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Sep 26, 2020

'You're not wanted': Trump's proposed college student visa changes worry international students — again
International college students say they feel unwanted after yet another Trump administration proposal to restrict U.S. student visa rules.

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Sep 26, 2020

Taiwan's armed forces strain in undeclared war of attrition with China
Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen visited a low-key but critical maintenance base for fighter jet engines on Saturday, offering encouragement as the Chinese-claimed island's armed forces strain in the face of repeated Chinese air force incursions. This month alone, China's drills have included its jets crossing the mid-line of the sensitive Taiwan Strait and exercising near the Taiwan-controlled Pratas Islands in the South China Sea. Beijing regards Taiwan as a wayward province and has never renounced the use of force to bring the democratic island under its control.

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Sep 26, 2020

Kremlin's World War III Propaganda Meltdown Shows Putin Is Cornered
MOSCOW—Russia these days may look frightening to Americans, who hear often of election meddling and poisoning among other ill deeds. But consider for a moment the view from the other side of the divide, or at least the view presented to Russians by their television sets.The looming potential for World War III has become a regular topic on Russian state propaganda shows. Night after night, Vladimir Soloviev, who is often described as the Kremlin's top propagandist, and his guests condemn the West's "economically suffocating" strategy of imposing sanctions and suggest war is the logical outcome.The conclusion reached by Soloviev and his guests is that the country's politicians and titans of business should break all ties with the West, including communicating with their relatives. A long history of grievances spills out; Soloviev says the conflict between Russia and the West started in the 13th century: "They believe we are barbarians and they are civilized, so they have a right to point out to us how we should live and behave."Trump Followed Russian Media's Lead on SCOTUS PredictionThe show, which is broadcast nightly on state channel 1, heats up quickly. This week, Sergei Kurginyan, a pro-Kremlin political expert close to the secret services, accused the West of tearing Russia apart by creating a fifth column in the Far East, where thousands of Russians have been marching in anti-Putin rallies for two months. Putin's nemesis Alexei Navalny was out East bolstering the opposition rallies when he was po

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Sep 25, 2020

Russia, China block release of UN report criticizing Russia
Russia and China blocked the official release of a report by U.N. experts on Libya that accused its warring parties and their international backers -- including Russia -- of violating a U.N. arms embargo on the conflict-wracked country, U.N. diplomats said Friday. Germany's deputy U.N. ambassador, Günter Sautter, said he brought the issue to the Security Council after the two countries blocked the report's release by the committee monitoring sanctions on Libya, which Germany heads.

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Sep 25, 2020

15-year-old girl facing deportation after hospital arrest
A Texas teen's hospitalization led to her aunt's immigration arrest and her placement in a U.S. government shelter for migrant minors.

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Sep 25, 2020

Marine Lance Corporal Apprehended, Charged with Armed Robbery After Fleeing Camp Lejeune
Lance Cpl. Shawn M. Miller was last seen around 6 p.m. Thursday in Jacksonville, the town outside Lejeune.

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Sep 25, 2020

Eric Trump: President would concede election 'if he got blown out of the water' by Biden
Top Republican lawmakers have dismissed the president's refusal to commit to a peaceful transition of power and Democrats have described the comments as chilling.

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Sep 25, 2020

Cadets among 22 people killed in 'shock' Ukraine military plane crash
At least 22 people including military cadets were killed and two others seriously injured on Friday when a Ukrainian air force plane crashed near Kharkiv in the east of the country, the interior ministry said. Deputy Interior Minister Anton Gerashchenko confirmed the death toll to AFP, describing the incident as a "shock", and saying that the cause of the crash was being investigated. Footage of the crash released by officials on social media showed the smouldering remains of the Antonov-26 transport plane. Most of the dead were students of the Kharkiv National Air Force University, the air force said in a statement. There were 27 people on board, 20 cadets and seven crew. Twenty-two have been confirmed dead, two are injured and "the search for three more people continues", the emergency services said. The injured are in a "critical" condition, regional governor Oleksiy Kucher said on Facebook. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky described the crash as a "terrible tragedy" and said he would travel to the Kharkiv region on Saturday.

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Sep 25, 2020

Cadets among 22 people killed in Ukraine military plane crash
At least 22 people including military cadets were killed and two others seriously injured on Friday when a Ukrainian air force plane crashed near Kharkiv in the east of the country, the interior ministry said. Deputy Interior Minister Anton Gerashchenko confirmed the death toll to AFP, describing the incident as a "shock", and saying that the cause of the crash was being investigated. Footage of the crash released by officials on social media showed the smouldering remains of the Antonov-26 transport plane. Most of the dead were students of the Kharkiv National Air Force University, the air force said in a statement. There were 27 people on board, 20 cadets and seven crew. Twenty-two have been confirmed dead, two are injured and "the search for three more people continues", the emergency services said. The injured are in a "critical" condition, regional governor Oleksiy Kucher said on Facebook. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky described the crash as a "terrible tragedy" and said he would travel to the Kharkiv region on Saturday.

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Sep 25, 2020

Utah family sues police, claiming 'gratuitous violence'
The family of a Utah man who was shot at nearly 30 times and killed as he ran from police filed a lawsuit Friday against Salt Lake City and its police department. The family of Bernardo Palacios-Carbajal family allege the officers engaged in "gratuitous violence" by shooting at him between 27 and 29 times after he was already on the ground and incapacitated. "Despite the family's attempts to negotiate, it is apparent that the SLCPD and the Salt Lake City Mayor's Office (are) not interested in real reform," the family's attorneys wrote in a statement.

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Sep 25, 2020

Rep. Doug Collins has a big idea to prevent Supreme Court packing
House Judiciary Committee member joins 'The Story' to discuss his proposed constitutional amendment

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Sep 25, 2020

Tucker Carlson: "Every story" about George Floyd and Breonna Taylor has "at its core" been "a lie"
Fox News recently admitted in court that its star host is not always accurate when he discusses the news on TV

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Sep 25, 2020

Marine Lance Corporal at Large After Fleeing Camp Lejeune
Lance Cpl. Shawn M. Miller was last seen around 6 p.m. Thursday in Jacksonville, the town outside Lejeune.

