Over 1.5 million people have lost their lives due to COVID-19 with one death reported every nine seconds on a weekly average, as vaccinations are set to begin in December in a handful of developed nations. Nearly 65 million people globally have been infected by the disease and the worst affected country, United States, is currently battling a third wave of coronavirus infections. The novel coronavirus caused more deaths in the past year than tuberculosis in 2019 and nearly four times the number of deaths due to malaria, according to the World Health Organisation.
U.S. appeals court judges appeared skeptical on Thursday of voiding a 2007 deal that shielded Jeffrey Epstein from child sex charges that one of his alleged victims says prevents her from talking to prosecutors about possible co-conspirators. The agreement shields unidentified alleged accomplices and nullifying it could impact the criminal case in New York against Ghislaine Maxwell, who stands accused of luring girls so Epstein could abuse them. Maxwell has pleaded not guilty.
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Following a momentous week in which "The Mandalorian" became the first Disney Plus series to make Nielsen's new streaming top 10 list, there was very little change in week 2 of "Star Wars" show's second season. "Mandalorian" debuted in third position last week and retained that place this time around, drawing just under 1 billion […]
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Atletico Madrid forward Luis Suarez is set to return to action this weekend after the Liga club confirmed on Thursday that the Uruguayan had returned a negative COVID-19 test. The 33-year-old tested positive for coronavirus last month on international duty and missed his country's win over Colombia and defeat by Brazil as well as Atleti's last four fixtures. "Luis Suarez will rejoin the first team group training session... after returning a negative PCR test conducted by La Liga," a club statement read.
The Trump administration is accusing Facebook in a lawsuit of discriminating against U.S. workers in favor of foreigners with special visas to fill more than 2,600 high-paying jobs. The Justice Department announced the suit Thursday, alleging that the tech giant refused to recruit, consider or hire qualified and available U.S. workers for the positions that the social medial giant reserved for temporary visa holders. Facebook sponsored the visa holders for “green cards” authorizing them to work permanently.
Kicking off the 2020 holiday season appropriately, lawn workers accidentally decapitated a life-sized Santa decoration in Wyckoff, New Jersey, on December 2.Security-camera footage taken at the home of Reyza Tanen shows a worker literally blowing Santa’s head off on her porch with a leaf blower.“Is this not the best way to end 2020?” wrote Tanen on the Facebook post. “This is the view from my front door earlier. It can’t get any better than this!” Credit: Reyza Tanen via Storyful
The top U.S. military officer said Thursday the United States should reconsider its decades-old practice of stationing troops and their families in allied countries at risk of war, like South Korea and in the Persian Gulf. In remarks on the future of warfare, Army Gen. Mark Milley said he believes the military should be more selective in its peacetime presence abroad. “Large permanent U.S. bases overseas might be necessary for rotational forces to go into and out of, but permanently positioning U.S. forces I think needs a significant relook for the future,” not just because of the cost but also because it can leave military families vulnerable in high-risk areas, he said.
The seven-times European champions were stunned as already-eliminated Celtic scored twice in the opening 13 minutes through Tom Rogic and Odsonne Edouard. But the Italian side responded in style as Hakan Calhanoglu pulled a goal back with a free kick in the 24th minute and two minutes later the hosts were level through Samu Castillejo. Milan went ahead five minutes after the break through Jens Petter Hauge and substitute Brahim Diaz finished off Celtic with a superb chipped finish in the 82nd minute.
The White House said President Donald Trump is signing an executive order on Thursday setting guidance for federal agency use of artificial intelligence that aims to foster public acceptance of the technology in government decision making. The order directs agencies to prepare inventories of AI-use cases throughout their departments and directs the White House to develop a roadmap for policy guidance for administrative use of AI. Michael Kratsios, U.S. chief technology officer, said the executive order "will foster public trust in the technology, drive government modernization, and further demonstrate America’s leadership in artificial intelligence."
Tottenham Hotspur earned the point they needed to reach the Europa League knockout stage on Thursday as they were held to a roller-coaster 3-3 draw at LASK Linz after Mamoudou Karamoko grabbed a stoppage-time equaliser for the Austrians. LASK are third with seven points and Bulgarian side Ludogorets are bottom without a point. Tottenham host Antwerp next week to decide the group winners.
