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From today, October 24, 2020
- Trump defends family separation in debate, says immigrant kids whose parents can't be found are 'so well taken care of'
During a rare presidential debate exchange about immigration, President Trump defended his administration?s family separation policy for undocumented immigrants, which has left hundreds of children without their parents for years, saying the kids are ?so well taken care of? in federal facilities.
- 'A flat-out lie': Breonna Taylor attorneys seek new prosecutor after jurors speak out
The two anonymous grand jurors in the Breonna Taylor case who spoke out this week about the deliberations had no agenda other than to pursue the truth, their lawyer said. But their disclosures have spurred calls for a new prosecutor in the case.
- Turkey's Armenians 'cannot breathe' as Karabakh rhetoric rages
- Turkish burgers off the menu in Saudi Arabia as trade boycott bites fast food industry
With its spicy sauce and Ottoman-themed packaging, the ?Turkish burger? is one of the more exotic choices on the menu at Saudi Arabian restaurant Herfy. Or, at least, it was. This week, the Turkish patty has vanished from the menu and been replaced with an identical ?Greek burger,? the latest casualty of Saudi Arabia?s unofficial boycott of Turkish products. ?It?s the same thing,? one Herfy worker, Mahmood Bassyoni, told customers as he offered them a taste of the burger, according to Bloomberg news agency. ?Just the name changed.? The boycott reportedly began after Recep Tayyip Erdogan outraged Riyadh, one of its main rivals in the Middle East, by claiming that ?Arab countries in the Gulf will not exist for long but Turkey will always remain powerful.? Tensions have also simmered over the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi in Saudi Arabia?s Istanbul consulate and differing attitudes towards Islamist groups in the region. Mr Erdogan has accused Mohammed bin Salman, the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia, of ordering the murder personally, something that he vehemently denies. The Telegraph approached Herfy for comment on whether the rebranding was related to the boycott but had not received a response at the time of publication. According to Arab News, a Saudi news website, the boycott has been gaining steam in recent weeks, with major supermarket Al Sadhan Group expressing support for the campaign. This was followed by dairy firm Tamimi Markets adding its voice to the backlash against Turkish goods, along with a number of online fashion retailers.
- Treasure hunter dug through Yellowstone cemetery looking for famous bounty, feds say
- Fact check: Harris said her work as California's AG is a 'model of what our nation needs'
- A 73-year-old in Colorado was fined more than $1,000 after her pet deer gored a woman walking her dog
- At least 13 killed in suicide bombing at Kabul education centre
- Christian singer to host evangelical ?worship protest? on Washington DC?s National Mall with 15,000 expected to attend
- An expert in nonverbal communication watched the Trump-Biden debate with the sound turned down ? here's what he saw
President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden met on Oct. 22 for the final debate in the 2020 election and, like the first debate, it was unusual.COVID-19 forced social distancing and largely took the studio audience, with their laughter, cheering and booing out of the equation. What?s more, with norm-breaking interruptions and stealing of speaking time an inherent part of Donald Trump?s debate strategy, the contentious crosstalk between the two candidates and the moderator made long sections of the candidates? first debate nearly impossible to hear or follow. The threat of having the microphone cut off effectively muted this aggression.But is what they say as important as we think?Although news coverage generally focuses on what the candidates say, as a political psychologist who studies nonverbal behavior, I focus less on the rehearsed answers and more on the space between talking points. These moments, when candidates nonverbally ? and largely involuntarily ? respond to their opposition can be enormously revealing. In other words, how people listen and react may speak louder than what they say. BidenDuring this debate Joe Biden reacted as the emotionally expressive politician he has been throughout his career. Even when directly dealing with attacks from Trump, whether aimed at his family or his record, Biden often smiled, laughed and shook his head while closing his eyes. That made him appear bemused, if not jovial. Research suggests that people in informal discussions often change topics within 30 seconds of laughter occurring. This, in turn may be why people ? especially politicians \- ?laugh off? insults. Laughter when under attack likely signals that Biden feels positive enough to be playful and that he is subtly taking control of the conversation. TrumpTrump presented a much less aggressive and more thoughtful face to the American public during this second debate, especially when compared to the first one. Instead of directly attacking Biden when his assertions were questioned, Trump responded with what may best be termed a controlled-posed smile, in which his lower lip is pressed up while his lip corners were pulled up in a smile. This type of smile is often used to mask negative emotions or to signal positive emotions when they are not felt.Perhaps Trump?s signature facial display is his protruding funneled lips. This lip funneler ? as it is referred to by facial display researchers ? can often be seen while Trump is listening and preparing to interrupt or respond to Biden. The research that exists about this behavior in humans suggests it is a primal display often occurring during intense emotional situations and is associated with anger and threats while engaging in dominance-seeking behavior.Much can be learned about each candidate with the noise turned down and the attention placed squarely on their distinct nonverbal behavior styles. This is especially the case when focusing on how the candidates respond to their opposition?s assertions and attacks. Public figures can often control how they act. However, they often do not have as much control over how they react in the heat of the moment. [Expertise in your inbox. Sign up for The Conversation?s newsletter and get expert takes on today?s news, every day.]This article is republished from The Conversation, a nonprofit news site dedicated to sharing ideas from academic experts. It was written by: Patrick Stewart, University of Arkansas.Read more: * Dominance or democracy? Authoritarian white masculinity as Trump and Pence?s political debate strategy * VP debates are often forgettable ? but Dan Quayle never recovered from his 1988 debate mistakePatrick Stewart does not work for, consult, own shares in or receive funding from any company or organization that would benefit from this article, and has disclosed no relevant affiliations beyond their academic appointment.
