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Clashes in Belarus after claims of rigged election -

Clashes in Belarus after claims of rigged electionPolice in Belarus broke up crowds of protesters with stun grenades and water cannon as long-time leader Alexander Lukashenko looked set to declare an overwhelming victory in a presidential poll his opponents say was rigged. Thousands of protesters took to the streets of the capital Minsk after a state exit poll showed Lukashenko winning just under 80 percent in Sunday's election, with main challenger Svetlana Tikhanovskaya coming second with about seven percent. In the capital Minsk protesters gathered near a central monument late Sunday where they faced off with hundreds of riot police with shields, an AFP journalist and witnesses said.


Sun, 09 Aug 2020 21:48:00 -0400

Hong Kong pro-democracy tycoon Jimmy Lai arrested -

Hong Kong pro-democracy tycoon Jimmy Lai arrestedJimmy Lai is accused of colluding with foreign forces under a new security law, his aide says.


Sun, 09 Aug 2020 21:44:29 -0400

BBC Apologizes For Use of N-Word in July Broadcast -

BBC Apologizes For Use of N-Word in July BroadcastBBC director general Tony Hall has issued an apology after the N-word was used in a news report in July, stating that the outlet would be “strengthening” its guidance on the use of offensive language. The report had covered a racist attack on a United Kingdom National Health Service worker in Bristol, England. The BBC had initially defended the use of the word, stating they felt they needed “to explain, and report, not just the injuries but, given their alleged extreme nature, the words alleged to have been used” in the report. More than 18,600 complained about the use of the word in the reporting. BBC Radio 1Xtra DJ Sideman quit over the incident, stating “the action and the defence of the action feels like a slap in the face of our community.”Read more at The Daily Beast.Get our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.


Sun, 09 Aug 2020 20:47:15 -0400

Despite federal guidance, schools cite privacy laws to withhold info about COVID-19 cases -

Despite federal guidance, schools cite privacy laws to withhold info about COVID-19 casesFederal guidance say those laws don't bar disclosure. Schools can publicly share coronavirus case counts as long as they don’t identify individuals.


Sun, 09 Aug 2020 20:34:28 -0400

French passengers sue Costa Cruises over virus ship ordeal -

French passengers sue Costa Cruises over virus ship ordealAround 850 French passengers who were onboard a coronavirus-riddled cruise ship that was turned away from numerous ports in March have filed a collective suit in Paris with 180 complaints, including manslaughter, against Costa Cruises, their lawyer said Sunday. The class action, which includes complaints from the families of three passengers who died of COVID-19, accuses the Italy-based cruise giant of negligence and various faults during their trip on the Costa Magica. In the absence of stopovers, the crew encouraged the passengers to use the ship's shops, spas, restaurants and casino without sufficiently putting health measures in place -- or informing them there were suspected infections onboard -- the complainants said in their suit.


Sun, 09 Aug 2020 20:04:09 -0400