Daily News Briefing: Covid-19 test BLITZ - Republicans leave ‘Trump Cult’ - LGBT protest ARRESTS

Daily News Briefing: Covid-19 test BLITZ - Republicans leave ‘Trump Cult’ - LGBT protest ARRESTS

Daily News Briefing

Brief. Me - July 25, 2021 8:06 am

Covid-19: Test blitz to ‘find every case’ of South African variant

BBC News says a door-to-door testing blitz is getting under way in a bid to find “every single case” of the South African coronavirus variant in England.

On-the-spot doorstep tests, home testing kits and mobile testing units will be deployed to try to reach 80,000 people in eight specific areas.

It follows fears that the more infectious version may be spreading in communities in England.

The health secretary said he wanted to “come down hard” on the variant.

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Turkey arrests dozens of students at peaceful protest over LGBT rights

France24 says President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Monday lashed out at Turkey’s LGBT movement, accusing it of “vandalism” following an outbreak of student protests.

Four people were arrested over the weekend for depicting Islam’s holiest site with pictures of the LGBT rainbow flag during a rally at Istanbul’s Bogazici University.

And shortly after Erdogan’s televised speech on Monday, another rally erupted at the same school with dozens of people detained and social media footage showing police dragging away students who had been protesting peacefully.

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Portugal to receive planeload of German doctors, hospital beds & ventilators to counter dire Covid-19 surge

RT News says Germany will send 26 doctors, nurses and hygiene experts to Portugal on Wednesday to help prop up the nation’s Covid-19 efforts as it battles one of the world’s worst outbreaks, the German defense minister said on Monday.

“We support our friends in Portugal who find themselves in an especially dramatic situation,” Minister Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer said.

The German military medical team will stay in Portugal for three weeks. Berlin is also sending 150 infusion machines and 50 ventilators, which are also set to arrive in Lisbon by plane on Wednesday.

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Lebanon hits Daesh terror cell in border town

Arab News says Lebanese security forces said on Monday they had smashed a Daesh terrorist cell operating near the border with Syria.

Eighteen Lebanese and Syrian nationals were arrested and a large quantity of weapons and ammunition was seized in an intelligence operation in the border town of Arsal, the Armed Forces Command said.

Those arrested “belong to cells linked to the terrorist organization Daesh” and had been  “planning to carry out terrorist acts,” a military spokesman said.

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Iran’s Zarif proposes coordinated return to nuclear deal with US

Aljazeera says Iran’s foreign minister has said a EU official could help “synchronise” or “coordinate” efforts by Iran and the US to return to a 2015 nuclear accord, as a standstill persists over which country will take the first step.

Mohammad Javad Zarif said the Iran nuclear deal, formally known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), created a joint commission coordinated by the EU’s foreign policy chief.

That official, Josep Borrell, can “choreograph the actions” needed from both sides, Zarif said.“There can be a mechanism to basically either synchronise it or coordinate what can be done,” he said.

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Dozens leave Republican Party, calling it a ‘Trump cult’

TRT World says dozens of Republicans in former President George W. Bush’s administration are leaving the party, dismayed by a failure of many elected Republicans to disown Donald Trump after his false claims of election fraud sparked a deadly storming of the US Capitol last month.

These officials, some who served in the highest echelons of the Bush administration, said they had hoped that a Trump defeat would lead party leaders to move on from the former president and denounce his baseless claims that the November presidential election was stolen.

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Republicans Hold ‘Useful’ Meeting with Biden on New Virus Relief Aid

VOA says a group of Republican senators held a “frank and very useful” meeting with President Joe Biden about a new round of coronavirus economic relief as congressional Democrats took steps to push ahead on a relief bill with or without Republican support. 

Senator Susan Collins told reporters following the Monday night meeting with Biden, “It was a very good exchange of views.” However, she said the two sides did not reach an agreement on a bipartisan package.    

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UK WEATHER FORECAST

SUNRISE 07:40

SUNSET 16:54

TODAY

Snow will continue in northern England and southern Scotland, with the far north staying dry. It will be cloudy in the south, with showers moving across during the afternoon, heavy in places.

 

TONIGHT

This evening, snow will continue in northern areas, and the heavy showers will move over northern England. The coastline of southern England could see some rain move in from the south overnight.

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YOUR QUESTIONS answered

what happened at the capitol? 

On January 6, 2021, a mob of rioters supporting United States President Donald Trump’s attempt to overturn his defeat in the 2020 presidential election stormed the U.S. Capitol, breaching security and occupying parts of the building for several hours.

After attending a rally organized by Trump, thousands of his supporters marched down Pennsylvania Avenue before many stormed the United States Capitol in an effort to disrupt the electoral college vote count during a joint session of Congress and prevent the formalization of President-elect Joe Biden’s election victory.

After breaching police perimeters, they occupied, vandalized, and ransacked parts of the building for several hours. The insurrection led to the evacuation and lockdown of the Capitol building and five deaths. – Read on

 

what does brexit mean?

Brexit was the withdrawal of the United Kingdom (UK) from the European Union (EU) and the European Atomic Energy Community (EAEC or Euratom) at the end of 31 January 2020 CET.

To date, the UK is the first and only country formally to leave the EU, after 47 years of membership within the bloc, after having first joined its predecessor, the European Communities (EC), on 1 January 1973.

It continued to participate in the European Union Customs Union and European Single Market during a transition period that ended on 31 December 2020 at 23:00 GMT. – Read on

covid-19 meaning

The COVID-19 pandemic, also known as the coronavirus pandemic, is an ongoing pandemic of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) caused by severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2).

It was first identified in December 2019 in WuhanChina. The World Health Organization declared the outbreak a Public Health Emergency of International Concern in January 2020 and a pandemic in March 2020.

As of 11 January 2021, more than 90.3 million cases have been confirmed, with more than 1.93 million deaths attributed to COVID-19.

coronavirus definition

Meaning of “coronavirus” and related terminology “coronavirus” means severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2)

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