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4 takeaways from a less abrasive — but more revealing — debate between Trump and Biden

4 takeaways from a less abrasive — but more revealing — debate between Trump and BidenOn Thursday evening, President Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden met in Nashville for the second — and final — socially distanced debate of the 2020 presidential campaign.

Treasure hunter dug through Yellowstone cemetery looking for famous bounty, feds say

Treasure hunter dug through Yellowstone cemetery looking for famous bounty, feds sayHe was allegedly seeking the coveted Forrest Fenn treasure, officials said.

Turkish burgers off the menu in Saudi Arabia as trade boycott bites fast food industry

Turkish burgers off the menu in Saudi Arabia as trade boycott bites fast food industryWith its spicy sauce and Ottoman-themed packaging, the “Turkish burger” is one of the more exotic choices on the menu at Saudi Arabian restaurant Herfy. Or, at least, it was. This week, the Turkish patty has vanished from the menu and been replaced with an identical “Greek burger,” the latest casualty of Saudi Arabia’s unofficial boycott of Turkish products. “It’s the same thing,” one Herfy worker, Mahmood Bassyoni, told customers as he offered them a taste of the burger, according to Bloomberg news agency. “Just the name changed.” The boycott reportedly began after Recep Tayyip Erdogan outraged Riyadh, one of its main rivals in the Middle East, by claiming that “Arab countries in the Gulf will not exist for long but Turkey will always remain powerful.” Tensions have also simmered over the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi in Saudi Arabia’s Istanbul consulate and differing attitudes towards Islamist groups in the region. Mr Erdogan has accused Mohammed bin Salman, the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia, of ordering the murder personally, something that he vehemently denies. The Telegraph approached Herfy for comment on whether the rebranding was related to the boycott but had not received a response at the time of publication. According to Arab News, a Saudi news website, the boycott has been gaining steam in recent weeks, with major supermarket Al Sadhan Group expressing support for the campaign. This was followed by dairy firm Tamimi Markets adding its voice to the backlash against Turkish goods, along with a number of online fashion retailers.

Man gets 20 years for buying guns used in 2015 terror attack

Man gets 20 years for buying guns used in 2015 terror attackThe man who bought two rifles that husband-and-wife assailants used to kill 14 people in a Southern California terror attack nearly five years ago was sentenced Friday to 20 years in prison. Enrique Marquez Jr. supplied the weapons that Syed Rizwan Farook and Farook’s wife, Tashfeen Malik, used on Dec. 2, 2015, to open fire on a meeting and holiday gathering of San Bernardino County employees who worked with Farook. Minutes later, a post on a Facebook page associated with Malik pledged allegiance to the leader of the Islamic State terror group.

A 73-year-old in Colorado was fined more than $1,000 after her pet deer gored a woman walking her dog

A 73-year-old in Colorado was fined more than $1,000 after her pet deer gored a woman walking her dogTynette Housley, 73, was cited on misdemeanor charges of illegal possession of wildlife and illegally feeding wildlife.

Turkey's Armenians 'cannot breathe' as Karabakh rhetoric rages

Turkey's Armenians 'cannot breathe' as Karabakh rhetoric ragesTurkey's support of Azerbaijan in its conflict with Armenian separatists in Nagorno-Karabakh is loud and intensely partisan, and the tiny Armenian community in Turkey is feeling under pressure.

Christian singer to host evangelical ‘worship protest’ on Washington DC’s National Mall with 15,000 expected to attend

Christian singer to host evangelical ‘worship protest’ on Washington DC’s National Mall with 15,000 expected to attendThe event scheduled this weekend will not require attendees to wear masks or social distance

