Israel tightens second lockdown as virus cases soar
The Cabinet voted to close all nonessential businesses, including open-air markets. Prayers and political demonstrations would be limited to open spaces and no more than 20 people, and participants would not be able to travel more than a kilometer (0.6 miles) from home for either.
Hong Kong activist Joshua arrested for 2019 illegal assembly
Hong Kong police arrested prominent democracy activist Joshua Wong on Thursday for participating in an unauthorised assembly in October 2019 and violating the city's anti-mask law, according to a post on his official Twitter account.
Probe of gang rape case that shocked Egypt ensnares many
Those hopes were quickly dispelled after authorities detained possible witnesses and some of their acquaintances, who could face separate charges under the country's vague morality laws. A media campaign has targeted both potential witnesses and the alleged perpetrators.
Nobel winners to get $110,000 raise as prize money increased
Winners of the prestigious Nobel prizes this year will receive an extra 1 million crowns ($110,000), the head of the foundation said. Prize money will increase to 10 million crowns this year. "The decision has been made due to the fact that our costs and capital are in a stable relation in a completely different way than previously," the head of the Nobel Foundation said.
Pakistan: Imran Khan ‘lacks capability to run country’ says Bilawal Bhutto Zardari
Pakistan|: Karachi: Chairman of Pakistan Peoples Party Bilawal Bhutto Zardari has lamented that the Chief of Army Staff and Director-General of Inter-Services Intelligence recently had to conduct a briefing for the political leadership of the country on the important national security issue of Gilgit-Baltistan without the presence of Prime Minister Imran Khan. “Such briefings on national security issues should not be held without the presence of the prime minister,” said the PPP chairman while addressing a press conference at Bilawal House Karachi. He was flanked by Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah and other leaders of Peoples Party. The PPP is one of the main Opposition political parties of Pakistan, which also rules in Sindh province. SEE ALSO In Pictures: Risking the Channel 'death route' to Britain Sushant Singh Rajput case: 10 new developments in drug angle In blast-hit Beirut, Armenian elders are determined to stay From the editors: Record number of COVID-19 cases in the UAE Zardari said that the absence of Khan showed the failing of the present government that has to be rectified. He lamented that Khanlacked the capability to engage the political leadership of the country including that of the Opposition parties on important issues of national security including Kashmir dispute. He said that the Opposition in the country was as patriotic as was the government as it wanted that a consensus opinion should emerge on important issues of national security including terrorism, militancy, extremism, Kashmir, and Gilgit-Baltistan. “But for doing so, the government has to engage the Opposition,” said the PPP chairman. “The prime minister should remain present on such occasions and do his work as otherwise he should resign and allow someone else to do the work in his place who can ably fulfill his responsibilities and should not think about his own political interests,” said the PPP chairman. He lamented the situation that PM had emerged as the biggest obstacle in the way of creating a national consensus on important issues of national security. The PPP chairman said that PM had earlier failed to a build national consensus on the most important national security issue in the form of Kashmir dispute due to his inability to engage the Opposition. “For this reason, Imran Khan has to step down as these instances show that he lacks the capability to run the country,” he said.
