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A fight is brewing between #Brazil and #Europe over the lungs of the planet. Since taking office in January, Brazil’s far-right President Jair #Bolsonaro has overseen a surge in logging in the vast #Amazon rain forest, where a record number of fires are currently burning. Bolsonaro has delivered on campaign promises to weaken protections for the environment and #indigenous communities, freeing up more land for cattle. On Aug. 15, Norway suspended a $33 million donation to a Brazilian #sustainability fund because Bolsonaro had interfered in it; Germany froze its payment five days earlier. Bolsonaro responded with mockery, telling the Europeans to go “reforest Germany” instead. Before that, on July 29, he canceled a climate-policy meeting with France’s Foreign Minister in order to get a haircut. Unlike the Amazon, the obstacles to #climate action show no sign of shrinking. In this photograph, smoke billows from a fire near Porto Velho on Aug. 21. Read more at the link in bio. Photograph by @uesleimarcelinooficial@reuters

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Low wages, sexual harassment and unreliable tips. This is life in #America ’s booming service industry. The decade-long economic expansion has been a boon to those at the top of the economic ladder. But it left millions of workers behind, particularly the 4.4 million who rely on tips to earn a living, fully two-thirds of them #women Even as wages have crept up—if slowly—in other sectors of the economy, the minimum wage for waitresses and other tipped workers hasn’t budged since 1991. Indeed, there is an entirely separate federal minimum wage for those who live on tips. It varies by state from as low as $2.13 (the federal tipped minimum wage ) in 17 states including #Texas , #Nebraska and #Virginia , up to $9.35 in #Hawaii In 36 states, the tipped minimum wage is under $5 an hour. Legally, employers are supposed to make up the difference when tips don’t get servers to the minimum wage, but some #restaurants don’t track this closely and the law is rarely enforced. Waitresses are emblematic of the type of job expected to grow most in the #American economy in the next decade—low-wage service work with no guaranteed hours or income. Read the full story—published in partnership with The Fuller Project, a non-profit newsroom that reports on issues impacting women—at the link in bio. Photograph by Sasha Arutyunova ( @sashafoto ) for TIME

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A large iceberg floats away as the sun sets near Kulusuk, #Greenland , on Aug. 15. Scientists are hard at work there, trying to understand the alarmingly rapid melting of the ice amid record-shattering heat. From July 31 to Aug. 3, the Associated Press reports, more than 58 billion tons (53 billion metric tons ) of ice melted there. That's more than 40 billion tons above the average for this time of year. By the end of the summer, scientists estimate that some 440 billion tons (400 billion metric tons ) of ice (or more ) will have either melted or broken off Greenland's giant ice sheet. Read more at the link in bio. Photograph by @felipedana@apnews

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For a lot of reasons, @lilnasx didn’t initially plan to come out. He had been taught from a young age that homosexuality “is never going to be O.K.,” and he feared he would lose fans. While #hiphop stars like Frank Ocean ( @blonded ) and Tyler, the Creator ( @feliciathegoat ) have come out as #queer , the spectre of homophobia still looms large. But during #Pride Month, reports Andrew R. Chow, something changed for Lil Nas. “I never would have done that if I wasn’t in a way pushed by the universe,” he says. “In June, I’m seeing Pride flags everywhere and seeing couples holding hands—little stuff like that.” He first came out to his father and sister earlier in June, and then broke the news on Twitter several weeks later. It was a historic moment, in no small part because of how casually he went about it: “Thought I made it obvious,” he tweeted, pointing out a rainbow on his album cover. He had some haters, but they were quickly and summarily dismissed—often by him personally. Meanwhile, “Old Town Road” continued to rack up millions of streams, extending its run atop the Billboard Hot 100. Now Lil Nas’ playful expression of his sexuality is just another part of his self-deprecating online brand. “Last year i was sleeping on my sisters floor, had no money, struggling to get plays on my music, suffering from daily headaches, now i’m gay,” he tweeted at the end of July. Read more at the link in bio. Photograph by @kelianne for TIME

