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When is Amazon Prime Day 2020? Here’s what we know. – Mashable

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The shopping event typically happens in the summer.
The shopping event typically happens in the summer.

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Following months of uncertainty, Amazon Prime Day has a date for 2020. 

After a slew of other publications went live with stories on Sept. 22, we feel pretty confident saying that Prime Day 2020 will be on Tuesday, Oct. 13, as reported by CNET, The Verge, and a slew of others.

Last year the shopping event ran for a full 48 hours, so we wouldn’t be surprised if that happened this year too. 

CNET says they got the date from “four people with knowledge of Amazon’s plans” while The Verge cites “an internal Amazon email” as their source. Amazon has not officially confirmed anything.

This news comes after the summer shopping event was officially delayed back in July. Amazon scaled back on its promotional events when the coronavirus pandemic hit because of a huge increase in demand for essential items. Now that we’re six months into our “new normal” and have adjusted our daily lives, big shopping events like this seem to be a bit easier to manage.

Prime Day is usually in July, making it a nice distance out from the winter holiday shopping — like a Christmas in July sort of situation. But because it got pushed back to October this year, it’s going to run into the regularly scheduled holiday deals and we’ll likely see some overlap.

Black Friday is going to be different this year too because of COVID-19 and social distancing regulations, and some retailers have already said that they will run promotions and deals earlier than ever. So, buckle in and get ready for savings thrown at you starting with Prime Day on Oct. 13 and running through the end of the year. This is going to be a long-ass holiday season, y’all.

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Pakistan's Prime

Pakistan’s prime minister calls for rapists to be hanged or castrated after mother gang-raped – CBS News

Islamabad — Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan has called for rapists and pedophiles to be publicly hanged or chemically or physically castrated for their crimes after a gang-rape case provoked a nationwide outcry.

Last week a woman was raped by two men after she ran out of gas and her car broke down on a  highway outside of Lahore. The woman called a helpline and was waiting for the police to arrive when the men raped her and robbed her with her two children present, officials said.

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Members of civil society groups take part in a rally to condemn the incident of rape on a deserted highway, in Karachi, Pakistan, Saturday, Sept. 12, 2020. 

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Following the incident, Lahore police chief Umar Sheikh faced an angry backlash and calls for his resignation after suggesting the rape was partially the victim’s fault. He said that the victim should have been better prepared for her journey by ensuring her fuel tank was full and travelling along a busier road to her destination.

Sheikh has since apologized for his remarks but has garnered more criticism for not appearing in front of the Senate Functional Committee on Human Rights after he was directed to do so.

The case has seen an outpouring of anger across the country and has brought sexual violence against women into the national spotlight.

A stunned nation took to the streets in countrywide protests, with those participating holding placards calling for the hanging of rapists. Demonstrators also demanded reforms in law enforcement agencies and the judicial systems handling of such cases.

In a television interview on Monday, the prime minister said that he had discussed punishment options with his cabinet for such cases.

“I think he (the culprit) should be hanged in a public square. Rapists and child molesters should undergo public hanging. You do not know the real statistics as well, because it’s under-reported. People do not report it as they are scared or ashamed, women are ashamed, no one wants to speak.”

Khan acknowledged that public hanging may not be internationally acceptable and could affect Pakistan’s  status in trade relations with the European Union. He suggested instead that sex offenders “undergo chemical castration, or surgery be performed so they cannot do anything in future.”

The main culprit in the case has so far evaded arrest however three of his associates have been detained according to police officials. The investigation is ongoing.

Khan has directed his cabinet to initiate procedures to introduce new legislation in regard to rape and child sexual abuse. On the floor of the National Assembly today, Khan said that his cabinet is working on introducing new measures so that sex offenders realize that there will be serious consequences

For their crimes.

He said that his government is looking into introducing a database and policy where all sex criminals will be registered and tracked. He said that the main suspect in the motorway rape case has been identified by law enforcement as a repeat offender who has been accused of gang rape previously.

Khan acknowledged that rape convictions are not easy to obtain as the evidence required by law is very complex and witnesses or victims are often reluctant to testify in court. He said his cabinet is looking into the possibility of the victims not being required to face their attackers.

