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17 Oct 6:15pm Coronavirus: NHS drones to be deployed in battle against Covid after space agency backing
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<p>‘There has never been a better time to create a faster, more dependable and environmentally friendly method of transporting medical supplies’</p>
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17 Oct 6:00pm AP News Digest 6 p.m.
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Here are the AP’s latest coverage plans, top stories and promotable content. All times EDT. For up-to-the minute information on AP’s coverage, visit Coverage Plan at https://newsroom ap.org.
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17 Oct 5:43pm A Fenway first: Ballpark becomes voting venue amid pandemic
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The baseball season may be over for the Boston Red Sox, but people are lining up at Fenway Park to vote
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17 Oct 4:47pm Thousands rally for Women’s March amid calls to defeat Donald Trump
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<p>Organisers say more than 116,000 participants took part across the US</p>
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17 Oct 4:35pm Poultry firm denies any link to US Senator of same name who mocked Kamala Harris
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<p>Perdue Chicken assures angry customers it has no links to Georgia politician&nbsp;</p>
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17 Oct 4:25pm Coronavirus: Poll shows lack of trust in Boris Johnson as Britons feel the financial pinch from pandemic
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<p><strong>Exclusive: </strong>Quarter of Britons say household income has dropped due to outbreak and lockdown</p>
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17 Oct 4:03pm Trump heads to rallies in Michigan and Wisconsin as states break coronavirus case records
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<p>Both states saw highest single-day infections since onset of pandemic</p>
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17 Oct 3:55pm Coronavirus: Police to be given test-and-trace data to help enforce isolation rules
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<p>Change sparks concern among some senior health officials that sharing data will reduce people’s willingness to cooperate with rules</p>
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17 Oct 3:54pm Schoolgirl awarded $25,000 for developing potential Covid-19 treatment
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<p>Teenager developed molecule to block coronavirus protein from functioning</p>
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17 Oct 3:46pm As lockdown eases, Israelis again gather against Netanyahu
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Thousands of Israelis are demonstrating outside the official residence of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, resuming the weekly protest against the Israeli leader after emergency restrictions imposed as part of a coronavirus lockdown were lifted
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17 Oct 3:32pm Amy Coney Barrett attacked for ‘cruelty’ in role overturning prison inmate rape damages
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<p>Observers say Ms Barrett ruled against a county in similar prison case</p>
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17 Oct 3:16pm Several injured in blast, fire at Virginia shopping center
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Officials say an investigation is underway into the cause of an explosion and large fire at a shopping center in Harrisonburg, Virginia, that injured several people
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17 Oct 3:10pm Marcus Rashford petition to end child poverty surpasses 250,000 signatures
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<p>Petition launched by footballer two days ago&nbsp;</p>
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17 Oct 3:09pm Haitian police, protesters clash; president calls for unity
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Haitian police have fired rubber bullets and tear gas to disperse anti-government protesters who blocked roads and set fires in the capital, Port-au-Prince
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17 Oct 2:56pm Modern slavery: Support workers warned not to speak out about fears for victims
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<p><strong>Exclusive: </strong>Caseworkers are ordered not to speak to lawyers about effects of cuts to survivors’ financial allowances</p>
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17 Oct 2:14pm Trump struggling to retain Upper Midwest in his win column
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President Donald Trump is making a late reelection pitch to voters Saturday in Michigan and Wisconsin, states in the Upper Midwest that were instrumental to his 2016 victory but may now be slipping from his grasp
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17 Oct 2:12pm Coronavirus: Queen could be used to dispel vaccine fears, government expert suggests
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<p>But, er, Professor Heidi Larson also admits palace may not wish to ‘risk’ giving 94-year-old new jab</p>
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17 Oct 2:01pm Organizers exhort women to vote for change at US rallies
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A mostly young, diverse crowd of masked women is rallying in the nation’s capital, exhorting voters to oppose President Donald Trump and his fellow Republican candidates in the Nov. 3 elections
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17 Oct 1:43pm Cuomo: Movie theaters in NY can open Friday, with limits
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Movie theaters in New York state can reopen beginning next Friday with restrictions on audience size and other precautions in place, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Saturday
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17 Oct 1:14pm Newly released videos show Michigan militia training for Gretchen Whitmer kidnap plot
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<p>Wolverine Watchmen planned to ‘try’ Gretchen Whitmer for lockdown measures</p>
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17 Oct 1:02pm US judge mulls competency of Mexican man who shot American
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A federal judge in San Francisco is mulling the competency to stand trial of a Mexican man who shot and killed 32-year-old Kate Steinle
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17 Oct 12:58pm Trump boasts about 2021 Nobel nominations and complains he hasn’t received enough publicity
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<p>Awarding organisation does not consider nominations an endorsement or ‘extended honour’</p>
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17 Oct 11:41am Divided world is failing Covid challenge, UN chief warns
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<p>Antonio Guterres says pandemic marks ‘double crisis’ for poorest people in the world &nbsp;</p>
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17 Oct 11:34am Coronavirus UK: 150 deaths within 24 hours, as cases rise by over 16,000
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An additional 16,171 people have tested positive for the coronavirus in the space of 24 hours, the government has confirmed - bringing the total nationwide tally to 705,428.
