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Bihar deputy CM Sushil Kumar Modi tests positive for Coronavirus
Bihar deputy CM Sushil Kumar Modi tests positive for Coronavirus
Credit: @SushilModi, Courtesy of Twitter

Bihar deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi said he has tested positive for Coronavirus.

He tweeted: "Tested positive for CORONA. All parameters perfectly normal. Started with mild temp. No temp. for last 2 days. Admitted to AIIMS Patna for better monitoring. CT scan of lungs normal. Will be back soon for campaigning."

Technology • Internet & Web
Donald Trump’s Twitter account hacked by Dutch ethical hacker
Donald Trump’s Twitter account hacked by Dutch ethical hacker
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The researcher, Victor Gevers, had access to Trump’s personal messages, could post tweets in his name, and change his profile. Gevers took screenshots when he had access to Trump’s account. Trump, an active Twitterer with 87 million followers, had an extremely weak and easy to guess password and had according to the researcher, not applied two-step verification.

Arts, Entertainment, Culture • Celebrities & Public Figures
Magician and sceptic James Randi dies at 92
James Randi
James Randi Credit: ensceptico (Creative Commons Attribution 2.0)

James Randi, a magician and respected paranormal investigator, has died at 92. The James Randi Foundation confirmed his death on Tuesday in a post on Twitter, saying he died of "age-related causes."

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.

Arts, Entertainment, Culture • TV & Movies
Filmmaker James Redford dies at the age of 58
James Redford
James Redford Credit: Anna Hanks (Creative Commons Attribution 2.0)

The filmmaker and environmental activist James Redford has passed away at the age of 58, his wife Kyle has confirmed.

James, who was the son of actor Robert Redford, died of bile-duct cancer in his liver on October 16.

Kyle Redford posted on Twitter: "Jamie died today. We’re heartbroken. He lived a beautiful, impactful life & was loved by many. He will be deeply missed."

Regional News • Europe
Two foreign ministers test positive for Covid-19 after EU meeting in Luxembourg
Sophie Wilmes post on Twitter announcing the test result
Sophie Wilmes post on Twitter announcing the test result Credit: Twitter Reproduction

Alexander Schallenberg and Sophie Wilmes, foreign ministers of Austria and Belgium, have tested positive for coronavirus after attending a meeting in Luxembourg earlier this week. Both announced their test results, separately, on Saturday.

Wilmes announced her positive test in a post on Twitter: "My COVID test result is positive. Contamination probably occurred within my family circle given the precautions taken outside my home."

A spokeswoman for Austria’s Foreign Ministry stated: "It is suspected that Schallenberg might have been infected at the Foreign Affairs Council in Luxembourg on Monday."

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
Credit: Courtesy of Twitter

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.".

Technology • Internet & Web
Twitter follows Facebook with ban of content that denies Holocaust
Twitter follows Facebook with ban of content that denies Holocaust
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On Twitter, it will be forbidden in the future to question the historically proven crimes of the Nazis. According to the service's statement, this also applies to the denial or trivialization of other "violent events" or their glorification, while Facebook's regulation specifically covers the Holocaust. "We strongly condemn anti-Semitism and hate has no place on our platform," a Twitter spokesperson told Bloomberg.

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 • Europe
Cyprus to suspend the citizenship for investment programme

Cyprus is suspending its controversial passport scheme by November 1st, after Al Jazeera released an investigation that "implicated high-ranking politicians who were willing to issue passports to convicted criminals."

"The Council of Ministers approved the proposal of the Ministers of Finance and Interior for the abolition of this investment program from 1/11/20. The proposal was based on the timeless weaknesses but also on the abusive exploitation of the provisions of the program," the Ministries of Interior and Finance said in a statement on Twitter.

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."

Regional News • Americas • United States
Trump halts Covid-19 budget stimulus relief talks, reverses course shortly after and urges Congress to approve relief measures
Trump halts Covid-19 budget stimulus relief talks, reverses course shortly after and urges Congress to approve relief measures
Credit: @realDonaldTrump via Twitter

President Donald Trump has halted negotiations with Democratic lawmakers over a Covid-19 relief bill until after the election.

"I have instructed my representatives to stop negotiating until after the election when, immediately after I win, we will pass a major Stimulus Bill that focuses on hardworking Americans and Small Business," Trump announced on Twitter. The US stocks fell by more than 2% after the announcement.

Shortly after, Trump tweeted he "was ready to sign right now" if "sent a Stand Alone Bill for Stimulus Checks ($1,200), they will go out to our great people IMMEDIATELY."

