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- Chile surpasses 500,000 confirmed COVID-19 cases
Chile has identified more than 500,000 cases of the new coronavirus since the outbreak began in March, the health ministry said on Saturday. The ministry said 500,542 Chileans were now confirmed to have suffered from the virus, including 1,631 cases added in the past day and 48 deaths, taking fatalities to a total of 13,892. Chile, which was among the worst-hit nations by COVID-19 in July, ranking only behind Qatar globally for cases per head of the population, has in the past two months gradually eased lockdowns.
- Member of far-right group charged with rioting at George Floyd protests
- Exclusive: U.S. State Department suspends all diversity training after Trump's directive
The U.S. State Department has suspended all training programs for employees related to diversity and inclusion, an internal cable obtained by Reuters showed, after President Donald Trump directed federal agencies last month to end programs deemed divisive by the White House. "Beginning Friday, October 23, 2020, the Department is temporarily pausing all training programs related to diversity and inclusion in accordance with Executive Order ... on Combating Race and Sex Stereotyping," the cable said. "The pause will allow time for the Department and Office of Personnel Management (OPM) to review program content," it said.
- Police officer fired after fatally shooting Black teen in Illinois
- Bulgarian capital Sofia shuts nightclubs as COVID infections surge
- Virus, economy top concerns as Lithuanians vote in runoff
The coronavirus pandemic is the main domestic issue as Lithuania holds a parliamentary runoff election Sunday, and the winner will have to tackle a rapidly deteriorating public health sector and high unemployment. In the second round, 68 of the 141 seats in Lithuania's legislative assembly, the Seimas, are up for grabs. The other seats were allotted after the Oct. 11 first round of voting.
- A right-wing extremist shot up a Minneapolis police precinct during a BLM protest and screamed 'Justice for Floyd!' prosecutors say
- Thailand reports one more local coronavirus infection
- Mexico will not follow FDA in approving Gilead's COVID-19 drug
Mexico will not necessarily follow the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in approving Gilead Science Inc's antiviral drug remdesivir for use in COVID-19 patients, a top Mexican health official said on Friday. Mexico's health regulator Cofepris has already twice denied approval for the drug with a "non-favorable" opinion, deputy health minister Hugo Lopez-Gatell told his regular nightly news conference.
- NASA probe leaking asteroid samples after hearty collection
The U.S. probe that collected a sample from an asteroid earlier this week retrieved so much material that a rock is wedged in the container door, allowing rocks to spill back out into space, NASA officials said on Friday. The robotic arm of the probe, OSIRIS-REx, on Tuesday night kicked up a debris cloud of rocks on Bennu, a skyscraper-sized asteroid some 200 million miles (320 million km) from Earth and trapped the material in a collection device for the return to Earth. The leakage had the OSIRIS-REx mission team scrambling to stow the collection device to prevent additional spillage."Time is of the essence," Thomas Zurbuchen, NASA?s associate administrator for science, told reporters.
- Mainland China reports 28 new coronavirus cases vs 18 previous day
China reported 28 new coronavirus cases in the mainland for Oct. 23, up from 18 cases a day earlier, the health commission said on Saturday. All the new infections were imported, the statement by the National Health Commission said. It reported 27 new asymptomatic patients, up from 11 a day earlier.
- Scott Peterson, who killed pregnant wife, faces death penalty at resentencing
- Woman arrested after allegedly kidnapping grandmother for exorcism
- Man who drove semi-truck into BLM protesters charged
The man who drove his gas tanker into a crowd of peaceful protesters on a closed-down Minneapolis interstate in May has been charged with two felonies. Bogdan Vechirko, 35, is facing a felony charge of threats of violence and a gross misdemeanor charge of criminal vehicular operation, according to a press release from Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman?s office, Star Tribune reports. Vechirko, who was released from jail in June, reportedly admitted to investigators that he was ?kind of in a hurry? when he nearly plowed through Black Lives Matter demonstrators on May 31.
