Sunday, 20 Sep 2020

India to Skip Military Drill in Russia, Cites Pandemic

US statue honouring three women's rights pioneers unveiled

A new statue was unveiled in New York, as a tribute to three women who helped secure voting rights for women in America.

It has been 100 years since women were granted the right to vote in the United States.

And while the fight for equality is far from over, inspiration can still be found in the pioneers who led the way for change.

A new statue has been unveiled in New York for three women’s rights advocates as a tribute for their work.

Al Jazeera’s Gabriel Elizondo reports from New York in the US.

One dead after two-car crash in Highland neighborhood Friday night

One person died after a two-vehicle crash Friday night in Denver’s Highland neighborhood.

The crash occurred at 30th Avenue and Zuni Street, with one person pronounced dead at the scene, Denver police tweeted just before midnight.

The intersection was closed briefly Friday night.

West Bank: Loss of contact with Israel affecting Palestinians

The Palestinian Authority cut all ties with Israel in May, including security coordination.

The decision by the Palestinian leadership to cut ties with the Israeli government is affecting many in the occupied West Bank.

Palestinian leaders blocked contact three months ago in a protest against Israel’s threat to annex Palestinian land.

Al Jazeera’s Nida Ibrahim reports.

Los Angeles Coronavirus Update: L.A. Public Health Confirms 27 New Deaths And Over 1,300 Additional Cases

The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health confirmed Saturday 27 new deaths and 1,339 new positive cases of COVID-19. The daily numbers have dropped slightly from Friday, when Public Health confirmed 38 new deaths and over 1,630 new positive cases.

Public Health has identified 239,756 total positive COVID-19 cases to date across Los Angeles County. Los Angeles has a total of 5,759 deaths related to the virus.

Saturday’s update comes a few days after Governor Gavin Newsom introduced new guidelines for reopening schools, day care centers and youth sports leagues. The newest set of numbers also follows the governor’s announcement of color-coded guidelines for reopening the state.

Newsom provided Californians with a color-coded map that showcases the severity of COVID-19 across the state in different hues. From a mustard yellow symbolizing minimal spread to a deep purple representing a widespread, California showcases different colors of Newsom’s scale. But while the northern parts of the state show less sever spreads, most of southern California is in the widespread zone.

To date, California has a total of 700,778 confirmed cases and 12,905 deaths.

Trump to visit Wisconsin city where police shot Jacob Blake in the back

Donald Trump will visit Kenosha, Wisconsin – the city that has seen unrest since a white police officer shot a black man in the back – on Tuesday, a White House official has said.

Jacob Blake, 29, has been left paralysed from the waist down following the shooting and remains in hospital.

The US president will meet law enforcement officials and assess damage in the city, the official said.

Japan Cabinet Secretary Suga to Run for LDP Leadership: Kyodo

Japan’s Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga has decided to enter the race to succeed Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Kyodo News reported.

Suga, who is the top government spokesman and Abe’s right-hand man since 2012, intends to seek the role of president in the ruling Liberal Democratic Party, the report said, citing a person it didn’t identify. The party could hold a vote around Sept. 15 to pick a successor to Abe, Kyodo said.

Abe announced on Friday that he will resign due to health reasons. He said he would stay on until leaders of the LDP hold an internal vote to choose who would take over from him. A general election isn’t due until October of next year.

Confirmed global coronavirus cases pass 25 million: AFP tally

PARIS (AFP) – More than 25 million coronavirus cases have been confirmed worldwide, according to an AFP tally of official sources on Sunday (Aug 30).

At least 25,029,250 people have been infected with the respiratory disease, of whom 842,915 have died.

Nearly 40 per cent of all reported Covid-19 cases are in the United States and Brazil, the two worst-hit countries.

Meanwhile, India sets world’s highest single-day rise on Sunday with 78,761 new virus cases.

India to Skip Military Drill in Russia, Cites Pandemic

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India has pulled out of a multilateral military exercise hosted by Russia next month, citing the coronavirus pandemic.

A defense ministry statement dated Saturday said that India had decided not to send a contingent to the Kavkaz-2020 event in Russia “in view of pandemic and consequent difficulties in exercise.”

Around 20 nations are expected to participate in the exercise, which is due to begin on Sept. 15 in Russia’s southern Astrakhan region. Pakistan and China are among the countries expected to join the drill.

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India’s decision not to attend comes amid a deterioration in relations with China in the wake of a deadly Himalayan border clash in June. Longstanding differences with Pakistan also continue to simmer.

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