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26th October

Alec Baldwin was aiming at camera when gun discharged – affadavit

SANTA FE, N.M. (Reuters) -Alec Baldwin was drawing a revolver across his body and pointing it at a camera during rehearsal on the set of “Rust” when the weapon fired and struck the cinematographer in...

Australia plans to force parental consent for minors on social media

SYDNEY (Reuters) – Australia plans to make social media companies obtain parental consent for users under the age of 16 and threaten fines of up to A$10 million ($7.5 million) for internet platforms which fail to comply, under draft legislation published on Monday. Social media companies, which include anonymous forums like Reddit and smartphone dating...

Australian regulator ‘concerned’ about Facebook’s approach to media law

SYDNEY (Reuters) -The Australian regulator behind a law forcing large internet platforms to negotiate licencing deals with media outlets said on Monday he was “concerned” about Facebook Inc’s cooperation, seven months after the rule took effect. Under the News Media Bargaining Code, the social media giant and Alphabet Inc’s Google must negotiate with news outlets...

Internet services interrupted in Sudanese capital Khartoum – Reuters witness

KHARTOUM (Reuters) – Internet services were interrupted in the Sudanese capital Khartoum early on Monday, a Reuters witness said. Several local media reports said internet services were down. Military forces arrested several members of Sudan’s civilian leadership early on Monday, Al Hadath TV reported, as a prominent pro-democracy group called on Sudanese people to take...

Chinese President Xi calls for global cooperation on terrorism, climate change

BEIJING (Reuters) – China’s President Xi Jinping on Monday called for more global cooperation on problems including terrorism, climate change and cyber security, in a speech commemorating the 50th anniversary of China’s return to the United Nations. He said China opposes unilateralism, protectionism and zero-sum games.

Hurricane Rick unleashes rain on slow path towards Mexican coast near Acapulco

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) -Hurricane Rick unleashed rain and wind on parts of Mexico’s Pacific coast late on Sunday as its center crept closer to the shore north of the beach resort of Acapulco, the U.S. National Hurricane Center (NHC) said. The storm was 60 miles (100 km) south of the beach city of Zihuatanejo in...

25th October

Nail bomb kills one at restaurant in Ugandan capital

(Reuters) -A bomb that killed at least one person in a pork restaurant on the outskirts of the Ugandan capital Kampala was packed with nails and shrapnel, police said on Sunday. The explosion, which occurred on Saturday night in a suburb in the northern outskirts of Kampala, killed a 20-year-old waitress and injured three people,...

U.S. has administered nearly 414 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines

(Reuters) -The United States has administered 413,645,478 doses of COVID-19 vaccines in the country as of Sunday morning and distributed 503,493,015 doses, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said. The number of doses administered is up from 412,856,169 vaccine doses the CDC said had gone into arms by Saturday. However, the number of...

Alec Baldwin seen consoling family of slain cinematographer as set problems mount

SANTA FE, N.M. (Reuters) -Alec Baldwin has been seen consoling the family of the cinematographer he accidentally killed on the set of his movie, as more reports emerged on Sunday of troubling practices during the filming of the Western “Rust”. A distraught Baldwin was photographed outside a hotel in Santa Fe, New Mexico, on Saturday...

Singapore plans electricity imports of up to 4 GW by 2035

SINGAPORE (Reuters) – Singapore plans to import up to four gigawatts (GW) of electricity by 2035, or about 30% of its total supply, Trade and Industry Minister Gan Kim Yong said on Monday, in an effort to diversify supply and boost energy security. The Asian city-state will start trials to resolve technical and regulatory issues...

Australia’s cabinet set to meet on deal for net zero emissions target – sources

CANBERRA (Reuters) – Australia’s cabinet is expected to formally adopt a target for net zero emissions by 2050 when it meets later on Monday to review an deal reached between parties in Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s coalition government, official sources told Reuters. A junior partner in Australia’s coalition government on Sunday said it would support...

IS claims responsibility for bomb attack in Uganda

CAIRO (Reuters) – Islamic state claimed responsibility for a bomb attack that killed at least one person in Uganda’s capital Kampala on Saturday night, the militant group said in a statement posted in an affiliated Telegram channel late on Sunday. The group said that some of its members detonated an explosive device in a bar...

Mudslides, power outages as storm drenches burn-scarred California

(Reuters) -A powerful storm drenched wildfire-scarred Northern California on Sunday, triggering mudslides and flooding, while heavy winds toppled utility poles and downed trees in what meteorologists called a “bomb cyclone.” Up to 10 inches (25 cm) of rain were expected to wash over the West Coast, said meteorologist Marc Chenard of the Weather Prediction Center...

Australia looks to roll out COVID-19 booster shots soon as curbs ease

SYDNEY (Reuters) – Australian officials plan to roll out COVID-19 booster shots soon to prevent a resurgence of cases, as residents in the two largest cities of Sydney and Melbourne begin to enjoy more freedoms after months-long curbs. Australia has ditched its COVID-zero strategy in favour of suppressing the coronavirus, after largely stamping out infections...

New Zealand reports second-highest daily COVID-19 cases in pandemic

(Reuters) – New Zealand reported 109 new locally acquired coronavirus cases on Monday, the bulk of them in its largest city, Auckland, as the country saw its second-worst day of daily infections since the pandemic began. Once the poster child for stamping out COVID-19, New Zealand has been unable to beat an outbreak of Delta...

