Category: Global

Coronavirus: ‘Rule of six’ comes into effect in England

Restrictions banning social gatherings of more than six people have come into effect in England, following a rise in coronavirus cases. The “rule of six”, which applies both indoors and outdoors, does not exempt children under 12 in England. Similar…

Brexit: Buckland says power to override Withdrawal Agreement is ‘insurance policy’

Media playback is unsupported on your device Justice Secretary Robert Buckland has defended plans to potentially override the EU Withdrawal Agreement as an emergency Brexit “insurance policy”. He told the BBC he hoped powers being sought by ministers in the…
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Afghanistan peace talks begin – but will the Taliban hold up their end of the deal?

Six months after the United States signed an historic accord with the Taliban of Afghanistan, the Islamic militant group has entered into talks with the Afghan government in Doha, Qatar. Meeting with the Afghan government was a condition of the…
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Photos Show The Crazy Intensity Of West Coast Wildfires

Wildfires continue to devastate parts of the Western United States, including California and Oregon. A record 2 million acres have burned in California this year. The blazes are destroying homes and businesses ― even entire towns ― and are making…
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Brexit: Tony Blair and John Major urge MPs to reject bill

Former prime ministers Tony Blair and Sir John Major have urged parliament to reject Boris Johnson’s “shameful” attempt to override parts of the Brexit Withdrawal Agreement. The PM has said the European Union is threatening to impose a customs border…
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American Individualism Is Killing Us

While the rest of the world recovers from COVID and returns to their EDM festivals (looking at you Wuhan), some Americans still believe that wearing masks infringes on their “individual freedom.” It’s the same complaint you hear about stay-at-home orders,…
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Coronavirus: Avoid ‘party weekend’ ahead of new restrictions, public told

People in the UK must not treat this weekend as a “party” before the new “rule of six” coronavirus restrictions come into force on Monday, a police union has warned. The Police Federation said there was a “real risk” that…
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Coronavirus: UK epidemic growing as R number goes above 1

Public health officials have warned of “worrying signs” of infection among the elderly, as an official measure indicated the UK’s epidemic is growing again. The R number was raised to between 1 and 1.2 for the first time since March.…
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Women have disrupted research on bird song, and their findings show how diversity can improve all fields of science

Americans often idealize scientists as unbiased, objective observers. But scientists are affected by conscious and unconscious biases, just as people in other fields are. Studies of birds’ vocal behavior clearly show how research approaches can be affected by the people…
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Philosophy and psychology agree – yelling at people who aren’t wearing masks won’t work

There is strong scientific evidence that wearing a mask reduces the risk of transmitting the coronavirus. Both the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the World Health Organization recommend wearing them. Indeed, many people believe it is important to…
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Smoke from wildfires can worsen COVID-19 risk, putting firefighters in even more danger

Two forces of nature are colliding in the western United States, and wildland firefighters are caught in the middle. Emerging research suggests that the smoke firefighters breathe on the front lines of wildfires is putting them at greater risk from…
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Brexit talks will resume despite UK rejecting EU ultimatum

Post-Brexit trade deal talks will continue, despite the UK rejecting the EU’s ultimatum to scrap plans to override the withdrawal agreement. The EU has threatened the UK government with legal action if it does not ditch its controversial Internal Market…
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Clip From ‘Unfit’ Documentary Explores Trump’s ‘Cognitive Decline’ Over Time

In a new film unpacking the psychology of Donald Trump, author and psychologist John Gartner says the president demonstrates numerous signs of cognitive deterioration and ties that to grave concerns about Trump’s fitness for the Oval Office. “This is almost a…
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Katie Holmes’ New Relationship Has Hit An Ex-Fiancee-Sized Bump In The Road

Not one to wait for her life to be over … or allegedly her boyfriend’s former engagement, Katie Holmes is already seeing some major drama in her new relationship. This week, the ‘Dawson’s Creek’ alum went public with her brand new beau,…
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19 years after 9/11, Americans continue to fear foreign extremists and underplay the dangers of domestic terrorism

On a Tuesday morning in September 2001, the American experience with terrorism was fundamentally altered. Two thousand, nine hundred and ninety-six people were killed as the direct result of attacks in New York, Washington, D.C. and Pennsylvania. Thousands more, including…
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Que las clases en línea no sean un ‘dolor de cabeza’: te damos 3 tips para que tus hijos pongan atención

Cuando casi todas las escuelas físicas de Estados Unidos y México cerraron repentinamente en marzo, se conectaron a través del internet, pero una gran cantidad de estudiantes simplemente no se registraron en la clase. Incluso si se presentaban, muchos más…
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Brexit: EU threatens legal action over UK changes to divorce deal

The EU has threatened the UK with legal action if it does not ditch a bill to override key parts of the Brexit divorce deal “by the end of the month”. In a statement following emergency talks between the two…
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Joe Exotic Formally Requests Pardon, Maintains Innocence

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A former Oklahoma zookeeper sentenced to 22 years in prison for his role in a murder-for-hire plot and violating federal wildlife laws has formally requested a pardon. Attorneys for Joseph Maldonado-Passage, also known as “Joe Exotic,”…
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Coronavirus: ‘We must act’ to prevent second lockdown, says PM

Media playback is unsupported on your device Prime Minister Boris Johnson has said “we must act” to avoid another lockdown as virus cases rise in England. He set out a new “rule of six”, restricting gatherings to a maximum of…
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More dengue fever and less malaria – mosquito control strategies may need to shift as Africa heats up

As it becomes too warm for comfort, the Anopheles mosquitoes that transmit malaria may lose the battle against climate change in Africa. But a new foe is on the horizon. When temperatures are too hot for malaria parasites and the…
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