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  • Democrats planning 30-hour 'digital filibuster' to try to stop Amy Coney Barrett being confirmed

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    Senators including Kamala Harris and Chuck Schumer will deliver messages as part of a campaign of protest against the woman set to replace Ruth Bader Ginsburg at the Supreme Court

    Sun, 25 Oct 2020 11:16:58 -0400
  • 'Murder hornet': First nest found in US eradicated with vacuum hose

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    The Asian giant hornets can wipe out a colony of honeybees in hours.

    Mon, 26 Oct 2020 03:59:44 -0400
  • Two Notre Dame students killed, 1 injured after being hit by car

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    A vehicle is believed to have hit the three students, who were walking in the street, and then crashed into a house.

    Sat, 24 Oct 2020 18:56:59 -0400
  • Hundreds of thousands lose power as Northern California braces for more wildfires

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    "This is the fire weather forecast I was hoping wouldn't come to pass," a climate scientist said.

    Sun, 25 Oct 2020 22:18:00 -0400
  • QAnon builds on centuries of anti-Semitic conspiracy theories that put Jewish people at risk

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    Is QAnon anti-Semitic? The conspiracy theory movement builds off of anti-Semitic tropes and false claims that have circulated worldwide for centuries.

    Sat, 24 Oct 2020 09:00:00 -0400
  • British-Australian academic Kylie Moore-Gilbert detained in Iran moved out of desert prison

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    Kylie Moore-Gilbert, the British-Australian academic who has been detained in Iran for the past two years, has been moved from the notorious desert prison of Qarchak to an unknown location. Her move was first reported by the Iranian Association of Human Rights Activists, who said that she was moved, along with all of her belongings, on Saturday. A source close to the case confirmed the move, but did not know any further details. There has been no official word from the Iranian government. Dr Moore-Gilbert, a lecturer in Islamic Studies, was arrested for espionage after attending a conference in Qom in 2018. She was charged in a secret trial and given 10 years imprisonment. Both Dr Moore-Gilbert and the Australian government reject the charges, which they say are politically motivated. Iran’s Revolutionary Guards claim that someone she interviewed for a research project flagged her as suspicious so they stopped her from returning to Melbourne. Qarchak prison, in the desert on the eastern outskirts of Tehran, has a reputation for being the most dangerous of the country’s women’s prisons. Dr Moore-Gilbert had been moved from Evin prison in Tehran to Qarchak in August, which activists at the time believed to be a “punishment”. It was not immediately clear where Dr Moore-Gilbert has been taken. Just 11 days prior to her movement she had been transferred to Ward Eight (formerly known as the Mothers’ Ward) of Qarchak, alongside at least 15 other political prisoners. While those campaigning for her release see her move as a sign of hope, not knowing where the mystery location she has been sent to or the reason behind the move, gives little to base it on.

    Sun, 25 Oct 2020 09:43:51 -0400
  • Mexico seizes industrial-scale meth, fentanyl lab in capital

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    Sun, 25 Oct 2020 18:24:13 -0400
  • France recalls envoy after Erdogan jibe at Macron

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    France on Saturday said it was recalling its envoy to Turkey for consultations after comments by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan suggesting French counterpart Emmanuel Macron needed a mental health check-up that Paris condemned as unacceptable.

    Sat, 24 Oct 2020 13:51:42 -0400
  • Joe Biden is doubling down on raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour despite the economic downturn. It could bump paychecks for over 27 million workers.

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    Biden is pushing ahead with raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour even as the pandemic causes many small businesses to close their doors.

    Sun, 25 Oct 2020 10:19:00 -0400
  • Opposition leader flees Venezuela, heads towards Spain and the United States

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    Venezuelan opposition leader Leopoldo López escaped from the South American country and was traveling on Saturday to Spain, where he will spend time with his family before eventually heading towards the United States to continue the efforts to outs the Nicolas Maduro regime, sources close to the former political prisoner told el Nuevo Herald.