Venezuelan politician Henry Gomez is running for parliament as part of an alliance that has promised to confront President Nicolas Maduro and the ruling Socialist Party, but he has an unusual profile for an opposition candidate. Gomez in 2017 sought to be a member of the National Constituent Assembly, an all-powerful pro-government body that the opposition and most Western nations said was helping Maduro consolidate a dictatorship. His Twitter handle includes the letters PSUV - the acronym of the Socialist Party - and his last tweet is a picture of late socialist leader Hugo Chavez and a message promising to "follow your legacy."
A restaurant owner in Sainte-Maxime, France, who was missing seeing customers amid the country’s COVID-19 restaurant shutdown has been keeping his spirits up by filling his dining room with giant teddy bears.Footage taken by Francois Piazza, owner of the bistro La Crevette, shows toy bears seated at the restaurant tables, looking ready to enjoy a meal.According to local news reports, the bears will be donated to local charities following the holidays. Credit: Francois Piazza via Storyful
Lewis Hamilton’s boots are too small for George Russell’s size-11 feet, but the young Briton will still have big shoes to fill as he prepares to stand in for the seven-times Formula One world champion at the Sakhir Grand Prix. The 22-year-old Russell has been handed the opportunity of a lifetime, vaulting from his back-of-the-grid Williams into the dominant Mercedes alongside Valtteri Bottas, after Hamilton tested positive for COVID-19. The temporary promotion has been viewed in some quarters as a head-to-head between Russell and Bottas for a seat at the world champion team in 2022.
Cinemas are facing a fresh crisis after one of Hollywood's biggest studios announced plans to release new films simultaneously to its streaming service and movie theatres. Warner Bros studio has confirmed the cinema industry's worst fears by revealing next year's slate of 17 films will also go straight to its subscription service HBO Max. It means big budget movies such as Mortal Kombat, Godzilla vs Kong, The Suicide Squad and The Matrix 4 will be available to HBO Max subscribers the day they are released. The year-long strategy comes after the studio revealed last month that Wonder Woman 1984 would be debut on HBO Max at the same time as movie theatres. Ann Sarnoff, chief executive of WarnerMedia Studios, said: "No one wants films back on the big screen more than we do. We know new content is the lifeblood of theatrical exhibition, but we have to balance this with the reality that most theaters in the US will likely operate at reduced capacity throughout 2021.” The move may not directly affect UK cinemas because HBO Max is not available here, but it is likely to prompt a cinema industry backlash amid fears it will set a precedent other studios will follow. It comes as the pandemic continues to hammer the cinema sector, as lockdown measures keep viewers away. That has prompted studios to break ties with the so-called theatrical window protecting exclusive film releases to cinemas in favour of a direct route to market through streaming. Odeon owner AMC banned movies released by Universal in April after the Hollywood studio said it would release films simultaneously in response to the pandemic. Meanwhile, Universal struck a deal with the theatre chain Cinemark last month that will shorten the theatrical window from three months to 17 days. The cinema industry will fear entertainment giant Disney could make a similar announcement, with House of Mouse holding an investor day on Thursday next week. Disney, which owns Avengers maker Marvel Studios, had a 33pc share of the movie market in Britain and Ireland last year, according to media analysts Comscore. Cineworld, the world's second-biggest cinema operator, was forced to secure a debt lifeline worth £563m in November to survive the pandemic. Cineworld's 127 Cineworld and Picturehouse theatres in the UK and 536 Regal theatres in the US have been shut since last month as restrictions on social gatherings and film release delays made it too costly to keep its sites open.
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Tennessee's path for those convicted of a felony to restore their right to vote has not only silenced Black voters but also contains constitutional and federal law violations, a newly filed federal lawsuit alleges. Voter rights advocates submitted the 46-page class action complaint Thursday, arguing the state's current process is “unequal, inaccessible, opaque, and error-ridden," while stressing that it has resulted in a “disparate impact” on Black Tennesseans. The legal challenge is being led by the Campaign Legal Center on behalf of the Tennessee NAACP and five Tennessee residents who have unsuccessfully attempted to restore their right to vote.
Imogen Poots has been cast in the upcoming Amazon drama series "Outer Range," Variety has learned. She joins previously announced series lead Josh Brolin as well as Lili Taylor, Tamara Podemski, and Tom Pelphrey. The series centers on Royal Abbott (Brolin), a rancher fighting for his land and family, who discovers an unfathomable mystery at the […]