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Hindu festival season scaled down due to coronavirus

The colourful Hindu festivals of Durga Puja and Dussehra have been scaled down this year in India, amid fears among health experts that the festive season might lead to a cascade of new coronavirus infections.With muted celebrations, prayers have gone virtual, and organizers are live-streaming sessions for devotees.Food blessed by the goddess Durga is being…

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British store trials AI to spot customers not wearing face masks

Customers' faces are scanned for masks as they enter the store   -   Copyright  APSince COVID-19 became a part of our lives, businesses around Europe have been looking for ways to remind their customers to wear a face mask.One garden centre in West Yorkshire may have found the answer: artificial intelligence.It uses a system at its…

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    Belarusian police use stun grenades to disperse protesters during huge opposition march in Minsk, with ‘gunfire’ reported (VIDEOS)

    Belarusian police have used stun grenades to disperse protesters heading to President Alexander Lukashenko's residence in Minsk, after thousands of anti-government demonstrators peacefully marched through the city's streets. During the huge anti-government rally, held in the capital on Sunday, participants ran into multiple police cordons and were forced  to circumvent them. One such encounter turned…

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      Defense ministers discuss NATO’s defense posture – The Baltic Times

      TALLINN - The alliance's defense and deterrence posture, protection of critical infrastructure, and military operations in Afghanistan and Iraq were discussed at a meeting of NATO defense ministers earlier this week, the Estonian Ministry of Defense said in a press release on Saturday.  In addition, the ministers of defense approved a plan to set up…

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        Italy adopts new restrictions as coronavirus cases surge

        The Italian government on Sunday adopted a raft of new measures aimed at curbing a spike in new coronavirus cases, which have been doubling every week for three weeks. "If this November we respect all these new rules we will be able to keep the epidemic curve under control… and face December, and the Christmas…

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            Thousands of Israelis join protests calling for the resignation of Benjamin Netanyahu

            By Katy Dartford with AP  •  last updated: 25/10/2020 - 12:33 Thousands of Israelis demonstrated on Saturday evening outside the official residence of prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu, calling for his resignation over criminal corruption charges and his handling of the coronavirus crisis.Police say a number of people were arrested for causing public disturbances. Protesters were seen scuffling with officers and some…

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                Lukashenko faces Belarusian opposition ultimatum

                MINSK — Sunday is supposed to be Alexander Lukashenko’s last day in office. Two weeks ago, Belarusian opposition leader Svetlana Tikhanovskaya gave the authoritarian leader until Sunday night to leave his post, threatening to unleash nationwide strikes if he doesn’t go. “I know, transport workers and employees of the Belarusian railways, teachers and students are planning strikes…

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                  Will the Kremlin go beyond election interference? 

                  Once the Kremlin is persuaded that Joe Biden will become the US’s next president, it may go for the jugular. Already today, not election manipulation, but triggering civil conflicts in the United States could be the main aim of Moscow’s mingling in American domestic affairs, write Pavlo Klimkin and Andreas Umland. Over the past 15…

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                    Large Protests In Belarus As Opposition Deadline Reached

                    MINSK -- Tens of thousands of Belarusians are taking part in rallies against strongman Alyaksandr Lukashenka as the deadline set by the opposition for him to step down or face a nationwide strike passes. The rallies come despite a warning by the Interior Ministry that people should not attend demonstrations for which no permit had…

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                      UN treaty to ban nuclear weapons to come into force after 50th signatory

                      The United Nations announced on Saturday that 50 countries have ratified a UN 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…

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                        Lee Kun-Hee, driving force behind Samsung’s rise, dies at 78

                        Lee Kun-Hee, the ailing Samsung Electronics chairman who transformed the small television maker into a global giant of consumer electronics, has died. He was 78.A Samsung statement said Lee died on Sunday with his family members, including his son and de facto company chief, Lee Jae-yong, by his side.Lee Kun-Hee had been hospitalised since May…

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                        Szofi Ozbas wins bronze during epic second day of Budapest Grand Slam

                        euronews_icons_loadingThe second day of the Hungarian Judo Grand Slam was opened by Dr Gergely Gulyas, who introduced what proved to be an epic day for Judo.Junior World Champion Szofi Ozbas stole the spotlight by stepping into the senior leagues with a phenomenal performance, taking a well deserved bronze medal against the experienced Beauchemin-Pinard of Canada.…

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                        Coronavirus: Backlash over Wales’ ban on buying ‘non-essential items’ in supermarkets

                        Shoppers in Wales took to social media to express their frustrations over a ban on supermarkets selling items deemed "non-essential" during the country's "firebreak" lockdown.Many people called into question the choice of products that had been earmarked as not crucial, which reportedly included clothes, shoes, toys and bedding.Pictures surfaced on online social platforms showing items…

