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28 Oct 7:41pm Supreme Court leaves NC absentee ballot deadline at Nov. 12
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The Supreme Court will allow absentee ballots in North Carolina to be received and counted up to 9 days after Election Day, in a win for Democrats
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28 Oct 7:06pm Nigel Farage praises Trump at rally after being introduced as one of Europe’s ‘most powerful men’
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Even president seemed impressed at Mr Farage’s enthusiastic level of support
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28 Oct 6:58pm Red coating contaminates SpaceX rockets, delays crew launch
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SpaceX's second astronaut flight is off until mid-November while two rocket engines are replaced
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28 Oct 6:56pm Feds issue coverage plan for COVID-19 vaccine and treatments
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Federal health officials are issuing insurance coverage rules designed to deliver on the promise that every American will have access to free COVID-19 vaccines when they are approved
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28 Oct 6:32pm Trump calls ex-official who revealed he was ‘Anonymous’ whistleblower a ‘sleazebag’ who should be prosecuted
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President predicts victory in Arizona and other swing states just ‘like 2016’ as he barnstorms in late blitz
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28 Oct 6:28pm Lawyer for China exec accuses RCMP of lying about her arrest
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A lawyer for a senior executive of Chinese tech giant Huawei is accusing a Canadian police officer of lying about why he didn’t arrest her immediately at Vancouver’s airport two years ago
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28 Oct 6:17pm How the British government made English Channel tragedy more likely
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Ministers were warned a year ago that migrants would attempt more dangerous sea journeys unless they had safe alternatives, Lizzie Dearden writes 
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28 Oct 5:45pm Justices deny fast, new look at Pennsylvania ballot deadline
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The Supreme Court says it will not grant a quick, pre-election review to a new Republican appeal to exclude Pennsylvania absentee ballots received after Election Day
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28 Oct 5:40pm Man gets life term for murder of Chicago police commander
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A man convicted of first-degree murder in the 2018 shooting death of a Chicago police commander has been sentenced to life in prison
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28 Oct 5:36pm Justice Department ramps up inquiry into NY care home deaths
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The Justice Department is vastly expanding its inquiry into whether New York is undercounting its coronavirus nursing home deaths
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28 Oct 5:35pm Ministers warned more deaths in Channel inevitable after family dies trying to reach UK
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Charities say ‘hostile’ response to rise in crossings is pushing people to take more perilous journeys, while migrants vow to continue trying to cross because they have ‘no other option’
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28 Oct 5:16pm Updated Artist Tracey Emin reveals she had operation for cancer
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British artist Tracey Emin says she was diagnosed with cancer earlier this year and is in remission after an operation
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28 Oct 5:16pm Arrest made in 2008 kidnapping of journalists in Afghanistan
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An Afghan man has been brought to the United States to face charges in the 2008 gunpoint kidnapping of a journalist for The New York Times and two other men in Afghanistan
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28 Oct 5:15pm Military says fighter jet intercepted private plane over Trump’s Arizona rally
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F-16 scrambled after pilot strayed into restricted space near president
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28 Oct 5:15pm Lawsuit says census takers were pressured to falsify data
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A revised lawsuit says the U.S. Census Bureau was able to claim it had reached 99.9% of households because census takers were pressured to falsify data in order to close cases
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28 Oct 5:14pm Cubans fret as US sanctions threaten Western Union closures
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More than 400 Western Union offices that Cubans heavily rely on for remittances sent by family abroad are in danger of closing amid a growing number of sanctions the U.S. government has placed on the island
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28 Oct 5:12pm New program allows soldiers to innovate from the bottom up
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A new competition launched by the U.S. Army hopes to harvest innovative ideas from the bottom up
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28 Oct 5:11pm US embassy employee may have drugged and sexually assaulted at least 22 women, prosecutors say
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Brian Jeffrey Raymond was arrested after authorities attended a woman in distress at his apartment
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28 Oct 4:56pm Whitmer, Benson defend election integrity amid Trump attacks
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Michigan’s Democratic governor and top elections official are defending the integrity of the election amid continued attacks from President Donald Trump
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28 Oct 4:53pm Man arrested with two weapons at pro-Trump rally attended by South Dakota governor
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Governor Noem’s security says she was ‘not in harm’s way’ during incident
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28 Oct 4:50pm Afghan man arrested for 2008 kidnapping of New York Times journalist David Rohde
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Mr Najibullah faces conspiracy, kidnapping and weapons charges.
