Freedom in sight for Kavaan, ‘the world’s loneliest elephant’ · Global Voices

Animal rights activists have long highlighted the poor treatment the elephant has received and in 2015 started a campaign to rescue Kavaan from the zoo which was endorsed by pop star Cher. In May 2020, Islamabad High Court ruled in favour of relocating Kavaan from Islamabad to a suitable sanctuary. World’s loneliest elephant In 1985, the Sri Lankan government gifted Kavaan, then a young calf, to Pakistan in an effort to strengthen bilateral relations between the two countries. In 1990, Kavaan was joined by a mate named Saheli, who came from Bangladesh. Saheli died in 2012, turning Kavaan into “the loneliest elephant“. He started showing signs of lethargy, stress and later aggression, which led his keepers to chain him.

Source: Freedom in sight for Kavaan, ‘the world’s loneliest elephant’ · Global Voices

US Border Authorities Expel Migrant Children to Other Countries Far From Their Families : US News : Latin Post – Latin news, immigration, politics, culture

US Border Authorities Expel Migrant Children from Other Countries into Mexico A diplomatic agreement with Mexico has been violated by the U.S. border authorities by expelling migrant children from other countries into the neighboring country, as per The New York Times report.

The expulsions wherein direct conflict with a diplomatic agreement between U.S. and Mexico. The Mexican government agreed to help bring back Mexican children into the country if they attempt to cross the border into the U.S.

Source: US Border Authorities Expel Migrant Children to Other Countries Far From Their Families : US News : Latin Post – Latin news, immigration, politics, culture

Two neo-Nazis try to harass antifa podcaster, target wrong house – The Jerusalem Post

The two were arrested.

A Nazi's salute at a neo-Nazi rally in Kansas City, Missouri. (Dave Kaup/Reuters) (photo credit: DAVE KAUP / REUTERS)
A Nazi’s salute at a neo-Nazi rally in Kansas City, Missouri. (Dave Kaup/Reuters)
(photo credit: DAVE KAUP / REUTERS)
The leader of a white supremacist group has been arrested after trying to harass a podcaster — but accidentally targeting someone else instead.
The Michigan State Police and the FBI have charged Justen Watkins, the self-proclaimed leader of The Base, and another member of the group, Alfred Gorman, with belonging to a gang and two other charges, according to the Michigan attorney general’s office.
The Base, a neo-Nazi group founded in 2018, advocates for violent rebellion against the United States and the establishment of a white ethno-state. Watkins allegedly ran a “hate camp” for members where they engaged in firearms training. The group’s ideology, like other neo-Nazi groups, includes extreme antisemitism. According to the Detroit Jewish News, the group spray-painted a swastika and the Nazi SS logo on a synagogue in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula in 2019.
The arrest, announced Thursday, comes as officials warn of increasing extremism in the United States ahead of next week’s election. And it comes weeks after a group of men was arrested for plotting to kidnap Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer.
In the December 2019 incident that sparked the arrest, Watkins and Gorman allegedly dressed all in black and took pictures of a family at their home that they then posted on The Base’s channel on the social network Telegram, which is popular with the far right.
They thought the home belonged to Daniel Harper, who hosts an anti-white-supremacism podcast called “I Don’t Speak German.” The Michigan attorney general’s office calls it an “Antifa podcast.”

Source: Two neo-Nazis try to harass antifa podcaster, target wrong house – The Jerusalem Post

Jerusalem’s coronavirus frontlines: The fight is for life – The Jerusalem Post

The coronavirus intensive care units at Shaare Zedek and Hadassah University (Ein Kerem) medical centers in Jerusalem are some of the busiest in the country. The capital has seen the highest number of patients since the start of the pandemic, and it is home to the sickest sectors – the Arab and haredi communities.

On Tuesday, the Health Ministry reported that 5.3% of haredim screened for the virus tested positive, and 6.8% of Arabs, compared to 2.1% of the general public. The city continues to have close to 2,000 active cases.

“I think the uniqueness of Hadassah is that it is in the midst of two highly infected populations,” explained Prof. Sigal Sviri, director of one of the hospital’s medical intensive care units and its largest coronavirus intensive care unit.

