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US seizes millions of dollars of Iranian fuel bound for Venezuela

Image caption Bella was one of four vessels that fuel was confiscated from. The US says it has taken control of four Iranian fuel shipments bound for Venezuela in the largest-ever seizure of its kind. About 1.1 million barrels of fuel were confiscated "with the assistance of foreign partners", according to the Justice Department. Washington said the shipments violated US sanctions. Iran's ambassador to Venezuela claimed that neither the ships ... Full story

Canada says new waves of coronavirus could swamp healthcare system, send death toll soaring

OTTAWA (Reuters) - Canada is planning for a “reasonable worst case scenario” in which new waves of the coronavirus would intermittently swamp the public health system and send the death toll soaring, officials said on Friday. FILE PHOTO: Canada's Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Theresa Tam attends a news conference as efforts continue to help slow the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada March 23, 2020. ... Full story

Opinion | Now we know: Trump’s racist appeals have backfired

Donald Trump won non-college graduates by a 51-to-44 percent margin in 2016; in the latest NPR-PBS NewsHour-Marist poll , he trails 46 to 48 percent among this group. Trump won White non-college graduates by a 66-to-29 percent margin four years ago; today, his lead has shrunk to 55 to 40. Support our journalism. Subscribe today. Trump won White college graduates by a 48-to-45 margin; in the new poll , he now trails Democrat Joe Biden 40 percent ... Full story

NASA and SpaceX target October 23 for first operational astronaut launch – TechCrunch

NASA and SpaceX have set a specific target date for Crew-1, the first operational crewed mission for SpaceX’s Crew Dragon spacecraft. Crew-1 will carry astronauts Shannon Walker, Victor Oliver, Mike Hopkins and Soichi Noguchi to the International Space Station, and will mark the first regular service mission of the Dragon spacecraft following its certification at the conclusion of its development and testing program. Crew Dragon’s final major ... Full story

Thai protests: Student leader Parit Chiwarak arrested on sedition charges

Image caption After his arrest, Parit Chiwarak was seen with his mother at the police station where he was taken. Thai police have detained a prominent student leader amid a growing movement calling for political reforms. Parit Chiwarak, 22, was arrested on the outskirts of Bangkok for taking part in a demonstration last month. Students have held regular protests since then. They are calling for a new constitution including changes to tough ... Full story

Coronavirus updates: Americans who know someone with COVID reaches new high

Matthew McConaughey grills Dr. Anthony Fauci in Instagram interview on COVID-19. Navajo Nation turns the corner on coronavirus. Dentists push back after new warning from WHO to delay routine dental checkups in areas where COVID is spreading. Here's how the news is developing today. All times Eastern. Please refresh this page for updates. 1:53 P.M.: MCKESSON TO BE 'CENTRAL DISTRIBUTOR' FOR FUTURE VACCINES, HHS SAYS. The U.S. Department of Health ... Full story

"Governor @GavinNewsom gives an update on California's COVID-19 response"

Reuters Top News: "Governor @GavinNewsom gives an update on California's COVID-19 response" Full story

Why did the A-level algorithm say no?

Image caption A protest over A-level results gathered in Westminster. Accusations of unfairness over this year's A-level results in England have focused on an "algorithm" for deciding results of exams cancelled by the pandemic. This makes it sound Machiavellian and complicated, when perhaps its problems are really being too simplistic. There have been two key pieces of information used to produce estimated grades: how students have been ranked ... Full story

Facebook launches support for paid online events – TechCrunch

Businesses will now be able to monetize online events on Facebook, thanks to a new feature that the social network is launching in the United States and 19 other countries today. In a call with reporters, Head of Facebook App Fidji Sumo said that Facebook’s Events feature was designed for in-person events, but with the COVID-19 pandemic and resulting social distancing orders, the company “really quickly pivoted” to supporting online events. In ... Full story

Costs from weeks of protests take financial toll on cash-strapped cities across US

From police injuries to financial losses from looters, the aftermath from weeks of cross-country protests is bringing some cities to their knees. All told, the unruly demonstrations following the deaths of George Floyd , Breonna Taylor and Ahmaud Arbery could make it one of the costliest displays of civil disorder in U.S. history. In many places, the financial fallout comes as cities and states have drained their coffers trying to fight ... Full story