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There are two words no one wants to hear during an emerging outbreak: local transmission. Over the weekend, Italy became the European leader in cases of the disease officially known as COVID-19. Its tally increased sharply from 11 to 124, as several clusters of infections with no connection to the virus’s site of origin in…

Finding the roots of when Mardi Gras was first celebrated in America is as complicated as the act of celebrating it today is simple. Some historians say it first appeared in Mobile, Alabama, pointing to notebooks left behind by Pierre Le Moyne D’Iberville, who chronicled his turn-of-the18th-century journey to locate the mouth of the Mississippi…

BBC Sport profiles Chicago Red Stars midfielder Julie Ertz, one of five nominees for the BBC Women’s Footballer of the Year 2020 award.Ertz joins England and Olympique Lyonnais’ Lucy Bronze, Australia and Chelsea’s Sam Kerr, the Netherlands and Arsenal’s Vivianne Miedema, and the USA and Reign FC’s Megan Rapinoe on the five-player shortlist for the…

Deontay Wilder said his costume was a tribute to Black History MonthDeontay Wilder has blamed his elaborate ring-walk costume for his WBC heavyweight title defeat by Tyson Fury.The American, 34, said his costume was too heavy and as a result he “didn’t have the legs” for the fight.Britain’s Fury, 31, produced a dominant display to…

Sadio Mane scored the winner with less than 10 minutes of normal time remainingLiverpool survived a rare night of struggle in this stellar season to overcome West Ham United and close to within four wins of the Premier League title as keeper Lukasz Fabianski suffered an Anfield nightmare.Victory means Liverpool equal the English top-flight record…

Media playback is not supported on this device Six Nations: England beat Ireland at Twickenham to keep title hopes alive In the end, a 12-point winning margin flattered defeated Ireland rather than the victors England. By the final whistle, it felt like England were 25-30 points better than Ireland.Considering it was their first match back…

Alexander the Great conquered Persia in 331 B.C. and ended the Achaemenid Empire founded by Cyrus the Great. For the next five centuries, the Iranian plateau became ruled by other empires, until a new Persian dynasty took power. Fiercely proud of their roots, these new kings—the Sassanians—restored the might of their ancestors, drawing on their…

When Hiram Rhodes Revels traveled to Washington in 1870, he brought a historic piece of paper with him: a handwritten document certifying his right to serve in the United States Senate. Revels was poised to become the first black person to serve in Congress. But despite his election to the post, the senator-to-be wasn’t welcomed…