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Twitter temporarily suspends account of Republican congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene
Twitter temporarily suspends account of Republican congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene
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Twitter has on Sunday temporarily blocked the account of Republican Congresswoman and "QAnon" supporter Marjorie Taylor Greene.

Greene had violated company rules on multiple occasions, the online platform said. The congresswoman had written on Twitter that voter fraud had occurred in the Senate elections in Georgia. According to U.S. broadcaster CNN, Greene had spread several conspiracy myths and false reports at once in a lengthy thread.

The congresswoman's Twitter messages were then flagged with a notice that their content was controversial. A few hours later, the online network decided to suspend Greene's account for twelve hours.

Regional News • Americas • United States
Trump claims Covid-19 number of the "China Virus is far exaggerated", US Surgeon General contradicts claim
Trump claims Covid-19 number of the "China Virus is far exaggerated", US Surgeon General contradicts claim
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After President Donald Trump claimed Sunday that the number of Covid-19 infections and deaths of the "China Virus is far exaggerated" because of the CDC's "ridiculous method of determination", US Surgeon General Dr. Jerome Adams responded that there was "no reason to doubt" the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's statistics.

"From a public health perspective, I have no reason to doubt those numbers," Adams said in an interview with CNN. "And I think people need to be very aware that it's not just about the deaths, as we talked about earlier. It's about the hospitalizations, the capacity. These cases are having an impact in an array of ways and people need to understand there's a finish line in sight, but we've got to keep running toward it."

Regional News • Americas • United States
At least 140 House Republicans plan to defy election results

At least 140 House Republicans plan to vote against the certification of President-elect Joe Biden, two Republican members of the House of Representatives told CNN, even though there is virtually no chance of overturning the 2020 presidential election. House Republicans would need the support of both one senator and a House member to mount an objection when Congress counts the votes.

Regional News • Europe • Russia
Russia would have 'finished' the job if it wanted to kill opposition leader Navalny according to Putin

Putin's stated that if Russian special services had wanted to kill opposition politician Alexey Navalny, they would have "finished it" in response to a question at his annual press conference following an investigation by the investigative group Bellingcat and CNN, published Monday, which uncovered evidence that Russia's Federal Security Service (the FSB) formed an elite team specializing in nerve agents that trailed Navalny for years.

Regional News • Americas • United States
Joe Biden elected president
Joe Biden elected president
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Democrat Joe Biden has won the 2020 US presidential election, according to projections by CNN, Fox News, Associated Press. The former Vice President has been elected the 46th president of the United States, as vote tallies in several swing states were slowed by an unprecedented surge in mail-in ballots.

The race was called for Biden on Saturday when predictions that Pennsylvania's 20 electoral votes put him over the 270-vote threshold needed to win the Electoral College, pending the outcome of any legal challenges.

Regional News • Europe
Slovenian PM Janez Janša prematurely congratulates Trump on election win while ballots are still being counted
Slovenian PM Janez Janša prematurely congratulates Trump on election win while ballots are still being counted
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Slovenian Prime Minister Janez Janša has prematurely congratulated Preident Trump on his re-election on Twitter. CNN currently predicts that at Joe Biden holds the lead in the Electoral College at this stage in the night, 224 to 213. Ballots are still being counted.

"It’s pretty clear that American people have elected ⁦@realDonaldTrump⁩ ⁦@Mike_Pence⁩ for #4moreyears. More delays and facts denying from #MSM, bigger the final triumph for #POTUS. Congratulations ⁦@GOP⁩ for strong results across the #US ⁦@idualliance," so Janša on Twitter.

Regional News • Americas • United States
Walter Wallace shooting: Philadelphia police ask residents to stay indoors as protests devolve into violence
Walter Wallace shooting: Philadelphia police ask residents to stay indoors as protests devolve into violence
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After Monday's shooting of the 27-year-old Black man Walter Wallace, who was shot and killed during a confrontation with Philadelphia police, protests have erupted in the city. According to Police, a large crowd, which they estimated to be approximately 1,000 people, looted businesses in Port Richmond, Philadelphia Tuesday night. Police have now asked residents to stay indoors, "requesting that all residents in the 12, 16, 18, 19, 24, 25, and 26th Districts remain indoors except when necessary."

"All this violence and looting. I don't want to leave a bad scar on my son and my family with this looting and chaos stuff. So I want my son's name and everybody to stop this. Give my son a chance. And the family like we're decent people," Wallace's father told CNN. "Everybody to have respect for our family, to pray for us. Cut it out. The looting is a mindset and it won't bring my son back. And it won't, it will escalate things to get worse instead of better."

Regional News • Americas • United States
Two deputies to White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany test positive for Covid-19

Chad Gilmartin and Karoline Leavitt, two deputies to White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany, have tested positive for Covid-19, according to two sources of CNN. Gilmartin tested positive in the past 24 hours, while Leavitt did so a few days ago.