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Sep 25, 2020

University police officer placed on leave after dragging female student down steps
Incident described by university leaders as ‘disturbing' and investigation launched

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Sep 25, 2020

Breonna Taylor: Louisville police shooting suspect held on $1m bail
Larynzo Johnson, 26, is accused of shooting two policemen during protests for Breonna Taylor.

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Sep 25, 2020

NYPD should stop making traffic stops, attorney general says
New York's attorney general on Friday recommended the New York Police Department get out of the business of routine traffic enforcement, a radical change she said would prevent encounters like one last year in the Bronx that escalated quickly and ended with an officer fatally shooting a motorist. Attorney General Letitia James, who acts as a special prosecutor appointed to investigate certain police killings, argued that traffic stops for minor infractions often end in violence and that Allan Feliz's death last October after he was pulled over for a seat belt violation "further underscores the need for this change." James' office concluded that the NYPD's use of deadly force was justified but that the sequence of events leading to Feliz's death would never have happened if police hadn't stopped him in the first place.

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Sep 25, 2020

Temp worker tossed Pennsylvania ballots Trump complained about, official says
The Justice Department announced an inquiry into the discarded ballots on Thursday, which was promoted by the White House and the president's re-election campaign.

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Sep 25, 2020

When Biden calls a 'lid,' Democrats wet the bed — and Trump starts mocking
The Democratic nominee is sticking to his strategy: Keep a low profile, and let Trump light himself on fire.

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Sep 25, 2020

‘Why Bother?': Pelosi Suggests Biden Skip Presidential Debates
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Friday defended her previous suggestion that Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden should not debate President Trump, claiming the president has "no fidelity to fact or truth."Ahead of the first presidential debate next week, Pelosi doubled down during an appearance on "Morning on CBS" on comments she made last month that the former vice president should skip the debates so they don't become "an exercise in skullduggery."When asked if she still believed Biden should sit out the three presidential debates on September 29, October 15, and October 22, she said "Oh, I do.""Not that I don't think he'll be excellent," she continued. "I just think that the president has no fidelity to fact or truth and, actually in his comments the last few days, no fidelity to the Constitution of the United States.""He and his henchmen are a danger, with their comments, are a danger to our democracy," Pelosi added. "So I don't want to give him - I mean, why bother? He doesn't tell the truth."Last month Pelosi said she "wouldn't legitimize a conversation with [President Trump], nor a debate in terms of the presidency of the United States," though she acknowledged that the Biden campaign, who has rejected the California Democrat's suggestion, felt differently."As long as the commission continues down the straight and narrow as they have, I'm going to debate him," Biden said. "I'm going to be a fact-check on the floor while I'm debating him."Biden said Wednesday that he would begin to prepare "he

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Sep 25, 2020

Mother of alleged Kenosha shooter gets standing ovation at GOP event
Rittenhouse is accused of fatally shooting two people and injuring a third during Black Lives Matter protests in Wisconsin

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Sep 25, 2020

Trump Jr calls for 'army' of supporters to 'protect ballots' as he lies about Dems trying to steal election
‘We need every able-bodied man and woman to join Army for Trump's election security operation'

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Sep 25, 2020

Florida reopens bars and restaurants with no restrictions
Gov. Ron DeSantis said Florida was moving into Phase 3 reopening on Friday, lifting all restrictions for restaurants and bars.

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Sep 25, 2020

Ethiopia tells U.N. 'no intention' of using dam to harm Egypt, Sudan
Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed told the United Nations on Friday that his country has "no intention" of harming Sudan and Egypt with a giant hydropower dam on the Blue Nile that has caused a bitter water dispute between the three countries. Ethiopia, Egypt and Sudan failed to strike a deal on the operation of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam before Ethiopia began filling the reservoir behind the dam in July.

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Sep 25, 2020

Air Force Begins Live-Fire Testing on New Helicopter, Jolly Green II
The Air Force's new HH-60W combat rescue helicopter, known as the "Jolly Green II," has begun live-fire ground testing.

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Sep 25, 2020

Louisiana AG investigates school for suspending 4th grader after teacher noticed BB gun during online class
The state's attorney general, Jeff Landry, announced an investigation into the matter, arguing that the school violated his "constitutional rights."

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Sep 25, 2020

CNN's Brianna Keilar Fires Back at Tucker Carlson and Kayleigh McEnany
CNN's Brianna Keilar spent more than 10 minutes of her broadcast on Friday dismantling the smears she has received from both Fox News and the Trump White House this week."Yesterday, White House Press Secretary implied that I am responsible for two police officers being shot in Louisville," the anchor began. "She is lying to Americans again, and I'll address that in a moment. But first, I'm not the Brianna that the White House should be focused on right now. Breonna Taylor is."After recapping for viewers the devastating details of that police shooting, which left the 26-year-old EMT from Kentucky dead without any of the three officers being held responsible, Keilar said, "The White House wants us talking about racism and the justice system because they use it as a springboard to scare Americans about looting, aided by Fox News running episodes of violence on an incessant loop, that their hearts and minds won't be able to look past the fear to see injustice." "I'm not the Brianna that the White House should be focused on right now. Breonna Taylor is." @brikeilarCNN responds to Press Sec. Kayleigh McEnany's remarks about her. pic.twitter.com/dR40GxR4u7 — CNN Newsroom (@CNNnewsroom) September 25, 2020This brought her back to the lies that McEnany told about her from the White House press room on Thursday. The press secretary attacked Keilar for calling into question the Kentucky attorney general's assertion that "mob justice is not justice." But as the CNN anchor explained, she was highlightin

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Sep 25, 2020

She said she was raising money for murder victims. Instead she went shopping, cops say
"It's not Christmas yet, but the Grinch has come to town."

