Nagorno-Karabakh talks held amid Azerbaijan's offensive


Azerbaijani forces pushed deeper into Nagorno-Karabakh on Friday as top diplomats from Armenia and Azerbaijan attended talks in Geneva intended to help broker an end to more than a month of heavy fighting over the separatist territory. Intense clashes were going on in the south of Nagorno-Karabakh, Armenia’s Defense Ministry… Read


Thai pro-democracy protest leader taken to hospital


A prominent Thai protest leader was taken to hospital late Friday from a Bangkok police station as chaos erupted after he and two others were released on bail over sedition charges. Panupong "Mike" Jadnok appeared to be unconscious as he was loaded into an ambulance. Local media said he fainted… Read


New Zealand votes to legalize euthanasia but not marijuana


New Zealanders voted to legalize euthanasia in a binding referendum, but preliminary results released Friday showed they likely would not legalize marijuana. With about 83% of votes counted, New Zealanders emphatically endorsed the euthanasia measure with 65% voting in favor and 34% voting against. The “No” vote on marijuana was… Read


Anti-Murdoch petition wins record support in Australia


A petition demanding an inquiry into Rupert Murdoch's dominance of Australian news media has garnered a record 420,000 signatures, overtaking a previous appeal focused on climate change. The online petition was launched on Oct 12 by former Labor Prime Minister Kevin Rudd, a frequent target of newspapers controlled by Murdoch's… Read


On virus, Trump and health advisers go their separate ways


A multi-state coronavirus surge in the countdown to Election Day has exposed a clear split between President Donald Trump’s bullish embrace of a return to normalcy and urgent public warnings from the government’s top health officials. It's the opposite of what usually happens in a public health crisis, because political… Read


French prosecutor: Nice church killer is Tunisian who entered country from Italy


France’s anti-terrorism prosecutor says the man who killed three in a Nice church was a Tunisian aged about 20 who entered France from Italy, and was carrying a copy of Islam's holy book, the Quran, on him at the time of the attack. Jean-Francois Ricard told a press conference late… Read


Walmart pulls guns from sales floors, citing civil unrest


Walmart plans to remove guns and ammunition from its sales floors in the U.S. following unrest in Philadelphia this week, a spokeswoman said Thursday. The retail giant will continue to sell the items to consumers who request them, but will pull them from displays. Guns and ammunition are sold at… Read


Harris target of more misinformation than Pence, data shows


Long before Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden announced her as his running mate, Kamala Harris was the target of widespread online misinformation. Social media posts included racist claims that she was ineligible to serve in the White House or that she was lying about her Black and Indian heritage. Her… Read


As virus surges, Trump rallies keep packing in thousands


There are no crowds at Disneyland, still shut down by the coronavirus. Fewer fans attended the World Series this year than at any time in the past century. Big concerts are canceled. But it's a different story in Trumpland. Thousands of President Donald Trump's supporters regularly cram together at campaign… Read


Court won't back gun ban outside Michigan polling places


The Michigan appeals court on Thursday rejected an appeal from a Democratic state official who wants to ban the open carry of guns outside polling places. The court, in a 3-0 order, declined to hear the case but noted that it's already illegal to intimidate voters or aggressively wave a… Read

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