Saturday, October 31, 2020

Day of the Dead has everything to do with the afterlife, love and those colorful skulls you've seen around

Families are spreading bulks of marigold petals, lighting up candles for their loved ones and some are even wearing colorful skull makeup.

source https://www.cnn.com/2020/11/01/us/day-of-the-dead-dia-de-los-muertos-meaning-trnd/index.html

Super typhoon Goni makes two landfalls in the Philippines after mass evacuations

A super typhoon has barreled into the southern part of the Philippines' main island of Luzon on Sunday, bringing "catastrophic" violent winds and intense rain with two landfalls so far, the country's weather bureau said.

source https://www.cnn.com/2020/11/01/asia/philippines-super-typhoon-goni-landfall-intl-hnk/index.html

Australia records zero local coronavirus cases for first time since June

Australia registered no new local Covid-19 cases on Saturday for the first time since June 9, marking a major milestone in the country's battle against the deadly virus.

source https://www.cnn.com/2020/11/01/asia/australia-zero-local-coronavirus-intl-hnk/index.html

White House unleashes on Fauci after criticism of Trump's pandemic response



source https://www.cnn.com/collections/intl-us-coronavirus-politics-1031/

Biden leads in two key states ahead of US election



source https://www.cnn.com/collections/us-election-intl-0111/

Police use pepper spray to break up North Carolina march to polling place

Law enforcement officers used pepper spray on Saturday to break up a march to a polling place in Graham, North Carolina.

source https://www.cnn.com/2020/10/31/us/north-carolina-police-pepper-spray-polls/index.html

A Florida man was mauled by a leopard after paying $150 for a 'full-contact experience'

A man in Florida was mauled after paying $150 for a "full-contact experience" with a black leopard.

source https://www.cnn.com/2020/10/31/us/florida-man-leopard-mauled-trnd/index.html

Biden goes all in on rebuilding 'blue wall' in campaign's closing stretch

Joe Biden is making his final stand on the "blue wall" that President Donald Trump toppled four years ago.

source https://www.cnn.com/2020/10/31/politics/joe-biden-blue-wall/index.html

Trump and Biden battle for the Midwest as virus surges

Former Vice President Joe Biden and President Donald Trump moved their battle to the critical region of the Midwest on the final Friday before the election, crossing paths in Wisconsin and Minnesota as Biden moves to expand the electoral map by wooing the blue-collar voters who flocked to Trump in 2016.

source https://www.cnn.com/2020/10/30/politics/donald-trump-joe-biden-florida-2020-election/index.html

Melania Trump posts video that misleads on the President's LGBTQ policies

Melania Trump tweeted a video of herself posted Thursday discussing for three minutes the efforts the Trump administration has made to support the rights of the gay community, blaming sentiments that President Donald Trump opposes gay rights on his "many enemies in the political establishment."

source https://www.cnn.com/2020/10/30/politics/melania-trump-lgbtq-donald-trump/index.html

Friday, October 30, 2020

Trump baselessly claims doctors inflate coronavirus death counts for money as infections hit new high



source https://www.cnn.com/collections/us-coronavirus-1031-app-intl/

New Orleans police officer shot in the face in French Quarter by man in pedicab

A New Orleans police officer was shot in the face and another was injured Friday when a passenger in a pedicab in the French Quarter fired at their vehicle, the city's police superintendent said.

source https://www.cnn.com/2020/10/30/us/new-orleans-police-officer-shot/index.html

How China's Xi Jinping blew a golden opportunity with US President Donald Trump

At the first meeting between Donald Trump and Chinese leader Xi Jinping, held over chocolate cake and sorbet at the US President's vast Mar-a-Lago private club in Florida, the two leaders seemed on the brink of establishing an unlikely and potentially special relationship.

source https://www.cnn.com/2020/10/30/world/trump-china-xi-election-intl-hnk/index.html

What to watch on the 2020 campaign's last weekend



source https://www.cnn.com/collections/election-final-weekend-app-intl/

San Francisco pauses planned reopening due to increase in Covid-19 cases

Rising Covid-19 cases have put a halt in San Francisco's reopening plans.

source https://www.cnn.com/2020/10/30/us/san-francisco-reopening-covid-pause-trnd/index.html

Thursday, October 29, 2020

China's most-controlled region is facing the country's biggest coronavirus outbreak in months

Xinjiang, the heavily policed region of western China where the government has been accused of detaining more than a million Muslims, is facing a new coronavirus outbreak.

source https://www.cnn.com/2020/10/30/asia/xinjiang-china-coronavirus-intl-hnk/index.html

