Goodbye, ‘Love Bug’: the Volkswagen Beetle is going extinct

The last of the design classic rolls off production lines. There aren’t many things beloved both by hippies and Nazis. A self-important belief in the righteousness of one’s cause, perhaps? The other would be the Volkswagen Beetle. The original “people’s wagon” – designed by Ferdinand Porsche in the 1930s on the orders of Adolf Hitler – survived its associations with the Third Reich in the years after World War II to become a counterculture classic. United States production of Porsche’s original design finished in the 1970s. By the time manufacture…

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Fans back women’s football team’s fight for gender equality

The lawsuit filed by 28 female players accuses their employer, the US Soccer Federation, of institutionalized gender discrimination. On Sunday, the US women’s football team will take on the Netherlands to retain their World Cup title. But once the tournament is over, they will also go to court to continue their fight against gender discrimination. The team is getting plenty of support on and off the field. Al Jazeera’s Heidi Zhou-Castro reports from Washington, DC.

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Charlottesville: Neo-Nazi gets life in prison for 2017 car attack

James Alex Fields Jr killed Heather Heyer when he drove his car into counterprotesters at 2017 Unite the Right rally. The self-described neo-Nazi who killed 32-year-old Heather Heyer when he rammed his car into a crowd of counterprotesters after a 2017 white supremacist rally was sentenced to life in prison by a federal judge in Charlottesville, Virginia, on Friday. James Alex Fields Jr, 22, had pleaded guilty in March to federal hate crimes connected to the attack at the August 12, 2017, Unite the Right rally. In exchange, prosecutors dropped…

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Can we trust Facebook’s Libra cryptocurrency?

Social media giant says currency will “empower billions of people” but critics warn it could threaten privacy.   Video of Can we trust Facebook's Libra cryptocurrency? | The Stream Just 15 years ago Mark Zuckerberg launched Facebook from a college dormitory in Massachusetts, beginning a dizzying rise to its current position as the world’s ubiquitous social media network. Now Facebook is on the verge of launching a new digital currency called Libra . Libra is being touted as a global currency that will allow individuals to make instant transactions through approved…

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BET Awards 2019: A list of winners and key moments

The night in Los Angeles belonged to icons in the black community, including the late rapper Nipsey Hussle. John Legend performs during a tribute to Nipsey Hussle [Mike Blake/Reuters] The 2019 BET Awards featured a number of contemporary pop and rap artists who have been dominating the charts. But the show, held in Los Angeles on Sunday night, belonged to the artists viewed as icons in the black community, including singer Mary J Blige, filmmaker Tyler Perry and the late rapper Nipsey Hussle. The BET Awards celebrate African Americans and other…

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Cops facing scrutiny for social media behavior

Officers put on administrative leave pending an investigation for posts deemed racist or advocating violence. More than 70 police officers have been taken off the streets in the US city of Philadelphia for violent or racist social media posts. The Plain View Project reviewed the posts made by a sample of police officers in eight cities. Similar behaviour was found in every city sampled, raising concerns about the culture surrounding the police. Al Jazeera’s Kristen Saloomey reports.

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Iran-US tensions: All the latest updates

Standoff between Washington and Tehran escalates after Iranian forces shoot down US drone. Fears of war between the United States and Iran have intensified after a US drone was shot down by Iranian forces. Iran said on Thursday it downed the unmanned aircraft in Iranian airspace. The US said the drone was in international territory when it was hit by a surface-to-air missile. The quickly moving events have provoked international alarm and prompted concern the standoff could escalate into a major open confrontation. Here are the latest updates: Friday, June…

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Why is the US cracking down on aid workers at the border?

Rights groups call on US government to stop criminalising humanitarians at Mexico frontier.   Video of Why is the US cracking down on humanitarians at the border? | The Stream Pocket Scott Warren is dedicated to helping people making the gruelling trek across the US-Mexico border. But he now faces criminal charges – and possibly years in prison – for providing that often life-saving aid. Warren is a volunteer with charity No More Deaths , which routinely helps migrants crossing the border. He was arrested and charged  last year with two counts of…

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NBA finals: Toronto Raptors fans prepare for victory

With Canadian team close to its first championship, Al Jazeera looks at how Toronto Raptors’ rise is already a win for diversity. It is basketball season, and NBA fans all over the world are bracing themselves for the final championship game. Canada‘s Toronto Raptors are up three games to one over the injury-plagued Golden State Warriors. And the Toronto city is preparing to taste victory. Al Jazeera’s Rob Reynolds reports from Toronto.

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