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Hong Kong’s eleventh straight weekend of antigovernment protests culminated in a large rally at the city’s Victoria Park on Aug. 18. Tens of thousands chanted “Free Hong Kong! Democracy Now!” and “Fight for freedom! Stand for Hong Kong!” as a heavy rain fell. Many at the #protest carried banners decrying alleged police brutality and what they claim is collusion between law enforcement and criminal gangs known as triads. There were no major street battles or arrests, to the considerable relief of many in the restive enclave. By the middle of Sunday afternoon, large numbers of protesters defied a police order and began streaming from #VictoriaPark towards the central business district. The sheer number of marchers overwhelmed major roads and brought parts of downtown #HongKong to a virtual standstill. Read more at the link in bio. Photograph by @adamfergusonstudio for TIME

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Ever since @LIFE magazine’s 20th anniversary commemorative edition revealed they were on the cover of Atlantic Records’ original 1970 Woodstock: Music from the Original Soundtrack and More, Nick and Bobbi Ercoline have been telling the story of how they met. It happened in February 1969 when Nick was a 20-year-old bartender at Dino’s, in Middletown, N.Y., and Bobbi, then 19, was dating a waiter there. That Memorial Day Weekend, when the waiter went to the Jersey Shore for a guys trip without telling Bobbi, Nick invited her to go to pizza and a movie. A few months later, they were at #Woodstock Photographer Burk Uzzle has recalled walking around looking for a good shot and seeing the couple stand up and hug, kiss and smile at each other, before Bobbi leaned her head on Nick’s shoulder. "These beautiful people live on, decade after decade," he says now, "and while showing us their #love from within a muddy blanket, have created a legacy of hope for a better world." See more pictures—and hear from the photographers on the festival images that moved them most—at the link in bio. Photograph by Burk Uzzle

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It has been a long, volatile summer in #HongKong , where anti-government #protests are well into their third month with no clear end in sight. Stakes are ratcheted higher each week as police and protesters face off amid thick clouds of tear gas and flying debris. The movement against a bill that would have allowed the extradition of fugitives to the mainland awakened deeper anxieties about the city’s future under Beijing’s authoritarian rule, developing into a broader fight to defend the freedoms that distinguish Hong Kong from the rest of #China In this photograph, an antigovernment protester is arrested near the Tsim Sha Tsui police station in Kowloon on Aug. 11. See more pictures at the link in bio. Photograph by @adamfergusonstudio for TIME

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When @lilnasx recorded “Old Town Road” last fall, he was hoping it could be his way out of an unhappy life. Born Montero Lamar Hill outside #Atlanta in 1999, Lil Nas grew up poor, living with one parent or another—his mother and father split when he was 6. As he spent most of his teenage years alone, he began to live on the Internet and particularly Twitter, creating #memes that showed his disarming wit and pop-culture savvy. “It was like, I’m able to go viral, but I’m not promoting anything that’s gonna help me,” he says. “Until music came along.” A gifted vocalist since he was a child—his father is a gospel singer—Lil Nas began writing and recording songs in his closet. When, around last Halloween, he stumbled across a banjo-driven beat by the teenage Dutch producer @youngkio , he saw an opportunity to combine trap—a Southern-born #hiphop subgenre propelled by vicious bass and crawling tempos—with #country , which was experiencing a surge of popularity on the Internet. “Because it’s two polar opposites coming together, it’s funny no matter what it is,” he says. For the history of #music , artists like Lil Nas were the exception, writes Andrew R. Chow. Now, by definition, Lil Nas is the rule. Read more at the link in bio. Video by @khomariflashfilms and @alexandra_robson for TIME

