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Trudeau government survives confidence vote
Trudeau government survives confidence vote
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The conservative party had demanded a committee to investigate alleged government corruption. During the pandemic, contracts have allegedly been awarded unlawfully to persons close to Trudeau. The government had declared the application a matter of trust and the liberal Canadian government of Prime Minister Trudeau has survived the subsequent vote of confidence.

Regional News • Americas • United States
Obama returns to campaign trail for Biden, says the US can't "afford four more years of this"
Obama returns to campaign trail for Biden, says the US can't "afford four more years of this"
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Barack Obama condemned President Donald Trump in a speech on Wednesday at the Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, urging Americans to vote for Democratic nominee Joe Biden as "the next 13 days will matter for decades to come."

"Philadelphia, we got 13 days — 13 days until the most important election of our lifetimes. And you don't have to wait for Nov. 3 to cast your ballot," Obama said.

"Donald Trump isn't suddenly going to protect all of us. He can't even take the basic steps to protect himself," he added. "Here's the truth. I want to be honest here. This pandemic would have been challenging for any president. But this idea that somehow this White House has done anything but completely screw this up is just not true."

Regional News • Americas • United States
USA Today endorses Joe Biden, the newspaper's first presidential endorsement
USA Today endorses Joe Biden, the newspaper's first presidential endorsement
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The editorial board of American newspaper USA Today has published its first presidential endorsement in its history, urging Americans to vote for Democratic nominee Joe Biden.

"In 2016, we broke tradition in urging you not to vote for Trump. Now we're making our first presidential endorsement. We hope it's our last," so the Editorial Board. "We urged readers not to vote for Donald Trump, calling the Republican nominee unfit for office because he lacked the “temperament, knowledge, steadiness and honesty that America needs from its presidents.” We stopped short, however, of an outright endorsement of Hillary Clinton, the Democratic nominee. This year, the Editorial Board unanimously supports the election of Joe Biden, who offers a shaken nation a harbor of calm and competence."

Regional News • Americas • Brazil
The Brazilian Health Minister, Eduardo Pazuello, tested positive for Covid-19
Health Minister Eduardo Pazuello
Health Minister Eduardo Pazuello Credit: Erasmo Salomão/MS (Public Domain)

The Brazilian Health Minister Eduardo Pazuello tested positive for Covid-19 on Wednesday. Pazuello becomes the 12th member of Jair Bolsonaro's cabinet to be infected with the new coronavirus.

Regional News • Americas • Brazil
Bolsonaro announces that Brazil won't buy Covid-19 vaccine from China
Bolsonaro announces that Brazil won't buy Covid-19 vaccine from China
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"We won't buy the vaccine from China," says Bolsonaro on his Facebook page on Tuesday after the Ministry of Health had announced the purchase of 46 million doses of CoronaVac, a Covid-19 vaccine developed by Sinovac.

The same day, earlier, the Ministry of Health had announced the purchase of 46 million doses of CoronaVac, a vaccine developed by Chinese pharmacist Sinovac. The company has an agreement with the government of São Paulo to supply the ready vaccine and also to transfer the production technology to the Butantan Institute (see details below).

"Everything will be clarified even today. We will not buy the vaccine from China", said the president.

Regional News • Americas • United States
Trump maintains a bank account in China
Trump maintains a bank account in China
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According to the New York Times, US President Donald Trump has a Chinese bank account and spent years pursuing business projects in the country. The account, controlled by Trump International Hotels Management, paid $188,561 in local taxes between 2013 and 2015.

President Trump has been critical of US firms doing business in China and sparked a trade war between the two countries.

The newspaper's previous reports show Trump paid $750 in US federal taxes in 2016 and 2017 when he became president.

Regional News • Americas • Brazil
US government offers Brazilian telecoms financing to buy 5G equipment from Huawei rivals
Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro and US National Security adviser Robert O’Brien
Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro and US National Security adviser Robert O’Brien Credit: Marcos Corrêa/PR (Public Domain)

The US government, via the U.S. International Development Finance Corporation (DFC), the U.S. EXIM bank and the National Security Council, offered financing to Brazilian telecoms to keep them from buying Huawei Technologies 5G equipment.

The Chinese Embassy in Brazil on Twitter accused the American government of seeking a networking "monopoly." Still, it said it believed most countries would remain independent and make their own decisions regarding 5G.