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28 Oct 4:47pm Rising infections complicate rules for New York-area travel
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Questions have arisen about the usefulness of travel restrictions like those agreed on by New York, Connecticut and New Jersey
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28 Oct 4:31pm The Latest: Zeta just shy of reaching Category 3 status
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Hurricane Zeta is just short of being considered a major hurricane as it speeds toward storm-weary Louisiana with New Orleans squarely in its path
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28 Oct 4:16pm Arizona Democrats target once-solidly red 6th District
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Arizona Democrats are targeting one of four solidly Republican U.S. House districts with a polished candidate who has a big fundraising edge against a wounded GOP incumbent
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28 Oct 4:00pm Developer tied to Texas AG accused judge, others of fraud
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An Austin real estate developer at the center of recent allegations against Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton asked investigators to probe an elaborate conspiracy this fall
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28 Oct 4:00pm Facebook, Twitter, Google: Three things we learned from the latest Big Tech hearing in the Senate
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A hearing about Section 230 turned into a grilling of Big Tech CEOs about decisions surrounding reports on Hunter Biden
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28 Oct 3:56pm Venezuela president: Key Venezuelan oil refinery attacked
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Venezuela’s president says a large oil refinery suffered a terrorist attack as his government struggles to provide domestic fuel to the crisis-stricken nation
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28 Oct 3:46pm Road, logging restrictions to end in largest national forest
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The federal government has announced plans to lift restrictions on building roads and logging in a pristine rainforest in Alaska that provides habitat for wolves, bears and salmon
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28 Oct 3:43pm Polls 2020: Biden stretches national lead to 14 points with just six days left to go, Independent poll reveals
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A three-point increase for the Democratic presidential nominee in just a few weeks 
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28 Oct 3:40pm Even in death, pot candidate upends Minnesota US House race
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Adam Weeks was never going to win his Minnesota congressional race, but the deceased Legal Marijuana Now Party candidate has had an outsized effect on the suburban race
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28 Oct 3:37pm Fraud by fake CIA operative lands 7-year prison term
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A former federal public affairs officer has been sentenced to seven years in prison for pretending to be an undercover CIA operative to persuade companies to give him millions of dollars
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28 Oct 3:36pm Philadelphia announces a curfew after two nights of unrest following Walter Wallace killing
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Walter Wallace was shot and killed on Monday afternoon in Philadelphia and his family are appealing for calm 
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28 Oct 3:22pm AP Explains: Power shutoffs to prevent California wildfires
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California’s largest utilities have repeatedly staged power shutoffs this year to prevent their equipment from sparking wildfires during one of the worst fire seasons on record
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28 Oct 3:13pm France to enter second lockdown amid record coronavirus surge
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France will introduce a new coronavirus lockdown from Friday, President Emmanuel Macron has announced.
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28 Oct 3:08pm Millions of mailed ballots not yet returned in key states
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Millions of mail ballots have yet to be returned in key battleground states just days before the presidential election
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28 Oct 2:51pm ICE settles lawsuit filed by immigrant activists in Vermont
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The federal government has agreed not to deport three immigrant activists in Vermont who sued two years ago after they were arrested
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28 Oct 2:49pm Dozens of hospital patients discharged into care homes after testing positive for Covid, Scottish officials admit
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Nicola Sturgeon says hospital discharges did not contribute to ‘significant higher risk’ of outbreaks
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28 Oct 2:39pm Police: 7 taken to hospitals after Trump Omaha airport rally
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Police in Omaha, Nebraska, say at least seven people who attended an airport rally for President Donald Trump were taken to hospitals
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28 Oct 2:35pm Pterosaurs: Winged-reptiles gradually improved flying ability over millions of years, study finds
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Research shows pterosaurs became twice as good at flying over existence
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28 Oct 2:16pm Trump urges courts to block all vote-counting well beyond next Tuesday
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Donald Trump is urging federal courts to block any vote-counting by states that intend to tally ballots well beyond Election Day as he continues his assault on mass mail-in voting just days before he faces voters for perhaps the final time.
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28 Oct 2:13pm Biden enjoys staggering 17-point lead in key battleground state while up seven in Michigan
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Former vice president sees growing lead in states crucial in his bid to unseat Donald Trump
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28 Oct 2:00pm Labour antisemitism: Party braced for damning verdict on treatment of Jews under Corbyn leadership
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Labour is braced for a verdict that it unlawfully discriminated against Jewish people under Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership, sparking a flood of damaging – and expensive – compensation claims.
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28 Oct 1:59pm Updated Immigrants quickly expelled by Trump try repeatedly to cross
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President Donald Trump’s vast reshaping of U.S. immigration policy may be most widely felt in his undoing of asylum
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28 Oct 1:58pm Architect Norman Foster called to testify in Spanish court case, or face possible arrest
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The Spanish court has asked the architect to testify in December 
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28 Oct 1:53pm Top Trump aide claims Biden would encourage child trafficking, echoing baseless QAnon conspiracy
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Donald Trump adviser Stephen Miller, on behalf of the president’s re-election campaign, has claimed without evidence that Democratic candidate Joe Biden would “incentivise” child trafficking under his administration, if elected.
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28 Oct 1:53pm Outlaw country artist Billy Joe Shaver dead at 81
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Outlaw country singer songwriter Billy Joe Shaver, who penned songs for Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson and Bobby Bare, has died
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28 Oct 1:51pm Nottinghamshire to enter Tier 3 from Friday
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Latest part of England to be put in Tier 3  
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28 Oct 1:48pm Indian agency raids home of journalist, activists in Kashmir
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India’s premier investigating agency on Wednesday says it raided nearly a dozen locations in Indian-controlled Kashmir including the offices and residences of a journalist and two prominent activists
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28 Oct 1:47pm Porn actor and two marines arrested in gun-selling conspiracy, report says
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Two defendants allegedly used plan to ‘enrich themselves and others by manufacturing and selling hard to obtain firearms’
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28 Oct 1:42pm Updated Gang member who says he beat up R. Kelly sentenced in deaths
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A convicted gang member who says he beat up jailed R&B singer R. Kelly in a Chicago cell has been sentenced to life in prison for a racketeering conviction that involved two 1999 murders
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28 Oct 1:42pm Body of missing rapper Brian Trotter found in boot of car after crash
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Police made grim discovery after seeing flies buzzing around car
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28 Oct 1:42pm Gang member who said he attacked rapper R. Kelly in prison cell sentenced to life
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A convicted gang member who says he beat up jailed R&B singer R. Kelly in a Chicago cell has been sentenced to life in prison for a racketeering conviction that involved two 1999 murders
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28 Oct 1:37pm Russell Wilson, Ciara fund charter school in Seattle area
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Football star Russell Wilson and wife Ciara, the Grammy-winning performer, are the latest wealthy philanthropists to back a charter school
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28 Oct 1:32pm Brexit: What’s really happening to the price of soy – and why does it matter?
