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5 things you need to know this morning: July 20, 2021

Start your day off right with five things you need to know this morning.

Five things you need to know

1. Amazon founder Jeff Bezos flies to space

American magnate Jeff Bezos has flown to space in his own rocket ship. The multibillionaire, who controls assets worth more than many countries' GDPs, took his brother, an 82-year-old scientist and an 18-year-old student with him on the jaunt.

2. Ben & Jerry's slammed for 'morally wrong' decision to block ice cream sales in Palestinian territory

Activist ice cream seller Ben & Jerry's has attracted ferocious criticism after pledging to end the sale of its products in the West Bank and East Jerusalem. Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett said the decision by the Unilever-owned firm was "morally wrong."

3. Over 4 million excess deaths in India due to COVID-19: study

COVID-19 has caused over four million excess deaths in India, a new study has claimed. Indian authorities have recorded 414,000 deaths related to the pandemic.

4. Norway handball team fined for not wearing bikini

Norway's handball team has been fined 1,500 euros for wearing shorts instead of bikinis at the European Beach Handball Championships. The players' shorts contravened the rules of the tournament, but Norwegian officials complained that participants should have a "free choice."

5. Biden changes tune on comment about Facebook 'killing people'

US President Joe Biden has backtracked after making an incendiary remark about Facebook "killing people" during the COVID-19 pandemic. He now claims he had meant people spreading "misinformation" on the platform, not Facebook itself.

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