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California to house transgender inmates by gender identity, require officers to use chosen pronouns

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Gov. Gavin Newsom signed a law on Saturday requiring California to house transgender inmates in prisons based on their gender identity — but only if the state does not have “management or security concerns.” The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation houses men and women in separate facilities. Transgender inmates are often …

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Trump Demands Biden Drug Test, as They Head to Tuesday Debate

WASHINGTON – U.S. President Donald Trump said Sunday he will demand that his Democratic challenger in the November 3 national election, former Vice President Joe Biden, take a drug test before or after their debate this Tuesday night, suggesting that Biden’s uneven performance in previous political debates this year was because he was drugged.  Trump’s …

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Belarus: Mass arrests and tear gas on seventh weekend of protests

Belarus police carried out mass arrests as tens of thousands of people again gathered for protests calling on leader Alexander Lukashenko to step down.More than 50 people were detained on Sunday, rights groups said.Video footage appeared to show police spraying an irritant directly into the faces of protesters in one city.It was the 50th day …

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Trump’s ex-national security adviser H.R. McMaster warns Afghan peace talks will fail, leave US vulnerable

WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump’s former national security adviser, H,R McMaster , said U.S.-backed peace talks in Afghanistan are doomed to end in “failure” and warned the risk of another 9/11-style attack on America is “very high.” The U.S. is “in many ways more at risk today than we were on Sept. 10, 2001,” McMaster told USA …

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America Marks 100th Anniversary of Women’s Voting Rights

WASHINGTON – Feminists in the late 19th and early 20th centuries fervently campaigned for women’s suffrage in the United States by organizing, petitioning and picketing.   One hundred years ago this month they were finally granted the right to vote through passage of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.  From the time the amendment was introduced to Congress in 1878, it took more than 40 years for it to be passed and then ratified by three-quarters of the states.  The fight to vote goes back to the first women’s rights convention in Seneca Falls, New …

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Belarus protests: Workers boo Lukashenko as election unrest spreads

Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko has been heckled by workers on a visit to a factory as anger mounts over his disputed re-election. Workers chanted “leave” and booed the long-time leader of the ex-Soviet state as he insisted he would not allow a new vote after allegations of ballot fraud. Strike action spread to state TV, …

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Death Valley hits a record 130 degrees, the hottest temperature since 1913; California heatwave prompts rolling blackout warning

PALM SPRINGS, Calif. – Parts of the Southern California desert experienced record-breaking heat on Sunday with Death Valley hitting 130 degrees — the hottest temperature the area has recorded since July 1913, according to the National Weather Service. While other areas didn’t experience that drastic of a scorcher, the whole state is still in the midst of a heatwave, and most of …

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Evictions Across US Raise Concerns About Voting Process

Over the past decade, Alison Eisinger has helped more than 1,000 people experiencing homelessness in Seattle register to vote. This year, despite the stakes involved in the U.S. presidential election in November, Eisinger isn’t making the same effort. Seattle already has 7,000 individuals who lack shelter, a number that could swell if a moratorium on …

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Postal service warns of delays in mail-in vote count

The US Postal Service (USPS) has warned that millions of mail-in votes may not arrive in time to be counted on the presidential election day, 3 November. In letters to states across the country last month, the agency said “certain deadlines… are incongruous with the Postal Service’s delivery standards”. Critics have blamed the new USPS …

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UK ‘must anticipate hostile states utilising pandemic’

The UK must work to stop China and Russia using the pandemic to their global advantage, MPs have warned. The Commons Defence Committee said an ongoing review of foreign and security policy must prioritise looking at the capabilities of “hostile states”. It called for a “robust assessment” of the threat Moscow and Beijing pose to …

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