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Thousands defy lockdown to protest outside Israeli prime minister's home

Thousands of Israelis defy lockdown to protest outside Benjamin Netanyahu's home, there's international pressure on China to close wet markets permanently, and the "happiness lab" helping people to cope with covid restrictions.

WHO predicts 2 million deaths

The WHO's emergencies head Dr Michael Ryan says it's 'quite possible' 2 million will die before a vaccine is developed. Also: the US has more than 7 million cases, and the role our genes play in our response to Covid-19.

Restrictions tightened across Europe

France records its highest daily number of new cases - just over 16,000. Also: measures to simplify the postponed Olympics, and are animals the answer to identifying Covid-19?

Volunteers 'to be infected with Covid-19'

UK trials to vaccinate volunteers and then expose them to the virus. Also: the European Commission calls for measures to prevent a second wave, and Israel tightens restrictions.

US death toll passes 200,000

President Trump defends his record and blames China. Also: Johnson & Johnson becomes the fourth company to begin a final and large-scale trial of a vaccine, and football fans in Brazil can return to stadiums.

The Economist | Business

What Warren Buffett sees in Japan Inc

The trading houses reflect a growing pro-shareholder culture…

BP and other oil majors v utilities

Electric utilities are becoming power players in the energy industry…

How Donald Kendall, as PepsiCo’s boss, sparked the cola wars

The legacy of the legendary salesman lives on…

Why the TikTok deal is like Schrödinger’s cat

To understand the video-app saga, think of quantum mechanics…

Can Weibo do better than Twitter?

China’s microblogging giant faces ever stiffer competition for advertising revenue…

The Economist | International

The pandemic is plunging millions back into extreme poverty

It could take years for them to escape again…

Social-media platforms are destroying evidence of war crimes

Content-moderation policies have led to evidence being erased, sometimes before it is ever seen…

The UN renews its vows in a 75th-birthday general non-assembly

There is little celebration as leaders stay away…

The world needs a better World Health Organisation

The WHO has done well against covid-19. But it needs more muscle and more money…

The Economist | U.S.

Donald Trump nominates Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court

If confirmed by the Senate, the 48-year-old appeals-court judge will cement a 6-3 conservative majority on America’s highest court…

What does Amy Coney Barrett think?

A look at the record of the woman who is likely to be on America’s Supreme Court soon…

China now has the world’s largest fleet, alarming its Pacific rival

America’s defence secretary announces a high-tech plan to secure parity…

The knife fight over Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s replacement

Republicans may come to miss the norms they are breaking in the Senate…

The ten most surprising Senate races since 1972

Which races would The Economist’s new model have had most trouble predicting?

The Guardian

Borat 2 imminent, reports suggest, with Trump, Epstein and Giuliani as targets

Sacha Baron Cohen said to have test-screened follow-up to his 2006 hit, which was shot during the pandemicReports that Sacha Baron Cohen has filmed and test-screened a sequel to his 2006 comedy hit, Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benef…

Coronavirus live news: global deaths near 1m as India passes 6m cases

Travel between New Zealand and some states of Australia possible before end of the year; first virus death among asylum seekers in GreeceGlobal deaths pass 996,000India passes 6m casesRegular ‘circuit breaker’ lockdowns ‘could help control Covi…

UK coronavirus live: Burnham says 10pm closing time for pubs 'doing more harm than good'

Greater Manchester mayor says rule ‘creates an incentive for people to gather in the streets or at home’New Covid fines of up to £10,000 come into force in EnglandDelay university term until on-campus testing ready, says Labour‘Like the Englis…

The family whose Black Lives Matter sign shook their conservative town

In the small community of White Sulphur Springs, everyone knows each others’ political stance. But does it promote any fruitful debate? The hamlet of White Sulphur Springs, two hours northwest of New York City, tumbles toward the rolling foothills…

Food factory workers: tell us about your UK workplace experiences

Many worked from home during the pandemic, but food factory workers often continued to go to workplacesWe would like to hear from food production workers in factories about their experiences in their workplaces during the pandemic.What are conditions…

New York Times

Top White House Official Denies Pressuring F.D.A. on Vaccine Guidelines

The number of lives lost to the virus is nearing one million, and new hot spots keep emerging. The U.S., Brazil, India and Mexico account for more than half of the total.

At Trial, Jewish Victims of 2015 Paris Attack Ask: Why the Hatred?

