Coronavirus live news: French PM rules out full national lockdown as cases rise by 9,406

  A summary of today’s developments France has ruled out imposing a new national lockdown despite recording more than 9,000 new cases for the second consecutive day. Instead the prime minister, Jean Gastex, announced an increase in test and trace measures and a reduction the quarantine period for those with the virus from 14 to seven days. There were 80 deaths in the past 24 hours from the virus, according to the country’s health ministry. The total is now 30,893. Spain has reported 4,708 new coronavirus infections in the last 24 hours. It brings its cumulative total to 566,326 – the highest in western Europe. A further 3,539 people have tested positive in the UK, the largest daily figure since mid-May. It was also announced that the R value for both the UK and England is between 1 and 1.2. The US government’s infectious disease expert, Dr Anthony Fauci, said …

Trump campaign asks US judge to kill Nevada vote-by-mail law

Less than eight weeks before the Nov. 3 elections, President Donald Trump’s campaign is urging a federal judge in Las Vegas to block a new state law and prevent mail-in ballots from going to all active Nevada voters amid the coronavirus pandemic By KEN RITTER Associated Press September 10, 2020, 10:31 PM • 3 min read LAS VEGAS — Attorneys for President Donald Trump’s reelection campaign are urging a federal judge in Las Vegas to block a state law and prevent mail-in ballots from going to all active Nevada voters less than eight weeks before the Nov. 3 elections and amid the coronavirus pandemic. The campaign argues in documents filed Tuesday in a bid to keep its lawsuit alive that it is hurt by the state law passed in July by the Democrat-led Legislature because it forces Republicans to divert resources to “educating Nevada voters on those changes and encouraging …

Dow futures jump 250 points in overnight trading following the worst tech rout since March

The “Fearless Girl” statue stands in front of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) at Wall Street on June 29, 2020 in New York City. Angela Weiss | AFP | Getty Images Stocks futures climbed in overnight trading on Monday after technology shares suffered their worst sell-off in more than five months. Futures on the Dow Jones Industrial Average gained about 250 points, while the S&P 500 futures rose 0.5%. The Nasdaq 100 futures also climbed 0.2%. Stocks just snapped a five-week winning streak after a big reversal in major technology stocks last week. Steep losses in Amazon, Apple, Microsoft and Facebook — 2020’s market leaders — drove the tech-heavy Nasdaq Composite down 3.3% to suffer its worst week since March 20. The Dow and the S&P 500 fell 1.8% and 2.3% last week, respectively, posting their biggest weekly losses since June.  Many on Wall Street believe the weakness derived from worries that …

India becomes country with second highest number of Covid cases

India has surpassed Brazil to become the country with the second highest number of coronavirus cases, as the virus continues to spread through the country of 1.3 billion at the fastest rate of anywhere in the world. India recorded more than 90,000 cases overnight, bringing the number of infections in the country past 4.2 million and overtaking Brazil, which with 4.1 million cases had been the second worst-affected country for several months. India now only lags behind the United States, which has had 6.2 million cases so far. However, while cases in the US have begun to level off, the rate of infection in India is worsening by the day, with no signs of when it will hit the peak, and experts are predicting the south Asian country will soon tally the most cases in the world. The death toll stands at 71,000, equating to 50 deaths per million, which …

Closeted Hasidic trans woman inches closer to her ‘feminine dream’

Rivky strolled through the Zara store in Manhattan’s fashionable SoHo neighborhood, one eye examining the racks of skirts and blouses and the other looking out for anyone she might know. She was looking for something that would fit her broad frame. Rivky made her way to the women’s dressing room line, dresses and skirts piled on her forearms. The female attendant looked confused and then chuckled. Why was this male-presenting person — wearing traditional Hasidic Jewish men’s attire — walking into the fitting room with women’s clothing? Rivky, 41, is not your typical gender-conforming religious observer. Her white dress shirt, black vest and black slacks — the daily dress code for Hasidic men — serve as culturally acceptable covers for the bra and women’s underwear she frequently wears underneath. She feels her best when dressed in women’s attire, and at home she regularly strips down to just a bra, panties …

Charlie Kaufman’s ‘I’m Thinking of Ending Things’ isn’t a horror film. It’s better.

