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    Listen: The Arctic Is Quite Literally On Fire

    “There’s really an urgency about this, and this is nothing new.”

    Firefighters carry hoses and extinguish fires near the village of Batagay, Sakha Republic, in Russia
    Russian Emergency Ministry / AFP

    Firefighters near the village of Batagay in Russia.

    Welcome back to another episode of News O'Clock!

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    On today's episode of News O'Clock, we discuss:

    1. An early test of a potential coronavirus vaccine showed promising results.

    2. Hospitals are being told to skip the CDC and report their COVID-19 data straight to the Trump administration.

    3. ICE has backed down and will now let international students stay in the US, even if their colleges are online-only this fall.

    4. Rihanna has a new skincare line dropping at the end of the month, and our bank accounts are NOT ready.

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    Rihanna

    5. Nick Cannon has been dumped by ViacomCBS after repeating anti-Semitic conspiracy theories on his podcast.

    6. Howie Mandel is fine, despite a rumor going around TikTok.

    And Arctic wildfires are alarmingly bad this year. We're joined by Mark Parrington, a senior scientist with the European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts, who has sounded the alarm on the unprecedented levels of gases being released in the region.

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    Firefighters extinguish a wildfire in the Luhansk region of Ukraine, July 8.

    Are you also worried about these Arctic wildfires and want to tell us about it? Or maybe you want to share a recommendation for your favorite skincare product? Feel free to send us an email: newsoclock@buzzfeed.com!

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