- Elderly couple who wouldn't evacuate killed in Colorado wildfire
- GOP House Candidate Sounds Racist Dog Whistle in Attack on Journalist
Madison Cawthorn, a Republican candidate for the House from North Carolina, created an attack website accusing a journalist of leaving a job in academia "to work for non-white males, like Cory Booker, who aims to ruin white males running for office."The journalist, Tom Fiedler, who had written favorably about Cawthorn's opponent, is a former dean of the Boston University College of Communications. He volunteered for the 2020 presidential campaign of Booker, D-N.J.Fiedler has since written articles and fact-checks about Cawthorn for a nonprofit news website in North Carolina's 11th Congressional District, where Cawthorn is facing Moe Davis, a former Air Force prosecutor.The attack on Fiedler was reported by The Bulwark, which called it "a despicable smear" echoing racist remarks by President Donald Trump.By late Thursday, the website's language accusing Fiedler of seeking to ruin white male candidates had been deleted. It was changed to read that Fiedler had "become a political operative and is an unapologetic defender of left-wing identity politics.""The syntax of our language was unclear and unfairly implied I was criticizing Cory Booker," Cawthorn said in a statement. "I have condemned racism and identity politics throughout my campaign including during my convention speech when I highlighted M.L.K.'s vision for equality," he said in reference to civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr.The open congressional seat, which was held by Mark Meadows before he became Trump's chief of staff, has become unexpectedly competitive.This article originally appeared in The New York Times.(C) 2020 The New York Times Company
- Ghislaine Maxwell could not contain frustration as she 'pounded' desk during bad tempered deposition
Ghislaine Maxwell could not hide her frustration during an increasingly heated and bad tempered legal deposition that was unsealed in New York. Several times during the seven-hour exchange, which took place over two days, her anger boiled over as she was forced to answer repeated questions about allegations made by a woman she insisted was a serial liar. At one point, unable to contain her emotions, Miss Maxwell ?very inappropriately and very harshly? pounded the desk, forcing them to take a break. She was being quizzed about Virginia Roberts Giuffre?s claim that she was just 15 when she was first introduced to Jeffrey Epstein at his Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida, which she furiously insisted had been fabricated to make the story ?more exciting.? ?Can we agree she was not the age she said? that is obviously, manifestly, absolutely, totally a lie,? Miss Maxwell said. Sigfrid McCawley, for Ms Roberts Giuffre, interjected, stating for the record that Miss Maxwell had banged the desk ?in an inappropriate manner.? ?I ask she take a deep breath and calm down,? she said. ?I know this is a difficult position but physical assault or threats is not appropriate so no pounding, no stomping, no.?
- Another round of $1,200 stimulus checks? Pelosi says Dems, White House closer on deal
- Venezuelans 'dying slowly' in rat- and roach-infested homes
Sunlight cannot penetrate, the air is fetid and fellow residents include rats and cockroaches -- but that's how 14 families are "dying slowly" in government accommodation in Venezuela's capital Caracas.