Road trips “remind you that the world is bigger than the inside of your own head,” observes a young woman played by Jessie Buckley in Charlie Kaufman’s elegiac thriller “I’m Thinking of Ending Things” on Netflix. Her statement is more or less in opposition to Kaufman’s entire body of work, which is dedicated to spelunking through the darkest recesses of the inside of his characters’ heads, so it should immediately be a little suspicious. This untrustworthy quality is worsened by her character’s boyfriend, Jake (Jesse Plemons), who seems to know what she’s thinking from moment to moment on their drive to meet his parents for dinner — a first for her. Then there are the incongruities and apparently intentional continuity errors: Sometimes she’s wearing a sweater; in the next shot, the sweater is gone. There’s an old man driving a truck in a series of interstitial scenes who doesn’t seem …

Spokane Protester: I Was Abducted By Unidentified Officers, Put In Unmarked Van

A co-chair of the Spokane, Washington, chapter of the Democratic Socialists of America says unidentified law enforcement agents arrested him while he was walking to a Black Lives Matter protest last weekend, put him in an unmarked van and detained him for more than a day as federal agents attempted to interview him. The arrest, which two of the activist’s friends witnessed and confirmed to HuffPost, follows a disturbing trend of law enforcement snatching protesters off the street this summer, often without identifying themselves. Jeremy Logan — a 40-year-old DSA member, tenants rights organizer, and owner of a painting company ― believes the whole ordeal was either an attempt to pressure him into providing intel on his fellow anti-fascist activists, or retaliation for past statements he’s made criticizing police. The local sheriff’s office later confirmed to HuffPost that it carried out the arrest. The Spokane DSA is now calling for …

Yum China to raise $2.2 billion in Hong Kong secondary listing

Pedestrians walk past a sign depicting Colonel Harland Sanders, the founder of Kentucky Fried Chicken, outside a Yum! Brands Inc. KFC restaurant in Shanghai, China. Qilai Shen | Bloomberg | Getty Images Yum China is set to raise $2.22 billion in its secondary Hong Kong listing after indicating that its shares would be priced at HK$412 each, according to two sources with direct knowledge of the matter. The company had flagged it would sell 41.91 million shares in the deal and the price is a 4.8% discount to the stock’s Thursday closing price of $55.92 in the U.S. The sources could not be named because the information had not yet been made public. Yum China, which operates KFC, Taco Bell and Pizza Hut restaurants in China, declined to comment. Yum China’s Hong Kong deal is the city’s third largest secondary listing in 2020. Tech giants JD.com raised $4.4 billion, after …

Dow futures rise nearly 100 points after Wall Street’s strong start to September

A woman rides past the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) on July 13, 2020 at Wall Street in New York City.   U.S. stock futures rose early morning Wednesday following a strong start to September for the market. Dow Jones Industrial Average futures rose about 96 points. S&P 500 and Nasdaq futures also traded in positive territory. The major U.S. indexes all rose during Tuesday’s regular session, with the Dow Jones Industrial Average and the Nasdaq Composite closing at record highs. The S&P 500 rose 0.75%, which was its best first trading day of September since 2010, according to Bespoke Investment Group. Tuesday’s rally came after a banner month for the markets, with the Dow and S&P 500 both rising at least 7% to notch their best August in more than 30 years. The Nasdaq outperformed both of them, gaining 9.59% for the month. Morgan Stanley Chief U.S. Equity Strategist Mike …

Coronavirus live news: US ‘won’t cooperate with WHO on vaccine’ as Europe

9.13pm EDT 21:13 While we’re still on the question of how the virus has impacted the financial markets, ICYMI there was an astonishing landmark reached on Tuesday where the value of Apple outstripped the TOTAL VALUE of the UK’s leading index, the FTSE100. David Buik (@truemagic68) Apple share capital value of $2.2 trillion makes this tech Titan larger than the entire value of FTSE 100. The largest U.K. company is UNILEVER (value: circa £115 billion). FTSE 100 has had a shocker today down 109 points at 5854 – banks & financials under the cosh! September 1, 2020 That’s quite something to consider. Although Britain’s banks have taken a hammering in recent years and the index has suffered accordingly, it is still home to some of the biggest names in the corporate world such as BHP Billiton, Rio Tinto and Unilever. Here’s the full story if you want to read more: …