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17 Oct 11:31am Police in Belarus disperse another protest, detain scores
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Police in Belarus have detained scores of demonstrators pushing for the resignation of the country’s authoritarian leader after an August election widely seen as manipulated
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17 Oct 11:20am ‘I can no longer do the job’: Salisbury police officer poisoned by Novichok quits force
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<p>Detective Sergeant Nick Bailey leaves after 18 years in job</p>
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17 Oct 11:17am Woman arrested on suspicion of murder after man dies in Birmingham
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<p>A 48-year-old woman is in police custody after having been arrested</p>
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17 Oct 11:14am US resorts adapt to new normal of skiing amid pandemic
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Roughly seven months after the coronavirus cut the ski season short at the height of spring break, resorts across the U.S. and Canada are picking up the pieces and trying to figure out how to safely reopen this winter
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17 Oct 11:08am ‘Please Like Me,’ Trump begged – but for many women, it’s too late
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<p>Groups of suburban women are organising to protest against US president</p>
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17 Oct 11:06am Jeremy Corbyn’s brother Piers joins lockdown rule-breaking revellers in central London
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<p>Piers Corbyn was seen shaking hands with fellow protesters as groups of revellers spilled out onto streets ahead of new rules</p>
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17 Oct 10:54am Harrisonburg explosion: Three people injured as firefighters battle explosion in Virginia
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<p>Three-alarm blaze engulfs shopping centre in Harrisonburg</p>
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17 Oct 10:28am Former French president Sarkozy facing new legal charges
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<p>Charges concern alleged illegal financing of his successful 2007 election campaign&nbsp;</p>
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17 Oct 10:27am How likely is a Brexit deal? Top experts calculate probability of trade agreement
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<p>Some of the world’s leading Brexit analysts tell Adam Forrest how they assess the chances of a UK-EU free trade deal before 31 December</p>
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17 Oct 9:58am Pope removes Polish bishop accused of sex abuse cover-up
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Pope Francis has permanently removed a Polish bishop who was kicked out of his diocese a few months ago pending a Vatican investigation into allegations he covered up cases of sexual abuse by his priests
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17 Oct 9:36am Updated Armenia, Azerbaijan tensions rise amid claims of new attacks
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The conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan is escalating, with both sides exchanging accusations and claims of attacks over the separatist territory of Nagorno-Karabakh
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17 Oct 9:27am Thousands of seal pups discovered dead in mysterious mass die-off at colony in Namibia
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<p>‘This is tragic, as it makes up a large portion of the new pup arrivals expected in late November,’ says conservationist organisation</p>
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17 Oct 9:13am Black immigrants find camaraderie, divide amid protests
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Inspired by global protests against systemic racism and police brutality, a Nigerian American lifestyle blogger delivered a message to Black immigrant communities in the United States: This is your battle, too
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17 Oct 9:08am Rural Midwest hospitals struggling to handle virus surge
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Rural Jerauld County in South Dakota didn’t see a single case of the coronavirus for more than two months stretching from June to August
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17 Oct 9:05am Kent locals to welcome ‘new neighbours’ at military barracks housing migrants
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<p>Kent barracks has been converted to house asylum seekers crossing channel&nbsp;</p>
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17 Oct 8:53am ‘It will spread like wildfire’: Fears of coronavirus outbreak after asylum seeker catches Covid at ‘unsanitary’ barracks
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<p>Poor food, lack of medical care and impossibility of social distancing make Kent site acutely vulnerable to Covid explosion, volunteers say</p>
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17 Oct 8:42am PM office: ICC prosecutor visits Sudan over Darfur charges
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The office of Sudan’s prime minister says International Criminal Court Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda is arriving Saturday in Sudan to discuss cooperation with local authorities over bringing to trial those internationally wanted for war crimes and genocide in the Darfur conflict
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17 Oct 8:39am 25 million Americans have already voted in 2020 elections
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<p>As early voting begins across US, total ballots cast represent nearly 20 per cent of total votes in 2016 – with more than two weeks left to Election Day</p>
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17 Oct 8:33am AP FACT CHECK: Trump sees what others do not in the pandemic
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All the gears of government were in motion this past week as the presidential candidates, a Supreme Court nominee and members of Congress weighed in on the issues of the time
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17 Oct 8:28am Father felt Boris Johnson discarded question as ‘nonsense’ after asking if he could visit son under new lockdown rules
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<p>Mr Eldridge was told by the Prime Minister to check for guidance online about whether he would be able to visit his six-year-old son.</p>
