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Time Magazine International Edition August 31, 2020

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AMERICAN HERO RE “JOHN LEWIS: CONscience of a Nation” [Aug. 3–10]: It was never our imagined perfection that defined America’s greatness. Our finest citizens have always included those who, through no fault of their own, were born into times of despicable imperfections and injustice, and somehow found the courage to dedicate a lifetime to staring that evil in the face and fighting it fearlessly. John Lewis was such a person, and he now takes his rightful place alongside so many other towering American heroes who are, collectively, the real definition of America’s true greatness. James P. McGill,RENO, NEV. HOW TRUMP CAME TO BE RE “REVENGE OF THE NEVER Trumpers” [Aug. 3–10]: I can only wonder at the self-delusion of the “Republican Voters Against Trump” organizations. Do they really believe that Trump came out of…

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for the record

‘I will never give up.’ABDULLAHI MOHAMED NOR, Somali parliament member and owner of the Elite Hotel in Mogadishu, pledging to continue investing in the country, in an Aug. 16 tweet; Nor was rescued from the hotel following a terrorist attack by al-Shabab militants‘He simply cannot be who we need him to be for us. It is what it is.’MICHELLE OBAMA, former U.S. First Lady, speaking about President Donald Trump—and echoing his earlier statement about U.S. COVID-19 deaths—in a keynote address on the first night of the virtual Democratic National Convention on Aug. 17‘THE CURRENT DATA PRESENTS AN UNTENABLE SITUATION.’UNIVERSITY OF NORTH CAROLINA AT CHAPEL HILL ADMINISTRATORS, in an Aug. 17 letter to students saying the school would cancel in-person instruction for undergraduates, after 130 students tested positive for COVID-19 within…

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a deal for israel and the uae—and voters

DONALD TRUMP’S BROKERING OF A LANDMARK deal between Israel and the United Arab Emirates could not have come at a better time for the President. With less than three months to go before Nov. 3, the agreement to normalize relations delivers Trump’s flagging re-election campaign a much needed foreign policy win—and a chance to woo back disgruntled Christian and Jewish voters in the final weeks of the race. Under the “Abraham Accord,” in exchange for Israel’s suspending controversial plans to annex West Bank territory, the UAE has pledged to move toward diplomatic recognition of the Jewish state. That would make it only the third Arab nation after Egypt and Jordan to do so since Israel’s founding in 1948. Though the deal isn’t yet done and has already been broadly condemned by…

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thai protesters take on a once untouchable monarchy

WHEN THAILAND’S ABSENTEE SOVEREIGN, King Maha Vajiralongkorn, visited Bangkok in April, the hashtag #WhyDoWeNeedAKing exploded on Twitter. The sentiment has since leaped from social media and private conversations into an unprecedented realm for the country: pro-democracy protests, with an estimated 10,000 demonstrators joining a rally on Aug. 16. “This [has] never happened before,” says Pavin Chachavalpongpun, a Thai academic self-exiled in Japan. BREAKING TABOOS Since taking the throne in 2016, King Vajiralongkorn has consolidated military and financial power and endorsed the military-backed government. In Thailand, insulting the royal family risks prison terms of up to 15 years. Authorities have tried, unsuccessfully, to pressure rally organizers to steer clear of the hallowed institution. At the Aug. 16 rally, human-rights lawyer Arnon Nampa—one of two activists facing so-called lèse-majesté complaints—said “the biggest dream”…

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news ticker

Police arrest ship captain over oil spill The captain of a fuel carrier that ran aground on a coral reef off the coast of Mauritius in July, spilling about 1,000 metric tons of oil, was arrested on Aug. 17. Police in the island nation said Sunil Kumar Nandeshwar, 58, was charged with “endangering safe navigation.” Georgia gov drops Atlanta lawsuit Georgia Governor Brian Kemp withdrew a lawsuit Aug. 13 that had sought to block Atlanta’s COVID-19 restrictions and mask mandate. Kemp later issued an executive order limiting local mask requirements to government property to “protect Georgia businesses from government overreach.” Ground zero for COVID-19 holds festival Wuhan, the Chinese city where COVID-19 first emerged in December, hosted an outdoor music festival in a water park on Aug. 15. Images showed thousands of maskless revelers packed…

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why are covid-19 test results still taking so long?

A GRAD STUDENT IN FLORIDA WAITED 11 days. Positive. A 14-year-old in California waited 24 days. Negative. When a New York writer took to social media, it had been four days with no word. As the U.S. struggles with COVID-19, people across the country are using Twitter to point out the absurdity of receiving results so stale they seem pointless. Testing is crucial to containment, but one July study found it’s only really useful when results are available in a day or two. Meanwhile, Department of Health and Human Services data show that in July, only 45% of lab tests were completed in three days or less. When TIME set out to map average test-result wait times across the country, we found that wait times are a product not just of…