The U.S. Justice Department vastly expanded its inquiry Wednesday into whether New York is undercounting coronavirus deaths among nursing home residents, demanding detailed data from hundreds of private facilities. The demand ratchets up pressure on Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo after months of bipartisan criticism that the state’s official tally of 6,722 dead at long-term care facilities is probably off by thousands. Cuomo's administration has repeatedly refused to release such nursing home data to lawmakers and the media, including a public-records request from The Associated Press dating back to May.
The Supreme Court on Wednesday said it would not grant a quick, pre-election review to a new Republican appeal to exclude Pennsylvania absentee ballots received after Election Day. The issue would take on enormous importance if Pennsylvania turns out to be the crucial state in next week's election and the votes received between Nov. 3 and Nov. 6 are potentially decisive. New Justice Amy Coney Barrett did not take part in the vote "because of the need for a prompt resolution of it and because she has not had time to fully review the parties’ filings," court spokeswoman Kathy Arberg said in an email.
The U.S. Census Bureau was able to claim it had reached 99.9% of households when the 2020 census ended two weeks ago because census takers were pressured to falsify data as the statistical agency cut corners and slashed standards, according to an amended lawsuit from advocacy groups and local governments. In Baltimore, Southern California and the states of Massachusetts, North Carolina and Texas, some households were marked as completed after only one attempt to reach residents living there, according to the revised lawsuit filed by the National Urban League; the city of San Jose, California; and others. Elsewhere, census takers were pressured by supervisors to close cases as quickly as possible, and they did this by guessing the number of people living in a household, claiming an address was too dangerous to visit or falsely saying residents of a household had refused to answer questions during door-knocking, said the lawsuit filed in federal court in San Jose.
France is returning to a nationwide lockdown amid rising coronavirus infections, President Emmanuel Macron announced Wednesday.The restrictions, which are set to kick in at midnight Thursday and will last until mid-December with period reviews before then, are similar to the country's previous lockdown this spring — people will only be able to leave their home for work purposes if remote work is not feasible, buy essential goods, seek medical attention, and exercise for one hour a day. Unlike the earlier iteration, however, schools and nurseries will remain open for the most part. Funerals and visits to care homes will be allowed, as well.Several European countries are experiencing a second wave of rising, often record-breaking coronavirus infections along with France, including Germany, whose Chancellor Angela Merkel on Wednesday also announced new restrictions aimed at curbing the virus' spread. For at least the next four weeks, restaurants, bars, and other leisure and cultural facilities will be ordered to close, and contacts are to be reduced to a maximum of two households and no more than 10 people. Like France, schools and nurseries will remain open, as will the majority of businesses and work places, The Guardian reports. Read more at The Guardian.More stories from theweek.com How to make an election crisis 64 things President Trump has said about women Republicans are on the verge of a spectacular upside-down achievement
"We must act, and now, to avoid an acute national health emergency," Chancellor Angela Merkel said while announcing Germany's four-week shutdown.
The farther north you go in Florida, the saying goes, the deeper South you'll get. For generations, the Old South flourished in Duval County, a sprawling metropolis on the state's northern Atlantic coast that is home to Jacksonville and was once a reliable bastion of Republican power. The race between President Donald Trump and Democrat Joe Biden will test that Democratic progress.
Just days before the presidential election, millions of mail ballots have yet to be returned in key battleground states, and election officials warn that time is running out for voters who want to avoid a polling place on Election Day. At least 35 million mail ballots had been returned or accepted as of early Wednesday, according to data collected by The Associated Press.