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The confusion over soy reflects a lingering broader confusion about the economic impact of Brexit and the revolutions in UK trade arrangements it is creating and threatening, says Ben Chu
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28 Oct 1:29pm Judge says Texas mask mandate must extend to polling places
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A federal judge has ruled that Texas’ statewide mask mandate must extend to inside polling places
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28 Oct 1:21pm Belarus minister says police could use guns during protests
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The interior minister of Belarus has warned that authorities wouldn’t hesitate to approve the use of live ammunition on protesters, if it’s necessary to quash more than 2 1/2 months of demonstrations against the reelection of the country’s authoritarian president
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28 Oct 1:08pm Five US states at high risk of election-related violence from militias, report claims
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Researchers tracked 80 militias since the beginning of the summer
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28 Oct 12:57pm Coronavirus: Bristol says it is entering ‘Tier 1 Plus’ restrictions
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City council says measures being described with local term, not something from central government
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28 Oct 12:56pm Police catch burglar asleep next to half-eaten cheesecake
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Bar owner alerted police after finding suspect curled up with dessert and Henry hoover
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28 Oct 12:53pm Coronavirus: South Africa may have developed degree of herd immunity against Covid-19, say scientists
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Strict lockdown measures credited with helping inadvertently spread Covid-19 in dense urban areas
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28 Oct 12:53pm Toyota adds 1.5M vehicles to US recall for engine stalling
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Toyota is adding 1.5 million U.S. vehicles to recalls from early this year to fix fuel pumps that can fail and cause engines to stall
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28 Oct 12:52pm Media election planners prepare for a night of mystery
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News organizations preparing to follow the vote count next week are preaching caution
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28 Oct 12:52pm Coronavirus: What is Tier 1 Plus?
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The tier within a tier has targeted actions to stem the spread of the virus
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28 Oct 12:49pm All about Section 230, a rule that made the modern internet
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Twenty-six words tucked into a 1996 law overhauling telecommunications have allowed companies like Facebook, Twitter and Google to grow into the giants they are today
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28 Oct 12:48pm Anger as campaigners argue pupils should not be excluded for sexual assaults
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‘You cannot ‘include’ one child at risk of many others self-excluding or living in climate of fear,’ Safe Schools Alliance says 
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28 Oct 12:47pm Michigan overturns ban on open carry of guns at polling stations
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State secretary due to appeal ruling amid concerns at voter intimidation next week
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28 Oct 12:47pm UK-Iranian dual national held in Tehran summoned to court
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The husband of a British-Iranian woman detained in Iran for more than four years says she has been summoned to a new court hearing and warned she will be sent back to prison
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28 Oct 12:46pm Rudy Giuliani enraged by Fox host who compared his Hunter Biden claims to Christopher Steele dossier
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Donald Trump’s lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, was incensed by a Fox Business interviewer who criticised his promotion of scandal involving a laptop supposedly belonging to Hunter Biden – comparing him to an ex-spy who compiled a dossier of dubious claims against Donald Trump.
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28 Oct 12:44pm Coronavirus delays putting patients’ lives at risk, warn ambulance chiefs
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Ambulances are being delayed responding to emergencies because of waiting times at hospital
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28 Oct 12:43pm DIY chains and garden centres ‘adding to climate crisis’ by selling peat as government fails to end trade
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Horticulture industry and ministers accused of dragging their feet over preserving eco-friendly material
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28 Oct 12:40pm 2020 polls: Biden leads Trump in battleground states Michigan and Wisconsin
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Findings suggest concerns about coronavirus are weighing heavily on Trump’s candidacy
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28 Oct 12:34pm Breonna Taylor grand jurors: Officers deserved more charges
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A man who served on the Breonna Taylor grand jury says he felt police actions on the night of her death were “criminal.”
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28 Oct 12:32pm Gen Z to the polls: Why young people are signing up to work 2020 elections in record numbers
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Thousands of high school and college students are signing up to work the polls, and millions have already cast their ballots as the US sees an unprecedented wave in young voter turnout,  Like Reply
28 Oct 12:28pm Russia blocks doctors from talking about coronavirus
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Rubber-stamp directive derided as 'attempt to restrict information’
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28 Oct 12:14pm Shark washes up on beach after being stabbed by swordfish
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Attacker may have been trying to secure food in a high-competition environment, scientists suggest
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28 Oct 12:13pm Sean Hannity rants that ‘coronavirus hysteria’ is attempt to ‘demoralise’ Trump supporters as Covid cases surge
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US currently averaging more than 70,000 new Covid-19 infections a day, with 500,000 Americans diagnosed with virus in a week
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28 Oct 12:10pm Ahead of the election, a landslide of documentaries
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The election has unleashed an avalanche of documentaries like no season before it
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28 Oct 12:01pm US charges 8 in alleged Chinese surveillance effort in US
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The Justice Department has charged eight people with participating in a covert effort on behalf of the Chinese government that aimed to locate Chinese dissidents and others in the U.S. who were wanted by Beijing
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28 Oct 11:54am Blowout US economic growth in summer is already fading
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Americans may feel whiplashed by a report Thursday on the economy’s growth this summer, when an explosive rebound followed an epic collapse
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28 Oct 11:50am How the mafia and right-wing are flourishing during Italy’s latest lockdown
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With the rise of poverty and the collapse of political alliances, there are warnings that the mafia and extremists could exploit the chaos, reports Federica Marsi in Italy
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28 Oct 11:45am Amazon launches Swedish site in 1st leg of Nordic expansion
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Amazon has launched a website in Sweden as the first leg of a long-anticipated expansion into the tech-savvy Nordic region that is expected to have a major long-term impact on brick-and-mortar stores and e-commerce
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28 Oct 11:43am Lockdowns, business rollbacks threatened amid surging virus
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A surge in coronavirus cases is prompting the threat of lockdowns or a return to business restrictions reminiscent of the spring in Europe and some parts of the U.S. French President Emmanuel Macron was set to give a televised address Wednesday as many French doctors urged a new nationwide lockdown, as 58% of the country’s intensive care units are now occupied by COVID patients
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28 Oct 11:40am CDC warns young Americans are least likely to wear face masks
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‘Although younger people are less likely to suffer the most serious complications of COVID-19, the infection can still be serious in some cases,' CDC warns
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28 Oct 11:33am Mississippi city may be left in dark over unpaid power bill
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The lights may go out for all 1,800 residents in Itta Bena, Mississippi
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28 Oct 11:28am This bellwether Georgia county has picked the president in nearly every election for thirty years. Can it again?