    Sat, 24 Oct 2020 17:46:38 -0400
  • Cameroon: Children killed in attack on school in Kumba

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    Officials have blamed Anglophone secessionists for the attack on a private school in a restive region.

    Sat, 24 Oct 2020 15:13:07 -0400
  • Afghan security forces kill senior al Qaeda leader al-Masri

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    Afghan security forces have killed Abu Muhsin al-Masri, a senior al Qaeda leader who was on the Federal Bureau of Investigation's Most Wanted Terrorists list, Afghanistan's National Directorate of Security (NDS) said in a tweet late on Saturday. The head of the U.S. National Counter-Terrorism Center, Chris Miller, confirmed al-Masri's death in a statement, saying his "removal .. from the battlefield is a major setback to a terrorist organization that is consistently experiencing strategic losses facilitated by the United States and its partners."

    Sat, 24 Oct 2020 15:20:15 -0400
  • 'An incredibly tragic day for Ocala': Florida police chief Greg Graham killed in plane crash

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    The death of Greg Graham, who became Ocala's 30th police chief in January 2012, stunned the central Florida city northwest of Orlando.

    Sun, 25 Oct 2020 18:15:37 -0400
  • A white woman yelled 'f--- Black Lives Matter' at a Starbucks barista after she told her to wear a mask

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    An unnamed white woman yelled at barista Alex Beckom when she told her she had to put on a mask in Starbucks. A video of the encounter went viral.

    Sun, 25 Oct 2020 11:03:17 -0400
  • Ethiopia blasts Trump remark that Egypt will 'blow up' dam

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    Ethiopia on Saturday denounced “belligerent threats” by President Trump over the huge dam it has nearly completed on the Blue Nile River. This comes a day after Trump said downstream Egypt will “blow up” the project it has called an existential threat.

    Sat, 24 Oct 2020 13:10:16 -0400
  • Nigeria's police order massive mobilization after unrest

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    Nigeria’s top police official on Saturday ordered the immediate mobilization of all officers to “reclaim the public space from criminal elements masquerading as protesters” after days of unrest and demonstrations over police abuses that left at least 69 people dead. The police order could further heighten tensions in Africa’s most populous country after some of its worst turmoil in years. Nigeria’s inspector general of police, M.A. Adamu, ordered colleagues to “dominate the public space” while announcing that enough is enough, a statement said.

    Sat, 24 Oct 2020 14:46:28 -0400
  • More mass testing in China after 137 virus cases in Xinjiang

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    Chinese officials were racing Sunday to smother a fresh coronavirus outbreak in the country's far northwest after 137 new infections were discovered.

    Sun, 25 Oct 2020 12:40:53 -0400
  • Trump planning to axe top security chiefs in White House shake-up if re-elected — report

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    President reportedly planning clearout of officials seen as disloyal to his administration

    Mon, 26 Oct 2020 05:43:07 -0400
  • Spain declares state of emergency over coronavirus as Italy closes cinemas, theatres and gyms

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    Pedro Sánchez, the prime minister of Spain, declared a state of emergency and imposed a nationwide curfew on Sunday, as Italy closed down event halls and Bulgaria’s leader tested positive for coronavirus. Under Spain’s state of emergency, which was due to come into force on Sunday, citizens must remain inside their homes between 11pm and 6am unless they have a valid reason, such as work or other essential activities. Regional governments have been allowed to adjust the timing of the start and end of the curfew by one hour, while the Canary Islands have been exempted from the curfew altogether. After Spain recorded 110,000 new cases last week, passing a milestone of one million cases, Mr Sánchez said the situation was “extreme”, and urged citizens to “stay at home wherever possible”. The state of emergency also allows regional governments to apply a “rule-of-six” limit on social gatherings and seal their borders against non-essential entry or exit, as well as place districts or cities under perimeter lockdowns. Mr Sánchez said he wants parliament to approve the state of emergency for six months, until 9 May. “Experts estimate that is the time we need to overcome the most destructive phase of the pandemic. The cost in terms of lives must be as low as possible,” he said. It came as Italy announced it would close cinemas, theatres, gyms and swimming pools, while restaurants and bars were told to shut at 6pm, in a fresh round of tough restrictions. The new rules, which come into force on Monday, were imposed after 20,000 cases of coronavirus were recorded on Saturday. Giuseppe Conte, the Italian prime minister, has stopped short of a full nationwide lockdown as the country’s economy was severely damaged by a ten-week lockdown imposed earlier in the pandemic. "Our aim is to protect health and the economy," Mr Conte said.