American politicians, including presidents, have often sought to exploit the nation's racial and ethnic divides for political gain. During the Trump era, voters are not responding as expected.The gap in presidential vote preference between white and nonwhite voters has shrunk by a surprising 16 percentage points since 2016, according to an Upshot analysis of preelection polls, as Joe Biden gains among white voters and President Donald Trump makes inroads among Black and Hispanic voters.Trump's exploitation of resentments over immigration and race was widely credited with fueling his upset victory in 2016, but similar tactics this time have not had the same effect. The president has so far failed to reassemble his coalition of white voters without a college degree across the Northern battleground states, and polls show that many white voters have been repelled by his handling of race, criminal justice and recent protests.The decrease in racial polarization defies the expectations of many analysts, who believed that a campaign focused on appeals to issues like Black Lives Matter or law and order would do the opposite. It may also upset the hopes of some activists on the left who viewed an embrace of more progressive policies on race as a way to help Democrats carve a new path to the presidency. This path would have been powered by overwhelming support from nonwhite voters, reducing the need to cater to the more conservative white voters who backed Trump four years ago. Instead, Biden leads because of gains among those very voters.With the election less than a week away, there is still time for voter preferences to move toward those of the 2016 campaign. Back then, polls suggested that Hillary Clinton was narrowly ahead in the national popular vote yet hinted at Trump's path to victory by showing his huge gains among white voters without a degree. Today, the same national surveys offer no comparable hint of strength for Trump among white voters.The president's pitch hasn't resonated even among the kinds of voters who seem likeliest to be receptive.Trish Thompson, 69, a white Republican who works as a security guard for pipeline and fracking lands in Brownsville, Texas, voted for Trump in 2016. This time she will vote for Biden -- as a vote against Trump and his "appalling" handling of the pandemic and "his misogynistic behavior and his inability to acknowledge his racial discrimination."Overall, Trump leads among white voters by only 5 points in high-quality surveys conducted since the Republican National Convention in August, compared with a 13-point advantage in the final surveys before the 2016 election. Not only does Trump fall short of his own lead with that group from 2016, but he also underperforms every recent Republican presidential candidate since Bob Dole in 1996.Biden's gains among white voters are broad, spanning not only the groups expected to shift toward him -- like white suburban women -- but also the white working-class voters across the Northern battleground states who represented the president's decisive strength four years ago.Overall, Trump leads by 21 points among white voters without a degree, 58% to 37%, compared with his 29-point edge (59% to 30%) in the final polls in 2016. His position with these voters is still strong for a Republican -- in fact, that 21-point lead is the largest for a Republican in recent memory. But while he still runs ahead of Mitt Romney among this group, he faces a daunting deficit among the remainder of the electorate.By contrast, white college graduates back Biden by 21 points in recent polls, up from a 13-point edge for Clinton in the final polls four years ago.Trump tried to win over white voters with a conservative pitch on race and policing. Instead, Biden steadily gained among white voters in the spring and particularly in June, after the death of George Floyd at the hands of police. National surveys showed that white voters overwhelmingly disapproved of the president's handling of the protests in the aftermath of Floyd's death, according to Times/Siena polling.The president's pivot to "law and order" amid unrest over the summer did not help him. In the final Times/Siena national survey, Biden led Trump by 7 points on who would do a better job on "law and order." Trump also failed to claim an edge on the issue in Times/Siena polls of Wisconsin and Minnesota, where the president's team believed that unrest in Kenosha and Minneapolis could work to the president's advantage.The president's weakness among white voters has eroded the party's traditional structural advantages in the Electoral College, the House and the Senate, endangering the Republican hold on a tier of overwhelmingly white districts and states where Democrats usually don't have much of a chance, like Kansas or Montana.Biden has tended to make his largest gains across the Northern United States -- in exactly the places where the president made his largest gains four years ago. In contrast, Trump's support has proved resilient in the Deep South, where upward of 95% of the president's former supporters say they back his reelection, giving him a better chance to weather demographic shifts in the region.The president's standing in the Sun Belt is bolstered by perhaps the single most surprising demographic trend of the cycle: his gains among nonwhite voters.In recent national polls, Biden leads by 42 points among nonwhite voters, 66% to 24%. It's about 9 points worse than Clinton's 51-point lead in the final 2016 surveys.Biden has lost almost exactly