- Alleged member of right-wing group Boogaloo Bois charged with rioting during Minneapolis protest
A Texas man allegedly affiliated with the right-wing group, the Boogaloo Bois has been charged with rioting in connection to the Minneapolis protests for George Floyd. Authorities say, Ivan Harrison Hunter, 26, is the person who shot 13 rounds into the Minneapolis Police Department?s 3rd Precinct on May 28 with an ?AK-47 style semiautomatic rifle,? according to MPR News. The criminal complaint says it was Hunter who was caught on video high-fiving another man while yelling, ?Justice for Floyd!? and that a distinctive skull face mask from the riot was seen on his Facebook page.
- Arlo Guthrie, citing health, says he's retired from touring
- Convicted sex cult figure says he's innocent
- Weapons supplier for San Bernardino terror attack gets 20 years
- Second Brazilian company to produce Russia's Sputnik V COVID-19 vaccine
A Brazilian pharmaceutical company said on Friday it has signed an agreement with the Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF) to produce Russia's Sputnik V vaccine against COVID-19 starting in the second half of November. The private company União Quimica said on Friday that it was bound by a confidentiality agreement not to give any technical or scientific details. It still must obtain approval from Brazil's health regulator Anvisa.
- 2 Washington officers used excessive force during Floyd protests, police watchdog says
- Brazil institute to import Chinese COVID-19 vaccine rejected by Bolsonaro
Brazilian regulator Anvisa on Friday authorized a biomedical center to import 6 million doses of the Sinovac coronavirus vaccine, one day after President Jair Bolsonaro said Brazil would not buy the Chinese vaccine. Sao Paulo's Butantan Institute plans to initially import Sinovac's vaccine, which is in phase 3 trials conducted with the help of a local university and not yet approved for wider use in Brazil.
- FBI to assist probe into police shooting of Black couple in Illinois
Lake County State's Attorney Michael Nerheim said he asked the Department of Justice for help reviewing the Oct. 20 shooting, which left 19-year-old Marcellis Stinnette dead and has been under investigation by state police. "I have been advised that they have agreed to do so," Nerheim said of the Justice Department, which oversees the FBI.
- Texas may not limit ballot drop boxes for U.S. election: appeals court
The Texas 3rd Court of Appeals agreed with the lower court that limiting the number of drop boxes would increase the risk that voters could get infected with COVID-19, and would infringe on their right to vote. Abbott has informed the voting rights groups who oppose his move to limit drop boxes that he intends to quickly appeal Friday's ruling to the Texas Supreme Court, effectively delaying the re-opening of ballot drop-off locations.
- Fugitive priest accused of molesting teen arrested in Georgia, Louisiana cops say
- Fight for justice continues in 2004 murder of Louisiana woman
Courtney Coco?s partially-clothed body was found in an abandoned building near Winnie, Texas, on October 4, 2004. It is unclear how the 19-year-old from Alexandria, Louisiana ended up 200 miles away in Texas. A week later, Courtney?s car was located in Houston, Texas. Her death was ruled a homicide but the case has gone cold and her killer has never been found. The Alexandria Police Department and the Rapides Parish Sheriff's Office are investigating.
- USPS boosts extra trips, returns mail processing machines to service
The U.S. Postal Service (USPS) told a U.S. judge on Friday it has returned 137 mail processing machines to service since August and approved thousands of daily extra delivery trips this month as it works to deliver millions of ballots. U.S. District Judge Emmett Sullivan had ordered the return of mail sorting machines if removals could impact timely ballot deliveries ahead of the Nov. 3 presidential election. The Postal Service said since Aug. 18, 137 mail processing machines have been returned to service and it has not removed any additional machines from service.
- U.S. charges ex-editor of Kushner-owned newspaper with cyberstalking
- Mexico City discourages large gatherings as COVID-19 hospitalisations rise
The mayor of Mexico City, the country's largest city, on Friday called on residents to avoid gatherings of more than 10 people as the capital grapples with a surge of coronavirus hospitalisations. Health authorities have been warning that large gatherings, such as the Nov. 1-2 Day of the Dead festivities that usually draw hundreds of thousands of people nationwide, could prompt another wave of infections. The pandemic has led to more than 874,000 infections and killed nearly 87,900 people in Mexico.
