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16 Oct 6:54pm 19-year-old woman killed in freak bar explosion in Argentina
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<p>Teenager reportedly on first night out since coronavirus pandemic swept nation</p>
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16 Oct 6:52pm French leader decries terrorist beheading of history teacher
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For the second time in three weeks, terror struck France, this time with the gruesome beheading of a teacher in a street in a Paris suburb
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16 Oct 6:49pm Suspect in murder of actor Thomas Jefferson Byrd arrested by police drone flown into his apartment
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<p>The 70-year-old actor was found dead near his Atlanta home on 3 October with multiple gunshot wounds in his back</p>
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16 Oct 6:26pm Updated France: Teacher beheaded, police shoot dead suspected killer
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<p>A history teacher who opened a discussion with students on caricatures of Islam’s Prophet Muhammad was beheaded in a French street and police have shot the suspected killer dead, a police official says</p>
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16 Oct 6:16pm UK police officer charged with three assaults over four days
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<p>Court case follows watchdog’s probe into claims of excessive force</p>
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16 Oct 5:58pm Liverpool mayor Joe Anderson’s brother in intensive care with coronavirus
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<p>‘Follow the rules and understand why we all need to fight the enemy Covid,’ mayor urges</p>
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16 Oct 5:46pm After census ruling, judges dismiss part of similar case
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A three-judge panel in Maryland has dismissed part of a case challenging the decision of President Donald Trump's administration to end data collection for the 2020 census early after the Supreme Court ruled the head count can end this week
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16 Oct 5:44pm Adviser: Trump tweet about Afghanistan withdrawal was a wish
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President Donald Trump’s national security adviser on Friday doubled down on his assertion that the number of U.S. troops in Afghanistan will shrink to 2,500 early next year, while suggesting that Trump’s vow to bring all forces home by Christmas was more a wish than a reality
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16 Oct 5:28pm US deported Venezuelans through third country despite risks
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The Trump administration stealthily deported an unknown number of Venezuelans through a third country, possibly violating U.S. laws and undermining U.S. warnings about the socialist government’s human rights record
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16 Oct 5:24pm In head-to-head town halls, Biden beats Trump in audience
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It's not the tally that really matters, but Democrat Joe Biden scored something of an upset over President Donald Trump
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16 Oct 5:17pm Jersey City, Kushner reach accord in political bias lawsuit
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Jersey City has reached an agreement in a lawsuit by White House adviser Jared Kushner’s family’s company that claimed the city tried to sabotage a $900 million residential tower project out of political animosity toward Kushner’s father-in-law, President Donald Trump
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16 Oct 5:05pm New ad highlights Trump’s history of insulting Black women
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<p>The president rarely holds back an insult, but reserves special scorn for Black women, a new ad argues</p>
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16 Oct 4:53pm Woman who went viral for complimenting Trump’s smile during town hall will still vote for Biden
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<p>‘I believe Joe Biden will listen to the experts,’ says Paulette Dale</p>
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16 Oct 4:44pm Biden slams Trump for failing to condemn would-be kidnapping plot on Michigan governor: ‘Sort of behaviour you’d expect from Isis’
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At a speech in Michigan billed as remarks about the Affordable Care Act, Joe Biden paid tribute to Governor Gretchen Whitmer, following the recent discovery of the plot to kidnap her.
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16 Oct 4:36pm EPA letting some hazardous coal ash ponds stay open longer
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The Trump administration has finished work on a rollback that will let some hazardous coal-ash ponds stay in operation for years more and some unlined ponds stay open indefinitely
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16 Oct 4:29pm Meet the Nodding Lady, who stole the show at Trump’s town hall
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<p>The town hall was for undecided voters, but the Nodding Lady ran as for Congress as a pro-Trump independent</p>
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16 Oct 4:26pm Wife of impeachment witness targeted by Trump hits out at president in new attack ad
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<p>‘The most powerful man in the world came after our family’</p>
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16 Oct 4:13pm Obama to start stumping for Biden in final weeks of election
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<p>And he’s kicking things off in the key battleground state of Pennsylvania</p>
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16 Oct 4:07pm Updated First lady lashes out at reports about friend who tell-all
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<p>Melania Trump is lashing out at those she describes as “self-serving adults” for focusing on her falling out with a friend and adviser</p>
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16 Oct 4:04pm Coronavirus: Manchester hospitals set to be overwhelmed within weeks as lockdown stand-off continues
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<p>Greater Manchester hospitals are seeing a rising tide of hospital admissions as political leaders argue over lockdown rules</p>
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16 Oct 4:03pm How many female world leaders are there?
