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Friday, 31 July 2020

The recent closure of the Chinese Consulate in Houston and the U.S. Consulate in Chengdu mark a new low point in ties between two of the world’s most powerful nations, analysts say. VOA asks regular Americans and Chinese about relations between the two countries.

On This Day in American History
On July 31, 1964, NASA’s space probe Ranger 7 takes the first close-up photographs of the moon’s surface. The probe sent back over 4,000 images, which were 1,000 times more clear than views of the moon offered by telescopes on earth. Ranger 7′s cameras were active for 17 minutes as the probe headed toward an eventual impact with the moon. The mission proved the lunar surface was not dusty or otherwise treacherous and therefore relatively safe for a manned landing, which happened five years later.

VIDEO: The U.S. Congress is trying to agree on funding to prevent those who’ve lost jobs because of COVID-19 from also losing their homes. Government aid has helped many renters in Virginia, but some face eviction. VOA has the story of one family at the brink of homelessness in Alexandria.  

U.S. President Donald Trump says he does not want to wait “weeks, months or even years” for the results of this November’s election because of problems he predicts will occur with mailed-in ballots.

VIDEO: The COVID-19 pandemic has had a huge impact on professional musicians. With concerts, festivals, tours and award shows all around the world canceled or put on indefinite hold. Many professional musicians who had relied on performances for their income found themselves in a difficult situation. But some say that these challenges present the opportunities.

A recent survey in Mumbai’s slums finds more than half of the residents have developed antibodies for COVID-19, indicating some of India’s most densely packed settlements could be heading toward “herd immunity.”

The United States has denounced the killing inside a courtroom of a naturalized U.S. citizen on trial for blasphemy in Pakistan.

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