Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny has been discharged from hospital, one month after being flown to Berlin for treatment. In a statement released on Wednesday, the German capital’s Charité hospital said that Navalny’s “condition had improved sufficiently for him to be discharged from acute inpatient care” on Tuesday. The Kremlin critic was transferred to Berlin on August 22 after falling ill on a domestic flight in Russia.
President Donald Trump has said the 200,000 US deaths from coronavirus were “a shame” in response to a reporter’s question about the milestone in the country’s fight against the pandemic. As Trump was departing for an election campaign event in Pittsburgh he told the media: “I think if we didn’t do it properly and do it right, you’d have 2.5 million deaths.”
A rescue operation is underway to save any surviving pilot whales among the 500 or so stranded along the coast of the Australian island of Tasmania on Wednesday. An estimated 270 whales were first found trapped on a sandbar on Monday. At least a third of them have already died while 25 were successfully refloated by rescuers. Another 200 were discovered Wednesday in a bay just under six miles from where the first pod was discovered.
An airport in Finland is using sniffer dogs to detect passengers infected with coronavirus. Helsinki Airport is trialling the scheme which will see 10 dogs trained in total by Wise Nose, a smell detection agency, with four deployed to work per shift. It follows a study by the University of Helsinki’s Veterinary Faculty, which suggested trained dogs can detect COVID-19 with close to 100% certainty.
Tesla founder Elon Musk has announced technology that he says will make Tesla batteries cheaper and more powerful. At a live presentation that Mr Musk labeled ‘Battery Day’ he also teased the possibility of a $25,000, fully-autonomous Tesla “in about three years time”. But the news didn’t excite investors and $50bn was wiped off its stock market value.
World leaders came together, virtually, on Monday to mark the 75th anniversary of the United Nations, as the deadly coronavirus pandemic and tensions between the United States and China challenge the effectiveness and solidarity of the 193-member body. As COVID-19 began to spread around the world earlier this year, forcing millions of people to shelter at home and devastating economies, countries turned inward and diplomats say the United Nations struggled to assert itself.
Donald Trump has raced to cement a conservative majority on the US supreme court before the presidential election on 3 November, and Democrats’ hopes of keeping the seat empty have faded as two Republican senators signaled their support for moving quickly. The president said on Monday he would name his third supreme court nominee on Friday or Saturday.
A former Chinese property executive who openly criticized Beijing’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic was sentenced to 18 years in prison on corruption charges Tuesday, a court announced. Ren Zhiqiang, former chairman of a state-owned real estate group, disappeared from public view in March, after publishing an essay online that appeared to refer to President Xi Jinping as a “clown.”
Arctic sea ice has melted to its second lowest level on record as a result of heat waves and forest fires, scientists have said. On 15 September, ice in the Arctic Ocean measured 1.44 million square miles (3.74 million square kilometres), the US National Snow and Ice Data Centre (NSIDC) said. This is the second lowest summer melt since satellite records began in 1979.
A New York City Police Department officer has been charged with acting as an illegal agent for China. Tibet-born Baimadajie Angwang is accused of reporting on the activities of Chinese citizens in the New York area and assessing potential sources of intelligence in the Tibetan community. The naturalized US citizen, who worked for the police department’s community affairs unit, was arrested on Monday.