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<p>Women’s parliamentary presence has more than doubled since 1995 – yet parity is nearly unheard of</p>
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16 Oct 3:57pm DEA trainers accused of making ‘monkey noises’ among other claims of racial discrimination
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<p>‘Everybody knows what those sounds and noises stand for’</p>
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16 Oct 3:50pm Man who attacked Virginia protesters avoids federal prison
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A California man who pleaded guilty to attacking anti-racism protesters at a white nationalist rally and at a torch-lit march through the University of Virginia’s campus will avoid serving a term in federal prison
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16 Oct 3:47pm Trump should face manslaughter charges for ‘reckless’ coronavirus conduct, ex-murder prosecutor says
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<p>Former Manhattan attorney suggests president ‘recklessly’ avoided taking action to control Covid-19</p>
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16 Oct 3:40pm Parks Service interns discover new species of 220-million-year-old reptile
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<p>The creature probably looked like a mashup of a chameleon and an anteater</p>
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16 Oct 3:28pm Vaughn McClure: Veteran ESPN reporter found dead at 48 in Atlanta apartment
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<p>‘He will be missed dearly,’ says Atlanta Falcons team president Rich McKay</p>
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16 Oct 3:24pm AP source: FBI probing if emails part of influence operation
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The FBI is investigating whether emails that were published by the New York Post related to Joe Biden’s son, Hunter, are connected to a possible Russian influence operation
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16 Oct 3:23pm Teenager armed with fake AR-15 rifle fatally shot by man in Texas
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<p>Two young men approached alleged shooter at apartment complex at around 2am</p>
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16 Oct 3:22pm For grateful NBC, Savannah Guthrie changes the subject
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NBC's Savannah Guthrie did more than just display her journalistic chops during Thursday's town hall event with President Donald Trump
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16 Oct 3:21pm Grandmother left blind following acid attack in Philadelphia, family says
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<p>‘When she looked up… he threw the stuff in her face and ran off,’ daughter says</p>
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16 Oct 2:52pm Annual stone crab claw harvest begins in Florida
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Florida’s annual stone crab claw harvest has started amid new rules aimed at protecting future stocks and concerns about demand for claws due to the COVID-19 pandemic
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16 Oct 2:50pm Disney fires back at Elizabeth Warren in row over executive pay
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<p>Company calls senator’s open letter challenging reinstatement of executive pay ‘misinformed’</p>
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16 Oct 2:48pm Tennessee lawmaker under fire after interview comments
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A Republican lawmaker from Chattanooga is under fire for comments made during a local TV interview in which he blamed “inner city” obesity partly on people eating fried chicken and criticized local police hiring practices
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16 Oct 2:46pm Northern Ireland ventures into ‘uncharted waters’ as new Covid-19 restrictions come into place
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<p>Having emerged from the first wave of the pandemic relatively unscathed, the country is now one of the hotspots of Europe - so what went wrong?</p>
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16 Oct 2:44pm Republican governor in Maryland casts write-in vote for Ronald Reagan
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<p>‘I thought it was important to just cast a vote that showed the kind of person I’d like to see in office’</p>
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16 Oct 2:44pm Awash in red ink: US posts record $3.1T 2020 budget deficit
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The federal budget deficit hit an all-time high of $3.1 trillion in the 2020 budget year, more than double the previous record, as the coronavirus pandemic cut revenues and sent spending soaring
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16 Oct 2:37pm The Latest: Trump makes appeals to older voters in Florida
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President Donald Trump says he’s moving “heaven and earth” to protect older people from the coronavirus
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16 Oct 2:34pm Dog parades, free food and online meet-ups: What universities are doing for self-isolating students
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<p>Some slash money off rent, while others help make sure shelves are stocked</p>
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16 Oct 2:33pm Barack Obama’s former photographer launches scathing attack on Donald Trump
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<p>Pete Souza has become social media star taunting Mr Trump</p>
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16 Oct 2:28pm US budget deficit spikes to record $3.1 trillion as coronavirus pandemic fuels massive debt increase
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The US budget deficit has hit an all-time record of $3.132 trillion during the 2020 fiscal year.
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16 Oct 2:25pm Farmer who went viral after carving Biden-Harris message into his soybean field says there’s more to the story
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<p>North Dakota voter reveals why he decided to share a message of support for the Democrats after Donald Trump’s trade wars cost his farm ‘a lot of money’</p>
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16 Oct 2:23pm Coronavirus: Hospital cancels most operations after surge of patients
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<p>Spread of coronavirus within hospital has led to beds and wards being closed in Nottingham</p>
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16 Oct 2:22pm Turkey, Ukraine sign military cooperation agreements
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Turkey and Ukraine have signed military cooperation agreements, deepening a defense partnership seen as an effort to counterbalance Russia’s dominance in the Black Sea region
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16 Oct 2:16pm Belgium imposes Covid curfew, closes bars and restaurants
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Belgium will tighten coronavirus restrictions from Monday in an effort to hold the disease in check
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16 Oct 2:12pm Coronavirus: Calls to stop people from UK hotspots visiting Northern Ireland
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<p>Nation has one of highest seven-day rates in Europe, with 334 cases per 100,000 people</p>
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16 Oct 1:59pm Phone of casino exec in trade secrets flap to be examined
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A forensic expert must examine the personal phone of an Atlantic City casino executive accused of taking valuable data on the Borgata’s top customers to his new job at a competing casino
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16 Oct 1:59pm Major Democratic group pulls out of Colorado Senate race
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A major Democratic group is ending its advertising in Colorado's closely watched Senate race
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16 Oct 1:59pm ‘Ground-breaking discovery’ reveals rain can move mountains, scientists say
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<p>Research shows atmospheric and solid earth processes are more intimately connected than previously realised, writes Harry Cockburn</p>
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16 Oct 1:55pm Virus surges in key battleground states as election nears
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Rising coronavirus cases in key presidential battleground states are the latest worry for election officials and voters a little more than two weeks before Election Day
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16 Oct 1:46pm Boris Johnson fluffs answer to question from father on childcare in local lockdown areas
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<p>Prime minister tells parent to ‘go on the website’ to check local restrictions</p>
