What Biden means for Russia

Former U.S. Vice President, and current Democrat nominee, Joe Biden gestures as he delivers a statement on the results of talks with his Ukrainian president in Kiev on December 7, 2015.SERGEY SUPINSKI | AFP | Getty ImagesDespite some tough sanctions and even tougher criticism, Russia has not topped America's foreign policy priorities under President Donald Trump, who has appeared to have a congenial relationship with his counterpart Vladimir Putin.However, that

U.S. Diplomats and Spies Battle Trump Administration Over Suspected Attacks

WASHINGTON — The strange sound came at night: a crack like a marble striking the floor of the apartment above them.Mark Lenzi and his wife had lightheadedness, sleep issues and headaches, and their children were waking up with bloody noses — symptoms they thought might be from the smog in Guangzhou, China, where Mr. Lenzi worked for the State Department. But air pollution could not explain his sudden memory loss,

Trump announces plans to remove Sudan from state sponsors of terrorism list

"GREAT news! New government of Sudan, which is making great progress, agreed to pay $335 MILLION to U.S. terror victims and families. Once deposited, I will lift Sudan from the State Sponsors of Terrorism list. At long last, JUSTICE for the American people and BIG step for Sudan!" he tweeted. Trump's announcement comes months after the US and Sudan reached a bilateral settlement agreement. The tweet was welcome news for

Michigan reports 2,909 new coronavirus cases, 21 new deaths for Sunday and Monday

Michigan health officials reported a two-day total of 2,909 new coronavirus cases for Sunday, Oct. 18, and Monday, Oct. 19. The Department of Health and Human Services also reported 21 new deaths linked to COVID-19 over the two days, to push the state’s cumulative death count to 7,031 since the start of the pandemic. Michigan is averaging 1,620 new cases per day, compared to 1,077 cases per day a week

Bolivia awaits official election results, but the Socialist candidate is being congratulated

The Socialist candidate Luis Arce is already receiving congratulatory messages."We will have to lead the opposition. We will make Bolivia proud," Mesa said on Twitter Monday morning. He also thanked the voters who had supported him.The country's interim President Jeanine Añez has said the results so far suggest Arce has won. "We still don't have the official counting, but from the data we have, Mr. Arce and [vice-presidential candidate] Mr.

Coronavirus live news: global cases pass 40m; US cases rise in 48 states | World news

11.07am EDT 11:07 Hello, I’m taking over the blog for a short while. If you’d like to draw my attention to anything, your best bet’s probably Twitter, where I’m KevinJRawlinson. 10.23am EDT 10:23 Here’s a report by Nicola Davis and Pamela Duncan on deaths at home in England: About a third more deaths in England are occurring at home than before the Covid-19 pandemic, data has revealed, with the majority

Nazca Lines: Archaeologists discover 2,000-year-old cat figure in Peru

Written by Oscar Holland, CNNA huge feline figure carved into an arid hillside over 2,000 years ago has been discovered in southern Peru, according to the country's Ministry of Culture.The ancient geoglyph, which measures 37 meters (121 feet) across, forms part of the Nazca Lines, a collection of hundreds of mysterious artworks etched onto a plateau 250 miles south of Lima.The cat joins an array of other zoomorphic drawings found

Bolivia tense awaiting results of presidential election redo

LA PAZ, Bolivia (AP) — Bolivians waited nervously for the results of Sunday’s high-stakes presidential election even as Evo Morales pre-empted authorities’ slow vote count and declared his hand-picked candidate the victor in a high-stakes redo of last year’s annulled ballot that saw the leftist leader resign and leave the country. More than six hours after polls closed, barely 4% of all ballot boxes had been counted, officials said. Adding

After Brutal Beheading, Rallies Erupt Across France To Honor Slain Teacher : NPR

Demonstrators like the one shown here carried "I am Samuel" signs as they gathered on Place de la République in Paris on Sunday to pay tribute to slain history teacher Samuel Paty. Similar gatherings took place in several other cities as France reels from the attack. Bertrand Guay/AFP via Getty Images hide caption toggle caption Bertrand Guay/AFP via Getty Images Demonstrators like the one shown here carried "I am Samuel"

Covid-19 Live Updates: As Infections Rise, Trump’s Health Secretary Holds Out Hope

Here’s what you need to know:Alex Azar, the secretary of health and human services, pictured in August.Credit...Oliver Contreras for The New York TimesWith infections on the rise across the United States, Alex Azar, the secretary of Health and Human Services, said that Americans were experiencing “mitigation fatigue,” and tried to paint an optimistic picture of how much longer pandemic precautions would be needed. “Hang in there with us,” he said

US, Italy coronavirus pandemic responses worlds apart

By Eric J. LymanROME – Italy and the United States are a study in contrasts when it comes to the way they confronted the pandemic.Italy was the first country hit hard after the virus spread beyond China’s borders, and after some early missteps, the country took decisive action. Italy’s national lockdown was the first in Europe during peacetime, and it was stricter and lasted longer than those in other countries. Rules were

