Fire destroys Europe's largest refugee camp on Lesbos

September 09, 2020

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A young boy is shown sitting on a bike without tires in front of a destroyed structure at a refugee camp.

A migrant boy rides a destroyed bicycle next to the burned debris in the Moria refugee camp on the island of Lesbos, Greece, Sept. 9, 2020.


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An overnight fire has destroyed the largest refugee camp in Greece — and Europe — displacing more than 12,000 people. And, South African track star Caster Semenya has lost her appeal over a 2018 ruling that would require female athletes with high testosterone levels to medically lower them before competing. Also, a study found that a robot capable of holding basic conversations reduced loneliness and improved mental health for residents at elder care homes in Japan and the UK.

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