Thai parliament opens to discuss pro-democracy protests


Thailand's parliament opened Monday for a special session to discuss the growing youth-led pro-democracy movement, which is demanding Premier Prayut Chan-O-Cha's resignation and reforms to the ultra-powerful monarchy. A former military chief who staged the 2014 coup, Prayut has faced increasing pressure in recent weeks by the protesters, who regard… Read


Australia's coronavirus epicenter to ease curbs after no new cases


A lockdown of Australia's second-biggest city will be eased after the country's coronavirus epicenter said it had gone 24 hours without any new infections for the first time in four months, Victoria state Premier Daniel Andrews said on Monday. Melbourne - home to 5 million people - has been in… Read


Qatar 'forcibly examined' women from aircraft, drawing angry diplomatic response


Female passengers flying from Qatar were subjected to invasive searches after a premature baby was found abandoned in an airport bathroom, in an incident labelled "offensive" and "grossly inappropriate" by Australia's government. Airport officials have not denied the incident, saying women passengers "were asked to assist" with inquiries to locate… Read


GOP slowly gaining as early vote total surpasses 2016


With nine days before Election Day, more people already have cast ballots in this year's presidential election than voted early or absentee in the 2016 race as the start of in-person early voting in big states led to a surge in turnout in recent days. The opening of early voting… Read


Putin rejects Trump's criticism of Biden family business


Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Sunday that he saw nothing criminal in Hunter Biden's past business ties with Ukraine or Russia, marking out his disagreement with one of Donald Trump's attack lines in the U.S. presidential election. Putin was responding to comments made by Trump during televised debates with… Read


Turkish president dares U.S. to impose economic sanctions


Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan challenged the United States to impose sanctions against his country while also launching a second personal attack Sunday on French President Emmanuel Macron. Speaking a day after he suggested Macron needed mental health treatment because of his views on Islam and radical Muslims, Erdogan expanded… Read


Health experts question Pence campaigning as essential work


Health policy specialists questioned White House officials' claim that federal rules on essential workers allow Vice President Mike Pence to continue to campaign and not quarantine himself after being exposed to the coronavirus. Campaigning is not an official duty that might fall under the guidelines meant to ensure that police,… Read


Senate votes to advance Barrett; confirmation expected Monday


Senate Republicans voted overwhelmingly Sunday to advance Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett toward final confirmation despite Democratic objections, just over a week before the presidential election. Barrett's confirmation on Monday was hardly in doubt, with majority Republicans mostly united in support behind President Donald Trump's pick. But Democrats were… Read


UK special forces storm tanker and detain stowaways in English Channel


British special forces stormed a Greek-operated oil tanker in the English channel on Sunday to wrestle control of the vessel from seven stowaways who had threatened the crew in a suspected hijacking. Troops from the Special Boat Service, a navy special forces unit whose headquarters in just a few miles… Read


Officer suspended for blaring 'Trump 2020' from NYPD vehicle


The New York Police Department said Sunday it has suspended an officer without pay a day after he was seen on video saying “Trump 2020” over a patrol vehicle's loudspeaker, a violation of department rules. The suspension is effective immediately and the incident remains under investigation, the police department said.… Read

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