Facebook Inc and Twitter took action

Facebook Inc and Twitter took action on posts from the US president Donald Trump on Tuesday for violating their rules against coronavirus misinformation by suggesting that Covid-19 was just like the flu [see 5.30pm]. Facebook took the post down but not before it was shared about 26,000 times, data from the company’s metric tool CrowdTangle showed. The men are accused of torturing 21-year-old farm manager Brendin Horner, whose lifeless body was found covered in blood and tied to a post on remote farmland outside the town of Paul Roux on Friday. Following the latest in a string of attacks on … Continue reading Facebook Inc and Twitter took action

Wild elephants in Sri Lanka

Wild elephants in Sri Lanka have been found with plastic products and non-digestive polythene in their stomachs after eating rubbish at a dump encroaching on their habitat. Heartbreaking images of the elephants foraging for food on a refuse facility in Oluvil were captured by Jaffna-based photographer Tharmaplan Tilaxan.  On Wednesday, 13 of Spain’s 19 self-governing regions backed a plan to impose partial lockdowns on town and cities, allowing people to enter and exit affected areas only on work, school or medical grounds, or for other pressing reasons. Public and private gatherings will be limited to six people, while bars and … Continue reading Wild elephants in Sri Lanka

Armenia has raised the prospect of asking Russia to intervene

Armenia has raised the prospect of asking Russia to intervene in an escalating military conflict against Azerbaijan, which is backed by Turkey. Dozens of people, including civilians, have been killed since fierce fighting between Armenian and Azerbaijani forces erupted on Sunday on the front lines of Nagorno-Karabakh, a disputed mountainous region north of Turkey and Iran. The killing took place in the district of Kesan in the north-western Turkish province of Edirne. Uslu told the court that it was his daughter’s fault, saying she insulted her mother when she arrived home and then argued with him when he ordered her … Continue reading Armenia has raised the prospect of asking Russia to intervene

MPs have criticised the government’s 10pm curfew

MPs have criticised the government’s 10pm curfew for hospitality venues, such as pubs and restaurants, amid growing frustration in parliament over the lack of scrutiny for coronavirus restrictions. The criticism came as Labour called for rapid review of the policy after Greater Manchester mayor Andy Burnham warned it was “doing more harm than good” in the fight against Covid-19. While New York’s positive test rate remains much lower than those in some midwestern states where 15% of tests were coming back positive, it marks a significant uptick from the state’s rate, which has hovered at 1% or below for weeks. … Continue reading MPs have criticised the government’s 10pm curfew

A range of new restrictions came into effect in Austria on 21 September

A range of new restrictions came into effect in Austria on 21 September, as a rise in confirmed cases accelerated to reach levels last seen in late March. Masks are required in shops and on public transport, while moving around in bars and restaurants, and shopping at outdoor markets. Meghan McCain tells Trump to ‘get some of what Joe Biden has’ ahead of first debate Speaking on The View, Meghan McCain says the president is losing voters over the age of 60 “at an astounding rate” and suggests that he and Joe Biden need to switch personas in the upcoming … Continue reading A range of new restrictions came into effect in Austria on 21 September

Workers are taking their hammers

Workers are taking their hammers to a controversial fish statue in Morocco that has sparked outrage and mockery from social media users.  The statue, which shows two peach-coloured fish jumping into the air, is located on a roundabout in the coastal town of Mehdia. One micrometre is one millionth of a metre. In addition, about half of larger droplets measuring 50 micrometres found their way into the air, according to Riken, a government-backed research institute in the western city of Kobe. A devout Catholic who is fervently antiabortion, Barrett appeals to Trump’s conservative base. Trump met with the seventh circuit … Continue reading Workers are taking their hammers

President Trump heralded the “dawn of a new Middle East”

President Trump heralded the “dawn of a new Middle East” yesterday and predicted that Saudi Arabia and half a dozen other countries would follow the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain as they formally recognised Israel. “We are here this afternoon to change the course of history,” he said as he opened the signing ceremony for the so-called Abraham Accords at the White House. He talked of how Israel and the two Arab states would establish embassies in each other’s countries and co-operate on tourism, trade, healthcare and security. “They’re going to work together,” Mr Trump said. “They are friends.” Washington, … Continue reading President Trump heralded the “dawn of a new Middle East”

Toy giants Lego are to invest £310 million

Toy giants Lego are to invest £310 million to make its trademark colourful bricks using sustainable materials instead of its traditional oil-based plastic. The Danish company will spend big over the next three years after coming under pressure from customers. Asked later by reporters if he expected Saudi Arabia to follow suit, Mr Trump said: “I do. I spoke with the king of Saudi Arabia,” adding it would come “at the right time”. “I think seven or eight or nine” more countries would normalise relations with Israel, he added. ‘Hopefully this can create a deterrent against further violations,’ he told … Continue reading Toy giants Lego are to invest £310 million

The cityscape resembles the surface of a distant planet

The cityscape resembles the surface of a distant planet, populated by a masked alien culture. The air, choked with blown ash, is difficult to breathe. There is the Golden Gate Bridge, looming in the distance through a drift-smoke haze, and the Salesforce Tower, which against the blood-orange sky appears as a colossal spaceship in a doomsday film. The giant space rock is predicted to be 48m to 110m, or 157 to 360 feet, wide. That means it could potentially be bigger than the London Bridge, which has concrete reaching 104 metres (340 feet) in the central span. Mr Lukashenko, 66, … Continue reading The cityscape resembles the surface of a distant planet

A former Trump campaign official

A former Trump campaign official now spokesman for the US health department sought to change key reports on the coronavirus pandemic, in some cases “openly complaining” that they “would undermine the president’s optimistic messages about the outbreak”, according to internal emails seen by Politico. The official, Michael Caputo, told the website he was attempting to stymie “ulterior deep state motives in the bowels” of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, or CDC. Judge Vanessa Baraitser adjourned the case until Monday after being told one of the lawyers involved had been exposed to the virus. She told London’s Old Bailey … Continue reading A former Trump campaign official