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16 Oct 1:45pm Authorities: Top Mexico official helped smuggle drugs to US
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U.S. authorities allege that Mexico’s foreign defense minister helped smuggle thousands of kilograms of cocaine, heroin, methamphetamine and marijuana into the United States in exchange for bribes
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16 Oct 1:42pm Who’d be Northern, eh? Anybody in their right mind
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<p>‘Don’t come north, it’s full of coronavirus’ – we’re used to this North-South divide but we’re proud of where we’re from, and if we get knocked down, we get up again</p>
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16 Oct 1:34pm Amy Coney Barrett calls climate change ‘contentious’. Why that could be catastrophic for fighting the crisis
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<p>&nbsp;‘I mean, I’ve read things about climate change. I would not say that I have firm views on it,’ Supreme Court nominee, Amy Coney Barrett, said this week</p>
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16 Oct 1:31pm Lie detection technique used by police is ‘dangerous’ and could be helping liars, study suggests
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<p>Researchers are warning technique should not be used in practice by police officers, writes Conrad Duncan</p>
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16 Oct 1:25pm Arson investigator, arson suspect fatally shot in Houston
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Houston police and fire officials say an arson investigator and an arson suspect were killed during a shootout early Friday in Houston after the investigator pursued the suspect
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16 Oct 1:21pm Mitt Romney calls Trump’s refusal to denounce QAnon ‘absurd and dangerous’
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<p>'You're the president. You're not like someone's crazy uncle who can retweet whatever,' NBC’s Savannah Guthrie told president</p>
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16 Oct 1:17pm Coronavirus: Remdesivir has ‘little or no’ effect on patients’ survival chances, WHO study suggests
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<p>The results are ‘disappointingly unpromising’, the UN body says</p>
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16 Oct 1:13pm VIRUS DIARY: Becoming a car owner in middle age, abruptly
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It rolled off the car carrier in Brooklyn
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16 Oct 1:08pm UK is still a nation of traditionalists when it comes to pastimes, poll finds
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<p>Quarter of those surveyed said they picked up a hobby from an older relative</p>
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16 Oct 1:02pm 2 drug legalization measures on Oregon ballot
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War veterans with PTSD, terminally ill patients and others suffering from anxiety are backing a ballot measure that would legalize controlled, therapeutic use in Oregon of psilocybin mushrooms
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16 Oct 12:57pm QAnon supporters behind canceled fundraiser give Trump $1M
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President Donald Trump recently accepted $1 million from a couple whose vocal support for the QAnon conspiracy theory led to the cancellation of a fundraiser they were supposed to host for Vice President Mike Pence last month
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16 Oct 12:55pm Chicago officer sues former police chief for sexual assault
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<p>Lawsuit said-once popular police chief pressured female officer into unwanted sexual acts over three year period</p>
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16 Oct 12:53pm What is Joe Biden planning for his presidency? Five major policies
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<p>Resisting some of the progressive left’s more hardline ideas, the Democratic candidate is still striking out boldly</p>
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16 Oct 12:51pm Israel settlement plans draw international condemnation
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European countries are condemning Israeli plans to build thousands of settler homes in the occupied West Bank as approvals for constructions hit a record high in 2020
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16 Oct 12:37pm Updated AP FACT CHECK: Trump flubs study on masks and coronavirus
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President Donald Trump has been known to brush off the importance of wearing a mask to prevent COVID-19
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16 Oct 12:36pm Trump falsely cites coronavirus study: ‘85% of people wearing a mask catch it, ok?’
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President Donald Trump has been known to brush off the importance of wearing a mask to prevent COVID-19
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16 Oct 12:30pm On Coronavirus and Brexit, Boris Johnson is a prisoner of his own artless drivel
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<p>Where it all leaves us, who knows. Coronavirus is resurgent, and the nation is too fractured, fed up and confused to care. Whatever happens with Brexit, well, that’s a mystery too</p>
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16 Oct 12:28pm Coronavirus: Scientific adviser warns Boris Johnson action to beat disease must be ‘fast and hard’
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<p>Baseline Tier 3 measures not enough to quash outbreak, says Sir Patrick Vallance</p>
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16 Oct 12:24pm Feds unveil plan to get coronavirus shots to nursing homes
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Federal health officials are unveiling a plan to get approved coronavirus shots to nursing home residents free of cost, with the aid of two national pharmacy chains
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16 Oct 12:21pm Impatient Democrats want Biden to do more in Texas
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Democrats in Texas are pressing Joe Biden to make a harder run at Texas with less than three weeks until Election Day
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16 Oct 12:20pm Government enables more health workers to administer flu and Covid vaccines
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<p>Ministers hope changes will help quick role out of potential coronavirus vaccine</p>
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16 Oct 12:17pm John Lewis to become major housebuilder in £300m overhaul
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<p>Partnership plans to build homes at 20 of its sites across the UK</p>
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16 Oct 12:07pm Mexico’s former defence secretary arrested in US on drug trafficking and money laundering charges
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<p>&nbsp;General Salvador Cienfuegos was arrested at Lost Angeles International Airport on Thursday&nbsp;</p>
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16 Oct 12:07pm Coronavirus: Major hospital to turn patients away as it is stretched to ‘its limits’
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<p><strong>Exclusive: </strong>Bosses at University Hospitals Birmingham (UHB) Trust tell <i>The Independent</i> they would be “closing the front door” of its three main hospitals to non-emergency patients for the first time</p>
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16 Oct 12:00pm GOP, Dems hope Supreme Court fight bolsters Senate prospects
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Senate Democrats and Republicans both think the Amy Coney Barrett confirmation battle will help them in this fall's elections
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16 Oct 11:58am Reports: Turkey tests Russian-made S-400 defense system
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Turkish media reports say NATO-member Turkey has tested its Russian-made advanced air defense missile system, raising the specter of a new standoff with the United States
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16 Oct 11:56am Indian man wrongly declared dead and put in freezer has died
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<p>The 74-year-old man was rescued from a freezer on Wednesday after being found alive</p>
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16 Oct 11:38am Town hall ratings: Biden beats Trump in early figures for rival election events
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<p>The former vice president appears to have bested Donald Trump at his own game, according to early ratings released by the major networks</p>
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16 Oct 11:34am Tier 3 lockdown: Leaders demand answers over why gyms can be open in Lancashire but not Liverpool
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<p>Lancashire moves into toughest level of restrictions due to ‘unrelenting rise’ in cases</p>