Cuomo’s Claims about Hasidic Wedding Deserve Scrutiny

Cuomo’s Claims about Hasidic Wedding Deserve ScrutinyPeople want answers. They crave certainty amid chaos. But for a year filled with tremendous upheaval and so much newness, there have been notably few questions -- and that’s a problem.In pre-pandemic days, New Yorkers knew that Governor Andrew Cuomo was an abrasive bully, intolerant of those who didn’t share his political beliefs. Yet Cuomo’s eagerness to take charge matched the moment back in March. Cuomo comforted those nervous about COVID-19 by communicating clearly at his daily press conferences.Seven months later, though, the picture is different. It’s clear that too much power has been ceded to Governor Cuomo. Not only have state legislators provided the governor with “nearly unchecked power,” but the media have too. Events now follow an all-too-familiar script. Consider, for example, the story surrounding the Satmar Hasidic wedding in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, on Monday night. Governor Cuomo said something, reporters accepted it, and a negative narrative about New York’s Orthodox Jews took hold.If you read or watch the New York Times, The Hill, New York’s NBC 4, ABC News, the Daily Beast, the Miami Herald, Britain’s Daily Mail, Australia’s Business Insider or countless other outlets, you may have heard “that upwards of 10,000 people were expected to attend” the wedding of the Grand Rebbe’s grandson. However, there are many questions that should have been asked -- and indeed appear to have gone unasked -- before Cuomo publicly blasted New York’s Satmar Hasidic community, and before the international media broadcast the story far and wide.To recap, on Saturday, while Orthodox Jews were unplugged for the Sabbath, Cuomo told the media, “We received a suggestion that [an enormous wedding] was happening. We did an investigation and found that it was likely true.”While some unquestioningly accept the governor’s remarks, I, for one, would like to know more about this investigation and the related activities.For starters, is nobody else curious about -- or perhaps troubled by -- the decision to deliver the “Section 16 order prohibiting the mass gathering” on Friday evening? New York’s leaders know that Orthodox Jews are indisposed starting at sundown on Friday, when the Sabbath begins. So, when exactly did state authorities learn about this wedding?Next, the government’s source was someone with known animus toward New York’s Haredi community who has since acknowledged in an op-ed that he had “other motivations” beyond saving lives. Did no one on the governor’s staff think it important to be absolutely certain of the facts before discussing this wedding so publicly?Did anyone ask a Yiddish speaker to translate the public wedding invitation? It included a box -- in red -- that read: “Please follow all of the regulations from the health department scrupulously; they will be strictly enforced.” That this health notice appeared in Yiddish, a language all invited guests would speak, implies that this wasn’t virtue signaling.As for logistics, the synagogue in question could never hold a crowd of 10,000, as Satmar leader Rabbi Moshe Dovid Niederman explained to Cuomo during a Sunday call, published in the Orthodox daily Hamodia. The hosting congregation even published a statement explaining that “this wedding was designed differently,” because of COVID-19. So, only “a small circle of close family members” were expected to attend the ceremony and celebratory meal. The statement also noted that “unwarranted attacks on this event” were “detached from the facts” before remarking, “It’s sad that nobody verified our plans before attacking us.”Americans Against Antisemitism founder Dov Hikind considered that statement credible. During a call, he asked rhetorically, “Are the Satmar so out of their minds that they’re planning a wedding with 10,000 or even 1,000, and TV cameras would’ve been down there? It would have been a disaster.”Another nagging question remains: Why didn’t Cuomo just call Satmar leaders? On Sunday’s call, Cuomo described knowing Rabbi Niederman for “over 20 years.” Given that, Cuomo could easily have buzzed Niederman to fact-check. Hikind commented, “Why didn’t the governor pick up the phone before making it into a national story? That’s being sensitive? That’s not being a friend.” A friend would inquire directly. Further, if anything in the original wedding plans didn’t fully comply with state health guidelines, a friend would offer private guidance on how to remedy shortcomings.Cuomo’s response to Niederman during Sunday’s call truly stands out, though: “In this crazy world, everything gets blown out of proportion. And you’re right, the press comes to me, they ask me a question, with an asserted fact in it. ‘There is a wedding that’s gonna have 10,000 people, how can you let that happen?’ They assert the fact, and then it’s hard to say to the reporter, ‘Well, I don’t know if you, if that’s true or not.’ And I understand that things are said.”But Cuomo clearly accepted the premise of a large wedding taking place, and his words have had consequences. Reporters descended on Williamsburg on Monday, something locals did not appreciate. Further, harassment and anti-Semitic graffiti continue apace for New York’s Orthodox Jews, as does the cementing of the dangerous narrative that Orthodox Jews deserve unique blame for COVID-19’s spread.If New York is to conquer COVID-19, there must be universal compliance with public-health guidelines. However, public officials must simultaneously demonstrate true leadership. In Governor Cuomo’s case, that includes ending his recent, troubling pattern of singling out New York’s Orthodox Jewish community. Perhaps he could start by publicly taking responsibility for the response that launched a thousand nasty news stories.