    Sun, 25 Oct 2020 12:16:35 -0400
  • China Communist Party plenum kicks off in Beijing

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    The three-day meeting comes amid speculation that President Xi intends to be "president-for-life".

    Mon, 26 Oct 2020 03:43:00 -0400
  • U.S. sees highest number of new COVID-19 cases in past two days

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    The United States reported 79,852 new infections on Saturday, close to the previous day's record of 84,244 new cases. Cases in the Midwest set a new record on Saturday and the number of hospitalized COVID-19 patients in that region hit an all-time high for the ninth day in a row. Hospitals are strained in several states including North Dakota, which is the hardest hit based on recent new cases per capita, according to a Reuters analysis.

    Sun, 25 Oct 2020 09:49:20 -0400
  • Ocasio-Cortez Declines to Promise Support for Pelosi as Speaker, Will Back ‘Most Progressive Candidate’

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    Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on Sunday hedged on whether she would support Nancy Pelosi as House speaker again, saying she will support the "most progressive" candidate."If Speaker Pelosi runs again, as she just indicated she will if the Democrats keep the House, will you support her?" CNN's Jake Tapper asked the freshman congresswoman during an interview on CNN."Again, I want to make sure that we win the House. I do believe that we will, but it's critically important that we are supporting Democrats in tight swing races, making sure that not only all of them come back but that we grow our majority. I believe that we have to see those races as they come, see what candidates are there," Ocasio-Cortez responded."I am committed to making sure that we have the most progressive candidate there. But, if Speaker Pelosi is that most progressive candidate, then I will be supporting her," she concluded.The New York progressive's remarks came just moments after Pelosi confirmed on CNN that she intends to run for speaker of the House should Democrats retain their majority in the chamber.Last year, Pelosi clashed with Ocasio-Cortez and three other freshmen progressive congresswomen after the four voted against an emergency border-aid bill brought to the floor by leadership, saying they wanted to see more protections for migrants in the measure.“All these people have their public whatever and their Twitter world,” Pelosi said after the bill passed in July last year. “But they didn’t have any following. They’re four people, and that’s how many votes they got.”Ocasio-Cortez then took issue with Pelosi’s minimizing the influence of the four representatives.“It got to a point where it was just outright disrespectful,” she said at the time. “The explicit singling out of newly elected women of color.”However, the two had an amicable meeting and united shortly afterwards on a resolution condemning President Trump's remarks about the congresswomen as racist.

    Sun, 25 Oct 2020 14:02:06 -0400
  • Protestors storm churches in Poland on the fourth day of unrest after a court ruling tightened the country's already-strict abortion laws

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    The court banned abortion in the case of fetal defects, making abortion legal only in cases of incest, rape, or danger to the mother's life.

    Sun, 25 Oct 2020 20:17:12 -0400
  • Indiana student, 20, killed by stray bullet while visiting New York City

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    Indiana University sophomore Ethan Williams had dreamed of a trip to New York City ever since seeing a Spider-Man movie as a child, his family said.

    Sun, 25 Oct 2020 14:59:30 -0400
  • Philippines: Typhoon leaves 13 missing, displaces thousands

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    A fast-moving typhoon blew away from the Philippines on Monday after leaving at least 13 people missing, forcing thousands of villagers to flee to safety and flooding rural villages, disaster-response officials said. The 13 people missing from Typhoon Molave included a dozen fishermen who ventured out to sea over the weekend despite a no-sail restriction due to very rough seas. The typhoon was blowing west toward the South China Sea with sustained winds of 125 kilometers (77 miles) per hour and gusts of up to 150 kph (93 mph).