Mali tells U.N. it will confirm post-coup election date in December

BAMAKO (Reuters) – Mali’s interim authorities will confirm a date for post-coup elections after national reform consultations in December, a representative of a U.N. Security Council delegation said after talks on Sunday. The timeline is a further sign that Mali’s military leadership is likely to extend an 18-month transition to constitutional rule that it originally...

Fauci says vaccines for kids between 5-11 likely available in November

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Vaccines for kids between the ages of 5 and 11 will likely be available in the first half of November, top U.S. infectious disease expert Anthony Fauci said on Sunday, predicting a timetable that could see many kids getting fully vaccinated before the end of the year. “If all goes well, and...

Container ship fire off British Columbia smoldering, no longer spreading

Victoria, BRITISH COLUMBIA (Reuters) – A container fire that broke out on Saturday on a cargo ship carrying mining chemicals off British Columbia is smoldering and appears to be under control, Canadian Coast Guard officials said on Sunday. Sixteen crew members were evacuated from the MV Zim Kingston on Saturday, while five remained onboard to...

UNICEF warns Haiti fuel shortages put hospitalised women and children at risk

PORT-AU-PRINCE (Reuters) – Fuel shortages in Haiti are putting the lives of hundreds of women and children at risk as hospitals run low on supplies for electricity, United Nations children’s agency UNICEF said on Sunday. Fuel supplies to the capital Port-au-Prince have been severely disrupted in recent weeks by a wave of kidnappings, including the...

‘Vibrant’ cinematographer remembered as police probe Baldwin shooting

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (Reuters) -The crew was setting up a difficult shot during filming on the New Mexico set of “Rust”, and the movie’s cinematographer, Halyna Hutchins, wasn’t quite satisfied. She turned to Lane Luper, a member of the camera crew, who suggested some adjustments that she found worked perfectly. That kind of collaborative spirit, Luper...

Fire blazes on cargo ship containers off British Columbia

(Reuters) – A fire broke out on Saturday on containers on a cargo ship carrying mining chemicals off British Columbia, and the Canadian Coast Guard said it is working with the U.S. Coast Guard to assess the situation, including environmental hazards. Sixteen crew members have been evacuated from the MV Zim Kingston, while five remained...

Tesco says online services disrupted by interference ‘attempt’

LONDON (Reuters) – British supermarket chain Tesco said on Sunday that its website and app had been disrupted by an attempt to interfere with its systems. “Since yesterday, we’ve been experiencing disruption to our online grocery website and app. An attempt was made to interfere with our systems which has caused problems with the search...

Libyan elections commission to start registering candidates in Nov – commission head

TRIPOLI (Reuters) -Registration for candidates in Libya’s presidential and parliamentary elections should open in November, the head of the electoral commission said on Sunday. Elections are a key step in a U.N.-backed process to end a decade of violence by creating a new political leadership whose legitimacy is widely accepted. But wrangling over the constitutional...

Israeli official says reopening of U.S. Palestinian mission in Jerusalem may not happen

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israel’s deputy foreign minister said on Sunday that the Biden administration may shelve its plan to reopen a U.S diplomatic mission for Palestinians in Jerusalem after Israel voiced opposition to such a move. The Jerusalem consulate was subsumed into the U.S. Embassy that was moved to the contested city from Tel Aviv...

China says it must consider food and energy security when curbing emissions

BEIJING (Reuters) – China’s cabinet on Sunday outlined measures to achieve its goals of reaching peak carbon emissions by 2030 and carbon neutrality before 2060 but said food and energy security must be considered amid those efforts. The statement came as severe energy shortages in China threaten to overshadow Beijing’s efforts to curb greenhouse gas...

Sheep replace cars as they cross Madrid en route to winter pastures

MADRID (Reuters) – The streets of Madrid were filled with sheep and the clanking of bells on Sunday as shepherds guided their flocks through the heart of the Spanish capital, following ancient seasonal herding routes. Locals lined the route to welcome back the spectacle, which was cancelled last year because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The...

Uzbek leader expected to secure second term in office

TASHKENT (Reuters) -Uzbekistan votes in a presidential election on Sunday in which incumbent President Shavkat Mirziyoyev faces no genuine opposition and is almost certain to win a second term. Mirziyoyev’s predicted victory will allow him to deepen his largely successful reform campaign and likely lead to Uzbekistan opening up further to foreign trade and investment...

German police stop far-right vigilantes patrolling Polish border

BERLIN (Reuters) – German police said on Sunday they had stopped more than 50 far-right vigilantes armed with pepper spray, a bayonet, a machete and batons who were trying to patrol the Polish border to stop migrants from entering the country. The vigilantes were following a call by the Third Way, a far right-party with...

Don’t send migrants back to unsafe countries, pope says, citing Libya

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – Pope Francis on Sunday urged countries not to send migrants back to insecure countries such as Libya, where he said many suffer violent and inhumane conditions similar to those in concentration camps. The pope’s appeal at his Sunday blessing came as European Union leaders are struggling to overcome their differences on...

24th October

Melbourne to ease more COVID curbs as 80% vaccination rate nears

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Melbourne, the world’s most locked-down city that emerged from its latest spate of COVID-19 restrictions on Friday, will see more curbs eased next week when Victoria state reaches an 80% full vaccination rate, officials said on Sunday. Home to about five million people, Melbourne endured 262 days, or nearly nine months, of...

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