Virus, economy top concerns as Lithuanians vote in runoff

Virus, economy top concerns as Lithuanians vote in runoffThe coronavirus pandemic is the main domestic issue as Lithuania holds a parliamentary runoff election Sunday, and the winner will have to tackle a rapidly deteriorating public health sector and high unemployment. In the second round, 68 of the 141 seats in Lithuania's legislative assembly, the Seimas, are up for grabs. The other seats were allotted after the Oct. 11 first round of voting.

China says looking into unfair competition on e-commerce platforms: Xinuha

China says looking into unfair competition on e-commerce platforms: XinuhaChina's market regulator and other government departments have launched an exercise focused on e-commerce, with plans to crack down on areas such as unfair competition and the illegal trading of counterfeits or wildlife, state news agency Xinhua said. The operation will run until December and will also look into areas such as livestreaming, which has in the past two years become a popular sales channel in China, Xinhua said on Saturday, referring to a recently issued notice from the State Administration of Market Supervision and other departments.

A right-wing extremist shot up a Minneapolis police precinct during a BLM protest and screamed 'Justice for Floyd!' prosecutors say

A right-wing extremist shot up a Minneapolis police precinct during a BLM protest and screamed 'Justice for Floyd!' prosecutors sayWeeks after opening fire, he posted on Facebook "I helped the community burn down that police station in Minneapolis," according to the complaint.

Cop fired after fatally shooting Black teen in Waukegan, Illinois

Cop fired after fatally shooting Black teen in Waukegan, IllinoisMarcellis Stinnette, 19, was killed during the incident and his girlfriend was seriously wounded.

U.S. breaks daily record for coronavirus cases with over 84,000 new infections

U.S. breaks daily record for coronavirus cases with over 84,000 new infectionsThe spike in cases comes less than two weeks before the presidential election on Nov. 3 and is hitting battleground states such as Ohio, Michigan, North Carolina, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin. On Thursday, the United States reported a near-record 76,195 new cases. The previous record was 77,299 new cases on July 16.

Mexico will not follow FDA in approving Gilead's COVID-19 drug

Mexico will not follow FDA in approving Gilead's COVID-19 drugMexico will not necessarily follow the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in approving Gilead Science Inc's antiviral drug remdesivir for use in COVID-19 patients, a top Mexican health official said on Friday. Mexico's health regulator Cofepris has already twice denied approval for the drug with a "non-favorable" opinion, deputy health minister Hugo Lopez-Gatell told his regular nightly news conference.

NASA probe leaking asteroid samples after hearty collection

NASA probe leaking asteroid samples after hearty collectionThe U.S. probe that collected a sample from an asteroid earlier this week retrieved so much material that a rock is wedged the container door, allowing rocks to spill back out into space, NASA officials said on Friday. The robotic arm of the probe, OSIRIS-REx, on Tuesday night kicked up a debris cloud of rocks on Bennu, a skyscraper-xxxxd asteroid some 200 million miles (320 million km) from Earth and trapped the material in a collection device for the return to Earth. The leakage had the OSIRIS-REx mission team scrambling to stow the collection device to prevent additional spillage."Time is of the essence," Thomas Zurbuchen, NASA’s associate administrator for science, told reporters.