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Usually reliably Republican Georgia is a swing state for the first time in decades. Richard Hall reports from bellwether Peach County, which has picked the president nearly every election since 1992.
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28 Oct 11:22am With no visitors, Jerusalem citadel undergoes major facelift
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The coronavirus pandemic may be keeping tourists away from Jerusalem’s ancient citadel, but it has created a rare opportunity for the site to launch a massive restoration and conservation project
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28 Oct 11:05am Frank Bough: Calming presenter of Grandstand and trailblazer of breakfast television
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The TV host was adept at seamlessly linking a wide range of sports action from venues around the globe
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28 Oct 11:04am As virus surges, isolated UK leader Johnson faces many foes
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British Prime Minister Boris Johnson’ is battling both the coronavirus pandemic and a long list of political foes
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28 Oct 11:03am Child refugees: Appeal for change of heart after Channel tragedy
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Peer who fled Nazis as child says he hopes boat deaths will ‘change terms of debate’
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28 Oct 11:00am Change of plea scheduled in Rudy Giuliani-related case
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A change-of-plea hearing is set for Thursday for a man charged with conspiring with associates of Rudy Giuliani to make illegal campaign contributions
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28 Oct 10:47am Spain: Police arrest 21 in raids on Catalan separatists
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Spanish officials say police arrested 21 people with links to the Catalan separatist movement on suspicion of corruption and promoting public disorder
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28 Oct 10:46am Poland abortion law: Nationwide strike launched after controversial ruling
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People dodge work to protest after terminations banned even in cases where child will die at birth
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28 Oct 10:33am Dozens of British children held in Syrian camps amid threat of Isis prison breaks, report says
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Children are being left at risk while the ‘most dangerous terrorists in the world are packed together’, experts warn
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28 Oct 10:32am Trump supporters hospitalised after being left stranded in freezing Omaha temperatures
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At least seven people were taken to the hospital, according to the Omaha Scanner
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28 Oct 10:32am Voting history of Detroit woman, 103, dates back to FDR
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Talu Massey is among the millions of Americans who voted before Nov. 3, resulting in record-breaking early turnout
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28 Oct 10:30am Updated Woman injured in police shooting says cops let boyfriend die
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A Black woman injured in a police shooting in suburban Chicago says she begged officers to help her boyfriend, who was also shot and eventually died
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28 Oct 10:29am Black woman injured in Chicago police shooting says officers let boyfriend die
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‘They wanted us to bleed out on the ground,’ says 20-year-old Tafara Williams 
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28 Oct 10:28am Lebanon, Israel hold 2nd round of maritime demarcation talks
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Lebanon and Israel have held a second round of U.S.-mediated talks over their disputed maritime border and agreed on a third meeting
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28 Oct 10:21am ‘People are anxious to get out’: Relief and tears as Melbourne ends 111-day lockdown
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Coffee business owner Darren Silverman pulled his van over and wept when he heard on his radio that Melbourne’s pandemic lockdown would soon be largely lifted after 111 days
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28 Oct 10:17am Ivanka visits school set up by rapper Pitbull, who called Trump a joke
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Miami-based rapper 2016 Trump campaign was ‘unfortunate’ and a ‘joke’ 
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28 Oct 10:13am Updated Japan PM says plan to release Fukushima water coming soon
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Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga says his government is working on the final details of a plan to release massive amounts of radioactive water being stored at the wrecked Fukushima nuclear plant, a decision that has been delayed by protests
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28 Oct 10:13am Fukushima nuclear disaster: Japan to unveil plan to release radioactive waste water
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Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga says his government is working on the final details of a plan to release massive amounts of radioactive water being stored at the wrecked Fukushima nuclear plant, a decision that has been delayed by protests
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28 Oct 10:08am The Latest: Trump supporters delayed in the cold after rally
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Throngs of people who attended a campaign rally held by President Donald Trump at a Nebraska airport had to wait around in frigid weather for hours after it ended before they could get back to their cars
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28 Oct 10:08am Updated School bus driver, 7-year-old girl killed in Tennessee crash
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The Tennessee Highway Patrol says a school bus crashed head-on into a utility vehicle, killing a 7-year-old girl and her driver and injuring others
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28 Oct 10:08am Seven-year-old girl and school bus driver killed in Tennessee crash
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The Tennessee Highway Patrol says a school bus crashed head-on into a utility vehicle, killing a 7-year-old girl and her driver and injuring others
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28 Oct 10:04am Updated Turkey threatens new military operation into Syria
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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has threatened to launch a new military operation in northern Syria if Kurdish militants are not cleared from areas along its border with Syria
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28 Oct 10:00am More than 70% of adults use social media for recipes instead of cookbooks, survey finds
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Research also shows growing numbers of people use smartphones to grow produce at home
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28 Oct 9:58am BT reaches 5G equipment deal with Ericsson to replace Huawei in UK network
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Swedish company will supply equipment along with Nokia after security concerns raised about Huawei’s links to Chinese military
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28 Oct 9:49am VW recalls Jettas to fix fuel leaks that can cause fires
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Volkswagen is recalling more than 218,000 Jetta sedans in the U.S. to fix a fuel leak problem that can cause fires
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28 Oct 9:43am Lindsey Graham gets cut off from Fox News while pleading for money
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Network host appears to interject as senator calls for campaign donations at the end of an interview just days before the election
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28 Oct 9:41am Growing area with rural roots a window into swing state Ohio
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Ohio is again up for grabs in the presidential election
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28 Oct 9:40am Military aircraft perform fly-bys on Greek national holiday
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Greek military jets and helicopters have performed flybys over Greece's capital and other cities, towns and islands to mark the country's national holiday
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28 Oct 9:38am Four in 10 people happy to spend up to 22% more on food and drinks after coronavirus, poll finds
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Fifth of Britons think their local pub means more to them than before
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28 Oct 9:35am Super Bowl champion Tom Brady criticised for Instagram post downplaying Covid death toll
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Super Bowl champion Tom Brady has been corrected after claiming on Instagram that the number of deaths by suicide is outpacing the number of deaths from Covid-19.
