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Posted: Sat-Aug-2020



Thousands are working extended shifts to battle relentless blazes, raising questions about whether the country can continue to rely on an unpaid force.

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Show of solidarity as Lebanon braces for protests after deadly chemical explosion
LEBANON-SECURITY/BLAST

Senior officials from the Middle East and Europe started arriving in Lebanon Saturday in a show of solidarity with the tiny country that suffered a deadly explosion this week that caused large-scale damage to the capital Beirut.

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The massive explosion in Beirut in photos
Lebanon Explosion woman cries

Tuesday's enormous explosion at Beirut port killed nearly 150 people, injured more than 5,000 and caused a huge swath of destruction in the Lebanese capital. Experts believe the blast is linked to 2,750 tonnes of ammonium nitrate that was stored in a warehouse at the port. Click here for a look at the incredible and tragic aftermath.

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Coronavirus: What's happening around the world on Saturday
HEALTH-CORONAVIRUS/PALESTINIANS-SCHOOLS

People in Britain must wear masks in most indoor settings starting Saturday as the country tries to squash a rise in coronavirus infections that has followed the easing of lockdown measures.

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Mauritius declares emergency as stranded ship spills fuel
Mauritius Leaking Ship

The Indian Ocean island of Mauritius has declared a "state of environmental emergency" after a Japanese-owned ship that ran aground offshore days ago began spilling tons of fuel.

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At least 17 dead in plane crash in southwestern India
INDIA CRASH

At least 17 people were killed and more than 100 injured when an Air India Express passenger plane repatriating Indians stranded by the COVID-19 pandemic overshot the runway in heavy rain near the southern city of Calicut, officials said.

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The U.S. election won't be resolved on election night. Here's why
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The United States is lumbering toward a perfect electoral storm that could test the foundations of a democracy already battered by partisan loathing. At the eye of this storm: mail-in ballots

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Ship that delivered explosive material to Beirut port was never supposed to stop there, says captain
Lebanon Explosion

The chemicals that went up in flames in Beirut's deadliest peace-time explosion arrived in the Lebanese capital seven years ago on a leaky Russian-leased cargo ship that, according to its captain, should never have stopped there.

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China sentences 4th Canadian to death on drug charges in 2 years
CHINA-HONGKONG/SECURITY-CANADA

China has sentenced a fourth Canadian citizen to death on drug charges in less than two years following a sharp downturn in ties over the arrest of an executive of Chinese tech giant Huawei.

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Rescuers in Lebanon recover more bodies days after massive explosion
APTOPIX Lebanon Explosion

Rescue teams pulled more bodies from the rubble of Beirut's port Friday, nearly three days after a massive explosion sent a wave of destruction through Lebanon's capital, killing nearly 150 people and wounding thousands.

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NASA drops 'colonial' nicknames for distant cosmic objects
NGC 2392

A nebula and a pair of galaxies will now be referred to by a string of numbers as NASA reviews “insensitive” and “actively harmful” nicknames.

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Seth Rogen's Israel comments highlight fraught diaspora ties
Israel Seth Rogen Spat

Comments from comedian Seth Rogen about Jewish culture and Israel has sparked an uproar by American Jews, and sparked an international spat.

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U.S. slaps sanctions on Carrie Lam, other Hong Kong officials
HONGKONG-SECURITY/LAM

The U.S. on Friday imposed sanctions on Hong Kong officials — including Carrie Lam, the pro-China leader of the government — accusing them of undermining autonomy and restricting freedom of expression and assembly in the former British colony.

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Trump issues bans on China's TikTok, WeChat, stoking tension with Beijing
USA-CHINA/TIKTOK

U.S. President Donald Trump on Thursday unveiled sweeping bans on U.S. transactions with China's ByteDance, owner of video-sharing app TikTok, and Tencent, operator of messenger app WeChat, in a major escalation of tensions with Beijing.