Taiwan just went 200 days without a locally transmitted Covid-19 case. Here's how they did it

As much of the world struggles to contain new waves of the Covid-19 pandemic, Taiwan just marked its 200th consecutive day without a locally transmitted case of the disease.

source https://www.cnn.com/2020/10/29/asia/taiwan-covid-19-intl-hnk/index.html

A 5-story building in Shanghai 'walks' to a new location

Shanghai residents passing through the city's eastern Huangpu district earlier this month might have stumbled upon an unusual sight: a "walking" building.

source https://www.cnn.com/style/article/shanghai-relocate-building-preservation-intl-hnk-scli/index.html

China's military rise poses the greatest foreign policy challenge to the next US President

China was one of two countries, along with Russia, named in a 2018 Pentagon report as posing the most significant military challenge to the United States. Two years on and that challenge has only grown.

source https://www.cnn.com/2020/10/29/asia/us-election-us-military-indo-pacific-intl-hnk-ml/index.html

US college football star tests positive for Covid-19

Clemson Tigers starting quarterback Trevor Lawrence -- the favorite to win the Heisman Trophy on college football's No. 1 team and seen as the likely top pick of the 2021 NFL draft should he leave college early -- has tested positive for Covid-19 and will not play in Saturday's game against Boston College.

source https://www.cnn.com/2020/10/29/us/clemson-qb-trevor-lawrence-tests-positive-for-covid-19-spt-trnd/index.html

US moving ahead with sale of F-35 jets to UAE, top Democrat says

The chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee said Thursday that the Trump administration has informally notified Congress of its intent to move forward with a major arms sale to the United Arab Emirates involving advanced F-35 jets.

source https://www.cnn.com/2020/10/29/politics/f-35-jets-uae/index.html

NHL team severs ties with top draft pick who admitted to bullying Black classmate

The Arizona Coyotes announced Thursday that they have renounced their rights to their 2020 top NHL draft pick Mitchell Miller after a recent report revealed he had bullied a Black classmate with disabilities.

source https://www.cnn.com/2020/10/29/us/coyotes-mitchell-miller-trnd/index.html

Scarlett Johansson and Colin Jost are married

Scarlett Johansson and Colin Jost are officially married.

source https://www.cnn.com/2020/10/29/entertainment/scarlett-johansson-colin-jost-married/index.html

Wednesday, October 28, 2020

Boeing will lay off another 7,000 workers as losses mount

Boeing announced it will cut an additional 7,000 jobs as its losses continue to mount following a plunge in revenue.

source https://www.cnn.com/2020/10/28/investing/boeing-job-cuts-losses-earnings/index.html

What India thinks of the US election

India has long been one of the more pro-American countries in the world. While President Donald Trump doesn't enjoy the same support as predecessors former Presidents Barack Obama and George W. Bush -- presumably because of his trade threats and his restrictions on visas for highly-skilled workers, most of which go to Indians -- that broad approval remains largely intact, with 56% of Indians polled saying they had confidence in Trump to do the right thing on world affairs.

source https://www.cnn.com/2020/10/28/opinions/india-us-election-trump-biden-modi-chaudhuri/index.html

A Black YouTuber's video of a racist confrontation led to an Arizona man's arrest and firing

Andre Abram and his roommate were getting ready to shoot a video for his YouTube channel last week in Scottsdale, Arizona, when they were confronted by a man who used racial slurs after asking them what they were doing.

source https://www.cnn.com/2020/10/28/us/arizona-racist-comments-video-trnd/index.html

Covid-19 antibody therapies show promising early results in separate trials

Days after Eli Lilly and Company said it would stop a trial of its Covid-19 antibody therapy in hospitalized patients because it was not effective, the company on Wednesday published promising interim results from a trial involving patients with mild and moderate Covid-19.

source https://www.cnn.com/2020/10/28/health/eli-lilly-regeneron-antibody-therapy-trial-results/index.html

Two words describe the Senate's latest Big Tech hearing: Worthless and petty

In 1994, Congress dragged the CEOs of the nation's largest tobacco companies to Capitol Hill, where they testified — under oath — that cigarettes are not addictive, contrary to evidence otherwise. It was a watershed moment for the tobacco industry and marked the beginning of the end of Big Tobacco's dominance in America.

source https://www.cnn.com/2020/10/28/tech/big-tech-section-230-hearing-analysis/index.html

Several hospitals targeted in new wave of ransomware attacks

Several hospitals across the United States have been targeted in ransomware attacks in what appears to be an escalation and expansion of similar attacks previously launched on other hospitals and medical facilities.

source https://www.cnn.com/2020/10/28/politics/hospitals-targeted-ransomware-attacks/index.html

Breonna Taylor's mother asks for independent prosecutor to present case to a new grand jury

Breonna Taylor's mother is asking the Kentucky Prosecutors Advisory Council to appoint an independent prosecutor to present the case of her daughter's death before a new grand jury, saying the state attorney general's handling of the case "undermines the trust and integrity of the entire process."

source https://www.cnn.com/2020/10/28/us/breonna-taylor-mother-independent-prosecutor/index.html

Can Biden cause an upset in this red state?