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28 Oct 9:17am ‘White racist cops got my own dad’: Walter Wallace’s young son speaks out
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An investigation has been opened into the police shooting of Walter Wallace who died in Philadelphia on Monday afternoon
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28 Oct 9:14am Texas can limit drop-off sites for election ballots, court rules in major boost for Trump
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A state judge previously said the limitation would ‘likely needlessly and unreasonably increase risks of exposure to Covid-19 infections’
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28 Oct 9:09am Mark Zuckerberg says internet needs new rules ahead of US congress hearings on social media bias
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Zuckerberg, alongside Jack Dorsey and Sundar Pichai, are set to provide testimony before Congress
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28 Oct 9:09am HSBC may start charging for current accounts
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Bank seeks to focus on generating revenue as Bank of England expected to slash interest rates below zero
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28 Oct 9:07am Love blossoms amid pandemic, TikTok turmoil for two creators
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With love and pranks, Ian Paget and Chris Olsen are among millions of U.S. newbies looking to soak up social media stardom on TikTok
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28 Oct 9:00am Dissolved Thai party leaders decry possible legal charges
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Leaders of a popular Thai political party dissolved by the courts eight months ago are warning that a reported plan to charge them with a crime could inflame the country’s current political crisis
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28 Oct 8:55am Spike in Covid survivors with antibodies that attack body instead of virus, study finds
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Some patients produce molecules called ‘autoantibodies’ that target genetic material from human cells
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28 Oct 8:53am Turkey says it will take legal action against French caricature of Erdogan
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Move comes after teacher was beheaded in France this month for sharing cartoons of Prophet Mohammed 
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28 Oct 8:52am WhatsApp playing ‘stealth role’ in 2020 election spreading fake news to Indian-Americans
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Arun Bantval and his rapid response team has created about 50 graphics and texts in the past three months to debunk fake news
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28 Oct 8:51am UK under pressure amid warning hospital cases may triple
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The British government is under pressure to develop a national strategy to combat the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic and “rescue Christmas’’ as scientists warn that the number of people hospitalized with the disease could almost triple by the end of next month unless something more is done now
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28 Oct 8:49am Updated Germany, France gear up for new lockdowns as virus surges
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Germany and France were bracing for new lockdowns to stop the fast-rising tide of coronavirus cases beginning to fill hospitals
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28 Oct 8:48am Germany and France gear up for new lockdowns as coronavirus cases surge
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Germany and France were bracing for new lockdowns to stop the fast-rising tide of coronavirus cases beginning to fill hospitals
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28 Oct 8:47am Updated India holds first major state elections since pandemic
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Voting has begun in India’s third-largest state of Bihar, the first major election in the country since the pandemic and a test for Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s popularity as he faces criticism on many fronts
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28 Oct 8:45am US election poll: Two-thirds of latino voters think Covid-19 is biggest challenge to US. That’s bad news for Trump
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Exclusive: 63% of Hispanics believe that Covid-19 is the biggest challenge to address, followed by climate change
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28 Oct 8:45am Updated Hundreds of Muslims hold anti-France protest in Bangladesh
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Hundreds of activists from an Islamist political party have protested in Bangladesh’s capital against the French president’s support of secular laws that deem caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad as protected under freedom of speech
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28 Oct 8:44am Hundreds of Muslims hold anti-France protest in Bangladesh over Prophet Muhammad cartoons
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Hundreds of activists from an Islamist political party have protested in Bangladesh’s capital against the French president’s support of secular laws that deem caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad as protected under freedom of speech
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28 Oct 8:38am US, Israel extend science accords into West Bank settlements
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The United States and Israel have amended a series of scientific cooperation agreements to include Israeli institutions in the West Bank
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28 Oct 8:38am US election news today: The top stories and updates you might have missed
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Americans are worried about the Nov. 3 election, an anxiety many haven’t carried during years of largely peaceful displays of democracy
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28 Oct 8:33am Atatiana Jefferson shooting: Ex-Texas officer’s trial set for death of Black woman shot through window
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A judge in Texas has tentatively set an August trial date for a former police officer charged with murder in the shooting death of Atatiana Jefferson
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28 Oct 8:29am Four steps parents should take before borrowing student loans
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Many parents take out student loans to help pay for their child’s education
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28 Oct 8:23am Resurfaced witness account from Titanic survivor tells horror of sinking
The Independent
Frank Prentice was among last crewmembers onboard British boat when she went down in 1912
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28 Oct 8:15am EU countries could receive Covid vaccine by April, says president
The Independent
The delivery of potential Covid-19 vaccines to European Union countries could begin in earnest in April, the head of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen said on Wednesday.  