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When @lilnasx 's debut single “Old Town Road” exploded online early this year and began climbing the charts, industry prognosticators anticipated a quick rise and fall. It’s now the longest-running No. 1 song in history, having occupied the top spot on the Billboard Hot 100 for 19 weeks. It’s been streamed more than a billion times on @spotify alone. All of this has made “Old Town Road” the defining sound of the year, a slurry, genre-busting interpolation of two quintessential American musical genres: #country and hip-hop. Yet even from his perch, writes Andrew R. Chow, Lil Nas is still an outlier. There aren’t many black stars in country #music there aren’t many queer stars in #hiphop There aren’t many queer black stars in American culture, point-blank. The fact that Lil Nas has risen so far and so fast testifies not only to his skill, but also to the erosion of the systems that for generations kept #artists like him on the sidelines. At a time when debates about categorization and identity are ubiquitous, Lil Nas X represents a more unified vision of the future, one in which a young #queer black man can dominate popular #culture by being unapologetically himself. “Everything lined up for this moment to take me to this place,” he says now. “Not to sound self-centered, but it feels like I’m chosen, in a way, to do this stuff.” Read more at the link in bio. Photograph by @kelianne for TIME; animation by @brobeldesign “Old Town Road” (p ) 2019 Columbia Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

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TIME's new Asia cover: There is no longer any doubt that #HongKong is on a collision course with #China 's government, which has ruled the former British colony since 1997. What began as an uprising against a single piece of legislation has spiraled into all-out rebellion against Beijing’s encroaching authoritarianism, and a demand for more #democracy Peaceful processions have morphed into pitched battles on the dense residential streets. Chief Executive Carrie Lam and her largely pro-Beijing government have all but vanished, hiding behind columns of anonymous riot police and making occasional, highly scripted remarks to the press. The increasingly radical nature of the #protests has not, as authorities expected, diminished their popular support. But the demonstrators are nonetheless bracing for a lethal blow as the government’s patience wears thin. Long before the city streets became a battleground, writes Feliz Solomon, China had already begun waging a war for Hong Kong’s soul. Read the full story at the link in bio. Photograph by @adamfergusonstudio for TIME

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Corn kernels indicate votes in a poll at the Iowa State Fair, which kicked off Aug. 8 and will wrap up on Aug. 18, in Des Moines. All 20 Democratic presidential candidates have landed, trying to foster connections with voters ahead of the #Iowa caucus in February 2020. @berniesanders enjoyed a corndog and visited the sculpted Butter Cow, while @elizabethwarren , whose appearance drew large and energetic crowds, gamely stood for pictures with fans. @corybooker had some deep-fried vegetables and took a spin on a ferris wheel, while @kamalaharris showed off her skills at the grill. Beyond sampling the food offerings, the candidates talked policy and exchanged ideas with local farmers. See more pictures of the fair’s liveliness and quiet moments, from a beard-judging contest to lounging cattle, at the link bio. Photograph by @mscottbrauer for TIME

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The trunk of a tree burns after a wildfire near the village of Makrimalli on the Greek island of Evia, northeast of Athens, on Aug. 14. Hundreds of villagers were evacuated a day earlier and Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis cut a vacation short as scores of firefighters battled the major blaze on the country's second-largest island, authorities said. Fifty-six fires broke out across #Greece in a 24-hour period this week, @apnews reports. Photograph by @angelos_tzortzinis@afpphoto / @gettyimages

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Toni Morrison, who died at the age of 88 on Aug. 5, is not the first black woman writer I ever encountered,” writes author Tayari Jones ( @tayari ). “Morrison’s first novel, ‘The Bluest Eye,’ begins with an excerpt from the Dick and Jane books, indicting the compulsory whiteness of American education in the 1950s and its sickening effect on children. Born in 1970, I grew up with a steady diet of fiction and poetry by writers who ‘looked like me.’ Dick and Jane were cast to the dustbin in favor of African folktales and the novels of Virginia Hamilton and Mildred Taylor. So, when I read ‘The Bluest Eye’ as a teenager and was gobsmacked by the sheer genius of the work, it wasn’t because I had never seen myself in a book. It was because I had never read a book this good.” Jones continues, “All of her novels center on the lives of people who struggle to find their place in a country that doesn’t always afford them true ownership on the land upon which they stand, the soil in which they find themselves rooted. They are treated like unwelcome but necessary tenants, that America requires in order to function. Morrison didn’t just tell these stories of these people—her people, our people, us—she elevated them.” Photograph © by Jill Krementz; All Rights Reserved

