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Fri, 23 Oct 2020 01:07:35 +0000
Initially, three presidential debates were planned to take place between US Republican President Donald Trump and his Democratic rival, former Vice President Joe Biden, ahead of the 2020 election. The first one took place on 29 September, while the second was canceled after Trump contracted COVID-19 and refused to participate in a virtual debate.

Fri, 23 Oct 2020 00:45:56 +0000
US President Donald Trump is throwing a complete tantrum after facing uncomfortable questions from journalists Savannah Guthrie and Lesley Stahl. He also took aim at Kristen Welker, the moderator of the last presidential debate, which is being held Thursday night.

Fri, 23 Oct 2020 00:41:33 +0000
TikTok has updated its community guidelines and announced an ambitious, four-pronged approach to countering various cases of hate and discrimination on the diverse and burgeoning application.

Fri, 23 Oct 2020 00:19:26 +0000
WASHINGTON (Sputnik) - US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will host the foreign ministers of Armenia and Azerbaijan in Washington on Friday to discuss ways to stop the hostilities in the Nagorno-Karabakh region, although it is still uncertain if the talks will be separate or trilateral.

Thu, 22 Oct 2020 23:49:32 +0000
WASHINGTON (Sputnik) - The United States and India are finalizing a military agreement that calls for exchanging geospatial information ahead of US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s visit to New Delhi next week, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary Dean Thompson told reporters on Thursday.

Thu, 22 Oct 2020 23:31:15 +0000
On Thursday, Tony Bobulinski, a former business associate of Hunter Biden's, held a news conference to \"set the record straight\" about the Biden family's involvement in joint business dealings.

Thu, 22 Oct 2020 23:11:44 +0000
WASHINGTON (Sputnik) - Facebook announced in a press release on Thursday that users who have been banned and have exhausted appeals can have their cases examined by an oversight board consisting of outside experts who are independent of the social media giant.

Thu, 22 Oct 2020 23:09:58 +0000
The US continues to ignore international law, Kim Iversen, independent journalist and host of the Kim Iversen Show on YouTube, and Nicolas Davies, peace activist and author, told Political Misfits Thursday, citing a new story alleging that the US administration plans to declare several prominent nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) as anti-Semitic.

Thu, 22 Oct 2020 22:59:38 +0000
The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) and Israeli Air Force (IAF) have conducted several strikes on targets in eastern and central areas of the Gaza Strip.

Thu, 22 Oct 2020 22:21:54 +0000
According to the FBI and US Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), Russian state-sponsored hackers have stolen access information and entered two servers used by state and local US government entities. However, the agencies note there is no evidence of damage having been done or elections affected at all.

Thu, 22 Oct 2020 22:01:44 +0000
US President Donald Trump’s reelection campaign is denying any affiliation with two armed individuals who donned security guard attire and were seen loitering outside a voting location in Pinellas County, Florida, earlier this week. The duo, however, reportedly told authorities that they were hired by the Trump campaign.

Thu, 22 Oct 2020 21:34:58 +0000
The US Treasury has issued sanctions against five Iranian entities accused of attempting to interfere in the US 2020 elections, seizing their assets and prohibiting US persons from engaging in transactions with them.

Thu, 22 Oct 2020 20:59:05 +0000
Sacha Baron Cohen's new Borat movie sequel has already made headlines after several of his filmed pranks went viral. Due for release on Amazon's subscription service, the latest installment focuses on ridiculing US President Donald Trump, his cabinet and his supporters.

Thu, 22 Oct 2020 20:18:01 +0000
The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Thursday approved antiviral drug remdesivir as a COVID-19 treatment, making it the first approved treatment in the US for the novel coronavirus.

Thu, 22 Oct 2020 20:06:30 +0000
According to a laconic news release by the Pentagon on Wednesday, the US Military Intelligence Program (MIP) received $23.1 billion in fiscal year 2020, which ended on September 30, the most the grouping has received in nine years.

Thu, 22 Oct 2020 20:01:36 +0000
On Thursday, Russian President Vladimir Putin, at the Valdai Discussion Club in Moscow, addressed issues regarding the extension of the New START Treaty. The president called on the US to \"work together and search for a solution\", while noting that if \"our partners decide that it is not needed\", \"the security of Russia — will not be affected\".

Thu, 22 Oct 2020 19:41:02 +0000
Japan is still dealing with the consequences of the 2011 Fukushima nuclear power plant meltdowns in the wake of an offshore 9.1 earthquake and tsunami. The facility is out of space to store the ever-increasing amount of radiated waste, and the government is about set to release over 1 million tonnes of radioactive water into the Pacific Ocean.

Thu, 22 Oct 2020 19:35:21 +0000
For the first time on record, the main nursery of the Arctic sea ice in Siberia has not started freezing in late October due to unusually warm temperatures in northern Russia and the intrusion of Atlantic waters, according to climate scientists.