- Crews battling largest wildfires in Colorado history brace for high winds
Crews battling a string of wildfires in drought-stricken Colorado braced on Friday for the return of high winds that have stoked flames in what authorities have called an unprecedented outbreak of late-season wildfires. Three of the largest wildfires in Colorado's history have raged this year and two of them are still growing. The largest, the Cameron Peak Fire, has scorched more than 206,000 acres (83,360 hectares), according to the fire-reporting site InciWeb, and as of Friday morning it was 57 percent contained.
- 'Boogaloo Bois' member charged in connection to shooting at Minneapolis police station
- McDonald's urges dismissal of Black former franchisees' discrimination lawsuit
In a filing in the federal court in Chicago, McDonald's said its franchise agreements made clear the obligations and risks of owning restaurants, which was "fatal" to the claim it defrauded the 52 plaintiffs, who operated more than 200 stores and have been seeking as much as $1 billion in damages. McDonald's, which is based in Chicago, also said many of the plaintiffs' claims were too old, and that there was no proof it made or broke promises that would support their "expansive" claim of longstanding, companywide discrimination. "On its face, this claim is illogical as it suggests the company somehow has an interest in undermining its franchisees and seeing them fail," McDonald's said.
- Georgia teen apologizes for Black church murder plot, sentenced to juvenile detention
This week a Georgia teen accused of plotting to attack a predominantly Black church in 2019, issued an apology in court before being sentenced to four years in a juvenile facility and probation. According to CNN, the young woman?s plot eerily resembled the one carried out by Dylann Roof at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in South Carolina five years ago. Fortunately, authorities intercepted her plans and she was arrested last November before being able to carry the attack at the Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Gainesville, Georgia.
- Wildfire smoke may help virus spread, mouthwash helps curb it
Large wildfires may be linked to increases in COVID-19 cases and deaths in the San Francisco area, according to a paper in the European Review for Medical and Pharmacological Sciences. Researchers found that between March and September, increases in smoke particles, other wildfire pollutants and carbon monoxide levels corresponded to increases in daily COVID-19 diagnoses and total COVID-19 deaths. While correlation does not necessarily mean causality, coauthor Sultan Ayoub Meo of King Saud University in Saudi Arabia said air pollution provides a means for viruses to move around the environment.
- J&J preparing to resume U.S. trial of COVID-19 vaccine candidate
Johnson & Johnson said on Friday it was preparing to resume a large clinical trial of its experimental COVID-19 vaccine in the United States after an independent safety panel recommended enrollments for the study. Last week, the company paused its late-stage trial after a study participant became ill. J&J at the time said it was not clear if the volunteer had received the vaccine or a placebo and that it would take at least a few days for an independent data and safety monitoring board to evaluate the illness.
- Biden says he would if elected mandate masks in interstate transportation
Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden on Friday said he would mandate masks in all interstate U.S. transportation if elected after the Trump administration rejected requirements. "As president I will mandate mask wearing in all federal buildings and all interstate transportation because masks save lives - period," Biden said in a speech in Delaware. On Monday, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued a "strong recommendation" that all passengers and employees on airplanes, trains, subways, buses, taxis and ride-share vehicles wear masks to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
- Texan in far-right Boogaloo Bois charged with rioting in Minneapolis protest, feds say
- Judge orders Miami attorney accused of bank robberies held before trial
- ?Boogaloo Boi? charged in fire of Minneapolis police precinct during George Floyd protest