as much ground among nonwhite voters as he has gained among white voters, but trading nonwhite for white voters is a favorable deal for Biden. White voters outnumber nonwhite voters by more than 2 to 1 and by an even greater ratio in the most important battleground states.In a longer-term compilation of polling since June, Trump's gains appear to include both Black and Latino voters, though exact measurement of such smaller groups is challenging. It's even harder to measure subgroups -- say, Cuban Americans in Miami-Dade County.The Times/Siena surveys suggest that the president's strength is particularly significant among Hispanic voters. Across those surveys since September, Biden holds only an 84% to 7% lead among Hispanic voters who said they backed Clinton four years ago, compared with a 93% to 2% lead among Black voters and a 94% to 3% lead among white voters.The president's strength among nonwhite voters represents an increasingly vital element of his possible path to reelection. It helps him counter a serious weakness among older white voters in the pivotal state of Florida and in other Sun Belt battlegrounds, including Nevada, which Clinton carried four years ago.In Times/Siena polling so far this fall, Black and Hispanic voters appear somewhat receptive to the kinds of conservative messages usually derided as racist dog whistles. In polling in September, for example, nonwhite voters split roughly evenly on whether "law and order" or the coronavirus was more important to their presidential vote. Nonwhite voters were likelier to say they thought Trump would do a better job handling "law and order" than they were to say they supported him over Biden.It was not the first time this cycle that nonwhite voters defied the hopes of progressive activists. Black Democrats in Virginia were likelier than white Democrats to say Ralph Northam should remain as governor after the revelation of a 35-year-old racist photo on his medical school yearbook page. And Black voters backed Biden by overwhelming margins over a variety of more progressive challengers in the primary, despite his often conservative record on race and policing.Many progressive policies for systematic change -- like reparations for the descendants of slaves, defunding the police or removing Confederate monuments -- fail to attract strong support in polls, suggesting that a focus on these issues could risk eroding Democratic standing. It also suggests a widening gap between the views of progressive activists and the rank and file of nonwhite voters.While U.S. politics has become less polarized along racial lines during the Trump era, the gender gap has grown. In Times/Siena surveys since September, Biden has a mere 7-point lead among Hispanic men and a 37-point lead among Hispanic women -- even larger than the 20-point gender gap among white voters. And while the gender gap is smaller among Black voters, Biden has a relatively poor 78% to 11% lead among Black men in the Times/Siena poll.Nonwhite men may like the president for the same kind of reasons that white men do, like a macho appeal. And the president's populism may have some appeal to blue-collar men of all races and ethnic groups. Hispanic voters said they preferred Biden over Trump to handle the economy, but by only an 8-point margin.Matthew Plummer, a 42-year-old Hispanic trucker in Carson City, Nevada, usually votes Democratic, including for Clinton. But he now backs Trump."I just want government to get back to government instead of playing games and pointing fingers, and it seems like that's what the Democratic Party is doing," he said.Although not a fan of Trump as a person, he said he had achieved things like improving the economy and opening conversations with North Korea."It seems like they're really laying in bed with lobbyists, Big Pharma, all these people who just want to push big business," he said, referring to Democrats, "as opposed to getting back to middle-class, blue-collar, regular good old folk."This article originally appeared in The New York Times.(C) 2020 The New York Times Company
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, an Afghan journalist and a driver in Afghanistan, federal authorities announced Wednesday. The charges against Haji Najibullah, 42, were in a six-count indictment unsealed in Manhattan federal court. In a release, federal authorities said Najibullah had been brought from Ukraine to face charges including hostage taking, conspiracy and kidnapping.
Facebook Inc Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg said on Wednesday that a warning from the FBI on hack-and-leak operations before the Nov. 3 presidential election played a role in its decision to limit the reach of stories from the New York Post that made claims about Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden's son. Zuckerberg said it had seen attempts by Russia, Iran and China to run disinformation campaigns. "One of the threats that the FBI has alerted our companies ... to was the possibility of a hack and leak operation in the days or weeks leading up to this election," he said.
Edgar Alexis Lopez looks well-rested in photos he took before crossing the border illegally in mountains east of San Diego, flashing a wide grin in clean jeans. A rescue helicopter couldn't land in the steep terrain, but authorities dropped water before border agents arrived and whisked them back to Tijuana, Mexico. Lopez quickly recovered and began planning another attempt to reach San Diego, where he hopes to earn a more steady living.