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Kanye West presidential campaign enablers appear focused on siphoning off Biden support
People Kanye West

Kanye West's unlikely White House bid is getting help qualifying for presidential ballots in key states from Republicans around the United States, fuelling suspicions he's being pushed to run by allies of President Donald Trump hoping to siphon support from Joe Biden.

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Playing electoral defence, Trump claims Biden opposes God
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U.S. President Donald Trump billed his trip to Ohio Thursday as a chance to promote economic recovery, but he quickly pivoted to a deeply personal attack on Joe Biden, even questioning without foundation the former vice-president's faith in God.

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U.S. added 1.8M jobs in July as recovery from COVID-19 continues, but slowly
Jobs hiring

U.S. employment growth slowed considerably in July amid a resurgence in new COVID-19 infections, offering the clearest evidence yet that the economy's recovery from the recession caused by the pandemic was faltering.

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U.S. lawmakers from both parties sound alarm on Postal Service changes blamed for delays
Election 2020 Voting Worries

Both Democrats and Republicans are calling on the U.S. Postal Service to immediately reverse operational changes imposed by the new Republican postmaster general that they say are causing delays in deliveries across the country just as big volume increases are expected for mail-in election voting.

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Lockheed Martin promises $16.9B injection to Canadian economy with F-35s
F-35

Lockheed Martin, the manufacturer of the controversial F-35 warplane, underscored in a slick presentation what it is already doing for the Canadian aerospace industry and what more it can likely do if the Liberals choose the stealth fighter to replace the country's CF-18s.

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NRA accused of 'brazen illegality' in lawsuit calling for it to be dissolved
NRA-Turmoil

New York's attorney general sued the National Rifle Association on Thursday, seeking to put the powerful gun advocacy organization out of business over allegations that high-ranking executives diverted millions of dollars for lavish personal trips, no-show contracts for associates and other questionable expenditures.

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Beirut blast a 'knockout punch' after succession of crippling blows to Lebanon
Lebanon Explosion Photo Gallery

Tuesday's blast in Beirut came as Lebanon was barely limping through an economic and political crisis, writes Nahlah Ayed.

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Uighur Man Sends Secret Video, Text Messages From Inside Chinese Detention Center: Reports
The footage and messages offer a terrifying glimpse into the allegedly unsanitary and inhumane conditions inside China’s so-called “re-education centers.” ... read more


A Sweetheart Deal: Germany To Exempt Unmarried Couples From COVID-19 Border Controls
Only a few other European countries have done so. ... read more


At Least 16 Dead, Dozens Injured After Air India Plane Skids Off Runway
The Boeing 737 split in two while landing Friday in heavy rain in southern India. ... read more


Prince Harry Says Social Media Is Stoking A 'Crisis Of Hate'
And now the Duke of Sussex is advocating for change. ... read more


India Hits New Coronavirus Milestone: 2 Million Cases
More than 62,500 cases were reported in the past 24 hours. ... read more


Covid-19: Govt Says Herd Immunity Not An Option For India. This Is What It Means
Health ministry said herd immunity "cannot be a strategic choice or option" given the size of India’s population. ... read more


Rookie Police Dog Proves He's A Very Good Boy During First Shift
Max, a 2-year-old German shepherd, was "crucial" to finding a missing mother and her young son in Wales, the police inspector said. ... read more


Tourist's 19th-Century Statue Photo-Op Goes Horribly Wrong
“It was irresponsible behavior on my part," the man admitted of the incident, which was caught on a surveillance camera at a museum in Italy. ... read more


In A Horrific Instant, A Burst That Ravaged Beirut
A wave of destructive energy shot across Lebanon’s capital. ... read more


How Ammonium Nitrate Might Be To Blame For Beirut's Deadly Blast
More than 130 people died in an explosion in the Lebanese port city. ... read more


Lebanese Bride Almost Hit By Explosion While Filming Wedding Video
Israa Seblani said the shockwave from the blast nearly blew her off her feet. ... read more