Ivan Harrison Hunter, a Texas rightwing extremist, bragged about helping to set the fire then was seen shooting 13 rounds at the buildingA rightwing extremist boasted of driving from Texas to Minneapolis to help set fire to a police precinct during the George Floyd protests, federal prosecutors said.US attorney Erica MacDonald said on Friday that she had charged Ivan Harrison Hunter, a 26-year-old Texas resident, with traveling across state lines to participate in a riot. The charges are the latest example of far-right extremists attempting to use violence to escalate national protests against police brutality into an uprising against the government, and even full civil war.The case also reveals the extent of the coordination between violent members of the nascent far-right ?Boogaloo Bois? movement operating in different cities across the country.According to the criminal complaint against Hunter, on 26 May, as intense protests broke out in Minneapolis over the killing of George Floyd by a city police officer, a ?Boogaloo Boi? based in Minnesota posted a public Facebook message: ?I need a headcount.?Hunter, a resident of Boerne, Texas, which is roughly 1,200 miles away, responded: ?72 hours out.?Another ?Boogaloo Boi?, based in North Carolina, posted a public message the same day: ?Lock and load boys,? he wrote, adding, ?the national network is going off.??Boogaloo? has long been used on online message boards as an ironic term for a second civil war, one that might be sparked by any government attempts to confiscate Americans? guns. But in 2019 and early 2020, the memes about a coming ?boogaloo? began to coalesce into an anti-government, pro-gun movement, with armed ?Boog bois? showing up at protests, some wearing the ?Boogaloo? uniform of a bright Hawaiian shirt paired with a military-style rifle.In the late winter and early spring of 2020, researchers noted a growing number of ?Boogaloo? groups on Facebook, many of them posting explicitly about military tactics and killing government officials, as well as the proliferation of ?Boogaloo?-themed merchandise for sale, such as flags, patches, and Hawaiian-print gun accessories.Prosecutors say that Hunter would later describe himself to Austin police officers as ?the leader of the Boogaloo Bois in south Texas?.By 28 May, during a night of the most intense unrest and destruction in the city, Hunter was in Minneapolis, just as the 3rd precinct police station, known locally as a ?playground for renegade cops?, was being set on fire.Video shot that night shows a person later identified as Hunter firing 13 rounds from a semiautomatic assault-style rifle on the 3rd precinct police station while people believed to be looters were inside. He then high-fived another person and shouted, ?Justice for Floyd!? according to the complaint.Later, he privately messaged Steven Carrillo, another alleged ?Boogaloo Boi? in California, urging him to ?go for police buildings?, according to the federal criminal complaint.?I did better, lol,? Carrillo allegedly replied.Hours before Carrillo sent that message, according to the complaint, federal prosecutors say Carrillo had driven to Oakland with an accomplice, and, as protesters were demonstrating blocks away, shot two officers guarding a federal courthouse in downtown Oakland, killing one, David Patrick Underwood.Carrillo was later charged with killing another law enforcement officer, a Santa Cruz sheriff?s deputy, in an ambush attack in June.According to the complaint, Hunter would later post multiple messages on Facebook bragging of his actions in Minneapolis on the night of 28 May and morning of 29 May, writing, ?I set fire to that precinct with the Black community,? and, ?My mom would call the FBI if she knew.??I?ve burned police stations with Black Panthers in Minneapolis,? he claimed in one message, and in another, ?The BLM protesters in Minneapolis loved me.?Police in Austin, Texas, stopped a pickup truck, in which Hunter was a passenger, on 3 June for multiple traffic violations. Hunter had six loaded magazines for a semiautomatic rifle in a tactical vest he was wearing. Officers also found multiple firearms in the truck.Several days after the stop, federal agents learned of Hunter?s online affiliation with Carrillo. MacDonald said Hunter made his initial court appearance on Thursday in San Antonio, Texas. It is unclear if he has an attorney.Hunter is the third alleged ?Boogaloo Boi? to be charged in connection with protests in Minneapolis. Across the country, the ?Boogaloo? movement has been linked to more than two dozen arrests and at least five deaths this year, including the alleged plot to kidnap the Michigan governor, Gretchen Whitmer.
- Pennsylvania cannot reject mail-in ballots due to signature discrepancy: state court
Pennsylvania is a battleground state whose 20 Electoral College votes are key to victory for both Republican President Donald Trump and Biden. Democrats hailed the move while Republicans were critical.
