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Covid-19: China tests entire city of Kashgar in Xinjiang

Yahoo News - 13 hours 9 min ago

 China tests entire city of Kashgar in XinjiangKashgar city officials say around 4.7m people will be tested over a few days.


China Communist Party plenum kicks off in Beijing

Yahoo News - 13 hours 54 min ago

China Communist Party plenum kicks off in BeijingThe three-day meeting comes amid speculation that President Xi intends to be "president-for-life".


Covid in Australia: Melbourne to exit 112-day lockdown

Yahoo News - 13 hours 57 min ago

 Melbourne to exit 112-day lockdownLocals in Australia's second-biggest city have spent more than 100 days in a strict lockdown.


Brothel loophole, ice rink outbreaks, White House Halloween: News from around our 50 states

Yahoo News - 13 hours 58 min ago

 News from around our 50 statesHow the COVID-19 pandemic is affecting every state


Roe v. Wade ruling matters, but mostly as a symbol. It has not protected abortion rights.

Yahoo News - 14 hours 21 min ago

Roe v. Wade ruling matters, but mostly as a symbol. It has not protected abortion rights.Abortion rights don't hinge on whether a new Justice Amy Coney Barrett votes to overturn Roe. They're already at death's door by a thousand smaller cuts.


A White House lawyer reportedly tried to get The Wall Street Journal to scoop Hunter Biden's emails

Yahoo News - 15 hours 19 min ago

A White House lawyer reportedly tried to get The Wall Street Journal to scoop Hunter Biden's emailsThe Wall Street Journal published a short article Thursday night on Hunter Biden's business dealings that concluded: "Corporate records reviewed by The Wall Street Journal show no role for Joe Biden." The same night, the Journal published an opinion piece that asserted the Democratic presidential nominee had been aware of and/or involved in his son's business endeavors, about 24 hours after Breitbart News published a statement from a former Hunter Biden business partner, Tony Bobulinksi.That wasn't how President Trump's allies had wanted this to go, Ben Smith reports in The New York Times.In early October, three men allied with Trump — Arthur Schwartz, a public relations man close to Donald Trump Jr.; former deputy White House Counsel Stefan Passantino; and Eric Herschmann, a White House lawyer currently on the public payroll as "senior adviser to the president" — met in a McLean, Virginia, house and pitched the Hunter Biden story to Wall Street Journal reporter Michael Bender, Smith reports, citing two people familiar with the meeting. Bobulinksi called in and offered to go on the record.The trio gave Bender a cache of Hunter Biden emails and ended the meeting "believing that the Journal would blow the thing open, and their excitement was conveyed to the president," who said on an Oct. 19 conference call that an "important piece" was coming in the Journal, Smith reports. The Journal had assigned a group of reporters to dig in to the allegations, and Trump and his allies expected their article to appear in the Journal that day, former Trump campaign chairman Stephen Bannon told Smith."The editors didn't like Trump's insinuation that we were being teed up to do this hit job," a Journal reporter not directly involved in the story told Smith. But the Journal continued working on the report. But by that point, things had already gotten "messy," Smith reports. Rudy Giuliani, Trump's political operative, had "delivered a cache of documents of questionable provenance — but containing some of the same emails — to the New York Post, a sister publication to the Journal in Rupert Murdoch's News Corp.," casting "a pall over the story."Smith, a media reporter, splits his weekly column between a report on "the McLean group's failed attempt to sway the election" and an analysis of the media's gatekeeper role. Read the entire column at The New York Times.More stories from theweek.com Trump loses on the merits Who won the final 2020 debate? Call it a draw. Get ready for Trump TV, America