Regional News • Americas • South America
Global Covid-19 case measurement system removed Argentina from their registry due to lack of quality in the testing data
Global Covid-19 case measurement system removed Argentina from their registry due to lack of quality in the testing data
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The "Our World in Data" tracker decided to drop Argentina from their tracker for possible bias in the "positivity rate".

Edouard Mathieu, from Our World in Data, posted on Twitter: "To ensure the quality and reliability of @OurWorldinData's COVID-19 testing data, we've decided to remove 🇦🇷 Argentina from our dataset for the time being. The official figures aggregated by the government are not of sufficient quality to correctly reflect the extent of testing."

Regional News • Americas • United States
Former Republican Chairman Michael Steele endorses Joe Biden
Former Republican Chairman Michael Steele endorses Joe Biden
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The former chairman of the Republican National Committee and former lieutenant governor of Maryland, Michael Steele, has endorsed Joe Biden for president.

In an advertisement for the conservative political group "The Lincoln Project" Steele has stated his endorsement for Joe Biden and said: "I'm a lifelong Republican and I'm still a Republican, but this ballot is how we restore the would of our nation, electing a good man, Joe Biden, and a trailblazer, Kamala Harris and ensure an orderly transfer of power or plunge our country into chaos".

Regional News • Americas
Legislators from all parties highlighted the figure of José Mujica, on his last day in the Senate
José Mujica
José Mujica Credit: Frente a Aratiri (Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 2.0)

"There is a time to arrive and there is a time to go in life." Thus began his final speech in the Senate, and thanked all the legislators who in these years have "endured" and with whom he shared "hard hours and others even funny."

Known worldwide as "the poorest president in the world", and until today a senator of Uruguay, he left his place at 85 years old and haunted by an immunological disease, receiving praise from his colleagues from all parties.

Regional News • Americas • South America
Argentina surpasses one million Covid-19 cases
Buenos Aires during the Covid-19 lockdown
Buenos Aires during the Covid-19 lockdown Credit: Rodrigo Paredes (Creative Commons Attribution 2.0)

Argentina's Health Ministry announced Monday that the country surpassed the barrier of one million infections of Covid-19. The South American country has been in lockdown for the past 7 months.

The Government reported that in the last day, 12,982 people tested positive, and the total number of infected reached 1,002,662. Also, 451 deaths were entered into the National Health Surveillance System (SNVS) and the total number of deaths recorded nationwide reached 26,716.

Regional News • Americas • United States
Final Presidential debate will have rules to mute microphones
Final Presidential debate will have rules to mute microphones
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The non-partisan Commission on Presidential Debates (CPD) on Monday have announced the rules and format for the final televised presidential debate. Each candidate will have their microphones cut off while the other is answering questions.

The CPD stated that "in order to enforce this agreed upon rule, the only candidate whose microphone will be open during these two-minute periods is the candidate who has the floor under the rules."

It was also announced that the 90-minute debate is divided into 15-minute segments into the six topics. Each candidate would be granted two minutes to deliver uninterrupted remarks before proceeding to an open debate for nine minutes of each segment.

Regional News • Americas • United States
Rolling Stone magazine endorses Joe Biden for president
Rolling Stone magazine endorses Joe Biden for president
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Joe Biden, the Democratic nominee for president, picked up the endorsement of the Rolling Stone magazine.

The magazine announced the endorsement on October 19 with an editorial that starts with: "We’ve lived for the past four years under a man categorically unfit to be president. Fortunately for America, Joe Biden is Donald Trump’s opposite in nearly every category."

Regional News • Americas • South America
Bolivia elections: Exit polls give victory to socialist candidate Luis Arce
Jeanine Añez announces the victory of Luis Arce
Jeanine Añez announces the victory of Luis Arce Credit: Twitter (Reproduction)

Exit polls show Movimiento al Socialismo (MAS) candidate Luis Arce got around 50%, against 30% of the ex-president Luis Mesa. This advantage would give the socialist candidate the victory without the need of a second round. The definitive count is expected on Wednesday.

Interim president Jeanine Añez, who took office after last year's coup, recognized the victory. Luis Arce was the economy minister during the 12 years of Evo Morales presidencies.