The application control market in SAM is expected to grow from US$ 213. 64 million in 2019 to US$ 269. 48 million by 2027; it is estimated to grow at a CAGR of 3. 0% from 2020 to 2027. Application control audit services are getting highly adopted in recent times.New York, Oct. 28, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Reportlinker.com announces the release of the report "Middle East and Africa Application Control Market Forecast to 2027 - COVID-19 Impact and Regional Analysis By Component, Access Points, Organization size, and Vertical" - https://www.reportlinker.com/p05978867/?utm_source=GNW To prevent systems and devices from cyberattacks, the demand for application control across the industries is increasing. An application control audit is designed in order to secure the transactions through the application and check if the data which the application outputs is accurate and valid.The various transaction based applications are becoming the main target of cyberattacks, due to which the demand for application control audit services is growing. These services ensure that the software is free from errors and vulnerabilities that could be exploited by hackers.There are various benefits of application control audit services. They can be integrated into a software development lifecycle. Also, they enhance cross-site scripting prevention by detecting faults in products prior to their shipment. Furthermore, the services generate detailed report on critical vulnerabilities with listed remediation information stating how to fix errors quickly and effectively. These factors are responsible for driving the application control market across the MEA.Also, growing requirements for integrated security in banking industries is among the other factors expected to positively influence the demand for application control. Based on organization size, the large enterprises segment led the MEA application control market in 2019.The large enterprises are capable of making huge investments on high-end software to increase productivity. As application control plays a vital role in managing the security of all businesses, the large and well-established companies invest significantly in security solutions to prevent attack from external environments.The application control in large-scale businesses ensures 100% workstation and server protection to perform mission-critical business services. It a cost efficient and profitable solution for large businesses, which ultimately drives the application control market in the MEA.The recent COVID-19 outbreak has had a terrible effect on the MEA economy. Iran, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, South Africa, and the UAE are some of the countries in the MEA region with high number of COVID-19 confirmed cases and deaths. The economic and industrial growth of these countries has been affected negatively in the past few months. The MEA region is expected to witness a significant impact of COVID-19 in the near future owing to heavy reliance on international vendors and authorized sales representatives due to lack of prominent solution providers in the region. Vendors in MEA region had witnessed challenges in continuing IT operations owing to slow business conditions disrupting the ability to meet the service demands to another regions. This, in turn, is projected to register a swift decline in the supply of application control related solutions and services in MEA. The overall MEA application control market size has been derived using both primary and secondary sources.To begin the research process, exhaustive secondary research has been conducted using internal and external sources to obtain qualitative and quantitative information related to the market. The process also serves the purpose of obtaining overview and forecast for the application control market with respect to all the segments pertaining to the region.Also, multiple primary interviews have been conducted with industry participants and commentators to validate the data, as well as to gain more analytical insights into the topic. The participants who typically take part in such a process include industry experts, such as VPs, business development managers, market intelligence managers, and national sales managers, along with external consultants, such as valuation experts, research analysts, and key opinion leaders specializing in the MEA application control market. Broadcom Inc.; Cambium Networks; Check Point Software Technologies Ltd.; CyberArk Software Ltd.; DriveLock SE; Ivanti; McAfee, LLC; Trend Micro Incorporated; VMware, Inc.; WatchGuard Technologies, Inc. are among a few players operating in MEA application control market. Read the full report: https://www.reportlinker.com/p05978867/?utm_source=GNW About Reportlinker ReportLinker is an award-winning market research solution. Reportlinker finds and organizes the latest industry data so you get all the market research you need - instantly, in one place. __________________________ CONTACT: Clare: email@example.com US: (339)-368-6001 Intl: +1 339-368-6001
"We are in a very serious situation. We must act, and now, to avoid an acute national health emergency," said German Chancellor Angela Merkel.
The authentication and brand protection market in MEA is expected to grow from US$ 201. 93 million in 2019 to US$ 375. 00 million by 2027; it is estimated to grow at a CAGR of 8. 