa, one TV set at a time

In the outskirts of Nairobi, Kenya, Michael Nganga is watching a Chinese Kung Fu movie. StarTimes has 10 million subscribers in 30 African countries. It’s the primary contractor carrying out Chinese President Xi Jinping’s 10,000 Villages Project, a lofty plan to take digital television to impoverished parts of Africa. Nganga’s connection to the wider world […]

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Katy Perry’s ‘Dark Horse’ was copied from a Christian rap song, a California jury says

(CNN)Katy Perry’s 2013 song “Dark Horse” was copied in part from “Joyful Noise,” a song by Christian rap artist Flame, a Los Angeles jury decided Monday, according to several media reports. Co-writers named in the suit include Dr. Luke, whose real name is Lukasz Gottwald; producer Max Martin; producer Cirkut, whose real name is Henry […]

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Muslim nations are defending China as it cracks down on Muslims, shattering any myths of Islamic solidarity

Beirut, Lebanon (CNN)Last week, 22 mostly Western countries launched the world’s first major collective challenge to China’s crackdown on Uyghur Muslims and other minorities. The language in the letter echoed previous claims made by China, which has denied allegations of torture or forced political indoctrination in Xinjiang and said that the camps were “vocational training […]

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UK mom bitten by Lyme disease-carrying tick develops ‘bullseye rash,’ warns others about common signs of illness

A so-called “bullseye” rash is a common sign of Lyme disease. (SWNS) Initially, Allen said she went to the pharmacy but was encouraged by a pharmacist to see a doctor, who later confirmed the mom of three had a “mild form” of Lyme disease. The 28-year-old told SWNS she was likely bitten by an infected […]

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Georgia deputies walk son of fallen deputy to first day of fourth grade

Caden Dixon, 9, is escorted to his class by the Hall County Sheriff’s Office.  (Hall County Sheriff’s Office) The Hall County Sheriff’s office wrote on Facebook that it wanted to give extra support and encouragement to 9-year-old Caden and his mom Stephanie on his first day of the fourth grade. 4 SUSPECTS FACE CHARGES AFTER […]

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Rescued turtle manages to return to the group that saved the animal nearly 2 decades ago

A turtle rescued by a conservation group as an egg was miraculously returned to the same New Jersey wetlands group that had released the animal nearly 19 years ago. (iStock, File) CHICAGO ALLIGATOR REPORTEDLY MOVING TO FLORIDA: ‘CHANCE THE SNAPPER’ WILL BE LIVING IN LUXURY’ The animal was a “head-starter,” which the institute described as […]

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A$AP Rocky Charged With Assault In Sweden

A$AP Rocky has been charged with assault in Sweden and will remain in custody until his trial, Swedish prosecutors said Thursday. Democratic lawmakers and celebrities like Sean “Diddy” Combs and Trump said Saturday that he’d spoken with Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Löfven and had “offered to personally vouch for [Rocky’s] bail,” though Sweden has no […]

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Cole Sprouse And Lili Reinhart Break Silence On Split: ‘None Of You Know S**t’

Days after reports circulated that “Lili Reinhart had W Magazine and slamming the “reliable sources” that spelled their demise.  According to the magazine story, “the two would part ways romantically” months after the interview, signaling that change is certainly afoot in their relationship. “BREAKING: A reliable source has confirmed that none of you know shit,” Reinhart wrote […]

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Melissa McCarthy Was Starstruck Meeting U.S. Women’s Soccer Team

Melissa McCarthy may be an award-winning celebrity in her own right, but even she was apparently awestruck by the U.S. women’s national soccer team. weirdly geeked out” and “got really nervous” while meeting the Women’s World Cup champions at a screening of her latest movie in Los Angeles. But the soccer stars turned out to […]

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