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A Toyota executive resigns after being arrested for smuggling painkillers into Japan.

  Julie Hamp, the public relations chief of Toyota and the company’s first senior female executive, has resigned after being detained for illegally importing prescription painkillers into Japan. Hamp, who has denied culpability, has not yet been charged. She has been in custody in Japan—where it’s legal to hold suspects for up to 23 days—since June 18.
3 hours ago

There is a second case of Ebola in Liberia.

  Seven weeks after being declared Ebola-free, Liberia’s authorities on Thursday said a second case of the deadly disease had been discovered. The first case since the epidemic died down was found on Sunday. Both cases are from the same town. Liberia suffered some 4,800 Ebola deaths during the recent crisis.
July 01, 2015

The latest fire at a historic black church is reportedly not arson.

  The Mount Zion African Methodist Episcopal Church in Greeleyville, South Carolina, torched by the Ku Klux Klan 20 years ago, was once again burned down. While authorities investigate a recent series of fires at black churches in America’s South, an official told the Associated Press that initial investigations don’t indicate arson.
July 01, 2015

Cuba becomes the first country to officially eliminate mother-to-child HIV transmission.

  The World Health Organization announced June 30 that Cuba has become the first country in the world to stamp out transmission of HIV and syphilis from a mother to her child. The country provides basic healthcare to its citizens free of charge.
July 01, 2015
Chart of the Moment

Chinese citizens are more likely to be stock traders than Communist Party members.

July 01, 2015

You could buy your own jetpack two years from now.

  The Martin Aircraft P12 can reach 74 km/h (46 mph).
July 01, 2015

The US could soon have more Spanish speakers than any other country.

  It already has more Spanish speakers than Spain.

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