    Sun, 25 Oct 2020 21:28:43 -0400
  • Looters raid Nigeria food warehouse as unrest spreads

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    Several thousand people ransacked and looted a government food warehouse in central Nigeria on Saturday in the latest in two weeks of unrest sweeping over Africa's most populous country.

    Sat, 24 Oct 2020 20:13:36 -0400
  • Harris appeals directly to Black men: ‘Honor the ancestors’

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    Democratic vice presidential hopeful Kamala Harris made a direct appeal to Black men Friday, defending her record as a prosecutor, blasting President Donald Trump as “racist” and vouching for Joe Biden as a man capable of addressing systemic racism and leading a diverse country. The California senator warned that Trump wants to “turn 20% of Black men in favor of him,” a mark that could tilt a range of battleground states in the South and Upper Midwest to the president.

    Sat, 24 Oct 2020 10:08:07 -0400
  • Singapore halts use of flu vaccines after 48 die in South Korea

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    Singapore has temporarily halted the use of two influenza vaccines as a precaution after some people who received them in South Korea died, becoming among the first countries to publicly announce a halt of the vaccines' usage. South Korea reported that 48 have died as of Saturday after getting flu shots, but said it would carry on with the state-run vaccination programme as they found no direct link between the deaths and the shots. No deaths associated with influenza vaccination have been reported in Singapore to date, but the decision to halt the use of SKYCellflu Quadrivalent and VaxigripTetra was precautionary, the health ministry and the Health Sciences Authority (HAS) said in a statement late on Sunday. The HSA is in touch with the South Korean authorities for further information as they investigate to determine if the deaths are related to influenza vaccinations. SKYCellflu Quadrivalent is manufactured by South Korea's SK Bioscience and locally distributed by AJ Biologics, while VaxigripTetra is manufactured by Sanofi and locally distributed by Sanofi Aventis. Two other influenza vaccines that have been brought into Singapore for the Northern Hemisphere 2020/21 influenza season may continue to be used, Singapore health authorities said.

    Sun, 25 Oct 2020 21:14:40 -0400
  • Gottlieb warns of "dangerous tipping point" as virus spread accelerates

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    "These cases are going to continue to build. There's really no backstop here," Gottlieb said on "Face the Nation."

    Sun, 25 Oct 2020 12:29:11 -0400
  • Border Patrol agents fatally shoot man in Texas after he backed vehicle into agent, official says

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    Authorities used lethal force after a man backed a vehicle into a Border Patrol agent and a suspect, pinning them against a parked car, an official said.

    Sun, 25 Oct 2020 20:13:11 -0400
  • ‘Urban Warfare’ as Europe’s Second Wave Spins Out of Control

