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Health
Spain: Government warns of "serious risks" for Madrid residents without tougher restrictions
Meeting between Spanish Government and Madrid Covid 19 task force
Meeting between Spanish Government and Madrid Covid 19 task force Credit: Twitter (Reproduction)

The Spanish government has warned that Madrid's residents will face "serious risk" if the city's authorities don't implement tougher Coronavirus restrictions.

Spain's Health Minister Salvador Illa said that Madrid's authorities need to "put the health of citizens first" and to control the pandemic as "there is a serious risk for inhabitants, for the neighbouring regions." Illa urged authorities to "act with determination."

Politics • American • US
Trump officially nominates Amy Coney Barrett as Supreme Court justice
Amy Coney Barrett and her family with President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump, September 27, 2020
Amy Coney Barrett and her family with President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump, September 27, 2020 Credit: Dan Scavino / Public domain

Amy Coney Barrett, a conservative federal appeals court judge, has been nominated as Supreme Court justice to succeed the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. President Donald Trump announced her nomination on Saturday, calling her a woman of "towering intellect" and "one of our nation's most brilliant and gifted legal minds" who would rule "based solely on the fair reading of the law."

"A judge must apply the law as written. Judges are not policy makers," Barrett then said. "If confirmed, I would not assume that role for the sake of those in my own circle, and certainly not for my own sake, I would assume this role to serve you."

Politics • American • Brazil
Jair Bolsonaro leaves hospital after bladder stone surgery
Jair Bolsonaro, after the surgery
Jair Bolsonaro, after the surgery

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro left the Albert Einstein Hospital in São Paulo after a surgery to remove a bladder stone. The surgery was scheduled for Friday morning.

During an interview to CNN, Bolsonaro said: "Why did I operate on a Friday? Not to lose 2 or 3 working days. I have a lot of work. That's why I thought it was better to have the surgery over the weekend."

Law
Judgment against members of the "Free Comradeship Dresden"

The verdicts have now been pronounced against three members of the right-wing comradeship. The background was violent attacks on a refugee shelter and on an alternative housing project.

The defendants were sentenced to imprisonment or suspended sentences.

Sports
Formula 1: Lewis Hamilton on the pole position in Sochi, the 96th of his career
Formula 1: Lewis Hamilton on the pole position in Sochi, the 96th of his career
Credit: LAT Images for Mercedes-Benz Grand Prix Ltd

Lewis Hamilton is on pole position for the Russian Grand Prix, in Sochi. Hamilton, the current leader of the Formula 1 championship, finished ahead of Red Bull's Max Verstappen.

Mercedes team-mate Valtteri Bottas took the third place, Sergio Perez the fourth position, and Daniel Ricciardo will start in the fifth position.

After the session, Hamilton said, "Firstly, I have say a big hi to all the fans that are here, we've missed the fans all year! I hope everyone's staying safe."

The Russian Grand Prix will happen Sunday, September 27, at 11:10 (UTC).

Politics • European • United Kingdom
Liberal Democrats in the United Kingdom are set to commit to a universal basic income
Ed Davey (right)
Ed Davey (right) Credit: Foreign and Commonwealth Office (Open Government Licence v3.0)

As the first major national party in the United Kingdom, the Liberal Democrats are set to vote on universal basic income policies on the first day of their annual conference.

The motion is expected to pass and is supported by party leader Sir Ed Davey.

Politics • American • US
Anti-abortionist Amy Coney Barrett is Trump's Supreme Court Nominee
Anti-abortionist Amy Coney Barrett is Trump's Supreme Court Nominee
Credit: Rachel Malehorn / Wikimedia Commons (Creative Commons Attribution 3.0)

US President Donald Trump has picked the conservative judge Amy Coney Barrett to fill the vacancy at the Supreme Court on Friday.

Health
The U.S. surpasses 7 million Covid-19 cases
The U.S. surpasses 7 million Covid-19 cases
Credit: CDC

The United States have surpassed seven million Covid-19 cases on Friday, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University, and over 200,000 people have lost their lives to the virus. The U.S. has been averaging around 40,000 daily new cases, resulting in an increase of 1 million cases since August 31.