While Joe Biden needs record turnout among African Americans to win Georgia, President Trump will be relying on the white, rural, working class. John King breaks down the numbers.

source https://www.cnn.com/videos/politics/2020/10/21/georgia-2020-john-king-magic-wall-orig.cnn

US fighter jet intercepts aircraft near Trump rally, deploying signal flares

An aircraft entered restricted air space over President Donald Trump's rally in Bullhead City, Arizona on Wednesday, leading to a fighter jet being scrambled to intercept it.

source https://www.cnn.com/2020/10/28/politics/trump-rally-fighter-jet-arizona/index.html

See Trump's 1994 comments about women working

President Donald Trump offered his latest appeal to suburban women, promising to get their husbands "back to work" if he's reelected. CNN's Brianna Keilar calls out Trump's history of sexist and outdated comments.

source https://www.cnn.com/videos/politics/2020/10/28/donald-trump-women-comments-keilar-sot-vpx-nr-vpx.cnn

Trailblazing chef who brought real Chinese food to the US dies at 100

San Francisco chef Cecilia Chiang, who blazed a trail for Chinese cuisine in the United States, died Wednesday. She was 100. Her granddaughter, Siena Chiang, confirmed her death with CNN.

source https://www.cnn.com/travel/article/cecilia-chiang-chef-obit/index.html

Molecule discovered on Saturn's moon Titan that's never been found in any other atmosphere

Saturn's largest moon, Titan, is the only moon in our solar system that has a thick atmosphere. It's four times denser than Earth's. And now, scientists have discovered a molecule in it that has never been found in any other atmosphere.

source https://www.cnn.com/2020/10/28/world/titan-atmosphere-molecule-chemistry-scn-trnd/index.html

See RuPaul and Cory Booker react to finding out they're cousins

Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ) and "Drag Race" star RuPaul Charles found out they're cousins after they each participated in PBS' "Finding Your Roots."

source https://www.cnn.com/videos/us/2020/10/28/rupaul-cory-booker-cousins-orig-jk.cnn

Tuesday, October 27, 2020

Trump campaign website briefly defaced in cyber attack

President Donald Trump's campaign website was defaced for a brief period on Tuesday in a hack.

source https://www.cnn.com/2020/10/27/politics/trump-campaign-website-cyber-attack/index.html

North Korea is going to be a major headache for whoever wins the US election

As Barack Obama ended his 75th day as President of the United States, the engines of a massive North Korean rocket roared to life half a world away -- sparking one of the first major international crises of his administration.

source https://www.cnn.com/2020/10/27/asia/north-korea-next-president-challenges-intl-hnk-dst/index.html

Microsoft earnings beat expectations, driven by video game sales and cloud demand

Microsoft reported a solid quarter as the pandemic drove demand for its cloud and video game businesses.

source https://www.cnn.com/2020/10/27/tech/microsoft-earnings-q1-2021/index.html

Former Belgian king meets daughter for first time since she became a royal

The former king of Belgium, Albert II, has met with his once-secret daughter, Princess Delphine, for the first time since she was recognized as a royal, after years of legal battles forced the ex-monarch to finally acknowledge fathering her more than five decades ago.

source https://www.cnn.com/2020/10/27/europe/belgian-king-albert-delphine-meet-scli-intl/index.html

Last-minute drama as Real Madrid avoids yet another defeat in the Champions League

A last-minute goal from Casemiro completed a stunning comeback from Real Madrid on Tuesday that earned the Spanish giants its first point of the new Champions League campaign.

source https://www.cnn.com/2020/10/27/football/real-madrid-champions-league-comeback-spt-intl/index.html

Court sets plan to make sure Postal Service delivers ballots quickly, one week ahead of Election Day

US Postal Service leadership received a sweeping set of orders from a federal judge on Tuesday, laying out steps the Postal Service must take to ensure that ballots are delivered quickly as voters ace absentee voting deadlines.

source https://www.cnn.com/2020/10/27/politics/usps-mail-ballot-delivery-election-day/index.html