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Sep 25, 2020

Hawaiian Airlines will offer COVID tests to passengers from L.A.
United is doing the same from SFO. Hawaii eases quarantine rules Oct. 15

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Sep 25, 2020

Ron Paul hospitalized after apparently suffering medical emergency during livestream
Former Rep. Ron Paul says he's "doing fine" after being hospitalized in Texas.After alarming video emerged on Friday showing Paul starting to slur his words as he spoke during a livestream, Fox News reported that the former congressman was hospitalized for "precautionary" reasons. Fox News' Harris Faulkner also reported that Paul is "lucid and optimistic" at the hospital, according to the Washington Examiner.A picture that was soon posted to Paul's Twitter account showed him giving a thumbs up at the hospital, while a message from the former congressman said, "I am doing fine. Thank you for your concern." His son, Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), also tweeted, "Thank God, Dad is doing well. Thank you for all your prayers today." Message from Ron Paul: "I am doing fine. Thank you for your concern." pic.twitter.com/aALmLn8xIj — Ron Paul (@RonPaul) September 25, 2020Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) was among those who had quickly wished Paul well on Twitter following the livestream, tweeting, "For many decades, he has been an extraordinary warrior for liberty. May God's healing hand be upon Dr. Paul, and may God's peace and grace be upon the entire family."More stories from theweek.com America is the Holy Roman Empire of the 21st century Republicans are desperately trying to change the subject Wall Street won't let Trump steal the election

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Sep 25, 2020

Audit finds more incidents after police dog bites Black man
Salt Lake City's police dog apprehension program will remain suspended indefinitely after an internal audit done after a Black man was bitten found 27 dog bite incidents since 2018, the police chief said Friday. The audit results were announced weeks after body camera footage was released of an officer directing a dog to attack Jeffery Ryans, who had his hands in the air. Chief Mike Brown said 18 of the 27 incidents will be referred to the district attorney's office for further investigation as the department continues the audit to review any dog bite incidents within the past four years.

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Sep 25, 2020

Miami-Dade bars and clubs allowed to reopen under DeSantis order, mask fines suspended
Miami-Dade County will reopen bars and nightclubs and will stop issuing citations for not wearing masks outdoors after a sweeping order Friday by Gov. Ron DeSantis ended state and some local rules tied to the coronavirus pandemic.

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Sep 25, 2020

Pakistan PM condemns 'Islamophobic' Charlie Hebdo cartoons
Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan on Friday condemned the fresh publication of cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed by a French satirical weekly, urging UN efforts against what he called rising Islamophobia.

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Sep 25, 2020

'Release the transcripts': Ben Crump slams decision in Breonna Taylor case, calls out systemic racism in the legal system
Breonna Taylor's family and attorneys demanded Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron release the transcripts of the grand jury proceedings.

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Sep 25, 2020

How to feel confident that a COVID-19 vaccine is safe
Many Americans are questioning the safety and effectiveness of a planned coronavirus vaccine and are wary of a trial and approval process that seems to be moving very quickly. Doctors and public health experts explain how to feel confident about the safety of a COVID-19 vaccine.

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Sep 25, 2020

Louisville protesters faced off with an extremist militia on the 2nd day of unrest following no charges for the police involved in Breonna Taylor's killing
Protesters in support of Black Lives Matter were met with counter-protesters including an armed extremist anti-government group.

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Sep 25, 2020

House Republicans Call on Attorney General Barr to Investigate Recent Spike in Anti-Catholic Hate Crimes
A group of House Republicans led by Representative Jim Banks (R., Ind.) on Friday called on attorney general William Barr to investigate a recent rise in anti-Catholic hate crimes.There have been 70 instances of anti-Catholic violence in North America this year — with 57 crimes being reported since May alone — according to a letter sent to the attorney general by Banks and 15 other House Republicans.By contrast, in all of 2018, the most recent year for which data is available, the FBI reported 53 incidents of anti-Catholic hate crimes in the U.S."Bigoted criminals are threatening Catholics and undermining America's core ideal of religious liberty," Banks said in a statement. "The DOJ's Civil Rights Division exists to combat spikes in targeted violence. It needs to fulfill its duty, determine who is behind this pattern of attacks and bring them to justice."Beginning in early July, reports of "horrific and brutal attacks on Catholic and Church properties" spiked, the letter says, including in Boston where a statue of the Virgin Mary at Saint Peters Parish Church was set ablaze. One day earlier, the letter says, a man in Florida allegedly drove a van into a church with parishioners inside before spilling gasoline in the church's foyer and attempting to set it on fire.That same day, San Gabriel Mission in California was burned down. The letter calls the issue "ongoing," citing an incident in September where a man was v

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Sep 25, 2020

The Pentagon is eyeing a 500-ship Navy, documents reveal
The Pentagon is weighing a dramatically different fleet that relies heavily on unmanned ships and submarines.

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Sep 25, 2020

Barbara Lagoa: 5 things to know about Trump's potential Supreme Court nominee
The president, who is set to unveil his pick to replace Ruth Bader Ginsburg on Saturday, is reportedly considering five finalists, including the 52-year-old federal judge from Miami.

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Sep 25, 2020

Girls say they were restrained, sexually abused and deprived of food at religious boarding school
More than a dozen people reported abuse at a religious boarding school in rural Missouri before the owners' daughter launched a campaign that got action.

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Sep 25, 2020

Apple is temporarily scrapping its controversial 30% App Store fee for Facebook's new online events feature
Apple is letting Facebook temporarily process payments for its online events feature, meaning event hosts won't be subject to Apple's fee.

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Sep 25, 2020

Louisville police chief under fire for email saying BLM members should be washing her car
Police chief called protesters ‘woke' in bitter email to staff last month, causing anger

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Sep 25, 2020

Virginia governor and wife test positive for Covid
Trump will hold a rally with 4,000 people in the state today, defying Northam's executive order on large gatherings.