- The family of the rescued Zion National Park hiker spoke out after a sheriff's sergeant questioned her survival story ? but it's still confusing
- Erdogan says Turkey tested Russian S-400s, shrugs off U.S. objections
Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan confirmed on Friday that Turkey had been testing the S-400 air defence systems that it bought from Russia and said U.S. objections on the issue did not matter. Washington says Ankara's purchase of the Russian systems compromises NATO defences, and has threatened sanctions. An apparent firing test of S-400s test last week prompted a furious response from the U.S. State Department and the Pentagon.
- 'Nothing was unethical': Biden responds to questions about his son Hunter
During the final presidential debate on Thursday, Joe responded to questions about his son Hunter Biden.
- Fact check: Biden owns 2 of the 4 homes pictured in a viral meme
- Scott Peterson, who killed pregnant wife, faces death penalty at resentencing
- Senate GOP marches ahead on Barrett over Democrats' blockade
The Senate is poised for a rare weekend session as Republicans race to put Amy Coney Barrett on the Supreme Court and cement a conservative majority before Election Day despite Democratic efforts to stall President Donald Trump's nominee. Democrats mounted time-consuming procedural hurdles Friday, but the party has no realistic chance of stopping Barrett's advance in the Republican-controlled chamber. Barrett, a federal appeals court judge, is expected to be confirmed Monday and quickly join the court.
- Hundreds of protesters clash with police over coronavirus restrictions in Naples
Hundreds of protesters in Naples threw projectiles at police and set rubbish bins on fire late on Friday during a demonstration against coronavirus restrictions in the southern Italian city. Calls were issued on social media to challenge a curfew that took effect in the Campania region ahead of the weekend, enacted in response to a spiralling second wave of infections that saw nearly 20,000 new cases detected in the last 24 hours. A mostly young crowd marched through the streets of the regional capital and chanted as the curfew started at 11pm, with some lighting smoke bombs. One carried a makeshift sign that read: "If you close, you pay."
- Nigeria Sars protest: Prison break and gunshots heard as unrest continues
- Armenian-Americans march in Miami Beach to condemn Azerbaijan, demand Artsakh liberty
- Evo Morales leaves Argentina for Venezuela: report
- US embassy in Turkey issues a warning about 'potential terrorist attacks and kidnappings' of Americans and foreigners in Istanbul
- Polish President Duda infected with coronavirus; Swiatek goes into quarantine
Polish President Andrzej Duda has tested positive for coronavirus and is subject to quarantine but is feeling well, officials announced on Saturday, as the country imposed fresh restrictions to try to stem a surge in the disease. One of the people Duda met in recent days was tennis star Iga Swiatek - who said soon after the announcement about the president being infected that she feels good, but will quarantine. Fresh from winning the French Open earlier this month and gaining national hero status for doing so, Swiatek met with Duda on Friday, when she was awarded the Gold Cross of Merit for her sporting achievements.
- Text Messages Appear to Show Meeting between Joe Biden and Son?s Business Partner
Joe Biden appears to have met his son Hunter Biden's business partner in 2017, according to text messages obtained by Fox News.If it took place, the meeting may contradict the former vice president's claim that he "never" spoke with "my son about his overseas business dealings." The text messages came from Tony Bobulinski, the former CEO of SinoHawk Holdings, a joint venture between members of the Biden family and now-defunct Chinese oil company CEFC."Mrng plse let me knw if we will do early dinner w your Uncle & dad and where, also for document translation do you want it simple Chinese or traditional?" Bobulinski wrote in a text to Hunter Biden on May 2, 2017."Not sure on dinner yet and whatever is the most common for a Chinese legal DOC," Hunter replied."Chinese legal docs can be both, i?ll make it traditional," Bobulinski answered. Later on, Hunter replied, "Dad not in now until 11- let?s me I and Jim meet at 10 at Beverly Hilton where he?s staying." "Jim" is James Biden, Hunter's uncle and the former vice president's brother.On the same day, Bobulinski sent a text to James Biden."Great to meet u and spend some time together, please thank Joe for his time, was great to talk thx Tony b," the message states.The Beverly Hilton referred to by Hunter appears to be the Los Angeles branch of the hotel chain. On May 3, one day after the text conversations, Joe Biden participated in a conversation at the Milken Institute's "Global Conference," held in the Beverly Hilton in L.A.Bobulinski has turned over the texts and other documents to various Senate committees for further investigation. Bobulinski also confirmed the authenticity of an email purporting to show that Joe Biden was offered a 10 percent stake in the CEFC-Biden family partnership.Hunter Biden had cultivated a relationship with CEFC and its chairman, Ye Jianming. In November 2017 the Justice Department charged Ye's lieutenant Patrick Ho with corruption and bribery, and Hunter Biden initially agreed to represent Ho in the lawsuit.Ho was eventually sentenced to prison in the U.S. for attempting to bribe the governments of Chad and Uganda. Ye Jianming disappeared in 2018, and is thought to be held by the Chinese government.