60 Minutes aired the moment Trump abruptly ended his Lesley Stahl interview, and what happened next

Yahoo News - Sun, 10/25/2020 - 22:17

60 Minutes aired the moment Trump abruptly ended his Lesley Stahl interview, and what happened nextWhen President Trump released raw footage of his interview with 60 Minutes on Friday, CBS said it would not "not deter 60 Minutes from providing its full, fair, and contextual reporting which presidents have participated in for decades." And it didn't. Sunday's 60 Minutes included interviews with Trump, Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden, and their running mates, Vice President Mike Pence and Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.).The White House interview with Trump "began politely, but ended regrettably, contentiously," 60 Minutes said, showing the moment Trump walked out of the interview early. Leading into the scene, Trump had been trying to convince Lesley Stahl, unsuccessfully, that Biden and President Barack Obama had spied on his 2016 campaign.60 Minutes also showed what happened right after Trump walked off — that was when Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany brought in Trump's "health-care plan."> President Trump’s press secretary, Kayleigh McEnany, gave us a heavy book that she described as the president’s health care plan. It was filled with executive orders and congressional initiatives, but no comprehensive healthcare plan. https://t.co/Mn6HRAOwHL pic.twitter.com/WmsoRQP2WJ> > — 60 Minutes (@60Minutes) October 26, 2020The context for that was Trump promising that his "fully developed" health-care plan would finally be released if the Supreme Court rules against the Affordable Care Act, something Trump told Stahl he hoped will happen.Trump's main complaint to Stahl was that 60 Minutes didn't ask Biden the same kind of "tough" questions he got. Here's Biden answering Norah O'Donnell's question on the economy and taxes, Trump's strongest issue.And here's how Trump answers Stahl's question on managing the COVID-19 pandemic, Biden's strongest topic.You can watch the full Trump and Biden interviews at 60 Minutes.More stories from theweek.com The very different emotional lives of Trump and Biden voters The 19 greatest and worst presidential campaign ads of the 2020 election The Trump administration has surrendered to the pandemic


Atlanta rapper Silento charged with driving 143 mph on I-85

Yahoo News - Sun, 10/25/2020 - 21:26

Atlanta rapper Silento charged with driving 143 mph on I-85Atlanta rapper Silento was arrested Friday and accused of driving 143 mph (230 kph) on Interstate 85, authorities said. Silento, or Richard “Ricky” Lamar Hawk, was charged with reckless driving, speeding, failure to maintain lane and improper stopping, news outlets reported. A DeKalb police report said Hawk was pulled over around 3 a.m. after an officer witnessed Hawk's white BMW swerving around slower cars.


South Korea pharma Celltrion's COVID test gets U.S. emergency use authorisation

Yahoo News - Sun, 10/25/2020 - 20:20

South Korea pharma Celltrion's COVID test gets U.S. emergency use authorisationSouth Korea's Celltrion Inc <068270.KS> said on Monday it has received emergency use authorisation (EUA) from the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) for its rapid COVID-19 testing kit Sampinute, which boosted shares of the company and its affiliates. Celltrion said Sampinute delivers coronavirus test results within 10 minutes, with a sensitivity of around 94%. The authorisation came three months after requesting approval in late July and the product has already been launched in the United States in August, according to the company statement.


Hundreds of thousands lose power as Northern California braces for more wildfires

Yahoo News - Sun, 10/25/2020 - 20:18

Hundreds of thousands lose power as Northern California braces for more wildfires"This is the fire weather forecast I was hoping wouldn't come to pass," a climate scientist said.


Australia condemns intimate examination of female travellers over baby abandoned at Doha airport

Yahoo News - Sun, 10/25/2020 - 19:56

Australia condemns intimate examination of female travellers over baby abandoned at Doha airportAustralia on Monday condemned Qatar authorities' treatment of women passengers on a flight to Sydney who were subjected to internal examinations after a newborn baby was found abandoned at a Doha airport. The women, including 13 Australians, were examined at Hamad International Airport on October 2 after Qatar Airways Flight 908 to Sydney was delayed. Australia's foreign affairs department described the treatment of the women as inappropriate and beyond circumstances in which they could give free and informed consent. "This is a grossly, grossly disturbing, offensive, concerning set of events," Foreign Minister Marise Payne said. "It's not something that I've ever heard of occurring in my life, in any context. We have made our views very clear to the Qatari authorities on this matter." Australia would await a report from the Qatari government before "we will determine the next steps", Ms Payne said. She said the incident had been reported to Australian Federal Police, but did not explain which action police might take.


Philippines: Typhoon leaves 13 missing, displaces thousands

Yahoo News - Sun, 10/25/2020 - 19:28

 Typhoon leaves 13 missing, displaces thousandsA fast-moving typhoon blew away from the Philippines on Monday after leaving at least 13 people missing, forcing thousands of villagers to flee to safety and flooding rural villages, disaster-response officials said. The 13 people missing from Typhoon Molave included a dozen fishermen who ventured out to sea over the weekend despite a no-sail restriction due to very rough seas. The typhoon was blowing west toward the South China Sea with sustained winds of 125 kilometers (77 miles) per hour and gusts of up to 150 kph (93 mph).