US task force proposes starting colorectal cancer screening at age 45

The US Preventive Services Task Force -- the nation's leading panel for medical guidance -- is considering a draft recommendation to lower the recommended screening age for colon and rectal cancers to 45.

source https://www.cnn.com/2020/10/27/health/colorectal-cancer-screening-draft-recommendations-uspstf-wellness/index.html

Over 4,400 pounds of Trader Joe's fish have been recalled

Orca Bay Foods is recalling more than 350 cases of Trader Joe's brand Gluten Free Battered Halibut because the fish were packaged without listing milk or wheat as allergens.

source https://www.cnn.com/2020/10/27/us/trader-joes-fish-recall-trnd/index.html

Anderson Cooper on how meditation helps him deal with stress

CNN's Anderson Cooper answers viewers' questions about managing stress in a hectic news cycle and being ready to leave town for breaking news. Watch "Full Circle" every Monday, Tuesday and Friday at 6pm E.T.

source https://www.cnn.com/videos/us/2020/10/27/manage-stress-travel-wardrobe-ask-anderson-acfc-vpx.cnn

This floating spaceport in Japan could bring space travel to the city

Cylindrical steel and glass towers protrude through solar panels on the vast circular roof of the futuristic, four-story Spaceport City.

source https://www.cnn.com/style/article/spaceport-city-japan-spc-intl/index.html

Egg-napping male penguin couple steals the nest of a female penguin couple

Is this the plot of a soap opera involving penguins? No, it's just another day at DierenPark Amersfoort, a zoo in the Netherlands.

source https://www.cnn.com/2020/10/27/us/penguin-couple-steals-nest-at-zoo-trnd-scn/index.html

Monday, October 26, 2020

Coronavirus: Disabled workers could 'face jobs crisis'

Firms are reportedly hiring fewer disabled applicants amid concerns about supporting them properly.

Covid has thrived on racial discrimination, says Baroness Doreen Lawrence

Labour's review says ethnic minorities are "over-exposed" and have worse healthcare than white people.

source https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-54697714

France targets radical Islam amid row with Turkey

President Macron's crackdown on Islamists causes political waves at home and abroad.

source https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-54692802

Social media: Is it really biased against US Republicans?

Many conservative Americans believe Facebook and Twitter are biased against them, despite denials.

source https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-54698186

Qian Xuesen: The scientist deported from the US who helped China into space

A Chinese rocket scientist helped two superpowers reach the moon, but his story is remembered in only one of them.

source https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/stories-54695598

The inventor inspired by wanting to keep his daughter safe

Kim Kyeong Yeon developed his virus-destroying machine after his child injured herself.

source https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-54628433

Trump and Africa: How Ethiopia was 'betrayed' over Nile dam

The US president has sided with Egypt in the escalating dispute over a mega dam, analysts say.

source https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-54531747

Beached: Can rescuers save this dolphin in time?

Hundreds of dolphins beach each year, but this US team has dramatically improved survival rates

source https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/stories-54643020

US election 2020: What does it cost and who pays for it?

With presidential candidates spending billions of dollars to win, the world's most powerful job doesn't come cheap.

source https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/election-us-2020-54696386

The explosive problem of 'zombie' batteries

Batteries that power mobile phones and other devices are causing fires because they are not disposed of properly.

Amy Coney Barrett confirmed to US Supreme Court

Donald Trump scores pre-election win as US Senate confirms Amy Coney Barrett as Supreme Court judge.

source https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/election-us-2020-54700307

US Election 2020: Trump's border wall and the battle over immigration

Will Trump’s promise to build a wall along the Mexico border help or hinder his attempt to win four more years?

source https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/election-us-2020-54693866

US election 2020: What does it cost and who pays for it?

With presidential candidates spending billions of dollars to win, the world's most powerful job doesn't come cheap.

source https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/election-us-2020-54696386

US election 2020: Could postal voting upend the US election?

The huge number voting this way injects massive uncertainty into the White House race.

source https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/election-us-2020-54665416

Sunday, October 25, 2020

Jubilation as Chile votes to rewrite constitution

An overwhelming majority vote to tear up the dictatorship-era constitution and create a new one.

source https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-latin-america-54687090

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

Santa, Mrs Claus and elves all would have received early access in exchange for promoting vaccinations.

source https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-54686844

'I went to school and woke up in intensive care'

Some children who fell seriously ill in Malaysia when they inhaled toxic gases in 2019 say they are still suffering.

source https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-54668829

US election: 'Help! Everyone around me disagrees with my politics'

Paul and Kayleah live in two different political bubbles, but they've found a place to vent online.