Four people were killed by a hostage-taker at a kosher supermarket that year. Families and survivors who testified this past week said his callous anti-Semitism was still hard to process.

Crowds at the Beijing Auto Show Signal China's Spenders are Back

Big crowds at places like the Beijing auto show are a sign of good news for a world mired in recession. But China needs its less affluent to spend more before its growth engine can return to full speed.

The Rise of Child Labor in the Coronavirus Pandemic

With schools closed and families desperate for income, millions of children are being forced into work that is often dangerous, arduous and illegal.

South China Morning Post

Hong Kong Covid-19 testing explained: was it a success?

Tap here to launch this special feature…

Coronavirus in China: Rebound and reflection in Wuhan as global Covid-19 death toll passes 1 million

As the coronavirus claimed its millionth life, people in Wuhan expressed sadness on Monday at the continuing global impact of the pandemic, more than nine months after it emerged in the city in central China.Pride at the city’s resilience in the fa…

Japanese struggling to cope urged to seek help after death of actress Yuko Takeuchi

Japan’s government on Monday urged people to seek help if they were struggling to cope, following the death at the weekend of a popular actress.The death of Miss Sherlock star Yuko Takeuchi, 40, shocked the nation and follows other recent cases of…

James Cameron reveals ‘Avatar 2’ is complete, praises New Zealand’s Covid-19 response

James Cameron has given fans an update on the Avatar sequels during a chat with none other than the Terminator.Speaking from New Zealand, Cameron joined Arnold Schwarzenegger for the 2020 Austrian World Summit. While the actor and director mostly spo…

Guangzhou begins airport expansion as city jostles with Shenzhen and Hong Kong for aviation dominance

Guangzhou is speeding up plans to become the leading aviation hub in the Greater Bay Area, as the city’s Baiyun International Airport started a third phase of expansion on Sunday.The extension, which includes a fourth and fifth runway, a third term…

The Straits Times

Suspect in downing of flight Malaysia Airlines' MH17 in Ukraine denies any involvement at trial

September 28, 2020 5:16 PMTHE HAGUE (REUTERS) - One of four suspects being tried in absentia for the 2014 downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 has denied any involvement with firing or supplying the missile used in its destruction, a lawyer said in…

Azerbaijan declares partial military mobilisation after clashes with Armenia

September 28, 2020 3:42 PMBAKU/YEREVAN (REUTERS) - Azerbaijan declared a partial military mobilisation on Monday (Sept 28) following clashes with Armenian forces over the Nagorno-Karabakh region.

Huawei exec Meng Wanzhou to accuse US of misleading Canada in extradition case

September 28, 2020 2:06 PMVANCOUVER (AFP) - Chinese Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou and her lawyers return to a Canadian court on Monday (Sept 28) to press for her release, arguing the US misled Canada about her alleged crimes to secure her detention o…

Armenia and Azerbaijan: A decades-long bloody rivalry

September 28, 2020 12:53 PMYEREVAN (AFP) - Armenia and Azerbaijan, two ex-Soviet republics in the Caucasus, are locked in a decades-long territorial dispute with deadly fighting erupting on Sunday (Sept 27).

New York City authorities worry over neighbourhood coronavirus hotbeds

September 28, 2020 11:54 AMNEW YORK (AFP) - Coronavirus infection rates have increased at "an alarming rate" in several New York neighbourhoods, particularly among the Orthodox Jewish community in Brooklyn, city health authorities warned on Sunday (S…

Sydney Morning Herald

NRL considers bigger penalties to stamp out hip-drop dangers

As commentator Greg Alexander doubled down in his scathing assessment of the hip-drop tackle, the NRL sent Storm forward Max King straight to the judiciary.

State on track to meet reopening targets

Victoria is on track to meet the government’s targets for reopening the state, epidemiologists say – but they warn reopening too soon would increase the chances of a third wave.

The Beatles, John Laws and 78 years on radio: Bob Rogers hangs up headphones

The 93-year-old broadcaster has announced his final show in a remarkable radio career will be on Saturday.

'Extra incentive': Eagles welcome back stars ahead of Collingwood clash

West Coast will have "extra incentive to win" against Collingwood in this week's elimination final after health officials advised the Eagles they'd have to quarantine in their homes for another 14 days if they lose.  …

Crows players allegedly caught with cocaine

Adelaide say they are conducting an investigation after two Crows players were allegedly caught in possession of an "illicit substance" in the early hours of Monday morning.