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16 Oct 11:29am Nearly 2,000 students at universities in the North East test positive for coronavirus
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<p>Outbreak on campuses in and around Newcastle continues steadily</p>
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16 Oct 11:23am Taliban to suspend assault after US pledges to halt strikes
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The Taliban say they agreed to suspend attacks in southern Afghanistan that displaced thousands this week, but only after the U.S. promised to halt airstrikes in support of Afghan forces in the latest fighting in Helmand province
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16 Oct 11:23am ‘Deplorable’: UK government condemns alleged Russian disinformation about Oxford coronavirus vaccine
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<p>Fake memes spread online depict recipients turning into chimpanzees</p>
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16 Oct 11:18am Cunningham outraises Tillis, enters October with less cash
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In North Carolina's U.S. Senate race, Democrat Cal Cunningham raised far more than Republican Sen. Thom Tillis
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16 Oct 11:11am American exceptionalism gives voters a false sense of security about the election
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<p>Trump has repeatedly refused to agree to a peaceful transition of power&nbsp;</p>
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16 Oct 11:04am Some businesses opening, expanding despite pandemic hurdles
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The odds of success with a new business are always precarious
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16 Oct 11:01am Three in 10 women have endured neck pain during lockdown after increased gadget use, poll suggests
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<p>More than half of those surveyed admitted they spend 'too much’ time on digital devices&nbsp;</p>
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16 Oct 11:00am Updated Trump out-raised, outgunned by Biden in final stretch
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President Donald Trump was out-raised by Democrat Joe Biden in September and is being outgunned financially by his rival with just weeks to go until Election Day
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16 Oct 10:55am Bolsonaro ally caught hiding £4,500 between his buttocks during police raid
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<p>Anti-corruption officers spotted ‘large, rectangular bulge’ in Chico Rodrigues’ shorts</p>
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16 Oct 10:52am Virus hits beach resort, as pandemic surges in Argentina
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Hundreds of Argentine flags dotted the sand of a beach at the Mar del Plata resort, a poignant memorial to the victims of the novel coronavirus in one of this South American country’s virus hotspots
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16 Oct 10:50am ‘Take this seriously’: Chris Christie reveals he spent a week in ICU after catching Coronavirus
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<p>‘No one should be happy to get the virus and no one should be cavalier about being infected or infecting others’</p>
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16 Oct 10:46am Sturgeon pleads with Celtic and Rangers fans not to gather to watch Old Firm clash
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<p>First minister urges fans to stay home this weekend while clubs play behind closed doors&nbsp;</p>
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16 Oct 10:42am US retail sales grow for 5th month in a row
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Retail sales rose strongly in September as Americans spent more on clothing, cars and sporting goods
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16 Oct 10:39am US industrial production fell a sharp 0.6% in September
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U.S. industrial production fell 0.6% in September, the weakest showing since spring and a sign that the economy’s recovery from the pandemic recession may be faltering just as confirmed viral infections are resurging in much of the country
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16 Oct 10:38am ‘He has to say that’: Trump gives Chris Christie cover for saying he was ‘wrong’ to not mask up at White House
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<p>‘I was wrong not to wear a mask at the Amy Coney Barrett announcement and I was wrong not to wear a mask at my multiple debate prep sessions with the president,’ longtime Trump ally said</p>
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16 Oct 10:28am US election: Trump outgunned by Biden in final stretch as ex-VP raises almost $250m in September
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President Donald Trump was out-raised by Democrat Joe Biden in September and is being outgunned financially by his rival with just weeks to go until Election Day
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16 Oct 10:28am Boy, 9, died after changing room locker fell on him, inquest hears
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<p>‘This tragedy should never have happened’ say parents</p>
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16 Oct 10:09am Updated WHO: Study finds 4 drugs have little to no effect on COVID
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The U.N. health agency says the world’s largest randomized trial of COVID-19 treatments found “conclusive evidence” that remdesivir, a drug used to treat U.S. President Donald Trump when he fell ill, has little or no effect on severe cases
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16 Oct 10:09am Pfizer: Mid-November earliest it can seek virus vaccine OK
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Pfizer CEO says it can't seek emergency authorization of its COVID-19 vaccine before the third week of November — and that's if everything goes well
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16 Oct 10:09am Remdesivir: Covid drug taken by Trump has ‘little to no effect’, says WHO
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The U.N. health agency says the world’s largest randomized trial of COVID-19 treatments found “conclusive evidence” that remdesivir, a drug used to treat U.S. President Donald Trump when he fell ill, has little or no effect on severe cases
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16 Oct 10:06am ‘A senator from Iowa should know the price of soybeans’: Republican faces awkward moment at debates
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<p>Moderator tells senator after she deflects on question about soybean prices: ‘You should know this’</p>
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16 Oct 10:05am Updated UK says Instagram to crack down on hidden influencer ads
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British regulators said Friday that Instagram will clamp down on “hidden advertising” by social media influencers
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16 Oct 10:02am Updated Merkel: EU summit on China called off as virus resurges
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German Chancellor Angela Merkel says a planned European Union summit on the bloc's China policy that was to be held in Berlin next month has been called off because of the resurgent coronavirus pandemic
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16 Oct 10:02am Coronavirus: EU summit on China called off as second wave sweeps Europe
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German Chancellor Angela Merkel says a planned European Union summit on the bloc's China policy that was to be held in Berlin next month has been called off because of the resurgent coronavirus pandemic
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16 Oct 10:02am Britain moves closer to Covid-19 vaccine ‘human challenge’ trials that infect volunteers
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<p>British biotech firms have signed contract with government to create strains of coronavirus</p>
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16 Oct 10:00am Updated Racial tensions rise in South Africa over farm killing
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A tense standoff between a group of white farmers and Black activists gripped the eastern South African town of Senekal Friday, as two men accused of killing a white farm manager were to appear in court
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16 Oct 10:00am Brendin Horner: Racial tensions rise in South Africa over killing of white farmer
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A tense standoff between a group of white farmers and Black activists gripped the eastern South African town of Senekal Friday, as two men accused of killing a white farm manager were to appear in court
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16 Oct 9:52am Trump administration denies California disaster relief funds to deal with wildfires