Daily Covid-19 cases will hit six digits soon, expert warns
The US just marked a harrowing milestone: It recorded its highest one-day number of Covid-19 infections Friday at more than 83,000 -- more than 6,000 higher than the country's previous record set in July.
Dr. Birx identifies what's behind recent spike in virus cases
Dr. Deborah Birx, who is on the White House coronavirus task force, says that indoor gatherings as the weather gets colder are driving the recent increase in coronavirus cases.
Fauci says it might be time to mandate masks
Dr. Anthony Fauci has been reluctant to support a federal mask mandate.
Infectious disease expert issues stark warning about US
As the United States records it's highest single day total for new Covid-19 cases, infectious disease expert Michael Osterholm warns that the country will see some of the darkest days in its history until a vaccine is made widely
People with Down syndrome have 10 times the risk of death from Covid-19 as those without, study finds
People with Down syndrome have 10 times the risk of dying from Covid-19 compared to those without the disability, a team of researchers reported Thursday.
Risk of polio outbreak grows because of the pandemic
Health experts fear an outbreak of the polio virus in the Americas during the Covid-19 pandemic due to a delay in vaccinations and surveillance.
1 very concerning headline on the 2020 vote
• Analysis: Trump seizes on one Biden debate comment in particular • See Enten's reaction to Trump's election prediction
Trump returns to much-changed Mar-a-Lago
• Analysis: Why Trump resonates with some Black men • Check out the latest 2020 election polls
U.S. Records Highest Number Of Coronavirus Cases In 1 Day Since Pandemic Began
Cases of the virus have been rising in the U.S. since mid-September.
Scientists Discover Unmarked Coffins During Search For 1921 Tulsa Massacre Victims
Tulsa officials said at least 12 coffins were discovered over four days of digging in the city-owned Oaklawn Cemetery. More tests need to be conducted to determine if remains are massacre victims.
1st 'Murder Hornet' Nest In U.S. Is Found In Washington State
State entomologists found the nest in a tree near the Canadian border. They were led there by an Asian giant hornet to which they had attached a radio tracker. The state plans to eradicate the nest.
Revisiting Voters In Pueblo, Colo.
As the election approaches, several voters in Pueblo, Colo., share how they've fared during the pandemic and how that's shaped the way they think about their elected leaders.
We Answer Your Questions About How To Celebrate The Holidays Safely
What considerations should you be thinking about as you plan holiday travel during the coronavirus pandemic?
Alleged Plot To Kidnap Michigan Governor Continues To Roil State
The foiled alleged plot to kidnap Gov. Gretchen Whitmer follows months of misogynistic attacks and a legislature casting her as a tyrant. How are residents reacting?
Man Arrested In N.C. Had Plan To Kill Joe Biden, Feds Say
Alexander Hillel Treisman, 19, was indicted on child pornography charges. Federal agents presented evidence suggesting he was obsessed with mass shootings — and drove within 4 miles of Biden's home.
Sudan And Israel Agree To Normalize Relations In U.S.-Brokered Deal
The U.S. said earlier this week that it would remove Sudan from the state sponsors of terrorism list as part of the agreement.
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US Election 2020: Biden seeks to clarify remark on ending oil
The Democrat says he meant fossil fuel subsidies, as Mr Trump claims it was a serious gaffe.
Coronavirus: US cases reach record high amid new wave of infections
Over 83,000 infections were reported on Friday, with death and hospitalisation numbers also rising.
George Floyd protests: 'Boogaloo' member held in precinct attack
A member of an extremist group has been charged with rioting during the May George Floyd protests.
Colorado fires: 'It's devastating... watching my community burn'
The Colorado wildfires have forced teacher CarrieAnn Fain to leave behind her dream home.
US man jailed for supplying guns used in San Bernardino shootings
Enrique Marquez was found guilty of buying guns for a couple who carried out the 2015 San Bernardino attack.
The Countdown: Ariana Grande and early voting for astronauts
Just after the debate ended, Ariana Grande dropped a video and it put her in the White House.
Sudan-Israel relations agreed, Donald Trump announces
Sudan becomes the third Arab country in weeks to agree to normalise ties with its historical foe.
Presidential debate: Decoding Trump and Biden's body language
A body language expert gives her view on the presidential rivals' final live TV debate.
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Did America Have a ‘Good Relationship’ with Hitler? What Joe Biden Got Right and Wrong About That History During the Debate
Joe Biden said at the Oct. 22 debate that the U.S. "had a good relationship with Hitler before he, in fact, invaded Europe."
This Year’s World Series Isn’t the First Played During a Pandemic. Here’s What Happened to Baseball in 1918
Boston Red Sox historian Gordon Edes called it “the most joyless World Series ever"
How Joe Biden Built a Different Democratic Coalition
Standing outside a Walmart in Sterling Heights, Mich., the choice seemed simple to Heather Abro. She voted for President Donald Trump in 2016, “because I wanted to give someone who was not a politician a chance.” Besid
Minneapolis Residents Sue City Over Alleged Police Department Rollbacks
The lawsuit counters the widespread calls to defund police departments and take officers off the streets
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