- California ordered to halve San Quentin population after showing 'deliberate indifference,' court says
- Trump campaign sues in Nevada to stop Vegas-area vote count
The Trump campaign and Nevada Republicans asked a state judge on Friday to stop the count of Las Vegas-area mail-in ballots, alleging that ?meaningful observation? of signature-checking is impossible in the state?s biggest and most Democratic-leaning county. A lawsuit filed in state court less than two weeks before the Nov. 3 election complains that observers haven't been allowed close enough to workers and machines at the busy vote-counting center to see whether ballots that get second- and third-step validation should be rejected. Judge James Wilson in Carson City declined to issue an immediate order to stop the count, but scheduled a hearing next Wednesday on the request.
- Minn. judge dismisses 1 charge against former cop in Floyd's death
A Minnesota judge has dismissed a third-degree murder charge filed against the former Minneapolis police officer who pressed his knee against George Floyd?s neck, but the more serious second-degree murder charge remains.
- Virus hitting hard in Central and Eastern European countries that rode out first wave
Poland announced sweeping new anti-Covid restrictions on Friday as the number of virus infections surged dramatically across Central and Eastern Europe. Ministers in the European Union's largest ex-Communist state tightened the rules in response to an infections spike that threatens to overwhelm public health care. There are fears that having avoided the worst of Europe's first wave of infections in the Spring, Poland and other neighbouring European nations have allowed complacency to prevail in recent months. Mateusz Morawiecki, the Polish prime minister, said that new restrictions would come into place from Saturday. They include closing bars, allowing only takeaway services at restaurants, and making most schools teach online. He also warned of a ?full scale lockdown? for Poland's 38 million people, including closing borders, if the virus was not brought under control. Poland reported 13,632 positive test results on Thursday, a new record, with 10,788 people hospitalised by the illness. The country has some 18,000 hospital beds available, but with up to 25,000 positive rest results a day now predicted, health professionals are warning that severe staff shortages could undermine levels of care.
- How the End Sars protests have changed Nigeria forever
- Kellyanne Conway is being paid $15,000 a month by the GOP following her White House exit: filings
- Dems' Senate hopefuls are raising serious cash ? and spending it
- WATCH: Trump posts his version of '60 Minutes' interview
President Trump uploaded a cut of his "60 Minutes" segment to Facebook on Thursday before its Sunday evening broadcast on CBS. Trump this week abruptly ended his interview with Lesley Stahl and walked off camera.
- North Korea told citizens to stay inside, claiming (with no scientific basis) that a storm of yellow dust coming from China was carrying COVID-19
- A North Carolina man who was found with a van full of guns and explosives had researched how to kill Joe Biden, prosecutors say
- Romney says he didn?t vote for Trump, joining list of Republicans wavering in support
- ?Urban Warfare? as Europe?s Second Wave Spins Out of Control
ROME?A few hours after the regional governor of the Italian region of Campania where Naples is located announced he would be locking down the entire province to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, Neapolitans took to the streets Friday night to defy the order. The situation quickly turned into what one police official likened to urban warfare with protesters lighting dumpsters and ducking teargas being lobbed by police. All the while, the mostly maskless, yelling crowd undoubtedly spread coronavirus even more.Europe is very much out of control when it comes to its second wave, with every single nation in the 27-member zone struggling in a race against time as hospitals fill up and death tolls?which are substantially less than the first wave so far? continue to rise. Millions of people are facing harsh new restrictions as governments play what amounts to whack-a-mole to try to stop the spread of the virus they thought just a few months ago they had defeated. Improved testing in many countries has painted a clearer picture of just how widespread the pandemic is, but because of the number of new infections, systems to contact trace have been overwhelmed, making the spread impossible to control.The U.S. is in Denial Over the Coronavirus Pandemic as Europe Struggles With Second WaveFrance has expanded its Draconian curfew that has stifled Parisian nightlife and put a massive dent in the hospitality sector economy of one of the most vibrant cities in the world. Now 46 million French people will have to be home by 9 p.m. In Wales, a two-week ?firebreak? started Friday, meaning everyone but essential workers has to be home by 6 p.m. The Czech Republic has just reached the dubious honor of having the most cases per capita in Europe with 1,148 cases per 