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28 Oct 8:15am Trump boasts ‘I’m a smart guy’ after report says he had $270m of debt written off
The Independent
‘The politicians ran Chicago into the ground, ’ president claims
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28 Oct 8:15am Facebook India policy chief steps down after row over ‘allowing hate speech’ from Modi’s party
The Independent
Facebook says Ankhi Das is leaving to ‘pursue her interest in public service’
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28 Oct 8:14am Updated Zeta takes aim at a hurricane-weary Gulf Coast
The Independent
Louisiana is bracing for what is expected to be its third hurricane strike this year
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28 Oct 8:13am ‘I’ve never seen anything like it’: Hurricane Zeta barrels towards US
The Independent
Louisiana is bracing for what is expected to be its third hurricane strike this year
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28 Oct 8:12am Fiat Chrysler posts record Q3 profit ahead of PSA merger
The Independent
A rebound in car production in Fiat Chrysler on Wednesday reported record third-quarter earnings as production returned to nearly pre-pandemic levels
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28 Oct 7:43am Donald Trump didn’t Make America Great Again. But he said ‘great’ again. And again. And again
The Independent
Trump has said Make America Great Again 1,977 times and the world ‘great’ 42, 244 times on Twitter and in rallies and speeches 
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28 Oct 7:41am New deaths as fighting over Nagorno-Karabakh keeps flaring
The Independent
Deadly fighting between Armenian and Azerbaijani forces over the separatist region of Nagorno-Karabakh is showing no signs of abating despite a U.S.-brokered cease-fire that took force just two days ago
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28 Oct 7:31am US towns known as Covid hotspots start to discard face masks despite soaring cases
The Independent
North Dakota not wearing coverings despite most infected state, says White House Covid task force
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28 Oct 7:31am France expected to announce second lockdown as daily deaths double overnight
The Independent
President Emmanuel Macron to give public address as new coronavirus cases rise to highest in Europe
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28 Oct 7:19am Updated Israel looks to far-right figure to head Holocaust memorial
The Independent
Israel plans to nominate a far-right former general and Cabinet minister who once called for the expulsion of Palestinians from the West Bank to head the Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial
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28 Oct 7:17am Taiwan says newly purchased US arms will help it destroy half of any invading Chinese force
The Independent
Taiwanese lawmaker describes the island’s efforts to bolster its defence as a ‘hedgehog’ strategy
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28 Oct 7:17am Carmakers FCA and PSA confirm progress toward full merger
The Independent
Fiat Chrysler and PSA Peugeot have confirmed progress toward their full merger to create the globe’s fourth-largest carmaker
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28 Oct 7:17am Pompeo says AES of US, PetroVietnam to sign $2.8B LNG deal
The Independent
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says the U.S. energy firm AES and PetroVietnam plan to soon sign an agreement on a $2.8 billion liquefied natural gas project
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28 Oct 7:15am EU chief calls for common tests, tracing as virus surges
The Independent
A top European Union official is urging the 27 member states to introduce common rules to test for the coronavirus and trace its spread to help prevent further damage to their economies
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28 Oct 7:14am Whitney Houston makes history with 3rd diamond album
The Independent
The late Whitney Houston has earned her third diamond-certified album
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28 Oct 7:11am Maskless pope blames ‘this lady called Covid’ for distance from faithful
The Independent
Pope Francis has blamed “this lady called COVID” for forcing him to keep his distance from the faithful during his general audience, which was far smaller than usual amid soaring coronavirus infections in Italy
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28 Oct 7:08am Trump moans he can’t sell military equipment to ‘friendly’ dictators
The Independent
‘I’ve become friendly with many of the presidents and prime ministers, kings and queens, dictators - I must tell you, dictators’
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28 Oct 7:01am The Latest: UN: Over 2 million virus cases in just 1 week
The Independent
The World Health Organization said countries globally reported more than 2 million confirmed coronavirus cases last week _ the shortest time ever for such an exponential increase since the pandemic began
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28 Oct 6:56am Tory MP blames ‘chaotic parents’ for children going to school hungry
The Independent
John Penrose defends criticism of ‘sticking plaster’ solutions in letter to constituent about free school meals
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28 Oct 6:44am Woman in labour refuses to go to hospital until she has voted
The Independent
Pregnant woman stays in car as husband runs into elections office to get ballot card
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28 Oct 6:44am Updated France braces for possible lockdown as virus deaths mount
The Independent
France is bracing for a potential new lockdown as the president prepares a televised address Wednesday aimed at stopping a fast-rising tide of virus patients filling French hospitals and a growing daily death toll
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28 Oct 6:44am Coronavirus: France braces for possible new lockdown as Covid deaths mount
The Independent
France is bracing for a potential new lockdown as the president prepares a televised address Wednesday aimed at stopping a fast-rising tide of virus patients filling French hospitals and a growing daily death toll
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28 Oct 6:39am Government backtracks over false claim soy sauce will be cheaper after Brexit
The Independent
Department for international trade accused of ‘exaggerations and mis-truths’
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28 Oct 6:28am Election 2020 Today: Anxious voters, candidates look west
The Independent
Americans are worried about the Nov. 3 election, an anxiety many haven’t carried during years of largely peaceful displays of democracy
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28 Oct 6:24am Police officer jailed for manslaughter after strangling lover who revealed affair to wife
The Independent
Timothy Brehmer, 41, sentenced to 10 years for mother-of-two Claire Parry’s death