- Ghislaine Maxwell?s family launch operation to get her out of New York prison
Ghislaine Maxwell?s family have launched ?Operation GGO? ? a ?get Ghislaine out of jail" campaign, complaining that her human rights have been violated in a New York prison. The heiress, on remand for child sex trafficking charges linked to disgraced financier Jeffrey Epstein, has been the victim of ?cruel? and ?vindictive? treatment by the US authorities, it is claimed. Brian Basham, a public relations veteran and close friend of the family, has alleged that Ms Maxwell has lost 25lbs while in jail and that when she complained, the prison authorities simply removed her scales to prevent her from recording any further weight loss. Ms Maxwell, a vegan, was not being fed a proper diet and went 20 hours without food in recent days, he said. He also complained that she was forced to wear clothes made of paper and was refused permission to wear a bra because of fears she is a suicide risk. Prison guards, he said, have stopped talking to her and she is in isolation in a cell 9ft by 7ft. Letters from family have not reached her, Mr Basham has alleged. Epstein killed himself in a New York jail last year while awaiting trial. Mr Basham has now offered his services to the family for free to secure her bail before a trial on six counts relating to child sex trafficking and procurement charges and perjury due to take place next summer.
- Far-right extremist shot at Minneapolis' police precinct to spark violence during Floyd protests, FBI says
A far-right extremist has been accused of opening fire on Minneapolis' third police precinct and sparking violence during May's George Floyd protests.Ivan Harrison Hunter, a 26-year-old from Texas, was charged Friday with one count of interstate travel to participate in a riot. An admitted member of the "Boogaloo Bois," Hunter opened fire on the precinct and later looted it and helped set it on fire, the FBI said in a sworn affidavit released Friday.The Minneapolis police's third precinct was just a block from where Floyd was killed, and became the center of protests against police violence that devolved into the destruction of the precinct and buildings around it. Hunter is one of several far-right extremists accused of intentionally ramping up that violence. Armed with a mask and tactical gear, Hunter fired 13 rounds at the precinct while officers were inside and ran away shouting "Justice for Floyd," the FBI alleges. He later bragged about "help[ing] the community burn down that police station" on Facebook.Hunter admitted he was member of the Boogaloo movement, a collection of far-right, anti-government extremists intent on sparking a second civil war. He was in contact with other self-described Boogaloo Bois who arranged a trip to Minneapolis. He also texted with Steven Carrillo, another Boogaloo member who later shot and killed a sheriff's deputy in California.More stories from theweek.com Trump loses on the merits Who won the final 2020 debate? Call it a draw. Get ready for Trump TV, America
- Florida inmates can get stimulus checks following court ruling, corrections officials say
- Colombia vice-president tests positive for coronavirus
Colombian Vice-President Marta Lucia Ramirez has tested positive for coronavirus, the government said on Friday, but is asymptomatic and in good health. Ramirez, 66, took a test on Thursday ahead of her planned attendance at a conference with provincial governors, her office said in a statement. Contact tracing will be conducted, it added.
- Scott Peterson, who killed pregnant wife, should again get death penalty, prosecutors say
- Utah Man charged with damaging Yellowstone while digging for infamous Forrest Fern treasure
- Moscow says number of deaths from COVID-19 up 21% in September from August
COVID-19 was the main cause of death for 543 people in Moscow in September, up 21% from August, the Russian capital's healthcare department said on Friday as the spread of the coronavirus intensified. Moscow, the city worst hit by the pandemic in Russia, said it had recorded 11,159 total deaths in September, 1,441 more than in September 2019 and 1,702 more than the average of the previous three years. Earlier on Friday, authorities said Russia's daily tally of new coronavirus cases had hit a record 17,340, including 5,478 in Moscow, taking the national tally to 1,480,646 since the pandemic began.
- Report: Seattle officers used excessive force at protests
A Seattle police officer who slammed a protester's head to the ground, another who punched a demonstrator in the head a half dozen times and a third officer who put his knee on the necks of two looting suspects violated policies against using excessive force, an independent agency tasked with investigating police misconduct said Friday. Protests erupted in Seattle and across the country this summer after George Floyd was killed by a Minneapolis police officer.
- France's Macron: Expect to live with virus at least till mid-2021
France will have to live with the coronavirus at least until next summer, President Emmanuel Macron said on Friday. Macron, who was speaking during a visit to a hospital in Pointoise, near Paris, said there were no plans at this stage to reduce curfews aimed at preventing the virus spreading but that curfews could even be extended. "When I listen to scientists I see that projections are for at best until next Summer," he said, adding it was too early to say if France was headed towards new full or partial lockdowns.
- White teen pleads guilty to plot to attack Black churchgoers in Georgia
- Black couple didn't provoke shooting by police, relative says