Thu, 22 Oct 2020 19:15:17 +0000
Alerts sounded in the southern Israeli city of Ashkelon and the Gaza Envelope Thursday night as the Iron Dome intercepted a one of two projectiles launched from the Gaza Strip, according to The Israel Defense Force (IDF).

Thu, 22 Oct 2020 19:14:33 +0000
Israel has actually been operating a secret diplomatic office in Bahrain for more than a decade before the two nations penned a peace deal that normalized relations last month, according to a new Axios report.

Thu, 22 Oct 2020 19:00:00 +0000
A battery of MIM-104 Patriot air defense systems recently appeared at a Texas civilian airfield with little explanation, but was later revealed to be part of a US Army training operation.

Thu, 22 Oct 2020 19:00:00 +0000
Luke, an avid explorer of his human’s home, recently demonstrated that his curiosity knows no bounds - even if it means getting his head stuck inside a piece of fall-themed decor.

Thu, 22 Oct 2020 19:00:00 +0000
Garrison officials with North Carolina’s Fort Bragg have confirmed that a series of lewd posts issued from the military base’s Twitter account were authored by an administrator and not a hacker, as they initially claimed.

Thu, 22 Oct 2020 19:00:00 +0000
The tenants of Ed Pagel’s Trailer Park in Fort Morgan, Colorado, were recently met with a highly questionable notice allegedly dispersed by the lot’s landlord, warning that should Democratic challenger Joe Biden win the 2020 presidential election, their rent would double.

Thu, 22 Oct 2020 18:54:07 +0000
The 'Puentes de Amor' petition pleads with Democratic candidate Joe Biden as \"President of the United States\" to lift sanctions on Cuba - but fails to mention that the embargo largely remained in place when he was vice-president under Barack Obama.

Thu, 22 Oct 2020 18:54:00 +0000
Donald Trump is likely to win a minimum of 270 Electoral College votes or even more, the Trafalgar Group's Robert Cahaly predicted on Wednesday. US observers have discussed the possibility of the incumbent president wining amid mainstream media claims that Joe Biden's victory is a done deal.

Thu, 22 Oct 2020 18:47:39 +0000
NPR editor Kelly McBride claimed the New York Post's investigation into Hunter Biden's emails to his Ukrainian and Chinese business partners - along with indecent photos of underage girls on his laptop - were \"not really stories\".

Thu, 22 Oct 2020 18:34:47 +0000
Sheikh Muhammad Adnan Al-Afyouni was \"martyred\" as an explosive device planted in his car was detonated on Thursday night.

Thu, 22 Oct 2020 18:31:18 +0000
This is not the first time that the hacker has tried to access Donald Trump’s account on Twitter, where the US president has 87.3 million followers. In 2016, the hacker claimed he had got into Trump’s account by guessing his password with the help of his friends. Back then, it was “yourefired”, a famous line from Trump’s show The Apprentice.

Thu, 22 Oct 2020 18:29:34 +0000
Ten years ago today the courage of two individuals changed the way millions view the world. A US soldier disgusted at the communications they were reading about their country’s conduct after illegally invading and occupying the sovereign nation of Iraq in 2003 leaked thousands of communications confirming US war crimes to Wikileaks.

Thu, 22 Oct 2020 18:28:32 +0000
POTUS earlier took to Twitter, drawing his subscribers' attention to \"the bias, hatred and rudeness on behalf of 60 Minutes and CBS.\"

Thu, 22 Oct 2020 18:16:52 +0000
New research has shown that during the break in sports competition caused by COVID-19, sportswomen felt they earned less and had worse access to equipment than their male counterparts, which impacted their ability to train effectively.

Thu, 22 Oct 2020 18:13:58 +0000
Russian opposition figure Alexei Navalny has been undergoing treatment in Berlin after his alleged poisoning on 20 August, which caused him to collapse aboard a Moscow-bound plane.

Thu, 22 Oct 2020 17:49:56 +0000
MOSCOW (Sputnik) - Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday replied to a question about possible reelection in the future by saying that he expected his presidency to end at some point.

Thu, 22 Oct 2020 17:22:22 +0000
Earlier this week, Israeli authorities convened for a meeting on the coronavirus situation in a move to discuss an outline to allow the reopening of schools and businesses, but decided to keep them closed until morbidity has further decreased.

Thu, 22 Oct 2020 17:13:27 +0000
LONDON (Sputnik) – The Venezuelan Central Bank (BCV) Board appointed by self-proclaimed president Juan Guaido in the litigation over Venezuela's gold reserves stored at the Bank of England has failed to comply with a payment ordered by the UK Court of Appeals, the legal firm representing the Venezuelan constitutional government said on Thursday.

Thu, 22 Oct 2020 17:13:10 +0000
Joe Biden’s brother Jim reportedly shared \"key domestic contacts for the so-called 'phase one target projects',\" which included a host of prominent Democrats, including vice presidential nominee Senator Kamala Harris, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, and others.

