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The announcement Friday that Hong Kong's legislative elections, originally scheduled for September, would be delayed a year because of the COVID-19 pandemic is the latest example of the increasing authoritarianism in China. Amid a cultural purge and increased censorship, the freedoms that China had pledged to uphold following the 1997 handover of the region from Britain have been seriously eroded. It has been a terrible year for the cause of freedom in China.
AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki A worker at a Chicago Dunkin' was arrested Saturday on suspicion of spitting in a state trooper's coffee. According to the state police, the trooper ordered a large black coffee Thursday night and removed the lid because the beverage was hot. "The Trooper observed a large, thick piece of mucus which was later confirmed to be saliva, floating inside it," the state police told NBC News.
South Africa has become the fifth nation to pass the grim milestone of half a million confirmed coronavirus cases, which account for more than 50 per cent of all Covid-19 infections on the continent of Africa. Zwelini Mkhezi, the health minister, announced a further 10,107 new cases on Saturday, meaning that the Rainbow Nation now only tails the USA, Brazil, Russia and India by number of infections, despite having a significantly smaller population. Despite the dizzying numbers, Cyril Ramaphosa, the president of South Africa, said he sees “promising signs” that the alarming growth of cases is stabilising and the health care system in his country is coping in most areas.
Sturgis is on. The message has been broadcast across social media as South Dakota, which has seen an uptick in coronavirus infections in recent weeks, braces to host hundreds of thousands of bikers for the 80th edition of the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally. More than 250,000 people are expected to rumble through western South Dakota, seeking the freedom of cruising the boundless landscapes in a state that has skipped lockdowns.
Rep. Raúl Grijalva (D-Ariz.) on Saturday announced he is the latest member of Congress to test positive for COVID-19. The 72-year-old congressman, who said he currently has no symptoms and feels fine, had been isolating after coming into contact with Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas), who tested positive for the coronavirus earlier this week. Grijalva did not call Gohmert out by name, but said that this week has revealed the consequences of the actions of Republican lawmakers who have gone to work at the Capitol without wearing a mask and taking the virus seriously, something which Gohmert has been accused of throughout the pandemic.
Thirty-five Airbnb listings across New Jersey were suspended or removed from the website following complaints of house parties that flout restrictions on gatherings in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. Many of the suspensions announced Friday came directly from complaints of neighbors, who called into Airbnb's 24/7 Neighborhood Support Hotline, the company said. The “vast majority” of Airbnb hosts “take important steps to prevent unauthorized parties,” the company said.
A female judge whose son was killed by an "anti-feminist" lawyer has called for protecting the privacy of federal judges in her first public comments. Roy Den Hollander, dressed as a FedEx delivery man, shot Judge Esther Salas' son and husband in New Jersey last month before taking his own life. Authorities believe he targeted Judge Salas over her role as a federal judge.
Scientists and environmental groups have expressed alarm after new data revealed there were 28 percent more fires in Brazil's Amazon rainforest this July compared with the same time last year. Satellite images released by Brazil's space research agency INPE on Saturday revealed 6,803 fires in the Amazon last month. “I am super concerned," Erika Berenguer, an Amazon ecologist and a senior research associate at Britain's University of Oxford, told NBC News Sunday.
Democrat Joe Biden, Trump's election opponent, tweeted on Thursday: “Bill Barr is the Attorney General of the United States – not the president's private attorney. Barr, a devout Catholic and keen bagpiper, previously served as attorney general under President George HW Bush from 1991 to 1993. This raised hopes that he would be an establishment Republican who could check Trump's impulses, maintain the department's independence and offer normality in an era that is anything but.
Mexican authorities on Sunday arrested the leader of the Santa Rosa de Lima cartel, a gang known for stealing millions of dollars in fuel from government pipelines and for turning once-peaceful Guanajuato state into one of the most dangerous regions in the country. Videos show the predawn capture by federal and state authorities of José Antonio Yépez Ortiz, who is known by the alias "El Marro," which means "the Sledgehammer." The capture of Yépez Ortiz, one of the most high-profile arrests by the Mexican government in years, highlights the contradictory nature of the security policies pushed by President Andrés Manuel López Obrador.
The number of people who have died with COVID-19 in Iran is far higher than the government has publicly admitted, according to figures leaked to BBC Persian. Iran, the worst-hit country in the Middle East, has been accused of covering up its coronavirus cases since early in the pandemic. The number of people who have died with COVID-19 in Iran is nearly three times the official figure, according to an investigation by the BBC.
As Democrat Antone Melton-Meaux meandered through racks of headscarves and clouds of spice and pepper, he carried a pointed message to the voters he courted at the city's largest Somali market: I want to focus on the work, not being famous. Omar, a liberal Democrat, made history two years ago as the first Somali-American elected to Congress and went on to make countless headlines for making controversial statements on Israel, for tangling with President Donald Trump and for a personal life that became tabloid fodder. All the attention has helped make Omar a progressive star, but it's also drawn criticism and a surprisingly strong primary challenger in Melton-Meaux.