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17 Oct 8:24am Coronavirus: Senior Tory urges return of virtual parliament as Commons speaker warns of MPs becoming ‘superspreaders’
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<p>Rees-Mogg told MPs they have ‘duty’ to be in the chamber during pandemic</p>
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17 Oct 8:01am ‘The gaffe man’: Jacinda Ardern tweet mocking Boris Johnson fitness for PM resurfaces
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<p>New Zealand leader’s musing from 2012 revisited ahead of historic election victory</p>
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17 Oct 7:56am ‘Huge stupid Americanism’: Italian governor rails against Halloween as he imposes 31 October curfew
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<p>Vincenzo De Luca announces coronavirus measures amid spike in regional cases</p>
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17 Oct 7:47am Coronavirus: Survival rate of intensive care patients improving, data suggests
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<p>Data shows less than 12 per cent admitted to critical care have died since September&nbsp;</p>
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17 Oct 7:39am Jacinda Ardern: A beacon of hope in our tumultuous times
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<p>It’s hard to imagine a more turbulent three years in New Zealand’s recent history, but Jacinda Ardern’s impressive handling of successive crises and her positive leadership style has seen her become one the world’s most prominent leaders. As she wins an historic landslide, Sean O’Grady takes a look at her tenure so far</p>
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17 Oct 7:18am China passes amendments outlawing insulting national flag
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The Standing Committee of China’s congress has passed amendments to a law that will criminalize the intentional insulting of the national flag and emblem, after anti-government protesters in Hong Kong last year desecrated the Chinese flag
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17 Oct 7:16am Woman convicted of cutting pregnant woman’s body open before kidnapping baby to be executed
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<p>Lisa Montgomery used rope to strangle woman who was eight months pregnant</p>
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17 Oct 6:54am Dutch king returns from vacation after lockdown uproar
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The Dutch royal couple are back in the Netherlands Saturday after their vacation trip to Greece had to be abandoned because of an uproar back home, where people are being urged to stay at home as much as possible
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17 Oct 6:43am Trump loses to Biden in town hall TV ratings war despite being shown on two more networks
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<p>Defeat will likely enrage US president who has long obsessed over media popularity</p>
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17 Oct 6:43am Iran announces its virus death toll passes 30,000 killed
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Iran has announced that its death toll from the coronavirus has passed the milestone of 30,000 killed
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17 Oct 6:34am New virus restrictions in Europe; Merkel warns of hard days
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Chancellor Angela Merkel has urged Germans to come together like they did in the spring to slow the spread of the coronavirus as the country posted another daily record of new cases Saturday
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17 Oct 5:58am AP PHOTOS: India holds digital fashion week amid pandemic
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Unlike a fashion show, the models aren’t swaying on a ramp in real life. They are depending on digital technology to rescue their annual extravaganza from the coronavirus pandemic.
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17 Oct 5:50am Azerbaijan: Armenian missile killed 13, wounded over 50
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Azerbaijan has accused Armenia of striking its second-largest city with a ballistic missile that killed at least 13 civilians and wounded 50 others in a new escalation of their conflict over Nagorno-Karabakh
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17 Oct 5:34am New Zealand election: Jacinda Ardern wins by landslide after calm coronavirus response
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<p>Labour Party leader has been lauded for her handling of the pandemic</p>
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17 Oct 5:19am Donald Trump says he might leave US if he loses to Joe Biden
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<p>President says he cannot face defeat by former vice president</p>
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17 Oct 5:10am Coronavirus: Students self-isolating in halls told ‘wait behind if there’s a fire’
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<p>York University officials said instructions were to maintain social distancing during evacuation</p>
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17 Oct 4:51am Unholy alliance: How Moscow turned to priests and bikers to topple Montenegro’s rulers after failing with guns
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<p>Recent elections in Montenegro saw the end of an autocrat but also the rise of Russian influence in the country, reports Borzou Daragahi</p>
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17 Oct 4:44am Government plans near-total ban on touching mobile phones while driving
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<p>An exception will be made for contactless payments while stationary</p>
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17 Oct 4:42am Croydon murder: Man killed at flat in south London
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<p>59-year-old man pronounced dead shortly after police arrived</p>
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17 Oct 4:41am Bangkok shuts down transit systems as protesters persist
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The authorities in Bangkok have shut down mass transit systems as Thailand’s capital braces for a fourth straight day of determined anti-government protests
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17 Oct 3:25am Updated AP Week in Pictures, Global
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This photo gallery highlights some of the most compelling images made or published in the past week by The Associated Press from around the world.