Lebanon's People Don’t Want To Be Resilient Anymore. They Want Change.
The Beirut explosions ripped through a fragile society already struggling with a financial crisis and the coronavirus pandemic. ... read more


Lebanon Putting Some Beirut Port Officials On House Arrest After Explosion
The explosion at Beirut's port killed at least 100 people and wounded thousands. ... read more


Meghan Markle Wins Temporary Victory In Ongoing Privacy Lawsuit
The Duchess of Sussex can keep anonymous the identities of five friends who spoke out on her behalf, a judge ruled Wednesday. ... read more


Many Countries See The Pandemic As A Crisis. Authoritarians Spot An Opportunity.
Autocratic leaders have obscured coronavirus data, cracked down on doctors and reporters, and used the health crisis to further erode democracies worldwide. ... read more


Huge Explosions In Beirut Kill At Least 100, Injure Nearly 4,000
Highly explosive material caused at least one of the blasts in the port of Lebanon's capital city, an official said. Many people were still missing early Wednesday. ... read more


WHO Chief Warns There May Never Be A 'Silver Bullet' For Coronavirus
The director of the World Health Organization urged people to practice “the basics of public health" to stop outbreaks of COVID-19. ... read more


Spain's Former King Leaving Country Amid Financial Scandal
The country's prime minister recently said he found the developments about King Juan Carlos I ― including investigations in Spain and Switzerland ― “disturbing.” ... read more


Coronavirus Live Updates: Stay Up To Date On The Latest News About The Pandemic
Stay up to date as we cover the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and its effects across the world. ... read more


Outbreak Hits Norway Cruise Ship, Could Spread Along Coast
At least five passengers and 36 crew members from the MS Roald Amundsen have tested positive for coronavirus. ... read more


Coronavirus: UK 'will not hesitate' to add nations to quarantine list
Chancellor warns there is "always the risk" holidays may be disrupted, as virus cases climb in France. ... read more


Mont Blanc: Glacier collapse risk forces Italy Alps evacuation
Dozens of people are moved from an area below a weakened Mont Blanc glacier. ... read more


Cheeky boar leaves nudist grunting in laptop chase
Photos of a naked Berlin man chasing a wild boar to get his stolen laptop back go viral. ... read more


Channel migrants: 235 people in 17 vessels stopped in one day
Among the 235 people who landed in Kent were children and a heavily pregnant woman. ... read more


Christopher Steele: Ex-spy says more must be done to stop Russian interference
Christopher Steele, who compiled the Trump-Russia dossier, says all UK political parties are targets. ... read more


Coronavirus: New restrictions for Kildare, Offaly and Laois
There have been 226 cases of Covid-19 in the last 14 days in counties Kildare, Offaly and Laois. ... read more


Protests shake up Belarus presidential election
Big rallies against Alexander Lukashenko show that many in Belarus are fed up with his leadership. ... read more


Europe lockdown: New coronavirus curbs country by country
What are European countries doing to control new coronavirus outbreaks? ... read more


The islands that want tourists as well as fish
The Faroe Islands are trying to reduce their dependence on fishing industries. ... read more


Coronavirus: How to stay cool in a face mask as hot UK weather forecast
Temperatures are forecast to top 30C in some parts of the UK this weekend. Perhaps it is not the time you want to be partially covering your face. ... read more


Holiday shock: 'We were stopped from boarding our Greece flight'
Some UK holidaymakers are being caught out by new passenger forms now required to travel to Greece. ... read more


Coronavirus: What are the UK travel quarantine rules?
Belgium, Bahamas and Andorra are the latest places from where people must quarantine on arriving in the UK. ... read more


Tourist posing for photo breaks 19th Century Antonio Canova sculpture
A tourist has accidentally broken the toes of a historic artwork while visiting a museum in Italy. ... read more


Genoa bridge 'like a white vessel crossing the valley'
Architect Renzo Piano on his new design for the replacement for the collapsed Morandi Bridge. ... read more


