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Trump nominates conservative judge Amy Coney Barrett to Supreme Court
by FRANCE 24 on 2020-09-26 at 21:06
Donald Trump nominated on Saturday Amy Coney Barrett for the US Supreme Court to replace the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Barrett is a federal appeals court judge known for her conservative legal positions on key issues.
Canadian Police Charge Man With Faking Terrorist Activity
by Ian Austen on 2020-09-26 at 20:26
The man, Shehroze Chaudhry, created a political storm in Canada with his assertions that he participated in atrocities by ISIS in Syria.
‘Schitt’s Creek’ Star, and His Fans, Are Taking Indigenous Studies
by Catherine Porter on 2020-09-26 at 12:50
Dan Levy suggested in an Instagram post that his fans study Canadian Indigenous history along with him. About 64,000 people signed up.
Trump will pick Amy Coney Barrett to fill Ginsburg Supreme Court seat, GOP sources say
by NEWS WIRES on 2020-09-26 at 00:15
President Donald Trump is expected to announce Saturday that he is nominating Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court as he aims to put a historic conservative stamp on the high court just weeks before the election.
Justin Trudeau Offers Wide Array of Promises With Few Specifics
by Ian Austen on 2020-09-25 at 21:18
The prime minister laid out an ambitious legislative agenda without saying much about what it will cost or how he will pay for it.
‘I Feel Sorry for Americans’: A Baffled World Watches the U.S.
by Hannah Beech on 2020-09-25 at 20:35
From Myanmar to Canada, people are asking: How did a superpower allow itself to be felled by a virus? And why won’t the president commit to a peaceful transition of power?
Flags for US victims of Covid-19, Supreme Court seat at stake, focus on Pennsylvania
by Kethevane GORJESTANI on 2020-09-25 at 18:08
On November 3, 2020, US citizens will elect their new president. The country is currently dealing with racial and social tensions, plus environmental issues as well all the challenges brought forth by coronavirus, which has already killed more than 200,000 Americans. This election is crucial to determine the future of the United States and it will shape the country’s trajectory for the next four years.
A Hopeful Forecast: More Accurate Long-Term Weather Predictions
by Sarah Witman on 2020-09-25 at 17:38
Improving technology could make it possible to better anticipate weather conditions weeks in advance, especially in the tropics.
The rise of self-styled vigilantes in the US
by FRANCE 2 on 2020-09-25 at 15:30
For several months, some Americans have been holding regular protests against police brutality and racism. Others, meanwhile, would like law and order to be restored. In the cities of Portland, Salt Lake City and Kenosha, armed men have joined right-wing vigilante groups created in response to the Black Lives Matter protests. Who are these self-styled vigilantes, who often support Donald Trump? And what exactly do they want for America? Our colleagues from France 2 report, with FRANCE 24’s Yuka Royer.
Where to from here for women’s rights in America?
by Annette YOUNG on 2020-09-25 at 12:34
America has lost a feminist icon as Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, or Notorious RBG as she was often referred to, becomes the first American woman to lie in state in Washington DC. Now with the future direction of the US Supreme Court becoming an major issue in the presidential campaign, Annette Young talks to Professor Anne-Marie Goetz, a political scientist from New York University about where to from here for women’s rights in America. Plus the Paris Philharmonic is running a conductor competition that aims to give women the same opportunities as their male counterparts.
Supreme Court vacancy: The latest twist in the US election
by Olivia SALAZAR WINSPEAR on 2020-09-25 at 09:51
The Supreme Court is the new political battleground in the United States, with the passing of feminist icon Ruth Bader Ginsburg opening up a seat at the country’s highest judicial authority. In this special edition, we delve into the inner workings of that institution. We tell you how the Supreme Court works and take a closer look at two of the female nominees who could fill the crucial seat. Plus, we get analysis from author and journalist David A. Kaplan.
Breonna Taylor protesters defy second night of curfew in Louisville
by NEWS WIRES on 2020-09-25 at 07:12
More than 1,000 people defied a second night of curfew in the US city of Louisville to protest over the lack of criminal charges in the police killing of Breonna Taylor, with some seeking refuge in a church.
Coronavirus: Rio 2021 carnival parade postponed indefinitely
on 2020-09-25 at 03:41
Organisers say they are not yet certain enough to provide a new date for the carnival parade.
Rio de Janeiro postpones world-famous carnival over Covid-19
by NEWS WIRES on 2020-09-25 at 02:04
Rio de Janeiro’s carnival parades became the latest casualty of the coronavirus pandemic Thursday as officials announced they were indefinitely postponing the February 2021 edition, with Brazil still reeling from Covid-19.
Top US Republicans promise peaceful transition after Trump sows election doubts
by NEWS WIRES on 2020-09-25 at 01:33
U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and other top Republicans on Thursday repudiated President Donald Trump’s refusal to commit to a peaceful transfer of power, assuring American voters the lawmakers would accept the outcome of November’s election.
Trump heckled while paying respects for late US Supreme Court Justice Ginsburg
by NEWS WIRES on 2020-09-24 at 18:10
President Donald Trump was booed Thursday as he paid respects to late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. He plans to nominate a replacement this weekend for the liberal justice, best known for her advancement of women’s rights.
The Brazilian prisoners battling wetland fires
by FRANCE 24 on 2020-09-24 at 16:43
Prison inmates are joining the effort to quell raging wildfires in Brazil’s Pantanal wetlands, part of a reintegration scheme to help them adapt to life on the outside.
Cuba’s Economy Was Hurting. The Pandemic Brought a Food Crisis.
by Ed Augustin and Frances Robles on 2020-09-24 at 16:19
The island was able to control the coronavirus, but the dearth of tourists in the pandemic’s wake strangled an economy already damaged by mismanagement and U.S. sanctions.
Volkswagen to compensate workers over Brazil torture
on 2020-09-24 at 16:17
The German carmaker collaborated with Brazil’s military who were hunting for “subversives”.
Trump Adds to U.S. Travel Sanctions in Cuba, Including Cigar Import Ban
by Ceylan Yeginsu on 2020-09-24 at 15:04
Among other measures, Americans will no longer be able to import Cuban cigars or stay in hotels owned by the Cuban government.
Pablo Escobar: Money hidden in wall found in drug lord’s house
on 2020-09-24 at 12:47
A plastic bag with money worth $18m (£14m) is found in a wall by one of the drug lord’s nephews.
Brazilian Amazon city of Manaus may have reached Covid-19 ‘herd immunity’, study says
by NEWS WIRES on 2020-09-24 at 06:16
The Brazilian city of Manaus, which was devastated by the coronavirus pandemic, may have suffered so many infections that its population now benefits from “herd immunity,” according to a preliminary study.
Argentina Spied on Families of Lost Submarine Crew, Officials Say
by Daniel Politi on 2020-09-24 at 02:34
The families had grown angry at the former government for delaying the search operation and giving them what turned out to be false hope. Now, the new government says spies tracked the families.