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  • Victoria records zero coronavirus cases and Melbourne lockdown lifted as NSW records two – live
    by Nino Bucci (now) and Amy Remeikis (earlier) on October 27, 2020 at 7:46 am

    Tasmania to reopen to travellers from NSW on 6 November; federal parliament and Senate estimates return and questions continue over management of Australia Post. Follow latest updatesFollow our global live blogSecond day of no cases and no deaths in VictoriaFull Australian Covid stats; Covid restrictions state by stateNSW cases map; Vic cases mapNSW hotspots list; Vic hotspots listSign up for Guardian Australia’s coronavirus email 7.44am GMTWe have a nice piece up by Matilda Boseley about all the things Melburnians are looking forward to doing from midnight. Including getting a new tattoo, apparently. Related: Eggs Benedict and tattoos: what Melburnians are looking forward to when lockdown ends 7.37am GMTAnother gig economy worker has been killed, this time a delivery rider for Doordash. This story just in from Naaman Zhou. Related: Food delivery driver Chow Khai Shien the third gig economy worker to die in a month in Australia Continue reading...

  • Amy Coney Barrett confirmed as Democrats warn of affront to democracy – live
    by Tom McCarthy on October 27, 2020 at 7:44 am

    Donald Trump hosted Barrett for swearing-in outside the White House, administered by Clarence ThomasFull story: Barrett confirmed in major victory for conservativesWhy Barrett’s addition to court may undermine climate fight 7.44am GMTHumanity is said to have just 10 years left to start seriously tackling the climate crisis before passing the ‘point of no return’ with multiple-degree temperature increases, rising sea levels and increasingly disastrous wildfires, hurricanes, floods and droughts predicted.Scientists say the US is far off the path of what is necessary for the nation and the world to avoid catastrophic global heating, particularly as in the past four years Donald Trump has shredded environmental protections for American lands, animals and people. 7.12am GMTThe US supreme court has sided with Republicans to prevent Wisconsin from counting mail-in ballots that are received after election day. From our report: In a 5-3 ruling, the justices on Monday refused to reinstate a lower court order that called for mailed ballots to be counted if they are received up to six days after the 3 November election. A federal appeals court had already put that order on hold.The ruling awards a victory for Republicans in their crusade against expanding voting rights and access. It also came just moments before the Republican-controlled Senate voted to confirm Amy Coney Barrett, a victory for the right that locks in a conservative majority on the nation’s highest court for years to come.Those States want to avoid the chaos and suspicions of impropriety that can ensue if thousands of absentee ballots flow in after election day and potentially flip the results of an election. And those States also want to be able to definitively announce the results of the election on election night, or as soon as possible thereafter. Moreover, particularly in a Presidential election, counting all the votes quickly can help the State promptly resolve any disputes, address any need for recounts, and begin the process of canvassing and certifying the election results in an expeditious manner. In his WI concurrenceJustice Kavanaugh cites Vermont as an example of a state that did not change its election rules during the pandemic. But that's not true? Vermont legislature authorized SoS to automatically mail a ballot to all registered voters https://t.co/opDdEz78Mg pic.twitter.com/3FrwEp30CyMailing every voter a ballot by 10/1 factored into our decision to stick with an election day receipt deadline instead of postmark. We also authorized ballot processing 30 days out. Those are our VT specific solutions, but other states needs are different. Count. Every. Vote.Take it from me: the only way to avoid Bush v Gore II is to win by enough votes that 2020 never gets to the Supreme Court. Don't let the Court have this power: all of us, at the ballot box, need to decide this election. https://t.co/KfkHUWk9Fp Continue reading...

  • 'Just 15 minutes out every day': a teenage prisoner's life during Covid
    by Harriet Grant on October 27, 2020 at 7:30 am

    One young inmate tells how being locked up alone for hours and not being able to see his family affected his mental healthUK Covid policy for children in detention ‘cruel and inhumane’, says UN expertFor five months, 16-year-old Sean* spent around 23 hours a day in his cell. He tried to get through the time by doing puzzles and calling his lawyer, asking her again and again to help him get bail.When he arrived at the secure training centre (STC) it was already in lockdown. He was just 15. “I had to go into total isolation for the first two weeks, just 15 minutes out every day. It was my first time in custody and at first I thought this is OK, it’s a chance to slow things down. But after two weeks it began to affect me. You couldn’t do anything. I could hear voices calling on the wing, but I only saw the guard.” Continue reading...

  • UK Covid policy for children in detention 'cruel and inhumane', says UN expert
    by Harriet Grant on October 27, 2020 at 7:30 am

    Solitary confinement to stop virus spread increases risk of self-harm and suicide and could have a lifelong impact, M0J warned‘Just 15 minutes out every day’: a teenager prisoner’s life during CovidThe UK government’s policy of allowing children in detention to be locked alone in their cells for up to 23 hours a day under emergency Covid-19 measures is “extreme and inhumane” and could lead to lifelong mental health damage, according to the UN special rapporteur on torture and leading child health experts.Since March, facilities have been able to keep children as young as 12 confined alone in their cells for all but around 40 minutes a day. The measures, which were put in place to stop potential Covid-19 outbreaks, affect around 500 under 18-year-olds in youth detention and another 4,000 18-21-year-olds held in adult prisons. Continue reading...