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                        Stopping the clock on seasonal time changes? Not anytime soon

                        Efforts to scrap the twice-yearly clock change across the EU have stopped. Following a massive — mostly German — response to a bloc-wide survey in 2018, the European Commission launched a rapid proposal to scrap the tradition of switching clocks forward an hour in spring and back an hour in the fall. Under the original schedule,…

                        Judo is back with the first day of the Budapest Grand Slam

                        It was a momentous day in Hungary, as eight months of uncertainty came to an end – the moment thousands of athletes, coaches, media, and fans have been waiting for. Judo is back.The World Judo tour returned with the Budapest Grand Slam, allowing Judo’s heroes to once again battle it out, although not in front…

                        US sanctions Russian CHEMICAL research institute, saying it’s ‘connected’ to Triton computer malware

                        A Moscow research institute involved in developing the S-300 air defense missiles has been blacklisted by the US Treasury Department over alleged “connections” to malware used “against US partners in the Middle East.” The Central Scientific Institute of Chemistry and Mechanics (TsNIIKhM, or ЦНИИХМ) is “connected to the destructive Triton malware,” Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin…

                        U.S. Sanctions Russian Research Institution Tied to Malware That Targets Industrial Systems

                        The United States has sanctioned a Russian government research institute connected to the development of a computer malware capable of targeting industrial safety systems and causing catastrophic damage. The U.S. Treasury Department announced on October 23 that the Central Scientific Research Institute of Chemistry and Mechanics–also known by its Russian acronym TsNIIKhM–has been added to…

                        Coronavirus: Joe Biden promises vaccine will be ‘free for everyone’ in US under plan to fight virus

                        By Euronews and AFP  •  last updated: 23/10/2020 – 23:20 Democratic presidential candidate and former Vice President Joe Biden speaks about coronavirus in Wilmington, Delaware on Friday, Oct. 23, 2020.   –   Copyright  Andrew Harnik/Associated PressDemocratic US presidential candidate and former Vice President Joe Biden promised on Friday that a future coronavirus vaccine would be “free for everyone” as part of…

                        ‘Pragmatic conservative’ Putin rejects totalitarian rule, but won’t embrace Western liberal democracy as Russia goes its own way

                        By Paul Robinson, a professor at the University of Ottawa. He writes about Russian and Soviet history, military history, and military ethics. Western pundits use Vladimir Putin’s rejection of the idea of Western liberal democracy as a universal model to imply he rejects the concept of democracy outright. His latest comments reveal the reality is rather…

                        Bulgaria, Kosovo, North Macedonia Join U.S. Initiative To Block Chinese Equipment In 5G Network

                        Bulgaria, Kosovo, and North Macedonia have signed declarations with the United States on the security of 5G wireless communications networks under which they committed to protect their networks from “untrusted” Chinese tech companies such as Huawei. U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo took part in separate signing ceremonies on October 23 by videoconference from the…

                        Libya’s rival factions sign UN-brokered ‘permanent’ ceasefire in Geneva

                        The rival sides in Libya’s conflict signed a permanent cease-fire Friday, a deal the United Nations billed as historic after years of fighting that has split the North African country in two.But skepticism over whether the agreement would hold began emerging almost immediately.The breakthrough, which among other things orders foreign mercenaries out of the country…

                        Shocking new Russian data reveals diabetics are TEN TIMES more likely to catch Covid-19, with sharply increased mortality rates

                        Diabetics are 10.3 times more likely to develop Covid-19, and their symptoms are more severe and life-threatening, with over a quarter of all infected patients already suffering from the illness as a pre-existing condition. That’s according to Russian Deputy Prime Minister Tatyana Golikova, who told officials that coronavirus is especially dangerous for those suffering with…

                        Tusk Blasts Hungarian PM’s Vision Of Democracy, Says Belarus Opposition ‘Close To Victory’

                        The head of the European center-right European People’s Party (EPP) says Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban’s vision of “illiberal democracy” is in fact spearheading the creation of a “degenerate democracy” in his country. In an interview with RFE/RL on October 23, EPP President Donald Tusk also praised the peaceful protest movement in Belarus, which he…

                        ‘Do we want the Earth to become like Venus?’: Putin calls for swift & practical action on the ‘huge challenge’ of climate change

                        Vladimir Putin has called on the people of the world to come together and “tend to our planet” for future generations. The Russian President also warned that “unrestrained and unlimited consumption” will have to abandoned. Putin was speaking on Thursday to the Valdai Club, a Russian discussion forum attended by influential politicians, academics and business…

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