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Arts, Entertainment, Culture • Celebrities & Public Figures
Arnold Schwarzenegger feels "fantastic" after pulmonary valve replacement
Arnold Schwarzenegger feels "fantastic" after pulmonary valve replacement
Credit: @Schwarzenegger via Twitter

Arnold Schwarzenegger, who recently had to undergo a pulmonary valve replacement at the Cleveland Clinic, has told fans he was feeling "fantastic."

"Thanks to the team at the Cleveland Clinic, I have a new aortic valve to go along with my new pulmonary valve from my last surgery. I feel fantastic and have already been walking the streets of Cleveland enjoying your amazing statues. Thank you to every doc and nurse on my team," so Schwarzenegger on Ttwitter.

Sports • Soccer
Josep Maria Bartomeu resigns as Barcelona president
Josep Maria Bartomeu resigns as Barcelona president
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Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu has resigned. The bureaucracy and the open war with Messi, the bad sports results and the economic situation of the club left Bartomeu on the wire. Still, it has finally been the motion of censure, with more than 16,000 signatures, that has precipitated the resignation of the president.

Bartolomeu resignation comes three days after Barca's 3-1 home defeat to Real Madrid, and just a day after he said: "that it had not occurred to him to resign."

Regional News • Europe
Slovakia to test almost entire population for Covid-19
Slovakia to test almost entire population for Covid-19
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Slovakia has started mass testing its entire population for Covid-19, the first country to do so. During a trial phase on the weekend of October 23-25, a total of 140,945 people participated and 5,594 infectious cases were detected, defence ministry spokeswoman Martina Koval Kakascikova said.

Law
Continued protests in Poland following abortion ban
Continued protests in Poland following abortion ban
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Following Poland's Constitutional Court decision of banning abortions in cases of fetal defects, protestors and human rights organizations keep gathering in several cities to protest the ruling. Abortion became lawful only when the mother's life is at risk or in cases of rape or incest. Protests have been ongoing since the ruling on October 22.

Regional News • Europe
Italy: Protests against Coronavirus measures

Following new Coronavirus restrictions, protests broke out across Italy on Monday. Clashes involving petrol bombs happened in both Milan and Turin. In Naples, protestors called for the resignation of its governor. Italy has imposed a curfew in many Italian regions and has ordered the closure of eateries, gyms and cinemas after 6pm.

Regional News • Americas • United States
Amy Coney Barrett confirmed for Supreme Court by senate
Judge Amy Coney Barrett delivers remarks after President Donald J. Trump announced her as his nominee for Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States Saturday, Sept. 26, 2020
Judge Amy Coney Barrett delivers remarks after President Donald J. Trump announced her as his nominee for Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States Saturday, Sept. 26, 2020 Credit: The White House from Washington, DC, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

The Senate has voted 52-48 to confirm President Donald Trump's nominee Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court on Monday, just days before the US election on November 3.

Technology • Internet & Web
Youtube runs out of space for advertising bookings for the US election
Youtube runs out of space for advertising bookings for the US election
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According to a report by Bloomberg, Youtube can only actually accommodate a part of the ordered commercials for the US elections. Due to the demand the advertising prices have doubled in some cases.

Health
Over 43m Covid-19 cases and over 1m deaths globally

There have been more than 43 million confirmed Covid-19 infections and over 1,15 million deaths since the start of the pandemic, according to data of the Johns Hopkin's University.

Regional News • Asia
Thailand brands protests as "illegal" and wants to take action
Dispersal of protests in Bangkok, 16 October 2020
Dispersal of protests in Bangkok, 16 October 2020 Credit: Prachatai / Wikimedia Commons (Creative Commons Attribution 3.0)

Before the start of new protests by the Thai democracy movement, head of government Prayut Chan-o-cha has branded the demonstrations as "illegal" and announced determined action against the activists. The authorities must bring the protests under control, Prayut said in parliament on Monday.

Pro-democracy students wanted to march in front of the German embassy in Bangkok on Monday afternoon in protest against King Maha Vajiralongkorn.

Law
Attempted break-in in Sparkasse Hamburg

On Saturday evening, a cleaner in a Hamburg Sparkasse branch informed the private security service after noticing something inexplicable.

Alarmed police officers were able to secure an industrial drill in the basement of the bank, with which the unknown perpetrators had apparently tried to drill open the safe.

There are currently no references to the perpetrators.

Regional News • Americas • United States
Early voting surpasses ~60 million
Early voting surpasses ~60 million
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Around 60 million early votes have been cast for the presidential US election, with Americans voting via mail-in ballots and queueing in line at voting sites.