Trump won’t commit to peaceful transfer of power if he loses
Americas|: Washington: President Donald Trump has again declined to commit to a peaceful transfer of power if he loses the Nov. 3 presidential election. “We’re going to have to see what happens,” Trump said Wednesday at a news conference, responding to a question about whether he’d commit to a peaceful transfer of power. “You know that I’ve been complaining very strongly about the ballots, and the ballots are a disaster.” See more Trump visits Wisconsin, offering support for police with little mention of shooting Several boats sink at Donald Trump parade on Texas lake Cartoon: Trump pins election hopes on COVID-19 vaccine Trump wax statue maker feels effect of COVID-19 in China It is highly unusual that a sitting president would express less than complete confidence in the American democracy’s electoral process. But he also declined four years ago to commit to honouring the election results if his Democratic opponent, Hillary Clinton, won. His current Democratic challenger, Joe Biden, was asked about Trump’s comment after landing in Wilmington, Delaware, on Wednesday night. “What country are we in?” Biden asked incredulously, adding: “I’m being facetious. Look, he says the most irrational things. I don’t know what to say about it. But it doesn’t surprise me.” Trump has been pressing a months-long campaign against mail-in voting this November by tweeting and speaking out critically about the practice. More states are encouraging mail-in voting to keep voters safe amid the coronavirus pandemic. The president, who uses mail-in voting himself, has tried to distinguish between states that automatically send mail ballots to all registered voters and those, like Florida, that send them only to voters who request a mail ballot. Trump has baselessly claimed widespread mail voting will lead to massive fraud. The five states that routinely send mail ballots to all voters have seen no significant fraud. Trump on Wednesday appeared to suggest that if states got “rid of” the unsolicited mailing of ballots there would be no concern about fraud or peaceful transfers of power. “You’ll have a very peaceful - there won’t be a transfer frankly,” Trump said. “There’ll be a continuation. The ballots are out of control, you know it, and you know, who knows it better than anybody else? The Democrats know it better than anybody else.” In a July interview, Trump similarly refused to commit to accepting the results. “I have to see. Look ... I have to see,” Trump told Chris Wallace during a wide-ranging July interview on “Fox News Sunday.” “No, I’m not going to just say yes. I’m not going to say no, and I didn’t last time either.” Biden campaign responds The Biden campaign responded Wednesday: “The American people will decide this election. And the United States government is perfectly capable of escorting trespassers out of the White House.” The American Civil Liberties Union also protested Trump’s remarks. “The peaceful transfer of power is essential to a functioning democracy,” National Legal Director David Cole said. “This statement from the president of the United States should trouble every American.” Trump made similar comments ahead of the 2016 election. When asked during an October debate whether he would abide by the voters’ will, Trump responded that he would “keep you in suspense.” It’s unlikely that any chaos in states with universal mail-in voting will cause the election result to be inaccurately tabulated, as Trump has suggested. The five states that already have such balloting have had time to ramp up their systems, while four states newly adopting it - California, New Jersey, Nevada and Vermont - have not. Washington, D.C., is also newly adopting it. Of those nine states, only Nevada is a battleground, worth six electoral votes and likely to be pivotal only in a national presidential deadlock. California, New Jersey, Vermont and D.C. are overwhelmingly Democratic and likely to be won by Biden.
Coronavirus: What's happening in Canada and around the world on Thursday
News/Canada: Provinces across Canada are reconciling with how to limit the spread of spiking COVID-19 infections among communities while also trying to keep the economy functioning and open to deter further economic downturns.
Nasa chief warns Congress about Chinese space station
Nasa chief Jim Bridenstine told lawmakers Wednesday it was crucial for the US to maintain a presence in Earth's orbit after the International Space Station is decommissioned so that China does not gain a strategic advantage.
'China running 380 detention centres in Xinjiang'
The Australian Strategic Policy Institute said it had identified more than 380 "suspected detention facilities" in the region -- where China is believed to have detained more than one million Uighurs and other mostly Muslim Turkic-speaking residents.
Canada is in second wave of pandemic: Trudeau
Canada has entered a second wave of the coronavirus pandemic, PM Justin Trudeau said, warning that the country was on the brink of a surge if people did not follow public health guidelines. Trudeau said the country "is at a crossroads" as a second wave emerges in four large provinces, adding that the govt would do whatever it took to help the country recover from the pandemic.
Cricket: Australia great Dean Jones dies in Mumbai, aged 59
Cricket|India|IPL|: Dean Jones, the former Australia cricketer who helped revolutionise modern cricket and the 50-over ODI format, has died in India. The 59-year-old was in Mumbai to work on the IPL 2020 broadcast, when he reportedly suffered a from a heart attack. Jones was hugely popular in India, mainly due to his 'Prof Deano' TV show, and he was also a familiar voice in the commentary box. Jones played 52 Test matches for Australia, scoring 3,631 runs, and 164 ODIs for 6,068 runs. India coach Ravi Shastri and captain Virat Kohli paid tribute to the man. Shastri tweeted: "Really shocking to lose a colleague and a dear friend. Gone so young. Condolences to the family and may his soul rest in peace. Kohli offered "strength and courage to his family and friends".
Hong Kong democracy activist Joshua Wong arrested for 2019 unauthorized assembly
News/World: Hong Kong police arrested prominent democracy activist Joshua Wong on Thursday for participating in an unauthorized assembly in October 2019 and violating the city's anti-mask law, according to a post on his official Twitter account.