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Trump campaign rejects proposal to tweak debate rules

  • The Trump campaign said on Thursday it would not agree to changes adopted by America’s presidential debates commission to create a “more orderly discussion” at the next debate
  • “Why would I allow the Debate Commission to change the rules for the second and third Debates when I easily won last time?” Trump asked on Twitter
  • Tuesday’s debate saw Trump repeatedly interrupt Biden, prompting calls for the moderator to be allowed to cut the participants’ mics. The next debate will be held in Miami on October 15


Lebanon seeks arrest of ship captain over port explosion

  • Lebanon asked Interpol on Thursday to issue arrest warrants for the Russian captain and owner of the ship who brought the ammonium nitrate that exploded at Beirut port in August
  • The ship made an unscheduled stop in Beirut in 2013, after which port authorities impounded it for outstanding debts, deeming it unseaworthy, and unloaded its cargo into a hangar
  • The ammonium nitrate, which was stored in unsafe conditions for years, exploded in august, killing almost 200 people and injuring thousands


Amazon reveals 19,816 workers infected with coronavirus

  • Amazon revealed for the first time on Thursday that 19,816 of its front-line workers have tested positive for COVID-19
  • The revelation came one day after NBC reported on Amazon’s lack of transparency with public health departments regarding employee infections
  • Workers have gone on strike at multiple warehouses in protest of Amazon’s response to the pandemic, and the company has fired many employees who have spoken out


Google to begin paying $1 billion to news publishers

  • Google announced on Thursday that it will pay news publishers around $1 billion for their content over the next three years, appeasing demands by publishers for fair compensation
  • Google News Showcase, the new product that will pay publishers to curate news for Google, will start in Germany and Brazil before expanding to other countries
  • “By launching a product, they can dictate terms and conditions, undermine legislation designed to create conditions for a fair negotiation, while claiming they are helping to fund news production,” said the European Publishers Council

US 🦅

Court rules U.S. entitled to Edward Snowden’s book royalties

  • The United States is entitled to more than $5.2 million in royalties from NSA-whistleblower Edward Snowden’s book, a federal court ruled this week
  • The court also ruled in favor of establishing a government trust for any future earnings from the book
  • The U.S. sued Snowden in September 2019 for publishing Permanent Record, which it said violated non-disclosure agreements signed when he worked for the NSA and CIA
Further Context: Profile: Edward Snowden - BBC News 


Outrage in Turkey after government conceals case numbers

  • Turkey’s health minister revealed on Thursday that the government’s daily case numbers since July 29th have only counted patients with symptoms, not asymptomatic positive cases
  • The news sparked an outcry on social media, with the Turkish hashtag “what is the number of cases?” trending on Twitter
  • The Turkish Medical Association has accused the government of underreporting cases for months, with opposition politician Murat Emir claimed a day before the revelation that the true daily case count was nineteen times higher than reported


  • Celebrity ⭐. Chrissy Teigen and John Legend lose baby to miscarriage
  • Sports ⚽. Coronavirus outbreak postpones NFL game between Titans and Steelers
  • Arts 🎭. Queen and Adam Lambert to release first live album
  • Environment 🌲. Brazil’s Amazon rainforest suffers worst fires in a decade
  • Funny 😹. Irish court rules Subway bread is not legally bread

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