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Business • Economy
Disney to lay off 28,000 employees as Covid-19 affects its theme park business
Disney to lay off 28,000 employees as Covid-19 affects its theme park business
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In a memo sent to employees on Tuesday, Disney announced it would lay off 28,000 employees across its parks, experiences and consumer products segment. Around 67% of the laid-off workers were part-time employees.

The company blamed prolonged closures and capacity limits at open parks for the layoffs. While Disney's theme parks in Florida, Paris, Shanghai, Japan and Hong Kong have been able to reopen with limited capacity, both California theme parks have remained shuttered.

Politics • Asian
Armenia accuses Turkey of shooting down its fighter jet
Turkish Air Force F-16
Turkish Air Force F-16 Credit: Allied Joint Force Command Brunssum (Creative Commons Attribution 2.0)

Armenia says a Turkish F-16 shot down one of its SU-25 fighter jets in a significant escalation of the conflict over the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region.

Turkey, which openly backs Azerbaijan in the conflict, has denied the claim.

Politics • American • US
Joe Biden releases his tax returns, paid nearly $288,000 last year
Joe Biden releases his tax returns, paid nearly $288,000 last year
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Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden released his tax information. hours before he was scheduled to square off against President Donald Trump in the first of three presidential debates.

According to the returns, Biden paid nearly $288,000 in income taxes last year.

Biden's wife, Jill, and his California Senator Kamala Harris also released their tax information.

Politics • American • US
US Elections: First presidential debate
US Elections: First presidential debate
Credit: Illustration: Pendect, Ashley Winkler. Images The White House (Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 4.0)

President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden will meet in the first presidential debate on September 29 at 9:30PM (Eastern Time) as the 2020 election enters into its final weeks.

The debate will take place in Cleveland, will last for an hour and a half, and will be moderated by Chris Wallace, anchor of "Fox News Sunday."

Politics • Asian • India
Amnesty International to halt operations in India
Amnesty International Logo
Amnesty International Logo Credit: Amnesty International

Amnesty International said Tuesday it is halting work in India due to a "continuing crackdown" and "harassment" by the government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The human rights watchdog said the bank account of its India branch has been frozen by the right-wing government.

In a statement, Avinash Kumar, Executive Director of the organization, said: "The continuing crackdown on Amnesty International India over the last two years and the complete freezing of bank accounts is not accidental."

Science • Space
NASA and SpaceX schedule the first Crew Dragon operational flight for October 31
NASA and SpaceX schedule the first Crew Dragon operational flight for October 31
Credit: NASA (Public Domain)

NASA and SpaceX are targeting 6:40(UTC), October 31, for the launch of the SpaceX Crew-1 mission with astronauts to the International Space Station.

Astronauts Michael Hopkins, Victor Glover, and Shannon Walker of NASA and Soichi Noguchi of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) will be carried to the station on the SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft on a Falcon 9 rocket from Launch Complex 39A at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

Health
Covid-19: More than 1 million people worldwide have died
Covid-19: More than 1 million people worldwide have died
Credit: Alex Pazuello/Semcom

As of Monday, 1,000,555 people worldwide have died from Covid-19, according to Johns Hopkins University's data.

The first coronavirus-related death recorded was on January 9, the world reached half a million deaths 24 weeks later, and 13 weeks after it reached 1 million.

Johns Hopkins' tally shows the United States, Brazil, India and Mexico account for more than 50% of the deaths worldwide.

Sports • Basketball
Miami Heat win the East Conference and will face the Lakers on the NBA Finals
Miami Heat win the East Conference and will face the Lakers on the NBA Finals
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Miami Heat are in the NBA Finals, with the title of the East Conference after a 4:2 series against Boston Celtics.

The Heat will face Lakers, the winner of the West Conference, for the 2020 NBA title. The first game will be Wednesday, September 30.

Sports
Valtteri Botas wins Russian Grand Prix
Valtteri Botas wins Russian Grand Prix
Credit: Twitter Reproduction

Valtteri Botas won the Formula 1 Russian Grand Prix in Sochi. The Finish driver has now nine victories in the category.

Botas finished ahead of Red Bull's Max Verstappen, with Lewis Hamilton in third.

In the post-race interview, Botas said: "Once I was in clean air I felt that the pace was pretty awesome and that I could control everything.

Sports • Basketball
Lakers win West Conference and advance to first finals since 2010
Lakers win West Conference and advance to first finals since 2010
Credit: Twitter Reproduction

Los Angeles Lakers are in the NBA Finals for the first time since 2010, with the title of the West Conference after a 4:1 series against Denver Nuggets.

LeBron James was the man of game 5 with a 38-point triple-double.

The Lakers now wait for the winner of the East Conference, either Boston Celtics or Miami Heat. Miami Heat leads the series 3:2.