Singapore halts use of flu vaccines after 48 die in South Korea

Yahoo News - Sun, 10/25/2020 - 19:14

Singapore halts use of flu vaccines after 48 die in South KoreaSingapore has temporarily halted the use of two influenza vaccines as a precaution after some people who received them in South Korea died, becoming among the first countries to publicly announce a halt of the vaccines' usage. South Korea reported that 48 have died as of Saturday after getting flu shots, but said it would carry on with the state-run vaccination programme as they found no direct link between the deaths and the shots. No deaths associated with influenza vaccination have been reported in Singapore to date, but the decision to halt the use of SKYCellflu Quadrivalent and VaxigripTetra was precautionary, the health ministry and the Health Sciences Authority (HAS) said in a statement late on Sunday. The HSA is in touch with the South Korean authorities for further information as they investigate to determine if the deaths are related to influenza vaccinations. SKYCellflu Quadrivalent is manufactured by South Korea's SK Bioscience and locally distributed by AJ Biologics, while VaxigripTetra is manufactured by Sanofi and locally distributed by Sanofi Aventis. Two other influenza vaccines that have been brought into Singapore for the Northern Hemisphere 2020/21 influenza season may continue to be used, Singapore health authorities said.


Report: If re-elected, Trump will immediately fire FBI Director Christopher Wray

Yahoo News - Sun, 10/25/2020 - 18:55

 If re-elected, Trump will immediately fire FBI Director Christopher WrayShould President Trump win a second term, he plans on immediately firing FBI Director Christopher Wray, two people who have discussed the matter with Trump told Axios. Trump is also expected to quickly replace CIA Director Gina Haspel and Defense Secretary Mark Esper. They aren't the only three people on the chopping block, the sources said, but are at the top of the list. One official said Trump hasn't fired any of them because of the optics of doing this before the election.Haspel and Wray do not have any fans in Trump's inner circle, Axios reports, with one person saying the "view of Haspel in the West Wing is that she still sees her job as manipulating people and outcomes, the way she must have when she was working assets in the field. It bred a lot of suspicion of her motives." As for Wray, Trump became enraged in September when the FBI director testified that there are no signs of widespread election fraud, despite Trump claiming otherwise.Privately, Trump has complained about Attorney General William Barr, and he's never been too enamored with Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, but there are no formal plans to remove them, Axios reports. In a statement, White House spokesman Judd Deere said, "We have no personnel announcements at this time nor would it be appropriate to speculate about changes after the election or in a second term."More stories from theweek.com Trump loses on the merits Who won the final 2020 debate? Call it a draw. Get ready for Trump TV, America


Covid-19: US pulls plan to give early vaccine to Santa Claus

Yahoo News - Sun, 10/25/2020 - 18:38

 US pulls plan to give early vaccine to Santa ClausSanta, Mrs Claus and elves all would have received early access in exchange for promoting vaccinations.


Protestors storm churches in Poland on the fourth day of unrest after a court ruling tightened the country&#39;s already-strict abortion laws

Yahoo News - Sun, 10/25/2020 - 18:17

Protestors storm churches in Poland on the fourth day of unrest after a court ruling tightened the country's already-strict abortion lawsThe court banned abortion in the case of fetal defects, making abortion legal only in cases of incest, rape, or danger to the mother's life.


Seven held after British military boards threatened oil tanker in English Channel

Yahoo News - Sun, 10/25/2020 - 18:09

Seven held after British military boards threatened oil tanker in English ChannelBritish soldiers on Sunday boarded an oil tanker off England's south coast and detained seven suspects, the defence ministry said, after the crew were forced to take shelter from stowaways who threatened them.


Qatar &#39;forcibly examined&#39; women, drawing angry diplomatic response

Yahoo News - Sun, 10/25/2020 - 18:05

Qatar 'forcibly examined' women, drawing angry diplomatic responseFemale passengers flying from Qatar were subjected to invasive searches after a premature baby was found abandoned in an airport bathroom, in an incident labelled "offensive" and "grossly inappropriate" by Australia's government.


Moments from 60 Minutes&#39; interview with Joe Biden

Yahoo News - Sun, 10/25/2020 - 17:49

Moments from 60 Minutes' interview with Joe BidenNewsworthy moments from the Democratic presidential nominee's talk with Norah O'Donnell ahead of the 2020 election.


Why the pandemic is inspiring many to give up alcohol

Yahoo News - Sun, 10/25/2020 - 17:30

Why the pandemic is inspiring many to give up alcoholWhile some saw the pandemic as an excuse to drink more, others are embracing sobriety. Here's why


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