100,000 residents, with Belgium and the Netherlands close behind. Ireland is under a six-week lockdown and Slovakia has vowed to test every single citizen to try to mitigate the spread. The Polish president has just tested positive and Germany logged a whopping 10,003 COVID-related deaths in a 24-hour period as the infection rate continues to rise. Filming of Mission Impossible 7 with Tom Cruise has been suspended in Venice as cases there reach record levels. And the Italian government is facing calls by 100 top scientists to mandate strict new measures in the next two or three days, or the outcome could be catastrophic.And it is still only October.Europe?s problems are dire, and citizens are angry that their governments have not been able to come up with any better plan than locking down, which puts already weak economies that were so badly hurt in the first wave of the pandemic at even greater risk of collapse. Ludovic Subran, the chief economist at Allianz warned last week of a high risk serious recession across Europe as new restrictions are put in place. ?We see an elevated risk of a double dip recession in countries that are once again resorting to targeted and regional lockdowns,? he said, adding that the European Union?s first bailout $880 billion won?t likely go to growth but be used by many countries like Italy, Spain and Greece to just stay afloat.On Saturday, the group Save Our Rights U.K. is holding a massive demonstration in London to protest not only restrictions being enforced by the British government, but the overall handling of the pandemic, pointing to contact tracing and other means to track the spread of the coronavirus as an affront to privacy. ?We believe that the coronavirus regulations that are in place are not proportionate and appropriate, and are causing more harm than good,? Louise Creffield, the group founder told the Guardian. ?We are very concerned with protecting people?s human rights: right to privacy, family life, bodily autonomy, medical freedoms, and so on. We are not just concerned with lockdowns per se, we are concerned with the infringements with our privacy by having this track and trace everywhere.?Similar sentiments are now common across Europe, where pandemic fatigue is now evident. And with lack of a feasible containment plan anywhere, the people are angry, desperate and increasingly ambivalent about what is really at stake: thousands of lives.Read more at The Daily Beast.Got a tip? Send it to The Daily Beast hereGet our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.
- Mexico reaches deal to pay water debt to US
Mexico announced Thursday it has reached a deal with the United States to pay the shortfall in its annual contribution of water from border-area rivers by giving the U.S. Mexico's rights to water held in border dams that normally supply cities and towns downstream. The agreement announced Thursday allows Mexico to meet the Oct. 24 deadline which, if missed, could have endangered a cross-border water sharing treaty that greatly benefits Mexico. Mexican officials has also worried the water debt could have become an issue in the upcoming U.S. elections.
- How has China avoided a coronavirus second wave?
Europe is the epicentre of the coronavirus pandemic once again, with the number of daily infections doubling in the past 10 days as a second wave hits. But China has avoided a second wave. The question is why? The answer is that its authorities, after being overwhelmed in Wuhan, have fine-tuned an emergency response for surprise cluster outbreaks. Many subsequent waves of infection have emerged in China, a country of 1.4 billion people and nearly 40 times the size of the UK. Cases have cropped up across the country, as far apart as in the south along the border to Vietnam, and in the north near Russia.
- India buzzes with fake news of 'civil war' in Pakistan
- 100-year-old voter shares advice ahead of election, names favorite president in her lifetime
- Kobe Bryant?s Widow Vanessa Lists Tuscan-Style Southern California Home
- Letters to the Editor: Protesters showed up at David Lacey's home. He had a gun. Can you blame him?
- How S.Africa farm murder sparked violence, then soul-searching
A white farmer's murder in a rural town in early October touched off a series of racially charged events that has drawn comparisons with South Africa's apartheid past, but the truth is far more complex.
- Column: Sleepy Joe? In final debate, Biden navigated a minefield of Trump disruptions
- Wild hogs running amok in California city. Can bow hunters help get rid of them?
- Judge moves criminal case against Texas attorney general
A judge on Friday ordered the long-running criminal case against Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton returned to his home county in a legal victory for the Republican. Judge Jason Luong ruled that the securities fraud case should continue in Collin County, north of Dallas, siding with Paxton's defense attorneys who argued the case should be returned there after it was moved to Houston. Paxton pleaded not guilty in 2015 and the case has been stalled for years over legal challenges.