Saturday, October 31, 2020



France, Germany move into new COVID lockdowns

BRUSSELS, OCTOBER 30: France announced a second nationwide lockdown and Germany moved to the very edge of one on Wednesday, testing their pandemic-weary populations as they tried to stop a mounting new wave of Coronavirus infections from swamping hospitals and undoing hopes of economic recovery.The new measures followed on the heels of severe new restrictions in other European countries, from Belgium to Italy to the Czech Republic. While they mostly fell short of the total lockdowns of the spring ~ a "lockdown lite", the Germans called it ~ they raised...

India and US discuss UNSC agenda, agree to work closely together

WASHINGTON, OCTOBER 30: India and the US have held wide ranging discussions on issues on the UN Security Council agenda and agreed to work closely given their shared values of democracy, pluralism and rule-based international order, officials here said.Earlier this year, India, along with Mexico and Ireland, was elected a non-permanent member for a 2-year term starting January 1, 2021.The consultations between India and the US are reflective of the efforts on the part of the two countries to coordinate on a host of global issues that would come up...

Democrat victories over absentee ballots

WASHINGTON, OCTOBER 30: In a pair of decisions welcomed by Democrats, the Supreme Court on Wednesday let election officials in 2 key battleground states, Pennsylvania and North Carolina, accept absentee ballots for several days after Election Day.In the Pennsylvania case, the Court refused a plea from Republicans in the state that it decide before Election Day whether election officials can continue receiving absentee ballots for 3 days after November 3.In the North Carolina case, the Court let stand lower court rulings that allowed the state's board of elections to extend...

Obama relishes throwing punches at Trump on behalf of Biden

NEW YORK, OCTOBER 29: Former President Barack Obama bounded off the stage in Philadelphia last week after his debut as Joseph R Biden Jr.'s 2020 battering ram and pronounced himself pumped ~ and even a bit delighted at the chance to troll his troll, President Trump."Oh man, that felt good," Obama told a friend in a phone call ~ and he let Biden's staff know that the ungainly format of the event, a "drive-in rally" where he addressed hundreds of supporters in cars in a stadium's parking lot, had worked...

3 dead in knife attack in French church; terrorism suspected

Paris, October 29: An attacker armed with a knife killed three people at a church on Thursday in the Mediterranean city of Nice, authorities said. It was the third attack in two months in France.The assailant was wounded by police and hospitalized after the killings at the Notre Dame Church, less than a kilometer from the site in 2016 where another attacker plowed a truck into a Bastille Day crowd, killing dozens.Thursday's attacker was believed to be acting alone and police are not searching for other assailants, said two police...
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