Thailand’s indefatigable pro-democracy activists took to Bangkok's streets again Sunday, this time to protest the army as they push forward with their campaign for sweeping reforms, including to the nation's monarchy. Around 800 protesters gathered in the afternoon and in early evening marched to the base of the 11th Infantry Regiment, which is closely associated with the country’s royal palace. An advance group of protesters had already pulled away two decrepit buses that had been used to block the entrance to the base and removed strands of razor wire.
Through whimsical sketches and simple, yet sage, advice, the British artist's bestselling "The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse" manages to distill what's most important about life, including kindness, empathy, perseverance and love
The president is seeking to exclude undocumented immigrants from census calculations used to apportion House seats, electoral votes and federal funds.
Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, urged Americans to be "really careful" as they return from their holiday travel. "You've really got to understand the importance of trying to prevent further spread and further surge, that may be when you go back where you came from," he added. As of Saturday, coronavirus hospitalizations are increasing in 46 states, Washington, D.C. and Puerto Rico and 13 states hit a record number of new cases, 26 states hit a record number of current hospitalizations and 12 states hit a record number of new deaths in the past week.
France’s highest administrative court on Sunday ordered a rethink of a 30-person attendance limit for religious services put in place by the government to slow down the spread of coronavirus. The measure took effect this weekend as France relaxes some virus restrictions, but it faced opposition by places of worship and the faithful for being arbitrary and unreasonable. The Council of State has ordered that Prime Minister Jean Castex modify the measure within three days.
With the novel coronavirus surging in states across the country, state leaders are scrambling to develop plans to contain the outbreak as many critics say the Trump administration remains largely disengaged. Jeanette Kowalik, the director of policy development for the nonprofit health policy group Trust for America's Health and former health commissioner for Milwaukee, said state public health offices have been largely left to their own devices during the pandemic, and as a result, the country has developed a range of rules and regulations.
Four French police on Sunday risked being charged over the beating and racial abuse of a black music producer that shocked France and intensified controversy over new security legislation.
The 1977 red carpet premiere of George Lucas’s Star Wars should have been the moment of greatest triumph in Dave Prowse’s life. Instead it proved to be the cruelest betrayal. This became horribly clear minutes in when Darth Vader – the character George Lucas had sought out the 6’ 6” Englishman to portray – spoke for the first time. “I thought, ‘Oh my goodness – that’s not me. I wonder what they’ve done?’” Prowse, who has passed away after a short illness at age 85, would recall. What Lucas had done was hire James Earl Jones to redub Vader’s dialogue, originally delivered by Prowse in his West Country accent and muffled by that iconic black helmet. Apparently it was the rural twang that really got in the way. Carrie Fisher, aka Princess Leia, is said to have referred to Prowse on set as “Darth Farmer”. “It wasn’t until afterwards that I tackled George,” Prowse lamented. “He said, ‘We got James Earl Jones to come in’.” The tragedy of David Prowse’s life was that he loved Star Wars almost as much as Lucas. The movie’s A-list cast had worked tirelessly to escape the shadow of the Jedi juggernaut. Through the Eighties, Harrison Ford, in particular, seemed to turn puce with irritation whenever Han Solo was mentioned. Prowse, though, adored Star Wars and Darth Vader. And when he and Lucas had a falling out – not directly related to James Earl Jones, though it can’t have helped – the former body-builder took it personally. And now, after struggles with arthritis, prostate cancer and dementia, he has taken the feud to the grave with him. “People ask, ‘What went wrong with George Lucas?’ but to be honest, I still don’t really know,” he told the Sun in 2015. “All I know is that I am one of the film’s best characters. It was Darth Vader people talked about the most, not Harrison Ford or Carrie Fisher.” Lucasfilm – the Star Wars studio which Lucas sold to Disney in 2012 – barred him from attending official Star Wars conventions in 2010 and thus interfered with his ability to make a living (like many on the sci-fi convention circuit Prowse's income came largely from signing autographs). The rumour was that Lucas had never been able to forgive Prowse for supposedly leaking to journalists the big reveal in the Empire Strikes Back that – 40-year-old spoiler alert – Vader is Luke Skywalker’s father.
A thousand people took to the streets of the Armenian capital Yerevan on Sunday demanding the authorities take action to find soldiers missing in recent fighting with Azerbaijan over Nagorno-Karabakh.
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Church services for 26-year-old Angel were once an ordeal. The congregation at her Karachi church would not allow her to read from the bible or sing and she could only sit at the back, out of sight. As one of Pakistan's transgender community, Angel was no stranger to bullying and harassment, but the discrimination at church was particularly hurtful. “I used to go to church many times, but people used to laugh and behave strangely,” she told the Telegraph. “It was a very painful time.” So the opening of Pakistan's first transgender church has been life-changing for her. Here, those used to being mocked and abused say they have found respite in a worship place of their own.