source https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/election-us-2020-54665415

Boris Johnson and Priti Patel 'should apologise for lawyer attacks'

More than 800 legal professionals accuse ministers of "hostility" which they say jeopardises safety.

source https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-54687081

Egypt sex attacks fuel 'feminist revolution'

Women and girls are fighting back against sexual harassment like never before.

source https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-54643463

US election 2020: Indian and Pakistani diaspora rally together

The countries share a hostile history but in the US the election campaign has brought them together.

source https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-india-54640998

Tanzania elections: Why pop stars are hailing President Magufuli

Hugely popular "bongo flava" musicians are kept on a tight leash when it comes to politics.

source https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-54073206

Coronavirus: Local lockdowns 'stifling jobs recovery'

Job vacancies fail to return to pre-pandemic levels in many towns, according to new research.

BHS collapse: 'I was in charge of millions, then I had nothing'

Four years on from BHS's collapse, has the audit industry, criticised for not spotting problems, changed?

'Generation Covid' hit hard by the pandemic, research reveals

People aged 16-25 were more than twice as likely as older workers to have lost their job.

My Money: 'We haven't got Covid here yet'

Sian Williams from Indonesia takes us through her week during the coronavirus pandemic.

France urges Arab nations to prevent boycotts over Macron's cartoons defence

President Macron's comments about "Islamist separatism" have angered some in the Muslim world.

source https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-54683738

Saturday, October 24, 2020

Brexit: Cost of everyday goods 'could rise' without a deal, hauliers warn

Freight industry body warns the lack of an agreement on tariffs could make things more expensive.

France recalls Turkey envoy after Erdogan says Macron needs 'mental check'

France recalls its ambassador after President Erdogan suggests French leader needs "mental check".

source https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-54678826

Climate change: Technology no silver bullet, experts tell PM

Boris Johnson's techno-optimism ignores the need for big societal changes, experts warn.

source https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-54662615

Covid: The 'impossible' businesses stuck in Tier 2 'zombie land'

The latest changes for Covid job support are not enough for some stuck in England's tier system.

'Not just numbers': The women disappearing in Peru

Thousands of women go missing in Peru every year and many are never found.

source https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-latin-america-54544155

Dussehra: Covid-19 forces grand Hindu festival to go online

The pandemic has interrupted a centuries-old Indian tradition, the yearly performance of an ancient Hindu epic.

source https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-india-54641333

British-bred Royal Enfield speeding ahead in Asia

One of the world's oldest motorbike brands is expanding in Asia, the biggest market for two-wheelers.

source https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-54429714

Friday, October 23, 2020

Coronavirus: US cases reach record high amid new wave of infections

Over 83,000 infections were reported on Friday, with death and hospitalisation numbers also rising.

source https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-54670386

US Election 2020: Biden seeks to clarify remark on ending oil

The Democrat says he meant fossil fuel subsidies, as Mr Trump claims it was a serious gaffe.

source https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-54670269

Nagorno-Karabakh conflict: 'Execution' video prompts war crime probe

A video posted on social media appears to show the execution of two Armenian prisoners by troops from Azerbaijan.

source https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-54645254

US election 2020: How Trump has changed the world

From fake news to how other countries see the US - here's a look at the president's global impact.

source https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/election-us-2020-54541907

US man jailed for supplying guns used in San Bernardino shootings

Enrique Marquez was found guilty of buying guns for a couple who carried out the 2015 San Bernardino attack.

source https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-54669918

How the End Sars protests have changed Nigeria forever

The campaign against police brutality has encouraged young Nigerians to take on the older generation.

source https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-54662986

United Nations at 75 plagued by new crises and cash crunch

Faced with wars, climate change and a pandemic, the United Nations is struggling to make an impact.

source https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-54657539

Chile's choice: Out with the old, in with the new?

After a year of often violent protests, Chileans get to decide whether they want a new constitution.

source https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-latin-america-54643589

The Indian doctor taking care of thousands of elephants

Kushal Kunwar Sharma is affectionately known as the "elephant doctor" in India's wildlife community.

source https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-india-54610762

Week in pictures: 17-23 October 2020

A selection of striking images taken around the world this week.

source https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/in-pictures-54658776

Covid blood plasma donation: What is blood plasma?

The NHS wants us to donate blood plasma to help fight Covid-19. But why?

source https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-54665716

Her babies taken, she died alone in a police cell — the victim of a problem Australia can't seem to fix

Rebecca Maher didn't get to hold her youngest child. source https://www.cnn.com/2021/04/09/australia/australia-indigenous-deaths-custo...