Thu, 22 Oct 2020 17:01:56 +0000
Voter turnout at US presidential elections was as high as 81 percent at one point in the 19th century. But in the modern era the highest it ever reached was 62.8 percent in 1960.

Thu, 22 Oct 2020 16:55:18 +0000
The development comes as the Conservative and Labour Parties have locked horns over the collapse of talks between the government and leaders of Greater Manchester on a coronavirus financial package.

Thu, 22 Oct 2020 16:45:49 +0000
The COVID-19 pandemic has taken a deep toll on the Indian economy, which contracted by 23.9 percent in April-June this year, compared with the same period in the previous year. Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced a $266 billion stimulus package in May this year to mitigate the pandemic's impact on the economy.

Thu, 22 Oct 2020 16:45:23 +0000
One of the affected CIA officials told The New York Times earlier this week that he went through nausea and vertigo when working in Moscow in 2017, which allegedly prompted him to finally resign from his post.

Thu, 22 Oct 2020 16:30:00 +0000
On 21 October, the US Federal Bureau of Investigation pointed the finger of blame at Moscow and Tehran for alleged meddling in the US election campaign by manipulating \"some US voter registration information\". International observers have discussed Washington's obsession with Russian \"interference\".

Thu, 22 Oct 2020 16:17:46 +0000
With the re-energised US president closing the polling gap on challenger Joe Biden and turnout at the Democrat's rallies embarrassingly low, his campaign has played the Obama card in a bid to trump Trump - but will it work?

Thu, 22 Oct 2020 16:11:34 +0000
US Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe claimed Wednesday that both Russia and Iran had attempted to meddle in the upcoming US vote, which both countries have vehemently denied.

Thu, 22 Oct 2020 16:00:00 +0000
Baby elephants are possibly the goofiest and most playful creatures of all. Watching them splash water while taking a bath or just having fun is nothing less than full-on entertainment.

Thu, 22 Oct 2020 15:37:27 +0000
Whether or not the Resurrection plate ever existed during the Cenozoic Era has been a topic of heated debate among geologists. Researchers who believe that the plate was real have claimed that it was deformed due to intense heat, when between 40 and 60 million years ago it moved downwards into the Earth’s mantle.

Thu, 22 Oct 2020 15:32:41 +0000
MOSCOW (Sputnik) - Speaking about those countries that are waiting for Russia's demise, Russian President Vladimir Putin said that \"we are only worried about one thing — how not to catch a cold at your funeral.\"

Thu, 22 Oct 2020 14:46:40 +0000
Defence ministers from the member states of the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) are participating in virtual sessions for a two-day summit to tackle the most prevalent challenges faced by the alliance in the area of security.

Thu, 22 Oct 2020 14:35:00 +0000
The Valdai Discussion Club is a Moscow-based think tank that was established in 2004 and aims to \"form the global agenda and deliver a qualified and objective assessment of global political and economic issues\".

Thu, 22 Oct 2020 14:34:30 +0000
The new season of Europe's biggest club competition, UEFA Champions League, began on Tuesday, 20 October. Last year's finalists Bayern Munich and Paris Saint-Germain started as favourites to win the title.

Thu, 22 Oct 2020 14:18:49 +0000
During the pandemic, medics from around the world have become real heroes, working 24/7 to save as many lives as they can. In India, however, some doctors have found themselves in a difficult financial situation, despite working extra hours and exposing themselves to the virus on a daily basis.

Thu, 22 Oct 2020 14:00:42 +0000
MOSCOW (Sputnik) - The Andrei Stenin International Press Photo Contest on Thursday announced the winner of the 2020 Grand Prix and category winners. The online ceremony held on Thursday at the multimedia press center of Rossiya Segodnya International Information Agency, which organized the contest.

Thu, 22 Oct 2020 13:49:39 +0000
Fears over the US election cycle being postponed next month due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic have surfaced following US president's short battle with the disease, media have reported.

Thu, 22 Oct 2020 13:35:23 +0000
LONDON (Sputnik) – Foreign homeless people sleeping in the streets of the United Kingdom might be deported under the new immigration rules that will come into force once the UK leaves the European Union on 1 January 2021, The Guardian newspaper reported on Thursday.

Thu, 22 Oct 2020 13:31:56 +0000
Over the past few days, President Donald Trump has lashed out at Facebook and Twitter over their handling of a report by the New York Post related to Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden’s alleged business ties.

Thu, 22 Oct 2020 13:29:47 +0000
On 15 September, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates established diplomatic ties with Israel by signing the Abraham Accords in Washington, after US President Donald Trump and his administration brokered the historic deal.

Thu, 22 Oct 2020 13:23:30 +0000
MOSCOW, (Sputnik) - Designer of Electron-BM, an oxygen supply system mounted on the International Space Station (ISS), Alexey Kochetkov on Thursday told Sputnik that the system failure was not caused by technical issues or manufacturing inconsistencies.

