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October 29, 2020 | Via NBC News

Germany and France Announce New Lockdowns

Both Germany and France announced new nationwide lockdowns on Wednesday as Europe enters a deadly new phase of the coronavirus pandemic. Chancellor Angela Merkel says German officials have agreed to a four-week shutdown of restaurants, bars, cinemas, theaters and other leisure facilities in a bid to curb a sharp rise in coronavirus infections. More than half of France’s intensive care units are already occupied by COVID-19 patients.

October 29, 2020 | Via Sky News

Woman Decapitated as Three Die in ‘Suspected Terror Attack’ in France

A woman has been decapitated in a suspected terror attack in Nice, French police say. Three people have died and several others are injured after a knife attack took place near the Notre Dame church. Nice’s mayor Christian Estrosi tweeted the attacker shouted “Allahu Akbar” several times. The nation raised the security alert for French territory to the highest level in response to the attack.

October 29, 2020 | Via BBC

‘Anonymous’ Trump Administration Critic Identifies Himself

An anonymous Trump administration official who wrote a 2018 New York Times opinion article criticizing the president has identified himself. Miles Taylor is a former chief of staff at the Department of Homeland Security. “We do not owe the President our silence,” Mr Taylor said. “We owe him and the American people the truth.” Shortly afterwards, Mr Taylor wrote a book about working under President Trump, called The Warning.

October 29, 2020 | Via Reuters

Vietnam Troops Hunts for Survivors After Typhoon Kills 31

Vietnam hunted for survivors on Thursday after landslides triggered by Typhoon Molave, one of its strongest storms in decades, lashed a central region already reeling from weeks of heavy rains that have killed at least 160 people. Hundreds of soldiers with heavy equipment were deployed to landslides in remote areas of Quang Nam province, where 19 people were killed and 12 were missing.

October 29, 2020 | Via The Guardian

2020 Likely to be One of Warmest Years on Record

La Niña climate event is under way, heralding a colder and stormier winter than usual across the northern hemisphere, but 2020 remains likely to be one of the warmest years on record. The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) has declared La Niña event – a cooling of surface ocean water along the Pacific coast of the South American tropics – to help governments and humanitarian agencies plan for extreme weather events around the world.

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