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Israel goes on its second lockdown as Jewish High Holidays begin
solarseven/iStock By ABC News(NEW YORK) -- Israel's second COVID-19 lockdown started on Friday as the Jewish High Holidays began.The lockdown, which will last for three weeks, went into effect at 2 p.m. local time. Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish new year, begins Friday night, and is typically a time for family gatherings.Supermarkets and pharmacies will stay open during the lockdown but schools and nonessential businesses will close.Synagogues can stay open but there are strict rules as to how many worshippers can go inside at one time. Ten days after Rosh Hashanah is Yom Kippur; attending synagogue is an important part of...
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Death of George Floyd prompts reckoning over race, colonialism in Europe
Alessandro Biascioli/iStock By GUY DAVIES, ABC News(LONDON) -- The summer of protests following the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis was not confined to the United States. Demonstrations featuring placards emblazoned with Floyd's face and his last words, "I can't breathe," spread to Canada and Brazil, to Europe, and even as far as Australia.Yet the protesters weren't merely demonstrating in solidarity with their U.S. counterparts. They turned inward -- looking at their own countries' histories of racial violence, the present state of systemic racism, and police brutality.How far these protests have impacted the nature of policing and the understanding of...
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Animal rescue group reunites pets with owners after Beirut explosion
Animals Lebano By ANGELINE JANE BERNABE, ABC News(NEW YORK) -- Beirut, Lebanon, is still devastated by the Aug. 4 explosion that ripped through the city, killing 190 people and destroying homes and businesses.More than a month after the blast, a group at the site of the disaster has been working to reunite residents with their animal companions who were lost or displaced.At Animals Lebanon, a registered charity that has been organizing rescue operations for animals in Beirut since the explosion, staff and volunteers said they have been searching daily for hundreds of pets at or near the explosion site."Most of...
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Navalny's team says nerve agent used to poison him found on hotel room water bottle
WoodyAlec/iStock By PATRICK REEVELL, ABC News(MOSCOW) -- Traces of the Novichok nerve agent allegedly used to poison Alexey Navalny were found on a water bottle in his hotel room in the Siberian city of Tomsk, where he was staying before he fell critically ill, according to the Russian opposition leader's colleagues.The discovery is potentially an important clue in understanding how Navalny was poisoned and left fighting for his life. His colleagues on Thursday though said it did not appear the bottle itself had contained the nerve agent but that it had picked up traces of the chemical from Navalny when...
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Lawmakers call for Russia to release jailed ex-US Marine
DanHenson1/iStock By PATRICK REEVELL, ABC News(MOSCOW) -- Top members of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs have submitted a resolution demanding that Russia free Trevor Reed, a former U.S. Marine jailed by the country who U.S. officials suspect is being used as a political bargaining chip.Reed, 29, from Granbury, Texas, was sentenced by a Moscow court to nine years in a Russian penal colony in late July, after already spending over a year in detention. He was convicted of assaulting two police officers, but in his trial police presented virtually no evidence Reed had actually done so and repeatedly contradicted...
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Over 1,500 refugees from Moria Camp will be resettled in Germany
iStock/Savas Bozkaya BY: CHRISTINE THEODOROU and IVAN PEREIRA(BERLIN) -- German officials announced Wednesday that they will accept hundreds of refugees who were displaced during last week's fire at the Moria camp in Greece.The German government said it would take 408 families consisting of 1,553 people who were living in the refugee settlement located on the island of Lesbos."Equally, Germany will take in up to 150 unaccompanied minor asylum-seekers. This decision was taken last week and is part of a joint initiative with France and other EU states," the German government said in a news release.Greek investigators said asylum-seekers living in...
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Barbados to drop Queen Elizabeth II as head of state
oversnap/iStock By KARMA ALLEN, ABC News(BRIDGETOWN, Barbados) -- Barbados announced plans to remove Queen Elizabeth II as head of state next year, marking the first time in nearly 30 years since a commonwealth country dropped a monarch.Barbados Governor-General Sandra Mason made the announcement in a speech Tuesday, revealing that the Caribbean nation would move "toward full sovereignty and become a Republic" by Nov. 30, 2021 on the country's 55th anniversary of independence from the British empire.Proponents of the changes have long advocated for a Barbadian head of state, calling the Queen's reign of the country a symbol of imperialism."Having attained...
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Canadian TV reporter responds to viewer who attempted to body-shame her
Courtesy Kori Sidaway By JACQUELINE LAUREAN YATES, ABC News(NEW YORK) -- One Canadian journalist is speaking up against a viewer who tried to body-shame her.On Twitter, Kori Sidaway of CHEK News in Victoria, British Columbia, posted a screenshot of an anonymous message sent to her attempting to "shame and police" her body.The screenshot of the email was positioned as "breaking news," and the top line reads "too much cleavage can break a news story." The sender, who signed their name "Vancouver Island Cleavage Patrol," went on to advise Sidaway to dress appropriately.As a response to the email, Sidaway said, "To...
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Alexey Navalny, Russian opposition leader suspected of being poisoned, slowly recovering
iStock/Panama7 BY: PATRICK REEVELL, ABC News(BERLIN) -- Russian opposition leader Alexey Navalny on Tuesday posted a message for the first time since his suspected poisoning almost a month ago which left him unconscious in an induced coma and fighting for his life.Navalny posted a photo on Instagram of himself awake and sitting up, surrounded by his wife and two children, in a bed at Berlin's the Charité hospital where he has been treated for the poisoning with a Novichok nerve agent."Hi, it's Navalny. I miss you all," Navalny wrote in the post. He wrote, "I still can do almost nothing",...
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2 hackers charged with defacing US sites as retaliation for Iranian general's killing
iStock/peerapong boriboon BY: CONOR FINNEGAN, ABC News(WASHINGTON) -- Two foreign hackers have been indicted for defacing dozens of U.S.-based websites with pictures of late Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani alongside the message, "Down with America."The cyberattacks may be another sign of Iranian efforts to retaliate for President Donald Trump's decision to kill Soleimani with a U.S. drone strike in January. News of the indictments come days after reports that Iran was plotting to kill the U.S. ambassador to South Africa and months after Iranian missiles injured over 100 U.S. service members in Iraq.Iranian Behzad Mohammadzadeh and Palestinian Marwan Abusrour were charged...
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Satellite images show deterioration of Antarctica glaciers that could lead to rising sea levels
iStock/Don Mennig BY: JULIA JACOBO, ABC News(NEW YORK) -- Satellite imagery over Antarctica shows the rapid deterioration of two glaciers -- the most watched by climate scientists -- over recent decades, which could indicate rising sea levels globally.The Pine Island and Thwaites glaciers, located in the Amundsen Sea in West Antarctica, are among the fastest changing glaciers in the region; they're responsible for the largest contribution to sea level rise that's coming from Antarctica. Damage observed in the side-by-side glaciers show highly crevassed areas and open fractures -- both signs that the shear zones on both glaciers, where the ice...
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Lukashenko flies to Russia for talks with Putin amid Belarus protests
sezer ozger/iStock By PATRICK REEVELL, ABC News (SOCHI, Russia) -- Belarus’ leader Alexander Lukashenko flew to Russia to meet with president Vladimir Putin for talks on Monday amid ongoing protests at home and fears among the Belarusian opposition that he might cede parts of the country’s independence in return for the Kremlin’s support.Lukashenko and Putin met on Monday in Sochi on Russia’s Black Sea -- where Putin has a residence -- for the talks that were announced last week.The two leaders appeared in front of cameras, sitting in two chairs to deliver remarks, where Lukashenko thanked Putin for Russia's backing...
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