About 3,000 retirees rallied in the Belarusian capital of Minsk for a third straight Monday to demand the resignation of President Alexander Lukashenko as mass protests against a disputed election continue to roil the country.Official results said he received 80% of the vote, while his main opponent, schoolteacher Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya, got only 10%.The Interior Ministry reported that 280 demonstrators were detained on Sunday, 215 of them in Minsk.According to Viasna, nearly 14,900 people have been detained since the election, and 91 of them have been declared political prisoners.Several journalists who covered the protests for Belarusian online media outlets were sentenced Monday to 13 to 15 days in jail.
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05:07Germany is putting the Bavarian municipality of Berchtesgadener Land under lockdown from 2pm today, as the picturesque Alpine region becomes the country’s main coronavirus hotspot.Schools, nurseries and restaurants will remain closed from today and after 2pm residents will not be allowed to leave their homes unless they have a strong reason to do so, such as work commitments, groceries shopping or outdoor exercise.The local lockdown is the first of its kind in Bavaria since April.While the German government insists it will try to avoid a second nation-wide lockdown at all costs, some officials have in recent days proposed cordoning off regions to contain the spread of the virus.Lothar Wieler, the head of the German disease control agency, said last week that while cordoning off entire districts had seemed “unimaginable” to him nine months ago, he could now see federal states taking such a step.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued new guidance on Monday saying it "strongly recommends appropriate masks be worn by all passengers and by all personnel" operating public transport across the country, including in stations, terminals and airports, to help slow spiraling coronavirus infections.Get Breaking News Delivered to Your InboxMost U.S. airlines, Amtrak and many other transport companies already require passengers and staff to wear masks.The CDC urged passengers on all "public conveyances (e.g., airplanes, ships, ferries, trains, subways, buses, taxis, ride-shares) as well as operators of those conveyances," to follow suit.The CDC said Monday that everyone "should wear masks that cover both the mouth and nose when waiting or, traveling on, or departing from public.People should also wear masks at an airport, bus or ferry terminal, train or subway station, seaport, or similar area that provides transportation."
A police officer patrolling Manchester Arena went on an 'unacceptable' two-hour break to buy a kebab on the day of suicide bomber Salman Abedi's attack, an inquiry has heard.British Transport Police (BTP) officer Jessica Bullough admitted to the inquiry she would 'probably' have asked Abedi what was in his rucksack had she seen him.Paul Greaney QC, counsel to the inquiry, asked her: 'When you look back, does that seem to be acceptable?'They had left the arena unpatrolled for 40 minutes while all took a meal break at the same time, despite instructions to stagger their breaks and finish by 9pm.Pictured: Ambulances and police arriving to Manchester Arena following the explosionMr Greaney asked: 'You knew the expectation was that you would be back by 10.30pm.
Princess Diana thought her husband should 'stand aside' to let William succeed the Queen because he wasn't up to the job, a documentary reveals.Speaking before her bombshell TV interview with Martin Bashir, Diana also made plain her 'hatred' for Prince Charles and described their marriage as 'hell from day one'.Doomed: The Prince and Princess of WalesThe princess went on to lay her frustrations bare on Panorama weeks later.Sir Max told Diana he was 'terribly flattered' she had 'come all the way down to the country to talk to me'.n Prince William has replaced the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh as patron of two wildlife charities.
'This is an issue for everyone and is not just about taking a stand for Greater Manchester.'Mr Zahawi said £22million has been offered to Greater Manchester to boost contact tracing, and made clear that more was on the table.'We have said to Andy and other local leaders that we will put £22 million into help for Greater Manchester, £8 per capita,' he said.It's not too late for local leaders to work with us to take action for the sake of the people of Greater Manchester.'AdvertisementBoris Johnson is poised to place Greater Manchester into the highest level of lockdown restrictions today, despite opposition from local politicians.
The demonstration drew about 150 people, many of them from southeast Los Angeles County communities riddled with lead contamination from decades of air pollution from the closed Exide Technologies facility.We’re collateral damage.”AdvertisementProtesters march from Boyle Heights to the Civic Center in Los Angeles, demanding accountability for pollution caused by the Exide battery recycling plant.Exide agreed to close the plant permanently in 2015 in a deal with federal prosecutors to avoid criminal prosecution for years of illegal activity.AdvertisementSince then, residents from half a dozen communities have fought state toxic waste regulators to get their yards cleaned.About 2,000 residential properties have had contaminated soil removed, but thousands more with lead levels above state limits remain uncleaned.
A second person has come forward to accuse a top advisor to Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti of sexual misconduct.A longtime player in politics and a former deputy chief of staff to the mayor, Jacobs is known for hosting fundraisers and other events at his home.Ali wrote that between 2005 and 2015 he attended at least a half dozen dinners at Jacobs’ house, where the alleged misconduct happened.“I considered [Jacobs] a friend, and we had many acquaintances in common,” Ali wrote.Jacobs has called Garza’s lawsuit a “work of pure fiction.” Garcetti has denied witnessing the behavior alleged by Garza.
The Supreme Court turned down an appeal from Pennsylvania’s Republican leaders on Monday, and left in place a ruling that says late-arriving mail ballots will be counted as long as they were mailed by election day.They feared postal delays could result in mail ballots arriving after election day.With the November election looming, the state supreme court agreed in September to rule on several disputes that arose from competing lawsuits.The state high court upheld a strict rule against counting a mail ballot that does not arrive inside a secured safety envelope.Pennsylvania’s attorney general argued the state supreme court had ruled on a matter of state election law, which he said should be off-limits to the U.S. justices in Washington.