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28 Oct 6:20am Minister ‘doesn’t accept’ government approach to migrant crossing isn’t working after Channel deaths
The Independent
Environment secretary George Eustice denies policy failure — blaming ‘callous gangs’ for tragedy
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28 Oct 6:04am Tourist, 12, and guide lose limbs in shark attack in Egypt
The Independent
Two-metre long Oceanic Whitetip struck after being seen acting aggressively 
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28 Oct 6:00am Mountain gorillas ‘mirror’ humans by being kinder to old friends, new study finds
The Independent
Species more than four times as likely to be genial to each after a decade of separation 
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28 Oct 6:00am Edmunds: Spooktacular car tech
The Independent
Whether it’s a ghostly image that makes objects seemingly disappear or a spectral presence turning the steering wheel, modern cars are loaded with more tricks than a haunted house
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28 Oct 5:58am Murders rise despite coronavirus causing huge drop in crime across England and Wales
The Independent
The UK-wide lockdown caused a sharp drop in other violent crime but murders still rose year-on-year
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28 Oct 5:51am Iran parliament speaker contracts virus as infections surge
The Independent
Iran’s parliament speaker says he has tested positive for the coronavirus, joining a growing list of Iranian officials infected in the Middle East’s worst outbreak
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28 Oct 5:50am Review launched into royal residences’ historical links to slave trade
The Independent
Move comes after National Trust highlighted links to slavery and colonialism in 93 of its properties
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28 Oct 5:37am Wales lockdown: Baby clothes among items added to new essential shopping list
The Independent
Fresh guidance comes amid confusion over what counts as non-essential
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28 Oct 5:21am NHS worker punched and thrown from Tube train after confronting passengers for not wearing masks
The Independent
Victim was left with broken eye socket and chipped jaw in sickening attack
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28 Oct 5:16am Updated DNA sample after gun charge led to 1976 SC murder arrest
The Independent
Authorities say a DNA sample that a South Carolina man was required to give after his arrest this year for pointing a gun while drunk has cracked a long-cold murder case
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28 Oct 5:15am Cold case ‘cracked’ as man arrested over murder of woman 44 years ago
The Independent
Authorities say a DNA sample that a South Carolina man was required to give after his arrest this year for pointing a gun while drunk has cracked a long-cold murder case
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28 Oct 5:07am Cake Lady helps wounded soldiers heal, one treat at a time
The Independent
David Wiseman heard Kath Ryan before he met her
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28 Oct 5:02am UK weather: Weather warnings for rain issued as hail and thunder to hit some areas
The Independent
Northwest of England and Wales at risk of flooding this week
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28 Oct 5:00am Coronavirus: Divisions turn Belgium into Europe’s worst Covid hot spot
The Independent
Small, yet so divided, Belgium has been hit hard again by the pandemic, and now presents some of the most worrying statistics in a continent reeling under the virus’ resurgence
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28 Oct 4:47am LA Dodgers win first World Series title since 1988 with victory over Tampa Bay Rays
The Independent
Mookie Betts scored the go-ahead run and later hit a home run as the Los Angeles Dodgers won their first World Series title since 1988 with a 3-1 win over the Tampa Bay Rays in Game 6
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28 Oct 4:31am Poles join nationwide strike in revolt over abortion ruling
The Independent
People across Poland are vowing to stay off their jobs as part of a nationwide strike called to protest a top court ruling that bans abortions in cases of congenitally damaged fetuses
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28 Oct 4:30am Poland abortion law: Nationwide strike launched after court ruling
The Independent
People across Poland are vowing to stay off their jobs as part of a nationwide strike called to protest a top court ruling that bans abortions in cases of congenitally damaged fetuses
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28 Oct 4:27am Merkel seeks limited lockdown as German virus cases surge
The Independent
German Chancellor Angela Merkel is pressing for a partial lockdown as the number of newly recorded infections in the country hit another record high Wednesday
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28 Oct 4:16am Updated 3 social media CEOs face grilling by GOP senators on bias
The Independent
The CEOs of Twitter, Facebook and Google are facing a grilling by Republican senators making unfounded allegations that the tech giants show anti-conservative bias
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28 Oct 4:16am Facebook, Google and Twitter CEOs face grilling by Republican senators over ‘bias’
The Independent
The CEOs of Twitter, Facebook and Google are facing a grilling by Republican senators making unfounded allegations that the tech giants show anti-conservative bias
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28 Oct 4:11am Inside Politics: Michael Gove meets retailers to sort out Brexit software mess
The Independent
Freight specialists say system designed to help companies submit paperwork digitally won’t be ready for 1 January, writes Adam Forrest
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28 Oct 4:10am Call for uniform lockdown rules across UK over Christmas
The Independent
Scientists believe whole country may be at lockdown levels of infection 
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28 Oct 3:54am Paris CDG overtakes London Heathrow as Europe’s busiest airport
The Independent
Heathrow lost an average of £5.5m per day in the first nine months of 2020
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28 Oct 3:51am ‘It’s going to be scary’: Voters anxious about safety as tensions rise before election day
The Independent
‘I hope it’s going to be an overwhelming majority, or there will be trouble’
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28 Oct 3:44am Updated Turkish leaders condemn Charlie Hebdo cartoon of Erdogan
The Independent
Turkish officials are railing against French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo over its cover-page cartoon mocking Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, accusing it of sowing “the seeds of hatred and animosity.”