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Jake Gyllenhaal is no stranger to playing strangers. He’s Hollywood’s go-to guy for delivering loners, slippery souls who aren’t quite what they seem, and dudes who are hiding something behind those hedgerow eyebrows. However, for six nights a week during a brief stint on #Broadway this summer in @seawallalife , @jakegyllenhaal is transforming into what may be one of his most alien characters yet: a regular bloke, with the same daunting problems nearly everyone faces, the departure of a parent and the arrival of a child. After the show theatergoers line up to tell him about their fathers or their children. “I’ve never felt it from anything I’ve ever done,” he says. “To hear the stories back at me, at such a consistent rate, that is unlike anything I’ve been a part of. I mean it just hit something.” Read more at the link in bio. Photograph by @dina_litovsky@reduxpictures for TIME

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Some 7 million people in #Kashmir were left with no way to contact the outside world after the Indian government shut down the Internet as well as landline and cell networks on Aug. 5. The government closed schools, banned public meetings and barricaded neighborhoods. Overnight, India brought in radical changes to its only Muslim-majority state, while its population was left in the dark. As part of the changes imposed on Monday, the Modi government redrew the political map of Kashmir, splitting the largely autonomous state into two Union Territories, imposing direct rule from Delhi. Modi said in his speech on Thursday that while one of these new territories, Ladakh, would remain under Delhi’s control, he could foresee the more populous Jammu and Kashmir becoming a state again in the future. The situation in Kashmir remains tense as the security lockdown continues and fears of insurgency grow. Authorities have reportedly arrested more than 500 people in what they called an attempt to curb violence. Residents, including migrant workers, have begun leaving the state. Read more at the link in bio. Photograph by Sajjad Hussain ( @sajjadafp )— @afpphoto / @gettyimages

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In a nation where a mass shooting occurs on average about once a day, it is easy to be cynical about the prospect of change. But following the El Paso and Dayton attacks, there are glimmers of hope, however slight. The crowded field of Democratic presidential candidates has jumped on the issue, ensuring that the national spotlight of the 2020 campaign will keep the debate over guns and domestic terrorism from fading away. In Congress, Democrats have rallied behind legislation that would require DHS, the FBI and the Justice Department to address white supremacism and right-wing extremism, including training and information sharing. Among law enforcement there has been a new push for domestic terrorism to be codified as a federal crime. Such a change would give prosecutors new tools to confront the threat of domestic radicalization. Read more at the link in bio. Photograph by John Locher— @apnews

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When you think of a terrorist, what do you see? For more than a generation, the image lurking in Americans’ nightmares has resembled the perpetrators of the 9/11 attacks: an Islamic jihadist. Not a 21-year-old white supremacist from a prosperous Dallas suburb. But long before that young man drove to El Paso, Texas, on Aug. 3 and allegedly murdered at least 22 people at a Walmart crammed with back-to-school shoppers, it was clear that white nationalists have become the face of terrorism in America. From 2009 through 2018, the far right has been responsible for 73% of domestic extremist-related fatalities, according to a 2019 study by the Anti-Defamation League (ADL ). In the wake of the El Paso attack, which was followed by a second mass shooting in Dayton, Ohio, roughly 13 hours later, Trump promised to give federal authorities “whatever they need” to combat domestic terrorism. The day after the El Paso attack, the top federal prosecutor in western Texas declared that the incident would be treated as terrorism. “We’re going to do what we do to terrorists in this country, which is deliver swift and certain justice,” said U.S. Attorney John Bash. This language matters, experts say. If we cannot call an evil by its name, how can we hope to defeat it? Read more at the link in bio. Illustration by John Mavroudis ( @zenpop ) for TIME; Animation by @brobeldesign