4% from 2020 to 2027.New York, Oct. 28, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Reportlinker.com announces the release of the report "Middle East and Africa Authentication and Brand Protection Market Forecast to 2027 - COVID-19 Impact and Regional Analysis By Type, Technology, and Application" - https://www.reportlinker.com/p05978868/?utm_source=GNW Thriving interests against duplicate consumer electronics products and automotive components are providing a steady growth of the market.In varios developed as well as developing nations the consumer electronics industry and automotive industry had seen a rapid growth in recent years. This is because of the rise in demand of various automotive components and consumer electronic parts.Although there is a tough competition among the duplicate and genuine products but due to different unavoidable incidents of product failure in case of duplicate products the demand of genuine and legitimate products has grown up which is again positively driving the demand for authentication and brand protection. The current rising trend in which the people are demanding for genuine products has come into limelight and this among the other factors expected to positively influence the demand for authentication and brand protection. Based on technology, the barcodes segment led the MEA authentication and brand protection market.Barcodes determine the authenticity of printed packages, products, or materials, instantly by incorporating a patented, proprietary HD barcode into the production process. While analyzing security methodologies, HD barcode varies from other expensive authentication methods due to its capability to embed vast amounts of data, including 58,000 times more than UPC codes or 175 times more than QR barcodes within a small, configurable 2D barcode.HD barcode can also connect or embed to an exclusive app on the Smartphone, allowing display of fully colored product images that are only be shown when the code is being read. HD barcode is different from other available 2D barcodes because a unique identification number has been assigned to each manufacturer, which can only be used by them and authorized personnel.Manufacturers are also being provided with "code generation" software, which is kept alienated from readers to print the HD barcodes. When generating the codes, the manufacturer creates an "unrevealed password" proprietary to only them. There is no "back door," and reader software can be time-stamped so only approved staff can know the information for a particular time frame within the code. The formation of the system follows different patterns which helps stops an individual to decode an HD barcode. As a concluding security step, an ID card with a unique HD barcode may be provided to authorized personnel, which is needed be scanned before the application is usable or activated, thus preventing the personal and confidential data from being lost or stolen. The COVID-19 outbreak has sternly affected several MEA countries. Iran, Turkey, Israel, and Saudi Arabia, are the worst-hit countries in the region. The countries are undertaking significant measures in combating the growth of the virus by imposing strict regulations of the movement of humans, such as lockdown. This has negatively impacted the manufacturing sectors as a result of less human workforce in the manufacturing facilities. Fewer production results in less profit, which leads to less investment towards the adoption of advanced technologies. The market is expected to experience the repercussions as the COVID-19 crises slows down the production. COVID-19 has spread at a swift pace across the MEA. The pandemic has been affecting economies & industries and is estimated to further create massive bottlenecks in businesses due to lockdowns, travel bans, and supply chain discrepancies. This has impacted the authentication and brand protection market at a considerable extent. The overall MEA authentication and brand protection market size has been derived using both primary and secondary sources.To begin the research process, exhaustive secondary research has been conducted using internal and external sources to obtain qualitative and quantitative information related to the market. The process also serves the purpose of obtaining overview and forecast for the authentication and brand protection market with respect to all the segments pertaining to the region.Also, multiple primary interviews have been conducted with industry participants and commentators to validate the data, as well as to gain more analytical insights into the topic. The participants who typically take part in such a process include industry experts, such as VPs, business development managers, market intelligence managers, and national sales managers, along with external consultants, such as valuation experts, research analysts, and key opinion leaders specializing in the MEA authentication and brand protection. Key players operating in the MEA authentication and brand protection market include Applied DNA Sciences, Inc.; Avery Dennison Corporation; De La Rue PLC; Eastman Kodak Company; 3M. 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Albania held an online forum against anti-Semitism Wednesday, the first time such a meeting has been staged in the Balkans, with Prime Minister Edi Rama calling anti-Semitism “a threat to our own civilization.” The Balkans Forum Against Anti-Semitism was organized by Albania’s Parliament in partnership with the New York-based Combat Anti-Semitism Movement (CAM) and the Jewish Agency for Israel. Last week Albania’s parliament unanimously approved the definition of anti-Semitism from the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA), which describes hate speech and other acts that discriminate against the Jewish people or the state, their properties or religious objects.
The education and learning analytics market in the MEA is expected to grow from US$ 307. 3 million in 2019 to US$ 1490. 0 million by 2027; it is estimated to grow at a CAGR of 22. 4 % from 2020 to 2027.New York, Oct. 28, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Reportlinker.com announces the release of the report "Middle East and Africa Education and Learning Analytics Market Forecast to 2027 - COVID-19 Impact and Regional Analysis by Component, Application, and End-user" - https://www.reportlinker.com/p05978869/?utm_source=GNW Rising demand for superior assurance and excellent improvements in education system contribute to the market growth.Many educational institutes are focusing on quality assurance and quality improvement in the education systems. Teaching staffs are using various types of data to improve teaching practices.Many colleges and universities are using learning analytics tools in an individual- and systematic-level diagnostics. These tools help them to have a better understanding of the learning practice and behavior of students , which is ultimately used to improve the quality of education.The increasing demand for improving the quality of education systems is enabling the high adoption of learning analytics and is one of the key factors driving the MEA education and