Thu, 22 Oct 2020 13:22:48 +0000
India’s nationally governing Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has promised to distribute free anti-COVID-19 vaccines to people in Bihar. The promise was part of an election manifesto released by the party on Thursday for Bihar, which goes to polls to elect its 243-member legislative assembly in three phases beginning 28 October.

Thu, 22 Oct 2020 13:21:05 +0000
Part-Dieu station, situated in the third arrondissement of Lyon, France, was evacuated on Thursday at around 14:30 local time (12:30 GMT) over a reported bomb threat.

Thu, 22 Oct 2020 13:14:53 +0000
The GOP-dominated Senate in the US is expected to hold a final vote on Amy Coney Barrett’s nomination as a new conservative justice on 26 October.

Thu, 22 Oct 2020 13:00:08 +0000
Last week, the space agency said eight countries, including Australia, the UK, Canada, and Japan, had signed the Artemis Accords, which will govern the exploration and use of outer space. The principles were devised by NASA, as the space agency and its partners are preparing to land the first woman and the next man on the Moon by 2024.

Thu, 22 Oct 2020 12:53:06 +0000
Ghislaine Maxwell's lawyers had earlier appealed a judge's July ruling to allow the release of two depositions in which she answered questions before the lawsuit filed by Virginia Giuffre, Jeffrey Epstein's alleged sex slave, was settled.

Thu, 22 Oct 2020 12:35:07 +0000
For over three centuries, Catalan people have been adding a figurine of \"el caganer\" (which literally means \"the pooper\") to the Christmas nativity scene. It is considered good luck if you find the pooping statuette between the shepherds, sheep, and angels displayed in the scene.

Thu, 22 Oct 2020 12:30:41 +0000
Onions make for an integral ingredient in many of the exotic and spicy Indian dishes that are relished and renowned worldwide. Every once in a while, however, the prices of this particular veggie get extravagantly high, making Indians go teary.

Thu, 22 Oct 2020 12:13:22 +0000
The British House of Commons is debating a law that will make it much more difficult for war crimes to be prosecuted as well as for UK military forces to sue the Ministry of Defence, with the only exception currently being for \"sexual misconduct\".

Thu, 22 Oct 2020 12:01:47 +0000
Fast radio bursts (FRB) are something that have puzzled scientists for years. In just a few milliseconds these radio waves manage to discharge more energy than hundreds of millions of suns. The exact origin and cause of FRB is uncertain.

Thu, 22 Oct 2020 12:01:42 +0000
Nigeria’s largest city Lagos has been swept by protests against police violence after numerous allegations implicated the country's Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) police unit in acts of killings, torture, and blackmail.

Thu, 22 Oct 2020 11:46:36 +0000
On 18 October, Twitter faced brutal flak in India after it showed the Leh area of the Ladakh region as part of neighbouring China. The controversial depiction was noticed after a national security analyst, Nitin Gokhale, visited Leh Airport, but Twitter showed him as being in “Jammu and Kashmir, People's Republic of China”.

Thu, 22 Oct 2020 11:46:10 +0000
Eros Now earlier launched a series of memes for the nine-day Hindu festival of Navaratri on its official Twitter handle with pictures of Bollywood actors Katrina Kaif, Ranveer Singh, and Salman Khan along with sleazy quotes. The company, which intended its campaign to go viral, is now facing boycott calls by outraged Hindus.

Thu, 22 Oct 2020 11:42:44 +0000
China has met its annual construction target for 690,000 5G base stations in September, three months ahead of schedule, a high-level industry regulator said on Thursday.

Thu, 22 Oct 2020 11:33:17 +0000
Durga Puja is one of the biggest and most colourful Hindu religious festivals, especially celebrated in India’s West Bengal state with great fanfare. It’s about worshipping the Goddess Durga, identified as the symbol of power.

Thu, 22 Oct 2020 11:30:14 +0000
The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) was set up in 1991 to invest in eastern Europe after the fall of communism. It now works in 38 countries across three continents.

Thu, 22 Oct 2020 11:26:53 +0000
GENOA (Sputnik) - Sanctions, including those that target Nord Stream pipeline project, are hindering the world's economy from recovering after the shock of the coronavirus pandemic, Igor SECHIN, the president and CEO of Rosneft, said in his address to the Eurasian Economic Forum in Verona.

Thu, 22 Oct 2020 11:12:20 +0000
MOSCOW (Sputnik) – Saad Hariri, who had previously twice assumed the position of the head of Lebanon's council of ministers, was re-elected on Thursday as the country’s new Prime Minister in the wake of Mustapha Adib's resignation in late September, the office of President Michel Aoun said.

Thu, 22 Oct 2020 11:05:32 +0000
In late September, CNN reported citing court records that former Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) contractor Edward Snowden, who leaked intelligence secrets in 2013, had agreed to pay the US government more than $5 million earned from his book \"Permanent Record\" and speeches given.

Thu, 22 Oct 2020 11:05:07 +0000
The scrapping of the second - virtual - debate last week has rendered the 22 October event the final Trump-Biden clash before the national poll on 3 November.