Bishop Reginald Jackson stepped to the microphone at a drive-in rally outside a church in southwest Atlanta as his voice carried over a loudspeaker and the radio to people gathered in, around and on top of cars that filled the parking lot. As Georgia becomes the nation’s political hotspot this winter before twin runoff elections Jan. 5 that will determine control of the Senate, faith-based organizing is heating up. Conservative Christians are rallying behind Republican Sens.
"I urge every Coloradan to practice caution, limit public interactions, wear a mask in public, stay six feet away from others, and wash your hands regularly," Polis said.
Hundreds of protesters marched on a barracks of Thailand's royal guards unit on Sunday hoisting inflatable rubber ducks high above their heads, a whimsical show of force by a pro-democracy movement calling for curbs to the power of the monarchy.
The case had earlier this week let to a stay for Pennsylvania act on further certification efforts.
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As a low pressure system slowly comes together across the South, it is dumping heavy rain from eastern Texas through Louisiana this morning. As the low intensifies today it will bring the risk for severe weather along with it across southern portions of the Gulf Coast states and into the eastern Carolinas where a couple of tornadoes and a few locally damaging wind gusts are the main threats. The low picked up by the jet stream Sunday night into early Monday and is expected to race to the north along the I-95 corridor where wind gusts will generally be from 30 to 40 mph.
The Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruled unanimously to reject a Republican lawsuit, led by Rep. Mike Kelly (R-Pa.), that argued the Keystone State's law permitting universal mail-in voting was unconstitutional.The high court said the "petitioners advocated the extraordinary proposition that the court disenfranchise all 6.9 million Pennsylvanians who voted in the general election," but "failed to allege that even a single mail-in ballot was fraudulently cast or counted." The justices also criticized the petitioners for filing the lawsuit more than a year after the bill was passed by Pennsylvania's GOP legislature. "The want of due diligence demonstrated in this matter is unmistakable," the justices wrote.The lawsuit was dismissed with prejudice meaning the plaintiffs are barred from bringing another action on the same claim.The decision was yet another blow for the Trump campaign and its allies seeking to overturn election results — there have now been 26 pro-Trump legal challenges tossed out in key swing states, including Pennsylvania, Michigan, Wisconsin, Arizona, Nevada, and Georgia. Read more at NBC News and The Washington Post.More stories from theweek.com 5 witheringly funny cartoons about Trump's sort-of concession Is Mnuchin trying to sabotage the economy? Vanderbilt's Fuller becomes 1st woman to play in Power 5 football game after 2nd half kickoff
Britain’s foreign minister said Sunday there is only about a week left for the U.K. and the European Union to strike a post-Brexit trade deal, with fishing rights the major obstacle to an agreement. As talks continued between the two sides in London, Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said “I think we are into the last week or so of substantive negotiations.” The U.K. left the EU early this year, but remained part of the 27-nation bloc’s economic embrace during an 11-month transition as the two sides tried to negotiate a new free-trade deal to take effect Jan. 1.
Coronavirus measures such as mask-wearing and social distancing haven’t just helped stop the spread of Covid-19, they’ve also slashed cases of cold weather illnesses by up to 50 per cent, according to new data from Germany. Instances of flu, bronchitis and pneumonia have all significantly decreased in north-eastern Germany, which includes Berlin, according to a study by health insurer AOK Nordost. From September until mid-November, the number of people taking sick days off work due to the flu was halved compared to previous years. Absence due to acute bronchitis fell by more than half, the study found, while sick days as a result of pneumonia and gastrointestinal infections dropped by a third. The authors said this was likely due to ongoing coronavirus restrictions. “The corona protective measures including masks, washing hands and keeping your distance did not prevent the second Covid-19 wave,” said the report. “The rules, however, have at least severely contained the spread of flu and other infectious diseases in the autumn.” The authors also speculated that an increase in flu vaccinations may have also contributed to the decline in infections. The study, which was released on Sunday, took into account more than 63,000 sick leave requests throughout autumn in the north-eastern German states of Berlin, Brandenberg and Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania. The three states are home to just over 7.5 million people. That period includes two weeks of Germany’s ‘lockdown light’, which began in November. This month saw harsher coronavirus measures introduced nationwide – including closing bars, restaurants and cafes, along with strict curbs on meeting in groups, travelling and leisure activities. The authors found a more significant decrease in sick leave in the larger, more rural states than in Berlin. In Brandenberg, sick days decreased by around 15 percentage points and in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania by 12. They fell by only 8 percentage points in the German capital, which the authors attributed to continuing public transport usage. “Even under the contact restrictions, more people meet in Berlin than in the greater states - for example in the U-Bahn, S-Bahn and buses,” the report said. “More contact means more opportunities for infectious diseases to spread.”