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Trio who lived on space station return to Earth safely -

Trio who lived on space station return to Earth safelyA trio of space travelers safely returned to Earth on Thursday after a six-month mission on the International Space Station. The Soyuz MS-16 capsule carrying NASA astronaut Chris Cassidy, and Roscosmos’ Anatoly Ivanishin and Ivan Vagner landed on the steppes of Kazakhstan southeast of the town of Dzhezkazgan at 7:54 a.m. (2:54 GMT) Thursday. After a brief medical checkup, the three will be taken by helicopters to Dzhezkazgan from where they will depart home.


Wed, 21 Oct 2020 23:02:42 -0400

New German coronavirus cases rise by more than 10,000 for first time: RKI -

New German coronavirus cases rise by more than 10,000 for first time: RKIThe number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Germany rose by more than 10,000 in a single day for the first time, data from the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) for infectious diseases showed on Tuesday. The institute recorded 11,287 new cases in its daily update for a total of 392,049. While Germany's infection rates are lower than in much of Europe, they have been accelerating rapidly since the onset of cooler weather, with politicians warning that stricter social distancing rules may be needed if the trend continues.


Wed, 21 Oct 2020 22:46:14 -0400

Trump is considering firing FBI director Christopher Wray after the election, report says -

Trump is considering firing FBI director Christopher Wray after the election, report saysTrump is reportedly furious that Wray and Attorney General Barr have not launched investigations targeting his Democratic rival Joe Biden.


Wed, 21 Oct 2020 22:08:18 -0400

South Korean deaths spark flu vaccine safety fears -

South Korean deaths spark flu vaccine safety fearsSouth Korean officials refused to suspend the country's seasonal flu inoculation programme on Thursday, despite growing calls to do so following the deaths of at least 13 people who were vaccinated in recent days. Health authorities said they have found no direct links between the deaths, which include a 17-year-old boy, and the vaccines being given under a programme to inoculate some 19 million teenagers and senior citizens for free. "The number of deaths has increased, but our team sees low possibility that the deaths resulted from the shots," Jeong Eun-kyeong, director of the Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency (KDCA), told parliament.


Wed, 21 Oct 2020 22:06:50 -0400

Republicans in Iowa, Alabama score legal victories on election rules -

Republicans in Iowa, Alabama score legal victories on election rulesU.S. Republicans scored legal victories on Wednesday when a Supreme Court ruling allowed Alabama to ban curbside voting and an Iowa court upheld a law that makes it harder to fix problems with absentee ballot requests ahead of the Nov. 3 presidential election. The rulings were a setback to Democrats, whose presidential candidate, Joe Biden, is running a close race against Republican President Donald Trump in Iowa, while Democratic Senator Doug Jones of Alabama is seen at risk of losing his seat in the election, imperiling Democrats' chances of seizing control of the Senate.


Wed, 21 Oct 2020 22:03:02 -0400