Coronavirus: Tracking new outbreaks in the sewers
Around 15,000 new cases of the disease have been reported in Spain in the past week. ... read more


Coronavirus: Brits, Balearics and battered businesses
Ibiza's nightclub scene has been hit hard by coronavirus, leaving people in need of support. ... read more


Coronavirus: Ibiza boss reacts to UK quarantine regulations
O Beach Ibiza boss, Tony Truman, based on the island for 20 years, explains how the new rules are impacting plans. ... read more


Coronavirus: Johnson says signs of a second wave showing in Europe
The Prime Minister has defended the decision to make travellers returning from Spain quarantine for 14-days. ... read more


'An insidious ploy': Trump admin's decision to cut census short could have dire consequences
Undercounting populations like Black Americans and Native tribes could skew the balance of power in the U.S. for years to come. ... read more


Sensitive to claims of bias, Facebook relaxed misinformation rules for conservative pages
According to internal discussions, Facebook removed "strikes" so that conservative pages were not penalized for violations of misinformation policies. ... read more


Top U.S. intel official: China wants Trump defeated, Russia is sabotaging Biden
The statement by Bill Evanina amounted to a strikingly detailed update on U.S. intelligence assessments about foreign preferences in the 2020 election. ... read more


Did Columbus 'discover' America? Teachers re-examine how history is taught
"There's a decided push for us to really begin to re-examine our own biases and how we approach things in our classroom," one educator said. ... read more


Three women unite to unseat Europe's 'last dictator'
"I am not in politics for power. I am in it for justice," said Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya who is running against Belarusian president Alexander Lukaschenko. ... read more


They thought COVID-19 was a hoax, until they fell ill
“The mindset that people have is that it’s not real until it gets close to home." ... read more


My patients ignoring COVID-19 guidelines is bad. Their reasons why are worse.
Doctors aren't infallible, but our commitment and ability to constantly learn and update our findings highlights precisely why science is so valuable. ... read more


Colleges take different approaches to tracking COVID-19 as students return to campus
UNC-Chapel Hill recently launched a COVID-19 dashboard to report tests and cases. But critics fear it won’t be able to prevent an outbreak. ... read more


Trump vows to circumvent Congress amid coronavirus aid talks stalemate
The president vowed to try to unilaterally extend jobless benefits, the eviction moratorium after negotiators could not come to an agreement on the next package of coronavirus aid. ... read more


He's a cancer survivor and dedicated teacher. His students aren't required to wear masks.
"I need as much protection as I can get," said a 72-year-old cancer survivor in Oklahoma whose students will return to school five days a week but won't be required to wear masks. ... read more


Obesity, race play roles in severe COVID-19 illness among kids
As of July 31, more than 338,000 children in the U.S. have been diagnosed with COVID-19. ... read more


Map: State-by-state breakdown of coronavirus travel restrictions
U.S. states and territories are making new rules for travelers. Find which ones across the United States have implemented travel restrictions to curb the spread of COVID-19. ... read more


Michigan Gov. Whitmer met with Biden as running mate announcement nears
Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has been said to still be among those under serious consideration for Biden's running mate. ... read more


Lawmakers plead with Trump admin to declassify more about 2020 meddling
They say the information must be released soon so voters can protect themselves ahead of an election just three months away. ... read more


Jerry Falwell Jr. takes leave of absence from Liberty University
The university said it asked him to take the leave. Falwell recently appeared in a photograph with a woman and holding a glass of dark liquid. ... read more


Mauritius declares emergency as stranded ship spills fuel
Mauritius has said the ship was carrying nearly 4,000 tons of fuel. ... read more


Hong Kong hits back at 'shameless' U.S. sanctions on leader Carrie Lam
The Hong Kong government said it was being used as a "pawn" in the U.S.-China relationship. ... read more


Bodies of 8 U.S. service members recovered after assault vehicle sank off California
A total of eight Marines and a Navy sailor died after the amphibious assault vehicle they were in sank off San Clemente Island in California last week. ... read more