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Lebanon's Prime

Lebanon’s Prime Minister Resigns Days After Beirut Explosion – NPR

Former Lebanese Prime Minister Hassan Diab gives a speech in Beirut in March. Diab announced his resignation days after a disastrous explosion rocked Beirut.

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Former Lebanese Prime Minister Hassan Diab gives a speech in Beirut in March. Diab announced his resignation days after a disastrous explosion rocked Beirut.

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Lebanese Prime Minister Hassan Diab announced his cabinet’s resignation Monday, responding to outrage over a catastrophic explosion in Beirut.

“Today I announce the resignation of this government,” Diab said in a national TV address. “May God protect Lebanon.”

Diab’s speech was published by the National News Agency in Lebanon, the state-run media outlet.

His resignation came after last Tuesday’s deadly warehouse explosion — caused by 2,750 tons of ammonium nitrate stored at Beirut’s port — that killed at least 160 people, wounded thousands and left many homeless, destroying a portion of the city.

Public anger mounted after the blast, focusing on the carelessness that led to one of the worst explosions in Lebanon’s history.

The huge trove of dangerous material, which officials say was known about for years, had been allowed to languish in the port since 2013. Intense protests erupted, with many calling for top officials to “resign or hang.”

“We are facing an earthquake that struck the country, with all its humanitarian, social, economic and national repercussions,” Diab said.

With the prime minister’s resignation, it now falls to President Michel Aoun to determine the next steps.

After Diab presented his government’s resignation papers to Aoun late Monday, Aoun asked Diab and his ministers to continue performing their duties until a new government is installed, according the presidency’s Twitter account.

Diab, a 61-year-old professor and former minister of education, has only been in the role since January. When he took over, Diab faced many of the same challenges that forced his predecessor, Saad Hariri, to resign. Even before the recent disaster, Lebanon was seeing widespread and persistent protests over allegations of political corruption, and frustration with a deepening economic crisis.

Beirut Explosion Looks Like An Accident — And A Sign Of The Country's Collapse

Lebanon has a power-sharing government structure, where different groups are each represented by an arm of the government. The political system mandates that the presidency must go to a Christian, the prime minister must be a Sunni Muslim and the speaker of parliament must be a Shiite Muslim.

This system has been blamed for the country’s past political instability and division. NPR has reported the split up nature of Lebanon’s system has made it difficult for citizens to organize effectively against leadership — and to secure meaningful political change.

Going forward, one option would be for Lebanon to hold early elections. But Maha Yahya, the director of the Carnegie Middle East Center, said that will not be enough.

“Calling for early elections prior to the explosion on Aug. 4 may have placated people, but not after,” Yahya said. “We are way past that. The scale of the tragedy and the depth of the anger is just too much.”

The best-case scenario for moving forward, according to Yahya, is that an independent prime minister be named who would undertake economic reforms and “put together an economic and financial rescue plan, but also to prepare for elections next year.”

Yahya said the Lebanese people need to have a “roadmap” out of the pain they are experiencing — from the explosion but also from the country’s dismal economy.

“You need to explain to people why they’re going through this. And those that are responsible will be held accountable,” Yahya said. “And you have to show them the way out. You need to show them there’s light at the end of the tunnel.”

“And given all the questions around the political legitimacy of the current political class, you give them a way to vote them out and vote whoever they think now represents them in.”

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British Prime Minister Boris Johnson And Fiancée Carrie Symonds Announce Birth Of Son – NPR

Britain’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson and his partner, Carrie Symonds, shown here in March, announced Wednesday that she gave birth to a “healthy baby boy at a London hospital earlier this morning” and both mother and baby are doing well.

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Britain’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson and his partner, Carrie Symonds, shown here in March, announced Wednesday that she gave birth to a “healthy baby boy at a London hospital earlier this morning” and both mother and baby are doing well.

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British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is a father again. He and his fiancée, Carrie Symonds, announced Wednesday morning that she gave birth to a baby boy. Mother and baby are doing “very well,” according to a spokesperson for the couple.