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President Donald Trump visits with first responders at a joint operations center after the mass shooting in El Paso. Leaving the White House for his trip to Dayton and El Paso Wednesday, President Trump couldn’t resist a detour to politics, lambasting critics of his response to two mass shootings as “political people” who are “very low in the polls.” The Democrats seeking to replace him sought to draw a sharp contrast to that kind of moment as the nation still reeled from the latest violence, revealing differences in their own approaches as they struck back at the president. The President, for his part, denied any culpability. “I think my rhetoric brings people together,” Trump insisted Wednesday morning before he left for Ohio. Photograph by @evanvucci@apnews

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Toni Morrison, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author who illuminated the joys and agonies of black American life through breathtakingly vital works like "Beloved," "Song of Solomon" and "A Mercy", died on Monday night, her publisher Knopf confirmed. She was 88 years old. Morrison widened the nation’s literary canon, serving as its conscience through trying times and establishing herself as the keeper of its marginalized histories. Through her inventive turns of phrase, graceful incorporation of African-American vernacular, textured character portraits, sharp historical gaze and tragic plot turns, she is one of the most accomplished and impactful writers in the history of American literature. Morrison appeared on the cover of TIME in 1998 following the release of her novel "Paradise". In the article, she talked about her new novel and her inauspicious origins: “The world back then didn’t expect much from a little black girl, but my father and mother certainly did.” Read more at the link in bio. Photograph by @damonwinter@nytimes / @reduxpictures

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Rivers of meltwater carve into the #Greenland ice sheet near Ilulissat, Greenland on Aug. 4. Many of the globe’s far northern regions have been experiencing extreme weather events over the past two months. Greenland has seen several wildfires in July, and a heatwave that spread from #Europe to the Arctic country, causing 197 billion tons of ice melt in July alone. The Greenland ice sheet has been in a vulnerable position, and on Aug. 1 lost 12 billion tons, according to meteorologists. Read more at the link in bio. Photograph by @seangallup@gettyimages

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Shoes are piled outside the scene of a mass shooting that occurred on Sunday in Dayton, Ohio. The loss of at least 29 lives in El Paso and Dayton in less than 24 hours is just the latest additions to an ever-increasing national death toll. Since the Columbine shooting in 1999, there have been many U.S. massacres that have claimed dozens of victims. Mass shootings have become such a common occurrence, they have transformed American life — turning places that were once thought safe into areas where people now arrive worried about worst-case scenarios. Read more at the link in bio about the images that capture the fear, hurt and chaos from a dozen major mass shootings in the U.S. in the 20 years since Columbine. Photograph by John Minchillo— @apnews

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The crisis at the border does not require us to choose between security and humanity, writes #AngelinaJolie , an Academy Award–winning actor and Special Envoy of the U.N. High Commissioner for @Refugees "We in #America ," writes Jolie, a TIME contributing editor, "are starting to experience on our borders some of the pressures other nations have faced for years: countries like Turkey, Uganda and Sudan, which host 6 million #refugees between them. Or Lebanon, where every sixth person is a refugee. Or Colombia, which is hosting over 1 million Venezuelans in a country slightly less than twice the size of Texas. There are lessons—and warnings—we can derive from the global refugee situation." Read more at the link in bio. In this photograph from Sept. 25, a border officer pats down a migrant from Honduras who had illegally crossed from #Mexico to McAllen, #Texas Photograph by @jfpetersphoto for TIME