Thu, 22 Oct 2020 11:00:00 +0000
Videos of baby rhinos being playful are a delight to watch. But in a recent clip, one of these little critters’ attempts to play with a 16-foot-tall giraffe backfired, making people laugh out loud.

Thu, 22 Oct 2020 10:54:42 +0000
The watchdog drew parallels between Mike Pompeo’s alleged use of his personal email account and the case of Hillary Clinton, who used her private email server for government work while serving as US Secretary of State from 2009 to 2013.

Thu, 22 Oct 2020 10:52:14 +0000
MOSCOW (Sputnik) - The situation in Nagorno-Karabakh does not affect the Russian-Turkish cooperation on Syria, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Vershinin said on Thursday.

Thu, 22 Oct 2020 10:48:35 +0000
MOSCOW (Sputnik) - Shares of AstraZeneca, a UK-Swedish pharmaceutical company, fell by 1.5 percent on the London Stock Exchange on Thursday, after a previous day decline by 1.8 percent amid reports that a Brazilian volunteer in a clinical trial of the COVID-19 vaccine had died.

Thu, 22 Oct 2020 10:25:26 +0000
Last week, Joe Biden's son, Hunter, found himself at the centre of another scandal after the New York Post published an article containing emails recovered from a damaged laptop computer allegedly belonging to him.

Thu, 22 Oct 2020 10:06:37 +0000
Moscow is trying to put the situation in Nagorno-Karabakh onto a diplomatic track and does not see any alternative to a peaceful solution, Russian presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Thursday.

Thu, 22 Oct 2020 10:06:30 +0000
MOSCOW (Sputnik) - The Kremlin regrets new groundless allegations that Russia is interfering in the US presidential election, presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Thursday.

Thu, 22 Oct 2020 09:57:34 +0000
Bollywood actress Sapna Pabbi, who shot to fame with her web series “Four More Shots Please” and “Inside Edge Season 2”, shared screen space with late actor Sushant Singh Rajput in the movie “Drive”. Her name has now emerged in an ongoing drug probe in relation to the death of the actor, who was found hanging on 14 June in his Mumbai flat.

Thu, 22 Oct 2020 09:45:20 +0000
The annual Asia Power Index, launched by the Australian think tank Lowy Institute in 2018, measures resources and influence to rank the relative power of states in Asia. It maps out the existing distribution of power, and tracks shifts in the balance of power among 26 countries for their capacity to shape the external environment.

Thu, 22 Oct 2020 09:36:19 +0000
MOSCOW (Sputnik) - The Rossiya Segodnya International News Agency demands that Chilean law-enforcement guarantee adequate security to Sputnik correspondent Carolina Trejo Vidal who was recently intimidated by a local radical group, the agency's press service said.

Thu, 22 Oct 2020 09:23:23 +0000
Last week, the New York Post revealed the yet-to-be-verified emails claiming that Hunter Biden had helped to organise a meeting between his father, the then-US vice president, and a top executive of the Ukrainian energy firm Burisma.

Thu, 22 Oct 2020 09:06:32 +0000
MOSCOW (Sputnik) - In response to the latest round of US arms sales to Taiwan, the Chinese Foreign Ministry called on the United States to cancel the proposed deal on Thursday.

Thu, 22 Oct 2020 09:03:53 +0000
The book titled \"The Spider\" was penned by Barry Levine, a Pulitzer Prize-nominated journalist, and was released on 20 October. According to its description, the book is the most comprehensive account of Epstein's life and details how he operated his web and \"evaded justice for so long\".

Thu, 22 Oct 2020 08:31:06 +0000
PETROPAVLOVSK-KAMCHATSKIY (Sputnik) - A millimetre-thick ash from the Bezymianny volcano, which erupted on Thursday in Russia’s Kamchatka Territory, has covered two settlements in the peninsula, a regional branch of the Russian Emergencies Ministry said on Friday in a statement.

Thu, 22 Oct 2020 08:24:26 +0000
Earlier this month, North Korean leader Kim Jong-un stated there are no coronavirus cases in the country, saying that the pandemic had been successfully prevented by the people and the Workers' Party of Korea.

Thu, 22 Oct 2020 08:23:17 +0000
As per the Uttar Pradesh state police force rules, no police personnel is allowed to sport a beard apart from policemen from the Sikh community. If they want to keep a beard, they have to ask for permission from a higher authority.

Thu, 22 Oct 2020 08:04:15 +0000
The Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF) and pharmaceutical company Dr Reddy’s have been conducting late-stage clinical trials in India for the Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine since getting renewed approval by the drug controller in New Delhi. Dr Reddy’s will be distributing 100 million doses of the vaccine in India upon regulatory approval.

Thu, 22 Oct 2020 07:45:06 +0000
Earlier this week, former US President Barack Obama started his tour in support of Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden, delivering a speech in Philadelphia, in which he hit out at Donald Trump.