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<p>Decision came as president called on California voters to back him for reelection</p>
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16 Oct 9:47am ‘Our hell’: One year on from Lebanon’s October Revolution, the best option for many is leaving
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<p>‘There are two classes of people left in Lebanon, those stuck in a deep hole and those looting the country’ activist tells Bel Trew</p>
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16 Oct 9:45am Updated AP-NORC poll: Voters see the nation as fundamentally divided
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The overwhelming majority of American voters believe the nation is deeply divided over its most important values, and many have doubts about the health of the democracy itself
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16 Oct 9:44am 2020 election poll: Biden more trusted than Trump on coronavirus and SCOTUS nominations
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The overwhelming majority of American voters believe the nation is deeply divided over its most important values, and many have doubts about the health of the democracy itself
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16 Oct 9:33am Pret a Manger to cut 400 more jobs as coronavirus restrictions tighten
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<p>Coffee and sandwich chain axes staff just two months after making 2,800 redundancies</p>
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16 Oct 9:29am Neo-Nazi teenager admits encouraging terror attacks with propaganda poster campaign
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<p>Harry Vaughan was an ‘A* student’, court hears as police warn over dangers of online radicalisation</p>
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16 Oct 9:27am Rocker Lenny Kravitz looks back to when he found his voice
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Lenny Kravitz is a man of extremes — as he readily admits
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16 Oct 9:19am Putin offers short extension to nuclear arms treaty as Trump seeks pre-election deal
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<p>Proposal to extend New Start accommodates Donald Trump’s wishes for a big treaty before November 3 election — without giving too much away &nbsp;</p>
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16 Oct 9:08am Arrest of former Mexican defense minister shakes military
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The arrest of Mexico’s former defense minister in Los Angeles on drug and money laundering charges shakes one of the few Mexican institutions that had maintained the confidence of the people
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16 Oct 9:07am Canadian FM sees exiled Belarus opposition figure in Vilnius
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Canada’s foreign minister has met top Belarusian opposition figure Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya, who is in exile in Lithuania, and pledged support for her
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16 Oct 8:52am Different universes: A combative Trump and a deliberate Biden spar from afar
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<p>The forum took place after Trump’s refusal to participate in a virtual debate with Joe Biden</p>
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16 Oct 8:51am Unemployment claims jump to 898,000, a sign the US recovery could be stalling
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<p>Latest figures show the largest increase in first-time jobless applications since August</p>
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16 Oct 8:34am Coronavirus vaccine: Pfizer to seek emergency approval for Covid-19 jab next month
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<p>The company’s president says they will not apply for emergency authorisation before the third week in November</p>
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16 Oct 8:32am Immediate nationwide circuit breaker must be introduced to UK, Independent SAGE says
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<p>Scientists also call for ‘urgent reform’ to track and trace system&nbsp;</p>
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16 Oct 8:31am Trump repeats inaccurate claim ‘85% of people who wear masks catch coronavirus’
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<p>President denied downplaying mask wearing as he made inaccurate claims at town hall</p>
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16 Oct 8:20am Trump, Biden and masculinity in the age of coronavirus
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<p>Trumps recovery from coronavirus is being used as another example of the President’s psychical strength by supporters&nbsp;</p>
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16 Oct 8:14am New Zealand election: When is the country going to the polls and what are the key issues?
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<p>Voters to decide on fate of Jacinda Ardern as well as euthanasia and cannabis legalisation</p>
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16 Oct 8:10am Putin proposes yearlong extension of nuclear pact with US
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Russian President Vladimir Putin has made a strong call to save his country's last existing nuclear arms control pact with the United States, proposing to extend it at least for one year
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16 Oct 8:03am Coronavirus: Germany confirms 7,000 new daily infections for first time
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<p>Before this week Germany’s highest recorded figure was in late March&nbsp;</p>
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16 Oct 7:52am ‘The pain hasn’t gone away’: Women of Xinjiang reveal horror of China’s brutal campaign of forced abortions and imprisonment
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<p>Get an abortion - or your family will suffer. Denounce your religion - or a prison guard will beat you. Undeterred by constant threats of violence, women stand up to Beijing and expose the dystopian nightmare inside Xinjiang. By Simina Mistreanu and Roxi Pop&nbsp;</p>
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16 Oct 7:50am ‘Grim beyond belief’: Serco profits to surge as Test and Trace records worst ever week
The Independent
<p>Outsourcing firm expects bumper revenues as Covid-19 case numbers surge and millions of people face tougher lockdown conditions that threaten thousands of jobs</p>
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16 Oct 7:41am Election 2020 Today: Trump, Biden spar from afar; vote surge
The Independent
President Donald Trump and Democrat Joe Biden showed striking differences in temperament, views on racial justice and approaches to the pandemic that has reshaped the nation in dueling televised town halls
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16 Oct 7:39am Hunter Biden: FBI probing alleged emails for links to foreign intelligence operation, report says
The Independent
<p>Expert warns emails should be treated as ‘Trump campaign product’</p>
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16 Oct 7:37am Updated China rapidly expands use of experimental COVID-19 vaccines
The Independent
China is rapidly increasing the number of people receiving its experimental coronavirus vaccines, with a city offering one to the general public and a biotech company providing another free to students going abroad
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16 Oct 7:37am China rapidly expands use of experimental coronavirus vaccines
The Independent
China is rapidly increasing the number of people receiving its experimental coronavirus vaccines, with a city offering one to the general public and a biotech company providing another free to students going abroad
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16 Oct 7:31am Azerbaijan claims Armenian strike outside Nagorno-Karabakh
The Independent
Azerbaijani authorities are accusing Armenia of expanding the conflict over Nagorno-Karabakh by shelling a different region in Azerbaijan, a claim rejected by Armenian officials
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16 Oct 7:18am Twitter changes hacked content rules after Biden story furor
The Independent
Twitter said late Thursday it was changing its policy on hacked content after an outcry about its handling of an unverified political story that sparked cries of censorship from the right
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16 Oct 7:17am Lebanon praises US mediation in maritime border talks Israel
The Independent
Lebanon's President Michel Aoun has told a visiting U.S. official that Lebanon “heavily relies” on Washington’s mediation regarding the disputed maritime border with Israel
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16 Oct 7:07am No-deal Brexit looms as Boris Johnson says he will quit trade talks unless EU changes approach
The Independent
Boris Johnson has set the UK on course for a no-deal Brexit on 31 December, announcing that he is walking away from talks on a free trade agreement with the EU unless Brussels shows “a fundamental change of approach”.