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17 Oct 3:05am Dark déjà vu for European economy as virus cases spike
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A resurgence in coronavirus cases in Europe is darkening the prospects for the economy just as it was emerging from its sharpest recession in modern history
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17 Oct 2:18am Leftist versus hardliner in Turkish Cypriot leadership vote
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Turkish Cypriots vote on Sunday in a leadership runoff that could decide whether they retain more control over their own affairs or steer even closer to an increasingly domineering Turkey
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17 Oct 2:03am Trump on defense, courting voters in two must-win states
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President Donald Trump is going after his opponent’s family and defending his own struggle to contain the pandemic as he fights to energize his sagging reelection bid
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17 Oct 1:16am Low-key Democrat tries to hang onto Senate seat in Michigan
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First-term Democratic Sen. Gary Peters of Michigan is trying to hang onto his seat
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17 Oct 1:05am Trump plays down virus as he steps up pitch for second term
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In the week since President Donald Trump emerged from coronavirus isolation, he has demonstrated new determination to minimize the threat of the virus that has killed more than 215,000 Americans and complicated his chances of winning another four years in the White House
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17 Oct 12:43am Asia Today: Melbourne ready to ease rules with 1 new case
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Australia’s Victoria state has reported just one new case of COVID-19 and no deaths as the city of Melbourne moves closer towards the easing of some lifestyle restrictions
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17 Oct 12:32am Rhonda Fleming, film star of ‘40s and ‘50s, dies at 97
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Rhonda Fleming, a Hollywood star of the 1940s and 1950s famed for her fiery red hair, has died at 97
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17 Oct 12:31am The Latest: Oregon reports 418 new cases, 6 deaths
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The Oregon Health Authority reported 418 new confirmed and presumptive COVID-19 cases and six additional deaths
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16 Oct 11:21pm Santos ends contract with Robinho after sponsor complaints
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Brazilian soccer team Santos has suspended a newly-signed contract with international star Robinho after a sponsor made reference to the player’s past sexual assault case
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16 Oct 10:42pm Judge refuses to block New York COVID-19 restrictions
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A federal judge has refused to block Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s order limiting worship to as few as 10 congregants in communities seeing spikes in coronavirus infections
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16 Oct 9:02pm Trump says AOC has ‘a great line in bulls***’ as he slams Green New Deal
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<p>President insults congresswoman over policies to tackle climate crisis</p>
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16 Oct 8:34pm Feds to execute woman who killed victim, cut baby from womb
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A woman convicted of fatally strangling a pregnant woman, cutting her body open and kidnapping her baby is scheduled to be the first female inmate put to death by the U.S. government in more than six decades
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16 Oct 8:33pm Republican senator accused of racism after mocking Kamala Harris’ name at Donald Trump rally
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A Republican senator has been accused of racism after mocking the name of Kamala Harris, as he introduced Donald Trump at a campaign rally.
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16 Oct 8:21pm Trump’s Secret Service agents often go maskless
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<p>Fears that president could be left vulnerable to contracting coronavirus a second time</p>
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16 Oct 8:17pm SF Zoo cites child for finding lemur, police arrest suspect
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San Francisco police say they arrested a man suspected in the abduction of a ring-tailed lemur from the city’s zoo, where officials rewarded a 5-year-old boy who helped recapture the endangered primate with a lifetime membership
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16 Oct 8:16pm Michigan bans open carry at polls as gun groups vow resistance
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<p>Move comes a week after authorities broke up an armed plot to kidnap Governor Gretchen Whitmer</p>
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16 Oct 7:35pm Joe Kennedy III: Senate campaign improperly spent $1.5M
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U.S. Rep. Joe Kennedy III says his campaign improperly spent $1.5 million earmarked for the general election during the Massachusetts congressman's failed bid to capture the Democratic nomination for a U.S. Senate seat
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16 Oct 7:20pm California disputed ballot boxes removed, arguing continues
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California officials say the state Republican Party has yanked unofficial drop boxes that came under fire last weekend, but declined to weigh in on whether the GOP’s continued use of boxes to collect votes was legal
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16 Oct 7:08pm New Zealanders go to the polls as Ardern seeks 2nd term
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Polling places have opened on election day in New Zealand as Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern seeks a second term
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16 Oct 7:07pm Is the government really guilty of wasting billions on consultants and outsourcing companies?
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<p>Some see an ‘ideological obsession’ on the part of ministers and their advisors with using the private sector, rather than the public sector to deal with the virus. Others allege outright corruption. So what’s the reality? Is the situation really as rotten as is being claimed? Ben Chu investigates</p>
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16 Oct 7:00pm San Francisco Hillside Sign catches fire, as blaze forces residents to evacuate
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<p>‘Safety is our number one priority,’ says fire chief Jesus Magallanes</p>
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