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Sep 25, 2020

Auschwitz Memorial director offers to serve sentence for Nigeria 'blasphemy' boy
Polish historian says he will serve part of the jail term of a boy, 13, convicted of blasphemy in Nigeria.

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Sep 25, 2020

Louisville cop injured in Breonna Taylor shooting threatens lawsuits over being called 'murderer'
Jonathan Mattingly was the Louisville police officer who was injured during the Breonna Taylor shooting. He has hired a civil attorney.

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Sep 25, 2020

Buffalo police no longer have to display their names on badges in a policy change designed to protect officers
The Buffalo mayor said that some officers were targeted and threats were made against their families. Now badges will display only a number.

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Sep 25, 2020

‘People hate my guts': GOP senator Lindsey Graham bemoans rival's surge in donations following RBG's death
Senator faces stiff competition to hold onto seat

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Sep 25, 2020

Jewish teens say life on TikTok comes with anti-Semitism
Regardless of content, Jewish teens say they are bombarded. "It definitely affects me. It gets to me."

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Sep 25, 2020

George Floyd: How far have African Americans come since the 1960s?
How much progress have black people in the US made towards equality since the 1960s?

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Sep 25, 2020

Qantas sold 1,000 wine-stuffed bar carts from its retired 747 fleet in just 2 hours
Qantas packed the bar carts full of wine, snacks, and candy, and sold them for more than $1,000 each.

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Sep 25, 2020

Palestinian leader calls for new peace process in UN speech
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Friday called for an international conference early next year to launch a "genuine peace process" while criticizing the recent decision of two Arab countries to normalize relations with Israel. Abbas seemed to acknowledge the growing international weariness with the decades-old conflict as he delivered the latest in a long series of addresses to the U.N. General Assembly. The Palestinians have rejected President Donald Trump's proposal to end the conflict, which overwhelmingly favors Israel, and have officially cut off contacts with both the U.S. and Israel.

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Sep 25, 2020

Infamous Halloween costume maker Yandy says that it won't make a 'sexy COVID' costume, but promises more racy 2020-inspired costumes are on the way
"I don't think there's anything sexy about" COVID, Yandy's vice president of merchandising told Business Insider.

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Sep 25, 2020

Doug Collins to Introduce Constitutional Amendment Prohibiting Adding Justices to Supreme Court
Representative Doug Collins is preparing to introduce a constitutional amendment to block potential attempts to add justices to the Supreme Court as some Democrats eye adding seats should President Trump's upcoming nominee be confirmed.The amendment would block "court packing," or adding justices to the Supreme Court, for 10 years after any bill is passed to enlarge the court, a measure Collins said aims to "take the political emotion of the moment out of the way.""The proposed amendment—really, it should be a bipartisan issue," the Georgia Republican said. "We should not have decisions like packing the court to be based on emotional or political decisions.""The reason we did it is because it seems like the Democrats, every time they don't get what they want, they want to change the rules," Collins added.Several Democrats have suggested or said directly that they are open to adding justices to the Court should President Trump's proposed nominee to fill the seat of the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg be confirmed.Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said that "nothing is off the table" if Democrats gain control of the Senate, and Senator Ed Markey called directly for abolishing the filibuster and expanding the Supreme Court. House Judiciary Committee Chair Jerry Nadler said that if Senate Republicans confirm a justice before a new Senate and president take office "then the incoming Senate should immediately move to expand th

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Sep 25, 2020

Trump's chief of staff goes after the FBI director for not echoing the president's baseless claims on voter fraud
In most administrations, it would be highly unorthodox for the White House chief of staff to insult the FBI director publicly and on national TV.

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Sep 25, 2020

India's Biggest Slum Successfully Contained COVID-19. But Can Its Residents Survive the Economic Collapse?
Jayanti Keshav Parmar, a tailor who lives in Dharavi, a bustling informal settlement of nearly 1 million low-income residents packed into a one-square-mile area in Mumbai, has been stuck at home since March 25 when the Indian government declared a stringent lockdown to contain the spread of COVID-19. Out of work for over five months, he has not been able to pay the $80 monthly rent on his compact home in Dharavi since March. Dharavi, often called Asia's largest slum, is a hyper-dense network of brick homes and small-scale enterprises that sprawl in the shadow of shiny new skyscrapers in the heart of India's financial capital.

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Sep 25, 2020

Fact check: 'Kingdom of God' comment by SCOTUS contender Amy Coney Barrett lacks context in meme
A 2006 remark about the "Kingdom of God" is missing context in a meme that also falsely attributes views on ending separation of church and state.

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Sep 25, 2020

Chinese fishing flotilla nears Peruvian waters, prompting US-Beijing spat
* Huge armada moves from Galápagos Islands towards Peru * China rejects US embassy insinuation of overfishingA huge fishing armada of Chinese vessels has moved south from the Galápagos Islands towards Peru's territorial waters, dragging the South American country into a diplomatic Twitter row between Washington and Beijing.Earlier this week, the US embassy in Lima tweeted a warning in Spanish that "more than 300 Chinese-flagged vessels with a record of changing boat names and deactivating GPS trackers" were heading towards Peru."Overfishing can cause huge ecological and economic damage. Peru cannot afford such a loss," it said.China's embassy retorted with its own tweet, insisting that its deep-water fishing fleet respected international law and "strictly obeyed Peruvian laws and limited itself to operating in the high seas"."We hope the Peruvian public won't be fooled by false information," it said.The online spat was the latest sign of growing tensions over the presence of giant flotilla, which was first detected off the Galápagos archipelago in July, stirring outrage in Ecuador and raising global concern about the practices of the world's largest deep-water fishing fleet.Stuck in the middle of a geopolitical row between its two biggest economic partners and allies, Peru's foreign ministry expressed "unease" at the US embassy tweet's "inconvenient inaccuracy" because the Chinese fleet was "demonstrably" outside the country's territorial waters.In a Twitter thread, the ministry ur