A man has been detained after taking one hostage and threatening to detonate an explosive device in a business centre in the Ukrainian capital Kiev on Monday, the interior ministry said. The man carrying a backpack entered a bank in the Leonardo business centre in central Kiev claiming he had a bomb, deputy interior minister Anton Gerashchenko wrote on Facebook. The man demanded to phone the police but let the bank employees leave the building, Gerashchenko said.
Assistant Secretary for Health Brett Giroir, the White House's coronavirus testing coordinator, is not shy about urging people to wear masks. He told NBC's Chuck Todd on Sunday that, especially in locations experiencing more intense coronavirus outbreaks, "you really need to have mask-wearing at a very high degree" to drive infections down. He does not, however, feel comfortable recommending a national mask mandate to President Trump.
Justin Stuller was looking forward to relaxing in the Florida Keys — fishing, lobstering and swimming with his wife, kids, extended family and friends. Stuller, 38, now sports two dozen stitches and a small limp after he tangled with an eight-foot lemon shark Wednesday. Stuller said he has encountered sharks before on similar trips.
At least 86 people have died in recent days as a result of drinking illegally-made alcohol, officials in the northern Indian state of Punjab say. On Friday, Punjab's Chief Minister Amarinder Singh ordered an inquiry into the deaths. The case follows reports on Friday of the deaths of 10 people - said to have alcohol addictions - who drank hand sanitiser in the southern state of Andhra Pradesh.
A 54-year-old New Jersey woman suffered a broken leg after she was thrown to the ground in a Staples by another customer whom she had told to wear a mask, authorities said. Police have released surveillance video from the incident that occurred at about 3:19 p.m. Wednesday at a Staples in Hackensack. Margot Kagan, of Teaneck, told police she was using a fax machine at the store when a woman with a mask pulled down below her mouth approached a machine next to her.
To the editor: Virginia Heffernan is too kind to Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas) and other Republicans who refuse to wear masks, for their stupidity is just another manifestation of their cultish belief in President Trump. If Trump calls the virus the "China Virus," so must his followers. If he says mail-in voting leads to fraud and that there is no Russian interference in our elections, or that he is the greatest of all presidents, then so say the faithful.
Torrance Police Department/ Facebook A California couple was arrested on charges of a hate crime and vandalism on Friday, according to the Torrance Police Department. Gregory and Rachel Howell were arrested after a racist incident in Torrance, California where they yelled "White power," and, "Only white lives matter," at a Black man and his girlfriend. One of the victims, Itzel Lopez told KTLA, "Never in my life did I think I was gonna experience this.
Dr. Scott Gottlieb, the former head of the Food and Drug Administration, warned that the Northeast could see another wave of coronavirus cases as the virus continues to "rotate through different parts of the country." "I think we're likely to see this continue where there is going to be these epidemics in different parts of the country and, in compensatory action, to get it under control," the former FDA commissioner said in an interview on CBS News' "Face the Nation." Gottlieb said he thinks while states in the Northeast and New York were "experiencing really a travesty," "a lot of parts of the country were shut down but were largely unaffected" by the coronavirus, causing a disparity in how some states might respond to surges in infections.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday railed at swelling protests against his rule, saying they were egged on by a biased media that distorts facts and cheers on the demonstrators. Netanyahu has faced a wave of protests in recent weeks, with demonstrators calling for the resignation of the long-serving leader, who is on trial for corruption charges. Netanyahu has painted the protests as dens of “anarchists” and “leftists" out to topple “a strong right-wing leader.”
The UK has been lobbying the US Congress in support of a controversial new warhead for Trident missiles, claiming it is critical for “the future of Nato as a nuclear alliance”. A letter from Britain's defence secretary, Ben Wallace, seen by the Guardian, urged Congress to support initial spending on the warhead, the W93. The letter, sent in April but not previously reported, draws the UK into a US political debate, pitting the Trump administration against many Democrats and arms control groups over whether the the $14bn W93 programme is necessary.
The Marine Corps is in the process of getting rid of its tanks in preparation for possible island-hopping missions in the Pacific, but the move could lead to a bitter inter-service divide if the Army is tasked with filling the gap, defense experts warned this week. Some Marine Corps tank companies have cased their colors, winding up decades-long missions as part of a service-wide redesign. Charlie Company, 2nd Tank Battalion, was the latest armor unit to shut down this week in a ceremony at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina.
The defiant owners of Atilis Gym kicked in plywood panels that had sealed the entrance to their business since July 27, drawing cheers from a group of flag-waving supporters. "What really upsets me is it had to come to this," said Ian Smith, a partner in the gym who said a long-running dispute with the state over pandemic restrictions had become "personal." The state Attorney General's Office, which has repeatedly obtained court orders for the gym's closing, could not be reached for immediate comment.