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    ROME—A few hours after the regional governor of the Italian region of Campania where Naples is located announced he would be locking down the entire province to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, Neapolitans took to the streets Friday night to defy the order. The situation quickly turned into what one police official likened to urban warfare with protesters lighting dumpsters and ducking teargas being lobbed by police. All the while, the mostly maskless, yelling crowd undoubtedly spread coronavirus even more.Europe is very much out of control when it comes to its second wave, with every single nation in the 27-member zone struggling in a race against time as hospitals fill up and death tolls—which are substantially less than the first wave so far— continue to rise. Millions of people are facing harsh new restrictions as governments play what amounts to whack-a-mole to try to stop the spread of the virus they thought just a few months ago they had defeated. Improved testing in many countries has painted a clearer picture of just how widespread the pandemic is, but because of the number of new infections, systems to contact trace have been overwhelmed, making the spread impossible to control.The U.S. is in Denial Over the Coronavirus Pandemic as Europe Struggles With Second WaveFrance has expanded its Draconian curfew that has stifled Parisian nightlife and put a massive dent in the hospitality sector economy of one of the most vibrant cities in the world. Now 46 million French people will have to be home by 9 p.m. In Wales, a two-week “firebreak” started Friday, meaning everyone but essential workers has to be home by 6 p.m. The Czech Republic has just reached the dubious honor of having the most cases per capita in Europe with 1,148 cases per 100,000 residents, with Belgium and the Netherlands close behind. Ireland is under a six-week lockdown and Slovakia has vowed to test every single citizen to try to mitigate the spread. The Polish president has just tested positive and Germany reached 10,003 COVID-related deaths as the infection rate continues to rise. Filming of Mission Impossible 7 with Tom Cruise has been suspended in Venice as cases there reach record levels. And the Italian government is facing calls by 100 top scientists to mandate strict new measures in the next two or three days, or the outcome could be catastrophic.And it is still only October.Europe’s problems are dire, and citizens are angry that their governments have not been able to come up with any better plan than locking down, which puts already weak economies that were so badly hurt in the first wave of the pandemic at even greater risk of collapse. Ludovic Subran, the chief economist at Allianz warned last week of a high risk serious recession across Europe as new restrictions are put in place. “We see an elevated risk of a double dip recession in countries that are once again resorting to targeted and regional lockdowns,” he said, adding that the European Union’s first bailout $880 billion won’t likely go to growth but be used by many countries like Italy, Spain and Greece to just stay afloat.On Saturday, the group Save Our Rights U.K. is holding a massive demonstration in London to protest not only restrictions being enforced by the British government, but the overall handling of the pandemic, pointing to contact tracing and other means to track the spread of the coronavirus as an affront to privacy. “We believe that the coronavirus regulations that are in place are not proportionate and appropriate, and are causing more harm than good,” Louise Creffield, the group founder told the Guardian. “We are very concerned with protecting people’s human rights: right to privacy, family life, bodily autonomy, medical freedoms, and so on. We are not just concerned with lockdowns per se, we are concerned with the infringements with our privacy by having this track and trace everywhere.”Similar sentiments are now common across Europe, where pandemic fatigue is now evident. And with lack of a feasible containment plan anywhere, the people are angry, desperate and increasingly ambivalent about what is really at stake: thousands of lives.Read more at The Daily Beast.Got a tip? Send it to The Daily Beast hereGet our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.

    Sat, 24 Oct 2020 08:37:13 -0400
  • 'Not just numbers': The women disappearing in Peru

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    Thousands of women go missing in Peru every year and many are never found.

    Sat, 24 Oct 2020 19:17:39 -0400
  • Ex-CIA Director Brennan: 'Outrageous' for Trump to talk of inviting Saudi crown prince to D.C.

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    On the Yahoo News “Skullduggery” podcast, former CIA Director John Brennan said it is “outrageous" for President Trump to talk about inviting Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to Washington.

    Sat, 24 Oct 2020 15:58:04 -0400
  • Black contractor braves threats in removing Richmond statues

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    Devon Henry paced in nervous anticipation, because this was a project like nothing he’d ever done. An accomplished Black businessman, Henry took on a job the city says others were unwilling to do: lead contractor for the now-completed removal of 14 pieces of Confederate statuary that dotted Virginia’s capital city. “You did it, man,” said Rodney Henry.

    Sun, 25 Oct 2020 09:07:08 -0400
  • Erdogan doubles down in backlash against Macron's Islam comments

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    The backlash against President Emmanuel Macron's comments on Islam intensified Sunday, with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan again urging him to have "mental checks" and protests in Muslim-majority nations.

