As Iowa sees a record number of patients hospitalized with COVID-19, Gov. Kim Reynolds refuses to consider a mask mandate and has blocked cities from enforcing theirs.Approval ratings at historic lows »
Former CIA Director John Brennan said it is “outrageous” for President Trump to talk about inviting Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to Washington when he should be treating the Saudi leader as a “pariah” for the murder of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi. Brennan's comments, made during an interview on the Yahoo News “Skullduggery” podcast, came shortly after Trump on Friday announced plans to hold a “big beautiful party” after the election that would include Saudi King Salman and his son, the crown prince, known as MBS, to sign peace deals with Israel.
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A reporter working for Pakistan's leading Geo News television who had gone missing in the southern port city of Karachi has been found, family and colleague said Saturday. Geo bureau chief in Karachi, Fahim Siddiqi, said Ali Imran Syed had contacted his wife by phone to say that he had reached his mother's home. Earlier police registered the journalist's disappearance as an “abduction” case without naming suspects.
Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko told U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in a phone call on Saturday that Belarus and Russia were ready to respond jointly to external threats, Russian agencies quoted Belarus state media as saying. Lukashenko, who is holding on to power despite major protests in recent weeks calling for him to resign, is facing the prospect of a national strike that could begin on Monday following an ultimatum set by opposition leaders. Lukashenko has shown no sign he will heed the ultimatum and step down.
Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden criticized attacking a political candidate's children as "crass." Biden said he had made a "specific decision" to not mention President Donald Trump's children through his campaign, despite the president's repeated criticisms of Hunter Biden's personal history and business relationships. "Look, I'm running against Donald Trump, not his children," Biden said in an interview on the progressive podcast "Pod Save America."
Malaysia's king on Sunday rejected a proposal by embattled Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin to declare a state of emergency to fight a new outbreak of the coronavirus. The plan by Muhyiddin, which involves suspending Parliament, has sparked national outrage, with critics slamming the move as an undemocratic means for him to hang on to power amid challenges to his leadership. The palace said in a statement that Sultan Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah “is of the opinion that there is currently no need for His Majesty to declare a state of emergency in this country or any part of Malaysia."
Sheikh Mohammed Adnan Afiouni died when his car was targeted with an explosive device. Afiouni was close to President Bashar al-Assad and played a large part in government 'reconciliation efforts' with armed groups who'd taken control of the suburbs during the civil-war. He was a leading conservative scholar who preached against Sunni radicalism and the Muslim Brotherhood, which took up arms against the current president's father, Hafez al-Assad.
Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez will announce a new state of emergency on Sunday in an effort to curb soaring coronavirus infections, local media including newspaper El Pais reported. The state of emergency will give regions, which decide on their own health matters, the powers to impose stricter restrictions on movement, including curfews. They can also put curbs on businesses and limit other activities such as gathering in groups inside and outside the home.
"But most of us don't even know who the electors of our state are unless we've done our research." The state parties appoint electors to cast the electoral ballots on the Monday after the second Wednesday in December of the presidential election – about a month after the Americans cast their ballots in the popular vote. More than 54 million people have already voted Here's how that compares with past elections.
The United Nations announced Saturday that 50 countries have ratified a U.N. treaty to ban nuclear weapons triggering its entry into force in 90 days, a move hailed by anti-nuclear activists but strongly opposed by the United States and the other major nuclear powers. As of Friday, the treaty had 49 signatories, and the United Nations said the 50th ratification from Honduras had been received. U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres commended the 50 states and saluted “the instrumental work" of civil society in facilitating negotiations and pushing for ratification, U.N. spokesman Stephane Dujarric said.