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Sep 25, 2020

US military increasingly using drone missile with flying blades in Syria
‘Ninja bomb', which uses 100lb of dense material and six attached blades, has been deployed in targeted assassinations The US military is making increasing use in Syria of a gruesome and secretive non-explosive drone missile that deploys flying blades to kill its targets.Described as less likely to kill non-combatants, the so-called ninja bomb - whose development was first disclosed last year - has been used a number of times in the last year to kill militants in Syria, including those linked to aal-Qaida, most recently earlier this month.Officially designated as the Hellfire AGM-114R9X - usually shortened to R9X and sometimes know as the "Flying Ginsu" - the weapon has been increasingly deployed in targeted assassinations by the US Joint Special Operations Command.The missile, believed to have been first used in 2017 to kill al-Qaida's then No 2 leader, Abu Khayr al Masri, in Idlib province, first came to wider attention when its existence was disclosed by an article in the Wall Street Journal last year.The weapon uses a combination of the force of 100lb of dense material flying at high speed and six attached blades which deploy before impact to crush and slice its victims.Video that emerged in June this year, posted by the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, appeared to show the remains of one of the missiles used in a strike on a vehicle, also in Syria's Idlib that killed a Jordanian and Yemen, both reportedly members of Hurras al-Din, a group affiliated with aal-Qaida.The weapon is b

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Sep 25, 2020

Sarah Huckabee Sanders says Trump doesn't expect to have a transfer of power because he's going to win the election
The former White House press secretary also said many Americans would be "questioning the final result" because of an increase in voting by mail.

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Sep 25, 2020

California braces for power shutoffs and warm, windy weekend
Firefighters and officials at California's largest utility company braced for hot, dry and windy weather in northern and central areas of the state this weekend that may fan the flames of several major wildfires or ignite new ones. Pacific Gas & Electric warned Friday it may cut power from Sunday morning to Monday, potentially affecting 97,000 customers in 16 counties, during which forecasters said a ridge of high pressure will raise temperatures and generate gusts flowing from the interior to the coast. PG&E initially warned that approximately 21,000 customers in three counties would lose power beginning Saturday evening but expanded the potential shutoff when the forecast changed.

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Sep 25, 2020

US-China feud escalates as American diplomat accuses Communist Party of turning ‘local epidemic into global pandemic'
Trump has repeatedly blamed America's geo-strategic rival over spread of coronavirus

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Sep 25, 2020

Meet Magawa, the 'hero rat' awarded a bravery medal for detecting dozens of landmines
Magawa, an African Giant Pouched Rat, was awarded a gold medal from the PDSA for his working detecting landmines in Cambodia.

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Sep 25, 2020

Kosovo war crimes court arrests guerrilla veterans' leader, lawyer says
European Union police on Friday arrested the head of Kosovo's war veterans group and he was being flown to a war crimes tribunal in the Netherlands to face as yet unspecified charges, his lawyer said on Friday. The Kosovo Specialist Chambers in The Hague, mandated to investigate and prosecute suspects in war crimes committed during Kosovo's 1998-99 guerrilla uprising against Serbian rule, declined to comment on the reported arrest. Witnesses said Hysni Gucati, head of Kosovo's War Veterans Association, was handcuffed and bundled into an EU police car by masked officers in the tiny Balkan country's capital Pristina.

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Sep 25, 2020

Fact check: What's true and what's false about Ruth Bader Ginsburg
In the wake of Ruth Bader Ginsburg's death, misinformation about her life and legacy is already spreading online.

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Sep 25, 2020

Presidential debate: This is what Biden needs to do to win the debate, according to experts
Debate experts say if Joe Biden wants to win, his message must be more than ‘I'm not Trump'

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Sep 25, 2020

Lindsey Graham begs Sean Hannity's viewers for donations: 'They're killing me money-wise'
Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) appears to be getting desperate as his re-election race gets narrower and narrower.Graham has brought in record-breaking fundraising hauls throughout his race — but Democrat Jaime Harrison has still ended up besting him so far this year. Graham admitted his struggles Thursday night in appearance on Sean Hannity's Fox News show, pleading with Hannity's viewers to "help me" because "they're killing me money wise." Hannity then suggested it was famously liberal celebrities who were backing Harrison's campaign, despite the fact that both candidates have gotten a good deal of money from Hollywood, big media companies, and people outside of the state. Lindsey Graham: I'm getting overwhelmed... help me, they're killing me moneywise. Help me pic.twitter.com/xaY9S6uaYM — Acyn Torabi (@Acyn) September 25, 2020Graham made a similar plea on Fox & Friends Thursday morning, leading Harrison to conclude Graham knows "he's going to lose" this election. Anybody else get the sense that @LindseyGrahamSC just realized he's going to lose on November 3rd? pic.twitter.com/tdLlkdkhI2 — Jaime Harrison (@harrisonjaime) September 24, 2020As of the most recent Federal Election Commission filings, Harrison has raised $28.6 million to Graham's nearly $30 million. Graham has about $5 million more than Harrison to spend in the last weeks of the race. The latest South Carolina Senate race poll showed Harrison and Graham statistically tied.More stories from

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Sep 25, 2020

Kim Jong-un apologises for killing of South Korean official - South
Seoul said the man was shot dead and set alight while allegedly trying to defect to the North.

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Sep 25, 2020

'You are good people:' Navalny thanks Russian pilots, medics
Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny, who is in Germany recovering from what authorities there determined to be nerve agent poisoning, thanked Russian pilots and paramedics for acting quickly after he fell into a coma on a flight from Siberia. Navalny, who collapsed on a plane to Moscow on Aug. 20 and spent nearly three weeks in a coma, said in an Instagram post on Friday that pilots "quickly landed the plane in Omsk" and medical workers at the airport "jammed a dose of atropine" into him, immediately recognizing "a toxic poisoning." After 48 hours in a hospital in Omsk, where Russian doctors said they found no trace of any poisoning, Navalny was transferred to the Charite hospital in Berlin.

