Russia Projected to Lose 11X More Population Than in 2019 – RBC – The Moscow Times

Russia’s population decline in 2020 will be 1,100% greater than that of 2019 amid the effects of the coronavirus pandemic, according to government projections cited by the RBC news website Thursday.  The government forecasts a 352,500 drop in Russia’s population this year, according to the report, leading to a population of 146.4 million by the end […]

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Intellasia East Asia News – Reverend seeking to file visa application on behalf of Taiwan murder suspect snubbed by Taipei’s local office, source says

A reverend helping a Hong Kong murder suspect wanted in Taiwan went to Taipei’s representative office in the city on Wednesday to apply for a visa on his behalf, but the application was not accepted, a source has told the Post. The Anglican pastor, Peter Koon Ho-ming, acknowledged visiting the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office […]

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Citing Risk of Wildfires, Utility Plans to Cut Off Power to 50,000 in California

Pacific Gas and Electric Company said Wednesday that it would shut off power to more than 50,000 Northern California customers because of high winds and low humidity that could lead to “catastrophic wildfires.” The first phase of the “de-energization” plan began around 6 p.m. affecting 33,000 customers in Nevada, Sonoma and parts of nine other […]

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Chirag takes swipe at Nitish over migrants’ issue | India News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: LJP chief Chirag Paswan on Wednesday took another swipe at Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar over the migrants issue, saying he can’t work with those who tried to stop migrant workers from returning home during the pandemic-triggered lockdown. Addressing party candidates through video-conference, Chirag said the Bihar CM needs to use Prime Minister […]

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Pompeo plays down North Korea intercontinental ballistic missile risk – Times of India

WASHINGTON: US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Wednesday played down North Korea’s parading of a massive new long-range missile, saying that agreements reached by President Donald Trump had succeeded in reducing risks. At a military parade Saturday in Pyongyang, leader Kim Jong-un viewed an intercontinental ballistic missile that analysts say is the largest road-mobile, […]

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Pandemic allowing governments to introduce digital surveillance and data collection tools

The Freedom on the Net 2020 report, an assessment of 65 countries released Wednesday, found that the pandemic has accelerated a decline in free speech and privacy on the internet for the tenth consecutive year, and accused some governments of using the virus as a pretext to crack down on critical speech. “The pandemic is […]

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California woman who went on hike in Zion National Park one week ago is still missing

Holly Suzanne Courtier, 38, was last seen on October 6 on a shuttle into the Utah park, her daughter Kailey Chambers told CNN affiliate KCAL. Her travel plans were unknown, a statement from Zion National Park says, but both park rangers and the Washington County Sheriff’s Office are investigating her whereabouts. Courtier had been traveling […]

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‘We should not forget who started this stage of war’: Armenian president on Nagorno-Karabakh conflict in exclusive RT interview

Armenian President Armen Sarkissian told RT that Azerbaijan has initiated the latest round of clashes over Nagorno-Karabakh and expressed hope that the Moscow-mediated ceasefire will hold despite problems on the ground. “We should not forget… who started this stage of war. It was the Azeri side, not the people of Nagorno-Karabakh,” Sarkissian told RT’s Ilya […]

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Amy Coney Barrett vows to keep politics out of law, but Democrats & Republicans have other ideas as confirmation hearings begin

As Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett’s confirmation hearing kicks off, the Trump-nominated judge has vowed to leave politics out of the law. The hearing itself, however, promises to be a hyper-partisan battle. The Senate Judiciary Committee meets on Monday to get the ball rolling on Coney Barrett’s nomination process. In her opening remarks, Coney […]

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