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16 Oct 6:51am China defends Confucius Institutes now under fire from US
The Independent
Under scathing political attacks from the Trump administration, China is defending its Confucius Institutes as apolitical facilitators of cultural and language exchange
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16 Oct 6:49am ‘Wow’: Trump shares parody Biden news story claiming Twitter is blocking negative stories
The Independent
<p>Spoof article said Twitter shutdown on Thursday to stop negative Biden news being shared</p>
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16 Oct 6:27am Brexit: Britain has ‘much more to lose’ in fishing talks, warns former French minister
The Independent
<p>Raab says deal can be done but requires ‘flexibility on both sides’</p>
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16 Oct 6:24am Updated GOP megadonor Sheldon Adelson, wife finance anti-Biden group
The Independent
<p>Republican megadonor Sheldon Adelson and his wife have given $75 million into a new super PAC that is attacking Democratic nominee Joe Biden</p>
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16 Oct 6:22am US election: Republican megadonor backs anti-Biden group as Trump campaign flails
The Independent
Republican megadonor Sheldon Adelson and his wife have given $75 million into a new super PAC that is attacking Democratic nominee Joe Biden
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16 Oct 6:12am Homeless Jesus statue put on bench in Ohio – someone calls police within 20 mins
The Independent
<p>Pastor says installation should inspire conversation around homeless, amid police report</p>
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16 Oct 6:11am Sanna Marin: Finland’s PM leaves EU summit as ‘precautionary’ measure
The Independent
Finnish Prime Minister Sanna Marin has left the European Union summit “as a precautionary measure” and is flying back home to undergo a coronavirus test
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16 Oct 6:01am UK fines British Airways for failures in 2018 data hack
The Independent
Britain’s information commissioner has fined British Airways 20 million pounds ($25 million) for failing to protect personal data for some 400,000 customers _ the largest fine the agency has ever issued
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16 Oct 5:51am Coronavirus: London Tier 2 restrictions could go on for ‘months and months and months’, Sadiq Khan warns
The Independent
<p>Mayor calls for ‘two-week pain’ of nationwide ‘circuit break’ - so curbs don’t last 'for months'</p>
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16 Oct 5:46am Lancashire moves to highest tier 3 level of coronavirus restrictions
The Independent
<p>Decision comes after government upped offer of financial support to win backing of local leaders</p>
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16 Oct 5:41am More questions on human rights for Beijing Winter Olympics
The Independent
A coalition of human-rights groups has met with the International Olympic Committee over calls to pull the 2022 Winter Olympics out of Beijing
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16 Oct 5:30am UK government under pressure for COVID-19 strategy
The Independent
The British government is sticking to its strategy of tiered, regional restrictions to combat COVID-19 amid mounting political and scientific pressure for stronger nationwide measures to prevent the pandemic from spiraling out of control
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16 Oct 5:21am Trump finally commits to peaceful transfer of power but refuses to condemn QAnon
The Independent
<p>President was quizzed on conspiracy at Thursday night’s town hall event</p>
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16 Oct 5:08am Angela Merkel says EU will also have to compromise to reach Brexit trade deal
The Independent
<p>Leaders had called on EU to make necessary moves, inflaming tensions</p>
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16 Oct 4:52am Mother convicted in deaths of two newborns left in trash bags
The Independent
A jury has convicted a South Carolina mother in the deaths of two of her newborns, who were thrown into trash bags after they were born 13 months apart
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16 Oct 4:52am Updated Mother convicted in deaths of 2 newborns left in trash bags
The Independent
A jury has convicted a South Carolina mother in the deaths of two of her newborns, who were thrown into trash bags after they were born 13 months apart
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16 Oct 4:41am Coronavirus news you may have missed overnight: Johnson losing grip on strategy as advisers say it won’t work
The Independent
<p>Only measure certain to drive down cases is national lockdown, deputy chief medical officer says</p>
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16 Oct 4:36am Updated 2 charged with endangering queen as Thai protests continue
The Independent
Authorities in Thailand have filed the most severe charges yet in connection with ongoing pro-democracy demonstrations, charging two men under an article of the law covering violence against the queen
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16 Oct 4:36am Thailand protests: Activists charged with endangering queen could be jailed for life
The Independent
Authorities in Thailand have filed the most severe charges yet in connection with ongoing pro-democracy demonstrations, charging two men under an article of the law covering violence against the queen
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16 Oct 4:35am Japan to release 1.3m tonnes of contaminated radioactive Fukushima water into sea
The Independent
<p>Japan’s move to release radioactive water is set to anger fishermen and environmentalists</p>
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16 Oct 4:28am UK chides EU but says gaps to Brexit trade deal are narrow
The Independent
Britain’s foreign minister says there are only narrow differences remaining in trade talks between the U.K. and the European Union
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16 Oct 4:18am Coronavirus: Daily UK death toll could reach 690 within a week, scientists warn
The Independent
<p>Fatalities expected to hit between 240 and 690 each day by 26 October</p>
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16 Oct 4:16am Chinese coronavirus vaccine shows promising results in human tests, study shows
The Independent
<p>Researchers caution that levels of antibodies produced in participants aged over 60 were lower and took longer to increase, however&nbsp;</p>
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16 Oct 4:07am Updated AP Week in Pictures, North America
The Independent
This photo gallery highlights some of the most compelling images made or published by Associated Press photographers in the North America region.
