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Russian police in Far East cracks down marathon anti-Kremlin protest

Police in Russia`s Far East broke up a long-running anti-Kremlin protest with force on Saturday, detaining 25 people according to local authorities, in response to what they called an illegal attempt to erect protest tents in a central square.The demonstrations, in the city of Khabarovsk, have been going on for the last three months against President Vladimir Putin`s handling of a regional political crisis. Video footage on social media showed baton-wielding police wearing body armour hauling protesters away and dismantling tents as a woman screamed "What country do you live in?"Residents of Khabarovsk, about 6,110 km (3,800 miles) east of Moscow, started holding weekly rallies after the July 9 detention of Sergei Furgal, the region`s popular governor, over murder charges he denies. The protests have highlighted anger among some in the Far East over what they see as policies emanating from detached Moscow-based authorities who have neglected them for years.Supporters of Furgal…

Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen extends olive branch to China, calls for 'meaningful dialogue'

Amid heightened tensions between China, Taiwan's President Tsai Ing-wen on Saturday extended an olive branch calling for "meaningful dialogue" with Beijing on an equal basis. Speaking at the National Taiwan Day 2020 celebrations, Tsai described the situation in the Taiwan Strait as "quite tense." "As long as the Beijing authorities are willing to resolve antagonisms and improve cross-strait relations, while parity and dignity are maintained, we are willing to work together to facilitate meaningful dialogue," Tsai was quoted as saying by Reuters. She further claimed that if Beijing can heed Taiwan`s voice and facilitate a joint reconciliation and peaceful dialogue, the tensions between the two will surely be resolved.The Taiwanese president said democracy and peace in the region were facing big challenges with the recent disputes in the South China Sea, the ongoing border conflict between China-India and China`s crackdown in Hong Kong. Democratic Taiwan …

Rich world could be close to normal by late 2021 if coronavirus COVID-19 vaccine works: Bill Gates

Rich countries could be back to close to normal by late 2021 if a COVID-19 vaccine works, is ready soon and distributed properly at scale, Microsoft founder Bill Gates said on Tuesday. "By late next year you can have things going back pretty close to normal - that`s the best case," Gates, 64, told The Wall Street Journal CEO Council."We still don`t know whether these vaccines will succeed," Gates said. "Now the capacity will take time to ramp up. And so the allocation within the U.S., and between the U.S. and other countries will be a very top point of contention." COVID-19 vaccines developed by Pfizer/BioNTech and AstraZeneca/Oxford University are two of the leading candidates in the race to be first to get regulatory approval in the West. The head of the World Health Organization said on Tuesday that a vaccine against COVID-19 may be ready by the end of the year. Gates, who made a fortune from Microsoft, has since given $36 billion to the Bill & Mel…

US President Donald Trump showing no COVID-19 symptoms, says White House physician

Just days after US President Donald Trump was discharged from the Walter Reed Medical Centeron, he has reported no symptoms of COVID-19 and had a restful night at tthe White House. As confirmed by White House physician Dr Sean Conley.In a written note, Dr Conley said: "This morning the President`s team of physicians met him in the Residence. He had a restful first night at home, and today he reports no symptoms. Vital signs and physical exam remain stable, with an ambulatory oxygen saturation level of 95 to 97 per cent. Overall he continues to do extremely well, I will provide updates as we know more." On Monday, Trump left Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, where he was admitted for treatment of COVID-19, and returned to the White House.As soon as he reached the White House, Trump took off his mask despite caution from Dr Conley that Trump was not entirely "out of the woods yet". "After exiting the presidential helicopter, Trump entered the White Hou…

US Supreme Court conservatives revive criticism of gay marriage ruling

Two conservative justices mounted a fresh attack on Monday on the landmark 2015 ruling that legalized gay marriage nationwide even as the US Supreme Court rebuffed a bid by a former Kentucky official to avoid lawsuits over her refusal to grant marriage licenses to two same-sex couples.The court turned away an appeal by Kim Davis, who had served as Rowan County clerk, of a lower court ruling that let the lawsuits accusing her of violating the constitutional rights of the couples proceed. In an opinion accompanying that action, Justice Clarence Thomas, joined by Justice Samuel Alito, wrote that the same-sex marriage ruling, known as Obergefell v. Hodges, continues to have "ruinous consequences" for religious liberty. Thomas and Alito both dissented in the Obergefell ruling."Davis may have been one of the first victims of this court`s cavalier treatment of religion in its Obergefell decision, but she will not be the last," Thomas wrote. Thomas and Alito agreed on techni…

Netizens slam US President Donald Trump for removing mask after reaching White House

US President Donald Trump was discharged from hospital on Monday (October 5) following his COVID-19 diagnosis and he returned to the White House. Upon his return to his official residence, President Trump removed his mask for a photo op. The move left netizens in shock as Trump is still infected with coronavirus.Pictures and videos available on Twitter and other social media platforms show President Trump climbing a set of stairs at the White House and he then removed mask. Trump was also seen gasping for breath. One user wrote,”Trump climbs a few steps to the White House, takes off his mask and then is visibly gasping and having difficulty breathing while he tries to wave and pretend everything is fine.”Netizens slammed Trump for removing his mask for the photo-op and also risking his family and staff to the infectious disease. Several people said that Trump did not do the right by getting discharged from hospital. Here is how people reacted: It is to be noted that Trump was discharged …