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Sep 25, 2020

Would Trump really try to stay in power if he loses? Democrats, the Pentagon, and GOP are taking him seriously.
President Trump has said several times this week he may not accept an electoral loss, won't commit to a peaceful transfer of power, and expects the election to be decided by a 6-3 conservative Supreme Court."After more than four years of non-stop voter fraud claims" and "at least one float about delaying the November election," Politico reports, "Republicans can no longer truthfully deny that Trump may be unwilling to leave office in the event he is defeated. And Democrats must now confront the possibility they may not have the power to stop him." But Democrats are lawyering up to fight Trump's expected attempts to throw out mail-in ballots or otherwise circumvent the voters."I've been spending the last six weeks gaming out all the crazy things this man could do," one Democratic strategist told Politico on Thursday. "If you're prepared ... it's not as disturbing." Lots of Democrats are still disturbed. "We're a lot more organized than in 2000. A lot," said Matt Bennett at the center-left group Third Way, "but I don't know if it's enough."The Defense Department has ruled out dragging Trump from the White House, but senior Pentagon leaders are privately discussing what to do if Trump invokes the Insurrection Act and tries "to use any civil unrest around the elections to put his thumb on the scales," The New York Times reports. "Several Pentagon officials said that such a move could prompt resignations," starting with Gen. Mark M

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Sep 25, 2020

Protesters threaten to ‘knock out' diners in Florida amid unrest
Peter Kirsanow, member of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, reacts on ‘Fox & Friends.'

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Sep 25, 2020

NYPD commissioner: Defund the police ‘not a good way to run a business'
NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea discusses how the movement to defund the police is impacting the city.

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Sep 25, 2020

Pelosi doubles down on saying Biden should not debate Trump ahead of 2020 election: 'He doesn't tell the truth'
The Democratic leader weighed into the race this week after having already previously said she was against the former vice president debating Mr Trump. The House speaker has been an outspoken critic of the president, warning Americans to "ignore the lies" and "insist on the truth" as he began leading White House coronavirus press briefings earlier this year.

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Sep 25, 2020

New Mexico Democrats hold up Trump judicial appointments
New Mexico's Democratic senators have placed the judicial confirmations for two U.S. District Court vacancies on hold until after the Nov. 3 election. Martin Heinrich and Tom Udall interrupted the vetting of two possible lifetime appointments in response to a White House news conference — prior to the death of liberal Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on Sept. 18 — in which Trump invoked the president's authority over hundreds of recent and future federal judicial appointments as a rallying cry to political supporters.

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Sep 25, 2020

If Obamacare goes away, here are eight ways your life will be affected
More than 10 years after its passage, the Affordable Care Act once more hangs in the balance. There have been plenty of near misses before, including previous Supreme Court appearances and Congressional votes. Yet in the wake of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg's death, this time around Republicans may finally be successful in undoing the Obama Administration's signature achievement. Hearings before the Supreme Court are scheduled to begin on Nov. 10 on whether a change in tax law makes the ACA unconstitutional.The ACA can be improved in many ways, as I have written elsewhere. Yet if the Supreme Court strikes down the ACA, it seems unlikely to me that a meaningful replacement will be put in place among high levels of partisanship in Washington, D.C.As a result, if the court kills it virtually all Americans would be affected by the policy reversal, as the almost 1,000 pages of legislative text and ensuing more than 9,000 pages in regulations have impacted all parts of the American health care system. As a health policy and politics scholar who has published extensively on the ACA, I see the following as the most obvious effects if the Supreme Court ruled the ACA unconstitutional. 1\. Millions of Americans will lose coverageOne of the key features of the ACA was the expansion of insurance to millions of Americans. Most of this was achieved through the expansion of the Medicaid program, America's safety net program.Additionally, the ACA provided insurance market reforms and subsidies that ma

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Sep 25, 2020

Mary Trump says her uncle will go 'farther than you can possibly imagine' to hold onto power if he loses the election as he's afraid of prosecution
In a recent memoir, Mary Trump alleged that a damaged childhood had left the president with pathological personality traits.

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Sep 25, 2020

Prestigious private New York City preschools face closure as parents rethink school, city life
As 4-year-old children wrestle with online learning, parents are asking, "Why should I be spending this money?" said one education consultant.

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Sep 25, 2020

Feds air FBI agent's gripes about Flynn probe
The official public release of such candid assessments from inside a federal investigative team is extraordinarily rare.

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Sep 25, 2020

‘I'm very ashamed': Argentine lawmaker suspended after kissing woman's breast during virtual session of congress
Juan Emilio Ameri faces potential expulsion following the ‘serious offence' on Zoom

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Sep 25, 2020

Kremlin says EU move not to recognise Lukashenko amounts to meddling in Belarus
Russia said on Friday that the European Union's decision not to recognise Alexander Lukashenko as the legitimate president of Belarus contradicted international law and amounted to indirect meddling in the country. Lukashenko, in power since 1994, was inaugurated on Wednesday in a secretive ceremony after weeks of huge protests. Russia is a close ally of Belarus and Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters on Friday that the move not to recognise him would complicate the EU's dialogue with Belarus, but not affect Belarusian ties with Moscow.

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Sep 25, 2020

Trump unveils his ‘America First' health care plan
Insight from National Taxpayers Union Senior Fellow Mattie Duppler.

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Sep 25, 2020

A nightmare comes true for 12 Hong Kongers arrested at sea, now in Chinese detention
What sparked Hong Kong's mass protests last year — fear of extradition to mainland China — has become a dark reality for 12 Hong Kong families.

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Sep 25, 2020

Instead of smuggling Cubans into the U.S., feds say, two men did far worse to them
Cuban migrants boarded a boat in hopes of making it to America to lead new lives, but the two men who were transporting them had other nefarious plans for them, authorities said.