Regional News • Americas • United States
Trump stops negotiations for new Covid-19 stimulus package until after the election
Trump stops negotiations for new Covid-19 stimulus package until after the election
Credit: The White House (Public Domain)

United States President Donald Trump has tweeted that he has "instructed my representatives to stop negotiating until after the election when, immediately after I win, we will pass a major Stimulus Bill that focuses on hardworking Americans and Small Business,"

Arts, Entertainment, Culture • Music
Eddie Van Halen, revered guitarist and co-founder of rock band Van Halen, has died of cancer
Eddie Van Halen
Eddie Van Halen Credit: National Museum of American History Smithsonian Institution (Creative Commons Attribution 2.0)

Eddie Van Halen, virtuoso guitarist and co-founder of the popular rock band Van Halen, has died Tuesday at the age of 65. The musician had been undergoing treatment for throat cancer.

Celebrity news website TMZ, which first broke the news of his death, said Van Halen died at St Johns Hospital in Santa Monica on Tuesday surrounded by his family.

Eddie's son, Wolfgang, wrote on Twitter: "I can’t believe I’m having to write this, but my father, Edward Lodewijk Van Halen, has lost his long and arduous battle with cancer this morning."

Regional News • Americas • United States
Donald Trump announces that he will leave hospital today
Donald Trump announces that he will leave hospital today
Credit: Via Twitter

United States President Donald Trump has announced on his Twitter account that he will leave the Walter Reed Medical Center at 6:30 PM on Monday after being treated for multiple days due to a Covid-19 infection.

Regional News • Americas • United States
Kayleigh McEnany tests positive for Covid-19
Kayleigh McEnany tests positive for Covid-19
Credit: @PressSec, Courtesy of Twitter

White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany has tested positive for Covid-19. In her statement, McEnany said she tested positive on Monday and is not experiencing symptoms.

"After testing negative consistently, including every day since Thursday, I tested positive for COVID-19 on Monday morning while experiencing no symptoms. No reporters, producers or members of the press are listed as close contacts by the White House Medical Unit. Moreover, I definitively had no knowledge of Hope Hicks' diagnosis prior to holding a White House press briefing on Thursday," McEnany wrote in a statement published on Twitter.

Technology • Internet & Web
Twitter to change image cropping amid bias concern
Twitter to change image cropping amid bias concern
Credit: Sara Kurfeß

Twitter announced Thursday it would make changes to how preview images are cropped amid concerns about possible bias. When posting pictures, Twitter users noticed the company algorithm selected white faces over black ones in preview images.

The company wrote a blog post titled "Transparency around image cropping and changes to come" explaining the development of a solution to deal with the bias problem.

"We are prioritizing work to decrease our reliance on ML-based image cropping by giving people more visibility and control over what their images will look like in a Tweet. We’ve started exploring different options to see what will work best across the wide range of images people Tweet every day. We hope that giving people more choices for image cropping and previewing what they’ll look like in the Tweet composer may help reduce the risk of harm," the company said in the post.

Regional News • Americas • United States
Retired Governor Chris Christie has tested positive for Covid-19
Retired Governor Chris Christie has tested positive for Covid-19
Credit: Courtesy of Twitter

The former Governor of New Jersey from 2010 to 2018 and republican politician Chris Christie has announced on his Twitter account that he has tested positive for Covid-19.

He stated that he "will be receiving medical attention today and will keep the necessary folks apprised of my condition".

Regional News • Americas • United States
Kellyanne Conway tests positive for Covid-19
Kellyanne Conway tests positive for Covid-19
Credit: @KellyannePolls, Courtesy of Twitter

Former White House counsellor Kellyanne Conway announced that she has tested positive for Covid-19. Conway is the fifth person who attended Saturday's Rose Garden event known to have tested positive for the virus.

"Tonight I tested positive for COVID-19. My symptoms are mild (light cough) and I'm feeling fine. I have begun a quarantine process in consultation with physicians," so Conway on Twitter.

Regional News • Americas • United States
President Trump shows coldlike symptoms, received a single dose of experimental Covid-19 treatment
President Trump shows coldlike symptoms, received a single dose of experimental Covid-19 treatment
Credit: The White House (Public Domain)

According to Mark Meadows, the White House chief of staff, President Donald Trump is experiencing cold-like symptoms, including a low-grade fever, nasal congestion and a cough, after he tested positive for Covid-19.

The president has received an infusion of an experimental Covid-19 treatment by the biotech company Regeneron, additional to vitamin D, zinc, melatonin, daily aspirin and famotidine, a memo from his doctor Dr Sean Conley reveals.

"As of this afternoon, the president remains fatigued but in good spirits," so the memo.

Melania Trump is also experiencing mild symptoms but stated on Twitter that she is "overall feeling good" and is "looking forward to a speedy recovery."