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28 Oct 3:41am Iran: Satellite photos show construction at nuclear site
The Independent
Satellite photos show Iran has begun construction at its Natanz nuclear facility
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28 Oct 3:40am Updated Satellite photos show construction at Iran nuclear site
The Independent
Satellite photos show Iran has begun construction at its Natanz nuclear facility
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28 Oct 3:33am Beef poses high deforestation risk thanks to ‘extremely poor’ efforts to trace supply chains, report finds
The Independent
Study of world’s largest commodity companies finds almost no visibility about where cattle are bred or reared
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28 Oct 3:31am Deutsche Bank sees profit of $363 million as costs fall
The Independent
Germany's Deutsche Bank made a profit of 309 million euros in the third quarter
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28 Oct 3:26am ‘We need you’: Trump campaign’s plea to new voters as president trails Biden in polls
The Independent
President Donald Trump’s campaign has a bold theory for how he will win reelection: It can tap a universe of millions of supporters who did not vote for him in 2016 but will do so this time
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28 Oct 3:03am Teenager in India kills himself after shattered mobile phone screen means he can’t attend online classes
The Independent
Pupils are slowly returning to classrooms across India, but experts say lockdown will leave 'permanent scars' on a generation
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28 Oct 2:40am Trump official who visited No 10 and governments across Europe tests positive for coronavirus
The Independent
According to an official, there were concerns about Peter Berkowitz not following Covid-19 protocol during foreign visits. The state department has denied the allegations
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28 Oct 2:33am Asian stocks mostly higher despite worries over virus cases
The Independent
Asian shares mostly recovered from an early decline on worries about rising numbers of virus infections and Washington’s inability to deliver more aid to the economy
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28 Oct 1:42am Trump has ended coronavirus pandemic, White House science office claims, as cases hit record numbers
The Independent
US is seeing record daily increases in Covid-19 infections, and a world-leading case total above 8.8m
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28 Oct 1:22am California utility slow to pull plug before wildfire erupted
The Independent
A Southern California utility is defending its decision to avoid a widespread blackout before a fast-moving wildfire erupted in its area
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28 Oct 1:14am Tennessee Senate nominee connects activism to election
The Independent
Democrat Marquita Bradshaw is banking on her experience as a fighter for environmental causes, racial justice and labor issues in her historic run for the U.S. Senate seat left open by retiring Republican Lamar Alexander
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28 Oct 12:34am Tanzania votes for president amid fears of violence, fraud
The Independent
Voters in Tanzania are going to the polls for a presidential election that the opposition warns is already deeply compromised by manipulation and deadly violence
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28 Oct 12:23am Trump to appeal to Nevada voters from neighboring Arizona
The Independent
The presidential campaign is shifting west as President Donald Trump campaigns in Arizona and stages a rally in a town just across the Colorado River from neighboring Nevada
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28 Oct 12:15am Anxiety 2020: Voters worry about safety at the polls
The Independent
Americans are worried about the Nov. 3 election, an anxiety many haven't carried during years of largely peaceful displays of democracy
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28 Oct 12:05am Strong typhoon leaves 1 dead, 12 missing as it nears Vietnam
The Independent
Typhoon Molave is roaring closer to Vietnam with destructive force and has left one villager dead and caused two boats with 12 fishermen to sink as the country braced for the most powerful storm in 20 years
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27 Oct 11:51pm Best Betts: Dodgers win first World Series title since 1988
The Independent
Mookie Betts scored the go-ahead run and later hit a home run as the Los Angeles Dodgers won their first World Series title since 1988 with a 3-1 win over the Tampa Bay Rays in Game 6
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27 Oct 11:25pm Qatar apologizes, investigates forced airport examinations
The Independent
Qatar has apologized after authorities forcibly examined female passengers from a Qatar Airways flight to Australia to try to identify who might have given birth to a newborn baby found abandoned at the airport earlier this month
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27 Oct 11:21pm Pompeo brings anti-China roadshow to Indian Ocean islands
The Independent
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is bringing the Trump administration's anti-China campaign to Indian Ocean islands considered particularly at risk for what American officials allege is Chinese exploitation
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27 Oct 11:09pm US accuses Syria of delaying constitution ahead of election
The Independent
The United States and several Western allies are accusing the Syrian government of deliberately delaying the drafting of a new constitution to waste time until presidential elections in 2021, and avoid U.N.-supervised voting as called for by the U.N. Security Council
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27 Oct 10:48pm Billy Graham’s pastor grandson denies vulgar act on plane in case of mistaken identity
The Independent
Rev Danny Chalmers was the one arrested over the incident, his wife says
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27 Oct 9:46pm Manchester Arena attack: Security guard did not approach suicide bomber out of fear of being branded racist, inquiry hears
The Independent
Kyle Lawler had ‘bad feeling’ about Salman Abedi but ‘felt unsure about what to do’
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27 Oct 9:19pm Trump seizes on allegations against Joe Biden made in Fox News interview
The Independent
President campaigns in Nebraska for one electoral college vote at risk
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27 Oct 9:09pm Mexican president pledges to ban outsourcing of jobs
The Independent
Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador has proposed banning the sub-contracting or outsourcing of jobs by private companies, saying the practice has been abused to avoid paying employees' benefits
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27 Oct 8:56pm Coronavirus: Downing Street ‘expecting second wave to be deadlier than first’
The Independent
‘The latest figures are concerning’, government spokesperson says
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27 Oct 8:38pm White supremacist group training for violence in case Donald Trump loses election, says report
The Independent
Patriot Front reportedly ready for civil conflict after votes counted
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27 Oct 8:36pm Pennsylvania election officials ask Amy Coney Barrett to recuse herself from mail-in ballots case
The Independent
President and Republicans have sought high court decision to halt vote-by-mail efforts in key battleground state
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27 Oct 8:24pm Police officer cleared of murder after strangling lover who revealed affair to wife
The Independent
Timothy Brehmer, 41, admitted manslaughter of mother-of-two Claire Parry in ‘melee’ in his car
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27 Oct 8:07pm Tropical Storm Zeta to strengthen as hurricane overnight, becoming third to strike Louisiana in two months
The Independent
New Orleans braces for impact as storm forecast to regain strength as Category 1, joining a dozen hurricanes in prolific, devastating storm season
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