Thu, 22 Oct 2020 07:43:21 +0000
The British cabinet previously introduced a new tier system, aiming to separate the country into different areas depending on infection rates. After the new system was adopted, the UK capital was placed under tier 1 restrictions, but then moved to tier 2, due to the growing numbers of cases.

Thu, 22 Oct 2020 07:37:00 +0000
The political campaign for the upcoming assembly elections in India’s Bihar state, which will be the first state to go to the polls since the COVID-19 outbreak, is continuing despite the pandemic. Political parties holding jam-packed rallies have been warned by the Election Commission about flouting COVID-19 norms.

Thu, 22 Oct 2020 07:32:21 +0000
The Indian government has announced total stimulus worth $298 billion since the COVID-19 pandemic broke out. The Indian Finance Ministry recently said that the government is working on additional stimulus measures.

Thu, 22 Oct 2020 07:22:56 +0000
According to the Swedish Taxi Association, the industry is heavily dependent on immigrants, as \"nearly half\" of the country's taxi drivers are of foreign descent.

Thu, 22 Oct 2020 07:08:40 +0000
MOSCOW (Sputnik) - Discussions have taken place between US President Donald Trump and his advisers about the possibility of firing the director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Christopher Wray, in the aftermath of the upcoming presidential election, The Washington Post reports, citing sources familiar with the matter.

Thu, 22 Oct 2020 07:01:46 +0000
Last week, the United States condemned \"in the strongest terms\" Turkey's reported test of the nation's S-400 air defence systems, after a video began circulating in the Turkish media showing what appears to be the trail of a missile launch in the city of Sinop.

Thu, 22 Oct 2020 06:52:06 +0000
MOSCOW (Sputnik) - French Foreign office says Paris is holding talks on the expulsion of foreigners included in threat to national security list with their countries of origin to make sure deportations are carried out effectively.

Thu, 22 Oct 2020 06:51:55 +0000
Ahead of the fun-filled Halloween holiday on 31 October, people are adjusting to the new pandemic reality and coming up with funny ways to do their usual trick-or-treating without exposing themselves to the coronavirus.

Thu, 22 Oct 2020 06:24:37 +0000
The Indian Defence Ministry cancelled a $500 million Spike deal with Israel in favour of a domestic anti-tank guided missile (ATGM) in 2018. Israeli defence tech company Rafael claimed that it would take a long time for India's state-funded Defence Research and Development Organisation to develop an ATGM to reach the Indian Army in the field.

Thu, 22 Oct 2020 06:21:05 +0000
Sweden's Moderate Party has argued that the country can take in Estonia's homosexuals, and provide the latter with Swedish homophobes, describing it as a \"win-win situation\".

Thu, 22 Oct 2020 06:20:51 +0000
UNITED NATIONS (Sputnik) - Iran has no interest in influencing the outcome of the US presidential election and has no preference in its outcome, Alireza Miryousefi, spokesman for the Iranian Mission to the UN said to ABC News.

Thu, 22 Oct 2020 06:14:17 +0000
India’s Navy chief has been pointing out the increased presence of Chinese submarines and warships in the Indian Ocean as of late. Under “Mission Based Deployment”, the Indian Navy has reinforced its dominance in the region.

Thu, 22 Oct 2020 05:41:42 +0000
It is not an easy job to keep banks safe but in some cases, uninvited masked guests might be the opposite of a problem - especially if they have small hands and striped tails.

Thu, 22 Oct 2020 05:34:15 +0000
In an essay published on the White House website late last week, Melania Trump scorned US mainstream media for \"eagerly\" covering \"salacious claims\" made by the First Lady's former aide Stephanie Winston Wolkoff.

Thu, 22 Oct 2020 05:30:49 +0000
Though there has been an improvement, Israel is still falling behind other OECD countries when it comes to gender equality in politics, says an Israeli expert. The reason is not only a set of traditional factors, but also the fact that a country whose politics revolves around security often struggles to accept those perceived as \"the weaker sex\".

Thu, 22 Oct 2020 05:19:06 +0000
According to legal professionals, a new police report against Foreign Minister Jeppe Kofod over a 2008 case involving a minor girl, which he himself called \"the biggest mistake of his life\", will hardly lead to charges, let alone convictions.

Thu, 22 Oct 2020 05:05:50 +0000
Two months after gaining independence from British rule, on 22 October 1947, some 2,000 Pakistani tribal men entered Jammu and Kashmir, plundering and raiding towns. The militia was reportedly armed with modern ammunition and arms as they carried out atrocities and mass rapes, according to the Indian government.

Thu, 22 Oct 2020 05:00:00 +0000
Britain’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson has urged UK businesses to accelerate preparations for a no-deal Brexit.

Thu, 22 Oct 2020 04:30:00 +0000
If there is one thing this pandemic has taught people, it’s that social distancing could save the day: just like humans who try to avoid handshakes because of the dangers of coronavirus, a golden retriever has remained cautious of high-fiving.