Johnson and Symonds thanked the “fantastic NHS maternity team” for their work delivering the child at a London hospital. This is the second time this month Johnson has personally thanked England’s National Health Service. The first was after he was treated in an intensive care unit for COVID-19.

After a three-week absence, Johnson returned to work Monday and urged the nation to continue to adhere to the national lockdown, warning of the risk of another spike in coronavirus cases.

“This is the moment when we can press home our advantage,” said Johnson, referring to a declining number of COVID-19 cases in hospitals. “It is also the moment of maximum risk.”

The U.K. has confirmed more than 161,000 COVID-19 cases, with more than 21,000 deaths, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University.

I’ve spent the past week in bed with the main symptoms of Coronavirus. I haven’t needed to be tested and, after seven days of rest, I feel stronger and I’m on the mend.

— Carrie Symonds (@carriesymonds) April 4, 2020

Symonds, 32, also displayed symptoms of the respiratory disease during her pregnancy. Earlier this month, she announced that she was feeling better.

Johnson, 55, is the father of at least six children, four with his second wife, Marina Wheeler, from whom he is divorced, and one with art consultant Helen Macintyre, with whom he had an affair.

Asked during the election campaign last December by LBC radio how many children he had, the prime minister declined to answer, saying he didn’t think the nation wanted to hear about it.

“I love my children very much,” Johnson said, “but they are not standing at this election.”

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Prime Minister Ardern says New Zealand has won “battle” against community spread of coronavirus – CBS News

Coronavirus outbreak panic spreads globally

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said Monday that the country has “won” the battle against widespread community transmission of the coronavirus, for now. The country is also dropping from Alert Level Four to Alert Level Three, as the number of new coronavirus cases continue to remain low.

Over the past several days, new cases of coronavirus in the country have been “in the single digits,” Ardern said in a press conference Monday. She called the numbers “incredible,” crediting the low amount of cases to the “sacrifices that every single New Zealander has made.”

Ardern explained that to fully “succeed” in the fight against the coronavirus, the country must “hunt down” the remaining cases of the virus — but that it has won the battle against more widespread community transmission. “There is no widespread, undetected community transmission in New Zealand. We have won that battle,” said Ardern. “But we must remain vigilant if we are to keep it that way.”

New Zealand reported just one new confirmed case of coronavirus Monday, with four “probable” cases. The national total of confirmed cases is 1,122, Director-General of Health Dr. Ashley Bloomfield said at the press conference. Nineteen people have died from the disease in New Zealand, according to the Ministry of Health

Later in the press conference, Bloomfield was asked if he considered the coronavirus to be eliminated in the country.

“Our goal is elimination,” Bloomfield said. “And again, that doesn’t mean eradication, but it means we get down to a small number of cases so that we are able to stamp out any cases and any outbreaks that might come up.” 

Ardern further explained the disease is “currently” eliminated in New Zealand, but that new cases may continue to appear: “So as we have said elimination means we may well reach zero, but we may well then have small numbers of cases coming up again,” she said. “That doesn’t mean we have failed, it just means that we are in the position to have that zero tolerance approach to have a very aggressive management of those cases and keep those numbers low and fading out again.” 

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New Zealand lowered to Alert Level Three on Monday at 11:59 p.m. It had previously declared a state of emergency and gone on lockdown March 25. Ardern fully stressed that despite the updated alert level, the country cannot yet return to “pre-COVID-19 life. That day will come but it is not here yet.”

Under level three, people are still told to work from home “unless that is not possible,” with the exception of essential workers, according to a government handout. The public is permitted to expand their interactions slightly from just their “household bubble,” to include close family, caregivers or provide support to isolated individuals in their local area.

Retail, stores and restaurants may open if they do so safely, but they must do business solely through means of delivery, drive-through or contactless pick up, according to the handout. Supermarkets, pharmacies and food banks continue remain open.

The country will remain at Alert Level Three for two weeks, before the government reviews progress and issues further guidance.

Coronavirus: Responses around the world

Coronavirus: Responses around the world

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