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Thursday, 30 July 2020

The U.S. has launched its next-generation Mars probe to search for potential signs of life on the Red Planet. NASA’s Perseverance rover was propelled into space by an Atlas 5 rocket operated by the United Launch Alliance, a joint venture between private aerospace companies Boeing and Lockheed Martin.

On This Day in American History
On July 30, 1976, Caitlyn Jenner, then known as Bruce Jenner, wins gold in the men’s decathlon at the Montreal Olympics. While not favored to win, Jenner took a unique approach to training. Rather than train with other decathletes, Jenner trained with the best athletes in each of the 10 events. After the surprising win, the “world’s greatest athlete” became a household name in the U.S., promoting a variety of products, including as a spokesperson for Wheaties cereal. In April 2015, Jenner announced she was a transgender woman. Two months later, she introduced her new name.

VIDEO: Lawmakers in Washington Wednesday questioned leaders of four top technology companies—Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Google—about whether they use their dominance in the market to stifle competition. The hearing was an indication of a change in tone coming from Washington toward what is called Big Tech.

Despite Washington’s pushback against China’s ambition to lead the world in emerging technologies such as 5G, Beijing next month will launch a global effort to develop blockchain, a distributed database experts say could reshape businesses around the world.

The U.S. said Thursday its economy, ravaged by the coronavirus pandemic, plummeted 9.5% between April and June, the biggest quarterly plunge in records dating back seven decades. 

The U.N. refugee agency is calling for urgent action to stop the killing and maiming of refugees and other forcibly displaced people from landmines and improvised explosive devices in Africa’s Sahel and Lake Chad basin regions.

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