learning analytics market growth. Escalating implementation of advanced technologies among educational institutes is another factor boosting the demand for education and learning analytics. Moreover, Saudi Arabia has the largest COVID-19 cases in the MEA, followed by Iran, South Africa, and the UAE, among others. Most of the schools and universities in the MEA have implemented e-learning programs to allow students to continue their classes in amid the lockdown situations imposed to contain the spread of COVID-19 infection. The academics segment led the education and learning analytics market, based on end user, in 2019.Increasing number of higher education institutions are exploring the potential of learning analytics to predict student retention, understand learning behaviors, and improve student learning by providing personalized support and feedback. The technical developments in learning analytics have reduced the ethical issues associated with its use.The majority of universities are using learning analytics, or investigating the benefits of the same, typically with a focus on predicting student retention. There are various categories for which education and learning analytics platforms are used.These include–access learning behavior, learning analytics collects user-generated data from learning activities, and offer trends in learning engagement. Students can be shown learning behavior and identify their learning styles by analyzing those; this approach measures engagement and student behavior rather than performance, giving instructors insight into how their students interact with their course materials. Advantages of education and learning analytics in academics such as in depth analysis of student, learning behavior analysis, improvement analysis, student performance prediction, visualize learning activities etc. is expected to increase its demand in the academics segment that will drive the MEA education and learning analytics market. The MEA education and learning analytics market size has been derived using both primary and secondary sources.To begin the research process, exhaustive secondary research has been conducted using internal and external sources to obtain qualitative and quantitative information related to the market. The process also serves the purpose of obtaining overview and forecast for the MEA education and learning analytics market with respects to all the segments pertaining to the region.Also, multiple primary interviews have been conducted with industry participants and commentators to validate the data, as well as to gain more analytical insights into the topic. The participants typically associated with this process include industry expert such as VPs, business development managers, market intelligence managers, and national sales managers along with external consultants such as valuation experts, research analysts, and key opinion leaders specializing in the MEA education and analytics market. Alteryx Inc., Blackboard Inc., Ellucian Company L.P, Happiest Minds, Microsoft Corporation, SAP SE, and SAS Institute Inc. are among the players operating in the MEA education and learning analytics market. Read the full report: https://www.reportlinker.com/p05978869/?utm_source=GNW About Reportlinker ReportLinker is an award-winning market research solution. Reportlinker finds and organizes the latest industry data so you get all the market research you need - instantly, in one place. __________________________ CONTACT: Clare: email@example.com US: (339)-368-6001 Intl: +1 339-368-6001
The husband of a British-Iranian woman detained in Iran for more than four years said Wednesday that she has been summoned to a new court hearing and warned she will be sent back to prison. Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe has been told to attend court in Tehran on Monday, her husband Richard Ratcliffe said. Zaghari-Ratcliffe has been detained in Iran since 2016, when she was sentenced to five years in prison over allegations of plotting to overthrow the Iranian government.
Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe has been summoned to court in Iran and told to pack a bag for prison, as her family called on the British government to urgently change its strategy in securing her release. Richard Ratcliffe, Mrs Zaghari-Ratcliffe's husband, said she had been told to face an Iranian judge in court next Monday to face a new charge brought against her and that she would be returned to the country's notorious Evin prison. Ms Zaghari-Ratcliffe, who holds dual British and Iranian nationality, was detained in Iran in 2016 while visiting her family and convicted on dubious spying charges, as part of an apparent attempt by Iran to use her as a hostage in negotiations with Britain. “Yesterday Nazanin was suddenly told that she will be facing Judge Salavati in Court on Monday November 2. She was told to pack a bag for prison and bring it with her when the IRGC [Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps] pick her up, since that is where she will be going after court,” Mr Ratcliffe said in a statement on Wednesday. She had been due to attend a trial in September to face new charges against her, but that hearing was postponed. Mr Ratcliffe added that he recently discussed her case with Dominic Raab, the foreign secretary, who is said to have reassured him that diplomatic efforts to free his wife were “ongoing.”
Iran’s doctors are urging the government to take decisive action, citing "unacceptable mortality rates."
Germany has announced a new range of far-reaching lockdown measures amid skyrocketing coronavirus cases across the country. German Chancellor Angela Merkel hopes the measures, which will apply for a month from Monday, November 2nd, will bring down infection rates before the Christmas holiday period. The measures include the closure of bars, restaurants and hotels, along with contact and travel restrictions. The announcement was made on Wednesday afternoon after a meeting with representatives from Germany’s 16 federal states. Mrs Merkel told the meeting: “We must break the wave of infection. We have to act now,” German tabloid Bild reported. The lockdown, originally slated for November 4th, was brought forward by two days due to the rapid increase in new infections.
