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Israeli helicopters attacked observation posts in Lebanon belonging to the militant group Hezbollah, following gunfire toward Israeli troops in an overnight flare-up in violence. Israel had been awaiting possible revenge after its airstrike killed a Hezbollah fighter last month. But in this latest exchange, no casualties were reported by either side. The escalation comes as tensions have also risen between Israel and Hamas, with aerial bombings of the Gaza Strip responding to incendiary balloon launches across the border.
Meanwhile, in Afghanistan, flash floods killed more than 70 people in the city of Charikar, in Parwan Province, north of the capital. Homes were filled with water during heavy rains overnight, catching residents by surprise and leaving a trail of bodies, mud and destroyed houses.
And North Korea braced for the likely arrival on Thursday of Typhoon Bavi, threatening to unleash high winds and torrential rains on a country already battered by severe flooding earlier this month. And in the US, Hurricane Laura was expected to make landfall, pummelling the coasts of Texas and Louisiana with a “potentially catastrophic” storm surge Wednesday evening.

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Canada is granting residency to some asylum-seekers working in pandemic health care

With Canadian and Haitian flags hoisted, marchers take part in demonstration in support of asylum-seekers working in Quebec's long-term care homes in Montreal, Canada, in June.
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Earlier this month, Canada’s immigration minister Marco Mendicino announced that the country will grant permanent residency to some asylum-seekers who have been working in institutions hit hardest by the COVID-19 pandemic: hospitals and long-term care homes.
Those who can prove their eligibility based on labor status will receive permission to stay in Canada — whether or not their asylum claim would eventually have been accepted.

Pets stranded during the pandemic await reunions with their families

Cats rest outside a closed shop in a containment zone during a coronavirus lockdown in Bengaluru, India, July 5, 2020.
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The situation for furry friends has improved as airlines slowly increase the number of flights and some nations reopen their borders. But transporting house pets during this time is still very challenging.

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This Afro Latina says identity will always be important when she votes

Nodia Mena and her son, Brayan Guevara, talk about everything, but especially race and politics.
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Nodia Mena is Afro Honduran and moved to the US nearly 30 years ago. She left Honduras when she was 19, but was able to vote for the first time before leaving. She said the lack of change in her country led her to not take voting seriously. But that changed after seeing the enthusiasm toward politics in 1992.

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A video of 11-year-old Anthony Mmesoma Madu practicing ballet barefoot on wet concrete in Nigeria gathered more than 20 million views on social media. Madu’s performance also earned him a ballet scholarship with the American Ballet Theater in the US. Madu has a summer scholarship that could continue into the fall, though instruction for now is virtual. 
Screen grab of an instagram post from Leap of Dance Academy.
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