Regional News • Americas • United States
Facebook says it has rejected 2.2 million ads attempting to obstruct voting in US election
Nick Clegg
Nick Clegg Credit: Liberal Democrats (Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 2.0)

Facebook has rejected a total of 2.2 million ads and withdrawn 120,000 posts for attempting to "obstruct voting" in the upcoming 2020 US election, said Facebook VP of Global Affairs and Communications Nick Clegg.

Clegg also said: "Thirty-five thousand employees take care of the security of our platforms and contribute for elections. We have established partnerships with 70 specialised media, including five in France, on the verification of information."

Regional News • Americas • United States
Trump holds rally in Wisconsin, thousands attend
Trump holds rally in Wisconsin, thousands attend
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Thousands of supporters attended President Donald Trump's rally in Janesville, Wisconsin on Saturday, despite the state's recent surge in Covid-19 cases.

"We’re doing great, we’re doing really well. I wish you’d have a Republican governor because frankly, you got to open your state up. You got to open it up," the President told the crowd. "We’re rounding the corner. We have unbelievable vaccines coming out real soon."

Regional News • Americas • United States
Women's March: Protestors march against Trump and Republicans in major US cities
2017 Women's March
2017 Women's March Credit: Mobilus In Mobili (Creative Commons Attribution 2.0)

On Saturday, thousands of mostly young women joined together in the second Women's March this year in honour of the late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. The demonstration was hosted to protest Donald Trump's reelection and the nomination of Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court.

"His presidency began with women marching, and now it’s going to end with woman voting. Period," so Rachel O’Leary Carmona, executive director of the Women’s March.

Regional News • Americas • United States
Trump refuses to disavow QAnon conspiracy theory
Trump refuses to disavow QAnon conspiracy theory
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During Thursday's town hall event, President Donald Trump refused to disavow the QAnon QAnon conspiracy theory. QAnon followers believe that Trump will save the world from a globalist cabal of Satan-worshipping pedophiles and cannibals controlled by the "deep state," including public figures such as Hillary Clinton, Tom Hanks and Pope Francis.

"I know nothing about QAnon. I do know they are very much against pedophilia," the president told NBC Town Hall moderator Savannah Guthrie.

Back in August, Trump voiced support for the QAnon movement, telling reporters that he appreciated their support for him and that "these are people that love our country."

Regional News • Americas • United States
Joe Biden's town hall drew 1m more viewers than Trump's

Joe Biden's town hall event on ABC averaged around 13.9 million viewers while President Donald Trump's had around 13 million viewers across three different channels.

"The words of a president matter, no matter whether they’re good, bad or indifferent, they matter. When a president doesn’t wear a mask, or makes fun of folks like me when I was wearing a mask for a long time, then people say it mustn’t be that important," Biden told host George Stephanopoulos on ABC.

Regional News • Americas • United States
Donald Trump shares article of satire page suggesting that Twitter shut down services to slow down news about Biden
Donald Trump shares article of satire page suggesting that Twitter shut down services to slow down news about Biden
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United States President Donald Trump has shared an article by the site "Babylon Bee" that describes itself as the "world’s best satire site, totally inerrant in all its truth claims. We write satire about Christian stuff, political stuff, and everyday life".

The shared satire article was titled "Twitter Shuts Down Entire Network To Slow Spread Of Negative Biden News" and Trump commented that "this has never been done in history. This includes his really bad interview last night. Why is Twitter doing this.".

Regional News • Americas • United States
Polls: Biden leads leads Trump 54% to 43%
Polls: Biden leads leads Trump 54% to 43%
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In the latest NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist poll, the former vice president Joe Biden leads Donald Trump 54% to 43% among likely voters. It's the highest difference between both candidates since this poll began testing the Biden-Trump matchup in February.

In 2016, Donald Trump had 46% of the votes nationally but clinched a victory in key states in the Electoral College. The current poll shows Biden ahead in several key states, including Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin.

Regional News • Americas • United States
Kamala Harris halts travel after two people linked to the campaign test positive for Covid-19
Kamala Harris
Kamala Harris Credit: Gage Skidmore (Creative Commons Attribution 2.0)

Kamala Harris will halt campaign travel due to two positive Covid-19 cases in people involved in the Biden-Harris presidential campaign. Harris tested negative as recently as Wednesday.

The two cases are a flight crew member and Harris' communications director, Liz Allen.

Campaign manager Jen O’Malley Dillon said, "Neither of these people have had contact with Vice President Biden, Senator Harris or any other staffers since testing positive or in the 48 hours prior to their positive test results."