They had ‘dreams and plans’: Detroit honors COVID-19 victims

DETROIT — The city turned an island park into an extraordinary memorial garden Monday as cars packed with grieving families slowly traveled past hundreds of photos of Detroit residents who died from COVID-19. Mayor Mike Duggan declared a Detroit Memorial Day to honor the 1,500-plus city victims of the pandemic. Hearses escorted by police led solemn processions around Belle Isle Park in the Detroit River after bells rang across the region at 8:45 a.m. Radio station WRCJ, which plays classical music and jazz, added gospel to its playlist and read the names of the deceased. “It is our hope that seeing these beautiful faces on the island today … will wake people up to the devastating effect of the pandemic,” said Rochelle Riley, Detroit’s director of arts and culture. The “memorial was designed to bring some peace to families whose loved ones didn’t have the funerals they deserved,” Riley said. …

Massachusetts’ Senate Primary Has Totally Scrambled Democratic Politics

LAWRENCE, Mass. – The yell came clear from the 10th story of an apartment building at the intersection of Essex and Broadway in this heavily Latino, working-class city: “KENNEDY! KENNEDY!” Massachusetts Rep. Joe Kennedy III, sporting a shock of red hair that makes it clear that yes, that man on your sidewalk is, in fact, a member of America’s most famous political dynasty, looked up and yelled back, asking the woman in Spanish if she planned to vote. Yes, she responded, for him. It was the type of scene — a working-class immigrant pledging their vote to a Kennedy in a Democratic Primary — that has powered the family’s political pursuits for more than a century, from Honey Fitz’s first term as mayor of Boston in 1910 all the way through Joe Kennedy III’s first election to the House in 2012. But Kennedy’s challenge to Democratic Sen. Ed Markey, a …

El Al flight LY971 to Abu Dhabi was no typical air journey

From the Israeli captain’s emotional greeting in Arabic upon takeoff in Tel Aviv, to the warm Emirati reception on the ground in scorching Abu Dhabi, it was obvious this was no typical flight By ARON HELLER Associated Press August 31, 2020, 8:08 PM • 5 min read ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates — From the Israeli captain’s emotional greeting in Arabic upon takeoff in Tel Aviv, to the warm Emirati reception on the ground in scorching Abu Dhabi, it was obvious this was no typical flight. Monday’s El Al flight LY971 marked the first-ever direct flight from Israel to the United Arab Emirates, placing a significant stamp on this month’s historic U.S.-brokered deal to normalize relations between the two nations. The journey was steeped in symbolism. U.S. and Israeli flags adorned the tarmac at Ben-Gurion Airport as Israeli music played, and the word “peace” was emblazoned in English, Hebrew and …

Thai royalists rally in riposte to anti-government movement

About 1,000 people have gathered in a Bangkok sports arena, swearing to defend Thailand’s monarchy from a student-led mass movement that they believe is a threat to the institution’s existence By JERRY HARMER Associated Press August 30, 2020, 12:17 PM • 3 min read BANGKOK — About 1,000 people gathered in a Bangkok sports arena on Sunday, swearing to defend Thailand’s monarchy from a student-led mass movement that they believe is a threat to the institution’s existence. Calling themselves “Thai Pakdee,” or “Loyal Thai,” most were dressed in yellow shirts — a color closely associated with the monarchy and the ruling establishment. Some clutched portraits of current King Maha Vajiralongkorn and of his late revered father, King Bhumibhol Adulyadej, while others waved giant national flags. The gathering took place as anti-government protests gather momentum across Thailand, posing the strongest challenge yet to the rule of Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha. The …

Coronavirus live news: Queensland steps up alert; protesters try to storm the Reichstag building

11.43pm EDT 23:43 In Germany the number of confirmed cases has increased by 785 to 241,771, according to data from the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) on Sunday. The reported death toll rose by six to 9,295. 11.31pm EDT 23:31 Hello everyone, Helen Davidson here to bring you through the next few hours of updates. New Zealand’s prime minister, Jacinda Ardern, has thanked Aucklanders who come out of lockdown after Sunday night for their commitment to suppressing the latest coronavirus flare-up. Two new cases of Covid-19 have been reported on Sunday, both in the community and linked to the latest Auckland cluster. Ardern thanked the residents of New Zealand’s largest city for their adherence to the stringent lockdown requirements. “Our system is only as good as our people,” she said. “And our people are amazing.” But Ardern urged Aucklanders to “keep going”. Though lockdown lifts on Monday, masks will be mandated …