Regional News • Americas • 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."

Regional News • Americas • United States
McConnell pledges to bring Trump's SCOTUS nominee to a Senate vote
Senator Mitch McConnell
Senator Mitch McConnell Credit: Gage Skidmore (Creative Commons Attribution 2.0)

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R) pledged Friday to bring President Trump's Supreme Court nominee replacing the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg to a Senate vote.

"President Trump's nominee will receive a vote on the floor of the United States Senate," so McConnell.

Senate Majority Whip John Thune is backing McConnell, saying: "I believe Americans sent a Republican president and a Republican Senate to Washington to ensure we have an impartial judiciary that upholds the Constitution and the rule of law. We will fulfil our obligation to them."

CNN reports that "GOP aides are skeptical that there is enough time to confirm a nominee before November 3" as the process usually takes around two to three months but "that process could be sped up if McConnell, who controls the majority of the chamber, has the votes to confirm a replacement."

Health
Bordeaux: Doctor says ICUs are nearing capacity
A nurse preparing a COVID-19 patient for a procedure in intensive care
A nurse preparing a COVID-19 patient for a procedure in intensive care Credit: US Navy Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Sara Eshleman / Public domain

Dr. Olivier Joannes-Boyau, the head of the intensive care unit at the Centre Hospitalier Universitaire (CHU) de Bordeaux, told CNN that the city's ICUs are nearing capacity. His hospital only has 10 of 35 beds available. France is experiencing a resurgence of Coronavirus cases. Dr. Joannes-Boyau says the first wave was like a sprint while the second will be more like a marathon.

Dr. Catherine Fleureau, director of the CHU, agreed and said: "It's also going to be harder than last time, because this wave, I think, will grow progressively and then last over time."

Regional News • Americas • United States
Biden says intelligence community doesn't trust Trump as he has "no conception" of national security
Screenshot of CNN's interview with Joe Biden
Screenshot of CNN's interview with Joe Biden Credit: CNN (Screenshot)

During an interview with CNN, Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden told Jake Tapper that President Donald Trump "seems to have no conception of what constitutes national security". This statement refers to Trump telling Bob Woodward about existence of a classified nuclear weapons system.

"You wonder why people in the intelligence community wondered from the very beginning whether you could share data with him, 'cause they don't trust him. They don't trust what he'll say or do," so Biden to Tapper. "He seems to have no conception of what constitutes national security, no conception of anything other than, what can he do to promote himself?"

Regional News • Americas • United States
Kamala Harris says US has two systems of justice
Kamala Harris (l) and Libby Schaaf (r) in 2020
Kamala Harris (l) and Libby Schaaf (r) in 2020 Credit: The United States Senate - Office of Senator Kamala Harris / Public domain

During an interview with CNN, Democratic vice presidential nominee Kamala Harris said that the United States "have two systems of justice" for Black and White Americans.

"I don't think that most reasonable people who are paying attention to the facts would dispute that there are racial disparities and a system that has engaged in racism in terms of how the laws have been enforced," so Harris. "It does us no good to deny that. Let's just deal with it. Let's be honest. These might be difficult conversations for some, but they're not difficult conversations for leaders, not for real leaders."

Regional News • Americas • United States
President Trump's sister says "Donald is cruel" in secretly recorded audio
President Trump's sister says "Donald is cruel" in secretly recorded audio
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In a secretly recorded audio, Donald Trump's sister Maryanne Trump Barry is heavily criticising him, calling him "cruel" and a liar who "has no principles". The recording, which was recorded by Trump's niece Mary Trump, was first obtained by The Washington Post and later by the Associated Press.

"His goddamned tweet and lying, oh my God," so Barry. "It's the phoniness and this cruelty." She further alleges that Trump "got into University of Pennsylvania because he had somebody take the exams," a man named Joe Shapiro.

"His goddamned tweet and lying, oh my God. I'm talking too freely, but you know. The change of stories. The lack of preparation. The lying. Holy shit," Barry can be heard saying in the recording.

Mary Trump's spokesman Chris Bastardi has told CNN that "Mary realized members of her family had lied in prior depositions. Anticipating litigation, she felt it prudent to tape conversations in order to protect herself. She never expected to learn much of what she heard, including the President's sister, Federal Judge Maryanne Trump Barry, state that Donald Trump had paid someone to take an SAT exam for him."

Arts, Entertainment, Culture • Celebrities & Public Figures
Regis Philbin dies at age 88
The late Regis Philbin with Kelly Ripa and Capt. Mark Genung, May 2010
The late Regis Philbin with Kelly Ripa and Capt. Mark Genung, May 2010 Credit: U.S. Navy photo / Public domain

Regis Philbin, the American media personality, actor, television host and singer, has died of at age 88. Philbin is known for hosting the Miss America pageants and ABC's "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire." He also co-hosted "Live with Regis...", first with Kathie Lee and later with Kelly Ripa. Philbin was nominated for 37 Daytime Emmy Awards, of which he won six, and holds the world record for most hours on US television with over 16,700 hours.