TechCrunch

Philippines payment processing startup PayMongo lands $12 million Series A led by Stripe

Stripe has led a $12 million Series A round in Manila-based online payment platform PayMongo, the startup announced today. PayMongo, which offers an online payments API for businesses in the Philippines, was the first Filipino-owned financial tech st…

Trump administration’s TikTok ban has been delayed

A U.S. federal court has said a ban on TikTok will not go into effect on Monday as scheduled. The move to delay the anticipated ban will allow Americans to continue using the app while the court considers the ban’s legality and whether the app…

This is how police request customer data from Amazon

Anyone can access portions of a web portal, used by law enforcement to request customer data from Amazon, even though the portal is supposed to require a verified email address and password. Amazon’s law enforcement request portal allows police…

Is your startup the next TikTok?

Editor’s note: Get this free weekly recap of TechCrunch news that any startup can use by email every Saturday morning (7 a.m. PT). Subscribe here. And I don’t mean building an app that gets the world addicted to short-form videos. I mean, where…

This Week in Apps: Redesigning the iOS 14 home screen, app makers form ‘fairness’ coalition, latest on TikTok ban

Welcome back to This Week in Apps, the TechCrunch series that recaps the latest OS news, the applications they support and the money that flows through it all. The app industry is as hot as ever, with a record 204 billion downloads and $120 billi…

Wall Street Journal

U.S. Warns Iraq It Is Preparing to Shut Down Baghdad Embassy

The Trump administration said it would close the embassy unless the Iraqi government stops rocket attacks by Shiite militias against U.S. interests.

Lebanon's Prime Minister-Designate Resigns, Deepening Country's Political Crisis

The failure to form a government thwarts a French-led initiative that sought to end a political impasse and unlock international aid after a massive explosion destroyed nearly half the capital last month…

Armenia and Azerbaijan Clash Over Disputed Region

Fighting flared Sunday amid fear that involvement of regional powers could transform the standoff into a regional conflict.

Coronavirus Spreads Deep Into the Amazon, Imperiling an Ancient Tribe

Covid-19 has now reached some of the most remote regions of the world, including regions of the Amazon rainforest where the isolated Yanomami have lived for more than a millennium.

China's Export Machine Looks Inward as Global Risks Rise

President Xi Jinping wants to encourage domestic consumption as a hedge against potential commercial or geopolitical disruption, but merchants in the export-oriented city of Yiwu face hurdles to selling more goods at home.

Wired

The Best Smart Light Bulbs (2020): Ambient Lighting, Kits, Color, and More

They're the easiest way to start building a smarter home. From Ikea and Philips Hue kits to ambient lighting, here are our favorites.

Scientists May Have Found a Material for Building on Mars

Using simple chemistry, the organic polymer chitin can be transformed into a viable substance for creating tools and habitats on the Red Planet.

Is Dark Matter Just Black Holes Made During the Big Bang?

Stephen Hawking once proposed that unseen “primordial” black holes might be the hidden dark matter. A series of new studies shows how it can work.

TCL 6-Series TV Review (2020): It's Our Favorite TV, Again

Mini-LED backlighting, clever cable management, and built-in Roku are just a few of its standout features.

The Android 11 Privacy and Security Features You Should Know

Many of the updates to Google’s mobile OS are behind the scenes—but they can help you control your app permissions and keep your data safe.

World Health Organization

Chikungunya – Chad

On 28 August 2020, the National IHR Focal Point of Chad notified WHO of an outbreak of chikungunya in Abéché, eastern Chad.

Ebola virus disease – Democratic Republic of the Congo

Three months after the declaration of the eleventh Ebola virus disease (EVD) outbreak in Equateur Province, Democratic Republic of the Congo, the number of confirmed cases continues to increase, and the geographic spread of the outbreak continues to…

Circulating vaccine-derived poliovirus type 2 – Sudan

On 9 August 2020, the Federal Ministry of Health, Sudan notified WHO of the detection of a…

Yellow fever – French Guiana, France

On 23 July 2020, the France IHR National Focal Point reported a confirmed autochthonous (locally acquired) case of yellow fever in a 14-year-old male in French Guiana. On 17 July 2020, the case was laboratory confirmed at the French National Referenc…

Plague – Democratic Republic of the Congo

The health zone of Rethy in Ituri province, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, has seen an upsurge of plague cases since June 2020. The first case, a 12-year-old girl, reported to a local health centre on 12 June experiencing a headache, fever, co…

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