October 24th, 2020

World News

Putin: Russia-China military alliance can’t be ruled out

By The Associated Press on October 22nd, 2020

MOSCOW – Russian President Vladimir Putin says there is no need for a Russia-China military alliance now but the idea of a future one can’t be ruled out. Putin was asked during a video conference with international foreign policy experts Thursday if a military union between Moscow and Beijing was possible. He replied that “theoretically, ... Read More »

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Jewish museum to honour magicians Houdini, David Copperfield

By The Associated Press on October 22nd, 2020

PHILADELPHIA – The Philadelphia-based National Museum of American Jewish History will honour two men who entertained the world with their magic. The museum announced on Thursday it will induct illusionists Harry Houdini and David Copperfield into its hall of fame on Dec. 12. The museum says the award recognizes the achievements and contributions of American ... Read More »

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Poland’s top court rules out abortions due to fetal defects

By Monika Scislowska, The Associated Press on October 22nd, 2020

WARSAW, Poland – Poland’s top court ruled Thursday that a law allowing abortion of fetuses with congenital defects is unconstitutional, shutting a major loophole in the predominantly Catholic country’s abortion laws that are among the strictest in Europe. Two judges in the 13-member constitutional Court did not back the majority ruling. Activists deplored the decision, ... Read More »

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GOP to high court: Move up N. Carolina absentee deadline

By The Associated Press on October 22nd, 2020

RALEIGH, N.C. – Republican officials have asked the U.S. Supreme Court to move up North Carolina’s recently extended deadline for accepting late-arriving absentee ballots postmarked by Election Day. State Republican legislative leaders filed an appeal on Thursday. The North Carolina State Board of Elections had announced in late September that absentee ballots could be accepted ... Read More »

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Santa Claus won’t be coming to Macy’s this year

By Joseph Pisani, The Associated Press on October 22nd, 2020

NEW YORK – Macy’s said Santa Claus won’t be greeting kids at its flagship New York store this year due to the coronavirus, interrupting a holiday tradition started nearly 160 years ago. More than a quarter of a million people come to see Santa at Macy’s in New York each year, the company said, making ... Read More »

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Judge dismisses 1 charge against former cop in Floyd’s death

By Amy Forliti, The Associated Press on October 22nd, 2020

MINNEAPOLIS – A Minnesota judge has dismissed a third-degree murder charge filed against the former Minneapolis police officer who pressed his knee against George Floyd’s neck, but the more serious second-degree murder charge remains. Hennepin County District Court Judge Peter Cahill’s ruling was made public Thursday. Chauvin now faces two counts going forward: second-degree murder ... Read More »

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Judge dismisses 1 charge against former cop in Floyd’s death

By Amy Forliti, The Associated Press on October 22nd, 2020

MINNEAPOLIS – A Minnesota judge has dismissed a third-degree murder charge filed against the former Minneapolis police officer who pressed his knee against George Floyd’s neck, but the more serious second-degree murder charge remains. Hennepin County District Court Judge Peter Cahill’s ruling was made public Thursday. Chauvin now faces two counts going forward: second-degree murder ... Read More »

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Poland’s top court rules out abortions for birth defects

By The Associated Press on October 22nd, 2020

WARSAW, Poland – Poland’s top court has ruled that a law allowing abortion of fetuses with congenital defects is unconstitutional. The decision by the country’s constitutional Court on Thursday effectively bans terminating pregnancies in cases where birth defects are found and will further limit access to abortions in Poland. The predominantly Catholic nation already has ... Read More »

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Plot thickens over origins of pope’s civil union endorsement

By Nicole Winfield, The Associated Press on October 22nd, 2020

VATICAN CITY – Question swirled Thursday about the origins of Pope Francis’ bombshell comments endorsing same-sex civil unions, with all evidence suggesting he made them in a 2019 interview that was never broadcast in its entirety. The Vatican refused to comment on whether it cut the remarks from its own broadcast or pressured the Mexican ... Read More »

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Forecasters: Hurricane Epsilon should sideswipe Bermuda

By The Associated Press on October 22nd, 2020

MIAMI – Hurricane Epsilon’s maximum sustained winds dropped slightly as it moved northwest over the Atlantic Ocean on a path that should sideswipe Bermuda on Thursday. Epsilon was a Category 2 hurricane with top winds of 110 mph (175 kph) Thursday morning as it swirled near enough for the National Hurricane Center to issue a ... Read More »

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EU awards human rights prize to Belarus opposition

By Samuel Petrequin, The Associated Press on October 22nd, 2020

BRUSSELS – The European Union has awarded its top human rights prize to the Belarus opposition movement and its leader, Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya, for their challenge to President Alexander Lukashenko’s long, hard-line reign. “It is an honour to announce that the women and men of the democratic opposition in Belarus are the 2020 Sakharov Prize laureates,” ... Read More »

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