Thu, 22 Oct 2020 04:15:00 +0000
On 22 October, US President Donald Trump and Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden will meet for their second and final debate at Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee, with Kristen Welker of NBC moderating. American academics have discussed whether the faceoff could be a game changer.

Thu, 22 Oct 2020 04:02:43 +0000
Last week, The New York Post published an article said to contain emails recovered from a damaged laptop computer claimed to have been left at a Delaware repair shop by Hunter Biden. The unverified emails allege corrupt overseas business dealings by the Bidens. The FBI interviewed the owner of the repair shop who reported the content.

Thu, 22 Oct 2020 04:00:00 +0000
Firecracker businesses in India have been struggling since 2016 when the country's supreme court banned their use during the festive season because of environmental pollution. Now the firework industry, already in the doldrums thanks to the court’s 2016 decision, is facing further contraction because of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Thu, 22 Oct 2020 02:19:58 +0000
GENOA (Sputnik) - Italy’s Verona will host the 13th Eurasian Economic Forum on Thursday and Friday despite the newly introduced restrictions in the country aimed at curbing the rapid spread of the COVID-19 infection.

Thu, 22 Oct 2020 01:41:03 +0000
The Expedition 63 crew members were sent to the International Space Station (ISS) aboard a Soyuz MS-15 spacecraft on 17 April 2020. The mission is considered the longest to the ISS, due to its six-month-long duration, an unusual double-length expedition period.

Thu, 22 Oct 2020 01:27:06 +0000
Last week, US President Donald Trump held another nationally televised town hall event, hosted by NBC News moderator Savannah Guthrie. According to the host, the event was attended by a mix of Trump, Biden, and undecided voters. During the event, a woman sitting behind Trump was noted as nodding her head as the president responded to questions.

Thu, 22 Oct 2020 00:49:16 +0000
More than 1,500 people have rallied around a Black Starbucks barista in Santee, California, after a viral video showed her being disrespected by a customer who hurled profanity and racist remarks at her while professing support for US President Donald Trump.

Thu, 22 Oct 2020 00:39:33 +0000
YEREVAN (Sputnik) - A resolution on the recognition of the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic (NKR) has been submitted to the US House of Representatives, the information center of the unrecognized NKR reported Wednesday, citing the Karabakh Foreign Ministry.

Thu, 22 Oct 2020 00:04:13 +0000
BRUSSELS (Sputnik) - Defense ministers from the member states of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization’s (NATO) will get together virtually on Thursday and Friday to tackle the most prevailing challenges faced by the alliance in the scope of security.

Wed, 21 Oct 2020 23:52:14 +0000
Timely economic relief is in doubt \"after Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell revealed that he told the White House not to make a deal with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi before the November 3 election,\" the Washington Post reported Tuesday.

Wed, 21 Oct 2020 23:40:27 +0000
WASHINGTON (Sputnik) - US Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, in a statement, said that Democrats would boycott the Senate Judiciary panel vote to advance the nomination of President Donald Trump's pick for the Supreme Court, Amy Coney Barrett.

Wed, 21 Oct 2020 23:39:17 +0000
Director of National Intelligence (DNI) John Ratcliffe has announced that US intelligence reflects that \"two foreign actors, Iran and Russia, have taken specific actions to influence public opinion relating to [US] elections.\"

Wed, 21 Oct 2020 23:29:37 +0000
How can cities work for equity and equality in their budgets?

Wed, 21 Oct 2020 23:20:38 +0000
MINGECEVIR, Azerbaijan (Sputnik) – Azerbaijani presidential assistant Hikmet Hajiyev told Germany’s Bild newspaper that President Ilham Aliyev was not giving interviews to tabloids.

Wed, 21 Oct 2020 23:03:01 +0000
TBILISI (Sputnik) – More than 40 hostages have been released in the western Georgian city of Zugdidi with an investigation into the matter underway, the country's Interior Ministry said on Thursday.

Wed, 21 Oct 2020 22:59:54 +0000
Legislation approved on Tuesday at a San Francisco Board of Supervisors meeting may soon make people civilly liable for racially biased 911 calls in the California city. Sean Blackmon, the host of By Any Means Necessary, joined Radio Sputnik’s Political Misfits to discuss the new law and discriminatory police actions against Black Americans.

Wed, 21 Oct 2020 22:51:01 +0000
TORONTO (Sputnik) - Canada’s House of Commons on Wednesday struck down a Conservative Party motion to create an anti-corruption committee to look into Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s relationship with the WE Charity thereby averting a possible call for a new election.

Wed, 21 Oct 2020 22:49:17 +0000
On today’s episode of The Backstory, host Lee Stranahan discussed current events, including revelations on Hunter Biden, Nancy Pelosi’s pointing to a potential stimulus deal soon, the Pope coming out in favor of civil union for gay marriage, and the coming of Manchester tier 3 lockdowns.