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In March 2017, Amin Dzhabrailov was taken by three men in uniform from the salon in the Chechen capital of #Grozny where he worked. He was handcuffed and forced into a car. They took his phone, demanded his password and started scouring the device for messages and photos that would prove he was guilty of something considered deeply shameful in the conservative, predominantly Muslim republic: being gay. Dzhabrailov, now 27, is one of at least dozens of men who were detained and tortured in an anti-gay “purge” that took place in #Chechnya in 2017, according to news reports, #humanrights organizations and European agencies. He is one of the first to go on the record about his experience and reveal his identity in the media, reports Katy Steinmetz, though he fears retaliation against himself and his family. Dzhabrailov, who later fled to Moscow and then Canada, wants to draw attention to the ongoing persecution of gay people in his homeland. It’s dangerous to tell his story. But two years in North America, including participation in #NYC ’s annual #pride march this year, have helped him summon the courage. “It’s also dangerous not telling,” he says, “because this is going to continue.” Read more at the link in bio. Photograph by @heathersten for TIME

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What began as a #protest against a now-suspended extradition bill has since spiraled into a movement demanding greater democracy. Hong Kong’s civil servants symbolically turned against the city’s government Friday evening, joining forces with the protest movement that has rocked Asia’s financial center this summer. Read more about how the gathering at Chater Garden reflects just how far the sustained demonstrations have reverberated across #HongKong at the link in bio. Photograph by @billyhckwok@gettyimages

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Huang Shunjie might have the best job in the world. The 24-year-old spends each day caring for 18 #panda cubs at the Giant Panda Protection and Research Center outside #China ’s central city of Chengdu. He prepares their meals of bamboo and milk formula, checks on their growth and health, and carries these two-tone fluff-balls between their sleeping pens and the cooing of their public enclosure. “I’m a full-time daddy for these fluffy baby pandas,” says Huang. “If I take some days off to go home, I feel empty inside. If I can’t hear them bleating, if I can’t see them, it feels like life is not real.” Among the cubs under his care are He-He and Mei-Mei, the only twin pandas born from a wild father and captive mother. It’s a vital breakthrough that broadens the genetic pool and thus longterm sustainability for the bears, which until recently were among the world’s most threatened animals. Read more at the link in bio. Video by Zhang Chi ( @fennelstalk ) and @robson alexandra for TIME

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By the time the April fire at #NotreDame in Paris was extinguished, the roof had melted in the high heat. Made from hundreds of tons of lead, it had dispersed toxic particles across nearby streets and buildings, and into the cathedral itself. Environmental group Robin des Bois has accused authorities in #Paris of doing too little to mitigate the risks of lead poisoning after the blaze, alleging that city authorities and the diocese allowed residents, visitors and workers to be exposed to a “toxic fallout.” The lawsuit alleges the city knowingly put people in danger by doing too little to tackle the fallout. Now, several schools are reportedly being “deep cleaned” to remove lead. Go inside the fight over how Notre Dame should rise from the ashes at the link in bio. Photograph by @pzachmann@magnumphotos for TIME

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One year ago, three Russian journalists were shot to death in the Central African Republic. The purpose of their trip was to film a documentary about the Wagner Group, a Russian private military company that has been active in several African countries and is believed to have ties with the Russian military and the state. Authorities in #Moscow say the journalists were killed in a random act of violence. Their colleagues have investigated the murders independently over the past year and have come to a different conclusion—that known associates of the Wagner Group were involved. Among the most vocal of the victims’ friends and families has been Irina Gordienko, one of #Russia ’s most famous reporters and the ex-wife of Orkhan Dzhemal, a renowned conflict reporter among those slain. "I never realized what it really means to be a victim," she writes, "or as the cops like to call me, a 'terpila,' their heartless slang for someone who is made to endure." Read an edited translation of her account—first published in Novaya Gazeta, one of Russia’s last independent newspapers, where she is a correspondent—at the link in bio. Photograph by @davidemonteleonestudio for TIME