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Sep 25, 2020

Britain criticises China over Xinjiang and Hong Kong
Britain on Friday criticised China for human rights violations in Xinjiang region, calling for the United Nations to be given unfettered access to the area. In a speech to the UN Human Rights Council, junior Foreign Office minister Tariq Ahmad also criticised China's imposition of national security laws on Hong Kong.

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Sep 25, 2020

Paris stabbing suspect wasn't on police radar, minister says
The main suspect in the double stabbing Friday outside the former Paris offices of a satirical newspaper where dozens were killed in 2015 was arrested a month ago for carrying a screwdriver but not on police radar for Islamic radicalization, France's interior minister said. The main suspect, the young man, was arrested on the steps of the Bastille Opera not far from the attack site, near the building where the weekly Charlie Hebdo was located before the 2015 attack.

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Sep 25, 2020

Joe Biden is repeating the same mistakes that cost Hillary Clinton the election
Biden is trying to woo unhappy Republicans, when he should be mobilizing hundreds of thousands of DemocratsJoe Biden has staked his presidential campaign on his ability to "win back" white working-class voters in midwest swing states like Michigan and Wisconsin. But he has the wrong target.In Manitowoc, Wisconsin, a city that's 90% white, Biden recently donned his populist hat, telling an audience: "I've dealt with guys like Trump my whole life … Guys who inherit everything they've ever gotten in their life and squander it. Guys who stretch and squeeze and stiff electricians and plumbers and contractors working on their hotels and casinos and golf courses to put more bucks in their pocket."Prior to this campaign stop, Biden amplified an endorsement from the former Michigan governor Rick Snyder, the Republican official who - let's not forget - oversaw and attempted to cover up the Flint water crisis, which exposed an estimated 140,000 people in the majority Black city to lead and other contaminants. In an appearance in Michigan, Biden sat down with steelworkers, flanked mostly by white men, to discuss his jobs plan. And prior to that, after white vigilante Kyle Rittenhouse shot and killed two Black Lives Matter protesters in Kenosha, Wisconsin, Biden aired a Richard Nixon-style law and order ad attacking "lawlessness" and accusing Trump of sowing discord.Biden and his advisers clearly believe that Hillary Clinton lost in 2016 because white voters in key swing states shifted

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Sep 25, 2020

Hong Kong student faces charges of inciting secession: police
Undaunted by criticism, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is forging ahead with a series of events that have overtly political overtones ahead of the November presidential election. Casting aside a long tradition of the nation's top diplomat shunning partisan politics, Pompeo gave a speech on Wednesday in the swing state of Wisconsin, marking his participation in the fourth event this month alone that goes well beyond what previous secretaries of state have done in support of the presidents they have served. From the Republican National Convention, which he addressed by recorded video from Israel, to an evangelical megachurch in Texas over the weekend and the Value Voters Summit in Washington just on Tuesday, Pompeo has not been shy in taking his message to audiences considered essential to President Donald Trump's reelection.

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Sep 25, 2020

Mexican farmers revolt over sending water to US during drought
Country has one month to deliver outstanding 289m cubic metres and ensure water for 14 major cities and growersMexican farmers in the drought-stricken state of Chihuahua are pitted against riot squads from the national guard in an increasingly violent standoff over their government's decision to ship scarce water supplies to the United States.The confrontation has already led to bloodshed: earlier this month, a woman was shot dead and her husband was wounded after guardsmen opened fire on farmers wielding sticks and stones.The Mexican government, meanwhile, has accused protesters of being backed by opposition politicians and sabotaging La Boquilla dam, which holds some of the water it wants to send north.The standoff in Chihuahua underscores the severity of water shortages as the climate crisis provokes more severe droughts and puts agriculture under strain.It has also raised questions about why Mexico's nationalist president, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, has put such a priority on repaying water debts to the US rather than going to bat for Mexican farmers."In all the history of Chihuahua, the army has never been sent to take the dams," said Mario Mata Carrasco, a federal lawmaker from Chihuahua. "Instead of fighting organised crime and narcotics traffickers, they're fighting our farmers."Disputes over water are nothing new on the high plains of Chihuahua state, where rainfall is becoming increasingly irregular. Neither is sending water to the US, which is required under the terms of a 1944 treaty.But the unr

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Sep 25, 2020

Key West homeless shelter now open around the clock, and leaders say cost is worth it
Key West's homeless shelter is now a 24-hour operation.

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Sep 25, 2020

Hotel Rwanda 'hero' admits forming armed group behind deadly attacks
Paul Rusesabagina, the polarising hero of the "Hotel Rwanda" film, admitted to a Kigali court on Friday that he had formed an armed group but denied any role in their crimes. Mr. Rusesabagina is famed for his depiction in the movie in which he is shown to have saved hundreds of lives during the 1994 genocide, which left some 800,000 dead. After years in exile, where he has become a fierce government critic, he appeared under arrest in Rwanda last month, after apparently being lured into a private jet under false pretences. In recent years Mr Rusesabagina co-founded the Rwandan Movement for Democratic Change (MRCD), an opposition party based abroad. While he has previously expressed support for the National Liberation Front (FLN), which has claimed responsibility for a series of attacks in Nyungwe, near the border with Burundi, his exact role has been unclear. "We formed the FLN (National Liberation Front) as an armed wing, not as a terrorist group as the prosecution keeps saying. I do not deny that the FLN committed crimes but my role was diplomacy," he said. "The agreement we signed to form MRCD as a political platform included the formation of an armed wing called FLN. But my work was under the political platform and I was in charge of diplomacy." This is a breaking news story. More to follow.