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16 Oct 3:54am Updated Historically black school renames hall honoring KKK leader
The Independent
A historically black university in Alabama has renamed a dormitory that honored a one-time governor who also led the Ku Klux Klan about a century ago
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16 Oct 3:53am Historically black school renames hall honouring KKK leader Bibb Graves
The Independent
A historically black university in Alabama has renamed a dormitory that honored a one-time governor who also led the Ku Klux Klan about a century ago
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16 Oct 3:49am UK weather: October sees wettest day on record with enough rainfall to fill Loch Ness
The Independent
<p>This year will be ‘associated with rainfall records’, Met Office climate boss says&nbsp;</p>
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16 Oct 3:47am Updated Judge rejects request to delay access to Floyd case filings
The Independent
A Minnesota judge has rejected a prosecution request to put a 48-hour hold on filings in the criminal cases of four Minneapolis police officers charged in George Floyd’s death
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16 Oct 3:47am George Floyd: Judge rejects request to delay access to case filings
The Independent
<p>A Minnesota judge has rejected a prosecution request to put a 48-hour hold on filings in the criminal cases of four Minneapolis police officers charged in George Floyd’s death</p>
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16 Oct 3:46am Coronavirus: Lancashire faces decision on toughest tier 3 lockdown
The Independent
<p>A decision is likely to be made shortly</p>
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16 Oct 3:38am Updated GM to run robot cars in San Francisco without human backups
The Independent
General Motors’ Cruise autonomous vehicle unit says it will pull the human backup drivers from its vehicles in San Francisco by the end of the year
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16 Oct 3:38am GM to run robot cars without human backups
The Independent
General Motors’ Cruise autonomous vehicle unit says it will pull the human backup drivers from its vehicles in San Francisco by the end of the year
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16 Oct 3:30am Mexico’s ex-defense secretary arrested in Los Angeles
The Independent
Mexico's top diplomat says former defense secretary Gen. Salvador Cienfuegos has been arrested in Los Angeles
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16 Oct 3:30am Salvador Cienfuegos: Mexico’s ex-defense secretary arrested in US
The Independent
<p>Mexico's top diplomat says former defense secretary Gen. Salvador Cienfuegos has been arrested in Los Angeles</p>
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16 Oct 3:28am Virologist: Milan surge spreading to at-risk populations
The Independent
As Italian health officials declare that the resurgence of COVID-19 has reached an “acute phase,” a virologist on the front lines in the Lombard capital, Milan, tells The Associated Press that Italy has two weeks to stop the spread or risk “following in the footsteps” of European neighbors where exponential spreads have ushered back harsh restrictions
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16 Oct 3:24am Updated Why tech giants limited the spread of NY Post story on Biden
The Independent
When Facebook and Twitter moved quickly this week to limit the spread of an unverified political story published by the conservative-leaning New York Post, it led to predictable cries of censorship from the right
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16 Oct 3:24am Hunter Biden: Why Facebook and Twitter limited the spread of New York Post story
The Independent
When Facebook and Twitter moved quickly this week to limit the spread of an unverified political story published by the conservative-leaning New York Post, it led to predictable cries of censorship from the right
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16 Oct 3:15am Inside Politics: Boris Johnson set to decide whether to walk from Brexit talks
The Independent
<p>With precious little sign of progress at the EU Council summit, it’s time for the prime minister to make up his mind on the future of trade deal negotiations, writes Adam Forrest</p>
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16 Oct 2:57am Smog returns to Indian capital as agriculture fires start
The Independent
Indian capital’s air quality levels have plunged to “very poor," days after the government initiated stricter measures to fight chronic air pollution
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16 Oct 2:56am Updated Court hearing resumes in plot to kidnap Michigan governor
The Independent
Five of the men accused in a plot to kidnap Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer return to federal court as a hearing on whether there is enough evidence to charge them continues
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16 Oct 2:55am Gretchen Whitmer: Court hearing resumes in plot to kidnap Michigan governor
The Independent
Five of the men accused in a plot to kidnap Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer return to federal court as a hearing on whether there is enough evidence to charge them continues
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16 Oct 2:39am Updated DOJ charges Texas billionaire in $2 billion tax fraud scheme
The Independent
Federal prosecutors have charged Texas billionaire Robert Brockman in a $2 billion tax fraud scheme that they say is the largest such case against an American
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16 Oct 2:38am Robert Brockman: Technology mogul charged in $2bn tax fraud scheme
The Independent
Federal prosecutors have charged Texas billionaire Robert Brockman in a $2 billion tax fraud scheme that they say is the largest such case against an American
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16 Oct 2:25am Updated New Zealand to vote on legalizing marijuana and euthanasia
The Independent
New Zealanders are poised to decide on two landmark social issues during an election Saturday: whether to legalize recreational marijuana and whether to legalize euthanasia
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16 Oct 2:24am New Zealand to vote on legalising cannabis and euthanasia
The Independent
New Zealanders are poised to decide on two landmark social issues during an election Saturday: whether to legalize recreational marijuana and whether to legalize euthanasia
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16 Oct 2:22am Covid vaccine rollout must not involve private firms, Unison warns government
The Independent
<p>‘The public needs total confidence that any vaccine is going to be safely given’, union official says</p>
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16 Oct 2:08am Asian shares mixed amid 2nd wave coronavirus, election fears
The Independent
Asian shares are mixed as investors weigh concerns about the U.S. presidential election and an economic stimulus package, on top of flaring outbreaks of coronavirus
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16 Oct 2:06am Brexit: Businesses fear ‘dual impact’ of coronavirus and no-deal departure from EU
The Independent
<p>Pandemic will magnify not mask the damage from EU exit, warn businesses</p>
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16 Oct 2:04am Bodies of 13 rescuers recovered from Vietnam landslide
The Independent
Rescuers in Vietnam have recovered the bodies of 11 army personnel and two other people who were buried in a landslide while trying to reach victims of another landslide
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16 Oct 1:32am The Latest: China says Qingdao outbreak linked to hospital
The Independent
Authorities say they have completed coronavirus tests on more than 10 million people in the northern Chinese port city of Qingdao after a hospital outbreak there blamed on “inappropriate disinfection.”