Wed, 21 Oct 2020 22:32:53 +0000
On Wednesday, former US President Barack Obama began his tour in support of Joe Biden, his former vice president who now seeks the presidency himself on the Democratic ticket in November. Obama's first stop was Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Wed, 21 Oct 2020 22:22:03 +0000
MOSCOW (Sputnik) - France will never renounce caricatures and will further defend freedom, President Emmanuel Macron said on Wednesday during a commemoration ceremony for the French history teacher, Samuel Paty, murdered after showing caricatures depicting Islamic Prophet Muhammad to his students.

Wed, 21 Oct 2020 22:06:19 +0000
A new lawsuit has been brought against Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and 28 other people by the fiancee of slain journalist Jamal Khashoggi and a reform group Khashoggi helped found prior to his gruesome October 2018 death.

Wed, 21 Oct 2020 22:04:29 +0000
US President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani, once regarded as America’s mayor, is now being accused of possible sexual impropriety after he was caught in a compromising position in the latest installment of the “Borat” movie series.

Wed, 21 Oct 2020 21:29:51 +0000
Was the arrest of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange justice against a man who broke the law or a warning that journalism is under threat, not only in the United States, but globally?

Wed, 21 Oct 2020 21:25:51 +0000
The US State Department approved on Wednesday the sale of roughly $1 billion in long-range cruise missiles and $436 million in rocket artillery vehicles to Taiwan, just the latest incident of Washington supplying advanced weaponry to a government China considers to be a province in rebellion.

Wed, 21 Oct 2020 21:20:01 +0000
The impressive but scary phenomenon was said to have formed following bad weather across a number of islands in Greece’s Dodecanese archipelago. A waterspout is a common phenomenon in some areas caused by a low-intensity storm and is, in ordinary circumstances, not a cause for concern, according to meteorologists.

Wed, 21 Oct 2020 21:10:00 +0000
As the November 2020 presidential election between former Vice President Joe Biden and incumbent Donald Trump draws closer, the two contrasting economic agendas on how to respond to the coronavirus recession becomes a key issue for voters.

Wed, 21 Oct 2020 21:03:23 +0000
Five environmental groups, represented by attorneys from the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Oregon, filed a lawsuit against the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) on Tuesday for using tear gas against protesters in Portland, Oregon.

Wed, 21 Oct 2020 20:58:14 +0000
A number of politicians have changed their names, notably 39th Vice-President of the United States Spiro Agnew (born Spiro Theodore Anagnostopoulos), 42nd President Bill Clinton (Born William Jefferson Blythe) and former West German Chancellor Willy Brandt (born Herbert Ernst Karl Frahm). But it is less usual for their relatives to take this step.

Wed, 21 Oct 2020 20:52:19 +0000
Following the passing of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, 87, last month, US President Donald Trump nominated Jude Amy Coney Barrett to the Senate for confirmation. The Senate is poised to vote on the pick before the general election next month.

Wed, 21 Oct 2020 20:48:49 +0000
Socialist candidate promotes people’s platform: New START may be in jeopardy; Congo Week highlights issues on the African continent

Wed, 21 Oct 2020 20:38:39 +0000
There have been attempts on the life of US presidents and presidential candidates before. Presidents Abraham Lincoln in 1865, James Garfield in 1881, William McKinley in 1901, and John F. Kennedy in 1963 were shot dead. Democratic candidate Robert Kennedy was shot dead In 1968, and Ronald Reagan was shot and wounded in 1981.

Wed, 21 Oct 2020 20:32:31 +0000
US lawyer and legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin was suspended by his employer after recently exposing his penis during a Zoom call with colleagues at The New Yorker. Toobin characterized the action as a “stupid mistake”.

Wed, 21 Oct 2020 20:04:18 +0000
Daily wage earners in India’s Jammu and Kashmir have raised placards with slogans reading “release pending wages from 2014”, “25 years have passed” and “we want justice”. They are demanding that temporary jobs be standardized in all government departments in the state.

Wed, 21 Oct 2020 20:01:30 +0000
The Indian rupee has gained significantly relative to the US dollar in the last six months. Almost a month into the pandemic in April, the rupee fell to record lows against the dollar and, in a spectacular rebound, clawed back over 5 percent.

Wed, 21 Oct 2020 19:46:40 +0000
Voters in Alaska, Pennsylvania, Arizona and Florida on Tuesday received threatening emails supposedly sent by the Proud Boys, a far-right group, telling them to vote for US President Donald Trump.

Wed, 21 Oct 2020 19:31:12 +0000
Civil rights lawyers attempting to reunite immigrant children separated from their parents by the Trump administration’s “zero tolerance” policy reported on Tuesday they had yet to find the parents of 545 of those children.

Wed, 21 Oct 2020 19:16:14 +0000
A new billboard in Fayette County, Pennsylvania, attempted to trash Democratic presidential nominee and former US Vice President Joe Biden, but its presidential fitness argument missed the mark after misspelling “dementia.”

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