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Friday 30 October 2020

Tampa-Fla, USA
New York Times reporting: That old political heartbreaker, the presidential battleground of Florida, lured the two White House contenders to the same city on Thursday, as President Donald Trump and Joe Biden confronted some of their biggest political vulnerabilities in a state that is once again shaping up as the most elusive prize in next week’s election. By Katie Glueck and Patricia Mazzei
Thursday 29 October 2020

New York, USA
New York Times: France announced a second nationwide lockdown, and Germany moved to the very edge of one on Wednesday, testing their pandemic-weary populations as they tried to stop a mounting new wave of coronavirus infections from swamping hospitals and undoing hopes of economic recovery. Meanwhile, Australia’s second-largest city emerged from one of the world’s longest and most severe lockdowns Wednesday.
Thursday 29 October 2020

Ann Arbor-MI, USA
Unlike the old superpower contest between the United States and the Soviet Union, the incipient cold war between China and the US does not reflect a fundamental conflict of unalterably opposed ideologies. Instead, today’s Sino-American rivalry is popularly portrayed as an epic battle between autocracy and democracy. ...The idea that we can choose only between freedom in an American-style democracy and order in a Chinese-style autocracy is false. The real aim of governance is to ensure pluralism with stability – and countries everywhere must find their own path to this goal. By Yuen Yuen Ang
Monday 26 October 2020

Chicago, USA
Throughout US President Donald Trump's first term, there has been constant hand wringing over a "constitutional crisis" that never arrived. The irony is that an administration led by Joe Biden would almost certainly confront such a crisis, owing to Trump's transformation of the Supreme Court into a right-wing redoubt. A constitutional crisis, properly understood as a turning point that might lead to collapse or transformation of the system, has not occurred. But such a crisis does now appear increasingly likely. By Eric Posner.
Saturday 24 October 2020

New York, USA
New York Times reporting- More than 79,000 new cases of the virus were reported across the United States Friday, shattering an earlier single-day record and stirring new fears about the months ahead.
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Thursday 22 October 2020

Bangkok, Thailand
New York Times: In a conciliatory speech Wednesday, Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha of Thailand acknowledged that the country cannot become “a better society through the use of water cannon” and said he intended to withdraw an emergency decree cracking down on pro-democracy protests. In recent months, a movement for democracy has been building, inspired in part by outspoken student leaders willing to risk prison by criticizing the government and the monarchy. By Richard C. Paddock and Muktita Suhartono.
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Tuesday 20 October 2020

Beijing, China
New York Times: As most of the world still struggles with the coronavirus pandemic, China is showing once again that a fast economic rebound is possible when the virus is brought firmly under control. The Chinese economy surged in the July-to-September quarter compared with the same months last year. By Keith Bradsher.
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Tuesday 20 October 2020

New York, USA
New York Times: As the coronavirus continued to surge in many parts of the United States, officials and experts offered starkly different outlooks Sunday about what was to come and when the situation might improve. Meanwhile the statistics are headed the wrong way: more than 70,450 new coronavirus cases were reported in the United States on Friday, the highest figure since July 24, and more than 900 new deaths were recorded. Case counts are rising in 41 of the 50 states, with much of the worst news in the Great Lakes region.
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Friday 16 October 2020

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New York Times: The Great Barrier Reef, one of the Earth’s most precious habitats, lost half of its coral populations in the last quarter-century, a decline that researchers in Australia said would continue unless drastic action is taken to mitigate the effects of climate change. By Maria Cramer.
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Thursday 29 January 2009
Belgrade, Serbia
History has it that there was not yet a single year without war in history known to a mankind, and that war has been fought since time immemorial. Therefore, the biggest question today would be: Is it really possible to end wars? -Ivan Simic
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