When was the first traffic light installed, asks Google Doodle

Cleveland, Ohio, was home to the original automobile stoplight system. But when was the first traffic light installed?

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Donetsk and Luhansk to present their text for weapons withdrawal on August 26

Vladislav Deinego, an envoy of the People's Republic of Luhansk, stated that the text about the withdrawal of military hardware will be ready in two editions on August 26

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Coleen Gray obituary

Actor who was often cast as the understanding girlfriend or steadfast wife in film noirs of the 1940s and 50s such as Kiss of Death and The Killing

The 2001 book Dark City Dames: The Wicked Women of Film Noir contained interviews with six female stars of the genre who were at their peak in the 1940s and 50s. One surprising inclusion was Coleen Gray, who has died aged 92. Surprising because she was seldom cast as a femme fatale in the classic film noirs in which she appeared.

In fact, Gray, with her pretty features, slightly pointed nose and wide eyes, was often the only ethical or innocent element in the dark, doom-laden crime dramas. In Kiss of Death (1947), she is the understanding girlfriend of an ex-con (Victor Mature), helping him to make a new life. In Nightmare Alley (1947), she is the steadfast wife and partner of Stan (Tyrone Power) in a carnival mind-reading act, whose big scene comes when she warns him not to “go against God”.

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Scientology documentary Going Clear gets go-ahead to air on Sky in UK

Controversial film was delayed by months after its US premiere on HBO following concerns over potential libel actions

Sky is to air controversial Scientology film Going Clear in September, months after shelving it over concerns that the church might have grounds for libel action.

The Alex Gibney-directed film, which alleges abusive practices at the religion’s US headquarters, debuted on HBO in the US in April attracting more than 5.5 million viewers. It has since attracted seven Emmy nominations.

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Cafe built over Jerusalem Islamic graves sparks anger

For centuries, the area housed the Maaman Allah cemetery, the oldest and largest Muslim graveyard in the country.

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UK services growth slips in July as employment hits 16-month low

Latest PMI figures suggest economic recovery is slowing, with possible knock-on effects on Bank of England interest rate rises

British services companies grew less than expected last month as hiring eased to its slowest pace since March 2014, suggesting the economic recovery weakened at the start of the second half of this year.

Wednesday’s Markit/CIPS services purchasing managers’ index (PMI) fell to 57.4 in July from 58.5 in June, undershooting a Reuters forecast for 58.0 but still indicating expansion among services businesses.

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Sudan: Sudan’s Attacks in South Kordofan ‘Constitute War Crimes’

[Radio Dabanga] Nairobi -Government forces in Sudan have committed war crimes against the civilian population of South Kordofan, according to international human rights body Amnesty International.

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What’s not to like about day lilies?

Easy to grow, forgiving, showy, well-behaved – and 70,000 kinds.

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Sinosphere Blog: Music Video Puts a Human Face on China’s Sweep of Lawyers

A new video documents the names and faces of some of the more than 200 civil rights lawyers and their associates who have been detained or questioned by the government.

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Aftermath of double train derailment in India – video

Rescue operations continue, following the derailment of two passenger trains within minutes of each other in central India on Wednesday. At least 21 people have been killed. The trains, going in opposite directions, came off the track at the same point on a bridge outside the town of Harda, in Madhya Pradesh state, after heavy rains and flash flooding appear to have destroyed the river crossing Continue reading...

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