    Sun, 25 Oct 2020 17:09:04 -0400
  • Putin rejects Trump’s claims that Hunter Biden’s behaviour ‘criminal’

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    Russian leader knocked down US president’s corruption claims about Biden family

    Sun, 25 Oct 2020 19:43:37 -0400
  • Australia condemns intimate examination of female travellers over baby abandoned at Doha airport

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    Australia on Monday condemned Qatar authorities' treatment of women passengers on a flight to Sydney who were subjected to internal examinations after a newborn baby was found abandoned at a Doha airport. The women, including 13 Australians, were examined at Hamad International Airport on October 2 after Qatar Airways Flight 908 to Sydney was delayed. Australia's foreign affairs department described the treatment of the women as inappropriate and beyond circumstances in which they could give free and informed consent. "This is a grossly, grossly disturbing, offensive, concerning set of events," Foreign Minister Marise Payne said. "It's not something that I've ever heard of occurring in my life, in any context. We have made our views very clear to the Qatari authorities on this matter." Australia would await a report from the Qatari government before "we will determine the next steps", Ms Payne said. She said the incident had been reported to Australian Federal Police, but did not explain which action police might take.

    Sun, 25 Oct 2020 21:56:35 -0400
  • The operator of this Boeing 767 private jet says the plane has an air system so advanced it kills pathogens so passengers don't need to wear a mask onboard – see inside

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    This luxury flying apartment costs an hour what a New York City studio costs for an entire year. The difference being this one kills COVID in the air.

    Sun, 25 Oct 2020 08:16:00 -0400
  • Hotels are trying to attract families with gourmet cooking classes, cabana classrooms, and yoga breaks as kids continue with remote schooling across the US

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    Hotels are beckoning families with "schoolcation" packages that tap into their newfound flexibility to travel during the school year.

    Sun, 25 Oct 2020 08:53:00 -0400
  • Hurricane force gusts prompt extremely critical fire risk in California

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    Meanwhile, record shattering cold brings heavy snow and wind chills below zero to Colorado.

    Sat, 24 Oct 2020 22:28:00 -0400
  • George Floyd death: A city pledged to abolish its police. Then what?

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    Minneapolis has struggled to keep a promise that made global headlines after George Floyd's death.

    Sun, 25 Oct 2020 09:05:07 -0400
  • UK 'SBS' special forces storm tanker and detain stowaways in Channel

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    Troops from the Special Boat Service, a navy special forces unit whose headquarters in just a few miles away from where the vessel began showing signs of distress, boarded the Nave Andromeda near the Isle of Wight off southern England. Defence Secretary Ben Wallace and Home Secretary Priti Patel authorised the armed forces to board the ship "to safeguard life and secure a ship that was subject to suspected hijacking", the defence ministry said. The defence ministry declined to confirm or deny the involvement of the SBS - in line with British government policy of not commenting on special forces operations.

    Sun, 25 Oct 2020 10:50:47 -0400
  • CNN's Jake Tapper presses White House chief of staff after new round of coronavirus cases among top officials

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    CNN’s Jake Tapper grilled White House chief of staff Mark Meadows after it was revealed that top aides to Vice President Pence tested positive for COVID-19. Under CDC guidelines, this development would call for Pence, who has been in close contact with them, to self-isolate. But Pence is still hitting the campaign trail.

    Sun, 25 Oct 2020 11:20:02 -0400
  • Americans Should Brace for 100,000 New COVID Cases a Day, Experts Say

