Virus delays Rio's Carnival for first time in a century

Rio de Janeiro delayed its annual Carnival parade, saying Thursday night that the global spectacle cannot go ahead in February because of Brazil's continued vulnerability to the pandemic.
Rio's League of Samba Schools, LIESA, announced that the spread of the coronavirus has made it impossible to safely hold the traditional parades that are a cultural mainstay and, for many, a source of livelihood.
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Australian think-tank finds 380 detention camps in Xinjiang

CANBERRA, AUSTRALIA -- China appeared to be expanding its network of secret detention centres in Xinjiang, where Muslim minorities are targeted in a forced assimilation campaign, and more of the facilities resemble prisons, an Australian think-tank found.
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At UN, Africa urges fiscal help against virus 'apocalypse'

JOHANNESBURG -- African nations came out swinging on the third day of the United Nations annual gathering of world leaders Thursday, calling for dramatic fiscal measures to help economies survive the coronavirus pandemic -- which one leader called the "fifth horseman of the apocalypse.
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Milwaukee man arrested after 2-year-old son shoots self in head with stolen gun

A 29-year-old Milwaukee man is facing charges after investigators say his two-year-old child found a gun and shot himself in the head.
As of Sept. 23, the child remains in critical condition at Children's Hospital.
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Pence, Ivanka visit salon damaged by Minneapolis unrest

MINNEAPOLIS -- U.S. Vice-President Mike Pence and Ivanka Trump made an unannounced stop Thursday at a hair salon left in rubble by the violence that followed George Floyd's death, part of a campaign visit aimed at driving home President Donald Trump's law-and-order message in a key swing state.
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Railroad workers accused of creating man cave under Grand Central Terminal

NEW YORK -- Three railroad workers have been suspended for turning a storage room under New York's Grand Central Terminal into an unauthorized "man cave" with a television, a refrigerator, a microwave and a futon couch, officials said Thursday.
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Hunter killed by grizzly in Alaska park

A hunter has been killed by a grizzly bear in Alaska's Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve.
It's the first-known grizzly attack death in the U.S.'s largest national park.
Park officials said in a statement that the hunter was killed Sunday.
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Choir practice in Spain infects 30 of 41 members with virus

MADRID -- At least 30 of 41 members of a gospel choir in northeastern Spain have contracted coronavirus following a rehearsal indoors with little air circulation, local authorities and the chorus say.
The River Troupe Gospel, a volunteer gospel group, rehearsed on Sept.
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Mary Trump, U.S. President Donald Trump's niece, filed a lawsuit Thursday accusing the President and his siblings of committing fraud in order to deprive her of her interests in the family real-estate empire built by Fred Trump Sr.
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Crowd jeers as Trump pays respects at court to Ginsburg

WASHINGTON -- U.S. President Donald Trump was booed Thursday as he paid respects to late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. He plans to nominate a replacement this weekend for the liberal justice, best known for her advancement of women's rights.
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Teenage British activist stages climate protest on Arctic ice floe

Like many of her generation, Mya-Rose Craig feels strongly that adults have failed to take the urgent action needed to tackle global warming and so she has headed to the Arctic Ocean to protest.
Armed with a placard reading "Youth Strike for Climate," the 18-year-old British activist is staging the most northerly protest in a series of youth strikes worldwide.
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EU warns coronavirus epidemic worsening

STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN -- The EU raised the alarm Thursday on coronavirus. saying the epidemic is worse now than at the March peak in several member countries, as governments in Europe and beyond reimpose drastic restrictions.
EU Health Commissioner Stella Kyriakides warned that in "some member states, the situation is now even worse than during the peak in March.
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