Canada's last fully intact Arctic ice shelf collapses
The last fully intact ice shelf in the Canadian Arctic has collapsed, losing more than 40 percent of its area in just two days at the end of July. ... read more


Do esports have camera operators? Sort of, but they get yelled at more
There are no players on a field, the cameras are digital, and the slow-motion replays may feature an armor-clad ape attacking a hamster in a mechanical suit. ... read more


https://media3.s-nbcnews.com/i/newscms/2020_32/3402879/200807-census-al-0927_45944c3a855ed5a688a2c480a5047a8f.jpg
'An insidious ploy': Trump admin's decision to cut census short could have dire consequences
Undercounting populations like Black Americans and Native tribes could skew the balance of power in the U.S. for years to come. ... read more


https://media2.s-nbcnews.com/i/newscms/2020_32/3061196/191021-mark-zuckerberg-cs-828a_d7a956a0979126af206ac5afeacd2ad4.jpg
Sensitive to claims of bias, Facebook relaxed misinformation rules for conservative pages
According to internal discussions, Facebook removed "strikes" so that conservative pages were not penalized for violations of misinformation policies. ... read more


https://media1.s-nbcnews.com/i/newscms/2020_32/3402997/200807-biden-xi-mn-1520_7d3f5f32347d43f48b0c5d90a678b87c.JPG
Top U.S. intel official: China wants Trump defeated, Russia is sabotaging Biden
The statement by Bill Evanina amounted to a strikingly detailed update on U.S. intelligence assessments about foreign preferences in the 2020 election. ... read more


https://media2.s-nbcnews.com/i/newscms/2020_32/3372826/200531-protest-long-beach-ew-857p_0675b18c9c14d6791501e60615c16d04.jpg
Did Columbus 'discover' America? Teachers re-examine how history is taught
"There's a decided push for us to really begin to re-examine our own biases and how we approach things in our classroom," one educator said. ... read more


https://media4.s-nbcnews.com/i/newscms/2020_32/3402558/200806-belarus-elections-al-0911_5a770b14e94e9cb17535410cfb15d864.jpg
Three women unite to unseat Europe's 'last dictator'
"I am not in politics for power. I am in it for justice," said Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya who is running against Belarusian president Alexander Lukaschenko. ... read more


https://media11.s-nbcnews.com/i/MSNBC/Components/Video/202008/f_full_gnc_coronavirus_200807.jpg
They thought COVID-19 was a hoax, until they fell ill
“The mindset that people have is that it’s not real until it gets close to home." ... read more


https://media3.s-nbcnews.com/i/newscms/2020_32/3403024/200807-think-anti-science-covid-cs_9474299325e8c66fd1f5a7e62a74036f.jpg
My patients ignoring COVID-19 guidelines is bad. Their reasons why are worse.
Doctors aren't infallible, but our commitment and ability to constantly learn and update our findings highlights precisely why science is so valuable. ... read more


https://media2.s-nbcnews.com/i/newscms/2020_32/3402652/200806-unc-university-of-north-carolina-chapel-hill-ew-1210p_0a4c18e80b79beb0c6d265ea96726227.jpg
Colleges take different approaches to tracking COVID-19 as students return to campus
UNC-Chapel Hill recently launched a COVID-19 dashboard to report tests and cases. But critics fear it won’t be able to prevent an outbreak. ... read more


https://media4.s-nbcnews.com/i/newscms/2020_32/3402976/200806-mark-meadows-steve-mnuchin-ew-159p_e23d9b519bd6d7cb749f5ff8138b52ee.jpg
Trump vows to circumvent Congress amid coronavirus aid talks stalemate
The president vowed to try to unilaterally extend jobless benefits, the eviction moratorium after negotiators could not come to an agreement on the next package of coronavirus aid. ... read more