She said that during the first wave, most of the hospital’s patients were from the haredi areas of Jerusalem. There were hardly any Arab patients. Then, “one of the most surprising phenomena over the summer months was that more Arab patients came in from east Jerusalem. We were one of the first hospitals to realize the increasing infection among this population, which later spread north to the Galilee.” Source: Jerusalem’s coronavirus frontlines: The fight is for life – The Jerusalem Post

Armenia, Azerbaijan trade fresh accusations of Karabakh shelling – The Jerusalem Post

Armenia and Azerbaijan once more accused each other of bombing residential areas on Saturday, in defiance of a pact to avoid the deliberate targeting of civilians in and around the mountain enclave of Nagorno-Karabakh.

Shelling was reported by both sides within hours of the latest agreement to defuse the conflict, reached after talks in Geneva between the two countries’ foreign ministers and envoys from France, Russia and the United States. Source: Armenia, Azerbaijan trade fresh accusations of Karabakh shelling – The Jerusalem Post

Ocasio-Cortez responds to Lindsey Graham debate swipe: You folded ‘like a wet napkin’ | TheHill

During Graham’s final debate against his Democratic challenger, Jaime Harrison, the incumbent senator said his rival would go “down the AOC road” on South Carolina’s climate policy, warning it would be devastating to the state’s economy.

Ocasio-Cortez tore into the longtime GOP lawmaker in a tweet Saturday, writing, “I’m not sure you believe in *anything* except preserving yourself. & let’s not get started on your climate denial.”

“I’ve seen a lot of spinelessness in DC, but you’re at the top when it comes to folding on your own values like a wet napkin. SC deserves better,” Ocasio-Cortez added.

Source: Ocasio-Cortez responds to Lindsey Graham debate swipe: You folded ‘like a wet napkin’ | TheHill

US judge delays TikTok ban after influencers sue | News | DW | 31.10.2020

The US government’s push to ban TikTok faced a new legal obstacle on Friday when a federal judge issued a preliminary injunction to postpone the clampdown.

The lawsuit was launched by three US video creators — comedian Douglas Marland, musician Alec Chambers, and fashion designer Cosette Rinab —  each of who can boast over one million followers on the app. The trio argued that the ban would hamper their free speech. Pennsylvania judge Wendy Beetlestone sided with the plaintiffs in her decision, while also noting their concerns over their income and career opportunities.

Source: US judge delays TikTok ban after influencers sue | News | DW | 31.10.2020

Local Priest passes away from COVID-19 – North Dakota

The Diocese of Fargo and Bishop John Folda announced on Wednesday the death of Monsignor Jeffrey Wald. He was the Pastor of St. James Basilica in Jamestown, St. Mathias Church in Windsor and St. Margaret Mary Church in Buchanan.

Monsignor Wald passed away on October 27th in a Jamestown hospital due to COVID 19 complications. He was 56 years old.

Monsignor Wald was born on December 17, 1963 and was ordained a priest of the Diocese of Fargo on June 6, 1992. In addition to his most recent parishes, Monsignor Wald served at parishes in Grand Forks, Fingal, Oriska, Crary, Devils Lake, Starkweather and Fargo, as well as at Cardinal Muench Seminary in Fargo, before his death.

Source: Local Priest passes away from COVID-19

Poland′s health system faces collapse amid COVID-19 crisis | Europe| News and current affairs from around the continent | DW | 31.10.2020

Poland Warsaw | Coronavirus (Czarek Sokolowski/dpa/picture-alliance) On Thursday, the number of new coronavirus cases in Poland broke the threshold of 20,000. The epidemiologist and government adviser Andrzej Horban immediately rang the alarm bell: At this pace, the country’s health system would soon reach its limit, he warned.

“If the rise of new infections remains at the current level, there will be no way out anymore and we will have to introduce a lockdown,” Horban said. “Our system is capable of accommodating up to 30,000 COVID-19 patients, who will then receive the best possible medical treatment,” he added. More than that would “ruin” Poland’s health system, he said.

The government has promised to provide a total of 35,000 ICU beds for patients infected with the coronavirus soon. At the moment 22,500 are available, of which nearly 15,000 are in use — while another 700 COVID patients are hospitalized on a daily basis. Of the total of 11,000 ventilators available in Poland, 1,700 have been reserved for COVID patients. At this point, 1,200 of those are already in use.

Source: Poland′s health system faces collapse amid COVID-19 crisis | Europe| News and current affairs from around the continent | DW | 31.10.2020

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