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    “You should be prepared for how bad it’s going to get.”The words of Dr. William Haseltine, an internationally renowned infectious disease expert, summarized the resounding—and sobering—takeaway from several public health experts and epidemiologists who spoke to The Daily Beast on Saturday, hours after the U.S. smashed its previous record of new daily COVID-19 cases. The country hit 83,757 reported infections in one day on Friday, while hospitalizations rocketed across the nation by 40 percent.The problem, experts say, isn’t Friday’s number. It’s the upward trajectory.“It’s going to get a lot worse,” said Dr. Haseltine, who was at the heart of the U.S response to the HIV/AIDS and anthrax crises. “We’re looking at easily an excess of 100,000 infections a day and overwhelmed hospitals all over the country.”Haseltine said that prediction was supported by several factors: The weather will only get colder, forcing people indoors. Flu season is approaching. The holidays will tempt people to gather in groups. There are no silver bullets coming. The smaller—but still devastating—peaks in the spring and the summer were largely contained to specific regions of the United States.“Now it’s just about everywhere across the country,” said Haseltine, noting that cases are impacting more age groups, environments, and facilities. While many states saw clusters originating in meatpacking plants, prisons, and retirement facilities earlier in the year, they’re now being traced more often back to private family gatherings, religious services, bars, athletic events, colleges, high schools, and more.That news might be shocking to anyone who believed President Trump’s declaration this week that the country is “rounding the corner” on the pandemic and that the virus is “going away.”But Haseltine’s prediction that “we’re not even near the peak” of the latest surge was backed by other experts who spoke with The Daily Beast on Saturday.“What we can hope for,” said Haseltine, “is that this will plateau at 100,000 [new cases per day], and that enough people will get enough scared and that enough hospitals will get overwhelmed” that it convinces the American public to wear masks, social distance, and exercise caution.Dr. Jennifer Horney, founding director and professor in the University of Delaware’s epidemiology program, noted that Haseltine’s prediction was consistent with the latest published results from the forecasting team at the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington in Seattle. Its report on Friday in Nature estimated a cumulative total of 511,373 deaths across the United States by Feb. 28, 2021. A Pervasive Myth To be clear, more Americans are, every day, gaining increased access to quicker and effective tests, raising a question that Horney called a “pervasive” myth: Are dramatic COVID-19 case increases just a reflection of the fact that we’re testing more people?In short: No.Experts surveyed by The Daily Beast on Saturday pointed out that hospitalization and fatality rates are also increasing—robust indications of trends—and that positivity rates in several states are too high to be accurately reflecting a full picture of the number of infections.“Hospitalizations don’t yet reflect what happened this week,” Haseltine said.Even still, hospitals all over the country—from Amarillo, Texas to Salt Lake City, Utah, and Kansas City, Missouri and Milwaukee, Wisconsin—reported this week that they were overwhelmed and approaching capacity.Dr. Irwin Redlener, founding director of the National Center for Disaster Preparedness and a senior research scholar at Columbia University’s Earth Institute, agreed with Haseltine’s prediction, saying he would “also remind people” that the number of confirmed cases is only “a fraction of the total.”In June, Robert Redfield, the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said the number of confirmed cases likely represented only 10 percent of true infections. That means on the days that the country saw 60,000 new cases, there were actually closer to 600,000. While Delaware’s Dr. Horney noted that such case representation has likely improved with access to testing, it hasn’t improved enough not to be reflecting a true rise in cases across the nation.And, worryingly, none of the experts interviewed by The Daily Beast said there was any evidence of change at the institutional, state, local, or individual level that would curb the deadly virus’s worrying trend. ‘Failure of Leadership’“There’s a failure of leadership, failure of governance and failure of social solidarity in the Western world,” said Haseltine. “The Chinese taught the world what to do. You can stop the infection without a vaccine, without a drug—and stop it forever. It’s not that they’re totalitarian, it’s that they did what public health officials told them to do. What is wrong with the rest of us?”On that point, both Redlener and Horney agreed.“The dearth of federal leadership has become so apparent and has had such a tragic impact,” said Horney. “The secret in all of these kinds of emergencies is to have strong guidance with enough flexibility to make it locally relevant.”The Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation’s projection published on Friday in Nature also found “that achieving universal mask use—95 percent mask use in public—could be sufficient to ameliorate the worst effects of epidemic resurgences in many states” and that such compliance “could save an additional 129,574 lives” through the end of February 2021. Even 85 percent mask compliance, said the forecast, could save an additional 95,814 lives.“It’s not too late to talk about a national mask mandate, which is one of the few tools we have to deal with this since we don’t have a vaccine,” said Redlener, echoing a sentiment vocalized a day earlier by Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s top infectious disease official.But without a national mandate, state and local health departments are left to make their own ordinances, the result of which has been headline-grabbing in-fighting from Texas to Georgia.In Illinois, the state’s public health director broke down in tears on Friday, begging the public to follow health guidelines.“If you’re talking about COVID fatigue from having to keep wearing a mask, think about the COVID fatigue for health-care workers, respiratory therapists, who are going to have to go through this whole episode again of trying to fight for people’s lives, because we couldn’t figure out how to control this virus by doing some of the simple measures that have been prescribed,” Dr. Ngozi Ezike said.Without a federal strategy, said infectious disease experts, pandemic-weary Americans have been left to make their own decisions in the public interest, to decipher mixed messages from departments and politicians, to understand that eating indoors at restaurants may be technically allowed, but not responsible. There will always be people who trust a corporation’s analysis that its product is safe—or who believe their individual liberty is more important than the public good.“We are always emotional and sometimes rational, it’s just human nature,” said Haseltine. “Belief trumps facts every time.” ‘Be Prepared’Horney’s advice to the public is to “double down” and make plans now. Whether you live in New York or South Dakota, in a city or rural environment, on a college campus or in a retirement community: “Get your flu shot. Wear your mask.” The more lax people are, the worse cases will get, and the worse off every community will be, she said.“Be prepared—and not in this joking sort of way about running out of toilet paper—in the real way,” she continued. “If your kids are in school, be ready for them to pivot to remote learning.”As Redlener said, the nation is in a “battle” between pandemic fatigue and pandemic fatalities.“This virus is anything but slowing down,” Redlener warned, and if Americans don’t begin to take it much, much more seriously, he said, “We’re in trouble.”Read more at The Daily Beast.Get our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.

