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Police: 52 arrested in Capitol unrest, 14 officers injured

Washington (dpa) — Some 52 people were arrested as masses of angry pro-Trump protesters stormed the Capitol, Washington DC police chief Robert Contee said. Four people were arrested on weapons charges and 47 were arrested for violating the nighttime curfew which went into place at 6pm Wednesday. Contee went on to say that at least 14 police officers were injured in the clashes, two of them seriously. One of those officers was pulled into the crowd by protesters, where he was attacked and the second suffered significant facial injuries when he was hit by a projectile, he said. The protests bega...

'The Queen's Gambit' on Netflix: No chess expertise required

Everything that works in writer-director Scott Frank's highly bingeworthy adaptation of "The Queen's Gambit," which is most everything about it, comes from treating Walter Tevis' 1983 novel just seriously enough.Set in the 1950s and 1960s, the show has been streaming for a week now, and it's the sort of sleek, classy escapism that makes the recently announced Netflix price hike seem like no big pandemic deal. No less so than "Enola Holmes" or the dreaded "Holidate," to name two other Netflix diversions, this one offers a wealth of angles and entry points for a broad audience, teenaged girls am...

Three killed in terrorist knife attack inside Nice church

Three people were killed on Thursday inside a church in Nice, southern France, in what President Emmanuel Macron said was "a terrorist, Islamist attack."The attack, which was quickly condemned in France and around the world, came only two weeks after a schoolteacher who had used caricatures of the prophet Mohammed in a lesson was beheaded in a Paris suburb by a suspected Islamist.Macron, who had promised to intensify a planned crackdown on all forms of Islamism after the teacher's killing, said that France was "being attacked" and vowed to protect places of worship.Church bells rang out across...

Production firm in Paris attack involved in Charlie Hebdo documentary

The Paris-based production company, whose employees were injured in a knife attack, had helped produce a documentary about the attacks on the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo editorial team."Three Days Of Terror: The Charlie Hebdo Attacks" is the name of the documentary that was produced for the US broadcaster HBO, the BBC and French broadcaster France 2.Witnesses, police officers and survivors speak in the film about the series of terrorist attacks in January 2015, in which a total of 17 people were killed over several days, according to the website of the company Premieres Lignes.The ...

Top EU rights prize goes to Belarus opposition movement

The European Parliament on Thursday awarded its top human rights prize to the opposition movement in Belarus who are demanding the ouster of authoritarian President Alexander Lukashenko after 26 years in power.The award for the Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought cites the democratic opposition in Belarus as well as civil society activists, and includes exiled opposition leader Svetlana Tikhanovskaya, who visited the European Parliament in September.Tikhanovskaya became a top opposition candidate after her husband, who had intended to run, was jailed ahead of the presidential election on Aug...

HE WON?! Health study shows impact of shock results on election day

When Donald Trump first won the US presidential election four years ago, many around the world were left shaken up for days. A medical journal is now asking whether news of that political event had any immediate health impacts.The answer is yes, there was a noticeable increase in the number of people hospitalized in southern California due to cardiovascular diseases, say researchers from Harvard University and Kaiser Permanente, a health care company in the US.The research, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) on October 12, found that such stress poses a gre...

How the hit music podcast 'Song Exploder' became a Netflix series

Among the first instruments you hear in "Losing My Religion," the 1991 smash hit by R.E.M., is a mandolin. Played by guitarist Peter Buck, the minimalist melody moves through the song virtually unimpeded. Take it away and the song collapses. Opt instead for a piano, saxophone or a distorted electric guitar and it's a different thing altogether.But why? And how did that mandolin riff, combined with bassist Mike Mills' fluid undercurrent, Bill Berry's disco-informed drumming and singer Michael Stipe's disorienting confession - "Oh no I've said too much / I haven't said enough" - come to propel a...

The pandemic's effects on opioid users in the US and Europe

Substance abusers are at greater risk of contracting Covid-19, according to recent studies, a worrying fact as use of synthetic opioids gradually increases in Europe.Users of opioids or tobacco face a greater risk of catching the coronavirus and are more likely to suffer a more serious case of Covid-19 and to die, says a recent study by the National Institutes of Health in the US.The study, published in Molecular Psychiatry, a trade journal, assessed more than 73 million patients and found that people with opioid use disorder are at a particularly high risk.Nora Volkow, who heads the National ...

By banishing cartoons and adding warnings, Mexico takes on obesity

Their days are numbered: the beaming parrot on infant cereal, the pastry chef bear, the cartoon chocolate drops.These cartoons, which have accompanied generations of Mexican consumers and promoted sales, will have to disappear from packaging, accused of being accomplices in the country's obesity epidemic.New regulations oblige the Mexican food industry, including the big international brands, to put warning labels on packaged food and sugary drinks, and to change the presentation of unhealthy products.Mexico, the world's largest consumer of soft drinks, is the country with the largest share of...

Trump's coronavirus infection puts him in company with other leaders

The SARS-CoV-2 virus has shown little respect for authority as it has spread around the world this year, infecting people from all walks of life.US President Donald Trump's early Friday announcement that he has also been infected adds to the list of world leaders who have had to suffer through a disease that is still spreading and whose long-term effects remain largely unclear.Here is a list of some of the world leaders who have so far come down with the novel coronavirus, which can lead to the deadly disease Covid-19.PRINCE ALBERT II of Monaco, 62, tested positive for the virus in March and q...

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