Merkel says if speed of infection persists, the health system ‘will reach limit of its capacity’ within weeks * Coronavirus – latest updates * See all our coronavirus coverageGermany is on the verge of imposing new coronavirus restrictions after a record rise in infections.Contacts are to be reduced to a maximum of two households, and no more than 10 people, the chancellor, Angela Merkel and the leaders of Germany’s 16 states decided during an emergency video conference.Merkel said the country had to act immediately to stop the spread of the virus. “If the speed of this infection stays like it is, within weeks the system will be at the limits of its capacity. We need to act and immediately,” she said.The measures, which will be active from Monday and last until the end of November, include advising Germans to avoid “unnecessary, private journeys”, including visiting relatives.Restaurants, bars, leisure facilities and cultural institutes including opera houses and theatres will face orders to close, while schools and nurseries are expected to remain open, as well as the majority of businesses and work places. Shops and hairdressers will also be allowed to stay open.The measures, which are to be reviewed after two weeks, are the most dramatic in months to tackle an exponential rise in infections. Almost 15,000 new infections over a 24-hour period were registered on Wednesday morning, more than double from a week ago.Germany had been considered relatively successful in its fight against the pandemic compared with many other countries in Europe, with a relatively low death rate of just over 10,000.But in recent weeks, parts of the country’s test-and-trace system have increasingly been overwhelmed. In Berlin, which has for several weeks been considered a coronavirus hotspot, the system is said to have all but collapsed, and people who tested positive have been asked to reach out to contacts themselves.Berlin’s mayor, Michael Müller, said the new measures marked a “hard and bitter day” for Germany.Earlier, Merkel had said the the steps were necessary to tackle a situation that was in danger of spiralling out of control. New infections in Germany are doubling every seven to eight days, while the number of occupied intensive care beds has doubled every 10 days. “We only need the doubling another four times and then the system is finished,” she said.Merkel told the state leaders that “every day counts”, arguing that the more they did now, “the more time we buy for the Christmas holidays”.State leaders have often been reluctant to recognise the urgency of the situation, and last month Merkel was accused of alarmism after suggesting infections could be at more than 19,000 a day by Christmas. But that figure is likely to be reached much sooner.The effect of the new measures on the health system are not expected to be fully evident for 30 days.Olaf Scholz, the finance minister, announced that the government would once again dip into the country’s tax revenues to help ease the impact on businesses forced to close.He said small firms would be compensated with up to 75% of their revenue for the same time last year, for the period they were forced to close, while bigger businesses should receive up to 70% from the state. It is estimated the month-long lockdown will cost the state between €7bn and €10bn.In Berlin, thousands of people from the arts and hospitality industries took to the streets to protest against what they see as the neglect of their sectors, amid a growing sense of anger over political mismanagement.Flamenco dancers, DJs, hoteliers and waiters were among those who marched through the government quarter calling on the leaders to heed their appeal for financial help.The culture minister, Monika Grütters, said the billions of euros that had already been pumped into aiding the arts would have to be considerably increased.With private gatherings reduced to a maximum of just two households, and no more than 10 people, a debate was triggered over just how the rules would be controlled.The interior minister Horst Seehofer, said he was in favour of random police checks to ensure people were sticking to limited gatherings within the home. The measures have been widely referred to as a “lockdown lite”, though the government has been reluctant to refer to them as such, speaking instead of a “wave break”.
A United Nations panel predicts a rebound in international tourism won't happen before the third quarter of 2021, citing the coronavirus pandemic.
French President Emmanuel Macron declared a new nationwide lockdown starting Friday, saying the country has been “overpowered by a second wave.” Many doctors had urged the move, given that 58% of the nation’s intensive care units are now taken up by COVID-19 patients. In Germany, Chancellor Angela Merkel announced a four-week shutdown of bars, restaurants and theaters.
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. In the process, Israeli archaeologists are studying the bastion's medieval past in the hope of learning more about the holy city during the Crusades. The Tower of David, the Old City's iconic fortress, contains remnants of successive fortifications built one atop the other stretching back over 2,500 years.
“Many are longtime Republicans wrestling with what they see as a choice between two lousy candidates.”
“Some undecideds turn out to be people who’ve long felt alienated from the two big political parties.”
“They’re not following the 24-hour news cycle. The election and politics are just not a high priority.”
“One common trait: at this stage of the game, the undecided voter doesn’t fit into an easy political profile.”
“More realistically...these voters may not be motivated to vote at all in the 2020 election.”