Monthly Archives جولای 2020

With virus cases rising, Britain imposes new restrictions and slows reopening

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Manchester, England, is subject to new coronavirus restrictions.

LONDON — Prime Minister Boris Johnson told England on Friday that it must “squeeze the brake pedal” and postpone easing some coronavirus restrictions for at least two weeks, amid a worrying uptick in infections.

The British are moving two steps forward, one step back, essentially, like other countries in Europe now. All are trying to revive their economies and give citizens back their freedoms, while defending themselves against a full-blown resurgence of the virus.

In response to outbreaks, the British government on Thursday night announced new restrictions affecting 4 million people in north England...

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Photos: Downtown Stamford’s annual sculpture tour on display

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Downtown Stamford is sporting 37 sculptures from regional artists, as part of the Stamf...

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Coronavirus: 10 die drinking sanitiser after Indian state shuts liquor shops

At least 10 people have died after drinking alcohol-based sanitiser after liquor shops were closed in a village in the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh.

The village of Kurichedu has been placed in lockdown after a local surge in cases of coronavirus.

District police chief Siddharth Kaushal said the people who died had mixed the sanitiser with water and soft drinks.

They were alcohol-dependent, he added, and had started drinking the mixture about 10 days before they died.

“We are investigating whether the sanitiser had any other toxic content,” Mr Kaushal told reporters.

He added that they had sent samples of the sanitiser away for chemical analysis.

“Some people who are heavily addicted to alcohol had been consuming hand sanitisers for the high,” he told Reuters news agency.

“Alcohol i...

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Stamford police ask for help ID’ing man in coma’s attacker

STAMFORD—Police say they know there are witnesses to an aggravated assault outside Carwin Park just over a week ago that sent a man to the hospital in a coma and they are appealing to those to come forward and help them solve the crime.

Bureau of Criminal Investigations Lt. Tom Scanlon said at about 2 a.m. on Thursday, July 23 police were dispatched to Spruce Street right outside Carwin Park on the report of a man down.

The man was found by police lying on his back, unresponsive and bleeding from the head. When medics turned the man over they found he was carrying a gun...

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Coimbra train crash: Two dead after train derails in Portugal

A high-speed train has derailed in the Portuguese district of Coimbra, killing two and injuring at least 30 others.

The train was travelling north when it collided with a railway maintenance machine in the town of Soure.

Mayor of Soure Mário Jorge told Portuguese media that the crash happened at about 15:30.

The country’s national relief operations authority CNOS told Reuters news agency that emergency services were at the scene.

A CNOS spokesman said there were 163 rescue personnel, including firefighters, and two medical helicopters.

There were 240 passengers on board the Alfa Pendular train, which is the fastest in Portugal, they said.

The local District Command of Relief Operations in Coimbra also told the agency that more emergency services were on their way.

A field hospital is...

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Stamford DMV plans reopening after closing due to COVID

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Twitter staff tricked by phone-phishing scam


The unprecedented hacking of celebrity Twitter accounts this month was caused by human error and a spear-phishing attack on Twitter employees, the company has confirmed.

Spear-phishing is a targeted attack designed to trick people into handing out information such as passwords.

Twitter said its staff were targeted through their phones.

The successful attempt let attackers tweet from celebrity accounts and access their private direct messages.

The accounts of Microsoft founder Bill Gates, Democratic presidential hopeful Joe Biden and reality star Kim Kardashian West were compromised, and shared a Bitcoin scam.

It reportedly netted the scammers more than $100,000 (£80,000).

The attack has raised concerns about the level of access that Twitter employees, and subsequently the hackers, have...

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Hong Kong delays elections, citing virus, further eroding political freedoms

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Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam at a news conference on July 13. Officials delayed legislative elections scheduled for Sept. 6, citing the coronavirus pandemic.

HONG KONG — After disqualifying a dozen pro-democracy candidates, the Hong Kong government said Friday it would delay legislative council elections for a year because of the coronavirus pandemic, undermining one of the few partially democratic institutions left in the Chinese territory.

Chief Executive Carrie Lam said in a news conference that she was invoking emergency powers to postpone the vote — unprecedented in the city’s political history since its handover from Britain to China in 1997...

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Oprah Magazine to honour Breonna Taylor on cover

For the first time in two decades, US talk show star Oprah Winfrey will not appear on the cover of her magazine, O.

Instead, the publication’s September edition will feature Breonna Taylor, a 26-year-old black woman. The health worker was killed by police who entered her flat earlier this year.

“She was just like me. She was just like you,” Winfrey said.

Ms Taylor’s name has featured prominently in anti-racism protests sparked by the death of George Floyd.

“Imagine if three unidentified men burst into your home while you were sleeping. And your partner fired a gun to protect you. And then mayhem,” Winfrey said in an article on the magazine’s website.

“We have to use whatever megaphone we have to cry for justice. And that is why Breonna Taylor is on the cover of O magazine.”

The unveil...

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Clashes on Pakistan border leave more than a dozen Afghan civilians dead, Afghan officials say

The Afghan Defense Ministry said at least nine people, including a child, were killed and blamed Pakistani forces for the attack. In a statement, the ministry warned that the Afghan Air Force and special forces units are on high alert and prepared to reciprocate if violence continues. Pakistani officials did not immediately return a request for comment on the incident.

Abdul Malik Achakzai, a doctor in charge of the Chaman Civil Hospital in Pakistan, told Pakistani media outlet Dawn that three dead bodies and nearly 20 wounded people were brought to his hospital for treatment Friday.

Movement between Afghanistan and Pakistan has been restricted recently due to the novel coronavirus pandemic...

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