Technology • Internet & Web
MontanaBlack, biggest German Twitch streamer, banned for a month over sexism
MontanaBlack, biggest German Twitch streamer, banned for a month over sexism
Credit: Foto Schattke GmbH & Co KG / Wikimedia Commons (Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 4.0)

Because of sexist content, streaming star Marcel Eris, known as MontanaBlack, has been blocked on the streaming platform Twitch. The 32-year-old from Buxtehude had shared various sexist content on his Twitch account while on vacation in Malta.

Among other things, Eris commented in one of his videos with crude comments on the body of a woman posing in the distance, of whom he took photos. He also filmed on the street and commented on the appearance of women with grunts.

Politics • American • US
Google to block election ads after November 3
Google to block election ads after November 3
Credit: Rajeshwar Bachu

Axios reports that Google informed its advertisers that the company would broadly block election ads after polls close on November 3.

Google's ban will target ads that are explicitly election-related, or ads referencing the elections, or targetted ads to election-related search queries.

It is not clear how long the ban would last, but advertisers have been told that they should expect it to last for at least seven days after Election Day and that Google would review the situation every week if it extends longer.

Health
Fauci: Covid-19 vaccine won't eliminate need for masks and social distancing
Fauci: Covid-19 vaccine won't eliminate need for masks and social distancing
Credit: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:White_House_Press_Briefing_(49668784568).jpg

Masks, social distancing and hygienic measures will have to be maintained even after a Covid-19 vaccine is available, so Dr Anthony Fauci on Thursday. The Covid-19 vaccine won't likely be 100% effective and taken by 100% of the population, therefore given the virus room to spread further. Fauci said that it would be a good accomplishment if 75 to 80% of the population got vaccinated, but this won't "eliminate the need to be prudent and careful with our public health measures."

Politics • Asian
Kim Jong-un apologizes in a letter to Seoul for the shooting of South Korean official
Kim Jong-un apologizes in a letter to Seoul for the shooting of South Korean official
Credit: Kremlin.ru (Creative Commons Attribution 4.0)

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has issued an apology for the death of a 47-year-old South Korean government worker, who was shot dead and his body set alight North Korean troops. The unidentified man was found floating on the sea, in the North's waters.

The apology came in the form of a letter sent to South Korea's Blue House Friday morning, which acknowledged that the incident should not have happened.

According to the Blue House, the letter read "Chairman Kim Jong Un asked to convey that he feels very sorry that instead of giving aid to our compatriots in the South who is struggling with Covid epidemic, we have given President Moon and our compatriots in the South a great disappointment with this unseen misfortune in our sea."

Science • Medicine
Germany: More than 1,000 police officers fell ill due to Corona
Germany: More than 1,000 police officers fell ill due to Corona
Credit: Leon Seibert

Police units are apparently exposed to a higher corona risk than other professional groups. According to a query by the "Rheinische Post" at the state interior ministries and the federal police, more than 1,000 officials have probably contracted Corona since March. The state of Bavaria leads the list with 274 registered cases.

The police union suspects the reasons is the lack of precautions.

Law
Pablo Escobar: Money hidden in wall found in drug lord's house
A mug shot of Pablo Escobar taken by the regional Colombia control agency in Medellín in 1976.
A mug shot of Pablo Escobar taken by the regional Colombia control agency in Medellín in 1976. Credit: Colombian National Police (Public Domain)

A nephew of infamous drug lord Pablo Escobar has said he found a plastic bag with money worth $18 million hidden in the wall of one of his uncle's houses in Las Palmas, Medellín.

At the peak of his career, Escobar was said to be the seventh richest person on the planet.

Politics • American • US
"National Security Leaders for Biden" publish "open letter to America"
"National Security Leaders for Biden" publish "open letter to America"
Credit: National Security Leaders for Biden

The "Open Letter to America" from the "National Security Leaders for Biden" has been signed by "489 retired Generals, Admirals, Senior Noncommissioned Officers, Ambassadors and Senior Civilian National Security Officials" who are endorsing Joe Biden for president.