  • 'Chainsaws tearing through my heart': 50 arrested as sacred tree cut down to make way for Victorian highway
    by Calla Wahlquist and Nino Bucci on October 27, 2020 at 7:20 am

    Legal observers among those arrested as Indigenous Australians express outrage after Djab Wurrung directions tree felled The Victorian government has cut down a tree that was culturally significant to Australia’s Indigenous Djab Wurrung women to make way for a highway in the state’s west.The yellow box, known as a directions tree, was felled on Monday. The government has defended its actions, saying the tree was not one of those listed as requiring protection in an agreement with the Eastern Maar Aboriginal Corporation, and was not the sacred directions tree that is now subject to a federal court action. Continue reading...

  • The Ransomware Conundrum
    by Suzanne Kelly on October 26, 2020 at 1:06 pm

    “The Cipher Brief has become the most popular outlet for former intelligence officers; no media outlet is even a close second to The Cipher Brief in terms of the number of articles published by formers.” – Sept. 2018, Studies in Intelligence, Vol. 62 No. Access all of The Cipher Brief’s national-security focused expert insight by becoming … Continue reading "The Ransomware Conundrum" The post The Ransomware Conundrum appeared first on The Cipher Brief.

  • The Military’s Mission: Artificial Intelligence in the Cockpit
    by Suzanne Kelly on October 19, 2020 at 12:51 pm

    The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) recently hosted the AlphaDogfight Trials putting artificial intelligence technology from eight different organizations up against human pilots.  In the end, the winning AI, made by Heron Systems, faced off against a human F-16 pilot in a simulated dogfight with the AI system scoring a 5-0 victory against the … Continue reading "The Military’s Mission: Artificial Intelligence in the Cockpit" The post The Military’s Mission: Artificial Intelligence in the Cockpit appeared first on The Cipher Brief.

  • A Look at the U.S. Army’s Future Mission
    by Suzanne Kelly on October 13, 2020 at 1:13 pm

    “The Cipher Brief has become the most popular outlet for former intelligence officers; no media outlet is even a close second to The Cipher Brief in terms of the number of articles published by formers.” – Sept. 2018, Studies in Intelligence, Vol. 62 No. Access all of The Cipher Brief’s national-security focused expert insight by becoming … Continue reading "A Look at the U.S. Army’s Future Mission" The post A Look at the U.S. Army’s Future Mission appeared first on The Cipher Brief.

  • China: Assessing the Real Threat and Necessary Cooperation
    by Suzanne Kelly on October 8, 2020 at 4:01 am

    “The Cipher Brief has become the most popular outlet for former intelligence officers; no media outlet is even a close second to The Cipher Brief in terms of the number of articles published by formers.” – Sept. 2018, Studies in Intelligence, Vol. 62 No. Access all of The Cipher Brief’s national-security focused expert insight by becoming … Continue reading "China: Assessing the Real Threat and Necessary Cooperation" The post China: Assessing the Real Threat and Necessary Cooperation appeared first on The Cipher Brief.

  • Ambitions Driving Ankara’s Actions
    by Suzanne Kelly on October 5, 2020 at 12:14 pm

    “The Cipher Brief has become the most popular outlet for former intelligence officers; no media outlet is even a close second to The Cipher Brief in terms of the number of articles published by formers.” – Sept. 2018, Studies in Intelligence, Vol. 62 No. Access all of The Cipher Brief’s national-security focused expert insight by becoming … Continue reading "Ambitions Driving Ankara’s Actions" The post Ambitions Driving Ankara’s Actions appeared first on The Cipher Brief.

  • Trump and Africa: How Ethiopia was 'betrayed' over Nile dam
    on October 27, 2020 at 7:52 am

    The US president has sided with Egypt in the escalating dispute over a mega dam, analysts say.

  • AP PHOTOS: Kyrgyzstan village untouched by political unrest
    on October 27, 2020 at 7:24 am

    TASH-BASHAT, Kyrgyzstan (AP) — The political turmoil that has gripped Kyrgyzstan hasn't reached the quiet village of Tash-Bashat in the mountains near the capital, where residents talk about the country's feuding elites with resignation and disdain. Kanat Kaliyev, a 57-year-old farmer, and his family said they have little respect for authorities, whom they see as deeply corrupt. Kaliyev and other villagers cautiously welcome Sadyr Zhaparov, who became the country's caretaker leader after President Sooronbai Jeenbekov was forced to step down under pressure from protesters following the disputed Oct. 4 parliamentary election.

  • Can I celebrate Halloween during the pandemic?
    on October 27, 2020 at 7:05 am

    Health experts say some Halloween traditions like crowding on doorsteps for candy and inching your way through haunted houses heighten the risk of spreading COVID-19 and should be avoided. Outdoor pumpkin carving, a virtual or neighborhood costume parade or a scary movie marathon at home are some options that minimize contact with strangers. “There are lots of creative ways to approach this and make this year memorable,” said Dr. Colleen S. Kraft, who specializes in infectious diseases at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta.

  • What Ails Arab Economies Is Older Than Covid-19
    on October 27, 2020 at 6:30 am
  • Officials: Attack near base in eastern Afghanistan kills 3
    on October 27, 2020 at 5:53 am
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