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President Trump’s attacks on Rep. Elijah Cummings, from #Maryland 's 7th congressional district, ignited yet another week of controversy, amplifying the debate over race in #America and the conditions of inner cities. The attacks have also highlighted Cummings’ effectiveness as chairman of the House committee with the broadest scope to probe the #Trump Administration. Most significantly, some of @repcummings ' victories involve two of Trump’s red lines: his finances and his children. “We know that Trump doesn’t like oversight," said Molly Claflin, Chief Oversight Counsel at American Oversight, a non-partisan and anti-corruption watchdog group. "Elijah Cummings is not taking no for an answer.” And in an era of partisanship, writes Alana Abramson, Cummings has conducted himself while retaining respect from across the aisle. Adds Kurt Bardella, a former #Republican spokesperson for the House Oversight Committee, who has since disavowed ties with the party: "Even the most Republican of Republicans will tell you they respect Elijah Cummings." Read more at the link in bio. Photograph by @justingellerson@nytimes / @reduxpictures

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In a normal world, the Democratic presidential candidates would spend their second round of debates this week talking about the big news. A mass shooting in California. An alarming spike in temperatures across Europe. The prospect of the Federal Reserve cutting interest rates for the first time since the financial crisis. But this isn’t a normal world; this is @realdonaldtrump ’s world. The President spent his weekend writing racist tweets about Democratic @repcummings —who as chairman of the House Oversight Committee has been investigating Trump—and his majority-black #Baltimore district, just weeks after he unleashed a series of racist tweets attacking female lawmakers of color. As much as #Democrats may have wanted to talk up their plans for health care or education or climate change, Trump’s tweets have reset the narrative. Which leaves the candidates with a difficult choice, as @lissandravilla and @charlottealter write from #Detroit : Should they spend their precious moments of airtime at the Fox Theater condemning Trump’s racism, or outlining their policies to try to address racial inequality? Should they make a moral case against Trump, or a case for themselves? Read more at the link in bio. Photograph by @bsmialowski@afpphoto / @gettyimages

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Julissa Contreras, 30, of Oakland, Calif., was with her father and boyfriend at the Gilroy Garlic Festival on July 28 when she saw a gunman start firing into the crowd, about 15 feet away from her. Contreras ran to a nearby tent for cover. The shooter was not aiming at anyone or anything in particular, she recalls, but was near a bouncy slide filled with children. “He was spraying left to right, right to left, like an oscillating fan,” she tells TIME. “He was very tactical in what he was doing. A lot of the kids were scrambling to get out.” The shooting left three people dead and at least 15 others wounded. Among the fatalities were a man in his 20s and two children, a 6-year-old boy and a 13-year-old girl. In this July 29 photograph, Gilroy City Council member Fred Tovar, center, wears a #GILROYSTRONG shirt while attending a vigil for the victims. Read the latest updates at the link in bio. Photograph by Noah Berger— @apnews

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A youth helps to unfurl a Romanian flag measuring 328 feet (100 meters ) during National Anthem Day celebrations in #Bucharest on July 29. Photograph by Vadim Ghirda— @apnews

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Appearing in the Rose Garden of the White House with more than 60 first responders from the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, President Trump signed into law an extension of the victims’ compensation fund through 2092, essentially making it permanent. The bill passed through Congress on a bipartisan basis, @apnews reports, but only after delays by some Republicans led to criticism from activists including Jon Stewart. "You inspire all of humanity,” said Trump. The president noted he "was down there also, but I'm not considering myself a first responder." A number of Trump's recollections about his personal experiences on that day in 2001 cannot be verified, AP adds. Read more at the link in bio. Photograph by @alex_brandon —AP