Signatories include retired General Paul Selva, Trump's former senior military advisor, former Army Vice Chief of Staff Peter Chiarelli and former State Department Deputy Secretary Richard Armitage (R).

"Thanks to his disdainful attitude and his failures, our allies no longer trust or respect us, and our enemies no longer fear us. Climate change continues unabated, as does North Korea's nuclear program. The president has ceded influence to a Russian adversary who puts bounties on the heads of American military personnel, and his trade war against China has only harmed America's farmers and manufacturers," the letter reads. "We the undersigned endorse Joe Biden to be the next President of the United States. He is the leader our nation needs."

Health
France, UK: Highest daily number of Coronavirus cases
France, UK: Highest daily number of Coronavirus cases
Credit: Adam Nieścioruk

Both the United Kingdom and France have recorded their highest daily number of Coronavirus cases on Thursday. France reported 16,096 cases and the UK 6,632 new cases.

“The signals are clear. Positivity rates are rising across all age groups and we’re continuing to see spikes in rates of admission to hospital and critical care,” Yvonne Doyle, medical director of Public Health England, said and that the new surge of infections is a “stark warning for us all”.

Politics • Asian • Russia
Navalny: Russian apartment seized and bank accounts frozen
Alexei Navalny
Alexei Navalny Credit: Evgeny Feldman (Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 4.0)

Russian opposition figured Alexei Navalny had his Russian apartment seized and his bank accounts frozen after a court order while recovering from suspected poisoning in a Hospital in Berlin, Germany, so his spokeswoman Kira Yarmysh.

"They seized the assets and the apartment of a person who was in a coma," Yarmysh said. "This means the flat cannot be sold, donated or mortgaged."

The move comes after a lawsuit was filed by the Moscow Schoolchild catering company, which is owned by Russian businessman Yevgeny Prigozhin who is known as "Putin's chef".

Politics • American
Argentinean congressman quits after live sex scenes streamed during late-night congress session
Argentinean congressman quits after live sex scenes streamed during late-night congress session
Credit: YouTube (Reproduction)

After starring in a streamed sex scene during a late-night Congress session Thursday, Argentinean congressman Juan Emilio Ameri has resigned.

In a letter addressed to the President of the Chamber of Deputies, Ameri said: "Given the fact of public knowledge, I am writing to you to apologize for my conduct during the remote special session on September 24 of this year. It was in no way my intention to disrespect this Honorable House, my fellow deputies and deputies, nor to the Salta people who elected me"

Politics • American • US
Trump again declines to commit to a peaceful transfer of power if he lost the election
Trump again declines to commit to a peaceful transfer of power if he lost the election
Credit: The White House from Washington, DC / Public domain

President Donald Trump has again declined to commit to a peaceful transfer of power if he lost the election when asked by reporters.

"We want to make sure that the election is honest, and I’m not sure that it can be," the President told reporters before heading to a campaign rally in Florida.

Meanwhile, White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany assured that Trump would "accept the results of a free and fair election" and Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell stated that the "winner of the November 3rd election will be inaugurated on January 20th."

Politics • American • Brazil
Rio de Janeiro is delaying its annual Carnival parade for the first time in a century
Viradouro parade during the 2020 Carnaval in Rio de Janeiro
Viradouro parade during the 2020 Carnaval in Rio de Janeiro Credit: Raphael David | Riotur

Rio de Janeiro delayed its annual Carnival parade, that would take place in February 2021, as Brazil continues to face the Covid-19 pandemic. The League of Samba Schools (LIESA) announced that the spread of the coronavirus has made it impossible to safely hold the parades, and it is studying the possibility of holding the parade on another date.

Jorge Castanheira, the president of LIESA, said Thursday: "We only imagined the parade with a vaccine. Failing to get a vaccine or action plan that will guarantee safety for everyone by mid-September, it will be difficult to present in the current mold. After that, it may not be possible to present the carnival as it is known today. In today's condition it is ethically unlikely to have the parade."