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Team USA's Kevin Wayne Durant (C) runs with the ball past Australia's Chris Goulding (L) and Nic Kay in their men's Olympic semifinal basketball match at the Saitama Super Arena in Saitama on Aug. 5. Photo: Thomas Coex/AFP via Getty Images

Day 13 of the Tokyo Olympic Games saw U.S. men's basketball team beat Australia 97-78 on Thursday to advance to the gold medal game.

The big picture: Kevin Durant led the charge with 23 points to help the U.S. secure a final spot against either France or Slovenia on Saturday local time. Elsewhere, the U.S. added to its gold medals count, with shot putter Ryan Crouser and canoeist Nevin Harrison both winning their events.

Americans April Ross and Alix Klineman react in their women's beach volleyball semifinal match with Switzerland at Shiokaze Park in Tokyo, which they went on to win on Aug. 5. They're now guaranteed to earn at least an Olympic silver medal. Photo: Martin Bernetti/AFP via Getty Images
Australia's Keegan Palmer competes in the last skateboarding final — the men's park, which he won, at Ariake Sports Park Skateboarding in Tokyo on August 5. Brazil's Pedro Barros won silver and American Cory Juneau took bronze. Photo: Loic Venance/AFP via Getty Images
China's Quan Hongchan competes in the women's 10m platform diving final event at the Tokyo Aquatics Center on Aug. 5. Photo: Attila Kisbenedek/AFP via Getty Images
Crouser competes in the men's shot put final at the Olympic Stadium, where he broke his own Olympics record to snatch gold on Aug. 5. Photo: Andrej Isakovic/AFP via Getty Images
Nigeria's Tobi Amusan competes in the women's 4x100m relay heats at the Olympic Stadium in Tokyo on Aug. 5. Photo: Jonathan Nackstrand/AFP via Getty Images
Jordan's Abdel Rahman Almasatfa (R) competes against Venezuela's Andres Eduardo Madera Delgado in the men's kumite -67kg elimination round of the karate competition duringat the Nippon Budokan in Tokyo on Aug. 5. Photo: Alexander Nemenov/AFP via Getty Images
Harrison competes to win the first Olympic women's canoe single 200m final at Sea Forest Waterway in Tokyo on Aug. 5. Photo: Philip Fong/AFP via Getty Images
Olympic cyclists compete in the men's track cycling omnium scratch race at Izu Velodrome in Izu, Japan, on Aug. 5. Photo: Odd Andersen/AFP via Getty Images
The USA's Madeline Musselman, the Russian Olympic Committee's Anna Timofeyeva and Anastasia Fedotova (L-R) in the womens semifinal water polo match at Tatsumi Water Polo Centre, which the U.S. won. Photo: Sergei Bobylev/TASS via Getty Images
Minnie Soo Wai Yam playing as Hong Kong defeated Germany to win the bronze medal in women's table tennis on Aug. 5. Photo: Ina Fried

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In photos: Thousands protest COP26 worldwide

Protesters take part in a rally organized by the COP26 Coalition in Glasgow, Scotland, demanding global climate justice. Photo: Andrew Milligan/PA Images via Getty Images

More than 250,000 people took to the streets Saturday to protest COP26, demanding solutions to climate change, CNN reports.

Why it matters: Protests were held worldwide as more than 100 world leaders meet to set new emissions reduction goals, per the New York Times.

Updated Nov 8, 2021 - Sports

Bucks are the first NBA champion to visit White House since 2016

President Biden and the MIlwaukee Bucks at the White House. Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images

President Biden welcomed the Milwaukee Bucks, the NBA's 2021 champion, at the White House for a ceremony Monday, a return for a tradition that was briefly halted during the Trump administration.

The intrigue: The Bucks are the first NBA champions to visit the White House since the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2016, just two days after former President Trump was elected.

Surprising pandemic side effect: Soaring trade deficits

Source: Census Bureau and Bureau of Economic Analysis; Chart: Axios Visuals

Inflation and jobs may get all the economic headlines, but meanwhile a big shift is taking place in the underpinnings of the world economy: The U.S. trade deficit is soaring.

What's happening: Americans' spending on imported physical goods has gone through the roof, while exports are growing slowly, making the U.S. the world's consumer of last resort.

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