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Zach Spaulding and Farzad Alikozai embrace at Stonewall in Huntington, #WestVirginia The pair was photographed for a recent project on #LGBTQ bars. Fifty years after the #Stonewall riots, TIME commissioned photographers across #America to document these spaces. "They’re the staging grounds for our dreams—of connection, family, a night’s glory or a lifetime of it," author and poet Alexander Chee ( @cheemobile ) writes in an accompanying essay. "Movements have formed within them, and families, too, the kind that don’t know each other until they meet. And as long as we need all of this, we’ll need these places too." See more of these bars, and read the full essay, at the link in bio. Photograph by @rebecca_kiger for TIME

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In the fractious battle over #immigration policy, most of the attention has been directed toward the southern border. Some #tech executives and economists, however, believe that growing delays and backlogs for permits for skilled workers at #America ’s other borders pose a more significant challenge to the U.S.’s standing as a start-up mecca. Many tech companies are now deciding to expand because Canada’s immigration policies have made it far easier to hire skilled foreign workers there compared to the U.S., reports Alana Semuels. #Canada permits companies with offices there to hire for positions such as computer engineers, software designers and mathematicians, and have their visas processed within two weeks. These workers can soon after apply to be permanent residents and, within three years, become full-fledged citizens. Enter: Harbour Air. When it launched a Vancouver-Seattle route last year, one pilot said tech companies bought tickets in bulk so their employees could easily go back and forth. In this photograph, a crew member prepares for take-off on a seaplane flying to #Vancouver on July 11. Read more at the link in bio. Photograph by @ian_allen for TIME

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Prime Minister Katrín Jakobsdóttir, at 43, is one of the youngest #women to lead a European country. Iceland may be small, with just 350,000 people, but it’s home to big ideas that are turning the heads of international policymakers, writes Ciara Nugent. #Iceland is already ranked the best country in which to be a woman by the World Economic Forum, and @katrinjakobsd ’s government is rolling out the world’s toughest equal-pay legislation. One of the only government heads from an environmentalist party, Jakobsdóttir wants to make the country a leader in climate action too, with an ambitious plan to make Iceland carbon neutral by 2040, 10 years before the target set for Iceland’s neighbors in the E.U. “It can be an advantage to be small,” she tells TIME. “You can do things bigger and faster. You can actually change everything in a very short time.” Read our full interview at the link in bio. Photograph by @oliviaharris_shoots for TIME

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Hong Kong has become increasingly polarized, as protesters say Beijing is eroding the autonomy it maintains under the “one country, two systems” model. Beijing-appointed leader Carrie Lam has declared the extradition bill “dead” but has not officially withdrawn it. On July 21, #protesters clashed with police, who fired tear gas and rubber bullets. That night, police were nowhere to be seen when men armed with wooden sticks stormed a train station near the Chinese border and terrorized commuters. Believed to be members of #HongKong ’s “triad” gangs, they indiscriminately attacked pro-democracy protesters, journalists and bystanders in the most brutal protest-related incident to date. If violence becomes more common, Beijing may be more likely to step in to quell the protests, which have turned into a revolt against its hold over the region. But for now, writes Amy Gunia, it looks set to be a long summer of rebellion. In this photograph, protesters rally against the bill in the international airport on July 26. Photograph by @billyhckwok@gettyimages

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The destruction of the #NotreDame cathedral in April seemed to many like a turning point. It was “the drop of water that made the vase overflow,” Thierry Paul Valette, one of the Yellow Vest leaders in #Paris , tells Vivienne Walt. With the French in collective grief, President Macron went on television the next day to appeal for national unity and vowed to have it rebuilt within five years. The weekly protests have abated, with demonstrators exhausted from eight months of battle. But the place of worship that 14 million #tourists a year once visited remains a shuttered wreck. The fraught discussion around what comes next for the beloved building cuts to #France ’s most sensitive matters of #history and culture, class and political ideology, with questions that will likely take months to resolve. In this photograph, a rope-access technician installs a wooden arch to support a flying buttress on July 22. Read more, and see more #pictures , at the link in bio. Photograph by @pzachmann@magnumphotos for TIME

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