https://media4.s-nbcnews.com/i/newscms/2020_32/3402708/200806-schools-mask-mandate-main-cover-cs_5d81ad4aa889bc4882ee26ca2c9f72b1.jpg
He's a cancer survivor and dedicated teacher. His students aren't required to wear masks.
"I need as much protection as I can get," said a 72-year-old cancer survivor in Oklahoma whose students will return to school five days a week but won't be required to wear masks. ... read more


https://media2.s-nbcnews.com/i/newscms/2020_32/3403012/200907-2x1-william-lantry-ew-416p_ea9ee2556bcd7ee4383ccaed55355da4.jpg
Obesity, race play roles in severe COVID-19 illness among kids
As of July 31, more than 338,000 children in the U.S. have been diagnosed with COVID-19. ... read more


https://media2.s-nbcnews.com/i/newscms/2020_32/3402941/cover2x1_5_ba96338016992ab9b80909d6b20d3388.png
Map: State-by-state breakdown of coronavirus travel restrictions
U.S. states and territories are making new rules for travelers. Find which ones across the United States have implemented travel restrictions to curb the spread of COVID-19. ... read more


https://media1.s-nbcnews.com/i/newscms/2020_32/3293661/200402-gretchen-whitmer-se-456p_8ec952a04168b37cc9ba61c2814c5c9a.jpg
Michigan Gov. Whitmer met with Biden as running mate announcement nears
Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has been said to still be among those under serious consideration for Biden's running mate. ... read more


https://media3.s-nbcnews.com/i/newscms/2020_32/3403055/200807-marco-rubio-ac-705p_c0b69ade62d5446f5cae61f77ed5e3a0.JPG
Lawmakers plead with Trump admin to declassify more about 2020 meddling
They say the information must be released soon so voters can protect themselves ahead of an election just three months away. ... read more


https://media1.s-nbcnews.com/i/newscms/2020_32/3017726/190919-jerry-falwell-jr-cs-314p_b05a71d2ba3063b678d1203dbf7e35a9.jpg
Jerry Falwell Jr. takes leave of absence from Liberty University
The university said it asked him to take the leave. Falwell recently appeared in a photograph with a woman and holding a glass of dark liquid. ... read more


https://media2.s-nbcnews.com/i/newscms/2020_32/3403098/200808_ps_mauritius_oil_tanker_0253_c614b18772ef036196fa1fd3c934317c.jpg
Mauritius declares emergency as stranded ship spills fuel
Mauritius has said the ship was carrying nearly 4,000 tons of fuel. ... read more


https://media2.s-nbcnews.com/i/newscms/2020_27/3394206/200702-hong-kong-mc-1318_8a8b055ed68732c0583fa2b55be9528c.JPG
Hong Kong hits back at 'shameless' U.S. sanctions on leader Carrie Lam
The Hong Kong government said it was being used as a "pawn" in the U.S.-China relationship. ... read more


https://media3.s-nbcnews.com/i/newscms/2020_32/3402182/200804-marines-amphibious-assault-vehicle-mn-0945_56c1c3f3d329a8360f3d31531b3addb7.JPG
Bodies of 8 U.S. service members recovered after assault vehicle sank off California
A total of eight Marines and a Navy sailor died after the amphibious assault vehicle they were in sank off San Clemente Island in California last week. ... read more


https://media1.s-nbcnews.com/i/rockcms/2020-08/78/200807-milne-ice-shelf-mn-1635-2x1-d7f930_7ae7ccb5bd1114b4c131c6f3f2bc01cac476a130.gif
Canada's last fully intact Arctic ice shelf collapses
The last fully intact ice shelf in the Canadian Arctic has collapsed, losing more than 40 percent of its area in just two days at the end of July. ... read more


https://media1.s-nbcnews.com/i/newscms/2020_32/3402574/200806-isaac-jimenez-overwatch-jm-0940_d48de7b23db060562e417626e51a5e26.jpg
Do esports have camera operators? Sort of, but they get yelled at more
There are no players on a field, the cameras are digital, and the slow-motion replays may feature an armor-clad ape attacking a hamster in a mechanical suit. ... read more


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