    Sat, 24 Oct 2020 17:41:57 -0400
  • Trump claims 'crooked dishonest things will happen' during vote count in key battleground state

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    Pennsylvania’s Supreme Court on Friday ruled voter signatures on the ballot do not need to match the one on file

    Sun, 25 Oct 2020 16:50:35 -0400
  • Brexit talks could see Merkel intervene after France refused fishing compromise

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    Brexit talks face a roadblock this week after France refused to compromise on fishing, with Government sources hoping Angela Merkel will intervene to break the impasse. Sources close to the negotiations said that Emmanuel Macron was refusing to soften his stance and had adopted an “egregious” position on the issue. The UK has proposed adopting a similar arrangement to Norway, whereby fishing quotas would be agreed annually in shared fishing zones. However, sources said that Brussels negotiators, under pressure from France, have “not moved at all” leading to fresh deadlock. The Government hopes the German Chancellor will manage to persuade the French President to budge. A Whitehall source said: “We are relatively optimistic but that doesn’t mean it won’t end in tears. Fisheries is the biggest thing. We are hoping Merkel can unlock Macron on fisheries.”

    Sun, 25 Oct 2020 15:45:49 -0400
  • New cease-fire announced in 4-week Nagorno-Karabakh conflict

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    Armenia and Azerbaijan have announced a third attempt to establish a cease-fire in their conflict over Nagorno-Karabakh starting from 8 a.m. (0400 GMT) on Monday. The new agreement was announced Sunday night in a joint statement by the governments of the United States, Armenia and Azerbaijan. The statement said the agreement came after a meeting between Armenian Foreign Minister Zohrab Mnatsakanyan, Azerbaijani Foreign Minister Jeyhun Bayramov and U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Stephen E. Biegun.

    Sun, 25 Oct 2020 11:56:21 -0400
  • Singapore Airlines doesn't want to dethrone its original world's longest flight even though the new one is 3 miles longer – here's how the two will differ

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    The new Singapore-New York route is one of the few new international routes to launch during the pandemic, but the airline is keeping it low-key.

    Sun, 25 Oct 2020 08:45:00 -0400
  • JetBlue bans white man, donning Burger King crown, after racist scene on New York-bound flight

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    Sat, 24 Oct 2020 10:12:52 -0400
  • A 58-year-old woman who's a suspect in her elderly mother's stabbing told police 'she deserved it and now she's in a better place'

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    When Salt Lake City authorities questioned Lori Lee Donlay's motive, she told them "she'll take it to the grave," according to Utah's Deseret News.

    Sun, 25 Oct 2020 15:40:18 -0400
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