Fallen riders are not immediately disqualified from the race, but delays are reflected in their overall times and scores.
The 2013 Tour de France comes to a close Sunday, July 21. This year marks the 100th anniversary of the cycling race, in which competitors cover a total of 2,115 miles in 23 days.
Press-time overall leader Chris Froome of Britain has the distinction of wearing the yellow jersey to distinguish him from the pack.
Malala Yousafzai was only 15 when she was shot in the head by a Taliban gunman for advocating girls’ education in Pakistan’s Swat Valley. But she hasn’t been silenced. Last week she addressed the United Nations General Assembly on her 16th birthday.
Though the U.N. called July 12 Malala Day, she said the day was not hers, but instead “the day of every woman, every boy and girl who have raised their voices for their rights.”
After weeks of debate, the Texas state Senate passed some of the strictest abortion laws in the country. The laws ban abortions after 20 weeks and are likely to force the closure of many clinics.
Sen. Wendy Davis, who filibustered the bill last month, joined other Democratic state senators to proudly display their opposition to the bill, HB2.
India’s 160-year-old telegraph service has officially been edged out by modern technology. Cellphones and computers have made the dot-dot-dash obsolete.
As of July 15, telegrams can no longer be sent in India. Technology like email has forced Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) to discontinue the nondigital service.
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