Botswana wildlife officials said on Monday that toxins produced by microscopic organisms called cyanobacteria had caused the deaths of 330 elephants this year. Since they were first reported around early May, the elephant deaths had baffled and alarmed conservationists, who feared they could escalate. Below are some facts about cyanobacteria.
U.S. Senate Democrats announced their own program to counter China's global influence on Thursday, unveiling a sweeping $350 billion package of legislation seeking to boost U.S. competitiveness and recast diplomacy with Beijing. The plan was backed by 11 Democrats, including Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer, but its prospects were unclear because President Donald Trump's fellow Republicans control the Senate and determine which legislation it considers.
The center of the 23rd named storm of this year's Atlantic hurricane season was about 70 miles (110 km) southeast of Port O'Connor, Texas, or about 120 miles (190 km) south-southwest of the critical oil port of Galveston, Texas, the hurricane center said in its 7 a.m. CDT (1200 GMT) update. The storm was moving westward toward shore at 6 mph (9 kph), a slow pace that increased the danger of flooding, and forecast to make landfall on the central Texas coast later on Monday.
President Donald Trump on Monday threw into doubt a deal to restructure ownership of the popular video app TikTok, vowing to block any deal that allows its Chinese parent firm to retain any control.
A new study that analyzed the coronavirus outbreak in Brazil has found a link between the spread of the virus and past outbreaks of dengue fever that suggests exposure to the mosquito-transmitted illness may provide some level of immunity against COVID-19. The not yet published study led by Miguel Nicolelis, a professor at Duke University, and shared exclusively with Reuters, compared the geographic distribution of coronavirus cases with the spread of dengue in 2019 and 2020. Places with lower coronavirus infection rates and slower case growth were locations that had suffered intense dengue outbreaks this year or last, Nicolelis found.
Italy's rightist bloc has won at least three of seven regions at stake in local elections, but League leader Matteo Salvini looked unlikely to end half a century of centre-left rule in Tuscany, exit polls said on Monday. If confirmed, the result would represent something of a relief for the coalition Democratic Party (PD), which looks set to lose Marche, but had feared above all defeat in its traditional Tuscan stronghold. In a national referendum held alongside the local ballots Italians voted in favour of cutting the number of lawmakers in the upper and lower houses of parliament to 600 from 945, an exit poll on state broadcaster RAI said.
Eight Indian lawmakers were suspended from parliament Monday for "unruly behaviour" after opposition to contentious new farming legislation sparked some of the most chaotic scenes in recent years.
Pubs and restaurants across Britain could face greater restrictions to tackle the jump in COVID-19 cases, Health Secretary Matt Hancock said on Monday, sending shares plunging once again. Hancock was asked in a television interview if people would be able to go to the pub this weekend.
The number of novel coronavirus infections in Iran has risen by 3,341 in the past 24 hours, the highest daily tally since early June, taking total cases to 425,481, the health ministry spokeswoman told state TV on Monday. Sima Sadat Lari said 177 people had died in the past day, pushing the official death toll to 24,478 in Iran, one of the hardest hit countries in the Middle East. Iran's deputy Health Minister Iraj Harirchi said last week that the whole country was on coronavirus red alert as daily deaths and cases increased at an alarming rate.
Donald Trump and his rival for the U.S. presidency, Joe Biden, will campaign in two election battlegrounds on Monday as they spar over the president's plan to fill a vacant Supreme Court seat with only weeks before voters choose between them. Trump, the Republican seeking re-election on Nov. 3, will hold campaign events in Ohio, a state some Democrats once saw as a lock for Trump, while the Democratic former vice president makes his second trip of the month to Wisconsin. Each are reckoning with a presidential contest that was upended by Friday's death of the liberal Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
England is on track for about 50,000 coronavirus cases a day by mid-October and a surging death toll unless the public gets serious about preventive action, top UK advisers warned on Monday.
ZeniMax is the parent company of Bethesda Softworks, which has also developed hits including The Elder Scrolls, Wolfenstein, and Dishonored. The deal comes more than a week after Microsoft's failed bid for short video app TikTok's U.S assets. TikTok has currently structured the deal as a partnership with Oracle <ORCL.N> and Walmart <WMT.N> rather than an outright sale.
President Donald Trump said Monday he will nominate a replacement for the late Ruth Bader Ginsburg on the Supreme Court at the end of this week and insisted that the Senate should vote before the coming election.
Madrid's regional government chief requested the army's help on Monday to fight the coronavirus surge in and around the Spanish capital where local authorities have ordered a partial lockdown of some poorer areas, prompting protests during the weekend. "We need help from the army for disinfection ... and to strengthen local police and law enforcement," Isabel Diaz Ayuso told a news briefing after meeting Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez in an attempt to reduce contagion in Spain's worst-hit region.
President Donald Trump said on Monday he is looking at four or five jurists to replace the late Ruth Bader Ginsburg on the U.S. Supreme Court and he will announce his nominee on Friday or Saturday. Trump pushed ahead with plans for his third U.S. Supreme Court nomination, which would cement a 6-3 conservative majority, as some Republicans wavered on whether to support the move weeks before an election. The Republican president said in an interview with Fox News that he wanted to wait out of respect for Ginsburg, a liberal justice who died on Friday at age 87.
A million people in and around the Spanish capital on Monday were under a new lockdown to contain another coronavirus surge, as the US death toll neared 200,000.
A "People's Plaque" installed by protesters near Bangkok's Royal Palace was "planted in the hearts of the Thai people", activists said Monday, vowing its removal marked only the beginning of their battle to reform the monarchy.
Poland's ruling right-wing coalition should remain united, the leader of a junior partner in the alliance said on Monday, attempting to smooth tensions that threaten to wreck the government and trigger a snap election. Zbigniew Ziobro, who is also Poland's justice minister, spoke as leaders of the largest party in the coalition, Law and Justice (PiS), held an emergency meeting that lawmakers say could end in a split amid policy disagreements. "I believe the United Right coalition is good... I am convinced that this project has a big future ahead of it and can do a lot of good for Poland," Ziobro told a news conference.
Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny told Russia on Monday to hand over the clothes he was wearing when he fell into a coma last month and accused Moscow of withholding an important piece of evidence in his case. The outspoken opponent of President Vladimir Putin said his clothes were taken away from him before he was flown to Germany for treatment from Siberia after he fell violently ill on a domestic flight. Germany says tests in three countries have determined he was poisoned with a Novichok nerve agent and the West has demanded an explanation from Russia.
Thai authorities said on Monday they were considering charges against leaders of mass protests that called for reforms to the monarchy as police seized a symbolic plaque that declared Thailand belonged to the people and not the king. Tens of thousands of people joined the protest at the weekend which cheered the demands to curb the powers of the monarchy of King Maha Vajiralongkorn - a revered institution according to the constitution. "Leaders used inappropriate words about the institution and we will take full action against them," police spokesman Piya Uthayo told reporters, adding that 'lese majeste' charges against insulting the monarchy were a possibility.