"We are deeply saddened to share that our beloved Regis Philbin passed away last night of natural causes, one month shy of his 89th birthday. His family and friends are forever grateful for the time we got to spend with him -- for his warmth, his legendary sense of humor, and his singular ability to make every day into something worth talking about," so the statement shared by his family with CNN.

Regional News • Middle East
US report: Iran has most likely put parts of air defense system on "high alert"

After experiencing several explosions at key military and nuclear facilities in Iran the country allegedly put parts of its air defense system on "high alert". According to CNN, the Unites States has "several" intelligence indications from satellites, planes and ships that routinely operate in international airspace and waters.

Following current assessments, the alert status in Iran is not part of a current training exercise but a fear of an unknown threat as the reasons for the recent explosions are still unknown.

Regional News • Americas • United States
Pelosi criticised reopening of schools, says Trump is "messing with the health of our children
Nancy Pelosi e union's annual Legislative Conference the union's annual Legislative Conference, February 2020
Nancy Pelosi e union's annual Legislative Conference the union's annual Legislative Conference, February 2020 Credit: AFGE / Wikimedia Commons (Creative Commons Attribution 2.0)

In an interview with CNN on Sunday, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi heavily criticised the Trump administration for its demand to reopen schools this fall, calling it "malfeasance and dereliction of duty." Pelosi called for the CDC guidelines for reopening schools to be mandatory rather than flexible.

"The president and his administration are messing with the health of our children. We all want our children to go back to school. Teachers do, parents do and children do. But they must go back safely," so Pelosi.

Regional News • Americas • United States
CNN and Buzzfeed obtain more records of Robert Mueller's investigation
Robert Mueller at the White House, 2021
Robert Mueller at the White House, 2021 Credit: The White House from Washington, DC / Public domain

CNN and Buzzfeed obtained further reports and notes from "special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into the 2016 election [...] in response to Freedom of Information Act lawsuits by BuzzFeed News and CNN." The notes contain interviews with major witnesses during Robert Mueller's investigations, including Steve Bannon and multiple witnesses whose names had been retracted.

Some of the key takeaways of these notes are:

  • Steve Bannon, Trump's former campaign manager, expressed severe mistrust of Roger Stone, accusing Stone of having leaked damaging information to the press to get Paul Manafort as a replacement for Corey Lewandowski as campaign manager. Bannon called Stone a "nasty piece of work" with a "sketchy background."

  • Bannon described Trump asking frequently about "dirt" on Hillary Clinton and her missing emails to hurt her campaign. According to Bannon, Trump assumed the emails could contain information that would link "crooked Hillary" to the conspiracy theory about an illicit uranium deal.

  • FBI agents visited a male, unnamed witness who asked "if the agents were there to inquire about the campaign, and about Erik Prince, a military contractor and unofficial adviser to Trump’s campaign."
Regional News • Europe • European Union
EU member states discuss entry restrictions from multiple countries
EU member states discuss entry restrictions from multiple countries
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According to CNN politics, the different member states of the European Union are discussing entry restrictions for travelers from countries "where the virus is circulating most actively" as the Covid-19 pandemic restrictions are being eased across Europe while the first Covid-19 wave is still active in various countries around the world. The European Commission is set to make recommendations to the EU member states on which countries to restrict travel from with the criteria being " focused on circulation of the virus".

Regional News • Americas • United States
Amy Klobuchar withdraws from VP consideration, urges Biden to "put a woman of colour on that ticket"
U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar at the 2019 Iowa Democratic Wing Ding at Surf Ballroom in Clear Lake, Iowa.
U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar at the 2019 Iowa Democratic Wing Ding at Surf Ballroom in Clear Lake, Iowa. Credit: Gage Skidmore from Peoria, AZ, United States of America / CC BY-SA (Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 2.0)

Democratic senator Amy Klobuchar announced her withdrawal from the list of possible running mates for former Vice President Joe Biden. In a phone call with Joe Biden on Wednesday night, Klobuchar urged him to choose a woman of colour. Klobuchar told CNN: "After what I’ve seen in my state and what I’ve seen across the country, this is a historic moment and America must seize on this moment," adding that she truly believes "that this is a moment to put a woman of colour on that ticket".

Biden praised Klobuchar in a tweet late Thursday, writing: "Amy — from the moment you announced you were running for president in a snowstorm, it wasn't hard to see you had the grit and determination to do anything you set your mind to. You know how to get things done. With your help, we’re going to beat Donald Trump."