Science • Space
Water on Moon's surface may be more abundant than once thought, could sustain a lunar base
Water on Moon's surface may be more abundant than once thought, could sustain a lunar base
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Unlike previous detections of water in permanently shadowed parts of lunar craters, scientists have now detected the molecule in sunlit regions of the Moon's surface.

Speaking during a virtual teleconference, co-author Casey Honniball, a postdoctoral fellow at Nasa's Goddard Space Flight Center in Maryland, said: "The amount of water is roughly equivalent to a 12-ounce bottle of water in a cubic metre of lunar soil." Her Nasa colleague Jacob Bleacher, from the agency's human exploration directorate, said researchers still needed to understand the nature of the watery deposits.

Regional News • World
Foreign Minister states that Thai King is under "permanent" review while in Germany
Foreign Minister states that Thai King is under "permanent" review while in Germany
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The German Federal Foreign Minister Heiko Maas has stated that Germany has "made it clear that politics concerning the country of Thailand should not be based on German soil" and that the Thai King Maha Vajiralongkorn would be "permanently" under review while he is Germany.

The King has spent part of the Covid-19 lockdown in Germany in a luxury hotel in Garmisch-Partenkirchen and owns a property in Bavaria.

Regional News • Europe • Austria
Austrian chancellor considers second lockdown as a measure of last resort
Austrian chancellor considers second lockdown as a measure of last resort
Credit: Bundesministerium für Finanzen, via Wikimedia Commons (Creative Commons Attribution 2.0)

Austrian chancellor Sebastian Kurz has stated that he considered a second lockdown as a measure of last resort to contain the further spread of Covid-19 and prevent hospitals reaching capacity.

"We have a massively increasing, exponential growth. It is an extreme challenge. The situation is very, very serious, even for those who still refuse to believe it," so Kurz.

Regional News • Americas • South America
Drafting of new constitution approved by a large majority of Chileans
Drafting of new constitution approved by a large majority of Chileans
Credit: Courtesy of BTS Chile / Twitter

With massive participation in the plebiscite, citizens turned to the polls. There are celebrations in the Plaza Italia in downtown Santiago, and in various parts of the country. On the body that must write the new text, the option of the constitutional convention, jointly and integrated only by citizens elected for that purpose, is imposed with 78.8%

Regional News • Europe • Germany
Merkel warns that Germany is "on the verge of losing control of virus"
Merkel warns that Germany is "on the verge of losing control of virus"
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German chancellor Angela Merkel has warned that Germany is "on the verge of losing control of its fight against the virus", telling her party in an internal meeting that "the situation is threatening" and that the country has "very, very difficult months ahead."

Germany has seen a steady increase of Covid-19 cases of the past weeks, reporting over 14,000 cases on October 24, the country's highest daily case count.

Technology • Internet & Web
Hackers hijack and publish mental health data of hundreds of people
Hackers hijack and publish mental health data of hundreds of people
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The criminals demanded from the psychotherapy center Vastaamo 450,000 euros in exchange for stopping publishing the data. The release of patient data - including minors - ceased on Friday, sparking rumors about a possible payment. The information published so far includes the patient's personal data and the content of the therapy sessions.

Transportation • Public, Railway & Bus Transportation
Alert on supertanker off Isle of Wight - seven detained
Alert on supertanker off Isle of Wight - seven detained
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There was a police operation off the British coast on Sunday afternoon. British military has boeaded the ship and detained seven stowaways after the crew had been threatened by them. The authorities set up an exclusion zone around the tanker several miles.

The British Ministry of Defense has stated that "Armed forces have gained control of the ship and seven individuals have been detained,".

Regional News • Americas • United States
At least five of VP Pence's aides test positive for Covid-19
At least five of VP Pence's aides test positive for Covid-19
Credit: The White House, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

At least five of Vice President Pence's aides have tested positive for Covid-19, including his chief of staff Marc Short, aide Zach Bacher and adviser Marty Obst. According to Pence's spokesman Devin O'Malley, Pence was in close contact with Short but won't quarantine as he tested negative and is considered "essential personnel."

Regional News • Europe
Swiss warns that intensive care capacity is close to overload

The chief of Switzerland's Covid-19 taskforce, Martin Ackermann, has told reports that "We estimate that the capacity limit in intensive care in hospitals will be reached between November 5-18 if nothing changes from the current situation". Previously a new record of 6,634 Covid-19 cases had been recorded.