Victoria state, Australia's COVID-19 epicentre, on Sunday delayed an expected announcement on the easing of lockdown restrictions due to an outbreak in Melbourne, prompting warnings that residents were at a "financial and mental breaking point". The restrictions have limited most retail businesses in the state's capital to providing online services only since early August, and 5 million people living under stay-at-home orders were expecting an announcement on Sunday. State premier Daniel Andrews told a media conference the outbreak in Melbourne's northern suburbs threatened to push the reopening date of retail and hospitality businesses closer to Nov. 1.
Kansas police have arrested a man they say abducted his two young daughters from a home where two boys were found dead. Donny Jackson, 40, was found on the highway in Erick, Oklahoma, on Saturday night. The arrest came hours after an Amber Alert was issued and a manhunt spread to three states.
In a warehouse near Bogota's airport, behind a heavy cold storage door, sit boxes upon boxes of lifesaving vaccines for everything from yellow fever to polio, awaiting transport to the furthest reaches of Colombia. The tall shelves, kept at a chill 5 degrees Celsius (41 degrees Fahrenheit), are half-empty - leaving plenty of room for an eventual COVID-19 vaccine. Colombia surpassed 1 million infections on Saturday afternoon, becoming the eighth country globally to do so, tallying 1,007,711 confirmed infections and 30,000 deaths.
Polls are unusually close in Texas, but neither President Donald Trump or Democrat Joe Biden has swung through Texas, focusing on clear battleground states instead like Arizona and Florida. The striking numbers are across the board — in big cities that are solidly Democrat, in tipping-point suburbs where Republicans are losing ground and, to a lesser extent, in heavily Latino counties along the border. In Harris County, home to Houston, more than 1 million votes have already been cast.
At least 24 people were killed and dozens wounded in Saturday's suicide bomb attack outside an education centre in Kabul, Afghan officials now say. The explosion at the private facility, which offers courses for students in higher education, occurred late in the afternoon, the interior ministry said. The building in the predominantly Shia Muslim Dasht-e-Barchi area usually hosts hundreds of students.
Bombardier's newest private jet, the Learjet 75 Liberty, was just delivered to its first customer. The new flagship of the Learjet program offers better performance than its predecessors with a modern and spacious cabin. Bombardier developed the aircraft with a lower price point of $9.9 million to directly compete against Cessna and Embraer.
Pennsylvania's Supreme Court ruled on Friday that mail-in ballots cannot be refused because a voter's signature does not appear to match the one on file, a decision that could help Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden. Pennsylvania is a battleground state whose 20 Electoral College votes are key to victory for both Republican President Donald Trump and Biden. We) hold that county boards of elections are prohibited from rejecting absentee or mail-in ballots based on signature comparison conducted by county election officials or employees, or as the result of third-party challenges based on signature analysis and comparisons," Pennsylvania's top court ruled.
Iran's supreme leader Saturday urged authorities to prioritize public health above any economic or security concerns, amid the Mideast's worst outbreak of the coronavirus. Iran's death toll from the global pandemic topped 32,000 this week. Ayatollah Ali Khamenei told officials during a meeting with the country's top counter-coronavirus committee that “the main priority in decision-making is people's health.”
Some owners of the iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro handsets have reported being shown an error message when trying to use the NHS Covid-19 app. Apple's devices - which were released on Friday - can in fact run England and Wales' contact-tracing software. But the issue arises if apps are transferred from an older iPhone via an iCloud Backup data transfer, which is common practice.
Former President Barack Obama made a surprise visit to Miami Springs on Saturday, stopping by the small, majority Latino city to motivate local campaign workers for Democratic nominee Joe Biden before they headed out to knock on doors. Obama said. Obama's seven-minute stop at the office of the United Teachers of Dade labor union office came just before he was set to hold a drive-in rally in North Miami to early voting.
I finally got a chance to drive the long-awaited eight-generation Corvette, now with the engine sitting in the middle of the car — not up front under the hood, its home since the early 1950s. The so-called C8 Vette is the most radical redesign in the car's long history. I expected to be impressed, and I was.
“More realistically...these voters may not be motivated to vote at all in the 2020 election.”