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August 17, 2020 | Via The Guardian

Democrats Urge FBI to Open Criminal Inquiry into Postmaster General

Two members of a key congressional committee have asked the FBI to open a criminal investigation of the leadership of the US Postal Service (USPS), alleging that the postmaster general has slowed mail delivery in an attempt to rig the 2020 presidential election. The letter referred to reports that postmaster general Louis DeJoy, a mega-donor to Donald Trump, and the USPS board of governors “have retarded the passage of mail”.

August 17, 2020 | Via Reuters

New Zealand’s Ardern Postpones Election as Coronavirus Flares Up

New Zealand’s prime minister postponed the country’s general election on Monday by a month to Oct. 17 as the city of Auckland remains in lockdown due to a growing coronavirus outbreak. Jacinda Ardern bowed to pressure to delay the polls after parties complained they could not campaign with nearly a third of New Zealand’s 5 million people under lockdown in Auckland.

August 17, 2020 | Via BBC

Workers Boo Belarus President as Election Unrest Spreads

Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko has been heckled by workers on a visit to a factory as anger mounts over his disputed re-election. Workers chanted “leave” and booed the long-time leader of the ex-Soviet state as he insisted he would not allow a new vote after allegations of ballot fraud. Opposition candidate Svetlana Tikhanovskaya has suggested she could act as an interim leader.

August 17, 2020 | Via Sky News

Death Valley Hits what may be Highest Temperature Ever Recorded on Earth

A temperature of 54.4C (129.9F) has been recorded in California during an intense heatwave – in what could be the hottest reading ever reliably taken on the planet. An automated station for the United States National Weather Service at Furnace Creek in Death Valley recorded the extreme heat at 3.41pm on Sunday. If verified, it would be the hottest weather since 56.6C (134F) was registered at the same place on 10 July 1913.

August 17, 2020 | Via ABC News

1st Mediterranean Cruise Sets Sail After Virus Tests

Cruise ship passengers had their temperatures checked and took COVID-19 tests Sunday so they could set sail on what is being billed as the first Mediterranean cruise after Italy’s pandemic lockdown. The cruise ship company MSC has made the procedures, for crew as well as passengers, part of its new health and safety protocols. Anyone testing positive, or with a fever, or having other COVID-19 symptoms was denied boarding.

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