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Sep 25, 2020

Iran, Russia discussing joint production of COVID-19 vaccine: agencies
Iran and Russia's sovereign wealth fund are discussing the joint production of a vaccine against COVID-19, Russian news agencies cited the Iranian ambassador to Moscow as saying on Friday. The Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF) has said it is in talks with a number of countries about the possibility of producing the Russian 'Sputnik-V' vaccine abroad, and has signed a deal to manufacture 300 million doses in India. "We are holding talks, I spoke with the head of RDIF Kirill Dmitriev, our officials have held several rounds of consultations and we announced that we will co-operate," Iran's Ambassador to Moscow Kazem Jalali was quoted as saying.

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Sep 25, 2020

China says WHO gave blessing for coronavirus vaccine emergency use programme
The World Health Organization gave China its support and understanding to start administering experimental coronavirus vaccines to people while clinical trials were still underway, a Chinese health official said on Friday. China launched its emergency programme in July, having communicated with the WHO in late June, according to Zheng Zhongwei, a National Health Commission official. Hundreds of thousands essential workers and other limited groups of people considered at high risk of infection have been given the vaccine, even though its efficacy and safety had not been fully established as Phase 3 clinical trials were incomplete.

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Sep 25, 2020

A Pakistani father's ordeal: China seized his Uighur son and sent his daughters to an orphanage
China's oppression of Muslims reaches beyond Xinjiang into Pakistan. Why does it stay quiet?

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Sep 25, 2020

Drivers Keep Running Over Protesters—and Getting Away With It
When a blue Jeep sped down an Aurora, Colorado, roadway in July, narrowly missing protesters, some witnesses swore the driver had put their lives at risk."I saw him look straight at the crowd and hit the gas," Rebecca Wolff, a protester who spoke to police about the incident, told the Denver Post. Another protester broke a leg jumping off the raised highway to avoid the driver.But in an hour-long press conference on Wednesday, District Attorney George Brauchler announced that he would not press charges against the driver unless presented with more evidence against him. Also Wednesday, in neighboring Denver, a different man drove a car into a crowd that was protesting Kentucky prosecutors declining to charge any officers for fatally shooting Black 26-year-old EMT Breonna Taylor in March.As of Thursday evening, no charges had been filed in the Denver incident, either.Since the killing of George Floyd by Minneapolis police in May, Americans have spent months in the streets protesting racism and police brutality. Those same streets have also become the site of a disturbing pattern of vehicle attacks, with drivers speeding toward and sometimes striking protesters. Complicating matters are calls by lawmakers to impose harsh penalties on those who block traffic—and even to grant immunity to drivers who hit protesters under certain circumstances.As The Daily Beast recently reported, such calls have been percolating in legislative chambers for years, their language sometimes curiously similar, like a right-wing fever

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Sep 25, 2020

Democrats, not Republicans, are hypocrites on filling SCOTUS seat
Democrats accuse Republicans of being hypocrites in the issue of the vacant seat on the Supreme Court, but it is Democrats are are full of hypocrisy.

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Sep 25, 2020

Chen Qiushi: Chinese journalist missing since February 'under state supervision'
Chen Qiushi disappeared in February after reporting on the outbreak of the coronavirus in Wuhan.

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Sep 25, 2020

Trump signs toothless 'historic' order on pre-existing conditions, promises drug coupons for seniors
"President Trump capped his fruitless four-year journey to abolish and replace the Affordable Care Act by signing an executive order Thursday that aims to enshrine the law's most popular feature," protections for people with pre-existing conditions, while "avoiding the thorny details of how to ensure such protections without either leaving the ACA, or ObamaCare, in place or crafting new comprehensive legislation," The Washington Post reports.Stat News describes Trump's affirmation of pre-existing conditions protections as "likely empty rhetoric" and one of several "simple, superficial, and non-binding executive orders" that will neither "improve the quality of Americans' health care or lower its cost."Trump was more bullish in what was billed as a health-care policy speech in North Carolina. "The historic action I'm taking today includes the first-ever executive order to affirm it is the official policy of the United States government to protect patients with pre-existing conditions," he said. His administration is backing a lawsuit before the Supreme Court that could strike down those protections, already enshrined in the sweeping law Democrats passed a decade ago, but Trump said he's "putting it down in a stamp, because our opponents, the Democrats, like to constantly talk about it."Thursday's actions were "a tacit admission that Trump had failed to keep his 2016 promise to replace his predecessor's signature achievement with a conservati

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Sep 25, 2020

Anwar Ibrahim: A long-held dream to lead Malaysia
After a decades-long quest to become premier, Mr Anwar may finally rise to the top job.

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Sep 25, 2020

Portland protesters set fire at police building, 14 arrested
Protesters in Portland late Thursday set fire to plywood attached to the front door of a police union building in Oregon's largest city and clashed with officers, who made 14 arrests, police said in a statement. Images posted online showed flames erupting outside the doors of the Portland Police Association office. The protesters who were detained were arrested on charges ranging from disorderly conduct to interfering with officers and trespassing.

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Sep 25, 2020

Coronavirus response coordinator Dr. Deborah Birx reportedly says she is 'distressed' at direction of White House COVID-19 task force
Birx told people close to her that she felt her role was diminished after Dr. Scott Atlas joined the task force, CNN reported.

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Sep 25, 2020

Frustrated Australian climate activist juggles school and a lawsuit
Australian school student Ambrose Hayes, 15, rode on a protest barge in Sydney Harbour on Friday holding a huge yellow banner demanding "No Gas" as part of a global climate rally calling for greater action from world leaders. Hayes protest is part of some 500 climate events planned across Australia as part of "Fridays for Future" movement that was made famous by Swedish student Greta Thunberg. The students argue the Environment Minister Susan Ley has a duty of care to protect them from climate change and the expansion of Whitehaven Coal's Vickery coal mine in New South Wales state will contribute to climate change and endanger their future.

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Sep 25, 2020

Amy McGrath, Mitch McConnell's Senate opponent, demands that Kentucky's AG release the full grand jury report that led to no charges for Breonna Taylor's killing
"Let's have a transparent investigation," she said. "In the meantime, let's focus on making sure we elect leaders who will work for change."

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