Monsoon Rains Wreak Havoc Across Pakistan, Killing At Least 63 People

KARACHI, Pakistan (AP) — Heavy rains hit parts of Pakistan for a fifth straight night, bringing more flooding to the financial capital Karachi and towns and villages and leaving at least 63 people dead, officials said Friday. Rescuers evacuated people from flooded neighborhoods. About 30 inches (76 centimeters) of rain have fallen in Karachi since Sunday, when monsoon rains began lashing the coastal city, forcing authorities to use boats to evacuate people trapped in flooded streets. Forty-seven people were killed this week in Karachi in rain-related incidents, according to Murad Ali Shah, chief minister of southern Sindh province. He said authorities were working day and night to help rain-affected people in the city and elsewhere in Sindh, where Karachi is the provincial capital. At least 16 people were killed in the northwestern province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa because of flash flooding overnight, said Taimur Ali, a spokesman for the disaster management …

Colin Kaepernick Writes LeBron James, Thanks Him After NBA Walkouts Over Jacob Blake Shooting

LeBron James has been extremely vocal this past week following the Jacob Blake shooting in Wisconsin, and amid the NBA’s walkouts in response. Colin Kaepernick is right behind him. Colin Kaepernick writes LeBron James, thanks him for protesting “Four years ago on August 14, 2016, I began protesting against systemic racism and social injustice,” Kaepernick wrote to James. “Truth is what I sought. Solidarity is what you showed me. Love is what moves us forward.  “Thank you for staying true.” Yahoo Sports James shared the letter on his Instagram story on Friday afternoon. “Standing/kneeling right next to you brother! Appreciate you,” James wrote on the story. The Milwaukee Bucks were the first team to stage a walkout on Wednesday afternoon after Blake, a 29-year-old Black man, was shot in the back multiple times by Kenosha, Wisconsin, police on Sunday as he tried to get into his car. He is now …

Apple suspends Fortnite maker Epic Games’ App Store account

Fortnite Source: PlayStation Apple on Friday said it suspended Epic Games’ developer account. It follows a temporary restraining order on Monday evening, in which a judge ruled that Apple can block Fortnite but not Epic’s developer account. However, Apple said it terminated an Epic developer account that does not include the Unreal Engine that’s used by third-party developers to make 3D games, which keeps the move in line with the judge’s order. “We are disappointed that we have had to terminate the Epic Games account on the App Store. We have worked with the team at Epic Games for many years on their launches and releases,” Apple said. “The court recommended that Epic comply with the App Store guidelines while their case moves forward, guidelines they’ve followed for the past decade until they created this situation. Epic has refused. Instead they repeatedly submit Fortnite updates designed to violate the guidelines …

Belarus deports Swedish journalist amid media crackdown

A Swedish photojournalist has been deported from Belarus, amid a crackdown on local and foreign media and ahead of further mass protests planned for this weekend against the president, Alexander Lukashenko. Paul Hansen was given 24 hours to leave the country and banned from Belarus for five years. He was one of 50 reporters rounded up by riot police on Thursday and taken into custody, ostensibly so their documents could be checked. One of those detained was the BBC’s Moscow correspondent, Steve Rosenberg. Most of the journalists were later released but four Minsk-based correspondents were detained overnight and appeared in court on Friday, charged with organising illegal protests. They included the photographer Alexander Vasukovich and Katsiaryna Andreyeva, a reporter with the independent Belsat TV channel. On Friday night, Dominic Raab condemned the attack on press freedom. The British foreign secretary tweeted: “I condemn the mass detention of over 50 journalists …

As virus rages, US economy struggles to sustain a recovery

Home sales are booming. Stocks are setting record highs. Industrial production is clambering out of the ditch it fell into early this year. And yet the U.S. economy is nowhere close to regaining the health it achieved, with low unemployment, free-spending consumers and booming travel, before the coronavirus paralyzed the country in March. Not while the viral outbreak still rages and Congress remains deadlocked over providing more relief to tens of millions of people thrown out of work and to state and local governments whose revenue has withered. Every week, roughly 1 million new Americans are applying for unemployment benefits — a depth of job insecurity not seen in any single week during the depths of the 2007-2009 Great Recession. Economists say that as many businesses have reopened and consumers have begun shopping and spending more, the picture is beginning to brighten, if only fitfully. Most say the economy is …