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Beirut blast kills at least 100, injures thousands; Security restrictions in Kashmir; Can artificial crowd noise match up?

Rescue workers remain on the scene of a massive explosion at Beirut’s port yesterday that killed at least 100 people. And, security authorities are enforcing restrictions in much of Kashmir today, a year after India revoked the disputed region’s semi-autonomy in a controversial move. Also, can artificial crowd noise match the thrill of packed stadiums?

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UN head warns of 'a generational catastrophe'; Record temperatures in Iraq; Belarus' president aligns with Russia

UN Secretary-General António Guterres warned Tuesday the world faces a "generational catastrophe" in the fallout from the coronavirus pandemic, which has led to the largest disruption of education in history. Also, Iraq faces record heat levels that reached temperatures of 125 Fahrenheit in Baghdad. And, Belarus' president, Alexander Lukashenko, has pledged his allegiance to Russia.

Coronavirus Conversations: How the coronavirus crisis has exposed entrenched health inequities

The coronavirus pandemic has exposed entrenched health inequities for communities of color in the US and around the globe. As part of our regular series discussing the pandemic and as a special podcast in The World's feed, reporter Elana Gordon moderated a conversation with Nancy Krieger from Harvard's T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Krieger recently co-authored an analysis confirming the extent of such disparities.

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Hundreds missing after Afghanistan prison attack; Iran's underreported coronavirus death toll; 90 minute COVID-19 test in Britain

Afghan security forces said they have retaken control of a prison today after an hours-long battle a day after the facility was targeted by ISIS in a deadly attack, And, one person dies from the coronavirus in Iran every seven minutes, the country's Health Ministry spokesman said. Also, the health minister in Britain announced plans to roll out millions of new coronavirus tests that can detect the virus in 90 minutes.