Regional News • Americas • Brazil
Brazilian senator Chico Rodrigues is caught with cash hidden between the buttocks
Chico Rodrigues
Chico Rodrigues Credit: Agência Senado (Public Domain)

Chico Rodrigues, Jair Bolsonaro's deputy leader in the senate, was caught by the Brazilian Federal Police with R$30,000 (€4,572) concealed between his clenched buttocks. The police raid Wednesday was part of an operation against the misappropriation of public funds for fighting Covid-19.

Rodrigues, a Senator for the state of Roraima, released a statement claiming "I have a clean background and a respectable life. I’ve never been involved in any kind of scandal."

Regional News • Americas • United States
Barron Trump tested positive for Covid-19 along with President and First Lady but had no symptoms
Barron Trump tested positive for Covid-19 along with President and First Lady but had no symptoms
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Barron Trump tested positive for coronavirus during the time President Trump and first lady Melania Trump were sick. The White House initially said he had tested negative after both of his parents tested positive earlier this month.

The first lady said in a statement Wednesday that subsequent testing showed Barron had also come down with Covid-19 but had no symptoms.

Regional News • Americas • United States
Trump to hold a town-hall-style meeting Thursday on NBC
Trump to hold a town-hall-style meeting Thursday on NBC
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NBC News confirmed that they would broadcast President Donald Trump's town-hall-style meeting from Miami on Thursday. The event will be moderated by Today show host Savannah Guthrie and the president will answers questions of Florida voters.

NBC did not explicitly say whether they had received a negative Covid-19 test result from Trump.

Regional News • Americas • United States
California Republican Party admits they have placed their own ballot boxes around state
California Republican Party admits they have placed their own ballot boxes around state
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The Republican party in California has admitted responsibility for the placement of over 50 ballot drop boxes for mail-in ballots that are not official, but labeled as either "Official Ballot Drop off Box" or as "Ballot Drop Box."

Government officials say the receptacles are illegal and could lead to voter fraud, but the party says it will continue the practice.

Regional News • Americas • United States
Kanye West releases first advertisement for his presidential campaign 22 days ahead of election
Kanye West releases first advertisement for his presidential campaign 22 days ahead of election
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The rapper and a self-proclaimed contender for the presidency of the United States, Kanye West, has released his first campaign advertisement 22 days ahead of the election day.

In the video he shared on his Twitter account he states that "through prayer, faith can be restored" as he discusses how Americans in his opinion can and should focus on strengthening their religion and faith in order to improve the United States.

The end of the videos shows a message calling people to write his name into the ballot.

Regional News • Americas • United States
Trump holds first rally sine being diagnosed with Covid-19, alleges he's immune to virus
Trump holds first rally sine being diagnosed with Covid-19, alleges he's immune to virus
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President Donald Trump held his first rally since being diagnosed with Covid-19 and addressed a mostly maskless crowd in Florida. His doctor announced Sunday that Trump was no longer at risk of transmitting Covid-19.

"They say I'm immune. I feel so powerful. I'll walk into that audience. I'll walk in there, I'll kiss everyone in that audience. I'll kiss the guys and the beautiful women – everybody," so Trump to his cheering audience.

Regional News • Americas • United States
Dr. Fauci awarded as US federal employee of 2020
Dr. Fauci awarded as US federal employee of 2020
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In the annual Service to America Medals (the Sammies) Dr. Anthony S. Fauci, M.D., the director of the United States National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases at the National Institutes of Health has been awarded as the Federal Employee of the Year.

Partnership for Public Service, which presents the annual awards, has stated that Fauci has "served as the government’s premier expert and spokesperson on infectious diseases during six presidencies, including taking a prominent role in seeking to protect the public from the highly contagious and deadly new coronavirus that swept through the country and the world in 2020,".

Regional News • Americas
Twitter flags Trump post for violating its rules on Covid-19 information
Original tweet with the Twitter disclaimer
Original tweet with the Twitter disclaimer Credit: Donald Trump (Twitter Reproduction)

Twitter flagged a tweed by President Donald Trump in which he claims to be immune to the new coronavirus. Twitter added a disclaimer to the post: "This Tweet violated the Twitter Rules about spreading misleading and potentially harmful information related to COVID-19."

The original post read: "A total and complete sign off from White House Doctors yesterday. That means I can’t get it (immune), and can’t give it. Very nice to know."