Huge cat found etched into desert among Nazca Lines in Peru | Peru

The dun sands of southern Peru, etched centuries ago with geoglyphs of a hummingbird, a monkey, an orca – and a figure some would dearly love to believe is an astronaut – have now revealed the form of an enormous cat lounging across a desert hillside.The feline Nazca line, dated to between 200BC and 100BC, emerged during work to improve access to one of the hills that provides a natural

Europe coronavirus: Leaders face off against regional authorities as second wave engulfs continent

Cities in the UK, France, Spain are resisting centralized efforts to impose tighter regulations, with days of tense negotiations ongoing as infections increase.In the northern English city of Manchester, UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has become engulfed in a row with local mayor Andy Burnham over whether to move the city from the UK's second tier of restrictions to its most severe third tier."If an agreement cannot be reached, I

New Zealand’s Ardern credits virus response for election win

AUCKLAND, New Zealand (AP) — A day after winning a second term in a landside victory, New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said Sunday she sees the election result as an endorsement of her government’s efforts to stamp out the coronavirus and reboot the economy.Speaking at a cafe near her Auckland home, Ardern said she expects to form a new government within three weeks and to prioritize work on the

Global Covid report: Paris under curfew as Europe battles soaring caseload | World news

Millions of Europeans faced tough new coronavirus restrictions as governments stepped up efforts to slow the surge in infections, after the World Health Organization reported a “very concerning” 44% rise in European cases over one week. From Saturday evening, Paris and several other French cities go under a night-time curfew that will last at least a month. England is banning mixed household gatherings in the capital and other areas, and

Covid-19 News: Live Updates – The New York Times

Here’s what you need to know:Voters in Lucas County, Ohio.Credit...Seth Herald/Agence France-Presse — Getty ImagesMore than 70,450 new coronavirus cases were reported in the United States on Friday, the highest figure since July 24, according to a New York Times database. More than 900 new deaths were recorded.At least nine states set single-day case records on Friday: Wyoming, Minnesota, Wisconsin, West Virginia, North Dakota, Indiana, New Mexico, Utah and Colorado.

Azerbaijan and Armenia agree to a pause in fighting

The new agreement -- set to start at midnight local time (4 p.m. ET Saturday) -- was announced after both sides earlier in the day accused each other of attacks that violated the Moscow-brokered, week-old peace deal. The dispute dates to the collapse of the Soviet Union, when Nagorno Karabakh declared independence from Azerbaijan, sparking a violent conflict that ended in a shaky 1994 ceasefire. Armenia backed Nagorno Karabakh, which

How a Strip Club Named Tootsie’s Could Doom Miami’s Coronavirus Lockdown Plan

A local strip club could doom a business curfew in Miami implemented to curb the coronavirus pandemic in Florida’s largest county.Over the past several months, local regulations in Miami-Dade have required businesses close early in the evening, a measure county officials took with hopes of slowing the spread of coronavirus.But on Friday, a Miami-Dade judge ruled in favor of Tootsie’s strip club in Miami Gardens, which sued the city, arguing

US coronavirus: The country reported its most cases in a day since July. Deaths may begin climbing, too, a leading expert says

On July 29, the US reported more than 71,300 infections, about two weeks after the country's peak daily case count of more than 77,000. That summer surge eventually waned, and daily averages dipped to a little more than 34,300 by September 12.Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts announced changes to the state's health measures, including requiring hospitals to reserve at least 10% of staffed general and ICU beds for Covid-19 patients. New

Missile kills 12 in Azerbaijan city, escalating Karabakh conflict

A missile strike levelled a row of homes in Azerbaijan's second city of Ganja on Saturday, killing 12 and injuring more than 40 people in their sleep in a sharp escalation of the conflict over the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region.The early hours attack, which saw a second missile strike another part of Ganja and a third reach the nearby strategic city of Mingecevir, came hours after Azerbaijani forces shelled the ethnic

French president denounces “Islamist terrorist attack” against teacher who was decapitated after allegedly showing Muhammed caricatures

French President Emmanuel Macron denounced what he called an "Islamist terrorist attack" against a history teacher decapitated in a Paris suburb Friday, urging the nation to stand united against extremism. The teacher had discussed caricatures of Islam's Prophet Muhammad with his class, authorities said. The suspected attacker was shot to death by police after Friday's beheading.The French anti-terrorism prosecutor opened an investigation concerning murder with a suspected terrorist motive, the

New Mexico sets another one-day COVID-19 record

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- New Mexico health officials on Friday confirmed the state set another single-day record with 819 COVID-19 cases, bringing the statewide total to 35,770 since the pandemic began.New rules to limit gatherings to five people or less, reduce hotel capacities and impose a 10 p.m. closing time for bars and some restaurants also took effect Friday after successive days of record-breaking daily infection rates.The previous record of 672

Switzerland’s Yodeling Concerts Have Created One of Europe’s Worst COVID Hot Spots

Swiss authorities have voiced their concern about two sing-along yodeling concerts attended by 600 fans of the traditional singing that are now known to have been superspreader COVID-19 events that have turned a small Swiss canton into a hot spot as a second wave of the pandemic sweeps Europe. People who attended the indoor performances in late September in the Schwyz canton were advised to socially distance, but not required