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16 Oct 1:01am 2 dead, 1 wounded in Los Angeles law enforcement shootings
The Independent
Police say a man who pointed a gun at people in a South Los Angeles gas station parking lot was shot and killed by officers
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16 Oct 12:59am Thousands arrive in Hawaii on first day pre-travel testing
The Independent
About 8,000 people landed in Hawaii on the first day of a pre-travel testing program that allowed travelers to come to the islands without quarantining for two weeks if they could produce a negative coronavirus test
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16 Oct 12:45am White House puts ‘politicals’ at CDC to try to control info
The Independent
The Trump White House has installed two political operatives at the nation’s top public health agency to try to control the information it releases about the coronavirus pandemic as the administration seeks to paint a positive outlook, sometimes at odds with the scientific evidence
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16 Oct 12:43am White House puts ‘politicals’ at CDC to try to control info
The Independent
The Trump White House has installed two political operatives at the nation’s top public health agency to try to control the information it releases about the coronavirus pandemic as the administration seeks to paint a positive outlook, sometimes at odds with the scientific evidence
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16 Oct 12:27am Avalanche of early votes transforming 2020 election
The Independent
A record-setting amount of early voting has changed the 2020 election
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16 Oct 12:19am 3 key Trump policies teed up for Supreme Court action
The Independent
Controversial Trump administration policies on the census, asylum seekers and the border wall, held illegal by lower courts, are on the Supreme Court’s agenda Friday
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16 Oct 12:11am Lemur located after break-in at San Francisco Zoo
The Independent
A ring-tailed lemur stolen from the San Francisco Zoo has been found
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16 Oct 12:09am AP FACT CHECK: Rhetoric from Trump, Biden in the non-debate
The Independent
President Donald Trump and Democratic rival Joe Biden fielded questions at competing town hall-style events that substituted for the second presidential debate
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16 Oct 12:07am Lives Lost: A woman of uncommon kindness, unshackled again
The Independent
Saferia Johnson earned a reputation as a mentor and mother figure to many and time and again
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16 Oct 12:04am Power still out to thousands in California to prevent fires
The Independent
Thousands of people in Northern California remain without power after a utility cut off service to prevent powerful winds from damaging equipment and sparking wildfires amid a fall heat wave
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16 Oct 12:00am Trump, Biden go at it — from a distance — in town halls
The Independent
President Donald Trump and Democrat Joe Biden showed striking differences in temperament, views on racial justice and approaches to the pandemic that has reshaped the nation in dueling televised town halls
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15 Oct 11:52pm Black scholars form effort to fight trolls, disinformation
The Independent
A group of U.S. Black scholars, activists, and writers has launched a new project combat misleading information online around voting, reparations and immigration
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15 Oct 11:31pm Biden criticises Trump for embracing ‘all the thugs in the world’
The Independent
<p>President mocked for ‘sending love letters’ to dictator Kim Jong-un</p>
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15 Oct 11:15pm Trump-Biden town halls: Eight key moments from the live election events
The Independent
<p>Paulette Dale is the Ken Bone that 2020 deserves</p>
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15 Oct 11:09pm Biden town hall: Covid vaccine, Supreme Court and Black America – what you missed while watching Trump
The Independent
<p>As US reaches 8 million confirmed infections, Democratic presidential candidate digs into pandemic’s impact, as well as his past failures and policy vision</p>
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15 Oct 10:54pm Trump-Biden town halls: America gets duelling versions of future presidents
The Independent
<p>Evening may have been good for television ratings but less so for America’s democracy, writes Andrew Buncombe</p>
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15 Oct 10:49pm Joe Biden says voters will know Supreme Court plans before election
The Independent
<p>White House hopeful says electorate has right to know ‘packing’ position</p>
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15 Oct 9:58pm Updated AP Week in Pictures: Asia
The Independent
This photo gallery highlights some of the most compelling images made or published by Associated Press photographers in Asia and Pacific
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15 Oct 9:50pm Savannah Guthrie: The town hall moderator who held Trump to task
The Independent
<p>Television host is married to former Al Gore political operative</p>
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15 Oct 9:46pm Illinois defends plan to send teen to Wisconsin in 2 deaths
The Independent
Illinois prosecutors are defending an effort to send a teenager to Wisconsin to face charges in the deaths of two protesters in August
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15 Oct 9:35pm Asia Today: Sydney lifts quarantine for N. Zealand travelers
The Independent
Australia’s largest city Sydney has lifted quarantine restrictions on travelers from New Zealand while the second largest city, Melbourne, marked the 100th day of one the world’s longest pandemic lockdowns
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15 Oct 9:16pm Updated Christie says he was wrong not to wear mask in White House
The Independent
Former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie says he was wrong not to wear a mask at the White House, where he and President Donald Trump both came down with the coronavirus
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15 Oct 9:14pm Chris Christie urges people to wear masks after week-long hospital stay due to coronavirus
The Independent
Former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie says he was wrong not to wear a mask at the White House, where he and President Donald Trump both came down with the coronavirus
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15 Oct 9:04pm Correa hits walkoff homer to keep Astros alive in ALCS
The Independent
Carlos Correa homered with one out in the ninth inning and the Houston Astros beat the Tampa Bay Rays 4-3 behind sensational pitching from five rookies to remain alive in the AL Championship Series
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15 Oct 8:42pm Biden says drug users should not be jailed as he admits crime bill was a mistake at town hall
The Independent
<p>Democratic presidential candidate reflects on ‘86 and ’94 legislation that have faced criticism for exacerbating mass incarceration</p>
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15 Oct 7:55pm California Supreme Court orders re-examination of Scott Peterson’s murder convictions
The Independent
<p>Death penalty was overturned in August due to ‘significant errors’ during trial’s jury selection</p>
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15 Oct 7:45pm Gloves linked to forced labor in China stopped at LA port
The Independent
U.S. authorities say they have traced a a shipment of women's gloves to forced labor and a brutal crackdown on ethnic minorities in China
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15 Oct 7:45pm Black man who stole hedge clippers released from life sentence
The Independent
<p>Release from harsh sentence comes after freedom blocked by state’s top court</p>
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15 Oct 7:41pm White House was told Russia targeted Giuliani to feed misinformation to Trump, report says
The Independent
The White House was warned by US intelligence agencies last year that Rudolph Giuliani was targetted by Russia to feed misinformation to Donald Trump.
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15 Oct 7:35pm Nebraska Sen. Sasse rips Trump over COVID-19, foreign policy
The Independent
Republican U_S_ Sen_ Ben Sasse of Nebraska has told constituents that President Donald Trump mocks Christian evangelicals in private and “kisses dictators’ butts.”
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15 Oct 7:24pm With a hug, Feinstein draws liberal critics at court hearing
The Independent
Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California is coming under criticism for her handling of Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett's confirmation hearings
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15 Oct 7:20pm British man charged in connection with plane crash that killed footballer Emiliano Sala
The Independent
<p>David Henderson, 66, accused of acting in ‘reckless/negligent’ manner</p>
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15 Oct 7:00pm TfL told to hike fares and strip elderly of free travel to access new £1bn bailout
The Independent
<p>Measures including extending congestion charge area ‘totally unacceptable to the mayor’, source says</p>
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